This week, Minichamps has announced that it be replicating the Auto Union D-Type that was driven to victory at the 1938 British Grand Prix by Tazio Nuvolari. This announcement soon had us hunting from an image, which took us back to time in motor racing’s history that put us in another one of our ‘memory-lane’ moods!

So, we have put together a selection of images from 1930-1939, before the dizzy, money-spinning world of F1 was created. A time when beautiful but brutal cars were driven by men to whom safety was a swear word! We hope you enjoy this small selection, and feel free to leave your comments underneath.

Click here to order Tazio Nuvolari’s 1938 British Grand Prix winning Auto Union.