Dario Franchitti on Jim Clark's 1965 Indy 500-winning Lotus 38 Ford

In 2010, 45 years after Jim Clark drove his Lotus 38 Ford to a dominant win at the 1965 Indy 500, Dario Franchitti got to live out a dream by strapping in and driving his hero's car himself. Dario had just come off a season in which he scored both his second Indy 500 win and the IndyCar title. » 5/25/14 12:48pm 5/25/14 12:48pm

In the ‘60s, F1 Drivers Wintered by Racing in the Tasman Series

Back in the days of Formula One’s 1.5-liter years, there was no winter off-season for the best drivers. Once the Grands Prix in Europe were over, drivers and teams flew down New Zealand and Australia to compete against the locals, who put up quite a fight. » 2/06/12 12:30pm 2/06/12 12:30pm

Colin Chapman’s simple and chilling definition of a Formula One race car

To see the most interesting document at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one had to get a particular stool at Lotus then not sit down on it. Beneath a layer of glass was a page from Colin Chapman’s notebook from the summer of 1975 which contains many of his iconic quotes about Formula One cars. Some are simple, some are… » 9/16/11 1:30pm 9/16/11 1:30pm

New BBC film on the blood-drenched glory years of F1

When men were men and race cars looked like cars, men and women were dying on Grand Prix weekends like flies. The early history of Formula One is a horror of burning flesh, and a new one-hour BBC documentary puts the easy nostalgia for the early days in a sad new perspective. » 3/29/11 2:30pm 3/29/11 2:30pm

Mark Webber On His Day Off

Inching ever closer to his first ever Grand Prix victory, Red Bull’s Mark Webber spent his free weekend between the British and the German Grands Prix at a motorcycle race. We got inside his head. » 6/30/09 12:30pm 6/30/09 12:30pm

The 12 Brits Who've Won Their Home Grand Prix

A dozen men have walked on the Moon—and twelve Brits have won the British GP since first held in 1950 at Silverstone. Meet the men whose shoulders Jenson Button is set to stand on this Sunday. » 6/20/09 1:30pm 6/20/09 1:30pm

The Grand Prix For British Philatelic Immortality

In 2007, Royal Mail issued a set of stamps commemorating Britain’s Formula One greats. With six slots for eight world champions and Sir Stirling Moss, the stage was set for a philatelic battle royale. » 6/03/09 4:00pm 6/03/09 4:00pm

Mr. Chapman Goes to Indianapolis: The Lotus-Ford Story

In 1961, after witnessing Jack Brabham's 9th-place finish in the Indy 500 in a mid-engined Cooper, Dan Gurney hooked up Colin Chapman and the Ford Motor Company to build a car for the '63 Indy 500 that would truly change the face of American open-wheel motorsports. But it was hardly a cakewalk. While Gurney felt it… » 11/17/06 12:15am 11/17/06 12:15am

Commenting on F1 via Fiction: Posthumous Legends Interview

What if you could get Alberto Ascari, Ayrton Senna, Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren 'round the table for a sit-down on the current state of Formula 1? A guy by the name of Parminio did just that on an unofficial McLaren fan site. Mindful that with the exception of the safety of modern F1 cars, the racing seemed to be so… » 7/20/05 1:15pm 7/20/05 1:15pm