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Prof Porsche and son, Ferry, drove to the 1931 German GP, and slept in a tent. Can't imagine today's grandees doing likewise, despite the need for cutting costs in F1.
 

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about 15 years ago one of the Spanish manufacturers whose name escapes me did a lunar rover slot. However the rover did not appear until the 15 flight (my favorite), and so the model depicts that.
 

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A few images from the 1920s depicting rampant inflation in Germany, the 'swinging' advent of jazz, Charles Lindbergh's first solo crossing of the Atlantic and the SSK Mercedes, which served as a sports/GP/road car.
 

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More pics from yesteryear: Lancia D50s prior to the 1954 Spanish GP, and Richie Ginther in pursuit of Moss at the 1961 Monaco GP.

Ginther was an interesting chap. He lost enthusiasm for motor racing and spent many of his final years living with his wife in a motorhome touring the deserts of California.
 

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Never been to Monaco for the race, but did visit in 1994 when we had some spare time putting a trade show stand in at the tax free world exhibition in Cannes.
Did a lap of the circuit in a lwb high roof turbo diesel transit and parked it french style. Walked the track and was amazed at the elevation up to Casino Square from the start, the drop down to the tunnel was equally impressive, looks nothing on TV. Nice lunch in the Italian overlooking the drop from Casino Square, jus by where they swerve to avoid the manhole cover, not too expensive in October, fortunately.
 

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You're quite right about elevation at Monaco. TV cameras rarely depict gradient. Eau Rouge to Radillon at Spa is worth walking, too. I puffed all the way up.

Try Shelsley Walsh on a bicycle. Dreadful going up, terrifying on the way back down. For sheer 'stupidity', though, it's difficult to beat the great alpine passes.
 

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I read that in Germany in the great depression people used a wheelbarrow to collect their wages and muggers would nick your wallet but throw the money away as it was worthless.

I also read that Lindberghs application to join the US Army Air Force was refused by Roosevelt due to his previous comments on the war and the USA's place in it.
 

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Further to your point above, Ferry Porsche was given a large sum of cash each morning during the 1920s to enable him to pay his tram fare to school. Inflation was so out of control that he rarely had sufficient to fund the return journey.
 
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