Oh my, oh my. Where do we start?
Formula One has been increasingly misused. Drivers are "Formula One Champions" now, rarely referred to as World Champions.
Alberto Ascari did not win the Formula One championship. He was not the Formula One Champion. He won his two World Championships when the championship was run using Formula II regs. For crying out loud, even Motor Sport mag rated the Ferrari 500 as the best F-1 car of all time. Complete nonsense!
Carraciola, Lang, Rosemeyer, et al, did not win Formula One races. I doubt if the term was in use back then.
The term Grand Prix, once reserved to be used only for the "Grand Prize" of that particular country, is used for anything and everything in racing now. I was in Des Moines in 1990 for a Trans Am through the streets and learned from a tootsie on TV that what we were going to see was 'Grand Prix' racing. She then went on to explain that when cars race in streets that is 'Grand Prix' racing. The only segment of racing in the US that seemingly does not use the term Grand Prix is nascar, probably because nobody there can pronounce it.
In the American press and culture, any car older than, say, 15 years is a 'classic car'.
With regards to the above quote by JYS, he should know better of course, but it is indicative of the trend to completely disregard any history that came before what we are concerned with now. For example, now that there is only one 'Indy Car' series in the US the current IRL media guides, announcer references, and press materials completely disregard any history or records that occured before the IRL was founded in 1996. In addition, anything that happened in the "other series" while there were two is disregarded. I am tired of hearing that Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, et al, have only X number of wins, completely overlooking their wins in the departed CART series. It is hoped that with a bit of time the IRL will realize that they are now the custodians of American open wheel racing and will take off their blinders and include all history.
I could go on, but my list of peeves is probably too long. As a student of history all this revisionism, neglecting of the past, and gross misuse of terminology just grates the dickens out of me.