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July 1997

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The unforeseen 'postponement' of the one-off Reims retro and the cancellation of the traditional Trophee des Ardennes meeting at SpaFrancorchamps has robbed Historic racers of the opportunity to...
Racing cars and motorcycles turned the clocks back at Crystal Palace on Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday, when Sevenoaks and District Motor Club and Bromley Council hosted a Sprint to commemorate 25 years...
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When Lord March announced at the press launch of this year's Festival of Speed that it would contain a two minute 'noise' to celebrate the life of Denis Jenkinson, a spontaneous cheer went up in...
John Willment, the man whose JW Automotive team played a massive part in Ford's famous hat-trick of Le Mans 24 Hour victories between 1967-69, died in May. He was aged 68. Willment, who name was...
"Organising events for people and people for events" is the role of The Classic Motoring Organisation, a new enthusiast-led initiative to be launched next month and designed to help classic car...
The Earl of March has instructed the architects of the special tribute to MOTOR SPORT's legendary correspondent Denis Jenkinson to alter its focus at his Goodwood Festival of Speed in June following...
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Don Parker, the most successful Formula Three driver in history, died peacefully in hospital on May 20th after a short illness. He was 88. Don's career statistics read: British F3 Champion in 1952,...
The Lola Cars company went into administration with debts of around £3 million shortly before we closed for press, dragged down by the collapse of its ill-starred attempt to re-enter Formula One...
Formula one team owner Eddie Jordan will bring a Jordan 191 to the Goodwood Festival. The Seven-Up liveried 191 chassis was the machine in which Michael Schumacher made his amazing GP debut. McLaren...
Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks and Vanwall will be reunited at Aintree on July 19-20, exactly 40 years after Moss recorded the first all-British World Championship Grand Prix victory at the Liverpool...
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Briton Ian Giles dominated the opening two rounds of the third FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship at Silverstone and Monza last month, with superlative performances in the ex-Riccardo...
The major annual event of the French Historic racing calendar, the Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or, takes place at the charismatic old Linas-Montlhery speedbowl outside Paris on June 21-22, the same weekend...
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On and off, Mario Andretti has been trying to win Le Mans for more than 30 years. The place has hardly been kind to him, but he adores it. "I was always able to relax there," he says. "I enjoy the...
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With over 700 races and 250 rallies behind him, Williams continues to entertain on and off track No British race report is complete without a shot of a car ludicrously crossed up with Barrie Williams...
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SIR, Nigel Roebuck's reprise of Ronnie Peterson's career in the May issue brought many happy memories flooding back and, sadly, the acute sense of loss I felt following his death at Monza. There are...
Sir, In your article on the Monaco Historique GP you intimated that I, with some others, was not very enthusiastic about this event. This is not entirely true; in my article for Road and Track I...
Sir, I first saw the ex-Muller V16 Auto Union in 1990 at the Riga Automobile Museum, and its bizarre history was recounted to me by the Museum's director, Viktors Kulbergs. This 1938 car was one of...
Sir, Laurence Meredith's dream of a team of six new race-worthy Auto Union V16s, inexplicably all in mountain climb guise, sounds wonderful (MOTORSPORT, June), but is wide of the mark; so regretfully...
Sir, I was fortunate to be in the Casino Square grandstand for the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. Whilst every event from Formula Junior through to the Grand Prix cars of the '20s and '30s provided...
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Sir, In your May issue you wondered about the whereabouts of Chris Amon's Fl car. In June 1996 I took the enclosed picture of the Amon F1 machine at the Nurburgring museum. The car was obviously...
Sir, The only Aston Martin usually associated with Graham Hill is the Project 212 GT Prototype that he drove at Le Mans in 1962, but he had in fact already driven two of the three types, if not the...
Sir, I was nine when I first set eyes on one of Art Arfons' Green Monster creations (MOTORSPORT, May). My father drag-raced at a clapped-out facility in Ohio called Thompson Drag Raceway. Arfons,...
Sir, Space probably prevented Shaun Campbell from mentioning the brief connection of the mysterious `Williams' with the leading Anglo French Grand Prix team; Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq. Briefly, this...
Sir, I very much enjoyed Wonder Woman, the article about Michele Mouton in your June issue. Some aspects in Liz Turner's article need minor correction. The main opponents in 1981 were the Ford Escort...
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Last September PF Payne made fastest sports-car time of the day at the Gosport Speed Trials in his Ford, clocking 15.92secs for the ss quarter mile. During December he wrote to MOTOR SPORT, asking...
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Four-time Le Mans winner Henri Pescarolo looks back on his 30 races at the Sartre circuit, including his horrific accident in 1969, and previews this year's 24-hour event It's my 31st Le Mans this...
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Henri Pescarolo's four wins and 30 starts at Le Mans have given him a unique place in motor racing history. Along the way he's driven for Matra (1966, '67, '68, '70, '72, '73, '74), Ferrari ('71),...
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It never even entered a race, let alone won Le Mans, yet within the Jaguar XJ13 lies the stuff of legend. Andrew Frankel takes it back to the scene of its only triumph and near-fatal disaster to find...
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We knew the chaps from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust had arrived some time before we saw them. The straight six bark of a D-type is not easy to mistake, even when there are two of them travelling...
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If Juan Manuel Fangio's first race at Monaco was stunning, his first race lap was unbelievable. Shaun Campbell recalls Fangio's 'lucky' debut win. Juan Manuel Fangio called it luck. A simple word,...
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Historic car events have now hit centre-stage around the world - witness the crowds at the Mille Miglia, Laguna Seca and May's remarkable gathering on the Grand Prix circuit at Monaco. Goodwood's...
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With tens of thousands of spectators expected at the Festival of Speed, it's vital that you give yourself plenty of time to get to Goodwood Park. From the M25, leave at Junction 10 taking the A3 to...
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The 250F was one of those great racing cars that was pretty much right straight out of the box. It had some initial problems and did benefit from development like the re-location of the De Dion from...
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There's a certain mystique about Ferrari. I was thrilled to be working there that was the most enjoyable thing about my three years on the 333SP project. Having been in this game for a few years, it...
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For the first time in almost 60 years, the fabulous Silver Arrows of Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz will be officially represented in England, when two cars from each company appear at the Goodwood...
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Williams has achieved massive success since it scored its first Grand Prix win in 1979, but none of the team's cars has been anywhere near as successful as last year's Renault-powered FW18. World...
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One of the largest and most impressive racing cars in the Brooklands section of the Goodwood Festival assembly will be the 24-litre Napier-Railton, holder of the ultimate lap record for the famous...
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It doesn't matter who you are, what you've raced or how long you have been in the front line of motor racing, there is still nothing you can do to prepare adequately for the experience of driving the...
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I don't feel that the 612 ever reached its full potential. There was a lot left in it but the project always had a low priority at the factory and our results reflected that. Ferrari never really...
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The MG Metro 6R4 was an incredibly exciting car to drive but it really needed a longer life if we were to have got the best from it. When Group B rally cars were banned from the world stage the 6R4...
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I first drove the McLaren M23 at the end of 1974, and over the next few years I got to know it fairly well, I guess. I had two World Champion team mates, Emerson Fittipakli and James Hunt, and I had...
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In the 1930s, Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz fought epic battles on the mountain climbs of Europe now the fierce rivalry returns for the Goodwood festival of speed. Chris Nixon reports In October 1937...
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Brian Lister tells Gordon Cruickshank about his giant-killing cars, the company and Archie Scott Brown, who would have been 70 this year On July 4, Stirling Moss will open a engineering factory near...
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Phil Hill reckons that the Chaparral 2F was the best car he's ever raced, with its 7.0-litre engine and radical aerodynamics. Now Hill and the 2F are back for Goodwood. David Tremayne reports The...
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The famous rear wing was the Chaparral's most obvious aerodynamic appendage, and one which Formula One would embrace wholeheartedly the following year on the basis of the 2F's performances, but Jim...
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The Chaparral 2F is enshrined in motor racing lore as the car that allowed the underrated Mike Spence to demonstrate his true mettle. Spotted by Colin Chapman at the Monaco Formula Junior race in...
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Their daughter was the famous one, but Tommy and Elsie Wisdom made their own mark in 25 years of racing together Bill Boddy chronicles the varied career of one of the sport's most enduring...
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Chaplain to both Queen and BRDC, Canon Lionel Webber is the force behind the remarkable Retro 97, taking place in and around Basildon on July 5. Simon Taylor meets a unique character. Lionel Webber...
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As both racing car and money-making machine, the BMW M1 was an abject failure but, on the road,it proved sublime. Roger Bell unearths the most underrated supercar in the world Heaving into a three-...
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Cars with more power than grip and top F1 drivers made the M1 Procar series very special. For many, it provided the best one-make racing ever seen, remembers Alan Henry The rolled, they slid wildly...
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This is the most famous of all Lotus 49's. Shaun Campbell goes to Hethel to reunite John Miles with the car that took Hill's fifth Monaco win John Miles beckons me over with a crook of a gloved index...
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He's a veteran of over 140 Grand Prix, but none compares with that first taste of success in a stock car scrap at Wimbledon stadium 1973 Superstox World Championship Final There are quite a few of my...
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Twenty years ago the Golf GTi defined a new breed of fast, practical fun car. Now, says Andrew Frankel, VW is devaluing the badge on a placid pretender As a concept, the VW Golf GTi was one of the...
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Pre-war motor racing will forever be associated with the scent of Castrol-R engine oil, mingled with the fuel fumes of those times. Burnt 'R' is intended, of course, and it wasn't only Castrol who...
The first time I saw a 3 1/2-litre Bentley, the sensation of 1933, was when I was associated with an aviation and motor-racing monthly magazine produced from Brooklands Aerodrome. It was a tourer (...
The VSCC is getting on with a very full fixture-list, and it has occurred to me that whereas driver ability counts for more than the car in driving tests and to some extent in trials, at the Coleme...
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The Brooklands Museum is open for business conferences, promotion parties and even weddings, and now the Bugatti OC is offering similar facilities at their pleasant country site at Prescott. Details...
On July 18 50 years ago a clergyman stood in London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and dedicated 'in perpetuity' the 'Babs' cot, financed anonymously by racing-driver.' J G Parry...
By a coincidence, having recalled my first acquaintance with a Derby-built Bentley, I received a letter from a long-standing reader congratulating me on the "LE JOG" run I did in 1938 with a 4litre...

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