Morning Qualifying – History Lesson, Part VII

Please hold still while I sear your undead flesh with my cross-shaped metric wrench.

Good morning, students. I am Professor Van Helsing, and I hate vampires…all kinds of vampires.  Christopher Lee vampires, chocolate vampires, Keifer Sutherland vampires, 60’s tv show vampires, African-American vampires, comedy vampires, video game vampires, Scientologist vampiresGolden vampires, math vampires and most of all….sparkling vampires.  These vile abominations must be wiped clean from the face of the earth.  And as soon as I finish building my twin Bentley V-12 powered rat rod/vampire harvester, you’re ALL coming with me.  It will be fricking sweet!
In the meantime, let’s learn more about the history of auto racing.

Alberto Ascari and his Ferrari 500 at the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix

1952 saw big changes in Grand Prix racing.  Alfa Romeo didn’t have the funds to develop a new car for F1 and withdrew from the series; this left the field wide open for Scuderia Ferrari, their new car, the 500, and their number one driver, Alberto Ascari.  Desperate race organizers, anxious to put on a competitive show, ran some races to F2 regulations to ensure a full grid.  However, Ferrari’s dominance didn’t stop other constructors and drivers from trying to block the Scuderia’s rampage.  Maserati introduced it’s new car, the A6GCM; Talented young British driver, Stirling Moss, went racing with ERA.  John Cooper entered Grand Prix racing for the first time, and introduced their exciting new driver, Mike Hawthorn.  Due to rule changes, poor BRM, who had poured much money and effort into their V-16 powered P15, was left with no place but Formula Libre events to unleash their screaming beast.  Troy Ruttman won the 1952 Indianapolis 500 in his Offy-powered Kuzma.
The 300SL of Karl Kling and Hans Klenk at the Mille Miglia

In sport car racing, the big news was the return of the 3 pointed star.  Mercedes-Benz’s new 300SL “Gullwing” won at LeMans, the Carrera Panamericana and the Nurburgring.  Giovanni Bracco’s Ferrari barely held off Kling and Klenk’s Mercedes-Benz at the Mille Miglia.  Briggs Cunningham unleashed his Chrysler Hemi-powered C4R‘s on the racing world.
For your edification, you can see all the Formula 1 and sports car action from 1952 in the following clips.  As a bonus, the Hooniversity AV squad found a 24 minute, Firestone produced, documentary on the 1952 Indianapolis 500.





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  1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

    from the geniuses that brought us MST3K
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    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      only reason i posted this was due to the vampire references in the article… otherwise… it's just way off topic.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        It could be asserted that his entire first paragraph was off topic, too. Although, I agree with everything — except exterminating chocolate vampires. Count Chocula Rools!

        1. Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr. Avatar
          Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr.

          For reasons I don't fully comprehend, the 1st paragraphs of the History Lesson posts are never really on topic. This one, a little more so.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    I was about to say Bentley never made a V-12, but I went to wikipedia and found the 1938-1940 Lagonda V-12. Not exactly a Bentley, but designed by WO, so close enough. Good choice for vampire killing.
    My wiki-wanderings also lead me to another Lagonda developed vehicle that might be useful in really annoying, if not actually killing vampires. The Lagonda Flamethrower armored car:
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    1. Syrax Avatar

      I'm registering Lagonda Flamethrower right now!

    2. Van Sarockin Avatar
      Van Sarockin

      You wouldn't want to be an uninvited guest at a Lagonda Flamethrower Owners Club meet!

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Apparently the Brits conceived these things as a defense against dive bombers. They didn't work out.

  3. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Santa Clara does have Zombies roaming wild. So it has that going for it. Which is nice.
    /Mixed memes.