In the racing world there are certain watering holes which have a particular significance: Rosie’s Bar at Monaco, the Green Man at Silverstone, The Phoenix at Hartley Wintney for vintagents. For NIGEL ROEBUCK it’s the North Turn Pub at Daytona Beach, overlooking the sands where stock cars once fought it out in the spray. Though the racing has moved inland to the Speedway, this is still where Nigel and racing pals gather during the 24 Hours race weekend to inhale the fumes of history. Nigel loves this event, and this time had ROB WIDDOWS for company on his first trip to the US classic. Rob was gathering stories from the many Brits who race in this American enduro and coincidentally a beach figured in his other feature this month. After he tracked down missing maverick Mike Thackwell they arranged to meet on a shingly Sussex foreshore, where a contented Thackwell talked without regret about his brief and brilliant racing career.
There’s nothing like starting young, says ANDREW FRANKEL, who’s been teaching his 12-year-old daughter to drive. She would have had an easier time fitting into the Bentley Speed 8 than her dad, who squeezed in to drive Britain’s last Le Mans winner for us.
There’s another filial connection this month, as GORDON CRUICKSHANK talks to the father and son who have from the Fifties until today been behind the cameras for our huge photo archive, LAT. They are both the offspring of longtime Motor Sport owner Mr Tee, and while GC has known both for 30 years, this was the first time all three had reflected on just how much the picture business has changed.