April 1996

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No Grounds for Complacency Martin Brundle's Melbourne accident wasn't quite what the FIA had in mind when it pledged to make Formula One more exciting, but it did at least provide instant evidence to...
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Upon climbing from his car to learn that his younger team-mate, Jacques Villeneuve, had just stolen pole position for the Australian Grand Prix, Damon Hill looked like he had just seen a ghost....
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Villeneuve makes a great start as Hill gets sideways in Turn 1 and drops to fourth. Brundle launched into the air at Turn 3 after Coulthard and Herbert tangle in front of him. The Jordan finishes in...
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What went on in the Williams pit as its cars raced wheel-to-wheel for the Australian GP? Mark Skewis listens in Where most teams step in with team orders at the merest hint of conflict between its...
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In Melbourne the world's media scrutinised Mika Hakkinen for any sign of weaknesses as he returned to Formula One. Mark Skewis reports that they didn't find many Its the stuff Hollywood thrives on:...
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The saloon car driver of the '80s has something to prove in the '90s. Can Roberto Ravaglia meet the challenge of the BTCC head on? Paul Fearnley talks to the only man ever to be officially crowned...
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He's been called "the most powerful man in racing". But Goodyear's Leo Mehl tells David Phillips the sport will manage fine without him It may be that nobody is irreplaceable, but Leo Mehl is...
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The mechanical soft-touch isn't always best, says David Williams; sometimes brutality has the edge Suppose Freddy Loix hadn't had the puncture, what then? Rui Madeira looked thoughtful. It would, he...
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The new Lotus Esprit GT1 V8 retired on its racing debut at Paul Ricard, but the team behind it harbours genuine long-term ambitions. Michael Cotton investigates Seasoned onlookers at Snetterton had...
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Maserati's Ghibli Open Cup should appeal not only to the jet-setting gentleman racer, but also to the young hopeful eager to impress. Marcus Simmons drove the 1996 version at Magione The gentleman...
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Journalists once scrambled to scoop manufacturers. Lately, the tables have been turned, says Mike Cotton. Ask any senior figure in the motor industry, and he'll tell you that the spring is the wrong...
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Previewed briefly last month, Mark Hughes spends a little more time with Citroen's innovative suspension system Don't be fooled by the name of Citroen's new Xantia Active, for it doesn't have active...
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As yet, active ride has been seen only on the racetracks (banned from F1 at the end of '93). For a production car it has been considered too expensive and bulky. The Active is the only road car which...
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Ryan Baptiste still loves Honda's VTEC engine, but the rest of the recipe . . ? The dawn of the next millennium is almost upon us and Honda's sixth generation Civics will be there for the party, if...
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The cheaper of Fiat's two Coupes is as stunning to drive as it is to look at. Simon Arron was smitten What, exactly, is going on at Fiat? OK, so the Tempra is hardly the vehicle to set one's soul...
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Sir, We write in memory of Huschke von Hanstein, who passed away in March. We met him 35 years ago when he was Europe's most famous "Rennieiter" and we had been good friends ever since. His character...
Sir, It was very interesting to read the article about Geoff Temple's Chevron B1/1, but for historical accuracy I must make a comment or two. To the best of my knowledge all of the Chevron Clubmans...
I much enjoyed your article on Brandon Wang's 250LM Ferrari. This is correctly described on Massini's Ferrari 250LM book as having "a long Drogo nose", confirmed by the recent photos in your article...
Sir, A friend has drawn my attention to your reference to my "Panther" of 1933 (not 1934). Recognition by your distinguished magazine is honour indeed! The last time my "oddball" appeared in print...
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Shortly before he passed away in his sleep, on March 5, Porsche's one-time racing director had granted an interview to Randall Barnett. We publish an account of their conversation by way of tribute...
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Rumours of exciting cars lying forgotten in garages are sometimes true, as John Starkey found it. With the discovery and subsequent sale at auction of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 found in an Angolan...
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It's not always the size of your wallet that brings results. Laurence Meredith falls for a £300 success story. The good people responsible for the conception and delivery of Alfa Romeo's Giulia coupe...
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The age-old question of whether women drive as well as men is too puerile to warrant discussion, especially in the age of universal motoring. But it came up in the 1920s, when fewer of the female sex...
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Warming to his theme, WB considers another car without coolant The air-cooled car to which I referred last month but did not name was the American Franklin, the most successful exploitation of the...
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Having got over a phobia I had as a boy, that if I took too great an interest in aeroplanes this might detract from my enthusiasm for cars (earlier I had dreaded becoming a teenager, in the belief...
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The VSCC started its 1996 trials season with the Herefordshire Trial on February 17. A good start, the weather not too cold and the gales subsiding beforehand, for the 104 entries. Hamish Moffatt had...
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Ian Williamson tells us that last year, after some research, he found a little-known museum in Germany devoted entirely to Rosengart cars and products. It is generally known that the Rosengart was...
Some 77 entrants amassed at Silverstone for" The Porn" on February 24, in cars ranging from R Barnett's 1911 7-litre Knox to G Moore's 1993 5.7-litre Chevrolet. The object of the event, nominally,...
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We are saddened to learn of the death of Nancy Mitchell, after a short illness, aged 81. Having married early, Mrs Mitchell had time and the wealth with which to indulge in her hobby of competition...
The Riley Register has announced the date of its Centenary Rally as June 29/30, at Coombe Abbey near Coventry. The ex-John Horsfall Aston Martin was, we hear, snatched just in time from foreign...
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It is said that a woman never forgets her first baby, or a man his first car, both usually with respect. I have told before how my first car, a £5 ABC, packed much incident into its brief three days...
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Such was the march of engineering progress during the 1960s that the MkI Lotus Cortina, of which some 3300 examples were built between 1963 and 1966, proved to be faster around twisty circuits like...

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