Category: A Visit to the Past

Ronnie Peterson – The Flying Swede

Formula One from the start till Senna’s years was all about skills. After Senna, it’s been all about the technology. The risk factor has diminished enormously and, together with it, the vital component of the races of the past, the courage and determination to face them. “Ronnie drives absolutely flat-out, all the time. If he’s…



John Watson – The Silent Stalker

John Watson’s world-class car tuning abilities and smoothly aggressive style brought him within 5 points of being the 1982 World Champion and delivered two of the most determined victories in Grand Prix history. Ask any knowledgeable contemporary F1 fan to recount John Watson’s F1 career, and you would be lucky to even get a shrug….



Brawn GP: The One Season Wonder

Brawn GP were a Formula One constructor, created in early 2009 by a management buyout of Honda Racing F1 Team led by Ross Brawn & Nick Fry, after Honda announced their withdrawal from the sport in late 2008. The team only competed in the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship, with drivers Jenson Button and…



Mike Hailwood’s TT Winning Ducati : ‘The Inside Story’

Fourty-one years ago, Mike “The Bike” Hailwood stunned the motorcycling world when he emerged from 11 years of self-imposed retirement to win the Formula One TT at the Isle of Man on a specially prepared 883cc Ducati V-twin. A week later he rode to victory at Mallory Park, firmly cementing his reputation as one of…



Stefan Bellof, The ‘Ring Master

Stefan Bellof was never better – and never worse – than when he had something to prove, and was on his way to becoming one of the mightiest drivers the sport has ever seen. And Bellof always had something to prove, even if it was just a minor personal point, he had raw talent (emphasis…



2004 Minardi PS04 Formula 1 Car Sells For Cheap

Ever wanted to buy a Formula 1 car but thought you couldn’t afford it? Well if you were in the right place at the end of March this year, and had a pocket full of loose change, you could have taken this home for €42,500 +VAT, or $48,000 US. Seriously… what an absolute bargain for…



Elio De Angelis

Rich, well-educated, charming, fine manners and a gentleman driver, that is how you would sum him up. Joined at Lotus by Ayrton Senna in 1985, and being relegated the role of number two driver, Elio moved to the Brabham team owned by Bernie Ecclestone in 1986. That car was such a disappointment that he planned…



Lamborghini Powered Minardi 191B

The early years of modern Formula 1 were famous for the incredible drivers it produced. People like Senna, Mansell, Prost and the young Michael Schumacher helped bring the sport into the modern day, helping wrangle faster cars than ever before while the teams wrestled a battle between old-school engineering and a new wave of technological…



Minardi – The Team That Never Gave Up

Minardi was an Italian automobile racing team and constructor founded in Faenza in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi. They competed in the Formula One World Championship from 1985 until 2005 with minimal success, nevertheless acquiring a loyal following of fans. In 2001, to save the team from folding, Minardi sold it to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart,…



Mercedes-Benz T80 Project

This six-wheeled monster was developed and designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Mercedes-Benz, to capture the world land speed record. The Mercedes-Benz T80 world record project car was the brainchild of racing driver Hans Stuck: he wanted to break the absolute world land speed record. Stuck completed the project with the help of three…