April 2000

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Hannu Mikkola, the man voted in this magazine by a panel of experts as the greatest rally driver of all time, is to come out of retirement. The legendary Finn is to head the field for this June's...
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Terrible luck struck the ex-Reinhold Joest Porsche 962C of Aaron Hsu at last month's Historic Sportscar Racing Thundersports Enduro series opener at Daytona International Speedway. Leading by more...
A long overdue initiative to establish a central historical archive, with the aim of protecting and furthering Britain's extraordinary motorsport heritage was agreed in principle by interested...
The Bruce and Denny show, the subtitle which summed up McLaren Cars' domination of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup series from 1967 to 1970, will be a huge draw at Goodwood's Festival of Speed on...
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Jersey's motorsport heritage is set to Continue With new hillclimbs in July's St Helier Week. The MSA has licensed two courses in the island for pre-'65 machinery. The events will be on Mount Bingham...
Nello Ugolini Nello Ugolini, who has died aged 95, was the prototypical modern learn manager. Beginning with Alfa Romeo in 1934, he mixed organisation with tactics to maximise Alfa's success against...
Jordan Grand Prix played a key role in Andrew Hall's VSCC Pomeroy Trophy victory at Silverstone on February 26, after the clutch pedal of his 1929 Frazer-Nash fell off in scrutineering. "I drove to...
A decision made by the BRDC board at Silverstone last month means that there will no longer be a 3-litre F1 race at the Coy's International Historic Festival, on July 21-23 as the once mooted...
Two hundred drivers from some 20 nations will blast down France's greatest roads on the Tour Auto 2000, the famed recreation of the Tour de France, which starts in Paris on April 11, and visits the...
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"Bluebird" beats her speed by 18mph and raises the World's land speed record to the colossal figure of 272mph 272 miles per hour! As the BBC announcer calmly broadcast the news that Sir Malcolm...
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Modern times It's not fair. Here I am pounding my keyboard a few hours before jumping on the jumbo to Melbourne, and there you are reading the result of my labours after it's all over. You know...
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Sir, From time to time in motoring magazines, I have seen photos and brief details on the Miller racing cars from the USA. During the 1920s these cars, some of which featured front-wheel drive, won...
Sir, Our copy of Motor Sport (February 2000) arrived a few days ago and it was with great pleasure and pride that I saw the Eagle on the cover next to the Lotus 49. I certainly enjoyed the article...
Sir, I greatly enjoyed Andrew Frankel's 'Silver Screen Racer' in January's issue, but having co-written with John Frankenheimer the sequel to Grand Prix in 1988 (the story of a man and woman teaming...
Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed the article recalling Formula 5000 in your December issue. I could almost hear the V8s rumbling again. Harking back to that same era, please can we have an article on the...
Sir, Having just read through the February edition of your magazine, I thought I'd write a few comments and minor corrections to set the record straight. The Bill Boddy article on the pre-war Austin...
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Sir, I trust that the Grand Prix Legends computer game and my computer will function in unison one day. Unfortunately, despite a computer of suitable specification they refuse to co-operate. But I...
Sir, In your February issue WB asked what book readers would like to take to a desert island. Might I suggest LJK Setright's recently published A Private Car? With, cunningly squeezed into the slip...
Sir, I was thrilled to read Matthew Franey's excellent article about the Nürburgring, having driven there in a June 1974 Interserie 300Km sprint race, with one or two other starters on the grid. I...
Sir, In accusing you of rewriting history, Alan Baker (Letters, February 2000) is himself guilty of being very selective with the truth. Yes, Jochen Rindt was lucky at Clermont-Ferrand, but his "poor...
Sir, Further to David Goodridge's letter of March he may be interested in my drive back to Calais after last year's Belgian Grand Prix. Leaving my hotel after breakfast en route for Reims, I first...
Sir, Would you please allow me through your letters page to add further praise for WB? Over Christmas I read Christopher Hilton's excellent book Hitler's Grands Prix in England. This I thoroughly...
Sir, In answer to Sheridan Thynne's (January 2000) query asking for any more examples of two different circuit configurations being used during one event. While no other Grand Prix has had this...
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Legends: Estoril 1985 For many of us, Grand Prix racing entered a fallow period after the death in May 1982, of Gilles Villeneuve, and none felt that more keenly than Denis Jenkinson. Even though,...
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There's always been more to Jackie Stewart than his driving ability. He's also been team owner, safety campaigner and unashamed promoter of other people's products. Russell Bulgin assesses the career...
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Brother Jackie eventually took all the plaudits, but it was Jimmy Stewart who first staked a claim to racing success. Eric Dymock recalls life with the fastest fraternity in Scotland A wintry day at...
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For the historic motor racing fan this season promises to be the biggest and best yet. Marcus Pye looks ahead for ways to while away a summer weekend History, by its very definition, grows...
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Jenson Button is the youngest F1 driver of his era. History shows many who start so young fail to master the discipline. Marcus Simmons asks those who have been there and seen it about the pressure...
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Mike Thackwell is often held up as the classic example of the driver who got too much too soon. At 16 (illegally young, but he'd lied about his age) he was winning Formula Ford races in Britain. In...
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Alas poor Warwick Derek Warwick: Toleman TG181 Derek Warwick has driven a lot of terrible cars in his time but, of them all, it was the car which launched his career in Formula One which he now...
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He could have been a professional opera singer but Giuseppe Campari's heart lay in motor racing. Bill Boddy profiles the life of an Italian great and judges him against his many rivals Very broadly...
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Ford's new racing Puma is the ultimate version of an already brilliant car. The only problem is it comes with a less than brilliant price tag. Matthew Franey tries his hand at the latest in a long...
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Thanks to its extraordinary fire resistant properties, Nomex is reputed to have saved up to 5,000 people from death or critical injury. Keith Howard reports on a synthetic superhero To the post-war...
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It's no easy thing to rank a century of rally drivers, but John Davenport asked some of the great names in the sport for their votes on which one had it all Man has faced all manner of difficult...
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In its day The Klausenrennen was the longest toughest mountain-climb of them all. Andrew Frankel journeys to Switzerland to find a forgotten gem. You will be forgiven for never having heard of this...
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Lotus 25: Tony Southgate, design consultant, Audi sport One of Britain's most prolific racing car designers who counts Formula One and Le Mans winners in his portfolio, selects a design which left...
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Nazzaro's road car Cars named after racing drivers are not exactly rare. But rare is a car made by a truly top driver, in the midst of his career. Such a car was the Nazarro. Felice Nazzaro, whose...
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The popular VMCC Banbury Run for pre-1931 motorcycles returns to Banbury this year, on June 18, centred on Drayton School. I am glad to note that the 'Banbury' is for vintage bikes, that there was a...
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1969 Monaco Grand Prix Bruce McLaren in his McLaren M7C LAT Photographic

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