Articles tagged John Fitch

Page 14, June 1955

With Moss in the Mille Miglia

On May 1st motor-racing history was made, for Stirling Moss won the 1,000-mile Mile Miglia, the first time in twenty-two years that this has been achieved by a British driver, and I had the very great privilege of sitting beside him throughout this epic drive. But let us go back to the beginning, for this win was not a fluke on the spur of the moment, it was the result of weeks, even months, of...

Page 45, December 2014

Obituary – Dr Dick Thompson

Sports car racer Dr Dick Thompson died on September 14, aged 94. The Washington-born driver made his debut aboard an MG TD in the inaugural Sebring 12 Hours, with Bill Kinchloe in 1952. Thompson then raced his Porsche 356 to the 1954 SCCA F Production title before replacing it with a Jaguar XK140. On the recommendation of John Fitch, Thompson was drafted in to drive factory-backed Chevrolet...

Page 58, March 2003

John Fitch: Proving age is no barrier

John Fitch may not be remembered as one of the finest racers of his era, but he stands as one of the most remarkable men I have ever met. He's still competing at 85, most recently at Laguna Seca, and was aghast that he was unable to take part in the 2002 rerun of the Carrera Panamericana in a nut-and-bolt replica of the 300SL roadster with which he competed in 1952: 'We were fine, the car was...

Page 36, September 2003

Genetically modified

General Motors was out of motorsport, but one renegade stylist pursued his vision of the future with a hybrid racer called the Sting Ray that changed the design of American sportscars. Tim Scott drives the car that launched a thousand 'Vettes The bodywork's glinting contours provide the answer to my four million-dollar question. The query had seemed valid: although undeniably beautiful, this car...

Page 70, April 2007

Chevrolet Corvette

Viewed with suspicion by many Europeans, the Corvette is in fact highly capable. It sounds and looks fantastic, and it has a fine competition history Some cars command your attention for reasons that are variously good, bad, interesting, hilarious or downright impressive. In this particular instance, a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette – in yellow – against a backdrop of rain-sodden Kent back roads...

Page 84, August 1993

John Fitch - Racing Through Life

by James Grinnell. Bookmarque, £19.95. Those who collect the biographies of racing drivers can add another to their bookshelves if they hurry to order this limited UK edition of James Grinnell's life of John Fitch, the SCC of America's first National Champion, winner of the 1953 Sebring 12 Hours, the only American driver in the 1950s Mercedes-Benz team and popular here with many different racing...

Page 14, October 1955

The Ulster Tourist Trophy

A Hard-Fought Victory for Mercedes-Benz  Belfast, September 17th. For the first time the Ulster T.T. became a straightforward, simple race, in which the first car to cover 84 laps of the Dundrod circuit would be adjudged the winner of the Tourist Trophy, presented by the R.A.C. In the past, complicated handicapping systems have invariably resulted in lack of public interest as well as lack of...

Page 16, October 2009

Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – Moss and Jenks’s record average speed run – An F1 deal, Schuey, and a pain in the neck… – Reasons for BMW to follow Honda out of F1 ’ll tell you something amazing,” said Stirling Moss. “Well, I thought it was amazing, anyway – for some reason I only realised the other week, and it absolutely staggered me…” We were chatting about May 1, 1955, which many regard as Stirling’s day of...

Page 51, May 1966

Sebring 12-hour Race

Sebring, Florida, March 26th. The Constructors' World Championship for GT cars and Prototypes has been retained by Ferrari for the last six years, with no other manufacturer really in the running. However, this year Fords seem to be going to put a stop to this. At Daytona the works Fords gave a demonstration of high-speed efficiency which gave them the first three places. It was argued that the...

Page 16, February 2000

Legends

Sir Stirling Moss A strange thing, the Honours List. Given poor behaviour is apparently something to be celebrated these days, perhaps we should not have been surprised to note the name of Mr Ian Wright among the recipients, presumably for services to loutishness and spitting. It wasn't all absurd, however, for Henry Cooper and Stirling Moss, two men who epitomised all that can be good about...

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