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1949 Brazilian Temporada
Brazil's forgotten racing days

Rafael Gargiulino, Ford V8 Adaptado, 1949 Brazilian Temporada

When you ask someone about the association between Brazil and motor racing, most likely the first thing that will come to mind will be the names of the drivers who, from the 1970s onwards, began to write the most significant part of the history of motorsport in that country. However, the history of these drivers was not built on the basis of spontaneous and random events which culminated in these successive generations. The maturation process of Brazilian drivers was the result of other pioneers who ended up being forgotten compared to the glories achieved by their compatriots in later decades. Drivers like 'Chico' Landi, Irineu Corrêa and Manuel de Teffé paved the way for what would become one of the most victorious countries in the history of F1, Indy and so many other prestigious international categories.

Back in the forties, the success of the Argentine Temporada was due to its good schedule, which generally comprised four solid races spread over one month. This simple arrangement became itself an attraction for the big European teams, which could dilute the transportation and maintenance costs of all material from Europe to South America over the course of four events, in addition to the good prizes offered by those events, which were good lures for the top racing drivers. Therefore, the ACB began designing the project for its own Temporada, following the templates built by the ACA. Lorenzo Baer reports.

 

2024 Brands Hatch Masters Festival report
Double winners

At Brands Hatch, Matt Wrigley made amends for his misfortune in Paul Ricard’s opening round of the Masters Racing Legends for 1966-’85 F1 cars, as he won both races in his Tyrrell 011 to move himself back in contention for the championship. Two other double race winners surfaced at this year’s Masters Historic Festival: Keith Frieser won twice in Masters Endurance Legends while Paul Cope took a double treat of spoils in Masters Sports Car Legends.

Now in its 18th year, the Masters Historic Festival – one of two championship rounds organised by Masters Historic Racing themselves – upheld its tradition of fine spring weather as it returned to its equally traditional late-May bank holiday weekend that always coincides with the Monaco GP and the Indy 500. It would be the opening weekend for four of the six Masters grids, but the F1 cars and the more recent Le Mans prototypes had already completed their first round of the championship at Paul Ricard.

Matt Wrigley, Tyrrell 011, 2024 Brands Hatch Masters Festival

 

2024 Monaco Grand Prix Historique report
Sunny, straightforward and chaotic

Stuart Hall, McLaren M23, 2024 Monaco GP Historique

With two wins from two starts, Stuart Hall crowned himself the street prince of Monaco in the 2024 edition of the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, as the British pro driver bagged the spoils in the 1973-’76 and 1981-’85 F1 races while at the helm of the Rofgo Collection’s McLaren M23 and March 821. Besides Hall, Michael Lyons and Andy Middlehurst returned to their winning ways at Monaco, while Max Smith-Hilliard laid claim to being the true star of the meeting by rebounding from a fluffed start to claim an astonishing sportscar victory on the final lap.

 

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