August 2004

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A 1978 Hawk Formula Ford versus Fangio's 1951 title-clinching Alfa Romeo 159; the windswept (and challenging) Ty Croes circuit on Anglesey versus the manicured lawns, champers and jet set of the...
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Star letter Cooper Scooper? Sir, I feel I must respond to the item on page 91 of the July issue of Motor Sport headed 'Not Every Seed Flowered'. The part relating to JBS may not be correct, as it...
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Jenks on aerofoils It was inevitable that Matra should be first to have a movable aerofoil on their grand prix car, in view of their association with flight-control mechanisms. There is a...
Historical authenticity Sir, I was very interested to read your June article on historic authenticity, particularly since it featured a photo of one of the Lancia D50s I've reconstructed in...
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This is the latest chapter in our series for photographs taken by you. This month we kick off at Monaco, hit the hills at Harewood, visit the British GP and spot Fangio playing soccer These Monaco...
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GP victories evaded him, but who else can boast wins on the Targa, Monte Carlo and at Daytona? Vic Elford reveals how a Coke and a butty — plus a photographic memory honed his all-round skill Racing...
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50th anniversary Aintree festival Celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee of Aintree race circuit's opening will give fresh impetus to plans to bring racing back to the Liverpool venue. On November...
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Fatality at VSCC Cadwell Park The annual VSCC race meeting at Cadwell Park in June ended in tragedy when Len Thompson was killed and Pete Candy seriously injured in a crash on Park Straight at the...
Jonathan Baker will team up with Carlos Barbot to share the Lola T70 of the Portuguese racer in several more Group 4 races this season. Having started with victory at Montlhéry, they were due to...
Len Thompson At the age of 64, Len was enjoying racing his superb Lagonda Rapier. Recognised as a marque expert, he built his 1500cc supercharged single-seater and oompeted in it with a lot of...
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Marathon heads Oldtimer meeting Over 600 entries and 21 races over three days is the line-up for the 32nd Oldtimer Grand Prix at Nürburgring on August 6-8. One of the biggest historic racing...
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Le Mans Classic: A cast of 1000! Johnny Herbet, Patrick Tambay and Jochen Mass are some of the stars lining up for the Le Mans Classic on July 24-25. A stunning array of cars spanning 55 years of the...
A years free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's archives. Answers must be received by August 10 and in the...
July 17-18 Brands Hatch HSCC Superprix on GP circuit has packed schedule of 16 races, topped by BRDC Historic Sportscars, International Supersports and Group C. Tel: 01327 858400 24-25 Le Mans (F...
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Goodwood excels itself every June and this year's Festival of Speed was another triumph as a host of anniversary celebrations wowed race fans and competitors alike in a wonderful mix Stunning cars,...
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Grand Prix de L'age D'Or: Montlhéry Lola power tells as racers bid farewell to banked track The Lola T70 of Carlos Barbo and Jonathan Baker claimed the Group 4 race for the 1000Km de Paris Trophy at...
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The 21-year-old British GT racer finished third on his Le Mans Group C debut How did the Group C drive come about? My uncle Kevin Pullan is mad keen on Porsches and has always wanted me to race one...
Agg's Nissan blitzes Group C return "This is what the cars were built for; the cars have come home," said Nigel James after climbing onto the Le Mans podium following the Motor Racing Legends Group C...
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Williams' spin out in Belgium... but wins out at Lausitzring The fifth encounter of the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix topped the annual classic event at Zolder, with the win going to John Wilson's...
Jowsey's quartet as Fowler takes Formula Ford double Longer races but smaller grids marked the HSCC's Snetterton meet, which suffered from falling between flagship events at Silverstone and Brands...
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Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride maintained their 100 per cent record by winning round five of the Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Mid-Wales Stages. Fending off a stem...
Fatal crash mars popular meeting The death of Len Thompson cast a heavy shadow over the VSCC's yearly Cadwell Park meeting. The crash that claimed the life of the Lagonda Rapier racer, and left Riley...
Hulbert trims his own pre-war record Mac Hulbert kept up his mastery of Shelsley Walsh by breaking his own pre-war car record during the VSCC visit to the Worcestershire venue. Aboard ERA R4D,...
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Modern times If a week is a long time in politics a month is an age in Formula One. Since we last met on this page we've had three more Michael Schumacher victories, and Ferrari now has exactly...
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"Every era has a hero, right back to anyone who drove in the Paris-Madrid road race. That said, 1920s Bugattis are easy to drive, but they were doing so on marginal roads rather than billiard table-...
1975 British at Silverstone by John Nicholson How did you end up graduating from Formula Atlantic straight to Formula One? I'd done Atlantic for three years and won the championship, so what was I...
1994 Gerhard Berger gives Ferrari its first win since 1990 by winning the German GP, a race that is marred by Jos Verstappen's pit fire that engulfs Benetton's mechanics (above). The Dutch driver...
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Legends: Gary Bettenhausen "I can't believe I'm in England," said Gary Bettenhausen at Goodwood, "driving this race car my dad used to drive 53 years ago..." Bettenhausen's father Tony, whom Denis...
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In the sixties Colin Chapman commissioned Peter Darley to accompany Team Lotus to races and photograph the squad at work and play. Those pictures have never been published --- until now. Here is our...
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The early years "A great place to work." That's how long-time Lotus mechanic Bob Dance recalls his time. "You were working with Colin Chapman, Jim Clark, Len Terry, Maurice Phillippe all top of their...
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Replacing the innovative and iconic Lotus 72 was never going to be easy --- even though it was in its fifth season. Andrew Frankel drives the car that tried Bad Formula One cars are like bad...
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When the CART establishment discovered that Team Lotus was building another Indycar, the reaction was far from positive. Gordon Cruickshank describes the car that became an outlaw It's tough being a...
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The decline of Team Lotus was briefly checked in 1992 thanks to a tidy chassis, a proven engine and a rising star from F3. Adam Cooper reports Lotus employed some great names during its remarkable...
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A brand-new endurance engine and a special low-drag body looked like the perfect mix for Mirage's Le Mans effort. Wrong, as Keith Howard finds It all seemed such a good idea initially. When Stuart...
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Losing is the English disease, they say. Grands Prix give lie to that. Paul Fearnley samples an English racing automobile that put us on the road to recovery and total dominance Snick. Stamp. Shove...
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Bill Boddy looks at an ingenious pre-war event in which beginners and expert drivers alike could enjoy a taste of speed without too much risk to their cars It was the idea of the Junior Car Club to...
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15 minutes of fame. Motul M1: 1973 Norisring F2 Motul raced for just one season in Formula Two, in 1973. However, despite peaking with a 1-2-3-5 finish at the Norisring, boss Ron Dennis shut it down...
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Onofre Marimón was starting to shine on Europe's tracks under Fangio's guidance. The future looked promising, until an accident at the Nürburgring, 50 years ago. Tony Watson explains Before...
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The one that got away: Rupert Keegan 1979 Aurora F1 Silverstone A collision with David Kennedy blew any chance of a race win, but he still did enough to claim the Aurora F1 title. By Adam Cooper "In...
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Those who want to chart the rise and fall of American road racing can take one of two approaches. Either they can study the defunct series that once wore the proud banners of Can-Am, GTP and CART (...
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Low chassis, high power Before WW1, the medium-to-large sportscar market had been very well served by desirables such as 3-litre and 4.5-litre Bentley and the Bugatti family, with the 30/98 Vauxhall...
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So extremely popular have been MGs that a great number of books have covered their design, development, the different models and their racing and rally successes. I have 26 on my bookshelves and that...
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Cutler's first (and only) stand Answering to the best of my ability the shoals of readers' queries which are sent to me, not you understand in competition with 'Honest John' of the Telegraph,...
Among the many readers' queries I receive and do my best to answer is this difficult one: why is a chequered flag used for ending races? I suppose a chequered flag is used for the finish of a race...
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The British Society of Automotive Historians elects members who have the required qualities. So I was very surprised to see a full-page portrait of Barbara Cartland when she was a young socialite,...
I am delighted that at last the Pre-War Austin Seven Club has been able to reprint the Motor Sport Book of the Austin Seven which I edited in 1972, but which has been long out of print. Because, in...
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Ken Miles by Art Evans ISBN 0 9705073 3 Published by Photo Data Research, $49 It was clear to all who watched that Ken Miles could race. He was better still as a test driver. But it was also clear...
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San Marino Grand Prix, 1983 It's Imola, one year on from Gilles Villeneuve's death at Zolder, and the tifosi go wild as Patrick Tambay makes number 27 a winner again. Paul-Henri Cahier

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