Morning Qualifying – Back to square one edition


Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina in the Alfa Romeo pits, prior to the 1950 British Grand Prix

[Ed. Note – Tech issues (we blame Atomic Toasters) has delayed MQ but here it is, still served up piping hot with a filling of awesome]
With the new F1 season about to get under way, I thought revisiting the very first Formula One race would provide some valuable perspective.  Luckily for the Hooniverse, I’ve managed to locate some rare color photos and footage of the event.
Juan Manuel Fangio, at speed, in his Alfa Romeo 158 during the 1950 British Grand Prix.

The photos were taken by legendary British motor sport photographer and correspondent, Guy Griffiths.  His work was featured regularly in The Autocar, Motor Sport and Road & Track magazines for a quarter century and no less than Sir Stirling Moss called Griffiths, “the outstanding motoring photographer of his day”.



As for the 2011 Formula One season, it kicks off this Sunday with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne.  The green flag drops at 1:30AM EST, with coverage provided by SpeedTV.  Apparently, there is no plan to replay the race at a decent hour on Sunday. (the replay is scheduled for Monday at noon)  So, set your recording devices accordingly.  Way to go, minions of Murdoch.

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  1. Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr. Avatar
    Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr.

    Here's 2 additional Griffiths' photos from the 1950 British GP, that due to glitchery and fatigue, didn't make it into Mr. Scroggs' post.
    <img src="; width="500" height="304" alt="50 british gp farina leads fagioli alfa romeo 159" />
    <img src="; width="500" height="375" alt="50 british gp alfa-romeo team paddock" />

    1. Bret Avatar

      Excellent post! Thanks for sharing these excellent shots!

  2. SSurfer321 Avatar

    Brunch Qualifying?
    Doesn't matter because it still tastes great! Thank you Mr. Scroggs

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      haha… we should've went with that title, nicely played.

  3. dculberson Avatar

    Hey, those are such beautiful cars. I wonder how hard it would be to do a Locost but with a body like this? Probably really hard since you couldn't buy the off the shelf nose cone and scuttle. But how hard is intricate metal work, anyway?

  4. earlofhalflight Avatar

    Fantastic stuff! I'll have to watch it again because I became distracted by the Clerk of Course's Sunbeam-Talbot and the royal party's Humber.