Articles tagged Tiff Needell

Page 57, November 1978

National Racing Review

It has been a year of development, controversy and near-peak excitement, rather than a season of out-and-out classic motor racing on the national club scene. On the whole grids have been full - in the majority of cases near to over-flowing - and competition has been keen and fierce. It is, perhaps, a sign of the slightly easier times in which we live that there appears to have been no dire...

Page 93, May 2011

Tiff's early focus

Tiff Needell is that rare case: a racing driver who was a fan first. As a peek into his scrapbooks shows, he trod the spectator banks in the 1960s, and was handy with a camera, too He's been a racing driver for 40 years, but still there remains a boyish enthusiasm about Tiff Needell. His new autobiography (see Reviews, p129 and a special subscription offer, p90) tells his roller coaster story of...

Page 18, March 2013

The Motor Sport Month - Historic News

Needell back to his roots Tiff Needell is gearing up to return to where it all began for him by racing a Lotus 69 Formula Ford, the type in which he made his name in the early 1970s after winning the car in a competition. The 61-year-old TV presenter, who briefly competed in Formula 1 with Ensign in 1980, plans to enter the Lotus in some rounds of the Historic Formula Ford Championship, which...

Page 28, April 2006

In the hot seat - Anthony Reid

His sponsor hoodwinked Saab into going F3 but he might have come out of it OK if he'd been Brazilian, especially as he's always kept a lookout for antelopes on the apex You beat Jacques Villeneuve, Tom Kristensen and Rickard Rydell to win the1992 Japanese F3 title. How come they made it much further than you? Nick Hollis, Derbyshire I don't think Rickard made it much further than I did — apart...

Page 58, April 1979

A Spectator's Guide to 1979 British Racing

During a winter when even Formula One sponsorship stopped being the right of every team one could be forgiven for thinking that 1979 might be a very tough season indeed for those racing primarily in Britain. In fact the opening races of the British season proved that we are likely to see some of the most entertaining and financially well-supported motor racing seasons of all. The Aurora model car...

Page 55, November 2009

Louisa Skipper's Diary

Bat and ball fun at the revival The Goodwood Revival ball has become a social highlight of the motor racing season, and this year it more than lived up to its star-studded reputation. A Spanish ‘Seville’ theme allowed over 1000 guests from the motor sport world to explore their inner matadors and flamenco dancers – and I was lucky enough to be among them, as a guest of Maserati. The...

Page 54, February 2003

Fifteen minutes of fame: Fuel speed ahead

EMKA: Le Mans 24 hours - June 15-16, 1985 Porsche blitzed Lancia by taking the first five places,but for a short while both were headed by a privateer car designed and built in Surrey. Gary Watkins explains There waswas only one built and it did just six races in a stop-start career spanning three years, but the EMKA really did achieve its 15 minutes of fame. For that was how long, give or take...

Page 10, July 1989

World Sportscar Championship: Dijon 480-kms

That magic ingredient What seemed like a formality for the Sauber Mercedes team at Dijon on May 21, and therefore a contest for third place, turned into a splendid success for an underdog Porsche, a Reinhold Joest 962C driven by Bob Wollek and Frank Jelinski. It might seem rather far-fetched to describe a Joest Porsche as an underdog, but it had been almost two years since a product of Weissach...

Page 68, December 2013

Love him, hate him... He didn't give a damn

And he still doesn’t. Notorious Nelson Piquet stoked both anger and admiration on his way to three F1 titles. Images linger of a crass troublemaker – but lest we forget, he was defiantly talented, too Let’s admit it from the start. I like and admire Nelson Piquet. It can be a trying experience, though, to be unmasked as a Piquet supporter, so let’s remind ourselves of his extraordinary talent. He...

Page 38, April 2003

Blind AMbition

Twenty-three years after its Le Mans win, Aston Martin returned to La Sarthe. Sort of. Richard Heseltine explains how a one-time club racer fired up a sleeping giant and got a rude awakening When club racer-turned-entrant Robin Hamilton moved into the big league with his ill-starred Nimrod Group C venture, he was tarred with the more derogatory connotations of the word 'amateur'. But he was...

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