February 2003

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Brooklands revamp awaits green light DaimlerChrysler's plans to purchase a 150-acre chunk of Brooklands are on hold as Elmbridge Borough Council ponders the viability and implications of such a move...
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Pau, Clermont-Ferrand, The Nurburgring and Spa-Francorchamps all feature on the schedule for FORCE races in 2003, accompanying British events at Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Oulton Park. There...
After an absence of almost 50 years, the unique Duesenberg-powered Emeryson will race in 2003. This 1949 car is being restored by Mark Linstone, who will fit a Crosthwaite & Gardiner recreation...
Congratulations to our founder Editor Bill Boddy, MBE, who, as well as turning 90 in February, has been awarded Life Membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers. WB could not attend the Guild's...
H&H Classic Auction has announced its first sale in London, which will be held at Olympia 2 on May 7. H&H is promising some special entries for its inaugural London auction of classic cars...
Next season the Vintage Sports-car Club will run speed events at Goodwood and Harewood for the first time. Running alongside the club's hugely successful hillclimbs at Shelsley Walsh, Prescott,...
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Roy Baker the team owner with the record of entering more Group C races than any other, died shortly before Christmas following complications which developed after an operation. Originally a racer,...
Will took his fitness very seriously. Which is why he was a bit offput when his early-1990s BTCC Toyota team-mate Julian Bailey, a smoker who also liked a jar, beat or matched him in pre-season...
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Sir, The well-written article on Peter Arundell in the December issue is a welcome tribute to a driver whose skills have never previously been appropriately acknowledged. I met Peter for the first...
Sir, So Nivelles may be disappearing unmourned under a tide of concrete, but Reims? Yes, it's happening there, too. On a visit last week I discovered that the sweeping right-hander from the pits...
Sir, I am always interested to read about this car. Jenks bought the original engine from Henry Kyle in Ireland during the 1960s, from the Bobbie Baird-modified Emeryson-Duesenberg chassis (see John...
Sir, I was just flicking through the pages of a recent issue, as one does, and was surprised to see the article on the Sark racing car. It gave the reader the impression that the Sark Company has...
Sir, I have recently taken out a subscription to Motor Sport after a long absence, because of your current emphasis on historic racing and motorsport's glorious past. Modern-day F1 leaves me cold. I...
Sir, Paul Fearnley's article on the Lotus 72 brought back many memories for me, the greatest of which was watching Ronnie Peterson take pole position for the 1973 British Grand Prix. Unlike Paul,...
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Sir, I have to agree with the December issue's commentary by Nigel Roebuck. I believe that, over the years, Formula One is slowly leaving its roots behind. That fantastic track Spa seems to be...
Sir, What a pity that the article about Nivelles in your December 2002 issue missed the real background and history of this former Formula One circuit. When my father designed Nivelles, it included...
Sir, As we draw, year by year, ever further away from the great sights and sounds of the charismatic 1950s and '60s GP scene, more and more of us are deserting the present lacklustre charade....
Sir, As a long-time Ferrari enthusiast, l am writing to let you know how much I enjoyed the December 2002 issue — from the highly evocative picture of Chris Amon drifting the 312 at Silverstone to...
Sir, I understand that Adrian Newey wanders about the F1 pits jotting down notes and ideas in an Oxford A4 pad. I also understand that he would like to diversify his design talents. Ron Dennis, I am...
Sir, I was fascinated to see the recent photograph of Wally Watton in his Austin 7 Special. This is the car driven by Gordon Brettell before WWII, and having survived its much-celebrated accident at...
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Justin Wilson's signing for Minardi has finally brought into F1 a young British driver whose talent and speed were in little doubt, even before he dominated Formula 3000 in 2001. Having scratched...
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The 2002 Formula One season may have been largely desultory, for many reasons, but for me it had its moments. Take Monza. I as good as knew that I was boarding yet another flight to witness yet...
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We list the most crucial moments in the rise and fall of the Surbiton garagistes who mixed top-line driver talent, tough design and common sense to topple the cream of Formula One
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Out of a small workshop, and against enormous odds, sprang an unlikely world force. But Paul Fearnly believes that what made cooper great also caused it to fail Cooper's numerous successes provide...
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1949: Circuito del Garda Once upon a time, Sir Stirling Moss was just a young talent trying to establish his name in Europe. The day he did it, he did it for Cooper, too, as David Malsher describes...
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1955: Richmond Trophy, Goodwood Jack Brabham's success at cooper was the product of graft and talent. His first UK race was full of the sort of obstacles that made him stronger. Paul Fearnley...
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1955: Redex Trophy, Snetterton History often hinges upon events deemed insignificant at the time. Brabham's drive in this race was praised, but not appraised until much later. Paul Fearnley reflects...
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1958: Argentine Grand Prix Fangio was the darling of the crowd, but it was Stirling Moss and his tiny Copper that stole the thunder. Tony Watson was there to see Formula One history made On January...
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In the space of four years, Cooper went from a contender punching above its weight to world champion. Gordon Cruickshank speaks to the men who were in its corner photography by James Mann Pragmatists...
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1960: First test of the 'lowline', Silverstone The team was still winning, but its car was fast becoming outdated. Something had to be done. The police weren't impressed, but Charlie Cooper was. By...
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1960: FIVE CONSECUTIVE GP VICTORIES Lotus seemed to be holding all the aces, only to be trumped by Cooper's 'Black Jack'. Paul Fearnley recalls the hottest winning streak in the Surrey marques...
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1964: JACKIE STEWART'S FIRST F3 TEST So effortless did it appear - in and out of the cockpit - there surely can't have been any doubt or heartache. In fact there was plenty, Jackie Stewart tells Paul...
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1967: South African Grand Prix In F1, Cooper's stock had dropped for five seasons, but there was a brief respite thanks to an unlikely alliance with Maserati. David Malsher recalls the last win Two...
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1968:Final season, last works driver Vic Elford was a rally star, but F1 is where he wanted to be. Delighted to be given his chance by Cooper, he discovered a once-great team on the verge of...
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Jean-Pierre Jarier had the talent to be a regular winner in Formula One, perhaps even a world champion. Instead he scored just three podium finishes in more than 100 starts. Mark Hughes explains why...
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Jarier made his F1 debut in 1971 in a March 701 - but in bizarre circumstances. "I'd met Hubert Hahne around the paddocks and we became good friends. Then he retired from racing and set up his garage...
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EMKA: Le Mans 24 hours - June 15-16, 1985 Porsche blitzed Lancia by taking the first five places,but for a short while both were headed by a privateer car designed and built in Surrey. Gary Watkins...
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There's nothing so thrilling as a rally car sideways on the snow. But climate change and the sports hot new look have triggered a thaw in such excitement. John Davenport argues why it must come back...
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At a time when Formula One cars generally looked very individual, the Shadow and Arrows of 1978 were startlingly similar - and more than one person noticed. Among them was Alan Henry, who describes...
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1978: Riccardo Patrese leads, Arrows'second-ever GP, at Kyalami, qualifies fifth twice, and finishes second in Sweden. 1980: Patrese finishes in second place at Long Beach, qualifies seventh at...
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Damon Hill 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix An Arrows beating Schumacher's Ferrari? Damon Hill dreamed the impossible dream, but woke before it was over, as he tells Adam Cooper In the summer of 1996, it...
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In order to sell more cars, manufacturers seek victory on the racetrack, preferably in a 'prestige event. One of these is the Le Mans 24 hours; another such was the Essex Motor Club's six hours of...
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The late Seventies should have been the Formula One privateers' heyday — cars were cheap and engines were plentiful — but instead they proved to be their swansong. Gary Watkins explains exactly how...
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Emanuele Pirro never so much as laid eyes on the car he was meant to drive in 1987, let alone sat in it. But the Megatron-engined Benetton B186 in which he should have made his GP debut did exist,...
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BRM had attempted it with disastrous results, but the allure of 16 cylinders was still strong 15 years later. Wally Hassan's new F1 Engine showed lots of promise; Trouble was, his old unit was still...
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Just along the cost from Monte Carlo lies Italy's rival to racing's most famous street circuit. David Malsher drives it, is bowled over by it - and explains why it went bust Without question, Italy...
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Did stealth tactics bring Segrave a '200' victory? Motor racing has produced many curious happenings. But none more so than how Segrave won the 1921 200 Mile Race at Brooklands. That is, if you agree...
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Following closely on Brian Demaus' picture book of motor vehicles in rural England comes Bob Montgomery's The Irish Roadside Camera: The Years of Growth, 1907-1918, illustrating 165 such scenes in...
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I cannot afford the Radio Times,so I buy a Daily Mail once a week, not only to relish embarrassment to Mr Blair but for its TV and radio guides in the supplementary Saturday magazine. Thus, I was...
The VSCC ended its 2002 trials season with the exacting Lakeland Trial, which had 14 sections to attempt, including the dreaded Drumhouse, so steep that drivers of 2WB cars were given the option of a...
Happily, vintage cars are still being discovered — and restored. A 1921 10.4hp Calthorpe which has been off the road since the 1950s, and was given Morris 8 wheels when beaded-edge tyres became...
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David Thirlby has written learned discourses about GN and Frazer Nash before, but his latest, Minimal Motoringfrom Cyclecar to Microcar (Tempus Publishing, Stroud, £16.99, ISBN 0-75242367-3), is a...
The Shuttleworth Trust at Old Warden is justifiably a popular mecca for vintage and veteran car and aeroplane enthusiasts, and Prop-Swing, journal of the Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (...
IN BBC 1's Antique's Roadshowprogramme recently, one of those covetable tin-plate Alfa Romeo racing cars turned up. Full marks for the presenter who described correctly that it was a P2, and pointed...

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