Formula One Register was established in 1966 by Duncan Rabagliati, Paul Sheldon and John Thompson to address the issue of incomplete factual information available in English-language sources.
Duncan had been collecting results and programmes from organisers all over the world, and many constructors and teams provided information on chassis numbers. This was continued and earlier years back-filled where possible.
Following a book by John Thompson on the 1961 – 1965 Formula 1, the Register went into serious production of motor racing record books in the late eighties with Paul Sheldon’s highly acclaimed “Record of Grand Prix & Voiturette Racing”, often referred to as the “black books”. These were based on Duncan’s archive and Paul’s visits to Continental Libraries and Museums.
Since then our scope has been extended to cover a wider range of racing, particularly Formula 3, Formula Junior and US National Championship races.
John Thompson dropped out and more recently Richard Page joined the Register. Today a programme of updating the “black books” is underway, and the publications have been brought closer to today with the Year Book series.