February 1993

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December 8: Johnny Herbert takes his first F1 victory... in the Kenwood Grand Prix, which takes place in a car park adjacent to the Bologna Motor Show. Britain also triumphs in the Attilio Bettega...
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Asset Gripping The entire future of the French motor racing is uncertain, in the wake of the enforced withdrawal of tobacco companies' support. Even with the government's promise of a compensation...
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There are times when our sport can be an insular business, many participants rarely focusing beyond the boundaries of their own particular discipline. Dave Metcalfe was different. His was a versatile...
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Motor racing glory runs in the Hill family, but Damon is determined not to bask in his father's shadow Not since Jackie Stewart stepped into a BRM back in 1965 has a British driver graduated to F1...
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Indycar racing may have gained Nigel Mansell and entranced Ayrton Senna, but its true King has just abdicated Amidst all the euphoria of Mansell and Senna and their transatlantic crossings, Rick...
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Dear Reader, As a regular reader you will be aware of one of my favourite "hobby-horses" and I make no excuses for returning to the subject. It is the matter of "continuity" in our all-absorbing...
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The long and winding raid When the Daily Express and the Sydney Daily Telegraph got together to back the London-Sydney Marathon in 1968, few people, if any. could have imagined the extent to which...
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An exclusive opportunity to take a closeup look at how the XJ220 is put together February marks the final month of relative peace and quiet before the motor racing season swings back into action....
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According to John Butt, of Maserati UK concessionaire Meridien, we'd be getting "a weekend you will remember". As I stood, three blocks away from the 1937 factory that made around 1800 Maseratis last...
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The future structure of international motor racing was thrown into confusion in December, when FISA announced, rather curtly, that Formula 3000 was to be replaced. A salvage operation has been...
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Nigel Mansell's Lola 193/00 is due to be one of the star exhibits at Earl's Court. Last year marked the return of a major motor sports exhibition to London, and the venture proved to be a success....
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Sports car racing begins the long haul back to respectability in 1993, based on the concept of homologated Grand Touring cars. National championships will take place in Britain, Germany, France,...
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You'd be forgiven for thinking that competition was the last thing on Gil de Ferran's mind during the 1992 British F3 season. De Ferran gave Paul Stewart Racing its first title after four years in...
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Alongside sat Gil de Ferran, already crowned as British F3 champion. It wasn't that the Brazilian had suffered outrageous ill-fortune during practice, it was just that Paul Evans, an ambitious 20...
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Nobody, particularly in the parochial world of the TR Register, gave much thought to the winning potential of the TR7 in V8 guise. A few years back an ex-works rally car showed the flyweight fourand...
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This is the first time that Motor Sport has published a full Subaru road test. Such an oversight has long been due for remedial attention. Winner of the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Championships...
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Squeeze the throttle of the BMW 7401 and you might not believe your ears. The aural evidence suggests that TVR has made a surprise entry into the executive saloon car market. In a word, it sounds...
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Renault's distinctive 25 is no more. The large, quirky saloon has been replaced by the Safrane, a similarly-sized hatchback which is pitched squarely at the upper end of the fleet car market. Obvious...
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Times are no easier for Jaguar than they are for anyone else at the moment, but its long-term model programme incorporates some promising hardware, including a V8 successor to the XJ-S. And the long-...
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Vauxhall is advertising better safety standards (side beams and optional air bags) as the main element of 1993 improvements to its bestseller, the Cavalier. There is another bonus, however, with a...
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Amateur, or should I say semi-professional, motoring sport forms a large part of the overall sprint and racing scene, of which hillclimbs and speed-trials are an important aspect. So I was sorry to...
In the rather Arctic weather which much of England experienced over the Christmas and New Year break, a design or layout defect again came to my notice, as they say, when driving the otherwise...
I have no reason to doubt that the new Nissan Micra is an excellent little car. But I have not been able to drive it, because the Motor Industry's insurance folk, with the caution (in my case I would...
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The long-since-defunct Junior Car Club (it is now the BARC) was nothing if not innovative. Having shaken off the limitations of the enthusiastic Cyclecar Club after WWI it ran the very first long-...
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The Vintage Sports-Car Club has announced a very full fixture-list for 1993. Its events open to non-members as spectators include two Silverstone race meetings (April 3 and June 12), speed-trials at...
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It is understandable that, after a considerable period of time, even cars that had a reasonable production-run should be forgotten by the majority of those associated with the motoring world. But...
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A well restored Mercedes-Benz 500K 5-litre, straight-eight supercharged roadster, thought to have been the car owned by Sir Ronald Gunter, Bt, who raced Bentley, Bugatti, Bora and other cars at...
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Following the lifestyle of this other Courtenay evokes more memories of flying as it used to be. The pilot I am recalling is not to be confused with Capt Frank Courtney, who test-flew so many...
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One of only 19 Zagato-bodied Aston Martin DB4 GTs ever to have been built recently returned to England, after a 30-year sojourn in Australia. It was originally owned, and raced, by Laurie O'Niell,...
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Vintage-car drivers apparently regard bad weather as a challenge, because more than one hundred pre-war cars turned up on New Year's Day for the annual gathering at The Verzons Hotel near Ledbury,...
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(Nearly) forty years on, when afar and asunder... We at Motor Sport are flattered to learn, from the BRDC Bulletin, that Innes Ireland, the new BRDC President "has very fond memories of the (Goodwood...
An interview with Viscount Massereene in a back issue of The Spectator that I picked up recently caught my eye, for the noble gentleman was described as having, as an amateur rider and racing driver...
Two more fixtures: The Lea-Francis OC will be holding its annual rally at Stanford Hall again this year, on June 6, while the Riley Register has changed its annual rally venue to Town Thorns,...
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The MCC, one of the longestestablished of all our motor clubs, continues to obtain marvellous entry lists for its classic trials. This year's Exeter Trial, the 65th of a series that began back in...
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1993 is the 60th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Birkin, and to mark it the Federation of the Motor Industry, in association with Bentley Drivers Club, is running a memorial rally. Based around...
The results of the VSCC December driving-test meeting, which we reported last month, were not available by press day. For the record they are appended: Seven non-started. Best performance: 1 Mahany (...
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Bequet Finds Sir, Please find enclosed a most interesting photo which I have received from France only recently, showing the Bequet-Delage in October 1932 at Gometz le Chatel hillclimb. The driver is...
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An Album of Sentinel Works Photographs, by Anthony R and Joseph L Thomas. Woodpecker Publications, £15.95. Those readers who are not insular in their enjoyment of the older vehicles should be...
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Water margins Sir, We were delighted to read December's Delirium Tremens and congratulate you upon an excellent article and for drawing your readers' attention to the campaign against the proposed by...

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