January 1993

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NOVEMBER17: IMSA effectively axes its GTP class with the announcement of a new, open-top, two-seater category to be known as 'World Sports Cars'. Existing GTP cars will be allowed to run alongside...
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It's OK to smile As we greet the arrival of 1993, our enthusiasm for the forthcoming sporting year is marked with a degree of caution. The past 12 months will be remembered as much for the unhappy...
Jean-Francois Mosnier One image of Jean-Francois Mosnier will always stick in my mind. It was April 1989, at Silverstone, the opening round of the European F3000 Championship. Mosnier's Lola...
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Is money the overriding factor which influences driver choice, graduation and progression? It's still there, on my notebook for the 1989 Brazilian GP at Rio. A long, inky stroke across the lap chart...
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Farewell to a straight shooterWhen it comes to telling things as they are, Fl can ill afford to lose men of the calibre of Goodyear's Lee Gaug "A lot of them are spoiled, overpaid kids who are not...
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Special Builders Dear reader, You cannot really define a special builder, even though we probably all know one when we meet him, and like me you have probably got friends who are natural special...
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The battle for the 1992 World Rally Championship became incredibly intense during the final two rounds. Against the odds, Carlos Sainz emerged from the British mud to claim a second world crown Had...
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At the end of November, when the Lombard RAC Rally signs were taken down in Chester, it marked the end of an era. Lombard North Central has been the primary sponsor of Britain's biggest sporting...
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Colin McRae is a phenomenon. A purveyor of stunning stage times and spectacular accidents. A winner with a winner's confidence. At the ripe old age of 24 he has stamped his mark indelibly on the...
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Harvey triumphs in three-way title fight as British touring car regs point the way for the rest of the world Such was the success of the Esso British Touring Car Championship in '92 that the two-...
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30 years on Trevor Taylor reflects contentedly on his life in Jim Clark's shadow "Even on the road, I don't drive quickly, me. I live in Yorkshire and used to pop down to Ledbury to see John...
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Courtsey of the private enterprise company Rare Imports we can bring you the class confrontation amongst Japanese micro sports cars this month; Honda Beat versus Suzuki Cappuccino. In fact we could...
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Into the tight right-hander at Lodge Corner. There's room for a Rover Metro and a couple of inches of daylight down the inside. Wait for his brake lights to come on. Count to three, grit teeth and go...
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It was an annus horribilis for sports car racing too. Following the predictable collapse of the Sportscar World Championship, the 10-car All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship underwent drastic...
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Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 Introduced to Britain in the summer of 1992, the front-drive Alfa Romeo 155 range was designed to replace the cranky 75 line. Recalling the reliability habits of the 75 (the...
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Behind the reborn BMW performance flagship lie at least four years' development graft and 50 prototypes. Replacing the familiar old four-cylinder warrior is a very much smoother six-cylinder M3, but...
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ROVER COUPE Rover is to make a determined challenge in the small, but lucrative, coupe market. A three-model range is now available, priced from £14,495, if you opt for the familiar Honda 1.6-litre...
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ASA 1000 GT It was the small car Ferrari never made. It was always known as "Ferrarina", but neither the prancing horse nor the name appeared on it. Instead it bore a triangular badge with the...
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I had intended to tell you how the editorial Ford 2-litre twin-cam Sierra 4x4 EFi has been fareing. But so good is Ford reliability that there is very little to tell. The mileage is now 31,895 and...
I was looking at RAC MSA News the other day, and it reminded me of how very intense all forms of motor sports have become, in the world of big business in which such are now included. It is...
Did you know that George Formby, the entertainer "loved fast cars and, in 1939, was the first person to drive round Brooklands at 100mph"? That is what the Radio Timessays. It's news to me! W B
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The accompanying picture of a smart Sunbeam Sixteen tourer owned by Bernard Burgess reminds me that this is an old friend. It started life as a 1930 fabric saloon, at one time run by Dr Dawson, who...
To complete last month's report on the Veteran Car Run to Brighton, those who failed to start (no doubt to the relief of the 51 reserve entries) numbered 65, and those who did start but who failed to...
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The Seabrook RMC At a time when the First World War was fast approaching, and American cars looked outwardly, to European eyes, mostly all the same, with unpretentious outlines and rounded radiators...
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Having just read Guy Edwards' book on motor-racing sponsorship (to be reviewed shortly) I feel there are a few minor loose ends to be tied up. Quite when racing sponsorship began is a nice one for...
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AIR Having ventured to re-introduce a modicum of aviation interest into these pages, without so far as I am aware, any complaints, I am encouraged to recall an aspect of private flying I encountered...
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It was pure co-incidence that, having a book on aero-engined cars in the publishing pipeline, I was able to close the year by experiencing such a hybrid — the most powerful and intriguing motor car I...
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In using the AFN Archives to find a picture for last month's article on car dirt-track racing my attention was drawn to a further onslaught on the cinders by four-wheelers. I have seen somewhere that...
Despite the recession, clubs are announcing their 1993 plans. The Daimler & Lanchester OC, which enrolled 27 new members in September last, with cars from 1938 to 1981, is to hold its...
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As one who went to many race meetings at the pre-war Donington Park course, from VSCC events to those two great Donington Park Grands Prix of 1937 and 1938 which attracted really large numbers of...
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We are informed from New York of the third win in the 4475-mile American Coast-to-Coast rally for antique and classic cars by Richard Burdick, navigated by Wayne Ball. They used the 1923 3-litre...
The present owner of the Beckenham Special, HBP 270 (below), which Keith Salmon used in trials, hillclimbs etc, when it was new, is seeking the pre-war history of the car, which he is restoring. It...
One hundred members and guests attended the reunion dinner of the ERA Club on 31 October. (The club now embraces BRM, the other Bourne car.) The club's president, AF Rivers Fletcher, was in charge...
The glossy magazine Quest, published by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd, has, in No 22, a long illustrated article about Brooklands, which concludes: "In 1987 the Brooklands Museum Trust was formed and in...
The Heritage Historic Rally Championship winner was Jon Everard (Healey 3000), from Richard Tyzack (Renault Alpine) and Phil Stroud (Ford Lotus-Cortina). Award presentations will be made at the...
This is one of the more renowned of VSCC trials, perhaps because it is tougher than some and takes in much beautiful scenery, although it is doubtful whether the latter is immediately apparent to...
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It is a signal that Christmas is fast approaching when the VSCC's Enstone driving tests come around, staged on that bleak airfield come on plateau off the A34. On December 5 it was chilly, but fine,...
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Sir, In the article relating to Talbot cars in the November issue you refer to Mr F W Shortland. I believe the correct name of the person to whom you refer is "Shorland". Frank Shorland was one of...
Sir, Further to WB's piece Clearing Giveen in September's issue, the ERA Club published an extract from a proposed follow-up to Split Seconds, in which Raymond Mays refers again to Giveen. Mays...
Sir, I believe that the Soryana Pedrosa referred to in Mr Weaver's letter in your November edition was actually a Soriano Pedroso (presumably the licensing office had difficulty with foreign names)....
Sir, I am prompted to write to you enclosing the picture of the 38/250 Mercedes Benz. Like your good self in a similar car, I first travelled at 100mph in this car belonging to my father. The date...
Sir, I refer to your article "Elusive Talbot. In 1964 the l Mech E arranged a symposium on 'The Design of Small Engines'. In the discussion following the reading of the papers, Roesch took the...
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Moss — The First 10 Years/Weekend at Le Mans 1957, Terrific Stuff Videos. 50 min, £17.99. For the first half-hour of this video, Chris Nixon and Jock Russell's Terrific Stuff enterprise lives up to...
Safari Rally — The First 40 Years, by Roger Barnard. Westholme Publishing, Sheffield SI0 1DA. £13.99. Other than those devoted almost exclusively to photographs, books about rallying fall into three...
Maybe, in 20 years' time, there will be those who hark back to 1992 and drone on and on about how exciting sports car racing was in "the good old days". Somehow, I doubt it. After the farce of the...
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For its 40th annual edition, Automobile Year has adopted a mildly 'retro' tone, with reflective pieces on dream cars, Formula One, the industrial onslaught of the Japanese and by the excellent Pete...
Former colleague Henry seems to be averaging about one book per month at the moment. The latest boils down to a brief summary of everyone who had ever started a World Championship Grand Prix from its...
Les Vingt-Quatre Heures du Mans 1991 and 1992, Sports Seen. 90 min, £10.99 each. Contractual negotiations delayed the launch of 1991's edition of what used to be known as Radio Le Mans - The Video....
Nigel Mansell - World Champion. Simon & Schuster, £3.99. Anything that contains the line "At last the scream of tortured metal filled the air" smacks of a 1970s motor racing novel for schoolboys...
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August Reflections, by Arthur Benjamins. This splendid rendering of Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird K4 is the latest masterpiece from well-known artist Arthur Benjamins. Entitled 'August Reflections...
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It's easy to say "What, another one?" when particular subjects crop up in the motoring press. Bugatti, along with Ferrari, Bentley and Porsche, is one. Of these, all creators of cars bearing their...
Crowood's Autoclassics range is expanded again by these two subjects. Robson's brief is to cover all variants of the long-lived XJ cars, from the original 6 to XJ40 via XJ-S, including V12 and AJ6...
OS Motoring Atlas of Great Britain, 1993 Edition. Ordnance Survey, in conjunction with Hamlyn. £8.99 (spiral binding); £6.99 (perfect binding). Having rallied in many parts of the world, I reckon I...
Rather as the BBC has gone into publishing, so has John Surtees become an author; but he has the excuse that he has retired from racing, as an ex-world champion in the car and motorcycle worlds. His...
Mini - A Celebration of the World's Ultimate Small Car, by Graham Scott. Hamlyn, £10.99. The word 'Celebration' hints at a rose-tinted spectacle affair of no great depth, and so it proves. Large...
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Sir, What has happened to the British Formula 3 Championship? A few years ago, our national F3 series used to share top billing with the BTCC at certain meetings, and the two series appeared to enjoy...
Sir, I hear of some scheme whereby Williams-Renault will run its second car for two drivers in 1993: Nigel Mansell when his American commitments allow, and Damon Hill at other times. This is a good...
Sir, Having read your review of the European F3000 season last month, and taken on board the problems the formula has trying to make its presence felt and, more importantly, attracting spectators,...
Sir, I found October's article on Pike's Peak very interesting. When in Colorado last year I drove my rented Oldsmobile Regency sedately to the summit and marvelled at the skill and nerve of those...
Sir, So Princess Diana has bought a pair of karts for the two princes and karting is set to become the sport of kings. How delighted I and doubtless scores of others are to see it. But oh dear, why...
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Sir, If FISA is happy with the degeneration of Formula One racing into a vast, money-consuming advertising campaign, so be it. We can (and do) spend our time watching more varied racing. What the...
Sir, While leafing idly through a current text-book of psychiatry. I read that disinclination to accept blame, violent criticism of others and a maniacal wish to be first may indicate a schizoid...
Sir, With reference to the high cost of motor insurance mentioned during your road test of the Ford Escort Cosworth (MOTOR SPORT, October), I would like to mention a point of interest. Most leading...
Sir, It is daily becoming more apparent that it is no longer sufficient for old car enthusiasts to maintain a lobbyist at Brussels, but essential that we join the fight to withdraw every aspect of...
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Sir. I refer to the coming-together between Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell during November's Australian Grand Prix. I suggest only two possible conclusions. 1 . It was the inevitable result of a...
Sir, We were all deeply shocked when Jean-Francois died so suddenly from cancer in hospital in Nice. Since that day, I have been touched by all the tributes, flowers, presents and kind letters that...
Sir, May I, as the largely contented and enthusiastic owner of a 1988 Carrera, invite Porsche GB to answer publicly and truthfully the following question. Why is it that, as a British citizen,...
Sir, I enjoyed reading the history of Pike's Peak in MOTOR SPORT (October 1992). I have been wondering for some time whether Morgan sports-cars ( + 4 or 4/4) ever attempted this fascinating event in...
Sir. I am about to start the research which will hopefully lead to a booklet/book on the history of the Oakland Motor Car Company. I am aware of the history of Oakland in America and its formation...
Sir, It was with dismay, though not surprise, that I heard the World Sports Car Championships was not to be held in 1993. For many years now the cars have stagnated design-wise and the basic shapes...
Sir, I am in the early stages of preparing a supercharged 1964 Studebaker Avanti for historic racing. This car had a great potential but I am very concerned with keeping the tuning inside the proper...

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