The Classic Racing Line

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC

In August 1939, aged 18, Geoffrey Wellum signed up as a fighter pilot with the RAF, flying his first solo sortie on 1st September, just two days before Great Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. He was the youngest pilot to fight in the Battle of Britain but survived to serve throughout the war.

Tazio Nuvolari at the 1935 German Grand Prix

The 1935 German Grand Prix was a done deal before it started. No fewer than five Mercedes-Benz and four Auto Union “Silver Arrows” would be lining up to represent the Fatherland. Very few of the 300,000 spectators who lined the Nürburgring that day believed that they would see anything other than a German car take the win in front of the Third Reich’s High Command.
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