August 1992

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Jun 13: The Mitsubishi Classic Marathon goes down to the wire. Only in the final run over the Stelvio Pass is the result decided in Ron Gammons' favour. The MGB driver pips Rick Bourne's Morgan by...
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In many ways, British motorsport has had much to crow about since Motor Sport last went to press. Two British drivers formed part of Peugeot's Le Mans-winning crew; Nigel Mansell has won two Grands...
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Mansell heads another easy Williams one-two, after Patrese plays the team game... Nigel Mansell had several uneasy moments while winning his sixth GP of the season in Magny Cours, but none of them...
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The weather did its best to destroy both the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours on July 5 and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 12 but it failed on both occasions. The French Grand Prix, or...
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A controversial deal and the resultant membership backlash has broken friendships and split the British Racing Drivers' Club. The fate of the recently announced joint venture between Silverstone...
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  Pole by two seconds, the lead throughout and a string of fastest laps; nothing could stop Nigel Mansell on home ground Nigel Mansell sent the British crowd into a frenzy having won the 1992...
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“Nigel Mansell drew level with Jackie Stewart as Britain's most successful Formula One driver after winning his 27th grand prix race in a rain-interrupted French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours yesterday...
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First, there was indoor karting. This mushroomed from a minority interest, known only to a hardy few who didn't mind getting their fingernails dirty in the mid-80s, into a major corporate...
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It would be interesting to know what was going on in the mind of M Michel Cosson, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, when he sat beside FISA president Max Mosley at the annual Le Mans...
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Dear reader, Recently, in club circles, there has been some unrest over the question of discipline at speed events, especially at race meetings. The RAC Motor Sports Association, who are responsible...
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The Le Mans 24 Hours was, after all, a success if measured as a sporting event, though a financial failure for the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. Next year's race will not be submitted to FISA for the...
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One of the reasons for New Zealand's great enchantment and fascination is its remoteness. No one ever goes there on the way to somewhere else because there's pretty well nowhere else to go. It has...
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My French dictionary quotes two English meanings for the word raid. The first is 'raid or hit-and-run attack' and the second, when used in conjunction with automobile, is 'long-distance car rally'....
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You know that Copse is quick, always have known it. And it became more of a challenge a few years ago, when they did away with the Silverstone short circuit beloved of slipstreaming Formula Fords (...
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In 1990 we joined the throng of Birmingham Motor Show, compressed around the TVR stand. In pre-feminist times, this would simply have indicated that TVR had cheerfully decided to exploit another...
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After three generations of the self-styled 'legendary' rotary-powered RX-7 sports car, Mazda is a feared worldwide combatant in the two-seater market. The latest RX-7 is now available in the UK at £...
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The latest addition to Mazda's range of cars is the only one to carry a name - Xedos. Despite appearances, this has no Greek origins. It is a marketing creation, pure and simple. And the name, which...
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Richard Noble wants Thrust 2 to stay in the UK. That's why a Coventry museum is looking for the money to buy one Land Speed Record-holding jetcar, never raced or rallied... By record car displays...
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The confirmation that compulsory tyre changes are to become part of races next year, at Bernie Ecclestone's decree, saddens me. But may I be in a minority? In the past there have been all manner of...
Any excuse is good enough for a party! The other day the phone rang and Julian Ghosh told me he had remembered that the next day was the 70th anniversary of the loM TT in which three of the Harry...
“Millionaire racing driver Count Luigi Zborowskie, from Melton Mowbray, helped to build the film car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - from the Leicester Mercury of May 20, all the more amusing for coming...
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Singapore-born of an Australian mother and Scottish father in 1913, Ian F Connell competed in a considerable number of races and other competition events in an interesting variety of racing cars,...
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Not long ago, I had the interesting experience of driving the Bugatti 'Black Bess' up Kop Hill, near Princes Risborough. This Bugatti is one of only two of the five-litre cars created by Ettore...
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This year's Brooklands Reunion on June 28 was another great occasion for the Brooklands Society. Lots of notable cars, ascents of the test hill, timed runs on the runway, with the VMCC having its own...
At the Lea-Francis OC's Stanford Hall Rally, the 13th in the series, over 40 of these cars assembled, together with two bicycles and a MAG-engined motorcycle combination of the same make; the latter...
Apart from continuing to use its other sprint venues, this year the VSCC had its first full-scale meeting, on June 21, at Loton Park, England's longest hillclimb course at 1478 yards. It is normally...
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Some 12 days before the Brooklands Society held its annual reunion, with runs up the test hill and sprints along the runway, the Brooklands Museum Trust had a sober, black-tie, evening, also to...
The Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Register changed the venue for its National Rally this year from Wolverhampton, Sunbeam's birthplace, to Weston Park, off the AS. Here a huge field was soon filled with...
The VSCC's Silverstone Meeting on June 13, dedicated to the memory of Mike Hawthorn, went very much to plan and pattern. The racing opened with the Bill Phillips six-lap scratch race, which Bronson's...
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Sir, Oh history! Re the 1939 V16 Alfa Romeo — Ricardo or Ricart? In 1947 I wrote to Harry Ricardo asking his advice on having new bronze cylinder heads for the Vauxhall Villiers, a modified version...
Sir, Perhaps I may be able to clear up some points on Robert Benoist's wartime resistance exploits. I am sure he would not be "delighted" to learn that he was despatched from this world by being '...
Sir, In reply to Mr Timothy Ennor's letter published in July's MOTOR SPORT, concerning the identity of the 1 1/2-litre GP Delage he discovered in the Vintage Car Store, New York, in around 1970. This...
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Formula One Fact Book, by Ian Morrison. Guinness Publishing, £11.99. Is this another subject suffering from overkill? Time was when any motor racing literature was welcome. Nowadays, there's so much...
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All-time greats? Sir, Just as a bit of fun, as it serves no purpose, I have listed in order, who I consider the best drivers since the 1930s. It might be of interest and may even spark off a barrage...

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