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September 2000

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All good things come to those who wait, they say. Now I know this to be true. I have been waiting 22 years to take the wheel at Motor Sport ever since I stood in front of my English class and...
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The Belfast City open+direct Millennium Festival at Stormont Castle on Monday 28 August is certain to be Northern Ireland's biggest-ever motorsport occasion. The Ulster Cancer Foundation event will...
The Automobilclub von Deutschland's 28th annual Oldtimer Grand Prix featured a tremendous programme of races at the Niirburgring on 4-6 August, starting with a 400km Marathon on the Nordschleife. The...
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Silverstone's Historic Festival will move from its traditional late July/ early August slot to the summer Bank Holiday weekend of August 25-27 in 2001. The meeting will henceforth follow the AvD's...
In last month's Matters of Moment, the lead story incorrectly stated that Jackie Tarrant, wife of Steve, the marshal critically injured during John Dawson-Damer's fatal crash, returned to Goodwood on...
John Surtees (right), whose 1964 world Formula One championship with Ferrari and seven world motorcycle titles will almost certainly remain a unique feat, is to be honoured in a special tribute...
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Derrick Edwards, one of the main influences in maintaining the surviving 300 or so pre-war Astons on the road and racing circuits for four decades, has died, aged 83. During wartime, Derrick worked...
Dorino Serafini, ex-Ferrari works driver, has died, aged 91. Born in Pesaro, Italy, in 1909, the former motorcycle racer's transition to four wheels was marred by a huge accident when his Maserati's...
The Authenticity of some Italian history cars must be under question after an Italian court jailed Franco Lombardi, a representative of FIVA, which is responsible for authenticating car identities....
Forty historic cars have survived the longest rally ever, completing the 21,000-mile Around the World in 80 Days event in July. Victors Freddie and Janet Giles drove a Hillman Hunter of similar spec...
Owen Maddock Owen Richard Maddock, chief designer of the Cooper Car Company during the 1950s and early '60s, has died, aged 75. The son of architect Richard Maddock, who designed the Cooper factory...
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There were two red, white and blue cars in the World Sports-Prototype Championship paddock at Dijon-Prenois in May, both prepared in high-tech laboratories, but similarities seemed to end there. The...
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Everyone was delighted by Rubens Barrichello's triumph in the German Grand Prix — except perhaps Ron Dennis. Unlike so many maiden wins, this was bravely and fairly won, and did not rely on the...
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Honour satisfied Sir, The news of the sentence imposed on Prof Franco Lombardi [see Matters of Moment] who, apparently out of greed, has tried to stain the honour of my old and dear friend, Olivier...
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Down at the tip-top bar, that Sunday night in May 1970, we waited and hoped for Jochen Rindt to arrive, as the winner of the Monaco Grand Prix traditionally did in those days. It must have been...
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Has anyone burst onto the scene as vividly as Mike Hawthorn did in 1952? Goodwood was the stage where he rose from the rank of walk-on extra to name-in-lights star - in one day. By Paul Fearnley From...
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For anyone who loves motorsport's history, there's quite simply no other place to be come mid-september. Marcus Pye looks ahead to the greatest event on British racing's calendar The aces could...
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Why do some F1 drivers prefer it when the margin for errors lies between negligible and non-existent? David Malsher examines the cases of three men who were kings of the concrete jungle Graham Hill...
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When the world's best rally driver knows the sport's most challenging roads like the back of his hand, a white-knuckle ride is guaranteed. co-driver John Davenport had to get a grip We had an inkling...
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Ormers The 1937 Avus GP was a high-speed party The 1937 Avus GP was a high-speed party political broadcast. Chris Nixon tells the story of a thirst of power and glory that was quenched at 240mph. '...
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After their disastrous 1936 season, Mercedes-Benz appointed 30-year-old Rudolf Uhlenhaut as their Technical Director. In common with Auto Union, Mercedes had stuck to the same basic design of their...
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Professor Ferdinand Porsche was the genius behind the mid-engined Auto Union.The 750kg Formula for grand prix cars was originally scheduled to run from 1934 to 1936 inclusive, and put no limit on...
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Picture the trailing edge of the wing in cross-section, with the Gurney pointing upwards and the airflow moving from left to right (above). At the trailing edge, the airflow immediately beneath the...
Dan Gurney was one of the genuine all-time great drivers, but perhaps his biggest contribution to Motorsport was, says Keith Howard, the provision of extra rear-end down-force with minimal...
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Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser moved Heaven and Earth in a bid to make their Formula One debuts at Monza in '68. Then the establishment did the dirty on them. Mark Hughes tells a story of mad dashes...
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Bobby Unser's eventual GP debut at Watkins Glen (below) was peppered with blown engines and crashes. Aside from his problems with BRM and F I ,there was something more specific troubling him that...
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Andretti's famed oval-honed sensitivity served him well in his FI debut at Watkins Glen. Slicks had yet to appear, but he was one of the first to twig a characteristic of his treaded Firestones that...
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Geoffrey Taylor ambitiously handcrafted virtually every part of his Alta cars — including the supercharged twin-overhead-cam four-cylinder engines — in Tolworth, Surrey. His firm progressed from...
Throughout motorsport's history, amateur competitors have taken on the world with self-built specials. Such a story is that of South African Tony Kotze, who failed to qualify his Assegai for the 1962...
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Ron Tauranac's wonderfully elegant Formula Two design is a classic. Tmy and sleek, with shoulder-hugging cockpit surround and fully faired-in 1600cc Cosworth FVA engine and Hewland FT200 gearbox, the...
Formula One private entrant-turnedconstructor Guy Ligier's first (and only) open sports prototype raced just three times, in 1971. It finished second in the 3-hour Le Mans Trial in April and then won...
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Alfa Romeo's Tipo 33 sports prototypes debuted in 1967 and evolved into the 12-cylinder machines which secured the world championship in 1975. But the best-loved were the 3-litre 33/3 barchettas of...
John Surtees virtually hung up his helmet in 1972 but, as usual, debuted his new Formula One model (TS9B) late the previous season. He retained chassis 5, the most successful example, until last...
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Bruno Giacomelli 1990 LIFE F190 Italy's economy boom threw up some strange F1 outfits, but none stranger than life, whose bizarre W12 engine gave 440BHP less than the Honda unit of the period. There...
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The supercharger is enjoying an Indian Summer on road cars. Bill Boddy recalls when its shrill whine was the biggest noise in Motor Racing. Superchargers no longer figure in Formula One racing, the...
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Rod Jolley Clothing a high-quality chassis in an appropriate bodystyle takes more than technical skill; it also demands a keen eye for an elegant curve. Gordon Cruickshank visits one of this country'...
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Impressed by the pioneering use of ground effects by Lotus, the Williams team were convinced they could do it better - and proved they could with this championship-winning design I would go for the...
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Broadspeed's Jaguar XJ12C would roar through qualifying only to limp out of almost every race. Andrew Frankel Samples the beast and tells British Leyland's cautionary Touring car story Everything is...
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If the above heading had appeared in 1926 it would have been topical. For that was when the great Turin company gave up motor racing. It was a shock to those who knew of Fiat's early victories and...
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Among the smaller clubs, the Invicta CC has its Invicta News, July's issue containing an interesting article by Lord O'Neill on owning Lagonda and Invicta cars, the latter S62, the low-chassis 4½-...
At the Goodwood festival of speed the VSCC's soapbox, which Tim Gunn drove down the hill, got the prize for the device most in keeping with the spirit of the event. What will they think of next? It...
A reader sent me a jolly drawing of a Cottin et Desgouttes, asking if I know this make. I do, but it is worth recalling these cars, made from 1905 at Lyon, with showrooms in Paris. They were less...
Important forthcoming VSCC fixtures include the Hawthorn Trophy race meeting at Silverstone on August 26, which features, apart from racing cars up to 1960, an aerial display of WWII aeroplanes to...
Many VSCC members and those with aero-engined car affections should be glad to know that at last the mansion at Bridge near Canterbury which was once the home of Count Louis Zborowski is being...
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What was the Gregoire Campbell? Well, in 1919 it was announced that "Mr Malcolm Campbell of Brooldands fame has exerted a considerable influence on the car and is its sponsor in Britain". The...
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The Midland AC, which celebrates its centenary next year, has enrolled 54 new members since March and will have a National hillclimb at Shelsley Walsh on September 23/24 and a sprint at Curborough on...
Chitty Bang Bang II has been sold by the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum to Robert Bahre of Maine, who owns the New Hampshire International Speedway. With a Grosser Mercedes-Benz the sale netted US$1....
Ducati's motorcycle interests started in 1946, with a 48cc engine for attaching to a bicycle. By the 1950s proper motorcycles appeared, and then came the racing Ducatis, some with desmodromic valve...
When Rita Don won the first Ladies' Mountain Handicap race at Brooklands she was not driving daddy's car but one of Dixon's Rileys — I like to catch my mistakes to save you stamps!
As a great admirer of the work of restorers Crosthwaite & Gardiner, I read with much interest GC's recent article about this company. They said that Jenks used to visit them but came less often...
Those who look beyond cars may care to note that No 24 in the R-R Heritage Trust publications is a very complete work about the Rolls-Royce Tyne turboprop engine and its origin, by Lionel Haworth....
The Marauder Reunion took place earlier in August. At least 11 of these cars are on the road and three more examples are being sought.
Following the sale of the ex-Doreen Evans R-type MG for £170,000, another of these cars, which Ian Connell raced pre-war, and which Sir Malcolm Campbell later drove, was raced again for the first...
Thank Godness there are other books suitable beside Harry Potter! Such as In The Red by J T Kingsley (Pentland Press, ISBN 1 85821 754 7, £21.75) which is a combination of motor rallying and air...
AT the interesting Lincolnshire circuit, the VSCC held its annual race on June 8. The 10-lap Shuttleworth and Nuffield Trophies event went to Barrie Williams' A-type Connaught, at 70.86mph, from Hack...
At the VSCC Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb on July 8 Charles Dean's T51 Bugatti made FTD in 35.86sec. Fastest vintage car was Dick Smith's Frazer Nash (38.35sec) and Bruce Spollon drove the fastest ERA (...
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The Tourist Trophy of TT originated in 1905 on the Isle of Man as a race for touring cars to assimilate daily motoring conditions. It then had a chequered history disappearing and reappearing going...

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