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June 2002

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While Ford tries to sway a 'new Jag generation' with arthouse adverts, those of a less trendy persuasion, i.e. older, know that the bulk of the gloss on Jaguar's brand was applied via seven wins at...
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Derek Bell has been awarded the title of Honoured Citizen of Le Mans. He is only the fourth driver to receive this accolade in nearly 80 years. The others are Jacky Ickx, Luigi Chinetti and Sammy...
Sports-racing and GT cars from the 1950s and early '60s will race at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone this year. The invitation race, set to be held after the headline event on Sunday...
Morgan will return to Le Mans this season, 40 years since the Great Malvern-based marque last contested the race. In 1962, Morgan won the two-litre class with a Plus 4, but will tackle this year's...
Stirling Moss will headline the entry for the VSCC's British Empire meeting at Donington Park over the weekend of June 8/9. Moss will race the C-type Jaguar of VSCC President Julian Ghosh in the race...
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A new date has been added to the BRDC's Historic Sports Car Championship. To replace the race dropped from the FIA GT meeting at Silverstone in early May, the championship will now feature at the MG...
British racer Tim Busby will take his ex-Pierre Dieudonne BMW CSL `Batmobile' back to Le Mans this September for the Le Mans Classic. The car contested the race in 1976-77.
A rare 1952 Connaught A-type will be offered at auction in late May. The car, chassis A8, was run by the factory throughout the 1953 season, and was driven by Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori and Prince...
Dan Gurney has unveiled a striking new motorcycle named the Alligator. Developed over two decades, the low-slung bike will also commemorate the Belgian Grand Prix victory for his Eagle design in 1967...
Veteran Historic racer Alan Baillie was fortunate to escape unharmed from a hefty qualifying accident at Silverstone in his F1 Cooper T71 (pictured below). The car rolled twice at Becketts after a...
Five-time British Champion Jimmy McRae returned to competition on the second round of the MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Astra Stages. He drove a Ford Escort and netted fifth in the...
If you are driving a classic sportscar to Le Mans this year, you can call in at Saint Saturnin for a Classic British Welcome. There will be a selection of food and drinks available. For detailed...
Former World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz celebrated his 40th birthday by driving a Williams FW08 at Jarama recently. Sainz, who raced Formula Fords in his younger days, swapped his Ford Focus WRC for...
A special class for Historic Ferrari racing cars will be included in the Shelsley Walsh meeting on August 17/18. The event is also a round of the Tran-X British Hillclimb Championship.
A number of famous names from Austin Healey history will attend the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Healey 100 this August. Centred around a special race meeting at Thruxton on August 3, the...
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This former two-time winner of the Sebring 12 hours died as a result of injuries sustained in a testing accident at Road Atlanta while driving a 1988 Group C Nissan. Akin, who had raced sportscars...
One of NASCAR's first stars has died at the age of 83. Buck Baker competed in the very first NASCAR race in a Kaiser, gradually became a true front runner, and was a regular winner in 1953 with an...
Desmond Titterington, one of Britain's Post-war all-rounders, died recently at the age of 73. The Ulsterman was a school friend of Archie Scott-Brown and competed in most forms of the sport during...
Pat Flaherty, winner of the chaotic and exciting 1956 Indianapolis 500, and a champion of many crashes, died recently. He was 76. With his shamrock-covered crash hat and hot rod-derived style, he was...
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Memorable wins for Chris Ball (Brabham BT28) and Neil Fowler (Lola T200) were among the highlights of another first-class Historic Sports Car Club meeting. Ball's Classic Racing Car victory was won...
John Ure was one of the stars of the VSCC's Spring Start meeting, wrestling ERA R9B to victory in the Patrick Lindsay Memorial race and taking a bold fight to Philip Walker's Lotus 16 in the Amschel...
Spaniard Jaquin Folch scored an emotional home victory when the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car season opened at Jarama. The local man's Williams FW08 beat off the FW07 of Fredy Kumschick to record...
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Frank Lyons won two FORCE victories at Nogaro in April, heading the similar F5000 Lola of Mike Wrigley in both. Malcolm Carter's March 711 topped the Classic Grand Prix car contests.
The new heritage Grand Touring Car Challenge got off to a good start in front of BTCC fans at Oulton Park. Cars from the old Classic Touring Car series set the pace, with David Yates winning both...
Bob Juggings (Lola T240) and Robert Simac (March 712) dominated the Historic F2 Trophy at Donington in May, but only after fastest qualifier Remy Nee was sidelined by gearbox snags in his Brabharn...
The opening group C race of the season produced a fine spectacle at Spa, running into the dark of Saturday evening. Despite awful weather, 25 cars made the trip to give the series an excellent start...
Michael Schryver (Chevron B16) and Jonathan Baker (Ford F3L) shared the spoils when the Group 4 season started at Jarama. Andre Bailly and Nick Amey headed the Lola T70 pack.
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Sir, I was interested to read the letter from Mervyn Pritchard in the May 2002 issue regarding a film of the 1958 Alpine Rally. I recall seeing this film one Saturday afternoon in 1958, in what I...
Sir, Your review of Michael Hay's Blower Bentley book describes it as the outcome of "fastidious research". I don't accept that In it, the author casually dismisses the integrity of the engine of the...
Sir, I quite agree with Tony Caldersmith's letter in the May issue: the date of George Saunders' Cooper fire at Shelsley Walsh was 1948, not 1947, but I did not do the captions or check them. However...
Sir, With reference to the excellent photographs in Sights Ole Sixties (May 2002 issue), I can assure readers that my incident as portrayed on page 50 was a one-off. I drove the car throughout 1967...
Sir, The eighth anniversary of the death of Ayrton Senna is upon us. Since that crash, many changes have been made to Formula One car design to improve safety. Some say those changes have destroyed...
Sir, I very much enjoyed your Lola track tests, but must also 'commend' you for your imaginative explanation of the 1962 GP Lola's chassis number. BR stands for Bromley (where the cars were made) not...
Sir, Your pictorial feature of Mike Hayward's Sights of the Sixties evoked strong memories of the most exciting period in British saloon car racing. I could almost smell the molten Dunlops from the...
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Sir, A quick note to applaud your coverage of Ton' Portago (May issue). What a hero! How sad that modem times appear to have squeezed out these great individuals — many English — who once filled the...
Sir, You reported the very sad death of Spencer Flack in your April edition, and implied that the BRM P25 he had been driving was destroyed in a fiery accident The car was severely damaged and the...
Sir, I am sure you will receive many letters pointing out that the gearbox in the photos of my Lotus 25 is not a ZF but a Hewland. It will be seen that there were spiders on the output shaft to drive...
Sir, I had the pleasure of knowing Tony Pond during his time with the Dealer Opel Team, and I thoroughly endorse all that Bill Blydenstein has said regarding his way with co-workers. Tony was a great...
Sir, I have just finished reading — at high speed — the May issue; there was so much that I enjoyed I had difficulty putting it down. It was of particular interest to learn more about Ken Wharton....
Sir, In your March issue, a letter from two engineers who look after the racing cars in the Mercedes-Benz historic collection tell us that the M196 engine using desmodromic valve gear regularly...
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In the Barcelona paddock, the main topic of conversation wasn't the continuing domination of F1 by Michael Schumacher, the perceptibly widening gap between Ferrari and Williams, or the apparent lack...
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The scene: the Glen Motor Inn, Watkins Glen. The date: September 1979. I am sitting at a table with a couple of colleagues, and studying the menu, unable to make up my mind. From across the room,...
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After a dominant 1-2-3 result at Le Mans in 1982, it was clear that Porsche's 956 was the car to have if you wanted to win in Group C. For 1983, a select handful of privateer teams took delivery of...
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A car's greatness can be measured not just in results but also by the memories it triggers. Some of the 956/962's famous operators tell David Malsher what this car means to them At the end of 1981, I...
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Jacky Ickx, Record Breaker Memories courtesy of Chopard Jacky Ickx was a superb Formula One driver, make no mistake; the daunting twists, slithers, climbs and dips of the Nurburgring held few fears....
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Thirty years ago, committed safety campaigner Jo Bonnier lost his life at Le Mans, the race he consistently criticised for being too dangerous. By Adam Cooper Despite the massive success he achieved...
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Ayrton Senna only drove ralts in F3, right? Wrong. He also drove a Sparton. A what? A Sparton. And, writes Nick Phillips, the Brazillian star thought it was pretty good Picture the scene: you're a...
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He may not have looked like a racing driver, but Leslie Johnson's performances improved as he reached higher echelons, as Bill Boddy explains Leslie G Johnson (LGJ) had a garage business in North...
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He had pulled a neat move on Schumacher, Senna and Mansell had retired. He had never driven a better car. He was catching the leader. Which is when it all went wrong... By Adam Cooper "In my 158...
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Modern corporate Formula One is a million miles from the carefree days of racing that Rob Walker graced - but he still enjoyed and kept in touch with it. Andrew Frankel remembers an arch enthusiast...
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It left Feltham as a semi-works racer in 1935, made its debut on the Mille Miglia, finished eight at Le Mans, went back to Italy - CMC 614's itinerary was packed one. It still is, as Gordon...
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During Derrick Edward's tenure, CMC 614 ran on 16in wheels (above left, with Judy Hogg, Edwards' partner and enthusiastic pilot, driving); Latterly lights, screen, big tank and dynamo went overboard...
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He won the first Monaco Grand Prix. He was executed by the Gestapo in 1945 for spying. The 'Williams' story does not need embellishing, so why have some people tried, wonders Bill cash? Charles...
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Went from Wales to Devon recently in my 1990 Ford Sierra, still going at 104,000 miles, to help a new owner collect a vintage car. Nothing exotic — a 1929 Sunbeam 16 two-seater, in fact. Cecil...
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A Press handout from Castrol UK informs us that David Beckham says, "It is exciting to be working with Castrol". For more years than I like to admit to I have used Castrol oil in various cars with...
I am told that the first night of the Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang musical in London's West End was an enormous success, but that it all petered out on the second night when the flying car refused to fly...
Since 1928, the RAC/VCC London-Brighton Veteran Car Run, the re-enactment of the 1896 Emancipation Run, which attracts hundreds of worldwide entries every November and huge numbers of spectators, has...
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A reader since 1970 who owns the Jaguar XK120 which was one of three raced by Risca Garages of Swansea, South Wales, in 1953/54 (chassis 661048) would like to know more about his car's competition...
Anyone who likes Austin 7s must try to be at Beaulieu on July 7 for the 750 MC's 40th National Rally for these cars. Those intending to compete will find 26 classes catering for every kind of A7 and...
Before you tell me, space restrictions forbade mention of all Ken Wharton's successes in my piece last month. So I would like to add his FTDs at the Freiburg and Bayard Alpine hill-climbs and his...
Haynes Motor Museum trust has acquired a 1915 Horstman two-seater, a make of which only five others are said to survive.
Arising from my recent article about the performances of vintage and PVT cars, I have been reminded that there is a British Hotchkiss Society, which caters for all cars of this make, including the...
The Rolls-Royce heritage trust has published the memoirs of George Bulman, head of the Air Ministry's engine-team from 1928-44. Edited by Mike Neale, it is a unique 373-page recall of aero-engine...
This year's Singer National Day is on June 16, at Brassingham Steam Centre, Norfolk. The current Singer OC's Singer Owner has details, and items on Singer-powered boats, trials teams of the 1930s,...
Those who road test modern cars do not say much about the lighting. Perhaps all cars now have perfect illumination? It amuses me a little to think that I have motored behind candle, gas and electric...
The Trojan Museum trust has been formed, with the aim of establishing a museum for products of Trojan Ltd of Croydon, cars predominant David Hambledon (01865 390124) has the details.
The VSCC Herefordshire trial was won by Barry Clarke (Austin 7). John Gill (Lea-Francis) took the opposite class. First-Class Awards were won by A Cawley (Frazer Nash), G Owen (Morris-JAP), A Johnson...
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As a ghost from all the 'Cars In Books', with which I used to fill a column in Motor Sport, there are 'the large hearse-like Morris Oxford' in which John Mortimer rode with his family when he was...
Barry Clarke has rebuilt 'Simplicity', the low-cost race-winning Austin 7 which the late Jack French devised, and has been giving it a new lease of life.
Although never an MG owner, , I have always liked the Triple-M Yearbook The 2001 edition (right) has as cover plates one of the best photographs I have seen of Doreen Evans and Barbara Skinner after...
It was very thoughtful of BBC2 to show a film of Parry Thomas (and `Babs) exactly 75 years after he was killed at Pendine on an LSR bid. But the short film might have been better replaced by newsreel...
My article on the trial of Lord De Clifford featured a photograph of his Lordship's M45 Lagonda. A reader has now filled me in on its history. He bought it unseen from England in 1956, and drove it...
The light car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC held its Driving Tests and Trial in April. The results are as follows: Llwynbarried Trophy: Peter Gledhill (1928 A7); Winifred Boddy Trophy: Ann...
The VSCC has elected Sir Jackie Stewart as an Honorary Member.

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