Happy 80th Birthday to Vic Elford

Vic Elford's Porsche 908 at the Nurburgring 1000 KM in 1968

Born in London on June 10, 1935, Vic Elford was one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive 1960s and '70s racing scene. Elford’s lap records include Targa Florio, Nurburgring, Daytona, Sebring, Norisring, Monza, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Riverside, and Le Mans - where he was the first driver to lap at over a 150mph average in the Porsche long-tail 917 in 1970. Known as “Quick Vic” to friends and … [Read more...]

Remembering Yutaka Katayama (1909 – 2015)

Mr. K put together the key concepts for the Datsun Z-car

Nissan legend Yutaka Katayama, the man known as “Mr. K,” has died at the age of 105. Katayama, the first president of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A, passed away on February 20, 2015. Katayama ran Nissan’s U.S. operations in the 1970s and is widely known as the father of the Datsun Z, the world-class affordable sports car. He retired from Nissan in 1977. … [Read more...]

Remembering Brian Lister (1926 – 2014)

Brian Lister

Brian Lister, one of Britain’s greatest unsung racing car builders, died aged 88 on December 16, 2014. From its inception in 1954, Lister quickly became a benchmark for the front-engined sports racing car. The Lister ‘Knobbly’, as it was known, had few competitors. Brian Horace Lister was born on 12 July 1926. He and his brother Raymond were the two sons of Horace and Nell Lister. Horace had joined the family … [Read more...]

Happy 85th Birthday to Sir Stirling Moss

British Grand Prix in Aintree, July 16, 1955. Winner Stirling Moss (start number 12) racing at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz W 196 R monoposto.

Sir Stirling Moss is an exceptional motor racing talent. Born September 17, 1929, Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss OBE is still going strong at a young 85, serving as Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, among many other duties that find him at events worldwide to the delight of his fans. In the 1955 season, the Brit started out for Mercedes-Benz, racking up wins in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in sports car races and in … [Read more...]

Remembering Jack Brabham (1926 – 2014)

Jack Brabham in the #17 Cooper-Climax at the 1961 Indy 500

Sir Jack Brabham AO, OBE, triple Formula 1 World Champion, has died at the age of 88. Sir Jack passed away peacefully at his Gold Coast, Australia, home on Monday 19th May 2014. Formula 1 World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966 and double Constructors' Champion (1966 and 1967), Sir Jack was one of the most accomplished drivers and team owners in the history of the sport. The first driver to be knighted for services … [Read more...]

Vic Elford Named 2014 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Marshal

Elford in the pits at Sebring in 1971. He and co-driver Gerard Larrousse would pilot a Porsche 917 to victory in the 12-hour race. Photo courtesy of Vic and Anita Elford.

By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The Sebring International Raceway has announced that legendary British driver Vic Elford will be honored as Grand Marshal at the 62nd running of America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race, the 12 Hours of Sebring. This year's race will be held on March 15, 2014. Born in London, England in 1935, Victor Henry Elford's three-decades long career in motorsports … [Read more...]

Remembering Andy Granatelli (1923 – 2013)

Andy Granatelli talking to Mario Andretti before the 1969 Indy 500

He was, without doubt, one of the most dominant and iconic personalities in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. An innovator, tireless promoter and public relations genius, the flamboyant, larger-than-life Andy Granatelli succumbed to congestive heart failure Sunday, December 29th, 2013 in a Santa Barbara, California, hospital. He was 90. … [Read more...]

Remembering Kjell Qvale (1919 – 2013)

Kjell Qvale

Kjell Qvale passed away this weekend in San Francisco at the age of 94. "Mr. Q" was a pioneer for more than 67 years in the introduction of European sports cars for the Western United States. Qvale's passion for foreign vehicles inspired him to import MG, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Maserati, along with virtually every other notable British manufacturer. He also ventured into manufacturing, producing his namesake … [Read more...]

Remembering Jose Froilan Gonzalez (1922-2013)

Ferrari 375 F1

Argentine racing driver Jose Froilan Gonzalez passed away June 15th, 2013 at the age of ninety in his native Buenos Aires. Born October 5th, 1922, Gonzalez will be forever linked to capturing Ferrari's first victory in a Grand Prix counting towards the Formula 1 World Championship, coming at the 1951 British Grand Prix held at Silverstone. … [Read more...]

Ferrari, Villeneuve and Canada Forever Linked

Gilles Villeneuve in the Ferrari 312 T3

No other name sums up the relationship between Ferrari and Canada better than that of Gilles Villeneuve. He never won a world championship nor did he rack up a host of wins; just six Grand Prix victories came his way and yet Gilles is part of the Prancing Horse’s history and its soul and he has a special place in the heart of all its fans. His talent, speed, courage, bordering on the reckless made him immortal in the … [Read more...]

Remembering Franco Gozzi (1932-2013)

Franco Gozzi with Enzo Ferrari

Franco Gozzi, a key part of the history of Ferrari, passed away April 23rd, 2013 at the age of 81. “We have lost a key figure in the history of Ferrari,” said President Luca di Montezemolo. “My most abiding memory is of all the hours we spent together, talking about drivers and cars and I am grateful for the fact he was close to me when I was a young sporting director at the Scuderia.” … [Read more...]

Race to Equality – History of Women in Racing

Michelle and Lyn St. James.

By Michelle Cabatingan My love of cars and wanting to race them began at a young age of nine years old. It started on a winter afternoon in 2004 when my dad came home with a brand new PlayStation 2, a gaming system that my cousin introduced to me. Every time I went to visit him we would always be playing the video game, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. I had been asking for one, ever since then. He set … [Read more...]

Celebrating the 85th Birthday of Hans Herrmann in Photos

Sebring 1956 - Hans Herrmann with Porsche 550 Spyder (Porsche AG)

Legendary racing driver Hans Herrmann celebrates his 85th birthday on 23 February 2013. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, the endurance and Monoposto specialist is regarded as one of the most reliable and consistent race drivers of all time. In the course of his motor sport career, Hans Herrmann won more than 80 overall and best of class victories. The proverbial “Hans im Glück” (Hans in Luck) at the wheel celebrated … [Read more...]

Remembering George Waltman (1925-2013)

George Waltman

By Louis Galanos On Monday, January 7th, 2013, Daytona racing legend George S. Waltman of Honesdale, Pennsylvania passed away at the age of 87. Most endurance racing fans were unaware of exactly who George S. Waltman was unless you heard mention of him on the Speed Television broadcast of the recently concluded Rolex 24 At Daytona. … [Read more...]

John Fitch – A Pictorial Remembrance

John Fitch, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL W 194

By Art Evans John Fitch and I were close friends for more than 50 years. We played together, sailed together, traveled together, partied together and wrote two books together: Racing Corvettes, The Early Years and Racing With Mercedes. Although on opposite coasts, we always kept in touch via email and telephone. This remembrance consists of more than 90 images selected from various sources including the GM … [Read more...]