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Pre-war grand prix racing: Technology and politics collide

Plenty of terrific vintage action in this film unearthed by the Petersen Automotive Museum


Dramatic racing from the early 1930s at Indianapolis and famed European courses is seen in archival footage covering both American and European grand prix competition. 

The compilation of vintage footage, presented by the Petersen Automotive Museum, focuses on 1934 when advanced Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union racers, backed heavily by the Nazi government, challenged leader Alfa Romeo of Italy with 300-horsepower engines.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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