Articles tagged David Sears

Page 41, October 1989

World Sportscar Championship: Donington 480kms

Champion's performance To capture the 1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship, the Mercedes team had to pass a Spitfire 120 times at Donington on September 3. There was a peculiar irony in the situation, even though the warplane was only a plastic replica, and no-one felt like alluding to the anniversary of the outbreak of war until Jochen Mass broke the ice, in celebration: "It's a good job we'...

Page 64, July 2012

Right first time

The Group C formula was so simple there were at least a dozen workable solutions. But one company solved the equation on the drawing board, proving that x = 956. Even seven triumphant seasons later, that answer had only been revised by 6… There is something indescribably exciting about seeing these two Porsches parked next to each other. While any Porsche 956 or 962 is a pretty special device,...

Page 54, June 1989

Le Mans 24hrs: preview

Equipes et pilotes Only a provisional list of Le Mans entries, without any confirmed drivers, was available at the time of going to press, and some of the race numbers had yet to be allocated. Traditionally this is a time for wishful thinking for some teams (though these dreams have to be backed up by a hefty non-returnable entry fee), but Mike Cotton and Ian Briggs speculate as to which machines...

Page 8, February 1994

This month in motorsport – cont'd.

December24: The RAC MSA hands over management of the British Rallycross Championship to the BRSCC. 27: Belgian former racer André Pilette dies, aged 75. January4: Lamborghini's future in F1 looks uncertain, as Larrousse confirms that it will switch to Ford's HB V8. 4: Talk is rife that there will be mid-week F3 races on summer evenings. The idea gets the thumbs-up from team managers. 4: David...

Page 119, March 2009

"I raced one"

This former BTCC ace got a career leg-up after being asked to drive a 962 at Le Mans in 1990, but it’s not his favourite Porsche memory… “At the beginning of that year, I did a few World Sports Car Championship rounds in a Porsche 962 [for Strandell Convector Racing]. In the run up to Le Mans I got a call from Tiff Needell asking me if I’d be interested in doing the 24 Hours for Alpha; I’d drive...

Page 36, March 2005

In the hot seat -- Tiff Needell

TV racer Tiff Needell on Fleetwood Mac, lacklustre Ensigns, taking on 'The Stig', being refused a Formula One Superlicence and being mistaken for a girl... You hummed Fleetwood Mac's The Chain (BBC's GP theme) as you lined up for your only GP. Do you know the theme tune of ITV's F1 coverage? -- James Ellwood, Banbury No. I understand that it's based on a famous tune (You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet...

Page 50, September 2002

MACLEOD BURST

MAcLEOD BURST SA R FORMULA FORD FESTIVAL, BRANDS HATCH NOVEMBER 4, 1979 NAMED AFTER THE FAMOUS SHIP, THIS MARQUE SAILED SERENELY TO A HISTORIC WIN IN ITS CATEGORY'S MOST FAMOUS RACE. ADAM COOPER EXPLAINS WHY IT THEN SANK WITHOUT TRACE Ili he Formula Ford Festival's list of winners includes several famous names: Derek Daly, Roberto Moreno, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, Mark Webber and Jenson...

Page 58, December 1979

National Racing Review

A shift in emphasis has probably been the most notable aspect of this year's national racing activities. Indeed, it is now tempting to inquire as to what our "national racing" activities actually are, for while the traditional corners of British motor racing have in the main continued to thrive, it has been the higher echelons of our home racing which have increasingly filled the very limited...

Page 36, April 2011

Letters

Sir, John Barnard is rightly credited with the first carbon-fibre monocoque for the Chaparral 2K, but it is hardly surprising that this marque should have been receptive to the material when Jim Hall and Hap Sharp had built a complete glassfibre chassis for their mid-engine Chaparral 2 sports car in 1963. The company had first run a chin spoiler on the Chaparral 1 in the 1962 season and used one...

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