December 1995

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October 10: The FIA creates an International Touring Car Championship for Class 1 machinery in 1996, following the success of the pilot ITC initiative in '95. The 13-event calendar means the end of...
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Attention to detail For a few hours on Friday November 10, motor racing was feeling distinctly uneasy once again. Mika Hakkinen's accident during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix highlighted...
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Schumacher wraps up the drivers' title for himself, and the constructors crown for Benetton; Hill wins for the first time since Hungary, but a serious accident to Mika Hakkinen means that Adelaide's...
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As one Mercedes graduate was crowned at Aida, a possible heir to his throne made his debut The Pacific Grand Prix saw a former Mercedes junior crowned world champion for the second year in succession...
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Pacific Grand Prix - TI Circuit Aida, 22 October 1995 - 83 laps of 2.30 mile circuit (190.90 miles) TI Circuit Aida, 22 October 1995 1: Michael Schumacher - Benetton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 48m 49.972s...
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Why Benetton has broken the Williams/McLaren stranglehold on the Constructors' series. There has been just one glaring flaw in Benetton's planning this season: no venue had been organised for the...
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Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka, 29 October 1995 - 53 laps of 3.64 mile circuit (192.92 miles) 1: Michael Schumacher - Benetton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 36m 52.930s 2: Mika Hakkinen - McLaren MP4/10B-...
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Australian Grand Prix - Adelaide, 12 November 1995 - 81 laps of 2.34 mile circuit (189.54 miles) 1: Damon Hill - Williams FW17B-Renault V10 - 1h 49m 15.946s 2: Oliver Panis - Ligier JS41-Mugen Honda...
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They make for dust, danger and no overtaking. So should we be racing on street circuits at all? Nigel Mansell lost a World Championship through a puncture on the streets of Adelaide; Mika Hakkinen...
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Two World Championships, two racing careers – and Emerson Fittipaldi plans to break more new ground for 1996 There has always been a storied even fanciful quality to Emerson Fittipaldi's career,...
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It has often been said that the BTCC bubble would have to burst sooner or later. But that won't be happening in 1996... The newly crowned British Touring Car Champion has had his holiday – a...
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Being 16 used to mean having to cram for your exams. Nowadays, there is a potential sideline for scholars. We talk to Justin Wilson and Richard Tarling, the youngest two drivers ever to win car races...
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McRae is forced to let his team-mate win, but that quickly became the secondary talking point… What a commotion was caused during and after Spain's qualifier in the World Rally Championship! It was...
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Fleet training is big business. Many companies send all their drivers on such courses. GC went to discover what they can learn. The name sums up their philosophy. This is a commercial operation with...
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For a motoring journalist it's like being let out of prison. Six years after the accident which paralysed most of my body and my hands, I am finally behind the wheel again. Colleagues thought I was...
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If you can't make your mind up between a luxury car and a sports saloon, BMW may have the answer. The 740 offers a rare combination of the two The central information display on the BMW 740 looks...
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More car for less money? Volvo defies the laws of economics to bring the 960 out of the shadows Think of Volvo a few years ago, and chances are that you'd conjure up images of a showroom dummy...
Some off-roaders have ever more serious limousine aspirations… This is no cheap Range Rover alternative. The Mitsubishi Shogun 3.5 V6 is by no means inexpensive. It is comfortable, willing, well-...
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There are MPVs sprouting all over the place; Citroën joins the queue Once upon a time, there was the Renault Espace: brilliantly conceived, launched in 1985, but seldom copied. I remember Gordon...
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The Vintage Alvis, by Peter Hull and Norman Johnson. Menoshire Ltd, £39.95. Jubilations! The 12/50 Alvis Register has revised this book, first released in 1967 and republished in 1974. The 12/50...
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In Camera Sir, For the improvement in general of the current fiasco called Formula One, I suggest that Schumacher and Hill are locked in a room at some remote location and left to attack each other,...
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In a few tempestuous years, Ingeniere Bizzarrini walked out on Ferrari, gave Lamborghini its greatest asset, fell in with and then out with Iso, and then put his own name to some dramatic creations....
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Returning to the States in September, I revisited a wonderful place which is not in any guide books — the Du Pont Museum. I was taken there by Allan Carter, who a couple of years ago told me all...
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As the historic racing season drew to a close, Richard and Trisha Pilkington's TOPS historic racing car club masterminded an 'end of term' October tour culminating in a Grand Prix car demonstration...
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As a Mr he was a mechanic; as an Earl he was a racer; as a Duke he created a circuit. ML considers a talented man. The inspiration for the Goodwood Festival of Speed sprang from a meeting in the...
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The Vinot et Déguingand was a typical product of France, hailing from Puteaux beside the Seine, so that perhaps some of the great reputation of Renault should have been passed on to it. I was...
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In spite of two days of rain beforehand, the dry summer cost the VSCC dearly in awards. If driving Austin 7s seemed the way to win, it has to be said that 30 drove A7s, and another car was so-engined...
That enormously enjoyable annual VSCC fixture, the Presteigne Trial and Road Run, took place on October 7/8, watched by the usual large crowds in the huge free car park at the finish, where...
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Quite why the Alvis Car & Engineering Company of Coventry introduced their innovative frontwheel-drive car in 1928, when they had a highly successful range of very fine normal models, is...
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The 1928 RAC Ulster TT was a very important sports-car race, and after nearly six hours driving over the distinctly difficult road circuit, Kaye Don, the popular Brooklands driver, was declared the...
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As a contribution to 100 years of the motor car, Rod Fitzhugh has written a little 28-page booklet about the relatively unremembered Bridgwater cars and the company that inspired their production and...
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The Development Directorate of Coventry's City Planning Services has produced an extremely interesting and well-contrived folder showing the location of the sites of existing buildings which were...
Brighton Double Sir, This year I drove the London to Brighton twice on the same day in my 1901 single-cylinder 7½hp Renault. Do you know if I have set a record, or has a double run been achieved...
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Although it cannot rank with top racing fixtures, large rallies and the like (and is not in fact either a race, a rally (except at the start and finish) nor a Concours d'Elegance, except as a mobile...
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The official count gave the non-starters as 35, out of 468 entries, and estimated that some 15,000 gathered in Hyde Park to see the start. Those with problems that frosty morning included a 1900...
For the average Briton November 5 means only one thing. However this year it was not the potentially explosive events of 1605 that were uppermost in the minds of veteran car enthusiasts but the...
To our recent list of club publications, never intended to be complete, can be added The Bulletin of the FIAT Register. The Spring issue contained a discourse by Dick Patten and David Venables as to...
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I am not addicted to museums, but finding myself in Birmingham I visited The Museum of Science and Industry, which is a credit to the City Council. The exhibits are housed in a large building, in...
Congratulations to Schumacher on winning his second F1 Drivers' World Championship with the Benetton-Renault.
BBC-2's programme, billed as highlighting Skoda's improved image under VW, disappointed me. A query as to whether changing an established model for a new one was a good move and reminders of the...
"Goodyear Eagle F1, the first tyre with sex appeal, an exotic fountain of gorgeous, infinite curves, more organic than machined. Absolutely compelling, maybe even art, it feels so good to look at,...
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Launched in 1966, Alfa's Giulia Spider is a peerless classic, whose delicately penned lines were not widely appreciated at first. Unofficially dubbed the Duetto after a competition in which one of...

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