April 2002

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Like most British Motorsport fans, I was flying on anticipation. I tuned into the novel televised start-cum-stage in Nottingham's Wollaton Park. And came down to earth with a big bump. Henri Toivonen...
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Sir Stirling Moss will return to Shelsley Walsh for the first time in over 50 years this summer, when he takes part in a Cooper celebration at the Worcestershire hillclimb. Moss competed at Shelsley...
Early 3-litre Grand Prix cars will be the star attractions of the new-look Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting at the end of August. In period, the Gold Cup non-championship Formula One race was run for...
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This former Aston Martin sports-car driver died in February, aged 88. Although better known for his test and development skills, Fairman contested 12 GPs over a nine-year period, taking fourth in the...
Williams Grand Prix engineering has opened a brand-new museum and conference centre at its Grove headquarters to mark 25 years of GP success. The museum houses 41 cars, from the 1978 FW06 to last...
Indycar champions Bobby(Porsche-E 904/61 and Danny Sullivan (Porsche Carrera RS) will head a magnificent 200-strong entry for 61st running of the Tour Auto. Starting from Paris on Tuesday April 16,...
Sebring celebrated 50 years of its famous 12-hour sports-car race in mid-March, with many former winning cars and drivers on hand. Notable amongst the cars was the Porsche RS60 which won the 1960...
The British Historic Racing fraternity was shocked to learn of the death of Spencer Flack in late February. The prodigious racer of post-war GP cars was killed in an accident at the Phillip Island...
British rallying lost one of its big stars in February when Tony Pond lost his fight with cancer. He was just 56. He came to pubic fame with drives for BL and Austin-Rover through the 1970s and '80s...
The VSCC's annual spring start race meeting is to be a two-day event, following confirmation of a joint venture between the club and the British Racing Driver's Club. After the customary VSCC races...
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Sir, I was thrilled to read Gary Watkins' fine article on Watkins Glen, and to see the photograph of the Bill Milliken mural I painted last year. One of the most exciting races on the original...
Sir, Your feature on the 1982 Formula One season was very enjoyable and brought back a flood of wonderful memories. One of the untold stories of that year centred on my qualifying runs for the French...
Sir, Just a point of clarification in the auto racing history magazine of record. When Parnelli Jones won the Mission Bell 200 Trans-Am race at Riverside in 1970, his victory didn't change any...
Sir, It was with great sorrow that my wife and I read of Tony Pond's death. In 1981, with co-driver Mike Nicholson, Tony drove the Dealer Team Vauxhall Chevette HSR developed and prepared at our...
Sir, Nigel Roebuck's Legends article on Achille Varzi and his rivalry with Nuvolari stirred many memories. In 1944, I was with 7th Armoured Brigade, pushing up the Adriatic coast of Italy and...
Sir, I noticed with interest the reference to Graham Hill's Indianapolis victory and the story surrounding it, which I am afraid is somewhat incorrect. George Bignotti was working closely with Eric...
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Sir, The article by Bill Boddy covering Jenks' time with OVX 355D, the Ford GT40, brought back many happy recollections. Jenks was a long-standing friend and it was usual to be invited to be driven...
Sir, With reference to Bill Boddy's recent GT40 article, the car registered OVX355D (ch1013) was never raced; it was a road version loaned by Ford Advanced Vehicles to important customers such as...
Sir, In his piece on 'The Riddle of the Mystery Fiat', Bill Boddy reports that he has been unable to tie up his two references to LP Openshaw. I offer fairly conclusive evidence that they refer to...
Sir, In 1966, I was a 15-year-old schoolboy who hitchhiked or cycled to race meetings in the south-east of England. I could afford the entry fee but not a paddock transfer, so I would wait until...
Sir, Having read John Davenport's story on the Rally of Portugal, I wish to congratulate him for not blaming crowd control for its exclusion from the world championship calendar. Someone with his...
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The one result Bernie Ecclestone didn't want in Australia was the one he got — a Michael Schumacher win. And Maranello's decision to rely for the time being on last year's Ferrari seemed to be no...
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'All Patrons are cordially invited to visit the pits following today's race. You may have the opportunity to meet your favourite drivers and look over the race cars at dose range.' These words are...
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Gilles Villeneuve was much more than a brilliant but flawed racer. Look beyond the popular myths, says Mark Hughes, and the evidence points to a style that was precise and an approach that was...
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Poise, pace, reliability - the Austin-Healey 3000 had it all. David Malsher takes the 1961 Alpine rally-winning example to meet its former driver, Donald Morley It's bright red, true blue British...
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Donald and Erle Morley are synonymous with Big Healeys and the Alpine Rally. But it was a different event and a different marque that sprang these two Suffolk farmers to prominence in the rally world...
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Austin-Healey 100's Motor Show debut, the Austin-Healey Club has organised a week-long celebration. Starting at Reading and culminating in a packed race day...
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Everyone expected Ralt to dominate British F3 in 1983. Everyone was eventually proved right. But there was one day in the sun for unfancied Magnum, as Nick Phillips recalls Do you feel lucky, punk?"...
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"The French GP, Europe's most important race, had always been run'on temporary road circuits - until Montlhery in 1925. Bill Boddy takes up the banked track's story Despite the Italian and French...
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A budding designer at March, under the tutelage of Adrian Newey, he was confident of their latest F1 offering. But when he saw McLaren's new car, he wondered if he might have done better In 1987, I...
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Tony Pond succumbed to cancer last month. He was just 56. His British Leyland team manager, John Davenport, remembers a perfectionist who was much better than his results suggest He never won a world...
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Land speed record tales of Woe are legion, but none is quite so weird, quite so tragic, as that of the 'City of Salt Lake'. Peter Holthusen explains Bonneville Salt Flat is a door to the outer limits...
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Brought together tragic circumstance, the Sard team deserved a fairy tale result. Eddie Irvine tells Adam Cooper of two sad losses Eddie Irvine is now in his 20th season of racing, and there have...
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Ron Dennis used to be based next door, during his Project Four days. His still-under-construction hi-tech temple to hi-tech, Paragon, lies only a few miles down the road, but it might as well be on...
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It was Italy's dream team - Ascari, Jano, Lancia. The car looked sensational. Success seemed guaranteed. But the project ended in tragedy and thwarted ambition, as Chris Nixon explains Early in 1954...
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by Michael Hay ISBN 9535827 2 Published by Number One Press, £65.00 Although Hay covered them in Bentley Factory Cars, this expansion must be the definitive word on Blowers. Majoring on the five...
by Trevor Legate ISBN 1 903706 11 4 Published by Veloce Publishing, £45.00 If there's anything new in this book, I missed it. The oft-told story is there, but there are no revealing insights or...
by Gordon Eliot White ISBN 7603 0910 8 Published by MBI, £29.99 In the decade aka WWII, Frank Kurtis was the most significant and prolific race-car builder in the US, with 110 Indycars (five winners...
by Tonia Bern-Campbell ISBN 7509 2931 6 Published by Sutton Publishing, £17.99 Donald Campbell's private life could have fuelled the tabloids of today and completely overshadowed his record-breaking...
by John Starkey ISBN 9703259 1 6 Published by Menoshire, £69.99 What a contrast to the story above. These two eras of American racing virtually overlapped, yet while the dirt-trackers clung to pre-...
by Joe Scalzo ISBN 7603 1017 3 Published by MBI, £29.99 A book that deserves to be read out loud. Scalzo's colourful language has a 'to hell with the rules' feel, just like this rowdy branch of...
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I have seen some big racing cars, but when Gerald Firkins let me look at the legendary 1905 200hp Darracq, I was rendered almost speechless, the more so when I realised the incredible, and...
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Another aero-engined car is being built, using a Rolls-Royce Eagle engine, R-R 20 chassis, R-R PII gearbox, a Delage front axle and Minerva brakes.
Good news, if rather too late, is that British Heritage has announced that the whole of Brooklands is now scheduled as an Historic Monument. It means that it now has protection against damage and...
From a reader in South Africa comes a defence of post-vintage cars. He has had his MG TC for 53 years. In 1949 TC/7217 cost £470.10 shillings, and apart from a water thermometer and a Derrington...
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The new secretary of the Pre-War Austin 7 Club, is John Barks, 73 Cow Lane, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG7 3BB.
Just what was the exciting aero-engined car the late Lord Donegall had when he was up at Oxford? A Sherlock Holmes addict, Donegall edited the Baker Street Journal, but when, 50 years later, he...
The ex-reg Munday 30/98 Vauxhall (NM6006) is being rebuilt, being reasonably original, although a new body skin and engine were fitted in the early 1950s. The new owner's father and grandfather owned...
The VSCC'S Measham night rally attracted 49 entries, with only four non-starting. Well organised and blessed with clear nocturnal conditions, it was won outright by Mike Tomlin, with Nigel Raebum...
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When the production run of Vauxhall 30/98s a car which was the epitome of VSCC ambitions ran out, there was much speculation as to what Luton would follow it with. General Motors' takeover was...
In the 1920s, Professor A. M. Low DSc, who wrote articles simplifying obscure scientific facts, told us that one day the human race would lose its legs, because it would never need to go out, as it...

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