Competition Press - the 1st Issue July 16, 1958 - Racing!

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Competition Press pdf attached below of the very first issue published July 16, 1958 courtesy Autoweek, the magazine that CP became in 1975. Interesting look at racing from the vantage point 65-years ago. Auto racing was still very raw and pioneering back then plus dangerous and often deadly, quite different from today.

- The incomparable Denise McCluggage covering the June 1958 Le Mans 24-hour where it poured rain for 20 of the 24 hours with a byline "Death & Destruction". Race was won by a Ferrari (Phil Hill & Oliver Gendebien), with Aston-Martin 2nd and Porsche 3rd, 4th & 5th. Only two drivers per entry for Le Mans 24's back then. Talk about grueling. Wow.

- another McCluggage article about the Monza 500 mile race on the high banked oval Motodrome in Italy with Jim Rathman averaging a record 167 mph in his win. More Phil Hill driving, as well as his summation of Europeans' feelings of oval racing: "It will never replace motor racing! As far as I'm concerned this oval business is merely a matter of how much physical discomfort you'll put up with!" (Hill finished 3rd.)

- Racing coverage at Lime Rock and Elkhart Lake plus the European Grand Prix, USAC and more. Amazing amount of race coverage for the inaugural issue of an 8-page journal.

The classifieds: a 300 SL for $6,600! a "Brand New" Ferrari 250 GT purchased May 1958!

And, on the last page, a half page ad for Porsche: "The Right Choice ... For Road ... Race ... Or Rally!" "Two Cars In One ... Porsche's new detachable hardtop model"

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