Plus below, Ferrari 458GT at Monza, Last chance for Pre War Tour
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The Via Flaminia Tour in 2011 was a great success, and the winner in a 1937 Citroën Traction are Ruud and Miriam Wesselink. They won the Bulova watch and the challenge cup. This year the Via Flaminia Pre War will start in Trieste. After 1200 kilometers and the legendary passes through the Dolomites the rally will end in the historic centre of Udine. This delightlfully cozy rally has only 25 entry positions so be quick to grab the last entry. Service team, baggage car and film/photo crew included. Only € 2.990,- for a great week of motoring fun. The formula for success remains much the same. A daily drive of about 170 km, a light competitive element but most of all plenty of enjoyable scenery and accommodations. Transport from Dusseldorf by car train.
For all inquiries contact Bart Kleyn at 0031 6 242 343 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit Via-Flaminia.com.
Graham Gauld finds oddities at the 1958 Ollon Villars Hillclimb
Clearly the readers of VeloceToday have enquiring minds. They appear to warm to the oddities of this world and no doubt in future months the odd oddity will make its way into my features. Just to give you a warm up I want to take you back to 1958 when Brazil won the world soccer cup and Mike Hawthorn became the first Englishman to win the World Formula 1 drivers championship.
I had decided to return to Modena to see what was happening since last I had been there, but I was stuck as I did not have a car – even though I was sports editor of an automobile magazine. The fact that a friend loaned me his Heinkel three-wheel “bubble car” and I drove it from Scotland to Modena and back…including over the Alpine passes…is another story but we were tough back then as well as stupid! However, on the way to Modena I planned to go to the European Hill Climb Championship event at the Ollon-Villars Hill Climb near Lake Geneva.
By Roy Smith, historical images copyright Bob Dance
Our lead photo is of the Gordini Transporter Recreation, based on a Laffly chassis and it is actually a race car transporter, not a support truck. Sadly, the original vehicle, based on a Lancia 3RO 6.8 liter, no longer exists as we are given to understand, though many stories abound.
We thought it might be interesting to recall some of the highlights or maybe lowlights of one of the most recognisable racing car support vehicles to grace the paddocks of Europe’s racing circuits in the 1950s.
By Pete Vack, Roy Smith and Graham Gauld
As you recall, Marshall Buck reviewed the superb 1/18 scale Ferrari Transporter last December. But recently we came across some other information about the Fiat Bartolettis shared by Ferrari and Maserati, with the help of Roy Smith and Graham Gauld. Combine that with some new images of the “Old Car” 1/43 Ferrari Transporter yours truly dug up out of the past and poof, out comes this article.
The Editor should also mention that Graham’s Maserati transporter photo will be used in his new book on Maserati to be published later this year. French-wise, later, in another article, Roy Smith will tell us a little about the Gordini transporter, the full story of which will appear in his Gordini book, also to be published later on this year.
By Pete Vack
Pictures Courtesy and Copyright Ferrari Media, Unless Otherwise Noted
French engines dominate at Bahrain
Four races. Four drivers. Four constructors. Racing “F1 wise” seems to be improving. The drivers love it, the fans love it, and it’s great for racing in general.
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By Roberto Motta
Photos courtesy of Ferrari Media
Monza, 15 April, Monza Italy
The Blancpain Endurance Series was organized in parallel with the FIA GT3 European Championship and the GT4 European Cup and is approved by the FIA and presented by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium and SRO Motorsports Group, with the support of the prestigious Swiss watch manufacturer.
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We are back, just in time to help celebrate Bill Milliken’s birthday. Last week, many asked us where the new stories were in VeloceToday. We were on an all-too short break, but it also serves to remind us that if our readers don’t either contribute or become a Premium Subscriber, VeloceToday will not be there at all. We need your help to continue to bring you these aticles each week!
There is much more to the Milliken Bugatti Type 35A than just an incident at Watkins Glen.
By Pete Vack
According to Bill Milliken, the acquisition of his first sports car was simply elementary. While visiting New York City in 1946, he happened upon a shiny black MGTB, asked the owner if he’d like to sell, wired home for the $1500 necessary to title it in his name and drove it up to Albany.
At a time when the average price of a new American car was about $1200, the TB was a bit pricey, being a 1940 model and right hand drive. It was very similar to the later TC, with the same snazzy wire wheels, upright chromed radiator grille, and the same 54 hp engine, but only 379 TBs were made before the War stopped production at Abingdon.
Milliken was in seventh heaven; his previous transportation was a secondhand Chevy that was “…little more exciting than a grocery cart.” His thoughts of the early Duesenbergs and Millers of his boyhood returned to him and he found himself in a “machine that turned on all my senses and made driving a delightful experience….my childhood euphoria of driving had returned, and I was to never lose it.”
Today, April 18th 2012, William Milliken will celebrate his his 101st birthday. We are proud to present this review of Equations of Motion at this time.
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Scroll down for images from the book. All photos are reprinted with permission from Equations of Motion, Copyright Bentley Publishers, all rights reserved, www.BentleyPublishers.com
Review by Pete Vack
A Wonderful Life
Bill Milliken may be remembered by most car enthusiasts for his exploits at Watkins Glen; he was instantly and forever immortalized by christening “Milliken’s Corner” where he rolled his T35A Bugatti in 1948 (see “
Story and photos by John Wiley
Now in its 8th year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance returned to the theme of the first show by featuring Italian cars for the 2012 event, held on April 1st. Held in Scripps Park which draws its name from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the ocean front location provided a beautiful backdrop for a variety of Italy’s automotive creations. The weekend featured activities in and around La Jolla starting with a book signing Friday evening, a tour Saturday, a party Saturday night in Scripps Park, and the concours on Sunday.
Chinese Grand Prix by Pete Vack
Photos courtesy and copyright Ferrari Media, unless otherwise noted
Mercedes-Benz won their first F1 race since 1955. That in itself is surprising, but the most significant aspect of their victory was the long struggle to achieve a true Mercedes-Benz win. The difficulties in succeeding in F1 today (already noted with great loss of dollars by Toyota, Jaguar, Honda, Porsche and others), demolished the tradition of German engineering supremacy, a shock and awe technique which once caused fear and loathing in its competitors.
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