The Racing Years is the ultimate race-by-race, week-by-week, month-by-month summary of all the major international motor sports events and legends. Travel with us from Continent to Continent as we revisit the excitement, glory, crashes, close-calls, heartaches and milestones from the early days of motor racing to now. Each half hour episode covers one Racing Year of major motoring milestones.
In 1952 there was a crisis in Grand Prix Racing. Alfa Romeo retired while they were on top. That left Ferrari and BRM as Formula 1 contenders. Race organizers decided that Formula Two offered more entertainment, so by default it became the World Championship Formula. Sports car racing looked forward to the return of a revived Mercedes; ready to take on Jaguar, Ferrari and Talbot at Le Mans.