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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 - 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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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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“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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Racing Nightmare - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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Racing Nightmare

Today – June 11th – is the anniversary of the tragedy at the 1955 24 Heures du Mans. What is there left to say? Two thoughts… rather one thought, and a plea. When I consider Pierre ‘Levegh’ on W196S #0006/55 I remember first the gesture to Fangio. A hand signal. Warning of the danger. A […]

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The Second is The First, and Fourth Shall be The Greatest - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
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The Second is The First, and Fourth Shall be The Greatest

22nd May 1921 – one hundred years ago. A 28 year-old man is about to take the start for his first real motor race. Last year he retired his 600cc Della Ferrera motorcycle from the Circuito Internazionale di Cremona. In March he won the Coppa Verona regularity trial, bimbling along at average of 39.709 kph […]

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C’était un Déluge

We’re lucky to have a lot of motorsport heritage in Northern Ireland. We don’t make enough of a fuss about it. To that end – to make a start – here’s a look at Dundrod. Epic, terrifying, bloody quick Dundrod. Scene of many motorcycle battles, but also the Ulster Trophy for Formula One & Formula […]

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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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