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"From Racing Thrills to Everyday Safety: The Evolution of Brakes" In the thrilling 1968 German GP, a legendary driver pushed his brakes to the limit

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1968 German GP

1968 German GP
NuRBURGRING, GERMANY - AUGUST 23: Jackie Stewarts Matra MS10 Ford during the German GP at Nurburgring on August 23, 1968 in Nurburgring, Germany. (Photo by LAT Images)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2002 Testing

2002 Testing
FIORANO CIRCUIT, ITALY - FEBRUARY 10: Michael Schumacher drives the new Ferrari F2002, with brake discs glowing during the Testing at Fiorano Circuit on February 10, 2002 in Fiorano Circuit, Italy

Background imageBrakes Collection: The Man Who Broke The Tube by H M Bateman

The Man Who Broke The Tube by H M Bateman, a man who does not heed the instructions on the glue. He brakes the tube, glues himself to the table, then his wife

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1991 Italian GP

1991 Italian GP
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Nelson Piquet, Benetton B191 Ford during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 08, 1991 in Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1969 Dutch Grand Prix

1969 Dutch Grand Prix
Zandvoort, Holland. 19-21 June 1969. Jackie Stewart, Matra MS84 Ford, in practice. Ref: 69HOL05. World Copyright: LAT Photographic

Background imageBrakes Collection: The Egg Test For Brakes / W H Robinson

The Egg Test For Brakes / W H Robinson
Illustration by William Heath Robinson. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/Mary Evans Picture Library

Background imageBrakes Collection: Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan 11162

Canadair CC-109 Cosmopolitan 11162 (msn 440-454, CL-66C / CV-540). A CL-66C Napier Eland powered Cosmopolitan, at Burbank after disposal by RCAF without Eland engines

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1990 German GP

1990 German GP
HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY - JULY 29: Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4-5B Honda during the German GP at Hockenheimring on July 29, 1990 in Hockenheimring, Germany. (Photo by Ercole Colombo / Studio Colombo)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1988 Monaco GP

1988 Monaco GP
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 15: A mechanic works on a Benetton B188 Ford during the Monaco GP at Monte Carlo on May 15, 1988 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by LAT Images)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1992 Australian GP

1992 Australian GP
ADELAIDE STREET CIRCUIT, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 08: Nigel Mansell, Williams FW14B Renault during the Australian GP at Adelaide Street Circuit on Sunday November 08, 1992 in Adelaide, Australia

Background imageBrakes Collection: European Championship For Formula Two Drivers

European Championship For Formula Two Drivers
Jonathan Palmer (GBR) Ralt Racing Ralt RH6/83 Honda / Mugen finished the race in third position. European Championship For Formula Two Drivers, XXVII B.A.R.C 200, Rd 2, Thruxton, England

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Winner Michael Schumacher(GER) Ferrari F310 Italian GP Monza, 8th September 1996

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1992 Australian Grand Prix

1992 Australian Grand Prix. Adelaide, Australia. 6-8 November 1992. Nigel Mansell (Williams FW14B Renault), retired, action. Ref-92 AUS 01. World Copyright - LAT Photographic

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1998 Formula 1 testing

1998 Formula 1 testing. Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. 20 January 1998. Jacques Villeneuve (Williams FW20-Mecachrome). Ref-Motorsport Catalogue p36

Background imageBrakes Collection: World Rally Championship

World Rally Championship
Colin McRae (GBR) Citroen attempts to resolve his brake problem between stages. World Rally Championship, Rd10, Telstra Rally Australia, Day One, Perth, Australia, 5 September 2003. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Ralf Schumacher(GER) Williams FW21, 5th place Belgian GP, Spa, 29 August 1999

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1972 Italian Grand Prix

1972 Italian Grand Prix. Monza, Italy. 8-10th September 1972. Jacky Ickx, Ferrari 312B2, braking for Parabolica on cement dust. Ref: 72ITA08. World Copyright: LAT Photographic

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren Honda MP4/7A. Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy, 13 September 1992

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2012 World Superbike Championship

2012 World Superbike Championship Silverstone, UK. 4th - 5th August 2012. Pedercini Kawasaki detail. World Copyright: Kevin Wood/LAT Photographic. Ref: Digital Image _MG_0535a

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1997 European Grand Prix

1997 European Grand Prix. Jerez, Spain. 24-26 October 1997. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F310B) failed to finish after crashing into Jacques Villeneuve. Ref-97 EUR 15

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2002 German GP

2002 German GP
HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY - JULY 28: Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams FW24 BMW, with glowing brake discs under braking during the German GP at Hockenheimring on July 28, 2002 in Hockenheimring, Germany

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1997 Italian Grand Prix

1997 Italian Grand Prix. Monza, Italy. 5-7 September 1997. Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan 197 Peugeot) 4th position. Ref-97 ITA 10. World Copyright - LAT Photographic

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Gerhard Berger (AUT) Benetton B197 locks a wheel on his way to third place Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Brazil, 28-30 March 1997

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1993 Canadian GP

1993 Canadian GP
CIRCUIT GILLES-VILLENEUVE, CANADA - JUNE 13: Derek Warwick, Footwork FA14 Mugen-Honda, with brake discs glowing during the Canadian GP at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on June 13

Background imageBrakes Collection: Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours
Emauele Pirro (ITA) in winning Audi R8 racing through the night. Le Mans 24 Hour Race, La Sarthe, France. 17-18 June 2000

Background imageBrakes Collection: The velocipede Bicycle, with rear brakes. 1869 (engraving)

The velocipede Bicycle, with rear brakes. 1869 (engraving)
5615872 The velocipede Bicycle, with rear brakes. 1869 (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1990 Portuguese GP

1990 Portuguese GP
CIRCUITO ESTORIL, PORTUGAL - SEPTEMBER 22: Jean Alesi, Tyrrell 019 Ford, with sparks flying and brake discs glowing during the Portuguese GP at Circuito Estoril on Saturday September 22

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2015 Mexican GP

2015 Mexican GP
AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ, MEXICO - OCTOBER 30: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid brakes on fire during the Mexican GP at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 30

Background imageBrakes Collection: Tension on the warp

Tension on the warp
3479228 Tension on the warp; (add.info.: Maintaining the tension on the warp threads of a carpet by adjusting the brakes on the loon. Dated between 1751-80.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1991 Italian GP

1991 Italian GP
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4-6 Honda, locks a front brake ahead of Nigel Mansell, Williams FW14 Renault

Background imageBrakes Collection: A passenger experiencing the effect of Westinghouse air brakes

A passenger experiencing the effect of Westinghouse air brakes
5307445 A passenger experiencing the effect of Westinghouse air brakes.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a passenger experiencing the effect of Westinghouse air brakes. Dated 19th century)

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
Brake Detail Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Luxembourg Grand Prix, Nurburgring, Germany. 27 September 1998

Background imageBrakes Collection: J G Wilson Bicycle, exhibited in Manchester, England. 1869 (engraving)

J G Wilson Bicycle, exhibited in Manchester, England. 1869 (engraving)
5615873 J G Wilson Bicycle, exhibited in Manchester, England. 1869 (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBrakes Collection: The improved windlass with brakes and controls

The improved windlass with brakes and controls
3740614 The improved windlass with brakes and controls; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the improved windlass with brakes and controls, designed for steam ploughing by J. Fowler)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix

1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix. Nurburgring, Germany. 26-28 September 1997. Mika Hakkinen (McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes-Benz). Ref-Motorsport Catalogue p34

Background imageBrakes Collection: 1986 Portuguese GP

1986 Portuguese GP
CIRCUITO ESTORIL, PORTUGAL - SEPTEMBER 21: Honda engine in the Williams FW11 Honda during the Portuguese GP at Circuito Estoril on September 21, 1986 in Circuito Estoril, Portugal

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2015 24 Hours of Nurburgring

2015 24 Hours of Nurburgring
MAY 13: #7 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3, team member at work during the 24 Hours of Nurburgring on May 13, 2015. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
The revolutionary in-board front brakes on the Lotus 72, perhaps a cause of Jochen Rindt's fatal accident. Italian GP - Monza, Italy, 6 September 1970

Background imageBrakes Collection: Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours
Brake pads and discs. Le Mans 24 Hours Race, Le Sarthe, France, 19 June 1966

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
The rear of the Honda RA273 Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy, 4 September 1966

Background imageBrakes Collection: Le Mans 1998: 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans 1998: 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 07: Aguri Suzuki / Kazuyoshi Hoshino / Masahiko Kageyama, Nissan Motorsports, Nissan R390 GT1 - Nissan VRH35L during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
JUNE 15: #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 Nissan: Pierre Thiriet, Mathias Beche, Ryo Hirakawa during the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
JUNE 19: #27 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan: Nicolas Minassian, Maurizio Mediani, Mikhail Aleshin during the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 19, 2016. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
JUNE 18: #64 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7-R: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Jordan Taylor during the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18, 2016. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)

Background imageBrakes Collection: Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship
The rear brake and suspension of a Lotus 49B Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort, 23 June 1968

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
JUNE 15: #42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S Nissan: Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane, Danny Watts during the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
JUNE 15: #34 Race Performance Oreca 03R Judd: Nicolas Leutwiler, James Winslow, Shinji Nakano during the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)

Background imageBrakes Collection: 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
JUNE 15: #23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P2 Nissan: Fabien Barthez, Timothe Buret, Paul-Loup Chatin during the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15, 2016. (Photo by Eric Gilbert / Motorsport.com)



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"From Racing Thrills to Everyday Safety: The Evolution of Brakes" In the thrilling 1968 German GP, a legendary driver pushed his brakes to the limit, leaving spectators in awe. Meanwhile, H M Bateman's comical illustration "The Man Who Broke The Tube" humorously depicted the consequences of faulty brakes. Fast forward to 2002 testing, where engineers conducted rigorous experiments like W H Robinson's famous "Egg Test for Brakes. " This innovative approach ensured optimal safety on the roads. At the 1969 Dutch Grand Prix, drivers relied on their high-performance brakes to navigate treacherous corners with precision and skill. Similarly, an Ira L. & A. C. Berk Packard advertisement showcased how reliable they were essential for smooth driving experiences. Imagine gazing up at Frankfurt Airport as a colossal Jumbo Jet Boeing 747 approached landing with its impressive braking system fully deployed—a testament to engineering marvels that keep us safe in transit. Not limited to land vehicles alone, even aircraft like the English Electric Lightning depended on efficient braking mechanisms during takeoff and landing maneuvers. Back on solid ground, a daring lady biker confidently rode her vintage Rudge Whitworth motorcycle from 1929/31—her trusty brake system ensuring control and stability throughout her journey. In another realm entirely, Blackburn Skua dive-bombers gracefully descended from great heights while extending their brakes—an extraordinary display of aerial agility combined with precise stopping power. Beyond transportation settings, we find Helen Ryan in Milwaukee during World War II; she exemplified women's contribution by working at Heil and Co. , manufacturing vital brake components for war machinery—a true symbol of strength and resilience. Lastly, picture Saitz Station in Moravia (Czechoslovakia), where a vibrant lithograph illustrates how trains enter directly under its roof—a testament to advanced railway systems incorporating robust braking technologies for passenger safety.