August 1995

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June 21: Allan McNish's Paul Stewart Racing-run F3000 Reynard sets the fastest time in the one-day test at Monza. 22: Lola wins the contract to supply the chassis for the F3000 replacement formula in...
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It was all too predictable. Within moments of returning to the Silverstone pits, Michael Schumacher had branded Damon Hill 'crazy' for the failed overtaking attempt which had ended the British Grand...
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On July 17 the motor racing world lost arguably its greatest world champion driver and undoubtedly its finest ambassador, as Fangio’s long life ebbed away in a Buenos Aires hospital. Ages 84, he...
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Why Forti backs FIA's move to squeeze non-performers With Formula One grids continuing to dwindle, small teams won't be battling against each other to qualify next season. But they will be fighting...
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French Grand Prix - Magny-Cours, 2 July 1995 - 72 laps of 2.64 mile circuit (190.08 miles) 1: Michael Schumacher - Benneton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 38m 28.429s 2: Damon Hill - Williams FW17-Renault V10...
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Martin Brundle starred at Magny-Cours, but how much advantage is it to race at your own test track? Sitting in a composite projectile at 180 mph tends to rather focus a driver's attention, but...
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Why Herbert's first win exorcised years of anguish ”He'll be OK, but his sporting days are over." The surgeon who shuffled sadly out of the operating theatre to meet Johnny Herbert's parents, Bob...
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Why did the Hill-Schumacher crash occur? When the stewards debated the punishment they should mete out to Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher for the collision which was the talking point of the...
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British Grand Prix - SIlverstone, 9 July 1995 - 61 laps of 3.142 mile circuit (191.662 miles) 1: Johnny Herbert - Benneton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 34m 35.093s 2: Jean Alesi - Ferrari 412 T2-Ferrari V12...
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Is this the end of the Indy 500 as we know it? The IRL’s radical qualifying proposals have led to serious threat of a boycott in 1996… Is that the sound of the Division Bell ringing at the...
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There has been some encouragement for our columnist of late, notwithstanding John Cleland's current form... I spent the bulk of last month chasing John Cleland's Vauxhall Cavalier. Since I won the...
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On his first visit to Indonesia, Colin McRae adapted to the unusual humidity and took an early lead in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship Whenever a group of organisers get together to link their...
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The quality of the entry on the Rally of Argentina was second-rate for an event with official World Championship status… Last month we spoke of the effects which FIA 'relegation' of certain events in...
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Later this year, Renault will introduce a distinctive new road car, the Spider. First, though, there’s the matter of a racing series to sort out… Out of your right eye, you notice a man leaning by...
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As good Nissan luxury saloons have so far been unheard of in this continent (sorry. Maxima), the QX represents new territory in which the pursuit of refinement and dynamic performance are the...
Few would argue that there was much awry with BMW's old 2.5-litre straight six, but the fact remains that it has been dropped... But fear not. Dead though the wonderful 325i may now be, its spirit...
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It is difficult to quantify the effect of touring car racing on the sale of Alfa's saloons in the UK, but even in this second and terrible season of BTCC there's little sign that the marque will be...
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it had been a good two days for Massimiliano Papis. On the first of them, he received confirmation that he would be driving for Arrows in the British Grand Prix and, in all probability, for the rest...
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From time to time a wave of drivers breaks on the motor-racing scene from one place. In the early 1950s, no one suspected South America of hiding so much talent… Everyone knows that Juan Manuel...
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As the sunburnt crowds made their way home from Goodwood House on the Sunday evening, the Earl of March was able to reflect on another spectacularly successful Festival of Speed which had, once again...
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It had the best engine, a proven design team, prime drivers. Ford's blessing, and it looked sensational. How could the F3L fail? To preface this article with some anecdote or little-known historical...
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When Alan Good, a 29-year-old lawyer, bought Lagonda for £72,500 in 1935, he shared two things in common with W O Bentley: both were fed up with their jobs and each had a burning desire to produce...
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'Fastest on Earth' Latest step in the Brooklands Museum's steady progress is the Speed Record exhibition opened by Prince Michael at the end of lune. Private and company sponsors and the Museums and...
Le Mans and World Cup Rugby couldn't keep 200 cars away from British Sportscar Day at Brooklands in June. Nine Gordon-Keebles (plus Warwicks and Peerless) shared the stage with the TVR CC gathering,...
Last June the Lagonda Club celebrated Lagonda's win at Le Mans with a run to the Sarthe circuit from Sainsbury's in Staines, which now occupies the site where the Lagonda factory stood. After...
In May, to commemorate 60 years of the Aston Martin OC, Member No 1, 'Mort' 1 Morris-Goodall, centre, unveiled a plaque in the Grafton Hotel, scene of that first gathering in 1935. Aston drivers Moss...
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The VSCC was graced with a fabulous summer's day for its annual visit to Mallory Park, attracting what was probably the largest crowd since the Williams Trophy meeting has found its home in...
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One day in 1931 there appeared at Brooklands a racing-car that stood out from the usual run of those raced there. A slim, eager single-seater, exciting yet something of an invader, at a place...
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While researching Gwenda Hawkes, by coincidence I came face-to-face in the local library with Glubb Pasha by Trevor Royal, about the career of Sir John Bagot Glubb, MC, DSO, OBE, CMG, Commander of...
On his way home from VSCC Loton Park a reader saw an old notice on the wall of a building in a Shropshire town (identity concealed, to prevent a rush of collectors of motoring memorabilia with...
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On June 25 a representative turn-out of VSCC racing members presented themselves at the 1.456-mile circuit on the South Wales coast for a nine-race Parry Thomas Memorial confrontation. Many vintage...
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As most aviation followers will know, when the de Havilland Aircraft Co was one of the premier aeroplane builders the name Francis E N St Barbe was very well known. He was, in fact, one of the...
The Sheffield Simplex is such a rare car that I became confused when confronted with the information that such a car has returned to its birthplace, Sheffield. I wrongly assumed it to be the car Lord...
John Hirons who told us about a 40/50hp Rolls-Royce that had been used as a breakdown truck by his business partner Jack Wharton until it was commandeered by the War Office during WW2 and never seen...
That great marathon, the LEJOG, is I scheduled to happen again on December 2/5. Details from John Brown, The Town House, Leigh, Worcester WR6 5LA. Tel: 01886 833505. My continuing interest in the...
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Standing water meant standing racing cars when a cloudburst scuppered the sprint element of the Brooklands Reunion in July. Anyone who took it easy in the dry practice missed out, as awards were...
The Morgan 3-Wheeler Club's 50th Anniversary Year has been galloping along. Following the appearance of 100 or so of these fascinating cyclecars at Brooklands in April the entirely impressive...
Entries for the MCC's classic Edinburgh Trial close on August 18, and are limited to 250. The event starts from Strensham Services, M5, and Toddington Services on the M1, and happens on October 6/7....
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The Benjafield Racing Club claimed to be the smallest of the motor clubs, held its fifth speed-trial at Cornbury Park on June 18. It was the place to be, if you were not riding your aged motorcycle...
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Re-reading The Private Life of a Country House 1912-1939, reissued by Clio Press, Oxford, in 1992, one enjoys again Leslie Lewis's account of what life was like in an Essex house during those years....
The Lea-Francis OC's celebrations of 100 years of Lea & Francis went well at Stanford Hall in June, with dinner afterwards and an address by Mr A B Price. The programme listed L-F machinery of...
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In extension of the comments I made about the Government's proposed "Continuous Licensing" of all motor vehicles, whether on or off the road, the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, which...
The excellent Haynes Motor Museum, about which I wrote last February, held a party in July to celebrate its tenth anniversary and the opening of a £3 million, 17,500 sq ft extension of its collection...
Arising out of a suggestion of mine published many years ago, that someone with an appropriate veteran car might like to drive it over the route followed by the Hon Evelyn Ellis on the very first run...
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The Austin-Healey line was born as a result of corporate politics and it died as a result of corporate politics When Austin merged with the Nuffield Group to form the British Motor Corporation in...

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