August 2005

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Donington saviour Tom Wheatcroft's 1993 European GP top hat -- its tale linked with legendary Grand Prix It marked the realisation of a dream.  For so long Tom Wheatcroft had aspired to reinstate a...
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No respect Yes, Michelin made a horrendous foul-up. Yes, the team owners were justified in putting driver safety above everything. Yes, Max Mosley had every right to be concerned about track changes...
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  Dane breaks Jacky Ickx's Le Mans wins record in Audi R8 British Le Mans legend Derek Bell has lauded Tom Kristensen for breaking Jacky Ickx's record of six wins in the 24-hour classic, but has...
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Aston Martin's quest for glory on its return to Le Mans was thwarted as gremlins hobbled the two DBR9s in the closing stages of this year's 24-hour enduro. Car number 58, driven by Tomás Enge, Peter...
BMW is gearing up for its first in-house Formula One attack following its purchase of the Sauber team. The deal comes in the wake of a disappointing string of results with Williams, although it still...
  Jim Russell FF1600, Snetterton, 1971  It was a whim. Racing was just something that I'd seen in magazines when I was bumming around New York with Dr Frank Faulkner. He asked Jackie Stewart and Ken...
In a surprise move, Peugeot has announced its intention to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2007 with a radical turbo-diesel sports-prototype. The French marque has long been at the cutting edge of...
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The return of slick tyres and a huge reduction in downforce are among the proposals issued by the FIA for Formula One from 2008. In a document released in the build-up to the infamous United States...
(See also page 99) Germany's star-studded touring car series, the DTM, is to stage a one-off 'legends' event for charity at the Norisring on July17 and four-time World Champion Alain Prost is the...
Jim Bullough This former rallying champion died after a short illness at the beginning of June. In 1966 Jim Bullough teamed up with navigator Don Barrow in a Lotus Cortina Mkl and the following year...
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It's become as much a part of the British summer as Wimbledon and school holidays -- and as usual Lord March's team delivered an event to savour... The six Formula One cars perched high on Honda's...
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  The storm before the calm: Frank Williams was angry with Alan Jones when he signed Rosberg in late 1981 A 'retro' interview this month. Recently I came across a tape, recorded in November 1981 with...
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Never one to take the easy road, Lawrence is probably best known for his successes with Morgans. Having started out racing in the mid-50s with one of the Malvern marque's three-wheelers, this...
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1976 United States GP at Watkins Glen How did the drive come about with the Wolf /Williams team? I got involved because Chris Amon, who was my team-mate in the Talon Formula 5000 team, had broken his...
1992 San Remo Rally How long had you been driving 4WD? During the previous year I drove an Integrale for the Jolly Club. Before that I drove only front-wheel-drive cars. I did the San Remo for the...
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Infighting and chicanery blighted the US GP but don't expect a contrite Max Mosley... While the action on the track this year has been the best we've seen in aeons, there have been political...
1995 Damon Hill wins the Hungarian GP by over 30sec from fellow Williams man David Coulthard. Champion elect Michael Schumacher retires. *** 1985 As Niki Lauda announces his retirement from driving,...
Street racing in Spain International racing returns to the Spanish streets on July 16/17 when the World Series by Renault competes in the Basque city of Bilbao, 30 years after the Spanish GP was last...
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Golden Age of Motor Sport: Volumes one, two and three -- DVD. 80mins, 80mins, 75mins,  www.throughthegears.net, £16.99 each Dubbing anything a 'golden age' is a dangerously subjective thing to do but...
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Manners at Bourne Sir, Your feature on Mike Spence (June 2005 issue) brought back happy memories of a works outing to the BRM factory at Bourne, Lincs, at the end of April 1968. The death of Jim...
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Ladies bikes, 1974 Once again at the Dutch Grand Prix I had a little meeting with a World Champion on a motorcycle, only this time I could not help, as I did with Jackie Stewart in Monte Carlo. With...
Targa feats Sir, Your feature in the June issue on the Alfa Romeo RLTF brought happy memories flooding back. I drove this car many hundreds of miles on the road while it was being campaigned by my...
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Ayrton Senna was clearly a megastar of the future to Nigel Bland, who sent a selection of shots from the 1983 Formula Three season and some material from the Brazilian's early Formula One career....
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He became a racing driver by accident and left TWR by mistake, but Win Percy loved his job. He was never tempted by single-seaters though. And don't mention football... Is it true that you started...
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  At his peak in the 1980s Keke Rosberg was the swashbucking buccaneer of grand prix racing. Nigel Roebuck looks back with the legendary Finn Moments from the life of Keke Rosberg. The 1982 World...
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He tried his hand at racing, but Marcello Minerbi's true forte was photography. Here are some of his superb images from the 1960s "I fell in love with cars as a student," recalls Milan-born Marcello...
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As Lagonda scored its signature race win the Middlesex-based firm was staring death in the face. Richard Heseltine recounts the story of its Le Mans success and drives the sister machine Thank you,...
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Manfred Winkelhock never backed off in life or in racing. Adam Cooper recalls a true charger The appearance of 'M Winkelhock' at the top of the timing screens caught the eye in Monaco — but then it...
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One small flaw crippled this Brazilian project, as designer Ralph Bellamy tells Keith Howard By late 1977 Ralph Bellamy had had enough of Lotus. Having been a key member of the team which created the...
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The BRM P201's first grand prix flattered to deceive: it was too little too late. Paul Fearnley tells the story and drives a survivor As his wheezy, knock-kneed steed cantered along Kyalami's main...
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Charles Amherst Villiers: from supercharging to James Bond, Churchill and a manned mission to Mars. Paul Kenny looks at an amazing maverick When you are next in London with half an hour to spare,...
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How did those BTCC repmobiles become such a roaring success? Marcus Simmons finds out Somewhere in the busy, cramped, higgledy-piggledy paddock at Knockhill, that acrobatic and rustic little bullring...
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John Cobb's three LSRs at Utah Recently I wrote of how British record breakers with ultra-fast cars took them to the Utah salt flats in America after Daytona beach had ceased to provide a safe course...
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  The Midland AC is holding a centenary tour on August 18 starting from Shelsley Walsh. It will take in the venues the club used for hillclimbs prior to moving to the present historic venue, namely...
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Hanson takes debut win in Surtees -- European Historic Grand Prix: Zolder, July 2/3 James Hanson was the star of the 31st running of the European Historic Grand Prix at Zolder as he took a first and...
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Former Clubmans racer Did you enjoy the Clubmans racing 40th celebrations? It's wonderful to see the cars again and it is fantastic that Ray Mallock made an original U2 Mk6B available for me. It's...
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Redman's Chevron frenzy Brian Redman's return to racing at Oulton Park will be one of the star attractions as the 40th anniversary of Chevron is marked at the Gold Cup meeting on August 28/29. As...
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Racers that are going, going, gone... Sothebys much-hyped Ferrari sale at Maranello in June saw a world record price for an F1 car at auction when one of the F2004s raced by Michael Schumacher last...
(See also page 10). Our founder editor Bill Boddy has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Transport Trust. It was accepted for him in June by our editor at large Simon Taylor from...
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Orwell's big bangers at Brands -- HSCC Superprix: Brands Hatch, July 23/24 The only UK appearance of the year for the Orwell Supersports Cup is one of the features of the annual HSCC Superprix at...
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Reversal of fortune -- Paul Lawrence reports on how and why the HSCC has grown in stature Almost a decade ago the Historic Sports Car Club was in trouble. Its financial position was parlous and race...
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Motor racing's most powerful man returns to his roots, and F1's most unusual winner is reunited with Stirling Moss Silverstone: FIA president Max Mosley is unarguably the highest-powered graduate of...
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It's not hard to choose between Schumacher on TV and vintage cars in the metal at Shelsley Sociologists studying the evolution of the human race reckon that, in our well-fed Western world, we are...
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Shelsley Walsh, 1962 Can anybody smell bacon?  Avoiding all the usual it-handles-like-a-pig clichés, N. Arnold-Forster presses on (at full boar?) at the classic Worcestershire venue aboard his 1922...

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