February 1999

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ERA R4D, perhaps the most celebrated chassis in the marque's history, was sold by Brooks last month for £406,300. It will be back on the circuits next season after a lengthy sabbatical. The ex-works...
editorial I know we're not quite there yet but I feel the new season approaching fast. Last year we witnessed the most dramatic explosion in interest in historic motorsport there has ever been and I...
The spectacle of a Porsche 917K driven at full chat at Kyalami, by Peter Hannen, evoked vivid memories of David Piper and Richard Attwood's 1969 Rand 9 Hours victory when Piper's International Sports...
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Briton Paul Ingram scored a fine victory in his ex-Lammers Shadow DN9-2B as F1 cars returned to Kyalami. The Thoroughbred Grand Prix race underlined the country's bid for a contemporary Championship...
Maurice Gatsonides Maurice Gatsonides, who has died aged 88, was a giant of post-war rallying. A one-time KIM flight engineer, Gatsonides entered a battered Hillman Minx in the Monte Carlo Rally in...
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Two of Britain's most popular car racing circuits, Brands Hatch and Castle Combe, will be realigned in the interests of greater safety when the 1999 season opens. The major change to Brands Hatch's...
Nobuhiko Kawamoto has been made an honourary Knight of the British Empire. The former president and CEO of the huge Honda company was the driving force behind the marques participation in formula One...
Henri Pescarolo presented the Acemai F2 Trophy to series champ Philippe Harper at a reunion in Paris before Christmas. Better known for his four Le Mans 24 Hours victories, Pescarolo was runner-up in...
A memorial fund to Archie Scott Brown has been established in Paisley, where the formidably fast and terribly handicapped racer was born. It aims to raise enough cash to erect a life-size...
One of the great manes in motor sport is to return with the sleek coupe shown above. The new OSCA 2500GT is a back-to-basics sportscar with the emphasis on pure dynamic excellence rather than chintz...
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The racing careers of the leading Grand Prix drivers have been repeated so many times that they are well known to most followers of the Sport. We feel that there are just as many interesting stories...
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These days, if you're a Formula One driver, here's what you do: you drive in 16 motor races a year. Each lasts for between 80 minutes and two hours. So, even if your car is reliable and your season...
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Sir, I write on behalf of BEN, the motor industry's benevolent fund. We are collecting items of motorsport memorabilia for our annual Auction to be held at Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey on...
Sir, "The sportsman and the friendly spirit that (Moss and Hawthorn) have shown each other throughout the season has been a pleasure to watch and should settle once and for all any suggestion that...
Sir, I am writing with reference to your test of the Aston Martin Vantage V600. I think it is immoral that anyone should pay, or be asked to pay, £43,000 for the doubtful benefit of bettering his...
Sir, With reference to the letter from John Aston on the inaugural Goodwood circuit meeting, he ought to have taken the trouble to get his facts straight. Nobody had to 'dress up' to attend the event...
Sir, I enjoyed the December issue as usual. I thought your readers might be interested in a couple of New Zealand-related snippets that articles in that issue raised. The ex-works, ex-Roy James...
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Sir, Earlier this year I was at Brands Hatch watching some rather boring touring car racing. During this meeting, between morning warm-up and the actual race, I decided to go and purchase my normal...
Sir, What a delight it was to read about the Fittipaldi Grand Prix team in the December issue. As a founding member of the FFF (Fittipaldi Fan Fraternity) the article stirred many fond memories....
Sir, I appreciated very much your December issue and Matthew Franey's analysis of the elements which make some drivers great and different from others; of course, Jimmy Clark was one of them. One of...
Sir, What on earth possessed you to describe the 1982 Monaco Grand Prix as one of the best ever in your January edition? Speaking as one who paid good money to be there, I can barely describe the...
Sir, With reference to your article in December's magazine on Sir John Whitmore in which he talks about his father, I thought you might be interested in the following: The story concerns John's first...
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Denis Jenkinson had Catholic tastes in music, as in much else. If his particular devotion was to traditional jazz - Sidney Bechet was up there with Rosemeyer, Giles Villeneuve, Senna et al among his...
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For fifty years Porsche has sought to conquer nearly every motor sport discipline there is. Usually it succeeded. Gavin Conway is your guide. The clues to greatness were there to be seen, even in...
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You may know Silverstone's national circuit. For those who do not, it's short and very tight. After the pits it swerves right at Copse, left at Maggotts and then hard right again at Becketts. It then...
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The Porsche 917 was born from regulations aimed to make sure such a car was never built. In 1967, alarmed by the expense of prototypes like Ferrari's P4, the CSI decreed that from 1968 all prototypes...
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Porsche has, to date, won just one World Championship grand Prix. The driver was Dan Gurney who now talks to Adam Cooper about the marque's troubled relationship with Formula One. Over the past few...
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Porsche's involvement in the World Championship actually began four years before its F1 debut, and at time when the marque didn't even make a open-wheeler... In those days the company stretched...
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As Stock Car racing evolved from dirt track derby to billion dollar business, one family has linked four generations. Mark Hughes examines the Petty dynasty. As US Air Force One touched safely down,...
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When the steering wheel came off, it still steered from the rear...John Davenport hears about a saloon with an attitude problem. Ove Andersson is now best known as the President of Team Toyota Europe...
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In part two of our series, Robert Edwards looks at the man who walked out on BRM and yet brought Britain its first F1 World Title. It was Tony Vandervell's impatience as much as anything else which...
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Leonce Girardot had a habit of coming second. Did he lack the ultimate talent or was it just all bad luck? By Bill Boddy When the great sport of motor racing commenced, just before the turn of the...
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Courage Best: Piers Courage was not just another driver who died before his time. He was a genuinely great man too. Adam Cooper talks to his family. Piers Courage: A great person, a gentleman...
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By Chris Nixon Published by: Transport Bookman, £39.95. ISBN 85184 056 6 I'll declare my interest now to save you pointing it out later. Chris Nixon is not only author of some of the best-known and...
By Eric Dymock Published by Haynes, £19.99. ISBN 0 85429 995 5 Few car companies can boast a longer or more varied history than Renault. In their time, the people at Renault have produced tiny...
By Jeremy Walton Published by: Robert Bentley Inc. £59.95. ISBN 0 8376 0206 8 We tend to keep reviews of books reaching their second editions to a minimum. Too often these days it is a device used by...
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By Anthony Pritchard Published by AMP, £19.95. ISBN I 899870 38 5 Do not confuse this book with Ivan Rendell's Chequered Flag, 100 Yeats of Motor Racing. It's certainly an understandable thing to do...
By Richard Graves Published by Bloomsbury, £30.00, ISBN: 0 7475 3771 2 This book celebrates more or less a century of powered transport as helped along by the products of the Castrol company. Hence...
By Michael Lynch, William Edgar, Ron Parravano Published by Haynes, £29.99. ISBN 0 7603 0367 3 Author Lynch claims this to be "the first in-depth survey of the first decade of American road-racing,"...
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Argentine GP & 1000Km, January 1960 He didn't know it at the time, but Cliff Allison's career was about to come to an abrupt halt. How fitting, he says, that an early season trip to Argentina...
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The astonishing response to the Beetle as it emerged from war-time Germany may have tempted VW to come up with another beetle-shaped production. I recall the party put on in 1955 to celebrate the one...
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Westcott Driving Tests The spacious Westcott Venture Park in Bucks and its convenient clubhouse was used once again by the VSCC for its winter driving-tests on December 5 of last year. Best score was...
As I told you not long ago, when MOTOR SPORT flew to Barcelona for the 1950 Spanish GP I was accompanied by an alleged member of the Spanish Embassy, to aid my report by translating the race...
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Simms Hill remains one of the most feared sections in the MCC's Exeter Trial, the classic event dating back to 1910, and a formidable obstacle to winning a gold, silver or bronze medal. The hill,...
A motor-racing sidetrack centres around Louis Coatalen. By 1922 he had a fine team of racing cars, in order that his drivers could encompass one of his favourite interests - another was marrying the...
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Auto-Architect - The Autobiography of Gerald Palmer £19.95. ISBN: 0 9519423 6 0 A book does not have to be elaborate or expensive to be of interest. Such is certainly the case with this publication...
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'In its styling it excites, on the road it astonishes.' 'Utterly desirable.' 'The best car we have driven all year.' (Autocar, 9 September 1998) What could the Autocar road testers be talking about?...

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