Articles tagged John Davenport

Page 54, August 2002

Driver opinions

Only two men have driven works-built 131 and Escort in the relevant period : Björn Waldegård and Simo Lampinen. Lampinen: 'The Escort was fantastic, a real joy. You could do 20 things wrong and still get it back each time. It was a natural oversteerer. So long as you could turn the wheel, you were okay. And the engine was unbelievable. "The Fiat was more of a racing car. It helped to be really...

Page 141, April 2008

Reviews

Group B The rise and fall of rallying’s wildest cars John Davenport and Reinhard Klein Group B was killed off by the people who run Formula 1. That’s the view of admired rally snapper Reinhard Klein, whose terrific pictures illustrate this first history of the era. Whether you believe that the accidents which brought down the guillotine on the most spectacular rally machines ever built were...

Page 14, February 2008

Obituary – Tony Fall

1940-2007 With the death of Tony Fall, rallying has to mourn one of its most versatile and charming characters as well as a raconteur who enlivened many a gathering. At the age of 67, Tony was doing what he enjoyed most, working with fellow rally men as an official on the East African Safari when, at the night halt in Arusha, he passed away in his sleep. His rally career started while he was...

Page 52, September 2014

Reviews

Formula One Circuits From Above Bruce Jones In principle the idea is excellent: tap into the miracle of Google Earth to provide satellite imagery of the world’s classic racetracks, with explanatory footnotes detailing the finer points of each corner and scattered paragraphs outlining the great, the good and the successes they achieved locally. In parts this works well, but “legendary” seems an...

Page 92, November 2008

Fighting on the home front

Jimmy McRae never really carved out an international rally career – but he didn’t need to when the competition was so good at homeBy John Davenport To successfully take up rallying after the first flush of youth is not unknown in our sport. Eugen Böhringer did not start his career until 1958 when he was 36 years old, then went on to win the European Rally Championship and the Liège-Sofia-Liège...

Page 123, February 2014

Events of the month

FIA GT Series: Baku, Azerbaijan "It was not the easiest of weekends,” he confided while boarding the flight home. Stéphane Ratel is not only the master of his GT racing universe, but also a master of understatement. The inaugural Baku World Challenge certainly had its challenges. The FIA GT Series championship finale would be fought out around a new street circuit on the waterfront of Azerbaijan’...

Page 100, February 2014

Lunch With... Steve Soper

This serial race winner and straight talker remained a factory driver for almost 20 years. No shortage of anecdotes here, then...Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Most of the best drivers who earn their living in sports or touring cars have at least cut their teeth in the single-seater formulae. Steve Soper is different. This man racked up a fine career over more than 20 years,...

Page 54, November 2004

Stigs of dynamite

This quiet Swede with a love of the loud pedal played a pivotal role in rallying's wildest period: Group B. Twenty years on he floors it again. John Davenport reports A typical summer's day in England: rain. And talk was of the Northants floods just forded. Then two things happened, almost simultaneously: a transporter carrying three Audis, two Lancias, a Ford and a Peugeot lumbered into sight —...

Page 46, September 1966

German Rally

General Classification : 1st : G. Klass/R. Wutherich (Porsche 911) 2,260.3 marks2nd: A. Cavallari/D. Salvay (Alfa Romeo GTA) 2,525.9 "3rd : J. Springer/D. Schey (B.M.W. 2000 Ti) 2,700.6 "4th : S. Zasada/K. Osinski (Steyr-Puch 650 TR) ?5th : K. Panowitz/R. Strunz (N.S.U. Wankel Spider) 3,028.4 " Team Prize: Jolly Club of Milano (Alfa Romeo). DO you notice anything strange or out of place about the...

Page 30, September 1992

Tyred And Weary

Budgets running into several millions of pounds, the most modern technology available and the most comprehensive development and support programmes that can be amassed are still not enough to fend off one of the oldest pitfalls in the rally game — a puncture! During the Argentina Rally at the end of July the main battle, well ahead of all the others, was between the leading drivers of Lancia and...

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