February 2005

Page 7
Wot, no Whitmore ? We catch a little flak for our Top 20, 50, 100 lists: how can you compare this with that, etc? I perfectly understand that viewpoint. But from my experience, if any enthusiasts...
Page 8
Modern rally features lowest entry ever as Historic event booms This year's Monte Carlo Rally had just 34 entrants — an all-time low. This year's Monte Carlo Historic Rally, which will run on January...
Page 9
My hero: There's only one: Stirling Moss. He was making the headlines when I started out in this sport and I also had the privilege of watching him from behind the fences at Aintree when he beat...
Page 10
Ex-F1 drivers forced to wait as new single-seater series changes tack Plans are still alive for the creation of a one-make single-seater championship for grand prix stars of the past despite a...
Page 12
Milt Minter -- Porsche hard charger One of North America's most popular road-racing talents died on December 23 after losing his battle with cancer. He was 71. Minter was a professional driver for...
RAC FF1600, Silverstone, June 1981 Ayrton had a great pedigree in karts but this was his first year with cars. I only started racing when I was 24 and by this point I had been competing for about six...
Page 14
More than 70 crews claim gold as this famous trial's toughest hills fail to claim their quota of expected victims. Report by Paul Lawrence "Yippee!" shrieked July Phillips from the passenger seat of...
Page 16
Ferrari's P4 was both beautiful and effective and Chris Amon said it made its Ford Mk11 rival feel like a truck P4. Two syllables to send shivers down your spine — or mine, anyway. In a debate about...
Page 17
San Marino Grand Prix, 1991 The driver could see the chequered flag, but he could hear why he was not going to get there. The V12 wail that had provided the soundtrack to a sensational grand prix...
Page 19
1999 Brazilian at Interlagos How did you hear about the Minardi drive at Interlagos? I was at Barcelona testing for Prost. Alain Prost called to tell me that Luca Badoer was injured and that Minardi...
1989 RAC Rally How did you come to be entered ? All year I drove a Group N Mitsubishi in the British championship and we won the category, but I had no prospect for the RAC. Then Mikael Ericsson,...
Page 20
Saabs upstage Ford's effort -- Gruelling Arctic conditions prove rallying isn't simply about horsepower Sometimes it's the softly-softly approach which works. Against two works Ford Escorts and a...
Page 21
More headaches for Formula One's boffins in 2005 As an overall package the F1 rule changes for 2005 represent the biggest shake-up since 1998 when grooved tyres and narrow-track suspension forced...
Page 22
Blue and Orange: The History of Gulf in Motorsport by Michael Cotton, ISBN 1902351207, Published by Coterie Press, £39.95 Few sponsor-driven racing liveries are as evocative. John Player Special...
Page 27
Time to go Dutch Sir, Following Nigel Roebuck's item in the January 2005 edition, I'd like to point out that though Zandvoort is no longer the track it was during its glory years much of it remains...
Page 29
Wins vs titles, 1978 Recently there has been a lot of dissatisfaction expressed over the points-scoring system for the world championship. With five or six potential winners in each race, as well as...
Ascent of K3 Sir, My remembrance of the Porsche 935 K3 (November '04 issue) is from during its heyday in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschoft (DRM): John Fitzpatrick, Bob Wollek and Klaus Ludwig...
Page 31
This month our series of photos taken by you features Long Beach, Can-Am at Riverside, and damaged Mirages This atmospheric shot was taken by Stephan Pattengale during the 1977 grand prix at Long...
Page 34
Britain's club racing hero Gerry Marshall on 623 wins, beating Roger Clark at his own game and why the Goodwood marshals bowed down to Baby Bertha Was Big Bertha really as evil to drive as people...
Page 38
We asked a jury to separate the saloon greats from the grating metal. Paul Fearnley, Richard Heseltine and Damien Smith assess the verdict...   20 = Nicola Larini The Italian’s performance in the...
Page 46
And the winner is... a tyre fitter from Harrow. Paul Fearnley assesses the saloon racers' saloon racer, a man who shunned single-seaters and only went 'blue sky' 27 years into his race career... It's...
Page 50
These iconic saloon cars went to tin-top war in the late 1980s. But which is better: Sierra RS500 or BMW M3? Ian Flux decides... The old Abbey on the old Silverstone had always been easy flat. Until...
Page 58
It staged only one grand prix, but Monsanto Park helped establish Portugal as a player in F1. Richard Heseltine retraces its history. Photography by Ian Dawson. The look of displeasure is writ wide...
Page 62
ThrustSSC's designers discuss the lost record car of George Eyston with Keith Howard You'd think that someone who had broken the Land Speed Record for Britain two years in succession, 1937-38,...
Page 64
Ex-biker Swede Savage divided opinion: the Next Big Thing or an accident waiting to happen. He was killed at Indy in 1973. Joe Scalzo tells his story -- and reveals a startling driven-to-destruction...
Page 68
Reborn for the track-day market, Crosslé's 9S sports-racer still cuts it, says Richard Heseltine Tapping into a rich nostalgic vein, Crosslé Car Co has high hopes for 9S, the second coming....
Page 74
Mercedes' return to racing post-war left it with a bloody nose, as Tony Watson explains On the run-up to Christmas 1939 porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) gathered on the sidewalks of their city's...
Page 78
Nigel Mansell became a pearl at Williams. But as Damien Smith explains his four full seasons at Lotus provided the grit in the oyster... Key scenes. Act One: first Formula One test. He snaps up the...
Page 86
"He was like a baby. By that I mean he had a baby's ability to learn. He learnt in one year what other people learnt in three or four years..." So says former Mercedes sports boss Jochen Neerpasch of...
Page 90
From track to traffic I have previously recalled the excitement which the reappearance of ancient giant ex-racing and similar cars created when they began to run at VSCC meetings from 1936 on. During...
Page 91
Interesting that the Lagonda Car Club has a Vokes Trophy among its awards. It recalls those 'pancake' Vokes air-cleaners which could be neatly attached to carburettor intakes. Arnold Davey, editor of...
Page 99
Edited by Paul Lawrence Big plans for VSCC Oulton -- VSCC and Jonathan Palmer align to create major historic festival The return of the Vintage Sports Car Club to Oulton Park in May is part of a...
Page 101
Racers that are going, going, gone Despite considerable press coverage, the 1980 Le Mans class-winning Lancia Beta Montecarlo (Motor Sport last month) failed to sell at Christies' December sale. The...
The 25th Lotus Owners Gathering in America will be held at St Louis from August 26-29. The headline attraction will be a class for single-seaters during a track day at Gateway International Raceway...
Page 102
HMI builds on success for '05 Historic Motorsport International: Historic motorsport will again be showcased at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry for three days at the end of February. Building on the...
Page 104
Pearson suffers bit of Agg -- Group C/GTP Revival The effort and commitment of Jim Graham really paid dividends in 2004 for the Group C/GTP Racing movement. More cars, more drivers and a...
Page 111
Winning the Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy was a dream for Tony Seber, writes Paul Lawrence The Seber family's racing Wolsley Hornets have long been renowned for their performances at VSCC...
Page 113
Hoarding magazines has been a Taylor pastime for five decades. He still has a long way to go to approach Peter Richley Most of us start amassing piles of old car magazines because we are too young to...
Page 114
Belgian Grand Prix, Spa, 1970 Jean-Pierre Beltoise and his Matra-Simca team-mate Henri Pescarolo get a rudimentary 'three laps to go' signal. Beltoise finished third, but 'Pesca' hit engine...

Noticed a mistake on this page?

Tell Us About It