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Racing Daydreams - 1933 Monaco poster by Georges Hamel
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Monaco 1933 – Icons and the Silver Screen

How fortunate we are to have YouTube. Luckier still to have enthusiasts uploading footage, new & old, for our entertainment… and education. In that spirit, enjoy this Movietone newsreel of the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix – presented by the excellent ‘Raceday Replay’ channel. Fantastic, isn’t it? The lack of commentary letting us really hear the […]

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Racing Daydreams - Jesse Alexander
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Jesse Alexander, 1929-2021

“…at the Pau Grand Prix in 1955, when an American photographer murmured to me, ‘Is that your Porsche? I’ve got one.’ This was Jesse Alexander, a quiet, gentle, man who was photographing and reporting on European races for various American magazines and living in Switzerland with his wife and four daughters. He had travelled to […]

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Racing Daydreams - Toto Wolff press conference
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Matter of the Moment, December 2021

What a week for our sport. What does the future hold for Formula One? The title of this piece is no coincidence. It is a hat-tip to classic ‘Motor Sport’ magazine, for I have spent much time wondering what Jenks would have made of it all… of this mess. Anyone with an interest will have […]

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Video: 'The Silver Lady' - Royce & Bentley - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Video: ‘The Silver Lady’ – Royce & Bentley

The video below – courtesy of the ‘Race Day Replays’ YouTube channel – is a look at the 1962 Rolls-Royce & Bentley rally at Blenheim Palace. Fashion may have changed, and the presentation style certainly has, but it is familiar enough scene. It could be the Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance held today… I suspect many […]

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“Energy Conquers the Elements”? – Mercédès & the 1905 ‘Coupe de la Méditerranée’ - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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“Energy Conquers the Elements”? – Mercédès and the 1905 ‘Coupe de la Méditerranée’

“I have in my garden a bronze statue the patina of which has the soft shade of light emerald and which readily catches the eye of the passer-by… The pedestal of the trophy has in embossed letters two inscriptions. The front one is a little compromising: ALGIERS-TOULON RACE FOR MOTOR BOATS – ORGANISED BY LE […]

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Genevieve Shows Her Teeth – The 1904 ‘Sharknose’ - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Genevieve Shows Her Teeth – The 1904 ‘Sharknose’

There’s nothing new under the sun, so they say. Still, I imagine that Carlo Chiti and Medardo Fantuzzi must have gazed upon their new Ferrari 156 and thought it rather unique. It was certainly striking and effective in 1961, and it has proven iconic – the ‘Sharknose’. However that wind cheating snout is not without […]

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Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips

Friday 10th September 2021, Formula One will be back at Monza. Running laps, calculating, analysing. The Tifosi, returned to ‘the temple of speed’ in it’s 99th year, ramping up the atmosphere – the pressure – the utter joy of life & motor racing. Will anyone remember? Have the humility and dignity to mark the remembrance? […]

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Keeping a Nose Ahead – Mercedes’ Push to the Line in ’55 - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Keeping a Nose Ahead – Mercedes’ Push to the Line in ’55

Hasta el rabo, todo es toro UNTIL THE TAIL, EVERYTHING IS BULL To regular readers it is no surprise that I love a mystery to solve. A car that never raced. An avenue partially explored, that perhaps was ahead of its time. I have spoken before of possibly my favourite Mercedes-Benz – certainly my favourite […]

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