Tag "racing"
New Car Seeks to Boost Segrave’s Time (May, 1930)

The title says “Boost Segrave’s Time”, and the caption says “an effort to lower the 231.362 m.p.h mark”. Don’t both of those sound like they mean to go slower rather than faster?

New Car Seeks to Boost Segrave’s Time

FOLLOWING on the success of Major H. 0. D. Segrave, England is going to try again to boost the world’s straightway speed record. By the time this appears in print the attempt probably will have been made.

Motor Boat Sportsmen Race Over Merry-Go-Round Course for Thrill (Sep, 1930)

Wouldn’t the boat on the inside track always win?

Motor Boat Sportsmen Race Over Merry-Go-Round Course for Thrill

SPEEDING at 40 miles per hour in an outboard motorboat around a merry-go-round course is one of the thrill-producers of water sportsmen at Winterhaven, Florida. Each boat is attached to a rope of a different length from the others so that the boats can pass each other on the course. They circle round and round the central pole held by the ropes. The only difficulty in this sport is that you never get anywhere—you just keep on going and end at the beginning.

Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing (May, 1929)

Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing

By RAY F. KUNS, Automotive Engineer

This article is one of a series on vocational subjects, showing the opportunities offered young men in various professions. Each month an expert in his line will outline for readers of Modern Mechanics the advantages of his particular vocation as a life-time work.

SPEED WEEKS ’56 (May, 1956)


Tough competition and attempted skulduggery were features of the 1956 NASCAR Daytona Beach trials.

By Tom McCahill

THE 1956 Daytona Beach Speed Trials will go down in the history books as the most razzle-dazzle hunk of competition since Rip Van Winkle switched to an electric razor. NASCAR sanctioned Speed Weeks (plural) this year, which was intended to mean two weeks of Speed Trials. But Old Herman Weather decided differently. Consequently, the huge program spaced to cover two weeks’ running was jammed into the fastest 48 hours of activity ever to assault the Atlantic Coast.


IN this year’s 24-hour Grand Prix at Le Mans, France, the West German Mercedes-Benz racing team demonstrated a sensational new braking device which, operating like an airplane’s landing flaps, helped slow the cars down from 150 mph to safe cornering speeds in a matter of seconds. The gadget, subject of much stormy discussion, supplemented the cars’ regular pedal-operated brakes, thus reducing dangerous “fade” caused by overheating.

Death of a $100,000 Race Car (Oct, 1949)

Death of a $100,000 Race Car

THE best driver and the fastest car didn’t win the 1949 Indianapolis race. They broke records, set a blistering pace never equalled. But they didn’t win.

Iron-nerved Dennis (Duke) Nalon and his 550-horse-power Novi Mobil Special, designed by Bud Winfield, should have won that race. We wish they had, because that was the combination Mechanix Illustrated boldly predicted, away back in our May issue, would cop the 500-mile classic. But the Duke didn’t win because, on the 24th lap, after shattering every Speedway record for 55 miles and pounding down the straightaways at 200 mph, his great car suddenly died of a broken axle.

Miniature Racing Cars Are Latest Fad in Hollywood (Feb, 1934)

I think that accident is staged, if not, that girl would be pretty messed up.

Miniature Racing Cars Are Latest Fad in Hollywood

“PUTT-PUTTING” in miniature racing cars, Hollywood’s latest fad, is making a hit with the fair young ladies of our film capital.

Tiny one-lung gasoline engines give more than enough speed to the tiny cars, and even the wisest of feminine drivers have been known to take spills on the curves.

Races are held on the city streets, with starters, movie cameras to catch the spills, and of course mechanics to tinker with the motors when trouble threatens.