Goodwood Revival 2013 - Some Reminiscing

Written by Kurt Schleier | Saturday, 19 October 2013 17:40

rsz img 0763Perhaps stating the obvious, this year’s Goodwood Revival was a rather extraordinary event. It generally is. The Revival never disappoints in terms of cars of course, it can’t really disappoint seeing the selection of cars that turn up on Goodwood’s tarmac every year. Although, the line up of cars might have been a tad less eccentric than at last year’s edition; who could forget that grid full of 1930s Silver Arrow Grand Prix cars? There was no Auto Union or Mercedes-Benz to be seen this year. Instead, crowds were offered several Ford GT40s which, is a great organisational feat of course, but frankly, they don’t really float my own personal boat. Though, for me, the drivers more than made up for it with some splendid racing.

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Gute fahrt mit Gasolin

Written by Kurt | Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:58

This time we publish a photo that had been languishing in our 'vaults' for quite a while, basically as we haven't been able to use it in a story. But, as we didn't want to keep it back here it is in all its nondescript glory! What you see is the Mercedes pit box at the 1954 German GP at the Nürburgring. Getting out of his Mercedes W196 is Karl Kling, the big man with hat in the middle of the car blocking the view is most certainly the Mercedes race chief of the time; Alfred Neubauer. What I particularly like is the ad banner above the pitbox which translates as 'Good journey with Gasolin,' you can't argue with that, gasoline is always good. Furthermore we see a guy with a cannister refuelling the car, but other than that there's not much activity going on. Apart from the many spectators making pictures and even some with a film camera shooting the action. If you look closely you can even see a commentator with a microphone and headphone on the roof of the pit building. I wonder what happened to all that film footage and those photos, wouldn't it be a fantastic attic find? Chances are though that over those 55 odd years people would have just discarded these precious pieces of history over multiple estate sales or what have you. Shame really, thankfully the photographer of the photo we're looking at didn't do just that, he even kept the negative, good man!

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One Mercedes-Benz silver arrow

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 01 May 2012 21:23

This time a bit of a mystery photo from pre-war racing, well it's not a big mystery what can be seen on the photo, but more where it was taken. All evidence points towards this being German Grand Prix racing driver Hermann Lang (with goggles) chatting to a man who might well be a journalist. On the left of course is you can see a Mercedes-Benz 'Silberpfeile' which I am positive is the model W125. Also notice the man in the white uniform and silly hat on the left, who is some kind of nazi official, which in turn points to this event being in Germany. On top of that there is another race car lurking behind Lang with what appears to be a BMW badge. Also see the motorbike racers in the background on the starting grid which seem to be waiting on their turn to race. Due to grandstands in the background it leaves me no other way than to conclude this race (or perhaps a demonstration) was at the Sachsenring (or, as it was known, Hohenstein-Ernstthal), I cannot think of any race track that had its grandstands on the left of the grid.. Fact is though, there was never a Grand Prix race there! You think you know better get in touch, I'd love to give this photo from my archive its correct designation.

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From the archives: Sachsenring 1955

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:42


This photo was taken at the Sachsenring all the way back in 1955 (14 August). There is pretty conclusive evidence that this is a certain East-German racer called 'Rudolf Stumpf' driving his #45 'Eigenbau' sports car which was equipped with a VW or Porsche flat-4 engine. This amateur photo is not particularly sharp but nonetheless gives a good idea of the car's shape. Which was a rather bulbous beauty, heavily influenced by the Porsche 550 it seems. Notice the antitank obstacles in the background, which, for some reason, are still holding up ten years after the war.

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The anorak: Ferrari 250 GTO #3589GT

Written by Kurt | Thursday, 29 March 2012 13:03
#3589GT in a field, photos by El Wayne

Now, normally I try to steer clear of the subject 'chassis numbers' and historic cars, as it can come over as mindbogglingly boring to normal people while at the same time being a futile attempt to sound interesting, when you are really not anything like that. But, for this post I make an exception as it is about a car with a very intriguing story. I mean, it is not often that you hear of a Ferrari 250 GTO that used to languish in a field for 15 years. Even though is a well-known story outside of the ferrarichat.com circle, it really is worth making a trip down memory lane to revisit chassis #3589GT in the various parts of its life. And what a life it was (is)! Just read on after the jump all will be explained.

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