Auto Racing Was Wildly Dangerous in the ’30s—And a Lot More Fun

If you are a motor racing enthusiast, as I am, you might enjoy looking at the photographs available at the Motoring Picture Library. It is primarily a stock photography service. Print photographs may be purchased for a fee. However, anyone and everyone is invited to look at the available old and new photographs at no charge.

An Austin 747 cc takes a gnarly turn at the Donington Park Race Meeting, May 13, 1933. Click on the above image to view a larger version.

Part-time rally and trials driver Bill Brunell recently donated five thousand of his photographs to the Motoring Picture Library. The photos are mostly from the 1920s and 1930s and most were taken in Great Britain. They reveal what racing looked like in the days before helmets, seat belts, air bags, and traction control had made high speed driving much safer.

Brunell’s images, most of where were shot on glass plate, have now been digitized. National Motor Museum staff and volunteers researched the context of the scenes he captured. The photographs, along with over 20,000 others, are available from the Motoring Picture Library.

The Motoring Picture Library may be found at

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One of the fun moments in my genealogy research was to find that one of our Mayer ancestors from Buffalo, was the inventor of the Mayer Carburetor that was in the Thomas Flyer, winning car that toured the world! This would have been around 1910 – 1915 . This picture brought that to mind when I saw it!


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