August 1993

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June 16: Having passed scrutineering at Le Mans, the Jaguar X122005 are declared illegal after it is observed that they are running without catalysts. After some discussion. TWR appeals and the cars...
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Champions stripped of titles for refusing to step into the ring; football clubs losing league titles, and facing expulsion from lucrative European competitions, in the wake of allegations about match...
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William Towns One of Britain's best-known designers, Bill Towns, died in early June. His most famous designs were for Aston Martin: the elegant DBS, the razor-edge Lagonda and the controversial...
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  Damon Hill spoiled Prost's 1993 record of pole positions, but come race day it was back to the familiar script Sooner or later, Damon Hill is going to win a Grand Prix. That's what we said after...
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  Xenophobia, team tactics and a very small crowd; the first Mansell-less British GP since 1981 broke some new ground, but the end result was familiar In the end, all the pre-race hype about team...
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Only now is motorsport beginning to appreciate just what James Hunt represented Those who can, do. Those who can't, write about it. Perhaps that is a harsh expression, but most of the time it's true...
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but where's the glory? It's been so bloody quiet, its a joke. The guys have been kicking their heels, taking four days to complete a job that normally takes one. There's not much else for them to do...
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Be careful what you wish for," goes the saying, "because your wish might come true." Never have truer words been spoken when it comes to IndyCar racing. For more than a decade the PPG IndyCar World...
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Anyone who works for the RAC MSA knows better than to expect much thanks, so the occupants of Motor Sports House will have been less than surprised by the reaction to their proposals for new...
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Weaving in and out of the bright new lights of the GT era, Peugeot and Toyota slugged it out for overall honours at Le Mans. After a fierce early struggle, there was a one-sided outcome Testing....
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It caused quite a degree of puzzlement when the entry list for the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours was first published. There, rounding off the GT entry list, at number 99, was a MiG M100. The name will not be...
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Recent trips to different forms of motorsport in North America suggest that the ballgames are winning the race for the sponsorship dollar and raise the question will F1 ever prosper over there? We...
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A record ninth Gold Cup victory moves a quiet man closer still to mentor Bill Muncey in the reckoning for Unlimited hydroplaning's all-time greatest exponent Stan Hanauer tells it best, but since he...
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Question: How do you drive an Unlimited hydro plane. Answer: Very carefully It's changed a bit, since the old days when Bill Muncey, the Mario Andretti of boat racing, used to say that. Then, the...
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The front-engined V12 Ferrari is back, and how . . . Pierre Dieudonné was amongst the first journalists to try it The traffic on the autostrada from Modena towards Abetone had made us a few minutes...
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Mark Hughes donned his helmet and tackled a pair of Ferraris 10 years and worlds apart Now a well-established and popular part of the club racing scene, the Pirelli Maranello Ferrari Challenge caters...
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The Dino 308GT4 was not, strictly speaking, a Ferrari. As the first roadgoing offering from Maranello with less than 12 cylinders, its predecessor — the Dino 206/246GT of the late 60s — recalled the...
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A classic front-engined V12 Ferrari of the old school, the 330GTC was the standard company two-plus-two offering of the mid 1960s. Less exotic than the smaller 275 — forerunner of the Daytona — the...
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Picture the scene: on the southern slope of the Sussex Downs a Ferrari GTO races through a right-hander shortly after the start, the corner lined with straw bales, while the crowd cranes forward from...
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Long before I was old enough to drive, let alone own a car, I used to derive enormous pleasure from keeping my eyes open for the more unusual or exciting machines that roamed the roads. I am sure...
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Loton Park hill-climb has much in its favour. The course is 1478 yards long, with six interesting bends joined by long straights, one of which is downhill. The venue is Sir Michael Leighton's estate...
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In looking at the Itala as a "Forgotten Make" in the May issue I touched on how this car was one of the only successful ones to use rotary (instead of poppet or sleeve) valves and then only prior to...
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We have received from the Public Affairs Department of RollsRoyce Motor Cars Limited of Crewe a hand-out telling us that another Bentley Continental-R has been sold — to an 82-year-old former racing...
The 26th annual reunion of the Brooklands Society filled the historic site with vibrant activity, and socialising, on June 27. What is more, the day was perhaps the hottest yet this year, reminiscent...
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It was terribly sad, but not altogether unexpected, because he had bravely fought illness for a long time, patiently and lovingly nursed by his wife Connie, to hear of the death of George Monkhouse...
An eventful day in the Worcestershire heatwave, on July 3, when the VSCC assailed the famous hill. Roger Collings' great 19-litre 1907/16 Mercedes-Maybach was making its second competition appearance...
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60 years ago in June, Britain lost one of its most dashing heroes. 'Tim' Birkin, debonair baronet, flamboyant racing driver, pilot, crack shot, sailor and sportsman, died, not as he and many others...
On the subject of the demolition of historic buildings with a motor industry past, we have been tipped off, as the journalists say, that the works where the victorious British Vanwall GP cars were...
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The VSCC continued its racing season by hosting the 28th Hawthorn Trophy meeting at Silverstone on the 12th June, the day being favoured with weather which ranged from indifferent to treacherous....
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Mention Easter Monday to a motor racing fan, and the chances are he'll think of Thruxton. For years, the BARC organised Formula 2 racing on that bank holiday which brought the top and soon-to-be-top...
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Because I want to tell you about a blurb I have received from the publishers of a new book aimed at enlightening those ignorant of cars and what they are all about with an A-to-Z directory of...
In memory of the victory in the 1923 French Grand Prix at Tours, when Segrave's two-litre Sunbeam which Louis Coatalen had got the former Fiat engineer Bertarione to, as the Silverstone programme...
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Haps, Mishaps And Fun! is about people and places remembered by Reginald Clay, motor trader extraordinary, who later joined the Squire Motor Company at Henley, when they were making those twin-cam...
by James Grinnell. Bookmarque, £19.95. Those who collect the biographies of racing drivers can add another to their bookshelves if they hurry to order this limited UK edition of James Grinnell's life...
There was a time when a Matchbox car was something you picked up from the local newsagent for the price of a two-bob coin, slipped your way by a doting grandfather. But Matchbox, today controlled by...
has republished Paul Frere's Sports Car and Competition Driving (£14.99) and offers the American Saloon Car Race Preparation by Nigel MacKnight, about this popular form of racing here and in America...
It's taken a while, but some of the original claims about novelist Bob Judd ("Motor racing's Dick Francis" was one flowery boast that greeted his arrival) are beginning to make themselves felt. In...
in Brooklands Books' Gold Portfolio series, cover the Morgan Plus 4 and 4/4, 1936-1967, Abarth from 1950 to 1971, the BMW 5-Series of 1981-1987 and MG cars from 1929 to 1939. Consisting of...
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Sir, I was interested to read DSI's article A Famous Vanwall Victory in the April issue. My wife and I spent three weeks in Pescara when on leave from Germany in August 1957. We managed to obtain...
Sir, I have just completed the restoration of a 1965 Formula 3 Cooper, chassis No F3-18-65. This car was originally raced in Europe by John Fenning. It won a Formula 3 race at Knutstorp, Sweden, and...
Sir, The articles by David Tremayne and David Phillips on advanced F1 technology and the relatively advanced age of IndyCar drivers in June's issue were both illuminating and topical. A technological...

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