Articles tagged Simon Arron

Page 163, December 2014

On the road with Simon Arron

Possibly the only man with both F1 and Mallory Park media passes. Next stop..? Channel hopping Brands Hatch, September 27-28: a little French dressing adds a great deal of flavour Our sport often feels overly homogeneous, with the same championships sticking together and producing predictable line-ups, so here was a welcome antidote to the norm: a low-key Historic Sports Car Club event, yes, but...

Page 108, December 2014

Crown duels

{RAC Grand Prix de l'Europe, Silverstone, May 1950} There were some notable guests among the estimated 150,000 crowd as international motor racing moved into a bold new era Writer: Simon Arron, Illustrator: Guy Allen History records it as the opening round of the freshly inaugurated Formula 1 world championship. The June 1950 edition of Motor Sport headlined it, “The Royal Silverstone Meeting”...

Page 68, December 2014

Feast of endurance

Synonymous with Gulf, GT40s, 917s and Le Mans wins, JW Automotive is a racing legend. We spoke to director John Horsman about life under ‘Death Ray’ John Wyer and the racing heritage underpinning the team’s successes Writer: Simon Arron There had been no job advertised, but he applied for one anyway. At the time John Horsman was an engineering student at Cambridge and often spent his weekends...

Page 125, November 2014

On the road with... Simon Arron

Mersey Beaucoup Aintree, August 9: the British Grand Prix has long been absent, but racing exists still. Not a lot of people know that… It is 20 years since I was in the area and precisely 32 since last I saw any racing here, but there’s no need for satellite navigation. Homing instinct kicks in at the end of the M57: bear left as you enter what might be the world’s largest roundabout (Switch...

Page 122, November 2014

2014 Oulton Park Gold Cup

The name resonates still, but there were mumblings about the content – both within the press room and from the spectator banks. When the Gold Cup was conceived, 60 years ago, it was a non-championship Formula 1 race with a trophy that reflected the event’s title. On August 6, 1954, Stirling Moss became the first recipient after taking his Maserati 250F to a comfortable victory over Reg Parnell’s...

Page 119, November 2014

2014 Goodwood Revival

You always know what you’re going to get at the Goodwood Revival. The set dressing, the clothes, the cars, the smiling drivers… it’s the same every time. So how come it still manages to surprise and make its captivated audience, many of whom return year after year, gawp and gasp in amazement? We guess some things are never tiresome. Each Revival leaves defining images that linger, then blend in...

Page 112, November 2014

The human touch

US Grand Prix, Sebring, December 1959 Brabham. Moss. Brooks. Formula 1’s first American venture featured a three-way title fight that ended in unconventional fashion Writer Simon Arron, Illustrator Guy Allen America had maintained a token presence on the F1 championship calendar from day one, thanks to the inclusion of the scarcely relevant Indianapolis 500, but this was the first time the nation...

Page 97, November 2014

Richie Stanaway

Some young drivers have an open cheque book, others an open mind. Simon Arron speaks to one of the latter You wait decades for a promising young driver to come along, and then… More than 40 years since New Zealand’s golden age, when Chris Amon, Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme raced with distinction on the world stage, precious few Kiwis have made the grade. Right now, though, the country has two...

Page 66, November 2014

Readers' letters

Letter of the month Jack the gentleman I had the humbling experience of Jack Brabham’s no-nonsense approach to racing car preparation; it was a wake-up call at the time. In 1988 I was involved with Derek Bell Racing, running his son Justin in Vauxhall-Lotus. Via our Camel sponsorship we also took on David Brabham from Australian Formula Ford. Preparing two recently delivered cars, I was at our...

Page 10, November 2014

Matters of moment

Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg is great box office, offering Formula 1 a much-needed narrative at a time when it is clamouring to engage with a global audience that’s shrinking alarmingly. But the knee-jerk, mid-season decision to ban some – but not all – radio communications between teams and drivers, perceived as ‘puppets’ for doing as they are told, was an act of strange desperation. Regular...

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