Articles tagged LA Times

Page 58 of August 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, August 2013

Jim Clark

The 1st World title 1963 The year of Profumo, great train robbers, ‘loveable mop tops’ – and the grassy knoll. In its midst, a quiet Scottish hill farmer delivered on all the promise that had been so smack-in-the-face obvious to lovers of motor racing in the three seasons past. Fifty years ago, Jim Clark embarked on a run of success that would confirm him as the greatest racing driver in the...

Page 71 of May 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, May 2009

Lunch with John Coombs

That he ran so many top-line drivers is proof of how successful a car entrant John Coombs was. Today, in his eighties, his enthusiasm for enjoying classic machinery still burns bright By Simon Taylor Motor racing’s history is peppered with significant private entrants – highly professional operators who were content to provide cars for others to race, in return for the joy of being involved. In...

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Before the gold rush

US stock car racing boomed thanks to NASCAR. But its roots were planted in unlikely territory: California dirtBy Jonathan Ingram Many claims have been made about the location of the first race in America for production cars, which came to be known as stock cars. The majority of these accounts concern bootleggers racing in cornfields in the South, stories often told for the benefit of Southern...

Page 100 of June 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, June 2011

An American abroad

Texan Jim Hall twice made waves in Europe - first in a promising but short-lived F1 career, then as a team owner in sports cars with his innovative ChaparralsBy Gordon Kirby If there is one thing that Jim Hall is renowned for, it's his revolutionary Chaparral Can-Am cars. For the best part of a decade, between 1963 70, a mind-blowing series of Chaparrals rewrote the book on closed-wheel sports...

Page 5 of December 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 5, December 2001

Editorial

Usually the themes within these pages are planned. Some evolve, however. And others, just occasionally, appear right out of the blue. Ostensibly, as you might have already guessed, this is our Can-Am Issue. Planned. But it would also appear to be our Colin Issue (see Chapman and Crabbe features, pages 59 and 92). That's not all, it's our Vic Elford Issue, too (see Crabbe, Tony Dean article, page...

Page 94 of June 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 94, June 2009

The Real American Graffiti artist

George Lucas’s 1973 breakthrough film was based on the exploits of West Coast sports racer Allen Grant, for whom the movie mogul once acted as crew chief By Richard Heseltine Where were you in ’62?’ ran the tag line for American Graffiti. To former Shelby alumnus Allen Grant, the movie has close parallels with his own life. In part, it was his life. This celluloid gem centres on one night in his...

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