David’s links with this magazine go a long way back, to the Teesdale days when he was executive editor both of Motor Sport and Motorsport News (when it was Motoring News). Now a freelance writer, he covers Formula 1 for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, among others. A prolific, award-winning author of motor sport books, he is also a leading authority on land and water speed record-breaking.
It’s very easy to be blinded by the spotlights which shine constantly on Formula 1, but there is another single-seater arena which is growing in stature – A1GP. We sent Rob to the Durban round to speak to drivers, team personnel and the man behind the ‘World Cup’ of motor sport, who believes that his idea of national teams will produce new talent. Though neutral about A1 on the flight down, Rob came back a convert.
Now retired after 35 years with Shell, Simon has written many stories for other magazines over the last 30-odd years but this is his first for Motor Sport. He has written two books on pre-war Alfa Romeos and is preparing a third on the Grand Prix Alfas of the 1930s – research for which led to the story in this issue. His book The Immortal 2.9, about the 8C2900, has recently been revised and the new edition will be published later this year.
As the shock waves subside following the announcement that the twin tracks of US single-seater racing are at last heading for the same station, our US editor Gordon Kirby has had an illuminating discussion with Mario Andretti about our recent feature on new technical initiatives for American racing. And what does the Italo-American legend think it needs? More speed! Good man….
With just about every weekend from April to September packed with motor sporting events of one sort or another to report, both historic and current, Paul’s off-season ought to be the winter. Except when he uses it to write a book, like his newly published biography of Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams. We’re reading it now and will report shortly (but don’t worry, Paul, we like it so far).
The trouble with doing stories on road-going cars is that the spot which you think is ideal for pictures almost inevitably belongs to someone who doesn’t appreciate fine machinery. Richard and photographer Howard Simmons had a tense conversation on this month’s shoot, but aided by the seductive lines of a classic Jaguar, they managed to talk the objector round. We hope you appreciate the result.