VeloceToday for April 21, 2015

by pete on April 21, 2015

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Master Motorsports Photographer Klemantaski
By Paul Parker
Photography by Louis Klemantaski
Hardcover, 272 pages
ISBN 9780760346440
302 color and B&W photos
12 x 9.75 inches
Price; $75 USD
Order from www.motorbooks.com

Review by Pete Vack

His father was Dutch, his mother Russian and he was born in Harbin, Manchuria. In 1928 at the age of 16, he traveled to England, taking the Trans-Siberian Railway across the Asian continent. There, he graduated from King’s College in London. Little wonder that Louis Klemantaski (1912-2001) was destined to do and see things with a unique perspective.

As Jim Sitz told this reviewer, “Klemantaski was an artist with a camera, not a merely a photographer with an artistic sense.” “Klem”, as he was called, was one of a number of great racing photographers of the twentieth century; some say the best of them all. In an age that would foster Kurt Worner, Jesse Alexander, Pete Coltrin, Bernhard Cahier, and Tom Burnside to name a few, that is saying something. Thankfully for us, in addition to interests in Ballet and the opera, Klemantaski also loved motor racing. Until 1967, when he ‘elected to simply step off the stage’, Klemantaski recorded the world of motor racing in the U.K. and on the continent, concentrating on real life and real people. [click to continue…]

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Spring Arrives at Silverstone

by pete on April 21, 2015

 A beautiful and rare Triumph Gloria. A beautiful and rare Triumph Gloria.

By Roy P. Smith

Silverstone, April 18th 2015…Now for something different…the incredible race meeting that is the VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) Spring Start. Roy Smith brings us the news in pictures of just some of the hundreds of amazing vehicles to be seen in the paddock. Not just the racers, there were parking areas full of exotica. We can say no more other than just enjoy. And perhaps our readers might help us with the background of the last car in this feature. [click to continue…]

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The King’s Bandini

by pete on April 21, 2015

January 1952 Motorsport cover. The Bandini powered by a 1100cc Fiat engine finished 10th at Elkhart Lake, owned by Tony Pompeo, New York. With car is Perry Fina. Photo by Bill Finn.

Story by John Wright

The neat little cycle-fendered sports car pictured here is one of a few Bandinis which were exported to the U.S.A. in the immediate post war era. Their creator, Ilario Bandini was born in Forli, Italy, and because he was mechanically inclined, set himself up as a creator of sports cars using Fiat parts only as the basis of his pretty and slinky designs in coupes, roadsters and race cars. [click to continue…]

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Death by Delage

by pete on April 18, 2015

Miranda behind the wheel of the Delage.


In this exclusive article for VeloceToday, Miranda Seymour, author of “Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father’s House” and “The Bugatti Queen,” visits Australia and finds a French legend.

By Miranda Seymour

The Adelaide literary festival takes place every two years. I flew out last year for the first time to talk about my book, “Thrumpton Hall.” Adelaide is a long journey from London; I planned to sleep in on my first morning, even though all the participating writers had been bidden to attend a breakfast in the gardens of Government House. Luckily, I woke early and changed my mind.
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VeloceToday for April 14, 2015

by pete on April 14, 2015

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Listen up now…VeloceToday is undergoing an upgrade as well as coming up with a new and (of course) exciting homepage. During the month of April there may not be a normally scheduled Tuesday edition of VeloceToday. Do not fear if you don’t get your weekly fix or if you see glitches on the homepage.
We are on it.

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cover-350 Mid-Atlantic American Sports Car Races, 1953-196
By Terry O’Neil
Dalton Watson Fine Books, February 2015
ISBN 978-1-85443-263-6 320mm by 240mm
393 pages, Hardbound with dust jacket
569 color and B&W photos
$155.00 USD, plus shipping
Order here

Review by Pete Vack
This is Terry O’Neil’s third book on racing in the colonies. The first opus covered the Bahamas Races and the second the Northeast SCCA region, 1952-59. His latest book covers SCCA races in the Mid-Atlantic Region from 1953 to 1962.

The Mid-Atlantic Region as covered by the book. O’Neil noted that although Kentucky and North Carolina were actually not officially within the SCCA defined region, it was best to include them in the book as well. The Mid-Atlantic Region as covered by the book. O’Neil noted that although Kentucky and North Carolina were actually not officially within the SCCA defined region, it was best to include them in the book as well. [click to continue…]

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Cisitalia Ford

by pete on April 14, 2015

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The unusual Cisi Ford..no match for the classic 202. Photo by Hugues Vanhoolandt.

By Brandes Elitch

A few years ago, the organizers of the Pebble Beach concours, in an effort to dispel the image of the entrants as so called trailer queens, initiated a drive for the entrants around the Monterey Peninsula.
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VeloceToday for April 7, 2015

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Three Moretti Gran Sports

April 7, 2015

Above: Posing with the Harry Jones Moretti are (left-to-right) Viola Jones, Pat McAfee (then wife of Jack McAfee), and Vi’s husband Harry Jones. Santa Barbara paddock, September 1954. Photo: John Edgar, Edgar Motorsport Archive ______________________________________________________________ By Pete Vack From the Archives of VeloceToday Thanks to Peter Vanlaw, William Edgar, Alex Vazeos, Rex McAfee, Cliff Reuter, […]

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The Three Musketeers Part 3

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By Gijsbert-Paul Berk Of our Three Musketeers, only two survived the war. But despite all odds, both Pourtout and Darl’mat continued to create interesting designs well into the 1950s. Georges Paulin and the Resistance While it was sad that the Rolls-Royce Paulin Corniche was destroyed at Dieppe, even more tragic is the fact that Georges […]

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Fiat’s X1/9: The 1300 and 1500 Street Cars

April 7, 2015

By Roberto Motta Photos by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles press archive and GGRM archive Read the history of the X1/9 Prototipos Read X1/9 Prototipos Today Characterized by taut lines, and equipped with the engine and various mechanical components taken from the 128 sedan, the Fiat X1/9 was, and remains, a dream car. The “X1/9” was part […]

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