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Racing Daydreams - Ardscull
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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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Racing Daydreams - Imola 1982
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40 Years of Daydreams

This Sunday, Ferrari will line-up a pair of turbocharged, ground-effect Grand Prix cars on the Imola grid for their two, young hot-shoes. And I will smile, perhaps raise a glass. Think about what motorsport has given me, and those no longer with us. The day after the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Monday 25 April, will […]

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Racing Daydream - Lewis Hamilton
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The Best, or Nothing – A New Grand Prix Formula for 2022

Director Sailer, who was in great form at the Mercedes dinner, made a most amusing speech concerning his early motor-racing career, and ended up by saying, “Some people think that motor-racing is no longer interesting, because Mercedes-Benz always win – we cannot help this, as we have been winning races for forty years, and do […]

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Racing Daydreams - BRM P15 V16 launch
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The Buck Stopped Here – Original BRM Body Jig Found After 70 Years

I’m sure anyone who reads ‘Racing Daydreams’ will be aware that ‘British Racing Motors’ are producing new V16 BRM Grand Prix cars. Quite the thing they are too… perhaps more effective as glorious nostalgia than they were as Formula One cars. All the same, it’s a hell of a project that has just received a […]

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Racing Daydreams - Niki Lauda 1982
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Video: ‘The Niki Lauda Story’

Everyone knew Lauda, even my parents, and he was a gateway. A charismatic, clear-thinking, plain-speaking hero whose backstory meant I was immediately hooked. Hooked by motorsport and history. https://racingdaydreams.com/i-am-i-said/ I’m always surprised & delighted by the videos that the ‘Race Day Replay’ channel discovers, and makes available. This is one such video – close to […]

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Racing Daydreams - Gerhard Berger, Hockenheim 1997
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Gerhard – Brave, Heart

Do you know Gary Critcher? Interesting, friendly, talented chap. Perhaps you know his Lotus 72 documentary, or his excellent ‘Shutter & Speed’ photo books? Gary lives in Kenya these days, and is doing a splendid job of dressing-up his new garage and office with memorabilia that he has gathered over his years in & around […]

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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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