August 2000

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After the deaths and injuries at the Goodwood Festival of Speed it would be too easy to conclude that if such events were not allowed, then people would still be alive and their families not ripped...
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The future of Goodwood's festival of speed is said to be secure, although safety measures will be reviewed in the wake of the accident on 24 June which claimed the lives of competitor John Dawson-...
John Dawson-Darner The Hon. John Dawson-Damer owned one of the world's best private collection of Lotus racing cars, but the British-born enthusiast was more widely known as his adopted Australia's...
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A week after their stunning and dominant 1-2-3 finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi were at Mondhery on 24/25 June to show off their winner, the R8, and the equally sensational Auto Union streamliner...
Three of the seven BRM P261s built will star in the HGPCA Pre-'66 feature at Silverstone's Coys Festival, if Paul Alexander's 2615 is repaired after a hefty shunt at Brands Hatch on 2 July. Marque...
Clay Regazzoni and Gerhard Berger are among the stars who have confirmed their intention to compete in Goodwood's Motor Circuit ReviNulmeeting on 15-17 September. Berger has already raced cars and '...
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The secretary of state for the environment, John Prescott, will decide the fate of Brands Hatch's bid to stage the British Grand Prix in 2002, as final arbiter of Octagon Group's application for...
Enzo Ferrari's V12 orchestra returned to Le Mans for the Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge support race to this year's 24-hour classic. David Franklin won the Peter Auto event in the 365 GTB...
Jaguar Racing's Formula 1 pilot Eddie Irvine has confirmed his intention to compete in the Belfast City Open+Direct Millennium Motorsport Festival on Monday 28 August, the day after the Belgian Grand...
Steve Hrrchins' sensational last-gasp victory over Martin Stretton at the Czech Republic's Autodrom Most on 11 June finally broke the Tyrrell P34 pilot's stranglehold on the FIA Thoroughbred Grand...
After a couple of years in the Doldrums, the AvD's Oldtimer Grand Prix is back with a vengeance this season. In a bid to regain its place among the cream of classic race meetings, promoters of the...
A finely-judged maiden victory by Tania Pilkington (Cooper T43) over Barrie Williams (Connaught A4) in a cracking HGPCA Pre-'61 race characterised the Historic Sports Car Club's annual Superprix at...
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This year, the age old Targa Florio took on a new lease of life as it became an event counting for the manufacturers' world championship of sportscars. With the situation very open between Jaguar;...
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What a difference a fortnight makes. After Michael Schumacher splashed home in Canada to score his fifth victory of the season, heading another Ferrari one-two, the consensus on the flight home from...
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Sir, Not wishing to be pedantic, I wish to correct an error in Simon Taylor's excellent April column. The South African Grand Prix on New Year's Day, 1968, was indeed Jim Clark's last world...
Sir, I read your World's Best Rally Driver article (April 2000) with much interest having put the job in the 'too-hard basket' for a local magazine. If you must pick one, then Hamm seems a good...
Sir, I deeply resent Mike Lawrence's remarks in your June issue concerning Masten Gregory, typically recounting the same anecdotes, not being too specific. Can he substantiate his allegations? The...
Sir, The latest edition provided much interest and food for thought However, it was unfortunate that the retrospective article about Bruce McLaren did not appear to seek the view of Teddy Mayer....
Sir, With reference to your editorial comments in the July edition, I must tell you that the situation at Rouen is much worse than you have been led to believe. As one of the pitlane voices of Radio...
Sir, Having just returned from a very enjoyable visit to Rouen and Reims, I can sadly confirm that the pits and grandstand at Rouen are no more. Additionally, the cobbles at Nouveau Monde hairpin...
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Sir, Thanks for the fascinating piece on the Jaguar XJR-14 that came back to life as a Porsche. There is another twist in the story. When rotary engines were banned from the near-extinct world...
Sir, The Jaguar video that came with April's edition of Motor Sport is most enjoyable. And like all old footage, gives a nostalgic and sometimes amusing insight into the mores of the times — Mike...
Sir, I write regarding Simon Taylor's assertion in the July issue that overtaking in Monaco is impossible. Am I the only reader who remembers the performance of Clay Regazzoni at the wheel of a...
Sir, Robert Edwards' article of Ron Flockhart in the May edition justifiably highlights Flockhart's third place with the Connaught B7 in the 1956 Grand Prix of Europe as heroic. However, it was...
Sir, I was very interested to see the tests by yourself and Martin Brundle of, in particular, an A-Type Connaught and a P261 BRM. We look after both types of car at Beaufort and thus know them very...
Sir, Keith Howard's Technofile is consistently one of the best features in an altogether excellent magazine, and he explains everything with clarity and enthusiasm. Would it be possible to one day...
It has been brought to our attention by famous motorsport photographer Guy Griffiths that the picture on page 56 of the July issue is not in fact of Reid Railton, and has sent this photograph to...
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Years ago, in a paddock somewhere, I fell into conversation with Murray Walker on Bernd Rosemeyer. Though he was long the other side of the grass before I was born, Rosemeyer was the man who first...
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Stirling Moss versus Jim Clark - just one of the great battles denied us by fate. Mark Hughes tackles three of formula one's biggest "What ifs" and picks winners The question of how the Ayrton Senna...
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The Audi Sport Quattro evoked respect from its drivers, fear from its opponents and awe in rally spectators. Andrew Frankel tested one and felt a combination of all three phenomena It dawns on you...
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Few cars become icons, fewer still earn that status on the road and in motorsport. But Audi's Quattro managed it with aplomb. John Davenport traces its roots 20 years on. In life, one occasionally...
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One of the first people to specialise in selling, restoring and racing just one marque, Stanley Mann has seen the Bentley business change enormously. Gordon Cruickshank talks to him about...
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Bill Boddy recalls how Dick Seaman was persuaded to buy a 10-year-old Delage and how he used it to defeat the E.R.A.s and Maseratis three times in just three weeks. The late Dick Beattie Seaman, born...
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The 2000 Le Mans 24 hours turned out as everyone predicted. The Audis were too quick and too reliable, and the Joest team too competent for the competition. Andrew Frankel reports At 4.00p, on Sunday...
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The worst car I ever drove In the days before Patrick Head, Frank Williams ran a very different team from the standard - Setter we know now, as Henri Pescarolo found out to his cost in 1972. Adam...
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Formula One's leading designer for the past 10 years is a man you associate with cool, rational thinking. His choice of favourite racing car, however, is an affair of the heart. For me it's the Lotus...
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Shadow's first car was one of the strangest devices ever seen on a racetrack. Preston Lerner recounts how innovative ideas on the drawing board became fundamental flaws in the flesh. Picture a car...
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Cyclecars and other small cars had been encouraged to race at Brooklands before and after WWI, but the former were mostly crude devices, if one excludes the Morgans and the GNs, which had engines of...
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I always seem to miss watching the BBC's Top Gear programmes, but I had to see Jeremy on 'Who killed the British Motor Industry' (BBC 2, June 22). To do this the "burly host with the vocal mannerisms...
There is that saying, now becoming dated, that "there's no substitute for litres", another that "small is beautiful". In the latter respect a notable car was the 1931 Mk II MG Montlhery Midget sports...
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Girls in F1 again? One day, perhaps! Girls at Brooldands — yes, lots of them. To escape some confusion, the first ladies' races were in 1908, a decorous age, so their skirts were tied round their...
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Auto-unions have been in the news recently. It was disappointing that the one which we hoped would be raced at the VSCC Donington Meeting did not appear, but Tom Wheatcroft took his 1939 A-U out of...
The VCC'S most ambitious event this year must be the replay of the 1900 Thousand Miles Trial. I could not follow it as no map of the route was sent to me, but I can say that it boasted 55 veterans,...
Lynn Hughe's Pendine Races, published by Gomer Press, Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales for 1,25.00 (ISBN 1 85902 830 6), is quite a feat, describing what happened on the famous sands from 1905 onwards,...

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