Audio broadcasts of 1957-1958 “Race of Two Worlds” at Monza

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Audio broadcasts of 1957-1958 “Race of Two Worlds” at Monza

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Audio broadcasts of 1957-1958 “Race of Two Worlds” at Monza


Imagine American racing champions A.J. Foyt and Jimmy Bryan competing alongside European Grand Prix stars Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio — all on the same track at the same time. It sounds like a fantasy racing scenario, but it happened in 1958 at the “500 Miglia di Monza,” better known as the “Race of Two Worlds.”

For the first time in history, the recorded radio broadcasts of that epic event 62 years ago — plus the broadcast of the 1957 “Race of Two Worlds” — will be available for digital download June 29 as part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s ongoing archival restoration and preservation efforts. Each broadcast is $9.99.

The release date of June 29 coincides with the actual race date in both 1957 and 1958 at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy.

For many years it was believed these rare broadcasts were lost to history, but 1/4-inch audio recordings of the races were discovered in the IMS Museum vault. As part of the Museum’s ongoing audio preservation project, the recordings were sent to Memnon Archiving Services in Bloomington, Indiana for preservation and digitization.

The “Race of Two Worlds” was a special non-points event sanctioned by USAC and took place on Monza’s daunting 2.64-mile oval, which featured gradient banking in the corners up to 38 degrees at the top. The events were a total of 500 miles — but consisted of three 63-lap heat races and the winner was determined by the overall elapsed time.