Tag: Fangio

  • 18-24 June: Motoring Milestones

    Discover the momentous motoring events that took place this week in history …..  75 years ago this week, Simo Lampinen, Finnish former rally driver, and one of the first of the “Flying Finns” who came to dominate the sport, was born [23 June 1943]. Having contracted polio at a young age, Lampinen was left with […]

  • 19 – 25 February: Motoring Milestones

    Discover the momentous motoring events that have taken place this week in history ……. 90 years ago this week, driving the British built and designed 12 cylinder, 22.3 litre, 450 hp Bluebird at Daytona Beach, USA, Malcolm Campbell established a new World Land Speed Record of 206.96 mph [19 February 1928] ……. On the same […]

  • 29 January – 4 February: Motoring Milesones

    Discover the momentous motoring events that took place this week in motoring history ……. 120 years ago this week, the Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut, US extended coverage to the owner of an automobile, making them the first company to issue car insurance policy to an individual [1 February 1898]. Dr. Truman J. Martin […]

  • 31 July – 6 August: Motoring Milestones

    Momentous motoring events that took place during this week in history ….. 140 years ago this week, Nikolaus A Otto was issued German Patent #532 for his four-stroke engine[4 August 1877] ……  110 years ago this week, the Imperial Motor Car Company was founded in Jackson, Michigan, US by brothers Theodore A and George N […]

  • 12-13 November: This Weekend in Motorsport History

    ~12 November ~ 1895: The Automobile Club de France was founded. During the first 8 years of its existence the club organised 34 intercity races, including the first international race, the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris in 1898 won by Frenchman Fernand Charron in a Panhard et Levassor. 1910: The American Grand Prize, a Grand Prix auto race, was […]

  • 29 August – 4 September: Motoring Milestones

    Cars, people and events in this week’s Motoring Milestones include: Ford Model T, James Hunt, Formula 1, Koenigsegg and Michael Schumacher. 100 years ago this week, Studebaker announced the release of the Heaslet Special, a semi-custom touring car. The car was named in honour of Studebaker’s vice president of engineering, James G. Heaslet [30 August […]

  • August 4, 1957: An Epic German Grand Prix, Juan Manuel Fangio’s Greatest Drive

    Passion, by definition, is irrational and illogical while Juan Manuel Fangio was a cold, calculating, and steely man. On this day, he started the race with a plan: with his Maserati team, he was going to outsmart the Scuderia Ferrari and its young British lions, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. Starting with a light load […]