Photography: 1000km Nürburgring 1964

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:20

Back into time, to 1964; the USA launches its first attack on North Vietnam, Soviet leader Khrushchev was removed from power, the Beatles had numerous hits in a single year and Sean Connory (and the Aston DB5) shined again as Bond in 'Goldfinger', significant events that happened while everything was still green and idyllic at the Nürburgring's Nordschleife. Up to the point when the new brand-new Ford GT40 arrived at the 'Ring for the 1000km race. Its mighty V8 bellow reverberating of the surrounding hills and trees on a sunny day in May, probably making as much an impression as the American tanks that wheeled into Germany just 20 years before. Seeing this spectacle was quite something of course, but sadly didn't last very long, the #140 GT40 of Phil Hill and Bruce McLaren had to retire on the 15th lap due to a suspension failure. Starting second on the grid it had proven its speed though and already provided a decent stab into the back of Enzo Ferrari (who refused to sell Ferrari to Ford). But while the Ford failed to finish the Ferrari cars present (and there were a lot of them!) took the Nordschleife by storm, with two factory entered cars finishing first and second. Pictured on the photo further down this post is the winning car of Ludovico Scarfiotti and Nino Vaccarella.

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Photography: Andrew Bush's 66 Drives

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 07 April 2012 16:00

Just today I bumped into a newspaper article about a photography exhibition of drivers and their cars in Amsterdam. Looking at the pictures I was sure I had seen them before, and indeed they are the work of Californian photographer Andrew Bush who shot the set of photos from 1990-1997 while driving about on Californian streets and highways. Mounting a photo camera to the passenger seat of his own car and using a remote shutter cable, Bush frames his victims from the side whilst driving or at traffic lights and captures the extraordinary characters behind the wheels of their vehicles. Nothing staged, just spontaneous shots. It is a great showcase of car culture in California, where a car seems a life necessity, you need it, for everything. Considering it features mostly old cars a perfect subject for this site to cover, so here we are, just take in some of the photos featured in this thread. These photos show reality but there are, if you look closely, some very amusing little touches. There's a car with bullet holes, a badly disguised airport car and so on. On top of that it is a very nice 'guess-the-car game', as not the whole car is photographed, read on and have guess in the comments!

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Anyone care for a Martini?

Written by Kurt | Friday, 14 October 2011 16:22

Anyone care for a Martini? John Watson @ the 1977 Hockenheim Grand Prix. Another shot from our archives, more to come! Add a comment

Grand Prix Nostalgia: a 1998 Stewart test day

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 01 October 2011 11:25

Barrichello6Mostly we see photos of Grand Prix weekends with masses of people on the grandstands behind fences and masses of VIPs in the paddock and pits. There is no chance for the amateur photographer and F1 fan to get really close to action. But if you strip all of this away, what do you end up with? Of course, a test day! Where, in 1998, amateur photographers could get close to the action and capture the not so stressed and frivolous atmosphere. We had a dig in our negatives and came up with some photos showing exactly that at the Silverstone track in the UK. In this post we focus on the Stewart-Ford team and see their driver Rubens Barrichello faffing about and posing for the fans. Enjoy!

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From the archives: Geneva centre - a long time ago

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 14:28
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Found on an antiques fair. This photo was taken sometime long ago in the middle of Geneva, we can’t recognise the cars, could anyone help us identify?

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