December 1993

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OCTOBER 13: The FIA's World Motor Sports Council ratifies changes to F1 technology, though no official regulations are forthcoming. As expected, traction control and other driver 'aids' are to be...
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Please speak clearly It is late November. The next Formula One season commences in little over three months, though in real terms there is rather less preparation time available given the inevitable...
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As forecast in our detailed marque analysis in last month's MOTOR SPORT, Aston Martin has revived the Lagonda name with a series of four-door Virage saloons and five-door Shooting Brakes. Two have...
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The weather played a crucial part as Senna scored his 40th triumph - and McLaren's record equalling 103rd - but the real storm came in the paddock afterwards, as he assaulted newcomer Eddie Irvine I...
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Emotions run high in Adelaide, as Senna's 41st win dashes fairy tale retirement for Prost while pushing McLaren ahead of Ferrari in the all-time win stakes All in all, it was an emotional finale to...
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Robert MacGregor Innes Ireland was one of life's outstanding characters, whose boisterous personality earned as much popularity as it brought him trouble in 63 years. The expression 'doughty fighter...
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Was the arrival of Eddie Irvine in Formula One the onset of anarchy, or a breath of fresh air? It's hard to recall just when an F1 novice burst so insouciantly on to the scene, and made the sort of...
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In 1966, a Ford came to the end of what was then called the Rally of the Flowers in first place. At least, that was what all the stage and road times amounted to. To all intents and purposes, Vic...
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Francois Delecour needed to win. What he didn't need was for Juha Kankkunen to fare so well... There are two ways of looking at the situation which arises when a championship is settled before it...
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The presence of 10 manufacturers in the 1994 British Touring Car Championship is extraordinarily appetising, but how long will such interest be sustainable? The chairman of the FIA Touring Car...
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On 4 October 1983, Richard Noble blasted Thrust 2, a Rolls-Royce Avon powered jet-car, across the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA to set a new Land Speed Record at 633.468 mph, a figure which remains...
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- rallying is far more loosely structured than circuit racing, and offers a rich variety of challenges, even for mere privateers • • • After a while, the autograph hunters became a nuisance: we were...
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Postcard from America In the history of IndyCar racing, 1993 marked something of a watershed. Thanks in large part to the presence of Nigel Mansell, the PPG IndyCar World Series attracted...
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Lola's triumphs and tribulations At the start of 1993, everything looked fairly rosy for Lola. Fate had cast Nigel Mansell in the general direction of IndyCar racing, where he would drive one of the...
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Such were the crowds at Earls Court for last month's London Motor Show that only those with a jockey-sized frame could be considered to have even half a sporting chance of moving, unimpeded, from...
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There used to be a school of thought that the Toyota Supra was a second division footballer's car. Powerful, athletic, but perhaps not quite subtle enough to make the top grade. The latest recipe,...
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Julian Bailey, works Toyota driver in the 1993 BTCC offers a few thoughts on the new Supra, and on life in general as a touring car driver I'II tell you what I found most impressive about it. I was...
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The boundary of middle age tends to roll back as your years advance, and two famous cars subscribe to that theory. The Mini Cooper, born in 1962, is being prepared for yet another Monte-Carlo Rally...
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It's late Sunday evening. The City of London is quiet. Turning into Petticoat Lane, the route is suddenly obstructed by a roadsweeping truck, advancing the wrong way down a one-way street as it seeks...
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Although it only ran for four years, from 1950 to 1954, the original Carrera Panamericana has left a legend of high speed adventure which time has not diminished. That is why every year, at the end...
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The other day I was introduced to a rare car, in the form of a 2-litre twin-cam 2LS Ballot, of which not many were made and of which very few survive. The French manufacturer Etablissements Ballot of...
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A major happening in the crowded VSCC calendar is the weekend spent trialing up the stiffer Welsh fields and by-ways, a fixture dating back to 1939, when the winner was Clive Windsor-Richards,...
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The RACNCC Veteran Car Run from London's Hyde Park to the Madeira Drive at Brighton, with Benson & Hedges sponsorship and held this year on November 7, has become a national, nay a world-renowned...
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The re-run of the 1913 Alpine Rally by the R-R EC/20 Ghost Club, sponsored by Motorola, went off with great gusto. The event was confined to 40/50 hp Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, the entry of which...
The Peter Black collection of historic cars was started (when he had slipped a disc and sought a hobby while incapacitated) in 1959, with the restoration of a 1922 40/50 hp Rolls-Royce, found in a...
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Over 120 cars congregated in the Isle of Man in late September for the three-day Manx Classic, where Mike Sayers swept the pre-war honours in all three sections of the event in his 1937 Riley Sprite...
It must have been some 40 or so years ago that I attended a steam-car rally. It attracted, if I recall correctly, only a Doble saloon, a home-made "pot-boiler" and a Turner-Miesse. In the interim...
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One cannot but go along with Governmental attempts to reduce road accidents. They say that Gatso cameras reduce speed whether they record a misdemeanour or not. So quite apart from whether speed...
It was Motor Show time in October and colleagues were busy with notebooks and cameras. But not, I hope, losing their cars, as I did mine in the vast car parks at the first Birmingham Motor Exhibition...
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For British car manufacturers, America has often looked like a land of golden opportunity, where wealthy buyers will surely queue to snap up every car you can shift. It has not often turned out that...
Here is another racing-driver biography to add to an evergrowing numbers. The fore-word is by another fast-charger, Ayrton Senna, and although not everyone will agree with the book's subtitle, the...
Although this is another big book in the coffee-table style, it is more attractive than most of these tomes, because it is solely about motor racing and presents us with a very fine selection of over...
Formula One, Indy and sports cars have developed so drastically in recent years that even those who follow modern racing closely can be confused about the advanced technology involved. Here is a...
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HilIclimb enthusiasts will know the supercharged 8C and 6C Alfa Romeo specials which Murray Rainey and his daughter Joy have campaigned for many years. This self-published book tells how he built and...
This is so much more than a company or personal history. Haskell is an engineer who worked at Lotus in the '60s, and he has the ability to explain in simple terms just why Chapman's design skills...
Promoted as a complete reference work for the past 12 months, this is a neat and tidy guide to 1993 for anyone with catholic sporting tastes. From the obscurity of trampolining and curling to the...
If this had appeared five years ago I would have been impressed; it's wide-ranging, readable and well illustrated in Crowood's attractive AutoClassic style. There is a history, plus tables, roadtests...
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Sir, I have just finished reading your report of the Italian GP at Monza, which I was fortunate enough to attend again this year. I feel it is necessary, as a motor racing enthusiast of 25 years, to...
Sir, I am appalled by the reported attitude of Ayrton Senna following the Japanese GP. I watched the race live, via satellite TV. Despite having to crawl out of bed before 4am, I found I was soon...
Sir, Remember Mauricio Gugelmin rather absurdly being fined for getting in the way of the leaders during the 1992 French GP (despite the fact that he had more or less driven off the circuit in his...
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Sir, I have become sadly accustomed to Ayrton Senna hitting people on the racetrack. I am bitterly disappointed to see that that he now chooses to do so off the circuit as well. Al Byrne, Coatbridge...
Sir, Here's an idea. Despite his defeat against Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno says he wants to pursue his sporting career. My spies tell me that Ayrton Senna won his bout against Eddie Irvine on points....
Sir. Your caption writer (MOTOR SPORT, October 1993, p1029, Oldtimer GP) seems to be under the impression that Mercedes SSKs haven't raced in the UK, although I confess I have only seen them once....
Sir, In reply to WB (page 1042, October), I remember that H Mortimer Batten wrote articles for The Motor Cycle just after WW2. The articles were not wholly of a motoring nature, but were concerned...
Sir, The passing of Rene Dreyfus is certainly sad. A great driver and person he was! I still have an ashtray from Le Chanteclair. Rene raced later than 1952. In 1955 he drove for SH (Wacky) ArnoIt in...

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