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July 1995

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May 17: Alfa Romeo announces that its British Touring Car Champion Gabriele Tarquini is to make his BTCC return at Oulton Park. 19: Honda BTCC racer lames Kaye gives the 'thumbs up' to the re-opened...
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Protected species? The disappearance of a Formula One team is hardly news these days. Since 1989, Grand Prix racing has lost Brabham. Lotus, March, Osella, Scuderia Italia, Coloni. Larrousse,...
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FRA “Lofty” England Frank Raymond Wilton England, known to us all simply as "Lofty", the oft 5in-tall, good natured character who had probably as much varied experience of motor racing from the...
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As a shocked Formula One circus left Monaco last year, Karl Wendlinger was fighting for his life. Twelve months on, he is fighting to keep his racing career alive. It was an ironic, rather than...
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Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo, 28 May 1995 - 78 laps of 2.07 mile circuit (161.305 miles) 1: Michael Schumacher - Benneton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 53m 11.258s 2: Damon Hill - Williams FW17-Renault...
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Even as he comfortably led Michael Schumacher's Benetton, Damon Hill suspected that he had lost the Monaco Grand Prix. The Englishman was running a two-stop strategy, and therefore on a light fuel...
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If pit stop strategy made the difference between finishing first and second around the streets of Monaco, Montreal demanded precise calculations just to make the finish at all. There is a fine line...
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Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal, 11 June 1995 - 69 laps of 2.752 mile circuit (189.888 miles) 1: Jean Alesi - Ferrari 412 T2-Ferrari V12 - 1h 46m 31.333s 2: Rubens Barrichello - Jordan 195-Peugeot V10...
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Simtek's withdrawal from the Canadian Grand Prix was the precursor to its swift decline into receivership. Led by promising designer Nick Wirth, Simtek entered Formula One at the same time as...
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Jonathan Palmer gives his verdict on the Montreal winner It was the victory everyone had waited so long to acclaim. Jean Alesi confessed he was so emotional at the thought of his impending maiden...
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Adored by fans for his courage, Nigel Mansell's motivation was brought into question at Mdaren. Having worn the colours of Lotus, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren, where does he go now? The announcement...
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Life may have looked a tad chaotic in the BTCC of late, but there are some things the critics don't take on board It s not often that a driver gets to start from pole position five times in one day...
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It was a hard manoeuvre, certainly. Maybe, with hindsight, even unfair. But it wasn't malicious. No one of sound mind is deliberately going to drive into another racing car at the best part of 180...
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Strength in depth enabled McLaren to triumph on the F1 GTR's first visit to La Sarthe Thirteen years ago Porsche's new 956 Group C cars swept to a 1-2-3 result at Le Mans on their debut outing. No...
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This year's Indianapolis 500 was marred by controversial decision making which led to the winner covering 505 miles… Only in auto racing would the premier event be played according to different rules...
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The return of Miki Biasion to Lancia was expected to be marked by a victory. But… There is little doubt that this year's relegation by the FIA of certain rallies of the World Rally Championship to...
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Not many ice cream salesmen get offered drives with works rally teams, fewer still turn them down twice. Jean-Pierre Manzagol smiles with a mixture of pleasure and embarrassment. He isn't a boastful...
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Jaguar wants to expand its market; crispier, sharper Sport models aim to lure the more ambitious driver Try telling Jaguar owners that their XJ is perhaps getting rather long in the tooth and they...
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Quite literally in a class of its own, the RAV4 is approximately a cross between a hot hatchback and a tractor… How to make yourself the centre of attention, lesson number one. Go to your local...
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Vorspnmg durch Technik Sir, I found Mike Lawrence's feature on the D-type Jaguars at Le Mans (Triumph and Disaster — June) most interesting, not least because so much of his information obviously...
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Today, expert restorers can repair, improve or replicate almost any element of almost any car, given a big enough budget. But there's one thing in the car world that money can't buy originality. That...
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Michelin's new range of "old" tyres for pre-and post-war racers will bear a proud name from the past. The dual purpose road/race rubber, tested by TOPS members and available in sizes from 16in to...
Grand Prix winner: the Best of Show award at the Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance went to the lavish Franay-bodied MkVI Bentley of Gary Wales and Bob Gathercole, which goes forward to the Bagatelle...
Castrol R hanging heavy in the air and the drone of racing cars balanced high on the banking — evocative sensations for a Bank Holiday Monday. Organised by Stanley Mann and Moy Motorsport to benefit...
Vintage Brits were the first cars to run on the much revised Charade circuit in France when it was re-opened in May. A group of TOPS entrants ranging from Silver Ghost to Porsche RSK took part in the...
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When the Ginetta G4 was introduced at the 1961 Racing Car Show, it won immediate approval. It was as if you could buy a bargain-price Lola Mk 1 and use it either on the road or the track. Since it is...
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Thirteen years after opening to the public, the Schlumpf brothers’ secret hoard has been regrouped. Bugattis remain centre-stage, but D McK has been inspecting the post-war racing machiner also on...
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In order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VE Day, the HSCC hosted a one-off two-day Historic race meeting at Donington Park, and with the assistance of a number of specialist clubs and groups,...
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The highlight of the VSCC's Hawthorn Memorial Trophy Meeting at Silverstone was the race-long battle for the Boulogne Trophy between Tim Llewellyn's tyre-smoking 3/8-litre Bentley (now running with...
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Only comparatively recently has the Light Car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC concerned itself with increasing numbers of vehicles of the cyclecar class, which provide fun for their drivers,...
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Now that all the parades, services, street parties, fly-pasts and all the rest of the VE Day anniversary commemorations, and the endless TV programmes about the war have just about subsided, it is...
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Rain avoided Loton Park on May 28 by a narrow margin, as the VSCC ran its hillclimb over the six corners of the interesting 1478-yard course, rented from Hagley & DLCC. Spollon crashed his ERA in...
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In last month's article about Spyker cars one caption gave Mrs Janson's name as "Jameson" (apologies, too, to Anabel Jones for changing her surname when praising her for her good showing at Colerna...
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The MGCC, the MG Triple Register and other MG organisations have always taken a keen interest in MG history and the cars' competition successes. In conjunction with the MGCC's 60th anniversary of the...
A reader who owns the F-type MG Magna with which Richard Seaman began his motoring career in 1932, including driving it in that year's Alpine Trial, is seeking the car's history. He has had the car (...
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In our recent reference to the fate of the racing Leyland-Thomas No 2 during the war, we questioned whether the front-wheel brakes fitted to it after its racing days in the hands of its creator J G...
A reader who is researching the history of the Alpine Trials cannot ascertain exactly when the first of these auspicious events was held, confusion arising because the Alps attracted trials and...
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Having suggested that a Ford Sierra of around four years old might be a good proposition for anyone buying a roomy, dependable, well-contrived car for a low outlay. I am beholden to tell of how the...
On May 14 the VSCC had another speed hill-climb at the pleasant and interesting course at Wiscombe, which Majors Richard Chichester and Charles Lambton had the initiative to turn this into an...
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It is well-known that Rolls Royce operated a Chauffeurs' School for those employed to drive their cars, and that similar schools on a lesser scale were run by a few other companies. In researching...
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We are an anonymous lot on Motor Sport, known mostly only by our initials. But it was good to see ML back again, with his piece last month, although I have long held the view that to recall the 1955...
The objection to Continuous Licensing has resulted in universal support from the motor clubs. The initial 7000 or so letters of complaint to the DVLA must have multiplied into a veritable flood. As...
"Driver Wanted: The National Motor Museum is currently appealing for the driving skills of an HGV licence holder. It has a 175,000-vehicle transporter on loan... but on occasions doesn't have a...
The Government war on vehicle drivers (and non-drivers, if CL comes off!) heightens. The anti-pollutionists are against us, but what can we do? No incentive to run smaller-engined cars! Courts can be...
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The combination of Colin Chapman's inspiration, Lotus engineering and Giorgetto Giugiaro's styling should have been a recipe from heaven, and the Esprit Turbo has certainly stood the test of time....

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