April 1992

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Feb 18: Toyota Team Europe is rocked by the resignation of three of its top rally engineers. Feb 20: At a meeting near Heathrow, manufacturers involved in the World Rally Championship propose a two-...
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Sort it out As this issue closed for press, the Sportscar World Championship was still alive. Just. The cancellation of Jarama (teams wanted more time to prepare for their annual showpiece, the Le...
Ever since its crushing defeat by Williams in the South African GP, McLaren has been pushing ahead with development of its new MP4/7A. The new car, gestation of which was overseen by chief designer...
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Leila Lombardi We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Leila Lombardi, who entered the record books on April 27 1975 by becoming the first woman to score a point — or at least half a point —...
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Active suspension made a triumphant return at Kyalami, where Nigel Mansell ran away and hid As the dust settles once more on the parched Kyalami and the South African GP, we shall look back in the...
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Responsible Dear Reader, Some years ago, when Mr Ecclestone was getting the Formula One teams organised into a responsible body of people, the chief engineers at the time took a fairly close look at...
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It used to be commonly expressed that you could beat neither the Finns in Finland nor the Swedes in Sweden. Drivers from these two countries have dominated the world's leading rallies and it has been...
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Gone are the days when the old TAP Rally had no roadbook, no mapping of any real value to navigators and presented its route merely by a list of the numbers displayed on roadside kilometre stones. If...
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In 1988 Steve Sydenham gave up banging his head against a brick wall and reluctantly folded Racing for Britain. Now he wants to bang his head again Remember Racing for Britain, the innovative scheme...
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Everybody in motor racing knows that European Formula 3000 is an expensive pastime. As more sophisticated, and therefore costlier, materials are used in chassis construction and engine design,...
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Shortly before the South African GP, Longines announced that it was withdrawing as F1's official timekeeper. Like Mercedes-Benz, a couple of months beforehand, it cited ecological reasons for its...
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Doing anything on May Bank Holiday? Fancy a day out at an undersung motoring event that attracted a crowd of around 25,000 last year? What is it? Another truck racing Somethingorother Prix? Anything...
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The major political parties are rushing about like mad with their election campaigns, and hang the cost. . . But unless I have missed something, only the Tories have remembered the millions of...
A contemporary motoring weekly has done an experiment to see if driving at 200mph on a public road is safe. It involved taking a Lamborghini Diablo to an unrestricted German autobahn, waiting three...
The thought occurs, why is it that railway accidents, some of them horrific, are often due to signal failures (alarming when it apparently takes 1 1/4-miles for a 100mph train to pull up) when the...
"The engine responds to wide throttle openings with an outraged gasp and a lurch forward; it's like pinching the Queen's bum." — Shaun Campbell, in a road-test report on the Volvo 340. "I begin the...
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For weeks on end the success of the 1992 Sportscar World Championship depended on the whim of the Sultan of Dubai, and on March 2 he extinguished Alan Randall's dream with a telex pulling out of a...
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Ever wondered why some racing car colour schemes stand out much more than others? Ian Hutchinson makes his living knowing why. "Sponsorship is an extension of advertising, product awareness and...
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Rob Wilson, an expatriate Kiwi based in downtown Brentford, is an experienced racer who nowadays competes mainly in the states. He also has first-hand experience of Colombia's thriving, though...
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There have been faster racing saloon cars than the BMW M3 - notably the Nissan Skyline GT-R and Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth - but there has never been a more consistently successful and durable...
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The arrival of an Aston Martin in our lives was not a quiet occasion. A large truck disgorged AM V8 from its wheeled garage, the authoritative boom of its V8 scattering wild life even more...
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Walter Hayes has successfully tackled myriad challenges laid before him by the Ford Motor Company in the past 30 years. For his latest assignment, safeguarding the future of Aston Martin Lagonda, he...
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Clearly, it was going to be one of those days. Whenever a test car arrives within a cock's crow of a press deadline, there are two things you can do without. One is adverse weather, which imposes...
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When Mercedes-Benz and Porsche mesh brains to create a sports saloon, you expect a memorable motor car: in the 500E you obtain as near to class perfection as we can expect in the early '90s. The pity...
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Renault was adamant, when it launched the new Clio, that it wouldn't be offering yellow as a colour option in the UK. Yellow cars don't sell this side of the Channel, they said, Renault 4...
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It is generally accepted that Frenchman Georges Boillot was the greatest racing driver of the 1912-14 era. William Court, in his book "Power And Glory" (a title the BBC borrowed for its recent motor-...
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I know that the effervescent Glegg brothers, who created a series of Dorcas Specials, the last of which, using a Fernihough-prepared JAP vee-twin engine in a 4WD chassis, climbed Shelsley Walsh in 46...
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It is generally well-known that the now World-famous name of MG, with so many race victories and successful record-bids behind it, originated when the late Cecil Kimber saw the potential of making a...
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I spent a pleasant afternoon recently at the Bugatti Trust's museum at Prescott. Being honest, the Trust does not regard this unique archive collection as a true museum, because it is not intended to...
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The Morris car clubs, Bullnose Club and the Register, are well-endowed with researchers and historians, but it is just possible that what follows may be new to them, or at any rate to you. In 1919 H...
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Stanley Mann tells us that on April 26th another attack on long-standing records by a vintage Bentley will be made at the banked Millbrook circuit. The plan is to try to break the existing British...
The New Scientist reports a single-seater Bugatti on view at a new London Transport Museum. Some years ago a motoring paper told of the same car as being a Type 23, saying it was a one-off raced at...
Those keen folk who intend to take a look at this year's MCC Land's End Trial over Easter may care to know that among the hills which the car and motorcycle entry (limited to 350) will be asked to...
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The show in question is the Herefordshire Trial, which this year replaced the VSCC's customary Wessex trial. It had a remarkable entry of 105, took in 14 hill-sections. yet there were no delays,...
Pomeroy would probably have smiled. At the eponymous Trophy meeting at Silverstone in late February, there was the expected wide variety of machinery stretching almost from the Boer War to the Gulf...
Historical Harmony Sir, Since you "rescued" Brooklands from its sad break-up during the last war, followed by its shameful sale by a well-known "sportsman" who should have known better, your...
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The Complete Car Modeller 2, by Gerald Wingrove (revised edition). Haynes / Foulis, £14.99. Gerald Wingrove is a genius builder of incredibly detailed, very accurate scale-model cars. He has now let...
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Speed Sir, The Edwardian motorist had to contend with Bobbies with whistles and stopwatches jumping out of hedges. Judging by a police "cameo" I recently witnessed nothing has changed. I was...

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