Articles tagged Victor Gauntlett

Page 209, July 2014

Historic scene with... Gordon Cruickshank

Astons in the blood A trip to Surrey uncovers a cache of Britain's finest, and a man with a fund of knowledge I’ve read about Aston expert Richard Williams over the years but hadn’t met him until a motoring friend took me along to the eponymous firm he runs in Cobham, tactfully camouflaged behind suburban bungalows. R S Williams has been tuning, restoring and improving Astons since the 1960s, but...

Page 147, April 2014

Long-distance runaround

Meet a man who has opened borders, closed Tower Bridge and practically created a whole sport I used to think it was a long drive to Oulton Park. I’m put to shame by Philip Young, who recently spent 10½ days on the road from Cape Town to London in a Fiat Panda TwinAir, breaking the previous record by more than a day. As Philip’s adventures go it was relatively tame – he and co-driver Paul Brace...

Page 22, April 1984

Forza Ferrari at Geneva Show

What the Geneva Motor Show lacked in novelties was more than compensated by the debut of the Ferrari GTO, resplendent in traditional scarlet on the Ferrari importer and Pininfarina stands. Omologato, an emotive word in the Italian language, refers to the intention of Ferrari to build 200 examples — at least — and then 20 more evolution models for their customers to play with. The brochure refers...

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...

Page 40, December 1981

Around and about

BRM Auction Sale At the Motofair at Earls Court, on October 22nd, the remains of the BRM works team were put up for auction by Christie's, the Hon. Patrick Lindsay running the sale with a delightful touch of gentleness and efficiency, his auctioneering technique being qui te charming. Apart from works drawings, various aspects of administration, documentary films and odds and ends, there were...

Page 10, September 2000

Red, white and blue

There were two red, white and blue cars in the World Sports-Prototype Championship paddock at Dijon-Prenois in May, both prepared in high-tech laboratories, but similarities seemed to end there. The Nissan R89C, designed and built by Eric Broadley, was obviously a state-of-the-art Group C car powered by Nissan, one of the world's leading motor companies, and would soon be an outright winner. What...

Page 69, October 1989

Veteran to classic: LCC relay races

Battle royal Back in 1931 the Light Car Club decided to join others in organising a real long-distance race at Brooklands. But with a difference. The length of the race was to be 90 laps of the Outer Circuit — a formidable 250 miles — but, as LCC members were mainly amateurs with non-professional cars, the event was to be a Relay Handicap, for teams (mixed or one-make) of three cars not exceeding...

Page 112, April 2011

Road Cars

More good news from that one-time basket case called Alfa Romeo. Soon after you read this, the covers will come off what Alfa will describe only as 'a sports car concept', though it is widely believed to be a precursor to a rear-drive production car selling in the highly profitable £35-40,000 where it is sure to cause the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT a few headaches. If the buzz is true, the car...

Page 102, July 2011

"We didn't just talk about doing Le Mans, we actually did it"

Robin Hamilton took Aston Martin back to La Sarthe in the 1970s and ’80s, but works support ultimately worked against him…By Richard Heseltine The rolling Derbyshire countryside before us stretches as far as the eye can strain, the murky months of spring doing nothing to dampen our host’s enthusiasm. Robin Hamilton is outlining his most recent endeavour: a house build on this very plot. Even in...

Page 58, June 1989

From the archives: Aston Martin's World Championship

Mission accomplished Aston Martin finally succeeded in winning the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, and the World Championship, in 1959, but to the huge disappointment of British fans David Brown immediately renounced sports-car racing in favour of Formula One, to develop the attractive DBR4 and DBR5 single-seaters which turned out to have already been rendered obsolete by the rear-engined Cooper-Climax....

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