April 2004

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Formula One returns to Brands Hatch! Well, up to a point... That's one of the teasers which Jonathan Palmer mentions in his Q&A interview [see p71] on the place of historic racing within the...
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Sir, Brendan Lynch's piece on Charlie Martin took me back to the mid-50s, when I was employed at AFN, servicing the first 356 Porsches in this country. One Monday morning there was an unfamiliar chap...
Instant recall Sir, Just a couple of lines, that's all it took. Just a couple of lines in your 'This Month' feature in the March edition — This Month in 1974. I quote: 'Jacky Ickx pulls off a...
Sir Thank you to Bill Boddy for a superb article on the Targa Florio. One can sense the Italian passion for motor racing in those early years, never to be diminished. It is also fitting that your...
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When discussing the rivalry between Nuvolari and Caracciola in March, Mark Hughes has overlooked an important and possibly crucial point: the significance of the European Championship. During the...
Continental Notes It looks as though there is more than meets the eye to the 'manoeuverings' to get the German Grand Prix away from the Nürburgring. One 'ministry man' involved in the Constructors'...
Sir, I enjoyed the Porsche 904 Monte story and the Mini versus Supercar comparison in the March issue. However, Timo Makinen was fastest on stage one, not Erik Carlsson, who had broken down with snow...
Sir, Thank you for Mark Hughes' excellent article about the Caracciola/Nuvolari partnership. Due to their individual contracts, Alfa Romeo often sent the two to different races, sometimes as private...
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Another chapter in our series for amateur motor racing photographs contributed by our readers. This month's selection takes us to Thruxton, Oulton Park, Aintree and the Isle of Man Chris Beach never...
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Straight-talking, competitive and risk taking: that's Alan Jones. And that's just on the Chiswick High Road... The 1980 World Champion plays a straight bat to your questions on everything from...
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Euro Trophy for Britain The European Sports-Prototype Trophy will grace British tracks for the first time in four seasons in 2004, with events at Oulton Park and Silverstone. The 1960s GT cars and...
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Gerry Birrell's daughter Kara was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and she is now actively raising funds for charity. Any admirers of her late father who might have items suitable for...
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Ford GT40s pack Tour Auto entry No less than seven Ford GT40s, headed by 2003 winner Chris Chiles, will line up for the start of the Tour Auto on 19 April. The five-day event will include visits to...
A year's free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's sportscar archives. Answers must be received by April 5, and...
March 20 Silverstone (GB) The BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship opens with a double-header event. Tel. 01327 850925 20/21 Cumbria (GB) The HERO classic Lakes and Dales Rally takes in some...
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Bellm bags first historic rally win British Historic Rally Series: Robin Hood Stages Ray Bellm underlined his status as a contender for the Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally title by taking his...
This GT racer has tried his hand at Historic Rallying and loved every minute! How did the rally outing come about? I'd been talking about having a go for a while and the chance to do the historic...
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Historic racing is more popular than ever thanks to the rebirth of Goodwood. But the festival and revival meetings are just the tip of the iceberg. Paul Lawrence is your guide. Grand national Britain...
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The new owner of four of Britain's circuits, Jonathan Palmer, is clear about his plans for historic racing What are your views on historic and classic racing? Historic racing is certainly important....
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The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association celebrates its 25th year in 2004, and the International Historic Donington Grand Prix in early May (1-3) is the flagship event in the club's busiest ever...
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Historic motorsport offers diversity for fans and competitors alike. Every old car passion is catered for, as this quartet of drivers show James Baxter: a link in the chain gang In the struggle to...
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Whether it be Monaco in May, Zolder in June or Le Mans in July, a trip beyond British shores will offer fans a feast of action in '04 British fans may have the best historic racing on their doorstep...
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Hugh Colman is about to embark in his third season of racing in the International Supersports Cup in his ex David Goode Chevron B8. "It is incredibly good value for money compared to racing in the UK...
The 2004 season will probably be the busiest yet for Jon Minshaw, who has followed his father Alan into historic racing. With the support of Demon Tweaks, the family business, Jon is able to field...
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Historic rallying has never been so strong in Britain. Heading into 2004, the movement is riding high, and that success is largely due to the work of the Historic Rally Car Register. The Armajaro MSA...
Goodwood's Festival of Speed aside, the pinnacle of hillclimbing for period machinery continues to be the events run by the Vintage Sports Car Club. Summer dates at Shelsley Walsh and Prescott draw...
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Modern times I closed last month's Modern Times with an optimistic prediction that Kimi Raikkonen could be this year's world champion. After Ferrari's magnificent start to the season and McLaren's...
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By Norbert Singer "Unfortunately I never got to meet him, but Jim Clark was my hero when I was a young man studying engineering. I was interested in racing, so I went to the German Grand Prix in 1965...
1975 Swedish at Anderstorp by Damien Magee Arturo Merzario decided he didn't want to drive.., when did you get the phone call from Frank Williams team? Friday night. I flew to Sweden and drove the...
1994 A crowd of 20,000 witness Gabriele Tarquini (above) win the BTCC season-opener at Thruxton. Emerson Fittipaldi takes CART honours at Phoenix. Michael Schumacher wins Pacific GP. Roland...
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Legends: Jacques Laffite Not many people have known Formula One from the inside better than John Hogan. For countless years he was 'the man from Philip Morris', the man responsible for Marlboro's...
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It is the most charismatic name in Formula One, but not simply because of its successes. Ferrari's flaws and failures over the team's first half century played a big part in creating the legend 1950s...
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He beat a works Auto Union and was offered a factory drive by Alfa. But Rex Mays preferred the intense buzz of American speedway.Joe Scalzo describes the short life of An Indy addict Tazio Nuvolari...
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As the likes of Hill and Clark fell by the wayside, Innes Ireland splashed through the puddles for he BRP-BRM's only win. By Gordon Cruickshank A huge budget, the best car and a star driver - a team...
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Although swamped by the spectacle of the factory Jaguars and Porsches slugging it out at the front, the semi-pros and the amateurs back in the pack were fighting tooth and nail for Group C2 honours...
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Ecurie Ecosse's proud Le Mans tradition - it won there in 1956 and '57 - meant that the team's mid-1980s reincarnation was geared solely around La Sarthe. That it failed to win there, yet wound up...
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It was an impressive debut by anyone's standards. The look of the thing may have been familiar, but this was the first race of a new car - even a new marque if you forget about a quirky low-budget...
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With road-racing banned in mainland Britain, such events could only be organised offshire. Bill Boddy recalls Jersey's lively but short-lived attempt to turn itself into a car racing haven Jersey,...
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X-Ray spec: Rhiando Trimax Though only a bit-player on the motor racing stage, this one-off typifies the fresh thinking which led to the 500cc revolution. By Keith Howard After the euphoria of VE day...
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Alan Brown, who died earlier this year, wheeled and dealed his way through single-seaters and sports cars. Mike Lawrence remembers the colourful career of a true 1950s all-rounder Alan Brown was a...
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Most reckoned the Swede had scalped the big one. But the times eventually told a different story. As he recounts to Damien smith. To lose a rally by a matter of seconds will always be hard to take....
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The co-driver's role has grown as the pace of modern rallying has increased, as John Davenport explains The sons of Noah, so we are told, built the Tower of Babel. The result of their efforts was to...
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Gerry Birrell was in line for a Tyrrell drive when his life was cut short. Adam Cooper recalls a man who could have been an F1 star It was a dark year for Grand Prix racing. Jackie Stewart's final...
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A loyal aficionado of Bentleys In view of Motor Sport's forthcoming eightieth anniversary it maybe of interest to consider the cars of T G Moore, one-time owner of this title. He came from a wealthy...
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Mercs' first return to Britain The great interest aroused by seeing or reading about demonstrations of historic GP cars was amply confirmed by Motor Sport's world exclusive in the December 2003 issue...
Jeremy Wood is restoring the 1929 Rally that Jack Driskell used to drive in trials, speed events and at Brooldands, wearing his distinctive blue driving kit It needs some work on the engine, but Jack...
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Economical with the truth The Winter edition of the always welcome Morris Register Journal has Roger Bird's account of the stunt sponsored by Sir William Morris in 1931 to publicise the new range of...
When I saw a smart and original mid-vintage Standard tourer at a recent rally, it made me wonder why Standards, then and with earlier bodies, used radiators with the cooling element exposed down the...
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Triumph and Tragedy By Yves Kaltenbach, ISBN 095467670X Published by Automobiles Historiques limited, £50 This was the season when sportscar racing really came alive: by 1955 Jaguar had launched its...
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500cc race, British Grand Prix, 1951 A contrast in styles: Redmund Gallagher hangs on to his Leprechaun, as dominant winner Stirling Moss lines up his Kieft to pass him. LAT Photographic

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