February 2000

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If any of you are waiting for delivery of a new Lotus and it's arrival has been inexplicably delayed, it may be that we are to blame. The day that we drove the Lotus 49 and Eagle-Weslake that adorn...
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Stirling Moss received a Knighthood in her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours List. On behalf of its readers, Motor Sport offers hearty congratulations to Sir Stirling — and of course Lady Susie...
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Brands Hatch is planning to host a special race for 500cc cars this season to mark the 50th Anniversary of the birth of the International Formula Three class, from which emerged such stars as...
Nicola Foulston has resigned from her position as the Chief Executive of Brands Hatch Leisure PLC and also from the board of Octagon, the American-owned company which bought BHL late last year. The...
The works BRM P261 that Graham Hill used in the 1964 Formula One World Championship sold for a record sum for its type £309,500 at a Brooks' auction in December. The P261 was BRM's first Grand Prix...
Jackie Stewart is to bring the sparkling new Jaguar Formula One team to Goodwood on June 23-25, as part of a massive marque celebration at the centrepiece of Lord March's eighth Festival of Speed. No...
The opening round of this year's FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship has won the 'guest' place on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship bill at Brands Hatch on April 7/8. In the...
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As exclusively revealed in Motor Sport, 50 years of the World Championship will be showcased at this year's Coys International Historic Festival at Silverstone. Following the British Grand Prix's...
New Zealand's Super-fast Wigram Airfield Circuit, scene of great Tasman Cup victories for Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt and local ace Bruce McLaren in the early 1960s, will be demolished...
Ice and snow made this winter's Le Jog the toughest so far, with just one Gold Medal, for Geoff Awde/ Peter Ward in their MGA coupe. The sixth End-to-End trial cut some tortuous tests when even 4x4s...
Nine screaming V12-Engined cars, including David Coplowe's ex-Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra MS120B, are among 20 three-litre Formula One machines which should race head-to-head with a Formula 5000...
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Motor Sport's regular readers are enthusiasts or presumably they would not be reading this magazine. But what sparked off their interest in cars and motoring sport? Here the editor and staff recall...
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Publishing schedules being what they are, I am writing this during the hangover days at the end of the millennium break. You, on the other hand, are reading it well into the fresh century. You have...
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Sir, I enjoyed the Future of Formula One article as far as it went. When I was on Motor magazine, the FIA produced a gas turbine equivalence formula for the 1966 season. I wrote an article on this...
Sir, A fairly predictable set of viewpoints: The President: Things are perfect. The Champion: Things are almost perfect The Constructor: Things were better when we were winning. The Legend: Fings ain...
Sir, I always enjoy your old circuit retrospectives, but please don't try to rewrite history after your visit to Clermont-Ferrand. Jochen Rindt did not scorch "from pole position to victory" in the...
Sir, It came as no surprise to hear and read of the crowd's reaction to the spectacular saloon car race at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September. That Gerry Marshall won was only right and proper...
Sir, What can I say about Simon Taylor's Modern Times column in your December issue, except that once again he has hit the nail fairly and squarely on the head. Keep it up. I AM, YOURS, ETC Geoff...
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Sir, It was with surprise and delight that I came upon a picture of my grandfather, Captain Denis Shipwright, in the November issue of Motor Sport. The article was passed among my family and greeted...
Sir, The photograph in your November issue of Etancelin racing his Maserati in the 1934 Dieppe Grand Prix was simply superb. Somewhere in the crowd on the hill behind was my father and five of his...
Sir, Good to see Nigel Roebuck choose McLaren's Jo Ramirez as one of his motor racing legends'. It's all too easy to fall into the trap of perpetuating F1's cult of personality and praising the...
Sir, While not wishing to enter into a dispute with Giles Newton (Letters, January 2000) regarding the relative abilities of Hills senior and junior, having had the honour of witnessing both in...
Sir, What memories were stirred by your interview with Pat Moss. Naturally, the article brought back to me the names of some of the many other splendid lady drivers of my own rallying time. How about...
Sir, Exactly 30 years ago at the start of 1970, your predecessor Bill Boddy was kind enough to print in Motor Sport a series of letters concerning the Triumph TR and the huge latent enthusiasm for...
Sir, In Motor Sport for January 1956 Bill Boddy described a visit to the Coventry Climax engine factory where the FLVA engine was in notable production. In his article he says "An old Morgan 4/4 is...
Sir, Best photo in the November issue? Damon Hill as the dirty-minded chauffeur. The lascivious expression on Damon's face is priceless! I AM, YOURS, ETC Graham White,Johannesburg, South Africa
Sir, I was very surprised to find myself credited as the sole author of December's article on Jean-Pierre Wimille. May I take the opportunity to clarify that the article was written and researched in...
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Sir Stirling Moss A strange thing, the Honours List. Given poor behaviour is apparently something to be celebrated these days, perhaps we should not have been surprised to note the name of Mr Ian...
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Dan Gurney's Eagle-Weslake was not just the prettiest F1 car of its era, had it not been for the Lotus 49, it would have been the quickest too. Andrew Frankel and Matthew Franey drive two of the...
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A huge crash nearly ended his life, but Ari Vatanen fought on. John Davenport meets Finland's most famous Parliamentarian There are so many surprising things about Ari Vatanen it's hard to know where...
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The worst car I ever drove The Alfa Romeo 185T was slow, heavy, unreliable and failed to score a single point. Not only did it almost finish Patrese's career, it also ended Alfa's once awesome...
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In part two of Bill Boddy's examination of the pre-war racing Austins, he chronicles the many successes of the marque but wonders about the commercial advantages of such efforts We have seen how...
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With more computers than an early NASA rocket the latest Nissan Skyline GT-R should be almost as much of a blast. So why, ask Gavin Conway, does the sum not equal the parts? It was the most awful car...
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Technofile Making racing car bodies out of aluminium was not only difficult but expensive too. Keith Howard reports on the invention of a cheap alternative It's easy to regard the Air Marshall who...
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Blamed for an act of treachery that eventually led Gilles Villeneuve to crash to his death, Didier Pironi's successful career is often forgotten. Mark Hughes profiles the life of an often complex,...
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This is the greatest race track in the world. A place where heroes were made and destroyed. Matthew Franey takes a ride around the awesome Nordschleife. Monza, Monaco, Indianapolis, Le Mans. To these...
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Indianapolis 500, 1986 With team owner Jim Trueman suffering from terminal cancer, Bobby Rahal knew this was the last chance he would have to win "The Big One" for his great friend I'd have to...
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By Michael Diner ISBN 1 85227 841 2 Published by Virgin Books, £30.00 Setting out to write a definitive history is a daunting task. None more so than when your subject matter is something that is...
By Mike Lawrence, Simon Tayler and Doug Nye ISBN 1 85227 826 9 Published by Virgin, £30.00 Goodwood is fast becoming a brand in its own right and this book, a celebration of all that has happened on...
By Michael Keyser ISBN 8376 0232 7 Published by Bentley, £39.95 The first of two Michael Keyser books this month is, in fact, a radically revised, rewritten and expanded version of a book that...
By Janos L Wimpffen ISBN 967 22 52 05 Published by Motorsport Research Group, £129.99 I am willing to bet that this will never be supplanted. In two huge volumes, Wimpffen (historian for Bruce McCaw'...
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By Michael Keyser and Jonathan Williams ISBN 8376 0234 3 Published by Bendy, £39.99 What a simply terrible title for a simply brilliant book. Brilliant, that is, if you have seen the film Le Mans...
By Michael Turner ISBN I 85960 627X Published by Haynes, £17.99 Although there has been a huge boom in motorsport art in recent years, the name of Michael Turner remains the best-known of the...
By John Nicholson and Adam Parsons ISBN 333 74700S Published by Macmillan, £20.00 I felt a bit sad after reading Five Days of a Grand Prix. Sad because what on paper sounds like such a promising idea...
By Gerard Crombac ISBN 2 7268 8336 2 Published by ETAI, £39.99 First the good news: this is a fine book. The bad is that it's written in French. For now at least, non-Francophones will appreciate...
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It is a remarkable factor in Automotive engineering that the piston and the poppet valve have survived virtually unchallenged into the new Millennium. Sleeve valves, rotary valves, the Imperia slide...
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A picture in December issue of a 1908 GP Mercedes had its owner Jack Hartshome Cooper at the wheel, which prompts me to explain about this driver. Alas, he had an all too brief Brooklands spell....
Last month a reader suggested that in the 'Phi-Phi' Etancelin article I had deprived this driver of his final placings. In fact, old WB has not quite 'lost his marbles'; the last sentence was omitted...
Douglas Burnell ('Bunny') Tubbs, who died last November aged 86, grew up with acute physical disabilities but this scarcely hampered his love of motoring or his journalistic career. He would venture...
The death, at the age of 82, of Edward Pailthorp Eves leaves the world of motoring writers bereft of one of its leading exponents. Eves was, however, far more than an accomplished writer about cars...
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At an age when I hate change if came as a shock to find that letters from Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart are now headed "DaimlerChrysler". Not that the vintage Chryslers weren't good cars. Walter P...
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In an idle moment last year I found myself watching the build-up to the World Cup Wales v Argentina rugby match. (Odd, as when I played the game at school I found it expedient, if encouraged to pick...
Those who favour Morris cars have an excellent choice of books about the make's history. The latest is Making Cars at Cowley - From Morris to Rover, by G Bardsley & S Laing (Sutton Publishing,...
The value offered by the books of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust (PO Box 31, Derby DE24 8BJ) is very commendable. Their latest, No 28 in this historical series, is Boxckite To Jet the remarkable...
The rights of owners of the older motor vehicles were underlined last October when the Vice-President of FIVA and the French historic car organisation held a protest meeting at the European...

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