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The 1939 racing season opened with the Monte Carlo rally, the 18th edition of this world-famous event. The result was unique: two cars were declared ex aequo, the Hotchkiss 686GS Riviera cabriolet of Jean Trevoux and André Lesurque, and the Delahaye 135 MS of Joseph Paul and Marcel Contet, tells André Vaucourt in his series of articles on the illustrious French marque. This chapter in André's Delahaye series deals with the final season ahead of World War II, culminating in a rather sad end to Delahaye's illustrious pre-war racing history.
The summer of 1970 wasn't the once famous summer of love but to the Formula One audience it might be remembered as the summer of the Lotus 72. The Dutch Grand Prix was the first of four successive wins by the 72, the new and spectacular wedge-shaped car. Unfortunately Jochen Rindt died during practice for the Italian Grand Prix on September 6 and thus became the first posthumous world champion in Formula One. His death confirmed the reputation of Lotus: fast and innovative designs but also fragile and deadly. As it turned out, the Lotus 72 was the overture to a design revolution, as Willem Visser argues.
After a windy, chilly and rainy Goodwood Revival we said it would be the ultimate irony if one week later it would be three fine autumn days at Spa. But so it turned out to be. In more ways, it was a turnaround of affairs. Where at Goodwood grandstands and paddocks were virtually empty at times, the Spa Six Hours meeting was busier than ever. On Saturday, the day of the headlining Six Hours race, the paddocks and garages were almost overloaded with visitors, and attendance looked like it was booming like never before when the seats filled up for the first FIA Masters Historic F1 race and the main event. No change in the race itself, however: yet another win for Leo and Simon.
Other recent stories on 8W
- Delahaye 135/145/155 - 1938: Delahaye wins the Pau and Cork GPs and comes 1, 2, 4 at Le Mans, by André Vaucourt
- Goodwood - Keeping its core intact, 2013 Circuit Revival Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Zandvoort - Treasure in the dunes, 2013 Historic GP report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Delahaye 135/145 - 1937: winning big prizes, by André Vaucourt
- Silverstone - All that in one single event, 2013 Silverstone Classic report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Le Mans - A legendary challenge, 2013 Le Mans Legend report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Delahaye 135 - 1936: Delahaye wins nine out of 18 races, by André Vaucourt
- Ferrari - Ferrari at Indianapolis: mutual love unanswered, by Henri Greuter
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