Star letter

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

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Scot missed out

Sir,

Your Top 20 Tin-Top Drivers feature In the February edition will no doubt provoke much debate.

I am surprised that Tom Walkinshaw was omitted. From 1982 to ’86 he was arguably the fastest ETCC driver of them all. Champion in ’84, he would have won the title in ’83 too but for a faulty bonnet-retaining clip at the Monza opener. He won 20 races, at a time when the ETCC was massively competitive. Let’s not forget his numerous pole positions too, including five consecutive top spots at the Spa 24 Hours. He and Win Percy (I’d have thought Tolpuddle’s finest would get a mention too) were walking away with the 1985 James Hardie 1000 at Bathurst until the Jag starting losing oil. Has anyone seen the footage of Walkinshaw on two wheels at McPhillamy during the pole position shoot-out, by the way?

Yes. Walkinshaw was the boss and there’s no doubt that a few more sticky tyres or rpm will have come his way, but he was consistently the fastest driver in a Jag or Rover. Let’s not forget that Hahne, Percy, Soper, Brundle and Schlesser were all TWR drivers at this time, further underlining Walkinshaw’s ability. And these cars, especially the XJS, were not easy to drive on the limit, yet Walkinshaw always pushed to the boundaries of performance no matter what the circumstances, and was thus amazing to watch. Witness his (ultimately fruitless) chase of the Eggenberger 635 at the 1984 TT down to 10 cylinders, but bouncing over the kerbs at Woodcote Chicane as if the salvation of mankind depended on it!

I do hope this letter will be published as it refers the readers back to an era that has been overlooked in your piece: the pre-Sierra RS500/BMW M3 days. There was so much more variety: regular appearances of grand prix drivers and the snarl of a Coventry V12 pulling hard up the Kemmel Straight with a Scotsman’s right foot buried.

Simon Cartwright,

Northwich

***

A big thank-you for your many letters on this subject. You’re right to suggest that there was a British bias among our jury but that’s to be expected. No doubt if Motorsport Aktuel ran a similar poll, Stuck or Ludwig would be 1st, Soper 15th — Ed

***

Fact File: Motor Sport tin-top list — next best:

Seventy-seven drivers received votes. Here are those who just missed out on a Top 20 slot:

22 Ronnie Peterson, John Whitmore

24 Norm Beechey, Dick Johnson, John Rhodes, Tom Walkinshaw

28 John Fitzpatrick, Alan Moffat

30 Colin Bond, Win Percy, Ian “Pete” Geoghegan

32 Gordon Spice

33 Jim Richards

34 James Thompson

35 Dave Brodie

Related articles

Related products