Fascinating F1 Facts: 45 - An unlikely tale

    In the early 1930s, AD (Anton) Hildebrand was in his mid-twenties and working as a writer of radio plays with the Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep (AVRO), the public radio service of the Netherlands. In 1935 he published a book for children about a fictional brown bear called Bolke de B... [Continue reading]

    Posted 19 hours ago |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Dealing with a sensitive subject

    The key to success for any motor racing championship is not only money but also credibility. A championship wishing to have a good reputation needs to create the right impression and to have its young champions moving on to greater things. A good example of this is the horribly-named Formula Regional Europ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 16 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 44 - The risk taker

    In 1979, the Monaco Grand Prix – the seventh round of the World Championship – took place on Sunday May 27. Going into the Monaco weekend Ferrari’s Jody Scheckter led the World Championship with 25 points, but he had won only one race. Ligier’s Jacques Laffite, who had won the first two ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 16 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 43 - A most unusual life

    Racing drivers come from many different and varied backgrounds but few of them are involved in “the arts”. There are not many writers, dancers or painters who have raced and while some drivers have been very good musicians, the average F1 driver seems to be more attuned to machines than to ethe... [Continue reading]

    Posted 15 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 42 - Norman wisdom

    The city of Caen sits nine miles inland from the sea, on the Orne river, in lower Normandy. It has long been a river port where ships are better protected than at Ouistreham, the village where the Orne flows out into the English Channel. Overlooking the town of Caen are the remains of a once-mighty&nb... [Continue reading]

    Posted 14 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 41 - If you go down to the woods today...

    Duke Karl Eugen von Württemberg had a couple of passions in life. He liked women and had a string of mistresses, producing 11 illegitimate children with no fewer than eight different ladies. Born in 1728, he succeeded his father as the ruler of Württemberg in 1737, when he was just nine years of age. ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 13 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 40 - A sleepy place

    Your average Formula 1 fan may not have heard of the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, a relatively minor region in what would eventually become Germany. It centred on the town of Meiningen, in what is today known as Thuringia but was previously in East Germany. The ruling family of the duchy made little impact until 18... [Continue reading]

    Posted 12 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 39 - The adventures of “Dédé La Sardine”

    There are some people who lead such extraordinary lives that one doubts the veracity of their tales. And yet when you delve into the stories, you find that they are true - or at least you cannot prove that they are not. The story of André Guelfi is unbelievable - but most of it seems to be true... [Continue reading]

    Posted 11 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 38 - The Italian who never worked at Ferrari

    Some Formula 1 engineers never get the recognition they deserve. In part it is down to timing, in part because some don’t care and in part because F1 did not have the same profile as it does today. One such man was Italy’s Giulio Alfieri. Unlike most Italians in Formula 1, Alfieri never wo... [Continue reading]

    Posted 10 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General

    Fascinating F1 Facts: 37 - The little-known history of Honda

    Rice polishing is an odd industry. You take kernels of rice and polish them in machines so that the original brown rice becomes more attractive, more digestible and easier-to-cook white rice, which many think also has a more delicate flavour. However the polishing process removes many of the good things, w... [Continue reading]

    Posted 09 Jan |  Click for comments | Category: General