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June 1996

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McLaren chief Ron Dennis recently expressed the view that contemporary Formula One cars are not fast enough. Within Formula One, it is an opinion which is not uniquely his. The question is, how can...
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That's the opinion of Stirling Moss, who reckons that Britain's current World Championship leader is still on a learning curve. Simon Arron spoke to him When Damon Hill crossed the line to win the...
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Mercedes last won its home Grand Prix in 1954. Karl Kling, the star of that race, was at the Nurburgring to see the first signs of a McLaren Mercedes resurgence. Mark Skewis reports Not even the...
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Can Schumacher end Ferrari's 17-year drought in the drivers' championship? Mark Skewis finds Ferrari's President in optimistic mood There is far more to being a successful politician than just...
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Jan Magnussen may be starring in the ITC, but he still hankers after an F1 opportunity. Marcus Simmons found out why They used to say that when you commented on the youth of policemen, you must be...
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Derek Warwick has always worn his heart on his sleeve. With only a Le Mans drive for Courage on his itinerary, he bares his soul to Mike Cotton Confidence and self-belief are part and parcel of a...
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Grand Prix racing's new-style feeder formula is well populated, but Simon Arron witnessed a baptism that wasn't wholly smooth Formula 3000 makes its big step into the future, into a world devoid of...
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David Williams witnessed the first World Championship rally in Asia and predicts a runaway success The disaster stories are always the best. There ought to be one about Asia. In the World Rally...
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He may not be doing much since he retired from single-seater racing, but the Le Mans 24 Hours still gives Mario Andretti a buzz like little else. He told David Phillips The final weekend of April was...
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Paul Fearnley on the weight-watching game which currently divides the British Touring Car Championship All... No, that would be unfair. Most saloon car racing is contrived. The immense success of...
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Back from beyond the netherworld of badge engineering, and now appearing at a Rover showroom near you: MG. Mark Hughes explains what all the fuss is about In the 33-year gap between the launch of the...
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750 Racer, by Peter Herbert. Haynes/PSL, £17.99. This is a book that describes how you might make and race a lowcost sports/racing car. The author has worked in collaboration with Dick Harvey....
Daytona Cobra Coupes, by Peter Brock and George Stauffer. Stauffer, £69.99. There could scarcely be a better crew to write about Daytona Cobras: Stauffer owns a garageful, Brock was central to the...
Echoes of Imola by David Tremayne. MRP, £16.99. This is a book about the Imola Grand Prix circuit, the races it has seen, and in particular the changes made there since the tragic death of Ayrton...
History of the Monaco GP, vol 1. Menoshire, £44.95. This is a historic moment -MOTOR SPORT's first ever CD-ROM review. This first disc covers the famous race from its 1929 beginning up to 1980, and...
Jack's Memories of Wheels, by Jack Pouncy. John Aley/ MCC, £12.50. Here is something different, and fun: a jolly account of competition motoring, mostly on two or three wheels, by one who rode in his...
Villeneuve, by Christopher Hilton. Haynes, £9.99. It occurs to me again that a driver has only to be killed or join a new team to be the subject of a biography by Christopher Hilton. So with Jacques...
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Sir, I have no axe to grind with Volvo. Or with estate cars. Or with diesel engines. Or with turbos. But does a combination of these four factors have any place in a magazine bearing the moniker...
Sir, Laurence Meredith misses the point slightly regarding the homologation of the Ferrari 250LM. The LM was refused homologation as a GT car for the '64 and '65 seasons, and was only homologated...
Sir, William Boddy's interesting article about the Women's Automobile and Sports Association (WASA) reminded me of a most enjoyable Reliability Trial which took place in the Hindhead area on February...
Sir, I do seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest! In your last issue, John Surtees and Brian Joscelyne of AMOC wrote on the subject of these cars and I should like to reply. First of all, Brian...
Sir, The British Touring Car Championship has a problem. The recent back-to-back Grandstand scheduling of our leading national car racing championship and the British Superbike series had the...
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Though remembered more for streamlined Spridgets, Lenham once had big ambitions. Laurence Meredith investigates. The history of motorsport suggests that the desire to start up as a manufacturer of...
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This year, MOTOR SPORT supports the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Trophy for historic F1 cars. Paul Lawrence watched the Bank Holiday series opener at Donington. Grand Prix Car races don't come much...
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After its 1995 absence, this historic meeting has returned to Spa. Alan Cox went too. Celebrating the circuit's 75th birthday, the 15 race programme headlined with two rounds of the International...
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In his March Editorial Simon Arron wrote of the Memorial Day Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, saying that, for reasons he dealt with, "a piece of folklore which is conducted in much the same spirit as it...
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Came upon an interesting item from long ago, while looking up information for another article. It is customary for the MCC to appoint a few of the big entries they get for their classic long-distance...
David Filsell, as I do, likes to find rare books about motoring. The one he lent me recently, The Road to the Nile by Wilson MacArthur (Collins, 1941), must now be what is now known as a "Collectors...
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I never tire of reminding you how much we owe to the MCC for continuing its famous long-distance trials, the Exeter, Land's End and Edinburgh, which are formidable and respected long mileage classics...
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Last month we referred to the vee-twin Hotchkiss engine, in association with some comments about air-cooling. It was an engine destined to give good service in BSA cars made by the great Birmingham...
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It was fine for this year's VSCC Colerne speed-trials on April 20, whereas last year the rain was so heavy and continual that it is still remembered. A wet course ruins a sprint event, with fresh...
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The death of the most successful Brooklands driver of his time, J G Parry Thomas, at Pendine in March 1927, when "Babs" overturned during a LSR attempt, left racing followers skinned, and they...
(March 30/31) The results of this event were not available in time for last month's report but we now append them: Llwynbarried Trophy (best overall performance) C Piercy (Trojan). Edwardian Trophy...
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To be recommended to those who like reading in detail about the 1899 to 1936 period, there is also a little of fascinating motoring interest in the first volume of Dorothy L Sayers's Letters (Edited...
Derek Rutherford, who was part of the successful Lagonda team at Le Mans before the war, has died aged 88. From an early age he competed in hillclimbs and races on cars and 'bikes, and in the '20s...
The Humber Register is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Humber on June 30, with a run from Humber Bridge (the world's longest single-span suspension bridge) to the National Museum of...
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Along the century in which the motor-car has been invented, then improved to be made in vast numbers, all too much has been written about unfair, uncooperative and anti-motorminded policemen. I have...
Have recently written of Hudlass and Lemon Burton Specials the law of browsing averages quickly turned up some more. Thus I was reminded that Andrew Fairclough, who favoured ACs and was the well-...
If you were a biscuit, what kind of biscuit would you like to be?" Asked of eleven BTCC drivers by Russell Bulgin of Autocar recently. Can you imagine such a question being put by pre-war journalists...
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Part Two Jensen 541 1954-1963 Glass-fibre body, 4-litre straight-six engine but styling is an acquired taste. 541 introduced 1957 with rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes. More power from the...

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