February 2002

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Got a pretty good idea how the 2002 Formula One season might pan out? Yeah, me too. Schumacher and Ferrari will set the pace, win the bulk of the races and take the titles, while Montoya's Williams-...
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The Grand Prix cars of Tyrell and Lotus will act as spearhead to the 2002 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the overall theme of which will be 'On the Limit — a History of Heroes'. Jackie Stewart will lead...
Bentley have ended speculation surrounding their 2002 Le Mans participation — and have given a strong hint that they will tackle the 24-hour enduro in 2003, too. Newly-announced chairman elect, Franz...
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An exhibition of paintings and prints by Michael and Graham Turner is to be held at Carisbrooke Gallery, 63-79, Seymour Street, London W2, from February 19 to 23. Admission is free. Attendees can...
From 2003, visitors to the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, will be able to see Jim Hall's collection of fabulous Chaparrals. The museum's new wing is being built over the next two years, and will...
A series of races for drum-braked sports-cars has been announced by the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association. Building on the success of the race at last season's Silverstone Historic Festival, the...
The promoters of the British Touring Car Championship have announced that two series for period sports and GT cars will feature at a number of their events in 2002. Although the HGPCA and F5000 races...
Having had its 2001 season badly affected by Foot and Mouth disease, the Historic Rally Car Register has scheduled a nineevent calendar for the 2002 British Historic Rally Championship. It starts in...
On the subject of London exhibitions, check out the Science Museum where, until April, one can find an exhibition entitled 'Sustaining Beauty', which celebrates the Alfa Romeo marque. Road and track...
David Burgees-Wise has received the 2001 Roy Nockolds Trophy awarded for meritorious service to the Brooklands Society.
The 13th annual hastings Direct Bexhill 100 International Festival of Motoring will take place along the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea on May 46. This year marks the centenary of the first Motorsporting...
The HGPCA has presented Tom Wheatcroft with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Paying Tom tribute, the Association's chairman Julian Sutton said: "Donington Park, which Torn rescued in the mid 1970s, is...
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Sir, With regards to the recent article '100 Greatest Drives', I'd like to add a few more to your list: John Cannon, in the rain, in the 1968 Laguna Seca CanAm race; Gilles Villeneuve, in the rain,...
Sir, I have just bought the January 2002 issue and feel compelled to put pen to paper. Firstly, I would have to say that, in my view, Senna's first lap at Donington in 1993 is the best single lap...
Sir, I really enjoyed the article '100 Greatest Drives' in your January issue. I was a race marshal for 30 years and I am pleased to say my three greatest recollections were included in your ratings...
Sir, I recently finished reading through your feature on '100 Greatest Drives', and I have to say I agree with most of your choices. But there was one drive I expected to see quite high, possibly in...
Sir, Your comments (Matters of Moment, January) are timely, but your mistake is in considering racing as a sport. That era is long gone. It is a business, and the moguls controlling it have long...
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Sir, In his January `Modern Times' column, Simon Taylor craves a more level F1 playing field, with simpler cars, to rein in the big-money teams. I don't believe the spec of the cars is the root...
Sir, The article 'Dynosaurs' in your excellent special feature on the Can-Am series left readers with a question regarding where else could startlingly adventurous designs such as the Mac's-It...
Sir, Perhaps I can add the following rider to Chris Nixon's letter concerning the `Dreyfus Affair'. Viewed through modem eyes, Huhnlein may cut a ridiculous figure in his uniform. He may also have...
Sir, I have an apology to make. In my letter (published in the January issue) I cast doubt on the authenticity of the photo of the Elites in the December feature about Colin Chapman. Tony Bancroft (...
Sir, Your special on Can-Am racing was of great interest to me. I was, at the time, Jackie Oliver's mechanic on the Shadow '101' car, so it rekindled for me some great memories about keeping the car...
Sir, I have just finished reading the Can-Am articles in the December Motor Sport and I must congratulate you on another fine issue. I attended the Can-Am races at Watkins Glen in the early '70s, and...
Sir, Reading Gordon Cruickshank's piece on Colin Chapman's driving prowess, the writer's enthusiasm for the Lotus founder is apparent. This may be why he has perpetuated a few Lotus myths. It is true...
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In the tight-kint, suspicious world of Formula One, it's not easy to keep a secret. Just like the unlovely beargarden of modern party politics, there's usually someone with an axe to grind who is...
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I remember talking to a driver just out of hospital after a major accident He was recovering well, but for a while, his pain had been so acute that they had given him morphine. "If I'm ever in that...
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Can you remember when F1 was unpredictable, when you were on the edge of your seat? Keke Rosberg can. It was the year he spent on the limit to beat the turbos. The year ground effects took him to his...
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A turbo was always going to win in the rarefied atmosphere of Kyalami. While the DFVs wheezed to 180mph at this high altitude, 200mph turbos greedily gobbled air forced down their throats. It was no...
Qualified: 7th Result: 5th "I don't recall it bothering me that we were starling the year with 07C. I mean, when you came from where I came from, you felt that whatever Williams you got, you had...
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Qualified: 3rd Result: DSQ "A true chassis/driver track, and I think our water ballast gave us that last little edge to allow us to mix it with the turbos in the race." And mix it he did. He was in...
Nelson Piquet took things easy, they say, reversed into his title wins. His supporters point to Rio '82, when he drove his socks off in searing heat, on a mercilessly bumpy circuit, in a stiffly-...
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Niki Lauda had always been his own man, and once the notion struck that he was bored with driving around in circles, then nothing was going to keep him in F1. When he walked away from F1 in Montreal...
Qualified: 8th Result: 2nd "I loved Long Beach: it was my American base, and it was where I learned to fly and the track was fantastic." But car trouble in practice meant Keke had to qualify in the...
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Legend records it as a race where Gilles Villeneuve was robbed of a rightful victory by a duplicitous Didier Pironi. There is no doubt that Gilles was sincere in his belief that he'd been tricked by...
"It must have been an awful time for Frank to be a team owner, and the muddle over technical rules must have been terrible for Patrick. It was a silly season: a FISA team did something, a FOCA team...
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Qualified: 3rd Result: 2nd "Gilles was a great rival but, I have to say, I did see his accident coming. But you have to push such thoughts from your mind when you sit on the grid. 'We had the new car...
Through his barnstorming win in Detroit (see page 35) is John Watson's best-remembered victory, his perfomance at Zolder this year was perhaps even stronger. Watson and team-mate Nild Lauda's McLaren...
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Qualified: 6th Result: Retired After a poor start, Keke passed Alboreto on lap 21 and was fifth, behind de Cesaris. "After some problems in qualifying, I thought we had a very good car for the race,...
After Carlos Reutemann finally quit Williams two races into the Grand Prix season, Mario Andretti temped in an FWO7C at Long Beach. But Frank needed a permanent replacement; Derek Daly it was who got...
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GO FASTER STRIKES Larus FLAD GONE ALMOST FOUR YEARS WITHOUT A WIN. NOT SINCE the 1978 Dutch GP had Cohn Chapman's famous black cap been flung exultantly skyward. And so it flew higher than ever when...
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Qualified: 3rd Result: 4th Although not a fan of this street circuit, Keke always excelled at Detroit, and on this, Formula One's first visit there, he qualified third. "It was too dirty, so it gave...
Detroit was brash; Detroit was cool; Detroit was new to F1; Detroit was unloved. From the start. But though the combination of 90-degree corners, short straights, bumpy surface and concrete barriers...
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With hindsight, it was a terrible misjudgment to run racing cars for the first time on a brand-new street circuit at a Grand Prix weekend. But that's how it was in June 1982, back when F1 was still...
Qualified: 7th Result: Retired Rosberg had looked capable of mixing it with the turbos in practice, but an engine failure forced him into the poor-handling 1-car for qualifying, and Williams No6 wasn...
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Qualified: 7th Finished: 3rd "I wasn't going to qualify well here any way; the only way to get some success out of the weekend was drive the best I could in qualifying, but spend time with Patrick...
'The flying pig' was still pig ugly, but at least now it was flying. Its Hart turbo had gobbled up the `atmos' of Alboreto, Daly, de Angelis and Watson along Zandvoort's long pit straight and, on lap...
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Qualified: Pole Result: Retired "The FW08 was very quick at a course like Brands Hatch, and it was a circuit I loved. In that car, it was like being in heaven." Then came the hell of the car failing...
Just two drivers have set a fastest lap in a GP but failed to register a point in their careers. The first was Masahiro Hasemi, who (despite Jacques Laffite's claim) achieved the feat at Fuji in 1976...
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The writing was on the wall. You either had a turbo engine or were desperately searching for one. And yet a 15-year-old engine design took the 1982 title, its reliability and packaging —two of...
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Qualified: 11th Result: 5th "Along with Hocken helm, this was always going to be one of the hardest circuits for us. That Mistral Straight was so long in those days. So we had virtually no rear wing...
The evening after final qualifying, Renault's Jean Sage Gerard Larrousse, pole-sitter Rene Arnoux and secondfastest Alain Prost got together and looked at their options. "Alain was still in with a...
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Qualified: 9th Result: 3rd Keke was five seconds off the pace of Pironi's Ferrari in qualifying: "Rain was the thing we wanted; it would give us some chance. Snow would have been even better." The...
For two races Brabham had lain in wait, desperate to reintroduce pitstops at the highest level of racing. Two bursts on half-tanks and fresh rubber would be, reckoned Gordon Murray, the quickest way...
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Qualified: 6th Result: 2nd The Österreichring qualifying performance of the year, not in terms of position, but in terms of performance. Less than a tenth slower than Amoux's Renaultand quickest...
It had been four years since we had won a Grand Prix, and with the type 88 saga only just fading, and turbo cars the way forward, Colin Chapman had left the design team pretty much alone to revamp...
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Qualified: 8th Result: 1st "A fantastic track for the FW08 because of the character of the corners. But on the other hand, a long uphill straight." Having suffered strong understeer in practice, nose...
Into the closing laps of a race labelled Swiss but held on French soil. A Frenchman in a French car is leading. But he's in trouble and being caught hand over fist by an enigma of aggression and...
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Qualified: 7th Result: 8th After the high of Dijon, it was back down to was earth for Keke at power-hungry Monza: 3.5sec off pole, and without a prayer of keeping up with a healthy turbo car. But he...
After Zolder and Hockenheim, Italy's legendary F1 team was on its knees. The nation needed a star, a hero, for Monza. Mario Andretti had been ChampCar racing for the last year, but he fitted the bill...
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He had unraveled his new car's complexities but, he tells Adam Cooper, could never have anticipated the simple problem that cost him the race The Unser family is synonymous with the Indianapolis 500...
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The formative days of the world Rally Championship were dominated by a small car built by a small French firm. John Davenport explains how they made it big We sat at the start of the opening special...
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Jean-Claude Andruet Born in Montreuil, 1942. Ebullient and eccentric. Joined in '67. Won '68 Index of Performance at Le Mans. European Rally Champion, '70. Won Monte in '73. Spent 10 years with...
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They met with widely differing success, but the man with the self-belief to build his own F1 car in a lock-up knows where Cosworth were coming from with this flawed Tour De Force Motor racing fans...
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Pre-WWII British Motorsport was forced to the fringes of the country to find venues. Bill Boddy takes us on a trip to the seaside More motor racing on sand courses has occurred than may be generally...
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Mighty V8 'Yank Tanks' had their 1972 Saloon thunder stolen by a cheap and nasty Russian buzzbox. Marcus Simmons decodes a very strange tale Cloak-and-dagger negotiations with Russian agents seem an...
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America's own antidote to oval tracks boasted a level crossing, a stone bridge and every type of bend. Gary Watkins enjoys a lap with the circuit's creator Should you chive through on your way your...
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Cameron Argetsinger never imagined being hailed as the founding father of modern road racing in the United States. He just wanted somewhere to compete in his new MG TC. But when the 27-year-old law...
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Many considered him a rich-kid racer in over his head. In the space of just two years, however, Auto Union were convinced he had the makings of a Champion. He refused their offer. Whitney Straight,...
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In the stupendously readable autobiography (Adventure with Fate, Airlife, 1984, ISBN 906393 36 I) of the late Harald Penrose, OBE, C.Eng, RAFO, MRINA, who was the Westland test pilot among other...
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In my piece about the 1911 60HP Cottin et Desgouttes racing car in the December 2001 issue, I said that Lord Carbery had bought it before the 1914-18 war, after it had been given the touring body. He...
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Congratulations to the Vintage Motor Cycle Club, which has already issued its 2002 fixture list of no less than 498 events, from the territorial sections' happenings to main affairs like the...
Another reader has rebuilt the Cooper-Bristol sports prototype which was taken to America by Winldeman and reputedly brought back here by Stephen Longton. Can anyone fill in the gaps? Letters can be...
The postbag I receive is never dull. Recent enquiries have included one from the owner of the replica of the D6-75 Delage with which the French driver Gerard won the 1938 TT and drove subsequently at...
The Vintage sports-car club was formed in 1934 for those owning pre-1931 cars, often of the calibre of 3-litre Bentley, 30/98 Vauxhall and 12/50 Alvis, who thought the design and construction of more...
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The VSCC has expanded significantly since a group of young enthusiasts founded it in 1934 to encourage the preservation, and especially the use, of what they regarded as proper sportscars, defined as...
It is encouraging that the MCC had 102 motorcycle and 3-wheeler and 233 car entries for the Exeter Trial in January. The Land's End Trial takes place on March 29/30 and the MCC's Brooklands Meeting...
The London-Brighton Veteran Car Run is not a race but, for the record, the first car to arrive in 2001 was Stuart Evison's 1902 Mors. Of 365 pre-1905 veterans, only 30 failed to make it in the time...
The next VSCC fixture is the Measham Rally, on January 26/27, a tough 180-mile night bash for the non-faint-hearted, from Waddoe Hall hotel, near Clitheroe, Yorkshire and back. But there will be...
The vintage Morris Minor Register has been reformed, catering for owners worldwide of the 1928-1931 short wheelbase, overhead-camshaft Minors. Its Secretary, Ian Grace, is building a Morris Special...

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