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The Road to Ballyshannon – Gordon Bennett

It’s not so much raining as there’s more humidity than the sky can bear. It pattered down most of the night. Now it hangs in the air – spritzes as you walk. I quietly leave the rooms, grab a cap from the car, and walk to the town square. Past the memorial plaque, and the […]

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Chasing the Ghosts – Gordon Bennett

I’ve always considered ‘Racing Daydreams’ to be an attitude. The willingness to look beyond presented information, armed with some knowledge and an empathy for times & people past. How better to explore and take joy from our sport? Similarly approached, locations too can rattle the senses. Standing in silence at the top of Dundrod. Inhale […]

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Sascha and The Ace of Clubs

Small cars hold an attraction – I would imagine since les Frères Renault first took-on the Edwardian giants – and the idea of a smaller car as a generally more efficient machine has held sway. An efficient use of resources, or merely a more stressed & stressful way of covering the same distance? I suppose […]

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Racing Daydreams - Caracciola, 1930 Irish Grand Prix
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Caracciola’s Over-Blown 1930

H.M.S. Catherwood’s central works, Donegall Road, Belfast. Friday, 22 August 1930 The driver retrieved a half Woodbine from his top pocket. “You still here, cub?” “Aye… til the death. Told me to stand here til I got somethin’.” “Wha? Like pleurisy?.. don’t think that would make the morning paper.” The Bo Peep flared on first […]

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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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“Read All About it!” – The Morning ‘Paper That Saved British Road-Racing - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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“Read All About it!” – The Morning ‘Paper That Saved British Road-Racing

It’s easy to think that ‘disruptors’ are a modern phenomenon. People who refuse to accept that their idea can’t & won’t revolutionise their field of expertise… or their part of the world. But what are Wallace McLeod & Harry Ferguson if not ‘disruptors’? Men of vision and, more importantly, action! You will likely have heard […]

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Prose: The Priest’s Bed - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Prose: The Priest’s Bed

This is some prose, a note I made today… And the boy said, “Speak to me of Achille.”. The old man shifted in the bed. Something had nipped him. “What does it matter? It’s over.”. The exclamation stealing his breath, he continued at a whisper. “It is finished. Soon we’ll be dust. Like Campari, like […]

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120 Years of Caracciola: 1926 Grosser Preis von Deutschland (Part II) - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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120 Years of Caracciola: 1926 Grosser Preis von Deutschland (Part II)

“No!” Porsche tosses the spark plug back towards the car. He catches the next “hot chestnut” in his handkerchief. Raises the magnifying glass to it. “No!” Rudi fumbles to remove the eighth plug – as the Mercédès creaks & cools – as cars stream past the pits – as the rain continues to fall. Was […]

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Spats in The Sand Pit – The Lost Tripoli Streamliner - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Spats in The Sand Pit – The Lost Tripoli Streamliner

The 2020 Formula One titles have been decided and the teams are preparing to leave for Bahrain. This season – this mad year – we will see two races at the Bahrain International Circuit, the second of these being held on the high-speed outer circuit. Described variously as an oval(!), or like Thruxton – according […]

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A Last Day in the Sun? – ’55 Targa Florio - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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A Last Day in the Sun? – ’55 Targa Florio

Sicily – 16th of October, 1955. Snap! The tail of the silver machine snaps-out from under him… just like at Padova. No time to catch it at 100mph. Spin! Crunch! Falling… “Christ!” The Mercedes hits the rock-strewn ground, fully ten feet below the road. A sickening belly-flop. Landing with the full force of its 900 kilogrammes… and the […]

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