It would be a strict minimalist who binned all his tickets, programmes, passes and notebooks after each race he’d attended. Luckily Nigel has always had a historian’s mind, so when we asked for personal material to illustrate his first year of El reportage, he was able to produce relics from the Spanish GP which was his rookie job. After he’d dug down through 40 years of memorabilia, of course.
A career spent reporting on international sports car racing means that Gary hasn’t celebrated his mid-June birthday since 1990. Or not properly, anyway. The fear that if he does so he will age 20 years in one fell swoop, in the manner of Dorian Gray, keeps him going back to the Le Mans 24 Hours every year. One problem: this year’s race doesn’t clash with his birthday. Will he age overnight?
Having survived the Soldier Challenge a military-style dash across London our own fully poseable Action Man now has a helmet cam to play with. Ever YouTubed on-bike footage round the Paris Peripherique? It’s not a patch on Ed’s scooter blast to City Airport… But it was his ‘sensible’ transport Lance the Lotus which took him to Gaydon to peer under the new Aston Le Mans racer’s skirts.
Mike’s many years in and around the Grand Prix world as a reporter (beginning with our one-time sister paper Motoring News) stretches back to when drivers had time to spend with the press and weren’t so worried about being ‘on message’. Mike considered Elio de Angelis a friend, which gives his recollections of this cultured and charming Italian a uniquely personal quality.
Pirelli World Rallying 11
by Martin Holmes. 192pp. 103/4 x 8. (Van + Van Publiciteit, Postbus 4, 2380 AA Zoeterwouse, Netherlands. £12.95). Published by a Dutch company for the first 1st time, this is…
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The muddled world of motor insurance
Sir, Although not a member of the insurance fraternity, my own advice to Mr. G. R. Simpson is to sue the driver responsible for his accident directly in the civil…