Articles tagged Peter Briggs

Page 56, April 2001

Up the creek without a saddle

Nuvolari, Rosemeyer, Surtees and Hailwood were bike stars who made seamless transitions to four wheels, from leaning to sliding. But a two-wheel hero's speed, balance and competitive edge doesn't guarantee four-wheel success. Fate can play a hand, as Colin Goodwin explains Geoff Duke Lancashire's Geoff Duke was at the top of motorcycle racing at the end of the 1951 season. He'd just won the 350...

Page 28, June 1996

Growing Pains

Grand Prix racing's new-style feeder formula is well populated, but Simon Arron witnessed a baptism that wasn't wholly smooth Formula 3000 makes its big step into the future, into a world devoid of extravagant technology but which promises simultaneously to reduce costs, increase public awareness and to serve as a broader shop window of talent for Formula One scouts. D-day is May 12, at the...

Page 112, January 2014

Lunch with... Gil de Ferran

He never raced in F1 but achieved great success in America, and remains one of the foremost Brazilian racers of his generation.Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell There’s a history of young Brazilians who came over to learn the European motor racing way, grabbed everyone’s attention by winning the British Formula 3 Championship, and rapidly rose towards the upper slopes of Formula 1...

Page 94, February 2013

Lunch with... Oliver Gavin

He accepted that he wouldn't make it to F1 early on, but since then he's claimed five ALMS titles and four class victories at Le Mans By Simon Taylor Formula 1 is naturally the summit of every young driver's ambition, the goal that spurs him on to scale each successive rung of the ladder. When his early efforts go well, when the pundits' plaudits start to include prognostications of future...

Page 82, March 2001

What... in my backyard?

Those who thought Formula One racing at Oulton Park and Mallory Park had been consigned to the history were startled in 1978, when John Webb made this dream happen all over again. Gary Watkins describes the birth, life and death of the Aurora AFX F1 series Kids can be so greedy. Surely the spectacle of Gilles Villeneuve dragging half his Ferrari around Zandvoort and Alan Jones notching up a...

Page 32, December 1999

THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICAN AY HISTORIC FANS IN BRITAIN MAY FLOCK TO GOOD WOOD AND COYS TO GET THEM FILL, BUT IN AMERICA IT'S PEBBLE BEACH AND LAGUNA SECA. GORDON CRUICKSHANK HEADS WEST TO SAMPLE MOTORING USA-STYLE Top row: Privilege and perfection on Pebble Beach's verdant lawns Speed 20 Alvis and sparkling Miller. Middle: Laguna's twists suited Fl dash; David Hobbs switched between racer and TV presenter....

Page 68, August 1994

Exotic fruits

After last year's inaugural Festival of Speed, the Earl of March had said that the event would only be repeated if he could guarantee that it would better its predecessor. An exacting demand, but not wholly impossible, and the 1994 Festival proved to be another resounding success. Whereas 1993's entries had been restricted to the type of cars which graced Goodwood in its days as a racing circuit...

Page 66, July 2009

‘It was like trying to rein in a runaway horse’

A chance to test drive the Cosworth 4WD at Silverstone proved challenging – and sticks in the memory almost 40 years on by Eoin Young Forty years on, the memory grows no fonder. Mike Costin, now aged 80, grimaces as he remembers the Cosworth four-wheel-drive car built to capitalise on the engineering expertise of himself and Keith Duckworth, who had created the DFV, and Robin Herd, who had...

Page 78, July 2010

Lunch with... Tom Kristensen

He won Le Mans at his first attempt, and has barely been off the podium since then. Little wonder the Dane’s passion for La Sarthe still shines throughBy Simon Taylor Le Mans is an extraordinary motor race, and to conquer it takes an extraordinary mix of abilities. Physical fitness and stamina, of course, and high levels of cockpit concentration, often in dramatically changing conditions. And,...

Page 97, October 2000

Back to Brooklands

Many cars raced at Brooklands between 1907 and 1939, but few genuine ones still exist. At this year's Brooklands Society's Reunion 29 took part. Of these, only the AstonMartin 'Green Pea' was deemed unsuitable for the Test Hill ascent, while the 1922 Akela GN, the exMichael May Alvis Silver Eagle, a 1932 500 Mile Race Aston Martin, the ex-Earl Howe/Hartwell and Whitney Straight/Dick Seaman K3 MGs...

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