April 2005

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Double-time for Brooklands clock-watchers This pair of Ulysse-Nardin stopwatches timed some of the great motor races at Brooklands during the 1920s and 1930s, in the hands of timing official Roland...
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Start 'em young Motor Sport, April 1976. The cover photo is Per Eklund's green Saab churning up the snow on the Swedish Rally. Inside, Jaguar's return to racing in a European Touring Car programme is...
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Aston joins FIA GT field in bid to repeat its historic '59 win The Tourist Trophy is being revived and will be fought out by competitors in the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone on May 15. The...
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My hero: It's got to be Colin Chapman. As a designer he was the man you matched yourself against. He had originality, that rare commodity. You were always intrigued to see how he would tackle a...
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Toyota aims high with plans to win big race back from Suzuka Toyota unveiled the revamped Fuji Speedway in March with the clear intention of returning the Japanese Grand Prix to the 2.9-mile circuit...
Red Bull Formula One racer David Coulthard is to open his first British hotel -- at Brooklands. The Scot, fourth in this year's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, is planning the Columbus Hotel...
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Maurice Trantignant -- Gentlemanly Monaco GP and Le Mans star; Monte Carlo winner and 'villain of the piece'. Maurice Trintignant, affable 1950s grand prix star and Le Mans winner, died in February...
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What better way to build up for the classic 12 Hours than a festival of old-car action at America's most famous airfield track? Bob Harrington reports Historic Sportscar Racing's forte has always...
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Professor Sid Watkins bows out as Formula One's resident 'Doc on the spot'. He leaves behind quite a legacy Professor Sid Watkins is not a man with any stomach for political correctness, not one to...
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Marathon de la Route, 1965/66 With the cold war still decades away from thawing, the arrival of East European racing cars at international motorsport events was a rare occurrence in the 1960s....
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1971 US at Watkins Glen What prompted Alain de Cadenet to take you grand prix racing? We'd just won at the Norisring with an Interserie car. Unfortunately Pedro Rodríguez got killed and I think...
1986 Rally of Portugal How did your rallying career start? When I was nine years old my father bought me a kart. It was not a serious thing. The brakes were acting straight to the tyre sidewall. But...
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1975-- Listing Lauda takes Trophy win Hunt leads but Lauda claims the spoils in International Trophy thriller Niki Lauda came out on top in the International Trophy after withstanding tremendous...
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A new order reigned in Melbourne but a good season may be soured by legal wrangles There was much to enjoy at the season-opening grand prix in Australia, and Giancarlo Fisichella's win for Renault...
GP2 replaces F3000 Twenty years after it started at a cold, wet Silverstone in March 1985, the Formula 3000 International Championship has been supplanted by the new GP2 Series. Just as in the final...
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The Grand Prix Collection DVD/VHS.10 x 52mins www.dukevideo.com £149.99 (DVD)/£129.99 (VHS) with free copy of Formula One 1980: or individually £16.99 (DVD)/ £14.99 (VHS) It wasn't until James Hunt...
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Reg and Rosberg Sir, Just a minor correction to your article in the March issue about Dick Protheroe's E-types. The car bought and raced by Roger Mac was registered 256 DJU, not CJU and was...
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Starting money, 1969 In general principle the idea of paying drivers and teams a certain sum of money to start in a race is fair enough. The financial arrangements used to be Individual, an organiser...
Flying Soperman Sir, Your image of Steve Soper flying through Duffus Dip at Knockhill in 1994 (February issue) immediately flashed back the moment to me as if it were yesterday. Having attended the...
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The filming of Grand Prix, Falcons and Cortinas, memories from Zandvoort, F1 action from Boreham...   When he moved house recently, Guy Raines rediscovered not only a collection of photos and slides...
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He's still furious at an unfair advantage handed to Stirling Moss in '61. Other than that, the legendary Jack Brabham still refuses to use five words where one will do True or false: in the 1957...
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Jochen Rindt and Jackie Stewart were the fastest drivers of their era -- and best friends. Stewart looks back at Rindt with Nigel Roebuck... It doesn't happen often, but just once in a while you get...
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In 1986 Ferrari spent heavily on an Indy 500 contender. But, says its designer, it ran only a single test lap. By Gordon Cruickshank Can't play, won't play: Enzo Ferrari's response when things weren'...
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The Nazis intended Grossglockner to be the ultimate mountain race. But safety and weather worries put paid to that. Damien Smith dodges the clouds to rediscover the Austrian Alpine course....
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He was 27 when he saw his first race, but Robert Daley then spent a decade photographing grands prix. Here are some of those images and his words Robert Daley came to motor racing more by accident...
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In 34 years as a technical chief at Porsche, Norbert Singer oversaw a host of successful sports-racing cars. His retirement from the company last year gave him an opportunity to look back with Gary...
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It beat Ferrari in its debut year, so why did this project die? Keith Howard speaks to its instigator John Surtees completed his unique double of world championships on both two and four wheels...
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There ain't no substitute for cubic inches, as Richard Heseltine discovered on being let loose in the monstrous 'Hairy Canary AC Cobra There's nothing like a little revenge for getting back at folks...
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Like the Ace-Bristols before it. the Cobra swiftly became an indomitable force in SCCA production racing, with Bob Johnson becoming the 'A Production' champion in 1963 and '64. But Carroll Shelby had...
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The Fittipaldi brothers lived the dream with their F1 team. But, they tell Marcus Simmons, when Copersucar and Skol pulled out it all turned flat A switch in management at Skol beer 25 years ago had...
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Jo Gartner scrimped and saved his way to F1 and should have had a top-line sportscar career if he hadn't crashed to his death at Le Mans. Adam Cooper looks back On January 24 last year a group of...
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Peugeot's fine 4-litre While some luxury car makers were increasing the performance of their pre-war models by giving side-valve engines push-rod overhead valves, Peugeot decided to obviate poppet...
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  Should surprise be expressed that I reviewed favourably the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust's book about Army tanks, may I say that the similarity between motor racing and designing a battle tank was...
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edited by Paul Lawrence Classical drama alive in '05 Historic and classic motor racing have never been so well served by the British racing calendar. No fewer than seven major festival events top...
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Aston Martin Owners Club www.amoc.org Not only has the AMOC got a full season of racing for Aston Martins, it is also the custodian of the UK-based Formula Junior Championship. Sadly, for the first...
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Channel all your energies If the British historic and classic calendar isn't enough for you, venturing across the channel opens up a glorious array of historic motorsport at some of the most...
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Peter Williams -- March 761 The car is all in bits at the moment being rebuilt by Nick Foy. I'll certainly do four or five Grand Prix Masters weekends, if not all of them. "The car is chassis 5,...
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TR3A triumphs over adversity -- Winter Challenge: Feb 26 - Mar 4 Heavy snow and viciously cold nights served to make the 16th Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo the toughest in the event's history....
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ERA E-type GP1 racer 2004 was a good season for you... Last year was just wonderful. It was just one of those years when it all went right. We went to Australia with R12C in February and won five...
Matra MS120 One of the stars of the Stoneleigh show, the ex-Chris Amon Matra MS120 of Abba Kogan represents what was an incredible task for James Watt Automotive. "It's been a huge project," admits...
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Shelsley secure until 2104 Future of famous hillclimb course is safe thanks to a new lease deal The future of Shelsley Walsh seems assured following confirmation that a 99-year lease is due to be...
Stuart Rolt has been appointed as the new chairman of the BRDC. He takes over the role vacated by former Group C2 star Ray Bellm following public disagreements with club president Sir Jackie Stewart...
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Racers that are going, going, gone Scheduled to appear in the Bonhams sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24 is 'Denise', the Coupe de l'Auto trophy-winning 1911 Delage Type X. The car...
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*** Race Programme -- Check out where the action is... MARCH: When & where: March 27, Donington Park What: The first HSCC race meeting of the new season. Admission: £10 Timetable: Qualifying...
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The Masters tour has arrived -- and it's here to stay, explains Paul Lawrence Winning isn't everything. That, at least, is the philosophy behind Grand Prix Masters as the series for 3-litre Formula...
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Understanding the FIA's new authenticity rules, which will allow replicas to race with period cars but aim for transparency In historic motorsport nothing is so contentious as the matter of fake cars...
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Sunbank 24 Hours, Daytona, 1988 Holbert Racing was on for a hat trick of wins in the Florida round-the-clock classic, and Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Chip Robinson led the TWR Jaguars during the...

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