February 2004

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Oulton Park would make a lovely upmarket private housing estate: a select few seven-figure houses dotted around a swathe of prestigious rolling Cheshire parkland, its lake filled with trout (not...
Can you MGB serious Sir, Your article on Mugello brought back to me one of the more intriguing episodes in my 40-year interest in motor racing. In either 1965 or '66, I was on holiday touring around...
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Star letter Recorded livery Sir, As a great admirer of Simon Taylor's sense of history, I am somewhat surprised that in Modern Times, January 2004, he perpetuates the myth that "sponsorship as we...
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Jenks on GTs, 1962 Last month it was more than worthwhile to visit England to gather some Continental knowledge. An 'open house' day of dicing was being organised at Silverstone by Total Oil, with a...
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Another chapter in our series for amateur motor racing photographs contributed by our readers, from their own archives. This month's selection takes us to Reims and Aintree "One of the first sounds I...
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Surely the most humanistic politician in Brussels, Ari Vatanen is also one of the most exciting rally drivers ever to grace this earth. So what was it like driving the widest-ever Escort and doing...
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The motorsport futures of four major British motor racing tracks have been secured in a deal worth an estimated £30 million. The new owner of Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton is...
With the death of Guy Griffiths the motoring world has lost another great character. I shall miss hugely the phone chats we had as we both grew older. Guy began trading cars at 18, with exciting...
Gawaine Baillie, who died in December, aged 69, began racing saloons in the late 1950s. In 1959, he joined Equipe Endeavour using Jaguar 3.4s, staying with Mklls into '62 before switching to the big...
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The Force Racing Organisation is the first to commit to Zandvoort's new historic festival this year. The Dutch circuit will stage the finale for FORCE'S European Formula Two Trophy, which this...
A celebration to mark 50 years of Team Lotus is to be staged this summer by the son of the marque's late founder, Colin Chapman. Classic Team Lotus, the historic racing and preparation company run by...
The new Pan-European Classic Endurance Racing series for 1960s and '70s sports-racers is set to visit the UK this season. The Peter Auto-run events are to support the new Le Mans Endurance Series for...
Former Indianapolis winner Bobby Rahal has acquired a Ferrari 250GT SWB to compete in historic events this season, including the Goodwood Revival. The American bought the car in place of his recently...
Heavy metal V8s are to get a new championship this season. Camaros, Mustangs and Cobras have already registered for the V8 Rolling Thunder series run by the Classic Sports Car Club. There is, however...
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Cosworth Racing has renewed its deal to sponsor the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix in 2004. The series has also been awarded 'World Championship' status by the FIA. The 14th Louis Vuitton concours d'...
Entry to Goodwood's two premier historic motorsport events is to be restricted to pre-paid ticket holders this year to ease congestion problems. It will be the first time that the Revival circuit...
A year's free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's sportscar archives. Answers must be received by February 6,...
January 28-31 Daytona (USA) The Speedway's prestigious meeting for the Rolex 24 Hours sportscar race also features a one-hour Historic GTP/GpC support race, plus the Rolex Legends event for cars...
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Rob Collinge and co-driver Anton Levitan ran out comfortable victors of the Kenyan Airways East African Safari Rally in the week before Christmas. Their Datsun 240Z finished 48min ahead of Frédéric...
Winning the East African Safari is the zenith of a 32-year career for the Kenyan What did this Safari win mean to you? It was everything I had ever hoped for. I first drove the Safari Rally in 1971...
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Here in Britain, a wave of patriotic indignation greeted the news that Justin Wilson had lost his seat in the budget-challenged Jaguar F1 team. This, said the gossip, was in order to admit some...
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By John Surtees "Growing up during World War II limited the scope for sporting hero worship, but two magazine pictures salvaged from our bombed-out house stuck with me. The first was of Georg Meier...
1974 Belgian at Nivelles by Gerard Larrousse How did a driver in the middle of a successful season of sportscar racing with Matra end up making a one-off grand prix start? I don't really remember,...
1994 Works Nissan 300ZX (above) dominates Daytona 24 Hours, winning by 24 laps. Thomas Radstrom wins the Swedish Rally and Formula One testing hots up, with Michael Schumacher's Benetton B194 and...
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Legends: Retiring champions It was with some surprise that we learned, last June, that Michael Schumacher had agreed to extend his Ferrari contract by another couple of years, taking him to the end...
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Forty years ago, the mini's victory on the Monte Carlo laid the foundations of its iconic status and changed rallying forever. John Davenport relives an epic event with the team's key figures It was...
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The late twenties Grand Prix scene was swamped by Bugatti, creating a surge of French circuits. Tim Scott visits a coastal town with an appetite for road racing. Standing in the centre of the...
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In 1924, Delage unveiled France's new Grand Prix hope. Its sophisticated V12 engine promised much but in vain, as Anthony Pritchard explains Amongst the exotic noises at the 2003 Goodwood Festival...
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He had the talent to be Formula One World Champion, but did he lack the ambition? Adam Cooper talks to the quixotic Mister Ickx Compile a list of 'Formula One champions who never were' and it's...
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Bob Wollek was a sports car great but never won the Le Mans 24 Hours. Weeks before his death, in March 2001, he told Adam Cooper of his final frustration "I've won everything in sportscars, except of...
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Photography by Rainer Schlegelmilch An era in pictures. That has been the theme of the previous three books in the series The Great Challenge in which the images of Rainer Schlegelmilch and the words...
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Built to challenge the Continental GP teams, this design was flawed from the start: Keith Howard speaks to the man who sorted it out, 65 years on English Racing Automobiles was, in more ways than...
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They were the two greatest marques in the vintage years of sports car racing, yet rarely met directly on the track. Bill Boddy assesses which had the edge — Bentley or Mercedes-Benz When I was...
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BMW's famous badge graced a chassis which for a few months in 1970 did most of the winning in F2. Nick Phillips looks back on Muinch's own single-seaters Think BMW in the context of single-seater...
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Pete Tucker was one of the very first stars as stock car racing took a hold in fifties Britain. He recalls the lifestyle with Richard Barnett In 1954 Juan Manuel Fangio was thrilling grand prix-goers...
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Why don't we think of John Fitzpatrick as a sports car star? Because his major successes came in the States, says Gary Watkins The question 'Who won the most major sportscar races at the wheel of...
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By J.J. O'Malley ISBN 1-893618-24-2 Published by David Bull, £59.99 How is it that a comprehensive history of the most famous US sportscar race does not already exist? Never mind. This volume has...
By David Tremayne ISBN 593 05058 4 Published by Bantam, £20 Earlier Campbell biogs have concentrated on the shadow of his father, hinting that the playboy lifestyle and the women were a consequence...
By Peter Wright ISBN 1-893618-29-3 Published by David Bull, £59.95 Ferrari is in a state of war, says Ross Brawn. Which means that author Peter Wright got behind enemy lines. In the aftermath of its...
By Christopher Hilton ISBN 1 8442 5 005 9 Published by Haynes, £19.99 What do Rick Mears, Reinhold Joest and Lake Speed have in common? All crossed the path of the late, great Ayrton Senna during...
By Dieter Streve-Mülhens & Rainer Schlegelmilch ISBN 3 00 012 504 3 Published by Schlegelmilch, 255 Euros This lavish series of mainly photographic books has set a high standard so far, and this...
By Ed McDonough ISBN 1 86126 542 5 Published by Crowood, £19.95 It's surprising that this is the first Vanwall book for 13 years (and almost 30 since the comprehensive Jenks/Posthumus one), since...
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It is something of a chicken or egg puzzle. I refer to the fact that the CARkeys website has put a motoring cat among the publicity pigeons by posing the question: where was the first British motor...
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The Middlesex County AC's centenary in 2005 is already being prepared for, and its Centenary Committee Secretary, Kathleen Dawson, would appreciate the loan of any photographs, programmes, events...
Among the many aspects of vintage and veteran interest, may I suggest another one that of keeping one's eyes open for interesting pictures with motoring themes in pubs, restaurants and hotels? Years...
The clebrated columnist 'Taki' of The Spectator has been reminded by Adam Cooper's book Piers Courage Last of the Gentlemen Racers of the racing drivers he numbered among his friends who were killed...
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I remember two rather fascinating road test reports in The Autocar in 1920, when the roads were not just free from congestion, but almost devoid of traffic. The tests were of two sporting cars not...
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Quite remarkably, a one-off car of a previously unheard of make has returned to where it was first built, in County Durham. It is called the Shew, so named after Lord Londonderry's Seaham Harbour...
W Bentley will forever be respected as the instigator of some of the greatest sportscars of vintage years. Most 'Bentley Boys' of today will also know that he braved going as the passenger to Tim...
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US Grand Prix, Watkins Glen 1967 Graham Hill leads team-mate and eventual winner Jim Clark (5) away at the start, although Amon (9) would briefly lead before the first lap was out. LAT Photographic

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