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April 2006

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Can you trump a sports-racer with an Escort? Ah, the long summers of 1976/77. Drought, James Hunt versus Niki Lauda, the Queen's Silver Jubilee, weird-looking teenagers walking round in clothes held...
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Gerry and clay Gerry Marshall died on April 21 2005, of natural causes, while he was doing what he was born to do: driving a powerful racing car in a manner unthinkable to most of us mere mortals....
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Berger buys share in F1 team Austrian re-enters grand prix arena after taking new role in Scuderia Toro Rosso. But controversy awaits over its use of V10 engines against the V8 opposition Multiple...
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Ford Escort, Osterreichring, 1979 by Gerhard Berger In the village where I lived there was a guy who had a Group Five Escort, and after school I always went by the shop and had a look at the car....
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Martin Morris One of the best-known vintage racers has died, aged 74. Hugely successful with ERA R11B, winning 10 Seaman Trophies in it, Martin Morris was the only driver to win both Historic and...
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There wasn't an earthquake in New Zealand in February but it felt like it! Mark Holman reports As far from Goodwood as you can get, the Southern Festival of Speed in New Zealand has four meetings on...
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NASCAR at Daytona suffers from curbs on engine power. But back in 1984 it was an increase in power, for one man, that helped bring it untold riches Time was when I used to go to the Daytona 500 every...
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Eric Offenstadt Works Matra and Lotus driver, bike racing star, technical wizard — and clearly a fan of Hunter Thompson (judging by the pic) — Eric Offenstadt deserves more than a footnote in racing...
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Ten years on from Jacques Villeneuve, Nico Rosberg is entering the F1 scene at Williams There's a neat symmetry to Nico Rosberg's arrival in grand prix racing this season. Not only is the 20-year-old...
40/30/20/10 years ago 1996 Damon Hill maintains his perfect score with victory in the Argentinian GP. Jacques Villeneuve makes it a Williams one-two. Jean Alesi is third for Benetton. 1986 Pascal...
Mansell and Unipart Nigel Mansell's two sons are to take the first steps in their car racing careers this year and will do so in the colours of Unipart, which backed Mansell Snr"s Formula Three...
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Ralph de Palma – Gentleman Champion by Gary Doyle, ISBN 9729144 8 X published by Golden Age Books, $80 www.king-of-the-boards.com Gary Doyle's last book, on Jimmy Murphy, set a high standard, but he...
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Letter of the month Cars, beer and girls I enjoyed Gordon Cruickshank's article on the Tasman Series, which was almost a second World Championship at its peak between 1966-69. The '66 and '67 series...
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Paul Ricard, 1971 With the Grand PrIx of France taking place on the newly built multi-million-pound Paul Ricard circuit alongside the Castellet aerodrome, about equidistant from Marseille and Toulon...
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His sponsor hoodwinked Saab into going F3 but he might have come out of it OK if he'd been Brazilian, especially as he's always kept a lookout for antelopes on the apex You beat Jacques Villeneuve,...
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DTV and Gerry Marshall were giants of 1970s British motorsport. Dave Richards looks back... From the outside, Dealer Team Vauxhall was a mixture of immaculate presentation, manufacturer tuning,...
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Super Saloons brought the maddest variations of production car models ever to be seen on British racetracks. Marcus Pye looks back on a movement that flourished briefly before burning out Super...
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Clay Regazzoni lived life to the full and still does. Adam Cooper talks to one of Ferraris favourite sons about life in the F1 firmament and the accident that ended his career Everything changed for...
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Drivers who raced what you wouldn't expect them to... Benny Parsons BMW 3.0CSL, Daytona 24 Hours, 1976. By Gary Watkins There's nothing new under the sun, so they say. This year NASCAR stars Tony...
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Italian GP 1948: the first time a Ferrari appeared in a grand prix. And it led! Paolo d'Alessio tells the story Journalism can be a very strange occupation. Sometimes it takes years, months or weeks...
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Gas turbine racers were hot news for a few experimental years. Gordon Cruickshank explains Gas turbines in cars just don't work. If they did we'd all be running one today. But over three decades,...
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... when Italian invader Dallara whitewashed the British F3 grid. Keith Howard finds out why Motorsport manufacturing is like any business: the aim is to make a product so much better than your...
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BRM's early '90s rebirth as a sportscar squad coincided with the death of Group C. Richard Heseltine relates a tale of woe They say the secret to all good comedy is timing. John Mangoletsi would...
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It's 100 years since Stanley broke the Land Speed Record with steam power. Leigh Dorrington relates the story behind the unlikely bid and attempts to repeat it in '06 Bonneville and the Black Rock...
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Häkkinen, Barrichello, Coulthard, Frentzen, de Ferran, McNish... One series launched them all. Marcus Simmons tells the story The life of the 1960s Formula Three driver, roaming around Europe for the...
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Graham Skillen had an informative article in the VSCC Bulletin on the elusive Frenchman T B Andre, who sold Marlborough light cars which he brought over from France, with premises in Dering Street,...
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Over the holiday period I was not only kept warm by one of the Brooklands Society's useful fleece jackets and had Torn Wheatcroft's book to enjoy. I also had another very satisfactory book, Raymond...
The piece about HE cars in the January issue of MotorSport has resulted in a most interesting response from Paul Stileman, who wrote to us in 1997 appealing for spares for his 1924 14/50 two-seater...
The VSCC opened its 2006 season with driving tests at Brooklands. David Marsh in his 1925 Brescia Bugatti was the best performer, but six other drivers took First Class awards, five gained Second...
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I suppose that 159mph will remain the all-time PSR (Police Speed Record) on a public road. The officer who achieved this claimed that he was testing the limits of his patrol car and I see no reason...
Having asked the nearest library to dig out for me the life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson (Jonathan Cape, 1968), I realised I should have read it years ago when I made 'Cars in Books' a regular...
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Big boost for GP Masters French GP support in 2006; Amon F1 car to race again; historic super-series for '07 The Grand Prix Masters movement will provide the grid for a classic Formula One race run...
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The first Leda to join the Formula 5000 revival in the UK will be raced by Ian Jacobs this season. Jacobs has sold his March 742 to make way for the ex-Trevor Taylor LT25. Jacobs hopes to be ready...
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Your guide to what’s coming up Life begins at 40 for HSCC Donington Park: HSCC April 2 The scene is set for a memorable 40th anniversary season of racing for the Historic Sports Car Club, which kicks...
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Treading his own path With a passion for e-war cars and considerable bravado behind the wheel, Julian Majzub has become one of the VSCC's outstanding racers Best known in recent times for winning...
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Comparing sheep to F5000s in New Zealand, and taking a step back in amazement at the Stanton Special Christchurch New Zealand's sheep-to-human-beings ratio may rank second to the Falkland Islands,...
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Non-championship F1 races have been largely forgotten. But they played their own part in the history of the sport I've just invested in the latest weighty edition of the Grand Prix Data Book. It's a...

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