Vintage Posters & History of Formula One

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Formula One is an elite level of racing where the term ‘formula’ refers to a set of rules that all cars must abide by in order to race. It dates back to 1950 and evolved from Grand Prix motor racing, an organization for racing cars that originated in France several years before the 20th century.

During the early years of Grand Prix motor racing, races were held on open roads resulting in tragic accidents that caused deaths not only to racers themselves, but bystanders as well. During the Paris-Madrid race in 1903, which was organized by the Automobile Club de France, more than 100 people were wounded and 8 died. As a result of this, the first Grand Prix debuted in 1906 on a 100km closed circuit racetrack.

After several years of the Grand Prix in France, other countries started hosting race events under the same title. Soon it became a global phenomenon, with countries competing for titles, and manufacturers competing to create the ultimate racecar. Some of the most luxurious car brands in today’s age originate back to the early years of racing, when companies like Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, and Aston Martin were developing and experimenting with car engines and dynamics to gain a competitive edge in these elite races.

Today, the vintage Grand Prix posters are a timeline of the evolution of race cars and are highly collectible. Most are prints and originals are hard to find. If you have one, we would like to hear from you! Contact



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