December 1997

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by Richard Noble There were never any problems with ThrustSSC just opportunities. The first came with the completion of the Thrust2 project, and the achievement of the first British World Land Speed...
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Legendary Formula One team owner Ken Tyrrell received a lifetime achievement award at the second Classic & Sports Car Historic Motorsport Awards, held at London's Park Lane Hotel on Halloween...
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The Crossle Car Company, Britain's oldest manufacturer of competition cars has been sold by John Crossle to Arnie Black. He will continue to be involved as a consultant. I'm very much behind the move...
You probably thought Richard Noble's Thrust SSC project was over. With the record raised and the barrier broken, there would not seem to be a lot left to do. Not so. For Noble and the team there is...
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A clean sweep of the last five races earned Bob Berridge the third FIA Cup Thoroughbred Grand Prix title in his ex-Eliseo Salazar/Kenneth Acheson RAM-Cosworth 01-3. Watched by three-time world...
Russell Brookes, one of Britain's leading contemporary rally driver in the 1970s, returns to the cockpit to tackle this weekend's RAC International Historic Rally, with journalist Maurice Hamilton in...
The Innovation Years is the theme of next year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, on June 12-14. "We have moved the meeting forward a week so as to avoid clashes with either Formula One or Indycar races,...
Twenty six IMSA, GIP and Group C sportscars provided the most memorable spectacle, and a thrilling finish, as an all-star 285-car entry tackled the fiat Historic event to be run at Florida's Daytona...
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It is hot in the Californian desert and hotter inside the Lancia Stratos. Add the body heat of two individuals on the far side of 130mph for miles on end and you'll get the picture. This is the first...
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No one ever had Enzo Ferrari's number better than Phil Hill. "The Old Man used to produce these annuals at the end of every season, and the only way you came off any good in them was either to be on...
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Journalist, racer and engineer, the octogerian Le Mans winner still shows no signs of slowing down There's a saying that if you can't do it, you can always write about it. Of those rare few who can...
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Clark and Chapman Sir, I enjoyed enormously October's article on Jim Clark. As it reveals, the relationship between Clark and Chapman was indeed extraordinary, but not without moments of tension. In...
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We thought that the first British on the Monte Carlo Rally for years deserved something more than a straightforward report and consequently we decided to arrange to road-test Paddy Hopkirk's Mini...
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This is the Ferrari 321T3 that took Gilles Villeneuve to his maiden Grand Prix victory, confirming a talent that was to become one of the greatest of all. Mark Hales climbs aboard to pay his respects...
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For the second time in four seasons, a final race accident decided the world title. Nigel Roebuck looks back through Grand Prix history and asks, where have all the morals gone? It ended, alas, in...
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The British Racing Drivers Club is seventy years old this year. Gordon Cruickshank examines its future and, with the help of its unique archive, looks back to the earliest days of its history....
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Is he best friend or mortal enemy? Do you follow your leader or push him off the track? Shaun Campbell investigates the curious world of the F1 team-mate We call men who drive for the same marque '...
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Jean Rondeau was the only man ever to drive a car bearing his own name to victory at Le Mans. From his humble start to his needless death, his story is truly incredible. Adam Cooper reports Jean...
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The chance find of three Napier engines in the caribbean has brought hope of making a famous record-holder run again. Bill Boddy relates how Segrave's car differed from the machines it beat to take...
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If Alfa Romeo's all new 156 had sharper handling, better build quality and a slightly more adventurous nature, it would be the best family saloon you can buy. Even as it is, says Andrew Frankel, it's...
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The British Racing Partnership lasted just six seasons in Formula One before falling victim to its own success. Yet, as Robert Edwards reports, its legacy changed the face of the sport for ever When...
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We remember our F1 heroes for their stunning wins and formidable skill...but things don't always go according to plan, Shaun Campbell takes a dive up the inside of cock-up corner Jochen Rindt’s last...
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1964 Liège-Sofia-Liège Rally Ninety hours with one hour's break; that was the Liège-Sofia-Liège. "A stupid event", says Eric Carlsson but one he rates at the scene of this two greatest drives I've...
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From the outside it was a clear case of design by committee, but underneath the Jaguar XJRS had all the class of a true supermodel. Andrew Frankel remembers a Ferrari beater It started out like any...
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Have you ever driven in an economy contest? The kind of thing in which the winner was the person or crew using the fewest petrol globules over a given course, usually of considerable distance on...
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To refer to the RAC Brighton Run as one of our greatest events on the veteran car calendar is entirely unnecessary. It has been such for a great many years, and so it was again on November 2, with a...
No less than the Public Records Office is hosting a Motoring History Conference at its premises at Kew, Richmond. The speakers will be Michael Ware, curator of the National Motor Museum, Malcolm Jeal...
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Ralph Stokes Ralph Stokes, the enthusiastic Monte Carlo competitor, has died at the age of 90. His competition career began on motorcycles in the 1920s, notably with a Brough Superior SS100 which he...
Steve Cropley's recent reference in Autocar to a Daily Mail story about 'A car that runs on water' sparked a distant memory. Back in 1935 there was to be a demonstration at Brooklands of a water-...
Torrential October rain suggested hard going for the 103 'victims' of this tough event, dating back 59 years, with four observed sections on the Saturday and 11 on the Sunday, some of them excellent...
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At one of the greatest wedding ceremonies of the year, Ben Collings was married to Lady Louisa Gordon Lennox on November 1 at Boxwood Priory, followed by a reception for the 360 guests at Goodwood...
The other day I came upon an advertisement for a car of which I had never previously heard or, if I had, I had forgotten it. It was the Princess, which was on sale in 1923. (Now, there would have...

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