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From the iconic 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans to the thrilling start of the Monaco Grand Prix in 1960

Background imageStart Collection: 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

1965 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 20: The drivers run to their cars at the start during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 20, 1965 in Circuit de la Sarthe, France

Background imageStart Collection: 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans

1964 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Drivers sprint for their cars at the start. Nearest to camera John Surtees runs to his Ferrari 3330P (no.19)

Background imageStart Collection: Racing pigeon release

Racing pigeon release
Racing pigeons released from their traps from transport lorries at the start of a race from Worcestershire to Tipton in The Black Country in the English Midlands Date: 1992

Background imageStart Collection: 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans

1963 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 15: Drivers sprint to their cars as the starter drops the flag to signal the start of the race during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 15

Background imageStart Collection: 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

1966 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Innes Ireland / Jochen Rindt, F.R. English Ltd / Comstock Racing Team, Ford GT40, leads Peter Sutcliffe / Dieter Spoerry, Scuderia Filipinetti, Ford GT40

Background imageStart Collection: Cosmic microwave background

Cosmic microwave background. Spherical projection of the cosmic microwave background, using all-sky data from the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe)

Background imageStart Collection: 1960 Monaco Grand Prix

1960 Monaco Grand Prix. Monte Carlo. 29 May 1960. Jo Bonnier (BRM P48) leads Jack Brabham (Cooper T53-Climax), Tony Brooks (Cooper T51-Climax), Stirling Moss (Lotus 18-Climax - #28)

Background imageStart Collection: 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

1965 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Drivers run to their cars at the start of the race during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 20, 1965 in Circuit de la Sarthe, France

Background imageStart Collection: Formula One World Championship: Ritchie Ginther leads from Jim Clark Lotus 21

Formula One World Championship: Ritchie Ginther leads from Jim Clark Lotus 21 and winner Stirling Moss, Lotus 18
Monaco GP 1961 Start Ritchie Ginther (Ferrari 156) leads from Jim Clark( car 28) Lotus 21 and winner Stirling Moss, Lotus 18

Background imageStart Collection: At the Start of the Cresta Run, St. Moritz, 1912

At the Start of the Cresta Run, St. Moritz, 1912
Photograph showing a member of the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club leaping onto his machine at the top of the Cresta Run, 1912. This famous course was first laid out in 1884

Background imageStart Collection: Formula One World Championship: Race winner Jim Clark Lotus 25 made an astonishing start to climb

Formula One World Championship: Race winner Jim Clark Lotus 25 made an astonishing start to climb from eighth to first
Race winner Jim Clark (GBR) Lotus 25 made an astonishing start to climb from eighth to first by the time the field reached Eau Rouge. Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, 9 June 1963

Background imageStart Collection: Start of 1959 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood. Creator: Unknown

Start of 1959 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood. Creator: Unknown
Start of 1959 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood

Background imageStart Collection: Monaco Grand Prix / 1969

Monaco Grand Prix / 1969
Jackie Stewart, in a Matra- Ford (7), leads Chris Amons Ferrari (11) away from the grid at the start of the Monaco Grand Prix. Both failed to finish the race

Background imageStart Collection: 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

1966 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Drivers run to their cars at the start, with Dan Gurney on the right heading to his Ford MkII, followed by Ken Miles, John Whitmore, Bruce McLaren

Background imageStart Collection: 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

1966 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 19: The drivers run to their cars at the start of the race during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 19, 1966 in Circuit de la Sarthe, France

Background imageStart Collection: Scene with fishermen at Beesands, Start Bay, Devon

Scene with fishermen at Beesands, Start Bay, Devon
Scene with fishermen and boats at Beesands, Start Bay, Devon -- coastal erosion can be seen in the middle distance, caused by storm damage and protected over the years by sea defences

Background imageStart Collection: Iron Miner

Iron Miner
5th June 1948: A miner pauses in a tunnel before starting a shift in Britains most modern iron ore mine, at Irthlinborough in Northamptonshire

Background imageStart Collection: Oxford Vs Cambridge 1873

Oxford Vs Cambridge 1873
The Boat Race - Ready to Start

Background imageStart Collection: Polish cavalry at the start of World War Two

Polish cavalry at the start of World War Two
Poland as a military power: cavalry, tanks and infantry (part of a spread in the Illustrated London News). Polands impressive horse cavalry are seen here, probably the best in Europe (the ILN says)

Background imageStart Collection: formula 1 formula one f1 gp priority Action Start

formula 1 formula one f1 gp priority Action Start
Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan. Sunday 27 September 2015. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid, Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW37 Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel

Background imageStart Collection: Herne Hill Velodrome, cyclists ready to start 1900

Herne Hill Velodrome, cyclists ready to start 1900
Start of the Century Cup, in the velodrome, south London. Date: 1900

Background imageStart Collection: 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

1965 24 Hours of Le Mans
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE, FRANCE - JUNE 20: The drivers run to their cars at the start of the race during the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe on June 20, 1965 in Circuit de la Sarthe, France

Background imageStart Collection: The Derby 1923 by Cecil Aldin

The Derby 1923 by Cecil Aldin
Leaving the post at the start of the Derby of 1923, a race famously won by Papyrus, owned by Mr B. Irish and ridden by Steve Donoghue

Background imageStart Collection: Bruce McLaren in Cooper-Oldsmobile, Goodwood 1964

Bruce McLaren in Cooper-Oldsmobile, Goodwood 1964

Background imageStart Collection: This picture shows the start of the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, 1966. two 7-litre

This picture shows the start of the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, 1966. two 7-litre Fords led after two hours racing in the 24 hour sports car race. However Italian Ferraris pressed hard

Background imageStart Collection: Its Mine, Poster

Its Mine, Poster, Canada, the right land for the right man, with Canadian National Railways

Background imageStart Collection: Canada, the right land for the right man Poster

Canada, the right land for the right man Poster, showing a man farming and harvesting wheat, by Canadian National Railways

Background imageStart Collection: 1973 Spa 1000 kms

1973 Spa 1000 kms
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - MAY 06: Chris Amon / Graham Hill / Henri Pescarolo, Matra, Matra-Simca MS670B 01 leads Jacky Ickx / Brian Redman, S.E.F.A.C

Background imageStart Collection: The 24 hour Bicycle Race at Herne Hill, 1892

The 24 hour Bicycle Race at Herne Hill, 1892
Photograph showing the Cyclists participating in the 24 hour Bicycle race at Herne Hill velodrome, on the 22nd July 1892, shortly before the start. The race was won by F.W

Background imageStart Collection: Monte-Carlo Rally: Paddy Hopkirk / Ron Crellin Mini Cooper

Monte-Carlo Rally: Paddy Hopkirk / Ron Crellin Mini Cooper
Paddy Hopkirk (GBR) / Ron Crellin Mini Cooper. Monte-Carlo Rally, Monaco, 22-27 January 1994

Background imageStart Collection: Le Mans 24 Hour Race: The start of the race is carried out in the traditional manner with

Le Mans 24 Hour Race: The start of the race is carried out in the traditional manner with the drivers running to their
The start of the race is carried out in the traditional manner with the drivers running to their cars. Le Mans 24 Hours Race, Le Sarthe, France, 19 June 1966

Background imageStart Collection: Non-Championship Formula One

Non-Championship Formula One
Third placed Ronnie Peterson (SWE) Lotus 72E (Centre) makes the best start from Jody Scheckter (RSA) Tyrrell 005 (Right), who retired from the race on lap 26 with a blown engine

Background imageStart Collection: 1968 Hockenheim 1968

1968 Hockenheim 1968
HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Kurt Ahrens Jr, Brabham BT23C Cosworth leads Derek Bell, Frank Williams Racing Cars, Brabham BT23C Cosworth and Jim Clark, Gold Leaf Team Lotus

Background imageStart Collection: Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - George V Silver Jubilee

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - George V Silver Jubilee
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose waiting before the start of the Thanksgiving Service marking King George Vs Silver Jubilee at St. Pauls Cathedral, London. Date: 1935

Background imageStart Collection: Start of 1961 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood. Creator: Unknown

Start of 1961 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood. Creator: Unknown
Start of 1961 Tourist Trophy race at Goodwood

Background imageStart Collection: 1970 British GP

1970 British GP
BRANDS HATCH, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Pole sitter Jochen Rindt, Lotus 72C Ford leads Jack Brabham, Brabham BT33 Ford, Jacky Ickx

Background imageStart Collection: Maps / Australia 1850S

Maps / Australia 1850S
Map showing the location of the GOLDFIELDS, so presumably made fairly soon after the start of the Australian Gold Rush in 1851

Background imageStart Collection: Formula 1 2022: Singapore GP

Formula 1 2022: Singapore GP
MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT, SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 02: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18, Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13, and Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

Background imageStart Collection: 1962 French Grand Prix

1962 French Grand Prix. Rouen-les-Essarts, France. 6-8 July 1962. Poleman Jim Clark (Lotus 25 Climax) smokes up his rears as he leads away from Graham Hill (BRM P57)

Background imageStart Collection: Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart / Mary I of Scotland)

Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart / Mary I of Scotland)
Mary, Queen of Scots (15421587) (Mary Stuart / Mary I of Scotland). Date: circa 1580s

Background imageStart Collection: 1955 British Grand Prix: Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra lead Karl Kling

1955 British Grand Prix: Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra lead Karl Kling
1955 British Grand Prix. Aintree, England. 14-16 July 1955. Stirling Moss (number 12), Juan Manuel Fangio (both Mercedes-Benz W196) and Jean Behra (Maserati 250F) lead Karl Kling (number 14)

Background imageStart Collection: Start Nice GP 1934 Nuvolari in 2, Maserati 8CM

Start Nice GP 1934 Nuvolari in 2, Maserati 8CM

Background imageStart Collection: Pigeon racing at Crystal Palace, London

Pigeon racing at Crystal Palace, London
15, 000 birds from all parts of England and Scotland are released from Crystal Palace, south London, at the start of a championship pigeon race

Background imageStart Collection: Harbour / Belfast Opening

Harbour / Belfast Opening
Opening of the New Channel, Belfast Harbour - the start of the procession

Background imageStart Collection: Formula One World Championship: Race winner Ayrton Senna Lotus 97T leads the field into La Source

Formula One World Championship: Race winner Ayrton Senna Lotus 97T leads the field into La Source at the start of
Race winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) Lotus 97T leads the field into La Source at the start of the race. Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, 15 September 1985

Background imageStart Collection: Clocking-In Machine

Clocking-In Machine
A Clocking In machine in a factory records the hours workers start and leave the workplace

Background imageStart Collection: Play-Off Final Match Line up

Play-Off Final Match Line up
Preston North End Play-Off Final v Swindon Town, Sunday 24th May 2015: Play-Off Final Match Action

Background imageStart Collection: 2000 German Grand Prix: Ricardo Zonta is followed through the chicane by Ralf Schumacher

2000 German Grand Prix: Ricardo Zonta is followed through the chicane by Ralf Schumacher, Nick Heidfeld
2000 German Grand Prix. Hockenheim, Germany. 28-30 July 2000. Ricardo Zonta (B.A.R. 002 Honda) is followed through the chicane by Ralf Schumacher (Williams FW22 BMW)



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From the iconic 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans to the thrilling start of the Monaco Grand Prix in 1960, history has witnessed countless moments that marked the beginning of greatness. The cosmic microwave background, a remnant from the birth of our universe, serves as a reminder that every start holds immense potential. In Beesands, Start Bay, Devon, fishermen gather at dawn to embark on their daily journey, symbolizing resilience and determination. Meanwhile, at St. Moritz in 1912, adrenaline courses through the veins of daredevils ready to conquer the Cresta Run's treacherous slopes. The F1 races captivate fans worldwide with heart-stopping action starts and occasional crashes that test drivers' skills and nerves. As we look back at Ritchie Ginther leading from Jim Clark Lotus 21 during Formula One World Championship or Stirling Moss emerging victorious in Monaco Grand Prix '69 - these moments remind us that every start is an opportunity for triumph and glory. Whether it be on racing tracks or in life itself, each new beginning holds endless possibilities waiting to be explored.