Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, sometime between 8th – 23rd August 1974. This is the first recorded version (now regarded as a demo) during initial sessions at Sigma. However, the track was left unfinished and unreleased, and a second version was then recorded at Sigma later in the same year, to be re-titled as “Right” and finally included on the Young Americans album in 1975.
This demo has previously appeared on several bootlegs including the Absolute Rare CD albeit in a much poorer sound quality.
The film for this video was shot on location in and around Philadelphia, including at Sigma Sound Studios, where Bowie and his backing singers are shown rehearsing the vocals for the song.
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American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for the Japanese Yamura team, and becomes romantically involved with Stoddard’s estranged wife. (c) 1966 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
… I made my wedding vows at St. John Vianney’s Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights, California. And in the presence of God, I accepted the honor of having Maria be my wife and promised to be true to her, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I promised to love and honor her, all the days of my life.
Happy Anniversary, Maria.
I love you as much today as I did on this day and look forward to the next 25 years.
Every once in a while, you come across a special project that you immediately want to become part of. It could be the manner in which the person behind the project presents it. It could be the the idea behind the project and how it affects you. It could also be that the project has a noble cause attached to it that makes it something you want to be a part of. I found such a project last year when Dwight Knowlton’s Kickstarter project, “The Little Red Racing Car”, was being funded through Kickstarter. Dwight took one of the those wonderful scenarios of finding a treasured sports car in a barn and created a timeless father/son story.
With the success of his Kickstarter project for “The Little Red Racing Car” and the positive publicity and sales that it has generated since, Dwight was inspired to create other automotive story books. One is “The Little Silver Speedster” (currently on hold) and the current project he has on Kickstarter, “The Greatest Race“.
The Greatest Race is the story of Sir Stirling’s record setting 1955 win of Italy’s great race, the Mille Miglia.
The epic adventure of Sir Stirling Moss’s record win of Italy’s great race, the 1955 Mille Miglia, in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.
The Greatest Race is an amazing story. A TRUE story. It’s the story of Sir Stirling Moss and his navigator Denis Jenkinson in Italy’s great race, the 1955 Mille Miglia. It’s the story of their record-shattering run in the new Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – an innovative and purpose-built racing machine. It’s the story of Sir Stirling sliding the SLR around blind mountain curves. Blasting through small villages at over 100MPH. Jumping a bridge at more than 150 – and flying 150 feet through the air! Even overtaking a twin engine airplane filming the race… TWICE.
In this race, Sir Stirling set the records for:
Highest Average Speed
Fastest Brescia to Pescara
Fastest Brescia to Rome
Fastest Cremona to Brescia (winning the Nuvolari Cup)
As well as:
Winning the Index of Performance (normally held by the smaller cars)
And becoming the only British driver ever to win the Mille Miglia
Sir Stirling Moss:
One of the most amazing parts of this story didn’t happen in 1955. It’s happening right now. Sir Stirling Moss is collaborating with me on the book. I am sharing my research, sketches, and drafts, asking questions and sorting out conflicting information. Sir Stirling and Lady Susie have been amazingly supportive of the effort, and the product will be so much better because of it.
Mercedes-Benz is also on board, having given their permission to represent the 300 SLR and the star logo where needed – as well as providing me with incredible documents and photographs from their archives. They have given be an amazing look behind the scenes of the 1955 Mille Miglia!
With the involvement of Mercedes Benz and Sir Sterling Moss, important information, archival materials and the first person accounts by Moss, will make this a truly special storybook Dwight will write and illustrate The Greatest Race in a style similar to The Little Red Racing Car, with some exploration of outline and added texture. You can read updates on his progress through his blog and on Facebook. The Greatest Race is planned for release in October of 2014.
Lastly, As Kickstarter did not allow Dwight to donate several hundred books to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, as he was allowed for his first project, he is doing following for this project:
I, Dwight Knowlton, hereby pledge that if this campaign successfully funds,
I will personally deliver 250 books to the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
And, should the campaign hit the second milestone of $50,000,
I will deliver 750 books to the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
The campaign reached the half way point of it’s pledged amount of $25,000 goal, just 2 days into the project! With 162 backers and $16,803 pledged as of this post being written, The Greatest Race is sure to be funded!
I am glad to once again, be part of Dwight’s storybook fundraisers. Here’s to The Greatest Race reaching the $50,000 milestone! To be a part of this Kickstarter fundraiser, click HERE.
The sights and sounds of vintage motor racing returned to the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on March 22-23, as the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) held its 2014 Spring Club Event at this iconic race track. The close of winter couldn’t come sooner as I anticipated the journey up north and the coverage of this event. Approximately 175 historic race cars that attended this year and made for some exciting practice, qualifying and racing at the 11 turn, 2.2 mile road course, located in the central coast area of Monterey, California.
The Monterey Peninsula in March is typically foggy and cold in the early morning hours, which usually clears to beautiful skies and a crisp, cool breeze, providing interesting lighting throughout the day. These conditions made it ideal to photograph the wide variety of historic production cars and purpose built Formula and Sports Racing cars.
If you are not familiar with the HMSA, they are one of the most respected historic racing organizations in the United States, producing world class spectator events across the country in addition to managing one of the largest high net worth member-based associations. Since 1977, they have served as the sanctioning body for premiere historic racing events in North America. It is the only organization in the U.S. that requires the cars to be historically correct based on the period of time that the car originally raced. Their purpose is to encourage the restoration, preservation and use of historic, sports and racing cars and their events and races are for fun with nothing to be won. HMSA members own, restore, preserve and race the most historic and valuable sports and racing cars in the world and was clearly evident by the cars that took to the track this weekend.
Among the entry list of the impressive cars that participated were the 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti of Scott Drnek; the Red Lobster liveried, 1983 March 83G driven by David Andrews; 1973 BMW CSL 3.0 driven by Jeff Gerkin; the ex-Bob Sharp Racing 1972 Datsun 610 driven by TV and radio personality, Adam Carolla; 1991 Toyota IMSA GTP Eagle Mk III driven by Tom Malloy; a pair of 1972 Datsun 240Zs; the popular trio of Shelby Cobras owned and driven by Steve, Tim and Lynn Park, to name but just of a few.
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Back in June of 2013, I received an e-mail from Dennis Gray – Senior Photographer for Sports Car Digest and f8 Motorsports Workshops instructor. He asked me to call him about the upcoming HMSA event at Mont-Tremblant and the idea of me writing a story about my experience with the workshop and the events I had attended.
I followed up with Dennis and discussed his idea for a story and related images that would be published sometime in October/November 2013 for Sports Car Digest. What a great opportunity for me to to write about my experiences, as well as having my images published on the leading international online journal for sports, racing and vintage car enthusiasts. Of course I was on board with this!
I took notes and compiled several sets of images. I worked on the initial draft of the article from October through December, submitting rough drafts to Dennis for his input. Finally, we had a time-frame for submission to SCD – Early January 2014.
I finished up my final draft and completed the selection of 60 of my favorite images from the events I covered. After Dennis reviewed and approved the article, I submitted it with the images to Jamie Doyle, editor at SCD.
I awoke Friday morning at 5:30 am (after having a nightmare – but that’s another story) and checked my iPhone. It was neat to see that my story had been published as the featured article on SCD.
Thanks Dennis and Jamie for the opportunity to share my images and story with the SCD readers.
You can read my article here: Behind the Fence – Capturing the World of Motorsports
This image was captured at the 2011 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. This event is a unique showcase of classic collector cars on the world-renowned shopping street. The annual Father’s Day tradition showcased more than 100 vintage Italian cars and motorcycles were on display, lining Rodeo Drive north of Wilshire Boulevard.
There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well…
…drive and make love. – Stirling Moss