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The Scarab Grand Prix engine

Chuck Daigh, Scarab, 1960 Monaco GP

Inopportunely, 1960 saw the delayed entry of the American Scarab GP team with their front-engined car which would prove to be totally outclassed by the new rear-engined cars that it now had to compete against. The Scarab was manufactured by Reventlow Automobiles Inc., a company set up by young American, Lance Reventlow, to fulfil his desire to produce American racing cars to compete on the world stage. Ron Rex tells us about the engine that propelled the all-American Grand Prix effort.


The Vanwall Grand Prix engines

Over sixty years ago, in 1958 Guy Anthony Vandervell's team of Vanwall Grand Prix cars won the Manufacturers’ Championship, fulfilling seven years of endeavour by Vandervell to build and race his own cars against all comers, particularly the Italian teams. In a spectacular series exclusively for 8W, Ron Rex gives us an in-depth look into the engines that propelled the all-British effort.

Tony Brooks, Vanwall, 1957 British GP


The Senna vs Schumacher stories, part 4
Ascari vs Fangio

Alberto Ascari, Lancia D50, 1955 Monaco GP

On May 14, 2015, an intriguing book titled Senna versus Schumacher and Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened was released through several online outlets. In the book, motorsport editors Christiaan Lustig and Mattijs Diepraam tried to answer the question what might have happened if the rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher had come to full bloom. In three more stories, they went on to ask the same question about Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss and Gilles Villeneuve and the competition they would have had with Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Alain Prost respectively. In 2019, on the 25th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death, Lustig and Diepraam have decided to release excerpts from the book in order to revive interest in these events from Formula 1's often glorious but sometimes tragic past. Here is part 4, on the Ascari vs Fangio rivalry that never happened.


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