Video of the day: The 1952 Italian Grand Prix

Fangio, Ascari, Farina... It was a gilded age, when men were men and racing machines were scary

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Who would have thought, nearly 70 years later, we would not be watching F1? Yet here we are, the 2020 season on hold.

Once upon a time, the Monza Autodrome, with its long straights, multiple-apex corners and high banking was the fastest road circuit on the planet. Since then, two significant chicanes were installed at the end of the front straight and at the end of Curva Grande, because the cars were just going too fast as monocoques and V8 engines were added to the mix.

The narration of this video is in Italian, but that is clearly part of the charm of this vintage newsreel. Mama Mia! Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.

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