August 1989

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Split-seconds The sprint scene in this country began at Mucklow Hill in Halesowen in 1900 (with a Mors making FTD), the first speed trial following in the Duke of Portland’s Welbeck Park (where the...
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Historic Nurburgring One of the great historic meetings of the year takes place at the Nurburgring in Germany on the weekend of August 5-6, although the preceding days are also full of interest and...
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Berger for Prost As expected, Alain Prost announced his intention to leave McLaren International at the end of the season, at a press conference at the French GP. He made no bones about the reason...
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A fillip for racing Success came early for Renault, after all. it came in appalling conditions in Montreal, when the rain which had wrongly been forecast for Friday and Saturday finally turned up on...
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Plus ca change Suddenly, things weren’t looking so rosy for Ayrton Senna. The rot had started with that electronics problem in Phoenix, but even as he retired on lap 44 of the depopulated American...
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  Ayrton Senna must be wondering who he’s offended these days. Since Phoenix, nothing has gone right for him. In Canada, the engine blew a big hole in itself with mere laps to run. In France, the...
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Wound Up Tight The first half of the 1989 Formula One season ended on a high-speed note round the flat speedway of Silverstone with average lap speeds of well over 150mph, which puts a touch of Grand...
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A scorcher! Longer-distance saloon car racing in Britain reached new levels of endurance ten years ago, when the BRSCC and sometime historic racer Roger Williams united to organise and sponsor a 24-...
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A Busy Month Dear Reader, It’s a good thing that the months of June provides us with the longest day of the year, though personally I could use a whole month of “longest days”. Apart from following...
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Too much advice! There is probably just time for you to enter the Fiesta Formula One Nations Cup, and it could be well worth your while: first prize is a carefully monitored outing in a Benetton-...
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Ole! Fresh from success at Le Mans, the Sauber Mercedes team went to the Jarama track outside Madrid with another winning performance on June 25. Jochen Mass, the German who surprised himself the...
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Brief encounter Perhaps “launch” is too generous a word for the unveiling of the Jaguar XJR-11 in the paddock at Jarama. We saw the car for very few minutes before the dust-sheet was replaced, and...
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The survivor Like Hitler’s personal car, there are plenty of “first” Minis around. Sometimes they are a prize to be won in a national newspaper and sometimes they are museum objects, but Motor Sport ...
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Small wonder! When BMC’s Mini was unveiled in 1959 and enjoyed instant success, it caused a revolution in the car industry as other manufactures were panicked into setting their design departments...
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From Another ERA Before I drove a small green 1.3-litre Mini at the SMMT test-day at Donington, one sporting an ungainly black body-kit and a turbocharger crammed within that diminutive engine bay, I...
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Thouroughbred amongst meetings Difficult though it might have been to drag myself away from a paddock full of interesting cars at the 40th St John Horsfall Trophy Race meeting, the call of duty...
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We didn't mean that tough Make it tougher, said last year’s entrants as they handed over their entry fees for the 1989 Pirelli Classic Marathon. After 1900 miles, 77 time controls and seven days of...
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Boasting Big It took many years to do it, but Vauxhall finally made the breakthrough about a dozen years ago when it shook off its dreadful reputation for producing rust-buckets. Not since those days...
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VSCC Colerne While many must have been crying into their wine because Jaguar and failed to achieve its seventh victory at Le Mans, I was at the VSCC’s high-speed sprint venue, watching bicycle racing...
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The Brooklands Society held its annual Reunion in torrid heat on June 18. The theme of the day was the last racing season at the Track, so I wore a 1939 members’ badge; Peter Hampton, who arrived in...
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Mayman benefit Full grandstands, sunshine and an entry of 222 drivers ensured another successful day’s racing at Silverstone on June 34. First on the agenda was an aerobatic display by Vic Norman’s...
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The VSCC had its day on Shelsley’s age-old hill on July 1, with the weather holding up and a better entry than last year. Competition was keen for a new vintage course record. Bruce Spollon with the...
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A packed weekend Saturday Sadly the weather was unkind to the VSCC for the Saturday section of the Richard Seaman weekend at Oulton Park. Blue skies and sunshine were just a fond memory, replaced...
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Fun amongst the classifieds Classified or small advertisements in the old motor papers are an enthralling field through which to browse. In the mid-vintage period the two leading weeklies (this at a...
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Grand Prix Cars 1945-65 by mike Lawrence. 264pp. 10” x 8”. (Aston Publications Ltd, Bourne End House, Harvest Hill, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 5JJ. £18.95). Former Motor Sport Deputy Editor Mike...
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Satellite delight Sir,  Having had my appetite whetted by my local ITV station’s screening of Indycar racing (albeit the 1988 series at 3.30am on Sunday), I decided to strike my blow for freedom and...

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