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Motorsports Mondial

Fernando Alonso stays on top of the time sheets in second practice.

Felipe Massa convinced he can overcome his current issues.

Dani Clos will start tomorrow’s GP2 feature race in Monaco from pole position.

Formula 1 celebrates It’s 60th birthday!

The first F1 season featured a total of six events Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Italy plus the United States, as the Indianapolis 500 was then part of the World Championship.

In the first race at Silverstone, Nino Farina led home team-mates Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell as Alfa recorded an historic 1-2-3 result after 2 hours and 13 minutes of racing action on the former World War II airfield.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
 1.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:14.904            36
 2.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:15.013  + 0.109   39
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.099  + 0.195   47
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:15.120  + 0.216   44
 5.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:15.143  + 0.239   38
 6.  Kubica         Renault                 1:15.192  + 0.288   38
 7.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.249  + 0.345   32
 8.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:15.460  + 0.556   42
 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:15.619  + 0.715   37
10.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:15.620  + 0.716   28
11.  Petrov         Renault                 1:15.746  + 0.842   44
12.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:16.276  + 1.372   46
13.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:16.348  + 1.444   48
14.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:16.522  + 1.618   37
15.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:16.528  + 1.624   42
16.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:16.599  + 1.695   36
17.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:16.818  + 1.914   45
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:17.023  + 2.119   28
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:18.184  + 3.280   47
20.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.478  + 3.574   38
21.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:18.667  + 3.763   13
22.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:18.721  + 3.817   41
23.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth            1:20.313  + 5.409   35
24.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            1:22.148  + 7.244   11

Targa Florio

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Tazio Nuvolari – Targa Florio 1932

Pen & ink and Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Steel Gray archival stock, image 10″x 22″ © Paul Chenard 2009

For the 1932 Targa Florio, Tazio Nuvolari drove an Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Monza, prepared for him by the Alfa Romeo racing team manager Enzo Ferrari.

The diminutive Nuvolari wanted riding mechanic smaller than he, so enlisted a young and inexperienced Ferrari mechanic to ride with him. He told the mechanic to duck down low for tricky turns. For the race, Nuvolari drove as Nuvolari always drove and they won.

After the race, Ferrari asked the young man how it went, and he told him that he stayed ducked down for the whole race and missed it all.

PAUL CHENARD – The Artist and Passionate Motor Racing Fan

“My professional background is that of a graphic designer with more than 25 years experience, but my passion is for the history of automobile racing.

“I started collecting vintage toy racecars in the end of the 1980’s and this led to picking items, books and reference material on racing history. After a few years of more collecting and studying all this, I decided to transfer my accumulated knowledge to paper in the form of illustrations and stories. In 2007, I set up a company Automobiliart.com to market my creations.

“Through my motor sports artwork, I’m trying to capture the “feeling” that the spectator has watching the race, their favorite driver in battle or the classic racecar at rest.

“My favorite drivers are many; I usually have heroes from each period of racing. I love Tazio Nuvolari from the ‘30s for his passion and skill; Juan Manuel Fangio was a shy humble gentleman and artist on the track; Sir Stirling Moss, who could win in whatever he drove; Sir Jack Brabham, with his single-minded push for success as a racer and builder; and of course Gilles Villeneuve, his fearlessness and driving art, nicely summed up at Dijon in 1979.

“I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my wife, our two sons and a cat.”

Paul Chenard, BDesCom MGDC