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|Race # 1 on May 13, 1950. Grand prix of Great Britain. Silverstone|
|Pole||Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo) – 1: 50.8 (151.051 km / h)|
|Best lap||Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo) – 1: 50.6 (151.324 km / h)|
|Winner||Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo) – 2: 13.23.6 (146.378 km / h)|
Even before the war, national automobile federations proposed a new format – a new formula for the growing popularity of Grand Prix races. After a forced pause, the matter was brought to an end, and at the end of 1949, the newly created FIA announced the holding of the first Formula A world championship in the 1950 season for cars with 4.5-liter naturally aspirated engines or 1.5-liter supercharged engines. The debut phase took place on May 13 at the former Silverstone heavy bombers airfield, northwest of London. It was then that the races were born, which are now known as Formula 1.
Among the hundred thousand spectators who overcame the enormous traffic jams on the way to the highway, there were His Majesty King George IV, Queen Elizabeth and their family members. To the general frustration, this time their countrymen failed to distinguish themselves.
The Italian Alfa Romeo 158 dominated the track, which was created by the designer Gioacino Colombo in the late 30s. Red cars took all four places on the first starting line, leaving behind the French Talbot-Lago, the British ERA and Alta and their eternal rivals from Maserati. Enzo Ferrari decided not to participate in that race – the new Ferrari 375 was not ready.
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Already the first circles of the race showed that the factory pilots of Alpha will only fight among themselves. The three great Fas — Giuseppe Farina, Luigi Fajioli and Juan Manuel Fangio — all went farther and farther. But shortly before the finish, the Argentinean caught one of the bales of straw fencing the track, damaged the radiator and soon got off due to overheating of the engine. The fastest of the rivals Alfa Romeo did not get to the finish line – the Siamese prince Bira on the Maserati 4CLT-50 dropped out of the fight due to a fuel pump breakdown.
As a result, two and a quarter hours or 325 kilometers after the start, Farina got the first go-ahead for the checkered flag, lost only 2.5 seconds to the Italian Fagioli, and the only joy for the British was the third place of their fellow countryman Reg Parnell, who also spoke at Alfa Romeo. The remaining points were received by Talbot Lago racers Yves Giro-Cabantou and Louis Rosier – but both were two laps behind the winner.
Of the participants in that race, no one was left alive. The last one left was Tony Rolt. Famous brands of the 50s, straw bales on the sidelines and 4.5-liter engines have long remained in racing history. The amounts that auto giants spend on maintaining teams are comparable to the budgets of some countries. But one must never forget that it all began then, back in May 1950 …
At that time, they were listening …
|Until 1952, there were no official charts in Great Britain – the circulations of sold records have not yet learned to count. But the legendary Radio Luxemburg, relying on data on sales of notes – yes, don’t be surprised! – was its Top 20. In 1950, when Formula 1 was born, it looked like this:|
Ink Spots – American vocal group, consisting of black performers.
Anton Karas – An Austrian musician who masterfully owned the zither. He wrote the music for the spy movie “The Third Man”, which became insanely popular and brought Karas truly worldwide fame.
Dinah shore – An American singer, a descendant of Jewish emigrants from Russia.
Teresa brewer – a white American who performed pop and jazz songs. It was very popular in the 50s and passed away recently, in October 2007.
Eve Young & The Homesteaders – Yves Young: American singer, who performed with the accompanying line-up, later took the pseudonym Karen Chandler
Billy eckstine – An American dark-skinned singer of the swing era, whose fame began back in the 30s and lasted almost until the beginning of the 90s of the last century.
The song My Foolish Heart led the parade of Radio Luxemburg for 11 weeks – it turns out that it was the most sought-after hit in the days of the British Grand Prix.
Doris day – the most popular American actress and singer
Frank sinatra – Frank Sinatra: the famous American singer and actor, about whom there are legends, most of which are most likely true.
Gene autry – Gene Autry: American pop artist, known by the stage name The Singing Cowboy (The Singing Cowboy)
At this time, in the news …
|09/ 01/50 – In the United States, Senator Joseph McCarthy claims that there are many Communists working in the State Department: the period of McCarthyism, the period of the “witch hunt” begins, for which normal Americans are still ashamed. It’s enough to recall a very good film by George Clooney “Good night and good luck”, released recently, in 2005.|
12/ 01/50 – The death penalty, abolished in 1947, is again being introduced in the USSR. The highest measure was practiced in our country for nearly half a century – until the President of Russia Boris Yeltsin in 1996 signed a decree “On the phased reduction of the use of the death penalty in connection with Russia's accession to the Council of Europe”. But discussions on this topic do not stop to this day.
thirteen/ 01/50 – The UN Security Council rejects the USSR’s demand to expel representatives of Chinese nationalists from the UN (Formosa Island, now Taiwan). In response, the Soviet delegation boycotts UN meetings.
26/ 01/50 – Proclamation of the Republic of India.
08/ 03/50 – Marshal Voroshilov announces that the USSR has an atomic bomb.
05/13/50 – In Silverstone is the first Grand Prix of Formula 1
25/ 06/50 – North Korean troops invade South Korea. The simultaneous invasion of South Korean troops on the territory of the DPRK.
27/ 06/50 – The UN Security Council adopts a resolution calling on UN member countries to help South Korea repel aggression from the North. In fact, this is the beginning of the US intervention in Korea.
21/ 10/50 – After the surrender of the Tibetan army, Chinese troops occupy Tibet.
26/ 11/50 – Chinese troops enter the war on the side of North Korea and force the UN forces to retreat southward.
thirty/ 11/50 – Speech by US President Truman with the threat of atomic weapons in Korea.
Project F1News. Text: Alexander Kabanovsky. Historical note: Andrey Los