April 1997

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European race tracks will once more resound to the thunder of fabulous Group C sports-racers. This year, the MOTOR SPORT Historic Group C Series will bring back this classic era of sports prototype...
The vintage sports car club's unique race meetings are attracting a greater following each season. It's easy to understand why spectators of all ages arc drawn to these splendid nostalgic tableaux,...
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The call came about a month ago. A friend who works in the industry had heard that I was to become the seventh editor of MOTOR SPORT. The words were not of congratulation; they were of warning. "Do...
Dramatic battles of the early '70s between the Bayerische Motoren Werke's CSL 'Batmobiles' (Tim Busby's is seen below) and Ford's Cologne Capris, with a rumbling Chevrolet Camaro or two for good...
The numbing memory of the great ayrton Senna's final accident at Imola imprints May 1, 1994 indelibly on the minds of Grand Prix fans everywhere but fewer people remember that the three-time World...
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The sight and sound of Auto-Union grand Prix cars, experienced by so few since they were built in the '30s, is to provide an extraordinary centrepiece to the fifth Goodwood Festival of Speed on June...
Arrows, Brabham, Ensign, Ligier, Lotus, March, McLaren, Penske, RAM, Surtees, Tyrrell and Williams cars will celebrating 30 years of the Cosworth DFV Formula One engine in this year's third FIA...
The Earl Of March (above) established the inaugural lap record for Peugeot 306 saloon cars at Silverstone's new National circuit on March 1. Charles March, who races a Lola Mk1 in Historic sports car...
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It came as a great shock to learn that cheerful Dudley Gahagan had died on February 1; he seemed the sort who would 'go on for ever'. Born in Kensington in 1920, he joined in helping his brother...
Guiseppe Bertone, who has died aged 82, was the godfather of Italian car styling, spending 50 years at the helm of one of Italy's most famous coachbuilders. Guiseppe, nicknamed "Nuccio", was born on...
Mercedes-Benz triumphed on the Monte Carlo Challenge when Ake Gustavsson, Torrhild Hallre and Monty Karlan became the first back-to-back winners in its eight-year history. But while the Norwegians'...
Known for speed as the "Pom", this off-season bash gives the children something to do with their toys during the winter when any sensible player would leave them in the cup board. Instituted in 1948...
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He was called Carlos, and some said he was from Brazil, others Spain. All I know about him is that his bidding number was 712 and his presence rather dominated the auction of motor racing memorabilia...
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One of our leading restorers of rare and historic single-seater racing cars, and a skilled racer If you make it to the monaco historic races in may, you will see two particularly rare cars. One is a...
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SIR, I have been an avid reader of MOTOR SPORT for over 50 years, and I think I have just read the best edition ever (February). I never thought you could pack so many interesting articles in one...
SIR, I have just taken out a new subscription to MOTOR SPORT, having bought almost every issue since 1949, the list of journalists who will be contributing to future issues is promising. I hope each...
SIR, Re "The Italian Job" — Stuart Turner is reported as saying "you know, we have slaved to trim every gramme of weight out of this Mini". Were not the Monte Minis required to be, and advertised to...
SIR, I enjoyed David McKinney's feature on the Tasman series, but I must take issue with him on one point. When he writes that the colours of Jim Clark's 1968 car were "changed from the traditional...
SIR, I was encouraged to read the editorial in the last issue of MOTOR SPORT. I have felt for many years that the greatest drivers, cars and races have been and gone, to be replaced by vegetarian,...
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SIR, I sat up all night in breathless anticipation to watch the Australian Grand Prix and was rewarded by a good race (by today's overtaking-free standards at least), a timely win for McLaren, the...
SIR, I was puzzled to read in this month's Boddy Language that an arbitrary date was to set before which no car in Europe would be allowed on public roads. He mentioned 1985. There is no logic in...
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Antonio Ascari (pictured here with his son Alberto, then six, after winning the 1924 Italian GP), was killed soon after writing this report. In the next event, the French Grand Prix at Montlhery, his...
It has been said that this year's race at Spa was an easy affair for the P2 Alfa-Romeos but just because my compatriot Giuseppe Campari and I happened to be the only two drivers to finish, one should...
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A superb historic season is in prospect and we'll be following it every step of the way. here, Marcus Pye selects the best events of 1997. miss them at your peril This is an exceptional year for...
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The tyre battle in 1997 is but the latest of a war that's been raging since the '50s. Nigel Roebuck looks at the bald facts At the 1977 Japanese Grand Prix, one kazuyoshi hoshino qualified 11th....
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A question. What does 'Ferrari' mean to you? We presumed the answer to be simple until we started thinking about it and asking around. We learned that Ferrari is neither merely car nor man. To some...
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Ferrari's P3/4 is simply astonishing, both to look at and to drive, Dickie Attwood relives his epic race at Spa, then hands over to Andrew Frankel Take yourself back thirty years to Spa, May 1, 1967...
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At the 1958 London Motor Show newly crowned world champion driver Mike Hawthorn tried to launch his Tourist Trophy Garage business in Farnham, Surey, as Ferrari's UK importer, selling two cars, one a...
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The Revolutionary 312T began a golden period for Ferrari. Niki Lauda and its creator, Mauro Forghieri, tell Alan Henry why it was so good From 'the moment' Niki Lauda first tried Maranello's 312 `...
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"For three years I had been driving cars with super chassis that handled well but just couldn't hold a candle to their rivals when it came to power. Then, suddenly, here was the 312B1 with its flat...
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Few playboys lived as hard as Spanish marquis `Fon' de Portago — or drove as fast. Doug Nye on how Ferrari's most dashing driver earned Enzo's respect For any who admire the days when drivers were...
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These are the three fastest road ferraris ever made. Each is incredible but, says Andrew Frankel, one is greatest of all We came across a curve, arcing uphill to the right. The brakes were not...
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Until these three came along, the greatest era for Ferrari road racers was the early '60s, when the 250GT Berlinetta "Short Wheelbase", the 250GTO and the 250LM hit the road. All were loved by...
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Enzo Ferrari was the least sentimental man in racing. Even so, says Shaun Campbell, he had a curious affection for british drivers Enzo Ferrari's relationships with the men who drove his cars were...
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Reg Parnell was not strictly a works driver but raced Tony Vandervell's Ferrari 375 'Thinwall Special' to fourth place in the 1951 French Grand Prix. Roy Salvadori made a one-off appearance for...
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There was Enzo, and Enzo created the 125 and the world was made good. Peter Robinson drives the first Ferrari Perhaps it's expecting too much to hope that the 125 looks like a Ferrari. Truth is,...
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Anyone will tell you that ferrari is special some are more qualified than others to comment Stirling Moss A difficult bastard, for whom I have great respect. I don't think any of his cars ever...
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That was the billing for the Brooklands 500, a bold experiment by a new club. Bill Boddy outlines the BRDC'S birth and its testing race The British racing drivers' club is one of the most...
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Three untried MG K3s set out on the 1933 Mille Miglia to beat the Maseratis. it was a tall order, says Gordon Cruickshank "Tiny MGs beat giants of three nations!" "British Drivers Smile at Death for...
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Nick Faure is Britain's most famous, and spectacular, 911 driver. What then would he make of the rather tamer Boxster? Roger Bell does the introductions If Porsche is pinning its future on the...
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Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey were two of Britain's brightest F1 hopes until till they died in the same race, David Tremayne remembers them The record books hold few entries for him yet Chris Bristow...
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The contemplation of champion promise unfulfilled is always painful. Two years before Bristow and Stacey fell at Spa, the talented Stuart Lewis-Evans succumbed to burns received in the Moroccan GP....
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Good eggs, rotten apples too many cars have gained undeserved reputations. Some are over-hyped, others underrated. In the first of a series that explodes these myths, Andrew Frankel looks at a great...
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1970 Trophee des Ardennes The script would be rejected as implausible, yet it happened. Gordon Cruickshank reports If your race career spanned 36 years, you might expect choosing your greatest to be...
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Finding your way has just entered the Information age. Forget paper maps and hastily scribbled route plans: leave behind the frustrations of missing street names and unexpected no-right-turns. Equip...
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I see from Eoin Young's column in Autocar that he finds the new F1 novel, Flat Out by Colin Dryden a "cracking good read". He tells us how this latest opens: "Alex Bastyan, GP driver, elbow and let...
We think of speed hill-climbs taking place at Shelsley Walsh, Prescott, Wiscombe and other venues but many of the older hills used by racing cars are still extant and may be driven up without the...
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After the article on Chris Staniland, racing driver, rider and test pilot, in the February issue of MOTOR SPORT, a query has been raised as to what caused his fatal accident in 1942. Due to the war,...
We hear that the complicated task of reconstructing a Tipo 806 1 1/2-litre twin crankshaft 12-cylinder GP Fiat is under with the help of detailed original drawings in the Fiat archive in Turin....
The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society is separate from the Collection, existing to provide finance and assistance for the latter. Since 1994 it has looked after the Road Transport Workshop,...
116 pre-war cars mustered at "The Verzons" in February sunshine, after which at Chalky's Conundrum, Hickling and his passengers ate meat-pasties cooked on the massive exhaust system of his 1917...

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