Articles tagged Bob Wollek

Page 62, September 1977

Germany’s Championship

Turbocharging for (nearly) all Ranging over Germany and Belgium, the deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft is an 11-round series that caters for some superbly engineered cars of extraordinary value. Basically the cars conform to Group 5 of the FIA International regulations, popularly known as the Silhouette formula. There are exceptions here and there, but largely this has been interpreted as the...

Page 24, March 1984

Daytona 24 Hours

Still Porsches, but the Jaguars looked good Speed, colour and variety are three descriptive words which immediately come to mind to describe the Daytona 24-Hour race, opening round of the American IMSA series run the first weekend in February. Seeing no end to the deadlock between FISA and IMSA, Porsche gave their new 962 model its debut on the famous tri-oval track, driven by Mario and Mike...

Page 120, June 2014

The fab 4

By 1982 the Porsche 935 was at the end of its competitive life in Europe, but the Americans kept finding ways to make it ever faster. JLP-4 became its apotheosis Writer Mauro Borella When Porsche decided to stop production of the legendary 935 at the end of the 1970s, it was private teams who took on the job of racing and modifying them, or even building new ones. In later years, non-factory cars...

Page 40, June 2002

Long-distance front runners

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 went to see Professor [Helmut] Bott of Porsche. He said, Well, Derek, we would like you to drive for us next year. We are building a monocoque chassis; we have never done that before. We are putting...

Page 24, January 1984

Kyalami 1,000 Kms

Bell's race, Ickx's title For the first time since 1974 the Sports Car Club of South Africa was allocated a championship endurance race, the Kyalami 1,000 Kms event on December 10th being the seventh and final round of the 1983 World Endurance Championship. Run a full two months after the previous round, at Fuji, the South African event attracted a top-class entry, 25 cars from Europe including...

Page 5, June 2003

A quick dash of Martini

A pair of Lancia LC2s will race in Group C races in Europe this season with Americans Richard and Benton Bryan driving. The ex-works Martini Racing cars were built in 1984 and one was raced by Bob Wollek, Riccardo Patrese and Mauro Baldi. After being dropped by the works team in 1986, the Dallara-designed cars have more recently been raced in America. Now they are back on this side of the...

Page 63, February 2004

For want of a lap

Bob Wollek was a sports car great but never won the Le Mans 24 Hours. Weeks before his death, in March 2001, he told Adam Cooper of his final frustration "I've won everything in sportscars, except of course, the Le Mans 24 Hours. And of all the near misses, it was the 1998 race that was particularly terrible for me we came so close and were so unlucky. "Months before the race I swallowed a piece...

Page 124, July 2010

Jaguar XJ220

The XJ220 wasn’t the car that Jaguar had promised its customers – in fact, in a happy twist of fate the end product turned out to be even betterBy Richard Heseltine Oh to have been a fly on the wall when this series was first mooted. Just imagine the pitch: a championship for racing drivers no younger than 50 years of age competing in identical Jaguar XJ220 supercars. Worth the best part of £500K...

Page 25, October 1990

Home Rule for Mercedes

Continuing what now looks like a repeat whitewash of the World Sports Prototype Championship, the Sauber Mercedes team notched up another 1 —2 success at the Nürburgring in August. The Silk Cut Jaguars were fast and reliable, finishing in third and fourth places one lap behind, and Mark Blundell was "best of the rest" in a solo drive taking his Nissan to fifth place, three laps in arrears. It...

Page 30, September 1988

Jaguar's Revenge

Although nobody liked to admit it, Jaguar's defeat at Brno in Czechoslovakia was taken very seriously at Kidlington and in Coventry. There, for the first time in 1988, the British cars had been beaten fair and square by Sauber Mercedes, with no excuses, and fears were raised that the Swiss-German team might raise the level of competition, just as the Electramotive Nissan team has done to Jaguar's...

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