August 2006

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This is my first issue of Motor Sport, and I feel privileged to take over the editor’s chair on such a respected title; a magazine I have read since… well, since I could read. I’m the 17th person to...
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Pirro, Biela and Werner take the chequered flag first Audi took a historic first diesel win in the Le Mans 24 Hours, on the R10 TDI’s debut in the Sarthe classic. Victory went to the car driven by...
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Licence pulled on safety grounds Just weeks before the meeting planned to mark the 80th anniversary of racing at Chimay, the Belgian track has lost its licence to hold car races. Promoters at the...
The Lotus 21 which scored Team Lotus’s first grand prix win has returned to racing in the hands of new owner Dan Collins. Two years on from its last race, Collins made his debut in the car at Oulton...
Mallory Park unveiling Leicestershire track adds to its collection of racing-related art A life-sized bronze statue of Sir Stirling Moss OBE has been unveiled at Mallory Park to join the circuit’s...
Moss speaks If after reading our Lunch with Stirling Moss feature (p46) you fancy hearing the man himself talk, he is the guest speaker at a glamorous evening at London’s Hurlingham Club on July 13....
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Australian racer Richard Longes recently completed a three-race European tour with his ex-Bib Stilwell Cooper T51 and aims to round off his season by racing the car at the See Red meeting at...
The Vintage Sports Car Club is expecting a capacity entry of 250 cars for its annual Prescott hillclimb on August 5/6, making the event the biggest classic hillclimb of the British season. Practice...
Re-creation runs clean Four-times Le Mans winner steps back in time to tame the car which nearly ended his career before his first triumph at La Sarthe Thirty-seven years after nearly losing his life...
Howells revives de Udy porsche 906 Targa Florio veteran takes to track again at British Grand Prix The Porsche 906 raced by Mike de Udy in 1966 returned to racing for the first time in more than 25...
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July 15/16 Magny-Cours (F) Grand Prix Centenary race supporting the French Grand Prix. www.grandprixmasters.org July 15/16 Spa-Francorchamps (B) Historic GP featuring Thoroughbred Grand Prix,...
(1920-2006) This South African engineer raced a self-built F1 car three times – 1962, ’63 and ’65 – in his home grand prix at East London. The LDS (Louis Doug Serrurier) – which utilised Alfa four-...
(1942-2006) Handsome, athletic and tressed to thrill, this carefree man from Grenoble appeared destined for F1 greatness when he grabbed the lead of the 1968 Monaco GP. Replacing the injured Jackie...
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Rare images of the first 100 years Quentin Spurring One of our frustrations at Motor Sport is weeding down an article’s photo choice to a mere six or seven. It makes me jealous of Spurring who has...
Stirling Moss and Philip Porter The second of Porter’s Moss scrapbooks, this follows Moss’s 1961 month by month, expanding on his diary entries and setting the context with newspaper reports, photos...
Pino Fondi This is the official book celebrating the centenary of Sicily’s incredible road race, and covers everything within its 480 pages: from its fantastic bas relief trophies (the first the work...
Terry O’Neill This is the official book celebrating the centenary of Sicily’s incredible road race, and covers everything within its 480 pages: from its fantastic bas relief trophies (the first the...
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This month’s lots... Pebble Beach weekend highlights a packed month for the sales houses So you’ve decided to go sportscar racing. What to choose – the most successful sports-racer ever, Porsche’s...
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Sir, I read with interest Nigel Roebuck’s article on Giuseppe Farina, and especially about how he never liked signing autographs. At the 1951 Goodwood Whitsun meeting I got him to sign his autograph...
Sir, I am somewhat confused as to why the 1906 Grand Prix at Le Mans Connerré is considered to be the first grand prix, particularly following the advert for Renault on pages 74-81 of your July 2006...
Sir, Your photo feature in the June issue about the British Grand Prix in 1948 jogged my memory about my first visit to Silverstone, with my father in his (rather tired) 1934 Hillman Minx. We queued...
Sir, I greatly enjoyed Paul Fearnley’s article on McLaren after Bruce, and the fascinating memories from insiders therein. The only problem was that I was left wanting more. Thus I would like to...
Sir, Did you take any photos at grands prix in 1982? As part of a future publishing project, Haynes would like to hear from anyone who took pictures at any of the grands prix in 1982 and wants to see...
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When David Baxter took these pictures, attending each race was a trek: he lived in Edinburgh and had no car. Getting to Brands Hatch by public transport was an expedition. His enthusiasm was fired...
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The sad thing is, winning Indy – the driving part of it – is out of all proportion to the fame and fortune The last time I went to the Indianapolis 500, in 1993, there was a particularly popular T-...
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The Champ Car legend, Indy 500 and Daytona 24 Hours winner – and F1 occasional – tells us why North American drivers need more support and why he loves historic racing In the last five years we’ve...
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The power of the new Corvette stuns when it's powering down the Mistrale straight, but disappoints when you have to turn a corner Years ago, while my backside was enjoying the extreme good fortune of...
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Ferrari had won Le Mans nine times since the Second World War. But now the Americans were over here and over the top: 1966 would be very different Words: Gordon Cruickshank. Photography: Alex P You...
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Simon Taylor finds out that life for the man they used to call Mr Motor Racing is more hectic than ever. For him it’s a logical continuation of the racing career that ended 44 long years ago...
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Our theoretical look at the comparative speeds of leading cars from 100 years of GP racing. Part 2: the 1930s supercharging unleashes a power spiral. Words: Mark Hughes. Photography: LAT 1927 Delage...
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With its rear engine and low profile, Porsche’s new GT hardly looked like a rally star; yet it went on to prove itself with a hat-trick on the Monte. Words: John Davenport. Photography: LAT...
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For his first on-track race event, ‘McCrash’ chose the BTCC, at Knockhill in 1992. He was focused on rallying, but when the lights turned to green… Words: Anthony Peacock. Photography: LAT At the...
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The car which brought Gilles Villeneuve his first grand prix victory and placed the Canadian firmly in motor racing’s pantheon of legendary drivers. Words: Paul Fearnley. Photography: Alex P This is...
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It’s the biggest historic motorsport meeting in the UK, and with 22 races over three days plus a wide variety of off-track attractions, the Silverstone Classic should be a firm diary fixture. Words:...
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…Louis Chiron used all three to schmooze his way into the favours of the wealthy Americans who gave him the chance to race for Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes-Benz. He was quick, too. Words: Mark...
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It was a case of ‘about face’ when an American hopeful asked Reynard to design its Le Mans contender; here both parties explain how the engine came before the driver Words: Keith Howard. Photography...
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Sicily’s epic road race has cracked the ton. Although the event’s golden era is 30 years past, the mountains still echo to the scream of competition cars. Words: Johnny Tipler. Photography: Antony...
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Hans Ruesch won scores of pre-war races and then turned to authorship Hans Ruesch is about the last of the pre-war racers who is still with us. He was born in Naples in 1913, his mother a Neapolitan-...
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A rare slip from DSJ I have always been very glad that Denis Jenkinson and I met at RAE Farnborough during the war, and that after I had realised his dedication to motor racing I told him he must...
Mille Miglia spin A reader has drawn my attention to a statement in the Daily Mail of May 20, saying that the Mille Miglia of 1940 was won by a BMW at 103.6mph, a record which still stands. This is...
* I was amused to see that in my story on the less expensive vintage Italian sportscars the Bianchi was quoted as being equipped with ‘rakes’. (My copy named only ‘brakes’.) I know that some very...
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If you hanker for a car that seems unattainable, you need to speak to Adrian Hamilton’s Haversham firm. There is one car, though, he’ll never sell. Words: Richard Heseltine. Photography: Charlie...
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GTO Engineering’s home may be in renovated agricultural buildings, but the only livestock in sight is painted on the scarlet flanks of the machinery inside. Words: Gordon Cruickshank. Photography:...
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Visiting his friends in the North gives Marcus a preview of a historic Lotus rebuild and a tense few minutes at the helm of a pre-war V12 behemoth Northumberland: The chance to talk cars with...
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May 27/28 Brabham driver gives Master class in town despite a challenge from Shadowman Danny Baker Street circuit master Duncan Dayton added four more wins to his impressive tally at Pau, including...
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May 28/29 Van Diemen driver hunts down leaders and goes on to win a tense Classic FF1600 race A stunning Classic FF1600 race was the highlight of the BARC Classic meeting at Brands Hatch in May....
June 18 Joaquin Folch overcame a failing clutch on his Brabham BT49D to claim his second win of the season in round three of the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship at Misano. Despite the best...
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June 3/4 McLaren M8F charges to two wins on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit Richard Piper was a double Orwell Supersports race winner on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in June’s HSCC Summer...
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June 2-4 Road racing returned to St Helier for the eighth Jersey Festival of Motoring, which this time incorporated a show with concours judging for best period car and costume. The three pre-72...
June 3 James Baxter added another VSCC hillclimb victory to his growing tally when he hustled his Frazer Nash single-seater to the top of the Harewood climb in early June. Baxter was the class of the...
June 10 Despite worries over rear dampers, Mark Gillies retained the Hawthorn Spanish Trophy in ERA R3A during the VSCC’s annual foray to Oulton Park. But his win was far tougher than a year ago, as...
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June 17/18 Nelson Rowe was the toast of the Historic FF1600 pack during the HSCC’s annual visit to Croft when he inflicted two defeats on arch-rival Neil Fowler. In dry conditions on Saturday and...
June 17 Gareth Burnett and Gary Pearson each earned victories as a brace of Le Mans Legends races provided the warm-up to the 24-hour sportscar marathon. Gareth Burnett (Talbot 105 Sports) and Luke...

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