Articles tagged Kent Karslake

Page 27, August 1981

Matters of Moment

Terrible, Terrible . . . We live, unfortunately, in terrible times, with thousands-of-millions of pounds deemed necessary for protecting ourselves with nuclear weapons, blood being spilled on the streets of British cities (our sympathy goes out to the policemen who act so bravely during such riots), and unemployment approaching 3,000,000 in what still appears to be a moderately wealthy country....

Page 23, September 1977

Matters of the moment

A Date to Remember Among the heat and fury of Grand Prix races counting towards the World Championship club racing tends to be overlooked. But it flourishes, nevertheless, and on October 15th, at Silverstone, something rather special in this latter category is due to take place, namely, the 750 MC’s Six-Hour Relay-Race, This unusual and interesting means of packing a great deal of racing at club...

Page 138, December 2010

The racing historian, his fighter pilot son, and the Nazi…

One of the most cherished of all the volumes on my library shelves is a first-edition A Record of Motor Racing, published for the Royal Automobile Club by Reveirs Bros of Fetter Lane, London, in 1909. This was the first great British history of motor sport, and its young author, Gerald Rose, put his painstaking training as an engineer into researching and writing it. He addressed the earliest...

Page 82, July 2014

A world of its own

The first-ever permanent race track was built in Surrey – but did Brooklands rest too long on its laurels?Writer Gordon Cruickshank The Brooklands Gazette. That’s how our life started out, at a time when the world’s first purpose-built race track was still, 17 years on from its construction, the only motor racing track in mainland Britain. After the sun set on the Surrey speedway at the outbreak...

Page 31, August 1951

LES 124 HEURES DU MANS

In case any of my readers leap to the conclusion that we have been guilty of a misprint before getting further even than the title, I would explain that the above is not my estimate of the time for which the cars were racing at Le Mans, but an approximate assessment of the time I myself spent in the vicinity on the occasion of the Grand Prix d'Endurance. I say in the vicinity advisedly, because I...

Page 136, May 2010

Alarms and Excursions

Grand Prix reporting today always involves flying, but when Bill Boddy was doing it pre-war that was rare – and risky When I was Editor of Motor Sport we used charter aeroplanes to cover post-war events, especially continental Grands Prix. It cost less than going by car, which could involve several days away, whereas flying involved only one or two days. I would write my race reports on the...

Page 14, February 1968

The Career of the Isotta-Maybach

So much interest has been created by last month's account of the aero-engined Wolseley Viper that I feel it permissible to write about another of these monster racing cars of the nineteen-twenties. The problem of which one to deal with is solved by what has gone before. Already, in writing of the racing cars in the Montagu Motor Museum and in other articles for Lord Montagu's magazine I have...

Page 29, October 1950

HISPANO-SUIZA REVISITED

HISPANO-SUIZA REVISITED by KENT KARSLAKE WHEN some time ago 1 was seeking to arrange insurance cover for an Ilis-panoSitiza car, I was informed that the underwriters, specialists in motor insurance, were not particularly keen to accept the risk, as " they had never heard of an Hispano-Suiza." was rather disc/imaged ; hut it is in consequence all the more heart-warming that. My somewhat, .0:at.Txu...

Page 19, August 1985

Matters of moment

Formula One rules - Farcical, or acceptable?  In recent Grand Prix races we have seen leading cars run dry on the last lap, even within yards of the finishing-line, because fuel is restricted at the start to 220 litres each. This can be as disappointing for the spectators as it is frustrating for the drivers and entrants of the cars that stop from lack of fuel before the race is complete. If...

Page 80, July 2002

Students of speed

The intense sporting rivalry between Cambridge and Oxford stretches beyond the Thames, Lor'ds and Twickenham. Bill Boddy remembers their car and bike battles - a veritable breeding ground for future British Motorsporting talent It is rather pleasing to thing of the sight and sound of racing cars invading usually quiet private drives in country estates, as the Dark and Light Blues compared their...

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