Fred Luther and one of the world's first (if not the first) automobile powered motorcycles

21-Jun-23 historicracing.com

Fred Luther was a pioneering motorcycle rider who had been competing since 1915. By 1934 his life must have become somewhat mundane as he came up with the idea of building a motorcycle to break the Land Speed Record....continue reading


Grover Bergdoll

08-Jul-23 historicracing.com

Grover Cleveland Bergdoll was a wealthy early aviator, racing driver and notorious World War I draft dodger who fled to Germany to avoid service....continue reading

The Donington Grand Prix in 1937

21-Apr-23 historicracing.com

The Donington Grand Prix in 1937. The first chance the British public had to see the Mercedes and Auto Union cars racing and, what a spectacle it proved to be! Though the reputation of the machines preceded them, no-one was prepared for that first lap. ...continue reading

Valdir Fauirin twin engined special

19-Apr-23 historicracing.com

Now then! The history of motoring has seen any number of twin-engined adventures, usually to nobody’s worthwhile benefit. But this wonderful little, Brazilian, home-build race car from 1971, was a bit special. Even for that sphere of novelty....continue reading

Behold the GAZ-TP

17-Apr-23 historicracing.com

Built in 1954, under official approval from the Supreme Presidium of the Soviet Socialist Republic, it’s claimed to have been the world’s first car ever jet-driven land vehicle, loaded, as it was, with the motivational extracts of a MIG-17....continue reading








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Events on December 17th

Interesting and notable events from the history of motor sport.


The second race at the Indianpolis Motor Speedway, and the first to take place on the brick surface.

The first races held on the newly repaved (with 3,200,000 bricks replacing crushed stone and tar) Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


The London to Sydney Marathon Rally ended. Won by Andrew Cowan in a Hillman Hunter.

Sydney, Australia...Andrew Cowan drove his battered Hillman Hunter into Warwick Farms Raceway, emerging a surprise winner in the torturous 10,000 mile London to Sydney Marathon Rally. Cowan won $20,000 first prize. Cowan, who was 6th at Bombay, India when the field boarded ships for Fremantle, Australia, gained the win when the Lucien Bianchi/Jean Ogier Citroen crashed head on into a Mini in the last 92 mile stretch between Nowra and Sydney. Belgium's Bianchi, a versatile driver who competed in F1, Sports Cars and Indianapolis during the '68 season, was trapped in the car for some time. He was later taken to hospital with serious head injuries. Ogier, who was driving the final stretch as Bianchi slept, suffered minor injuries that didn't require hospitalization. Roger Clark fought a fierce battle with Bianchi/Ogier during the Australian portion of the rally before finally retiring his patched up Ford Cortina just 400 miles from the finish with a broken differential. Earlier, another Cortina entry had been cannibalized to keep Clark in the running. Sponsored by the London Daily Express and The Sydney Daily Telegraph, the event was run in two sections. The first leg from London to Bombay was worth 2000 pounds to the winners, which was the Clark/Andersson Cortina.


Driver Stan Barrett became the first person in the world to travel faster than sound on land.

Driver Stan Barrett became the first person in the world to travel faster than sound on land. He drove the Budweiser Rocket car at a top speed of 739.666 in a one-way run at Rogers Dry Lake, California. The ultrasonic speed set an unofficial record, but an official record requires trips in both directions, whose speeds are averaged.


Basil van Rooyen

19/4/1939 - 14/9/2023

Ken McAlpine

21/9/1920 - 8/4/2023

Craig Breedlove

23/3/1937 - 4/4/2023

Slim Borgudd

25/11/1946 - 23/2/2023

Jean-Pierre Jabouille

1/10/1942 - 2/2/2023

Ken Block

21/11/1967 - 2/1/2023