April 1998

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If I were Frank Williams of Jean Todt, I’d be banging on Bridgestone's door right now. The problem is I suspect it is in Bridgestone's interest to keep it closed. Wall the top teams run your tyres,...
Modern pretenders were soundly spanked in February’s Pomeroy Trophy at Silverstone, where seven of the top ten were Frazer Nashes. Father and son Dick and Andrew Smith scooped the Pomeroy and Densham...
Richard Noble has asked me to ask you to stop sending him money. Thanks at least in part to the generosity of Motor Sport readers, the ThrustSSC team has hauled itself back into the black and Richard...
The Chevron B16 which took a Wankel engine to Le Mans 21 years before Mazda won the event with a similar powerplant is to return to the circuits this year having spent the last 27 years of its life...
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The former President of the British Racing Drivers Club, Gerald Lascelles has died aged 73. Under his presidency from 1964 until 1991, the BRDC steered Silverstone circuit from being just one of...
You may not have realised it but the thing that's missing from your life is a Murray Walker character jug. The good news is those stout fellows at Royal Doulton have leapt nobly into the void. In...
Have fun and do some good at the same time. On Saturday April 11, International Rally Car Day offers you a chance to buy a ride around Silverstone’s Rally Sprint stage in some top rallycars with well...
Remarkable how careless some people can be. We’ve all lost our keys at some time, but a Grand Prix car? Well, Maserati has found one. While gutting the Modena factory, a pre-war single-seater turned...
With the ink barely dry on the contract to sell his Grand Prix team to British American Racing, the newly retired Ken Tyrrell has consigned his collection of eponymous Formula One cars, to Brooks...
Having watched the ITV documentary on Murray Walker, I’ve decided that, when digital TV arrives offering a choice of camera shots, I want a camera in the commentary box. Watching Murray commentate is...
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Over the years there have been mutterings about newly-built cars in historic racing. As far as a Grand Prix car is concerned, the car should have started a GP to qualify as a GP car. Spare a thought...
Formula Junior, the brainchild of Count 'Johnny' Lurani and training ground for many Grand Prix stars of the early 1960s, celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year with a bumper calendar of events,...
Motorsport historian Duncan Rabagliati’s collection of more than 60 cars, one of the most eclectic assortments ever to be offered for sale, is the theme of Brook’s massive Olympia sale on April 8,...
Former World Champion John Surtees has sportingly loaned FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship competitor Chris Perkins the ex-John Watson Matchbox Team Surtees TS1604/4 to run alongside his...
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March 21 Oulton Park (GB) Historic Touring Cars headline the programme for this meeting on the Fosters Circuit. T: 01829 760301. Fax: 01829 760378. 19-22 Sebring (USA) Sports racers of the 1950s and...
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Stirling Moss Attacks the FIA In a circular sent to most of the motoring press, Stirling Moss has attacked the attitude of the Commission Sportive Internationale in its control of motor sport. He...
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So now we know. All that endless speculation through the dark days of winter, all that sifting the conflicting scraps of information and gossip from the testing – Williams, Ferrari or McLaren?...
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Heated debate Sir, With reference to John Grimson's letter in the February issue I was not aware of any reluctance on the part of the SSC team to release any real data with regard to the recent...
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1984 Dallas GP Some weekends you can come back from a Grand Prix with a notebook relatively clean. There will be a lap chart in there, of course, together with notes and quotes, but in the normal...
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The return of racing to Goodwood may be the highpoint of the 1998 Historic motorsport season, but as Marcus Pye reports, it’s just one of many exciting dates over the coming year. There is a new...
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The start was inauspicious, the end undistinguished. But on its good days, there wasn’t a car on the planet that could keep up with those from Team Lotus. Mark Hughes remembers our greatest grand...
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They were favourite words of Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman and showed just how easily car design came to him. Then again, explains Gordon Cruickshank, the man was a bona fide genius No story on Colin...
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It started as a new year’s jolly for high-living Frenchmen in the 1970s but became a high-tech showpiece in the ‘80s. Jeremy Hart looks at the most gruelling rally of them all – the Paris-Dakar...
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The Honourable Victor Bruce started his career by driving in national trials but went on to win the Monte Carlo Rally. Bill Boddy remembers him The Hon Victor Austin Bruce, son of the second Baron...
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With better luck, the Lancia LC2 could have beaten the Porsche 956. Giancarlo Reggiani remembers it as Bruno Giacomelli takes one to Monza for a final blast Nearly two decades ago, the world of...
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In 1952 Hans Herrmann began racing with a humble Porsche 356. Eighteen years later he retired after winning at Le Mans in a thunderous 917. He recalls the many highs and lows of his career with Chris...
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Chris Amon – Amon Ford AF101 If walking out on Ferrari only to watch their cars run rings round you isn’t enough, then building your own disastrous F1 car is rubbing salt in the wound. Shaun Campbell...
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An amazing number of the world’s greatest race circuits lie within a few hours of Calais. Armed with old photographs and our Jaguar, Andrew Frankel sets off to discover their past. First stop on the...
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Coppa Inter Europa, Monza, 1963 An unreliable car, poor practice and tough opposition did not bode well for Roy Salvadori’s chances in a three-hour sportscar race in Italy. But the Englishman still...
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From family heirlooms to fast cars, this television antiques expert has an eye for classic engineering There are similarities between Simon Bull's two prime fields of expertise: both involve fine...
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It used to be common practice, and still is, for manufacturers to examine, test and even dissect the cars of competitors to discover what the opposition had to offer. In this respect Rolls-Royce Ltd...
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Brooklands trophies seldom reveal themselves these days at sales or elsewhere, so it is nice to know that the Jackson Cup won at a LCC meeting in 1930 by Jack Bartlett in his Salmson has been found...
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C E C Martin That cheerful extrovert racing driver Charles Martin, who drove with enthusiastic verve, an amateur amongst professionals, has died. Charlie Martin ran illicit motor-cycles while at Eton...
In these 1990s there are some very fast road cars available to those who can afford them. Back in the pre-war era the question of who had the fastest road car arose, as I mentioned last month. Before...
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The 750 MC, formed in 1939 to encourage Austin 7s to compete against other baby cars when they were too often up against Ford V8s and Allards, etc, is active and well established. A section of the...
The VSCC held its popular annual Herefordshire Trial under a cloudless sky on February 14, entries numbering 106. Twelve sections had to be attempted, the two Slaughters omitted as too rough for pre-...

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