Farce

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

After the destruction of a Ford Mondeo by Nigel Mansell at Donington Park last year I suppose all future good prangs will be called “Doing a Mansell”. The details of this sensational return to British racing by Nigel are now water under the bridge. A mistake, magnified by inexperience of front-drive saloons? Dramatised by a shunt up the boot, as Mansell was quick to emphasise. Let it rest.

What does disturb me is the fact that the course-car was sent out several times. Not because of the accident but to bunch the cars up after the race leader was getting too far ahead, in the view of the race officials. I predicted that this would happen last May. Now it has, making a farce of motor racing. Fine for the TV viewers and the average race-side spectators! A farce nevertheless. And highly unfair to the driver whose car is in the lead, because he may have a very good reason for building up a useful cushion between himself and the next competitor. His tyres may be going off, the engine or some other part of the car may have developed a hiccup that could become worse. To be denied the “cushion” by a sensation-prompting pace-car is unfair in these circumstances. Quite apart from the fact that going as fast as you can, or as quickly as is expedient to your race strategy, for the entire distance, used to be what motor-racing was all about. . . The thought also occurs that with all the shunts which are a feature of saloon-car contests, you might think that the officials would not wish to bunch up the cars by artificial means!

Back to “Doing a Mansell”, what is one wrecked Mondeo to Ford Moco? Especially as Ford again heads the UK sales race. The Autumn figures showed Escort and Mondeo ahead of the Vauxhall Astra, with Fiesta fourth. And the Ford Mondeo won the Sunday Express Car of the Year Award, judged by 58 top motoring writers in 20 European countries, beating the Citroën Xantia, Mercedes-Benz C, Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, Renault Twingo and Peugeot 306, with the Rovonda 600 and Honda Accord scarcely in the hunt.