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1955 Belgian Grand Prix – Lancia and Castellotti

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From Youtube, a wonderful video of the Belgian Grand Prix, June 5, 1955. The race is dominated by Fangio and Sterling Moss, but the pole was won by Lancia.

Even though 1955 was a crisis year for Lancia, as  Jano resigned, Gianni left for America, and the race team was officially closed on June 1, Lancia nevertheless sent one car up to the Belgian Grand Prix with Castellotti. The film comment is that Castellotti brought his own entry, so perhaps it was privately  sponsored?

Having never run on the track, Castellotti in the Lancia takes the pole (!) and runs for 17 of 36 laps behind the winning Fangio and Sterling Moss in their Mercedes. Midway through the race, the Lancia is out due to gearbox trouble, later listed as crown wheel and pinion problems.

The film is full of  period imagery, and sensitive photography. Delightfully relaxed, and politically incorrect, the narrative is of an era gone by, with  simplicity, danger, and perhaps even a touch of snobbery… but all good fun.The images are striking and its really good footage and great scenery when policeman were protected by straw bales, kids played nearby, the pits were just a shoulder’s width from the racing. There is a dog on the track, and drivers and their girlfriends had tea by the track, served on china.

Some screen shots below.

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Castellotti before the race.

 

Castelotti getting into his Lancia at the start of the race, lancia on the pole

Castellotti getting into his Lancia on the right at the start of the race, car on the pole

 

Castellotti at speed

the Lancia at speed

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bringing the car from the garage to the pits before the race

 

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team mechanics working on the car before the race.

Jano in the garage

Jano in the garage

 

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Jano…

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gearbox trouble, the car out of the race. They all look slightly relaxed.

Written by Geoff

August 8, 2016 at 3:50 am

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