August 2001

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Just had Alan Jones on the phone. That's what I love about this job: whenever it seems to be going pear-shaped, usually on a Monday morning, every now and then, one of my heroes rings the office....
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Silverstone's historic future is safe The historic Grand prix circuit at Silverstone, home to the annual Historic Festival, is likely to be largely unaffected as Octagon Motorsports Ltd push ahead...
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An estimated 30,000 spectators watched the second Berne Revival Meeting on June 23/24, run over what remains of the old Bremgarten circuit. Sadly, all the landmarks visible in photographs taken...
There will be a new historic event at Le Mans in July 2002, and every two years thereafter. The Historic 24 Hours of Le Mans will be a series of races for cars raced at the Sarthe circuit from 1923...
Louis Klemantaski, the charismatic motor racing photographer, has died aged 89. He discovered at Brooklands in the 1920s that he was no racing driver but could wield a camera, and revelled in...
If you are thinking of doing a few laps around the old Reims circuit this summer, don't bother. A massive road-building programme operation is under way and the straight from Muizon to Thillois is...
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Le Mans legends race HSCC Brands hatch Hibberd's FJ run continues at packed brands historic weekend To follow up his Oulton Park victory, Mike Hibberd again clinched a thrilling FJ win during the...
reports in brier MIKE HIBBERD'S SLENDER FORMULA JUNIOR victory over Hugh Chalmers was a highlight of the HSCC's return to Oulton Park. His Lotus 27 pipped the 22 by a tenth of a second. Ph I ER...
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AROUND the TRACKS PAU GRAND PRIX HISTORIC FESTIVAL DAYTON STREETS AHEAD IN THE PYRENEES AMERICAN DUNCAN DAYTON SCORED two wins in Brabhams at a rain-soaked two-day meeting on the famous French street...
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Look Mazda, no hands Sir, It was excellent to see your article about Mazda's 1991 Le Mans win. It brought a number of memories back for me, primarily because it was the first time I had marshalled at...
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Mountain excitement Sir, You may be interested to know that the daunting Grossglockner mountain climb can still be accessed and enjoyed today; situated in Austria, near the Italian border, the course...
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Running a Formula One team is a drama enacted on a very public stage. You get glory when you win, and you get an endless stream of complacent, told-you-so criticism when you don't. Secrets are hard...
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In early June, between the CART race at Milwaukee and the Canadian Grand Prix, I went to Indianapolis for a few days, in pursuit of one of my little obsessions. I've written before of my passion for...
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Michael Schumacher is closing fast, but Alain Prost remains the most successful Formula One driver ever smoothness personified behind the wheel, a gent out of the cockpit. But it was this mix,...
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Nigel Mansell, A J Foyt, Niki Lauda and Jack Brabham - legends all and each, in true legendary style, enjoyed a final flourish. The last time they put the youngsters in their place is recalled by...
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April 1940.The RAF's 'so few' were on standby. The Battle of Britain and London's Blitz were a few months away, but That Light had definitely been Put Out! Neville Chamberlain was havering. The LDV...
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Power and packaging are the keys to F1 performance, but one isn't always good for the other. Putting 800 BHP through a clutch the size of saucer sounds like a recipe for disaster. And so it was until...
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The white BT34, its distinctive YPF logo prominent on the flat nose wing separating its two 'lobster claw' water radiators, rolled to a halt on pole position in front of the packed grandstands,...
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I wish I'd designed... The world of rallying has seen far more radical technology than grand prix. This month the man in charge of Subaru's championship-winning team recalls a star of the group B era...
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THE MECHANICS WINNING SAD BUT TRUE: DRIVERS AND CARS GET THE MAJORITY OF CREDIT FOR ANY GIVEN MOTORSPORT VICTORY, EVEN WHEN DECISIONS MADE AND ACTIONS TAKEN IN THE PITLANE HAVE PROVED TO BE THE...
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STEEP THRILLS SHELSLEY WALSH IS 96 THIS YEAR. BUT ITS ORGANISING CLUB, MIDLAND AC, HITS THE EVEN TON. PAUL FEARNLEY AND FOUR LEGENDS OF THE HILL JOIN THE PARTY STEEPED IN HISTORY AND STEER SHELSLEY...
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MIDLAND AC: THE FIRST 100 YEARS The Midland Automobile Club was formed on January 11, 1901 — the first to be affiliated to the Automobile Club of Great Britain, and the oldest recognised by the MSA....
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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY SHOULD TRY HARDER MARIO ANDRETTI 1987 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ANDRETTTS LUCK AT INDY WAS ATROCIOUS, BUT NEVERMORE SO THAN IN '87, WHERE HIS ENGINE FAILED BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN TOO EASY...
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UNITIES & KNOCKS FORD'S RALLY BOSS, MALCOLM WILSON, WANTS THE SPORT TO NURTURE NEW TALENT; FOR WHEN HE WAS BRITAIN'S BRIGHT RALLY STAR, THE SYSTEM LET HIM DOWN. BY JOHN DAVENPORT RECOVERING FROM...
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BRIDGING TROUBLED WATERS IT WAS A NORMAL FOREST HAZARD, A BROW concealing a right-hand bend into a concrete bridge with parapets. The chassis leg on the driver's side hit the parapet and the Escort...
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BILL BODDY WO Bentley at Le Mans ALL THE PUBLICITY ABOUr THE ENTRY OF TWO BENTLEY EXP Speed 8s for Le Mans has been justified. One retired early, but the other finished third, behind two Audis. An...
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miscellany IT IS SAID THAT AS ONE GETS older the mind wanders — some may say mine always has — so I have just remembered a schoolboy episode from about 1924 when a friend, whose father was the...
The Autocar thought of it first WHAT WAS IT THAT THIS LEADING weeldy magazine thought of first? The answer is a round-Britain RAC Rally, the RAC having agreed to organise it. In 1932 the idea of a...
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BILL BODDY Ebby: timing it to perfection I DO NOT THINK THAT THERE HAVE BEEN ANY DEAD-HEAT finishes in grands prix or in other classic long-distance races. But the handicapping of individual cars was...
miscellany THE SHUTTLEWORTH TRUST AT Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, is the finest tribute the racing driver, pilot (he was killed night-flying in the RAF in 1940) and old vehicle collector Richard...
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A special Siddeley FOLLOWING OUR RECENT REFERENCE TO SIDDELEY SPECIALS, A READER SENT US a photo of an unusual car seen at VSCC Silverstone. The work of Derrick Moores, this supercharged sports...
If eight is good, 12 is better THERE WAS AN AGE WHEN THOSE WHO thought of cars as status symbols liked to drive behind long bonnets covering straight-eight rather than mere six-cylinder engines. But...
miscellany ANOTHER 1920s BROOICLANDS car which has survived is the 2-litre straight-eight Miller owned by Karl F Bloechle of Zurich. Mr Bloechle drives it on the road quite often and it has come here...

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