Mercedes–Benz’s great Libyan racing swindle

Before Libya became the recently killed Muammar Gaddafi’s silly desert kingdom for 42 years, it was an Italian colony which hosted the Tripoli Grand Prix, the fastest motor race of the 1930s. Fed up with four years of Silver Arrow dominance, the Italians changed the rules for the 1939 race to make sure an Alfa Romeo… » 10/24/11 3:30pm 10/24/11 3:30pm