August 2003

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While sifting through some back issues of Autosport the other day my attention was grabbed by a news story, the headline of which ran something like: Ecclestone blah blah Silverstone controversy blah...
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The Interpublic Group, the parent company of Brands Hatch Circuits, has confirmed that Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park are all to be sold at the year's end. In the face of...
Brooklands revamp on verge of green light... The site of the former Brooklands race circuit and its museum is set to be preserved following nine months of investigation and consultation by the local...
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ERA R7B has returned to racing following a total rebuild and several years out of action. The ex-Arthur Dobson machine is being campaigned by new owner Paul Mullins. It has undergone a nut-and-bolt...
Obituary America's Le Mans pioneer died recently at the age of 96. The son of a wealthy businessman, his family's fortune allowed Cunningham to pursue his passion for racing. It began in the 1930s,...
The unique Kojima KE007 F1 car is undergoing a rebuild and could soon appear on the TGP grid. This all-Japanese F1 project made its debut at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix and, despite a major accident...
Alan Mann has bought back the Mk2 Ford Cortina his famous team used to kick-start Frank Gardner's successful bid for the 1968 British Saloon Car Championship. An influential team manager in the 1960s...
Hannu Mikkola was recently lured out of retirement to compete in the Dunlop Otago Classic Rally. He was partnered by former RAC Rally winner Tony Mason, who last co-drove him in the 1970s. They were...
A 'Festival of Motorsport' will mark 100 years of racing in Dublin's Phoenix Park on August 16/17. This will form part of the annual meeting within the grounds of this famous public space. Although...
The racing career of John Surtees was celebrated at Mallory Park recently with the unveiling of a statue of the multiple world champion. Surtees began competing at the track in the late 1940s as a...
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July 26/27 Clermont-Ferrand (F) Festival Historique will be highlighted by FORCE Classic GP race that includes bumper line-up of V12s. 27 Snetterton (GB) Round of AMOC Historic Formula Junior...
Oulton Park's 50th anniversary will be celebrated at the Gold Cup meeting on August 24/25. The first race at the Cheshire track was held on August 8, 1953. More than 400 entries are expected for the...
The five-time British rally champion Jimmy McRae will compete in the London-Sydney Marathon in 2004. The 59-year-old will take time out from guiding the careers of Colin and Alister to do the 30-day...
A century of Ford is one of the major features of the 30th annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races on August 16/17. The swooping Laguna Seca track in California will play host to almost 400...
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HSCC: Brands Hatch Superprix A brace of well-supported Orwell International Supersports races were the highlight of the 14th running of HSCC Historic Superprix at Brands Hatch. This was the first car...
MAC/VSCC: Shelsley Walsh Mac Hulbert thrilled a bumper crowd at Shelsley Walsh by twice breaking the pre-war hill record in ERA R4D. On his first run Hulbert cut nearly one quarter of a second from...
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VSCC: Donington Park While the life and career of Ayrton Senna was the major focus of this VSCC event, on the track it was ERAs providing the thrills. The contest for the Historic Seaman Trophy...
HSCC: Snetterton Double-headers and longer races were the theme of the HSCC's annual Snetterton meeting, which proved a test of man and machine as hot sunshine graced the Norfolk venue. With...
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Le Mans Legends From a superb 48-car field, Willie Green claimed a famous victory in the Le Mans Legends race run as a warmup to the 24-hour race in June. After more than an hour of flat-out action,...
European Historic Grand Prix: Zolder The biggest event of the season at Zolder marked the 40th anniversary of Belgium's 'other' racetrack. The undoubted star of the show was Mike Littlewood, who won...
German McLaren M6B racer Wido Roessler won both Orwell Supersports races over at the Nürburgring in June. Peter Hoffman (McLaren M8F) and John Burton (Chevron B26) led the chase, as Geoff Farmer (...
TGP round-up Series leader Fredy Kumschick and Joaquin Folch took Thoroughbred Grand Prix victories in June. When Folch's Williams FW08 hit gearbox dramas at the Nürburgring, Kumschick went clear in...
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Sir, I have just been reading the article about the BMW 2002's rally career in your June issue. It refers to the fitting of a Mini heater to a lightweight version of the 2002, and to the surprise of...
Sir, You may have seen a nice piece by Steve Cropley in a recent issue of Autocar about the 1953 Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-type. In it, he states that both drivers (Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton) are...
Sir, This year on July 29 it will be exactly 30 years since Roger Williamson died in a horrible accident during the Dutch Grand Prix of 1973. A small group of Zandvoort fans is trying to raise funds...
Sir, It amused me to read the advice Keke Rosberg gives to his kid. During a Can-Am race at Riverside, I happened to be at Turn Seven when Keke, none too gently, 'eased' poor Geoff Brabham off the...
Sir, I wish I owned the one and only rear-engined sports-racing Scarab ostensibly shown on opposite lock in the hands of AJ Foyt at Brands in '64 (July, p41). Would that I could acquit myself as well...
Sir, I was very moved to read in the June Motor Sport the fine letter by Martin Holmes, whom I have had the opportunity of meeting at rallies. I was very surprised to discover that there are people...
Sir, I know it's a pipe dream to wish that modern race cars didn't have wings, but wouldn't it be an interesting exercise if a magazine like Motor Sport could get some of the modem F1 designers to...
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Sir, As an ex-employee of Elf Oil UK Ltd and Lotus Cars, I thought that with the impending demise of the brand we know in the UK as Elf— it's being swallowed up by Total — this might be a good time...
Sir, I would like to congratulate the VSCC for its tribute to Ayrton Senna and historic race meeting held at Donington Park on June 21/22. It was the first time that my wife and I had attended a...
Sir, I read with interest John Davenport's article about the Welsh Rally in the July issue because the 1977 event was a breakthrough rally for our Dealer Team Vauxhall HS Chevette. Based at Shepreth...
Sir, Firstly, congratulations on producing a fantastic magazine. But what I am after is some help from my fellow readers. I am a keen enthusiast of the Itala marque and have several books relating to...
Sir, The photograph in Matters of Moment on page 4 of last month's issue does indeed show a race at Kyalami, but it is not from 1969. It is in fact the eighth Rand Spring Trophy, which was held on...
Sir, I could not believe my eyes when I saw the picture of Wolfgang von Trips on page 84 of last month's edition. Is Michael Schumacher a reincarnation of von Trips? The similarity is uncanny. I am,...
Sir, With reference to your article on Rupert Keegan in the July issue, I'd like to point out that the Hesketh models raced by Anthony Horsley's team in 1976 were 308Ds, not 308Cs. The 308Cs were...
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Simon Taylor If you're one of those who believes that Formula One is about politics, rather than racing, you've had a good month. In Montreal, a war of words erupted between Minardi's chief minnow...
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Nigel Roebuck Whoever wrote the programme notes for the 1950 GP d'Europe at Silverstone, the inaugural world championship Formula One race, was dearly not without a sense of humour. 'Only by orderly...
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Silverstone 1973Jody Scheckter recalls the race infamous for providing F1's biggest-ever multi-car pile-up 10: Purists recoil at the notion of getting excited about accidents in motor racing, but the...
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Ford F3L looked for all the world a winner. The project, however, ended in ignominy after a string of retirements. Paul Fearnley drives it at Spa and explains why it fell short Jacky Ickx: 23,...
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Bill Boddy remembers the Hon Brian Lewis – a very successful, aristocratic amateur racer who drove with professional style It is interesting to recall how many titled racing drivers there have been....
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Gaining membership to the BRDC was one of the biggest moments of my career as a young driver. I was awarded it after winning the Formula Three support race at the 1964 British Grand Prix. I still...
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Worn with pride — preferably on your bumper or over your heart— the BRDC shield, with Union Flag and generic pre-war single-seater, has become a motorsport calling card the world over The BRDC is...
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The BRDC's post-war growth was mirrored by its rapid redevelopment of an old bomber base, in Northamptonshire. Gordon Cruickshank charts the early years of Britain's premier track As the dust of WWII...
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The BRDC strives to safeguard not only British motorsport's future, but also its past. So at Silverstone the Club stores an extensive archive. Tim Scott paid a visit in search of hidden gems To call...
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Today, racing drivers chase after points in title battles. When the BRDC was young it flirted with a championship series, but soon devised a more flexible award for merit Racing is built on awards,...
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The last few years have been tumultuous ones for the BRDC, but the groundwork has been laid for a long, successful future. By Tim Scott The past four years have been a period of tremendous change for...
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X-ray spec John Surtees is full of praise for the design skills of Lola's Eric Broadley. He worked closely with him on this stunning sports car. By Keith Howard Sportscar racing assumed a distinctly...
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To many rally fans, Peugeot's 205 T16 and Lancia's Delta S4 stand as the greatest rally cars of all time. But which was better? Martin Sharp takes a technical overview of both to find the answer The...
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Fifteen minutes of fame Berta LR: Temporada Series, Buenos Aires – January 10-18,1970 A DFV-engined sportscar built in Argentina sounds fanciful, but Oreste Berta's racer was good enough to give the...
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Guy Moll ...Enzo Ferrari thought so. Mark Hughes tells the story of a short but spectacular career Pescara 1934. The Coppa Acerbo: 20 laps of the 16-mile circuit that runs along the Adriatic coast...
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Tyrrell 001 is to race again. We take it back where it came from – and get the inside story of its secret build from Jackie Stewart and its designer Derek Gardner. By Paul Fearnley He didn’t want to...
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Ford au Mans By François Hurel ISBN 2914920210Published by Editions du Palmier, 52.00 Euros We liked Hurel's book on Alpines at Le Mans, and this follows the same plan — a summary for each year plus...
By Maurizio TabuchiISBN 8879112600Published by Giorgio Nada Editore, £49.99 Guilio Alfieri, who directed Maserati for so long, says that on reading this he was "filled with melancholy" that he didn't...
By Cesare de AgostiniISBN 8879112902Published by Giorgio Nada Editore, £29.99 Another Nuvolari volume. Do we need one? Probably not, but the little fella from Mantua still sells. This new offering...
By Michael Cotton and Gustav BüsingISBN 3928540408Published by Gruppe C Motorsport-Verlag GmbH, £59.99 Now that the dust has truly settled on the unsurpassed 17-year career of Porsche's great 956/962...
By David SuttonISBN 0954286014Published by Live Wire Books, £18.00 It's sobering to see how rapidly a successful firm can crash. David Sutton was, through the Seventies and Eighties, synonymous with...
By Peter HighamISBN 893618 20 XPublished by David Bull Publishing, £35.99 So, who did win the 1966 Avusrennen? And, while you're at it, can you tell me who won the '69 Spanish touring car title? I...
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Bill Boddy During the war I reckoned the Bamford & Martin side-valve Aston Martins of the early 1920s, built in small numbers by ex-Etonian Lionel Martin in South Kensington, London, to be the...
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Two articles in Aeroplane, one about how racing racing driver Richard Shuttleworth found the ancient aeroplanes now in the Old Warden Collection at Biggleswade, the other a history of test pilots,...
The ERA club magazine is of great interest to all who were inspired by the racing activities of these cars when they were upholding British prestige in voiturette racing pre-war. The owners'...
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I had a dream. Rather a dubious one. I am told that it is good to discuss what you dreamt about, so here goes. I saw first the letters VSCC, which enlarged into Vintage Sports-Car Club. Not Vintage...
For a long time the history of coachbuilding was a closed book, but more recently researchers have begun to fill the void. But the smaller companies can be overlooked, so James Fack's book The Lost...
The second 2003 VSCC Trial, the John Harris, had 99 starters and embraced 14 sections. Award winners: Dick Batho Trophy: J Flann (A7 Special) 276 marks, Ben Collings (Bentley) 227. Firsts: S Fathers...
The updated reprint of Wheel Patter by the late Dudley Colley, with a new chapter by his son Tony, (ISBN 0 09544842 0 7, £29.99) exudes enthusiasm for cars of any kind, from a £2 GN and Frazer Nashes...
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Obituary Guy Robins has died, aged 96. He will be remembered for his association with HRG sportscars, which he drove in races and trials, also managing their successful appearances in Alpine Rallies...
"That's the Ki-Gass. You won't have heard of that." "Actually, Sir, I have one on my car." This conversation took place between a high-ranking RAF Officer and myself, during the wartime 1940s. I was...
A book I awaited with expectancy is Paul Frère's My Life Full of Cars (Haynes, ISBN 1 85960 670 9, £19.99). I have known Paul for a long time, and here is his story of youthful motoring enthusiasm,...
The commemoration of the late Basil Davenport's wonderful achievements with his racing GNs, notably 'Spider', and the pleasing fact that quite a number of these fascinating cyclecars have survived to...

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