USA Grand Prix Racing Memorabilia
This is a vintage 1959 B&W photo of Tony Brooks at the wheel of his Ferrari 246 F1 during the 1959 Grand Prix of the USA, held at Sebring.
This was the first ever GP in the USA.
It measures approximately 7 x 5 inches.
About the car:
This is S/N 0004, built in 1958 and is of the small tube chassis frame variety.
This is the same car in which Luigi Musso had his fatal accident during the French Grand Prix held at Reims on July 6, 1958.
The car was raced extensively during the 1958, 1959 and 1960 seasons and was raced by the above mentioned Luigi Musso and further by Wolfgang von Trips, Phil Hill, Jean Behra (amongst others a win at the Aintree 200, 1959), Cliff Allison, Olivier Gendebien, Froilan Gonzales and of course Tony Brooks.
The car was broken up at the end of the 1960 season but somewhere during the 1960's Sir Anthony Bamford of the UK acquired the engine from the factory. In 1980 Graypaul Motors created a replica of the car which now seems to reside in Japan.
About the race:
Tony qualified 4th with a time of 3'05.9 and finished the race in in 3rd position, a royal 3 minutes behind winner Bruce McLaren on Cooper Climax.
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Vintage 1959 photo of Tony Brooks on Ferrari 246 at the USA Grand Prix at Sebring
Didier Pironi signed hotel bill, Long Beach Grand Prix 1981.
Here we have a truely unique Didier Pironi item from his time as a factory F1 driver for Scuderia Ferrari.
This is a bill from the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, Califonia, where Didier stayed in the days preceding the 1981 Long Beach Grand Prix.
The bill shows intriguing details of Didier's stay there such as his spendings in the restaurant etc. The bill spans March 8 - 11, 1981 and Didier settled it using his American Express credit card. He also signed it at the bottom in blue ballpoint.
According to this bill, Didier checked out on March 11, 12.42 P.M.
The Long Beach Grand Prix took place on March 15 so it is very well possible that Didier stayed in this hotel at his own expense and changed hotels when the race team arrived for the race.
About the race: Didier qualified the Ferrari 126 CK in 11th position, managed to set 8th fastest lap during the race but had to abandon in lap 67 (out of the total 80) with fuel system problems while in 7th place. His team mate, Gilles Villeneuve, already abondoned in lap 17 with a broken halfshaft.
Didier Pironi was born on March 26, 1952 in France and became a Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver in 1981. He crashed heavily during practice for the 1982 German Grand Prix, badly injuring both his legs of which he never regained full use. Didier was killed during a powerboat accident off the Isle of Wight on August 23, 1987.
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