February 1998

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A unique re-creation of the 1948 RAC Grand Prix, expected to feature a representative field of original Maseratis, Talbots and ERAs, will be the unmissable centrepiece of next year's Coys...
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It was one of those days you wish had never happened. As you might imagine, I had been looking forward to the day when I was to drive the D-type and GT40 on our cover more than a little. Everything...
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Formula One cars from the 1966-84 3-litre era will return to the evocative Spa, Paul Ricard, Monza and Brands Hatch venues where they raced in period, in the 1998 FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car...
David Baker, one of the prime movers in the Midland Racing Partnership which ran Richard Attwood, Frank Gardner, John Surtees and others in Formula Junior and F2 in the early 1960s, plans to reunite...
Enthusiasts for Alpine-Renault throughout Europe are behind a profusely illustrated biography of the brilliant works driver Jean-Luc Therier, whose career came to a sudden end when he was paralysed...
The sale of Maserati 250F chassis 2524, in which Spanish aristocrat Francesco ‘Paco’ Godia-Sales finished in fourth place in the German and Italian Grands Prix of 1956, was the highlight of last...
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January 24 Brooklands (GB) Vintage Sports Car Club Driving Tests. Traditional fun event on the Weybridge circuit. Flying jackets de rigueur. 01608 644777. 30-31 Daytona (USA) Rolex Legends race...
The European Sports Prototype Championship, which kicks off at Paul Ricard over the Easter weekend, will be run on the same type of Dunlop treaded tyres around which the cars of the 1962-1971 era...
A demanding extra circuit of the High Alps and the incentive of a splendid gala prizegiving dinner amid Prince Rainier's car collection are just two of the reasons why this month's ninth Monte Carlo...
Motor Sport is among the backers of this year's Safety Devices Historic Rally Challenge, which has been opened up to allow newer cars to take part and will be decided an class (rather than overall,...
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He’s not just half of restorers Hall and Fowler, he’s a fine racer and has driven every BRM in existence Who takes more Grand Prix cars to a race meeting than Williams or Ferrari? Rick Hall. At last...
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Racing cars on the road Driving a single-seater Grand Prix car on the roads of England, Scotland and Wales in full racing trim is very much against the law. It was outlawed in the 1920s and every...
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It is 21 years, I realise with some amazement, since I began covering Grand Prix racing for Autosport, and in that time I have come to know a good many heroes and the occasional villain. Occasionally...
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It’s official Sir, Recently I have been very fortunate to be able to read some of your excellent magazines, and was very interested in your poll on great racing cars of bygone years. As a Gulf racing...
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For 75 years, the British have taken on the world in the sportscar arena and, often as not, come out on top. Gordon Cruickshank flies the flag for the UK entry The borderline between the sportscar...
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Of all British sportscars, the Jaguar D-type and Ford’s GT40 are the most successful. Yet, though separated by just four seasons, they feel a generation apart. Andrew Frankel braves the weather to...
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Though Bentley was usually unbeatable at Le Mans in the ‘20s, the marques attempts to set 24-hour speed records met with considerably less success. Bill Boddy takes a look back. In 1923 the tough...
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At the start of the 1980s, a small British team decided to take on the mighty Group C Porsches at Le Mans and bring back Aston Martin’s glory days. Matthew Franey remembers the Nimrod project In the...
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McLaren’s first attempt to turn its F1 road car into a racer resulted in one of the quickest and best sportscar of all time. Andrew Frankel jumps in. Photography by Andrew Yeadon The McLaren F1 GTR...
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After Ascari’s death in 1955, Luigi Musso and Eugenio Castellotti fought for his mantle as Italy’s top driver. Chris Nixon charts the brief and tragic careers of two great rivals. "Listen lads, you...
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Ex-Lotus mechanic on 'bending' the rules Outright cheating, of course, never happens in racing… but clever minds have thought up several ingenious ways of being ‘economical with the rules’. Adam...
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Die-hard fans are mourning the passing of a motoring legend. It may not be the next 911, argues Andrew Frankel, but the new Porsche is arguably the best GT tourer of its generation. Photography by...
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When Simo Lampinen caught polio as a child, his doctor said he would die. John Davenport recounts how he defied medical opinion and recovered to become one of the rally greats. There is a Finnish...
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The Porsche 917 was not always the great racer we remember it as today. As Richard Attwood tells Shaun Campbell, when it was new, it was a complete nightmare. He should know, he had to drive it It...
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GP teams have come and gone, but Tyrrell has made it through the good times and bad… until now. Adam Cooper discovers the secret of keeping a team afloat in 1998 The 1999 season will see a...
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If this Vauxhall Carlton is not high on your list of the great sports saloons, Andrew Frankel believes you should think again You will remember the Lotus Carlton, all 377bhp and 175mph of it. It was...
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My greatest race He has won races from Le Mans to Indycars but says the greatest win of all was in Formula Ford where a trick new front wing put him in a class ahead of the field British Formula Ford...
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This ‘gentle giant’ was famous for driving giant cars, and was killed in a 250mph jet boat. But he also squeezed into smaller racing cars... John Cobb is remembered for his many successes at...
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The name Goodyear is in the news now that the famous tyre manufacturer is pulling out of F1 racing. Back in the 1920s there was another Goodyear, a car of that name, although perhaps it did not cause...
The VSCC’s Winter DTs took place at the Westcott Venture Park, Waddesdon, where the Clubhouse provides facilities for officials and competitors between bouts of attempted driving skills, which...
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ln October 1897 the Hon Evelyn Ellis ascended Worcester Beacon in the Malverns on his Daimler, specially equipped with three sets of brakes and low gear ratios. To commemorate this, Mike Tebbett, a...
The Vintage MCC has already issued its full fixture list for 1998, which runs to 12 pages. The Secretary is Mrs Davy, Allen House, Wetmore Road, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1TR. Its next...
Marvellous that the Heritage Lottery Fund, in giving £1.5 million to the Brooklands museum, has recognised that the first-ever Motor Course is indeed a National Heritage. Marvellous that, with 25% of...

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