| Photos of 1950s
This section features photos of 1950s
racing contributed by website visitors.
Early 1950s racing: The Triassic:
The age of primitive sailback dinosaurs; the howl of cycle-fendered MG
and Jaguar Specials; the rumble of Cadillac V8s powered Allards...
Jaguar XK-120s and MG T series cars ruled the production classes.
The era lasted From the immediate postwar days until the rise of the powerful
semi-pro teams owned and operated by wealthy super-enthusiasts.
Early 1950s Racing
Mid 1950s racing: The Jurassic era: The
earth trembled from the thunder of huge saurians, the largest dinosaurs
of all time. Teams of powerful and expensive Maseratis, Ferraris, and Jaguars
dominated US events. Their well-to-do owners developed home-grown
driving talent into a generation of solid American professionals.
Lance Reventlow and his Chevy V8-powered Scarabs whomped these teams and
put an end to the era.
Late 1950s racing (including 1960):
The Cretaceous, a transitional age: The time of Velociraptor and Triceratops,
still primitive, but lighter and faster than their Jurassic predecessors.
Front-engined "Birdcage" Maseratis, the still-potent Scarabs (now with
new owners), Jim Hall's first Chaparral, and "Testa Rossa" Ferraris fought
on, but lost out to newer, more modern, mid-engined designs.
Late 1950s Racing
of 1960s Racing
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