Carel Godin de Beaufort

He was his own man.  Running his own ‘Ecurie’ against the better prepared  teams efforts, he managed to upset the establishment on many occasions.  The happy and popular Dutch aristocrat Carel Godin de Beaufort (Maarsbergen, April 10, 1934 – Cologne, August 2, 1964) was the quintessential privateer of the late fifties and early sixties.  His orange Porsche housed a free spirit, at unease with the pomp and circumstance of a racing world trying to come to grips with a growing level of professionalism.

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Berne, Swiss

The “I Grober Preis Der Schweiz” (The first Swiss Grand Prix) was held at Bremgarten circuit near Berne, Aug. 22, 1934. The enthusiasm in the city of Berne was great and the organizers succeeded in making the Grand Prix race to an instant classic. The Comminges Grand Prix was run in France the same day so some teams like Ferrari split their effort and started in both races.

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Spa-Francorchamps – Naturaleza y velocidad

Por Emilio J. Lezcano   Fotos autor

Escondido en las tranquilas montañas y bosques de las Ardenas, en Bélgica, se encuentra el espectacular circuito de carreras de automóviles Spa-Francorchamps, uno de los más míticos de la Fórmula 1.  También es la sede de las “24 Horas de Spa” y las “6 Horas de Spa”, reconocidos como las carreras de resistencias de Prototipos más famosas en el mundo, al igual que las “24 Horas de Le Mans”, en Francia y los “1000 Kilómetros de Nurburgring”, en Alemania, y desde el año 1950 se disputa el Gran Premio de Bélgica por el Campeonato Mundial de F-1.

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Bernd Rosemeyer

Bernd Rosemeyer was born October 14, 1909 in Lingen, Lower Saxony, Germany.  Like many other drivers of the period, he began riding motorcycles.  He caught to the attention of the DKW factory who had recently joined a group of other manufactures to form the Auto Union group.  A revolutionary new Grand Prix car was being built at the Horch factory, at Zwickau, under the direction of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.  The car featured a 6 cylinder engine.

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Bari, Italy

The Bari Grand Prix was held in the seaport of Bari, on the Adriatic coast of Italy who organized races between 1947 and 1956 on a circuit that ran through the streets of the town, over a distance of 3.449 miles (5.550km) and the whole town coming to a virtual standstill on race day.

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Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo started motor racing almost immediately after it was founded. A.L.F.A. ventured into motor racing in 1911, with drivers Franchini and Ronzoni competing in the Targa Florio with two 24 HP models.  The marque’s first success came in 1913 when Nino Franchini finished second in Parma-Poggio Berceto race with a 40-60 HP and Giuseppe Merosi built a very advanced racing car in 1914, which was named the Grand Prix. In 1920 Giuseppe Campari won the race at Mugello with a 40-60 HP,  Enzo Ferrari was second in Tange in the same year. A year later Giuseppe Campari won at Mugello again Ugo Sivocci won the 1923 Targa Florio with an RL and  Antonio Ascari took second. Sivocci’s car was painted with the green cloverleaf on a white background that was to become Alfa’s good luck token. Alfa Romeo team: Antonio Ascari, Giusepe Campari, Tazio Nuvolari, Luigi Arcangeli, Achille Varzi and Giulio Ramponi (Chief Mechanic).

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Alberto Ascari

Alberto ‘Ciccio’ Ascari, born in Milan on July 13, 1918, was just seven years old when his famous father Antonio, the star of the Alfa Romeo Team and the reigning European champion, was killed while leading the French Grand Prix at Montlhery in 1925.

When he was 19 years old was hired to ride for the Bianchi motorcycle team.  His four-whell drive came in the 1940 Mille Miglia, where Enzo Ferrari gave him a ride in a Ferrari Tipo 815 Spyder.

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The Adler Fahrradwerke produced bicycles, typewriters, and motorcycles in addition to cars since 1900.  Before World War I, the company use De Dion two-and-four cylinder engines in cars that ranged from 1032 cc to 9081 cc.Continue reading

Albi, France.

Introduced in 1933 “Grand Prix de l’Albigeos”, (Albi) soon became one of the classic pre-war Voiturette races. It was raced using the fast three lined ‘Les Planques’ public roads course beside the river Tarm,  bumpy and narrow triangular  circuit with the pits and the start on the shortest of the straights, the one closest to Albi.

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Ain Diab, Morocco

This 4.724 mile circuit was situated in the new public roads of the Ain-Diab suburb  of Casablanca, Morocco, the desert road towards Azemour and the coast road through the Sidi Abderhaman forest and two races were held between 1957 and 1958.

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