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The Klemantaski Collection: a library of historic motorsports and motor racing photography.
The Klemantaski Collection: a library of historic motorsports and motor racing photography.

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In September 1961 the then 19 year old Ricardo Rodríguez arrived in Grand Prix racing. He was the youngest ever driver to appear in F1, until the arrival of Max Verstappen in 2016. His full family name in the Mexican style was Ricardo Valentin Rodríguez…

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In 1953 Ferrari had two of its 340MM 4.1 liter sports cars bodied as spiders by Touring instead of with the rounded elegant spider bodywork normally provided by Vignale or the berlinetta coachwork of Pininfarina. One of these Touring-bodied cars was sent…

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During practice for the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps John Surtees sits in the Honda RA301 as his mechanics attend to the big V12 behind him. “Big John” qualified on the second row but was still almost 7 seconds behind the Ferrari of Chris…

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For the last several days our website – http://www.klemcoll.com – and our primary email address – info@klemcoll.com – have been offline due to a server changeover. Both are back online and accessible now. Rarely photographed, this is Giuseppe Cesare…

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Here is Irishman William Robert (“Bobby”) Baird at Snetterton with his Ferrari 500 F2 car on May 30, 1953 at a race meeting organized on the Norfolk circuit by the West Essex Car Club. Baird’s Ferrari 500 (and also a Ferrari 250MM that he drove in the…

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It is the morning of July 9, 1939 in front of the tribunes at the Grand Prix circuit of Reims, laid out on a roughly triangular series of public roads which also passed through the small village of Gueux. The car, shown as it approaches the grid, is a…

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Paddock Hill Bend, so-called because the Brands Hatch paddock lay just outside it, is a dramatic and challenging semi-blind high speed corner which drops sharply downhill. Here we are at the start of the 1964 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on July 11,…

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  Before darkness came to Le Mans, Louis Klemantaski often went out to the slow Mulsanne Corner at the end of the straight and climbed up on the earth bank at the apex to capture the leading cars as they swept round. Here early Saturday evening on June…

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On July 21, 1962 the British Grand Prix was held on Mrs. Topham’s Aintree circuit which ran next to sections of the famous steeplechase course, home of the Grand National race. Here is American Dan Gurney sitting in the pits in his Porsche 804 during…

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Crystal Palace was a short circuit in South London and a scene of many British National Races in the 1950s and 60s. Part of the circuit ran through a somewhat forested left-bending section called The Glade before diving downhill through a right hand bend…
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