Snapshot of a sizzling summer racing season:

Gorgeous and ridiculously fast Mercedes-Benz W 196 R race cars dominate the field at the French Grand Prix in Reims on July 4, 1954.

In a cinematic finish, the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio won the day in car #18 with another W 196 and an obviously outclassed Maserati behind by a hand’s width.

They don’t call it “grand” for nothing…