January 1994

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November16: Rally driver Paul Frankland is one of a group of men arrested and charged with conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. Frankland had earlier been subject of an investigation by the BBC's Cook...
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It is always easy to approach a new year in an optimistic frame of mind. One year ago, indeed, we found ourselves doing exactly that. With hindsight, it was partially justifiable. Yes, there have...
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Respected racing car designer Jo Marquart died in his adopted Norfolk recently, following heart trouble. He was 57 years old. In the late 1960s Marquart was noted for his work at McLaren, before he...
It was bitterly ironic that Moss Thorpe finally looked to be on the verge of making real progress in his racing career when he died, aged 20, on the evening of November 24. He was killed instantly...
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The national racing world was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Major Arthur Mallock in the early hours of December 2. He was 75 years old and died peacefully after a short illness. Arthur,...
When Stéphane Proulx arrived in Europe in late 1988, he carried the hopes of a nation that had been deprived of a motor racing hero since the death of Gilles Villeneuve. On the surface, Proulx had...
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Colin McRae kept hopes of a British success alive until well into the event, but in the end Juha Kankkunen capped a successful season with a well-judged victory it was said that conditions during the...
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An antidote to the high-grip, no-slide world of modern F1 comes in a timely reminder of days when men were men and Langhorne had a fierce reputation as a killer track If you have the slightest...
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A meeting many years ago Down Under sparked something big for both Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac but while one got the fame, the other shunned it. His classically simple, yet incredibly effective...
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I was ready. I wasn't going to be caught out. I'd heard all about it, the backhanders, the back biting more moves than the Kasparov/Short epic, they said. I bought a brand new notebook, sharpened my...
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At the risk of being branded a heretic, I'd like humbly to suggest that observers of IndyCar racing have been a tad harsh in criticising Championship Auto Racing Teams over the years. True, the...
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It's a brisk autumnal afternoon in southwestern France, where in two hours' time the final round of the 1993 European Formula 3000 Championship will take place. In the Nogaro paddock, Gil de Ferran...
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Penske Racing's car-building offshoot in Poole may be run on deadly efficient lines, but the man in charge is also one of the great motor sport enthusiasts It has been said of Nick Goozée that you...
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It's a relatively fast tour and you might be forgiven for feeling that Penske Cars' premises on a small industrial estate in Poole are modest by the standards one has come to expect of typical F1...
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Eurosport F1 commentator and FF1600 and F2 racer Allard Kalff takes us behind the wheel of the World Championship-winning FW15C Okay, so the contract for 1994 may not be in the post, but when I got...
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Past the start/finish line you're in sixth gear and get up to 280kph before you brake hard for the very tight right-hander at the end of the straight. When you turn in you go over a hump which is...
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TVR is Britain's most adventurous car manufacturer and the Chimaera is arguably its most desirable model. Discuss . . . Let's dispense with any niceties immediately, shall we? There are 'sports' cars...
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Remember 1989, the Mini's 30th anniversary and all that? It was the year that spawned a series of Mini special editions designed to fête this notable landmark. As it transpired, many of them smacked...
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There was a time when Hyundai's most notable achievement was building something which, from the back, was virtually indistinguishable from the Maserati Biturbo. It's just that the original Stellar...
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The Monaco Grand Prix is no longer the only motorsporting event which restricts public access to the Principality's streets Like countless young boys, I always dreamt of racing around the streets of...
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Ferrari 166 LM It's not often I go to view an interesting old car at Hyde Park Corner in the middle of London, but within taxi-hailing distance of the Duke of Wellington's town house I was shown into...
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Double world rally champion Walter Röhrl, driving a Francis Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911 and co-driven by Beatty Crawford, led the International Rally Britannia from the third stage to the finish....
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The Italian built SCAT motor car is in my mind just now because a rather covetable little racing car, not of this make but having close associations with it, as I will explain later, and which I...
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The SCAT history on the previous pages in this issue recounts how two 1100-c.c. Newtons were entered for the 1923 200 Mile Race at Brooklands but non-started. Nevertheless, one of these cars still...
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The 1904 Darracq "Genevieve", famous for its part in the film of that name, has been in the news again, having returned from Australia to take part successfully in the Brighton Run, before being sold...
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It was a pleasant surprise for WB to learn that he had been awarded the new National Motor Museum Prince Henry Trophy for 1993. Judged by the Museum's Advisory Council, the citation reads: "The...
Another tough event for historic cars will be the fourth Swansea MC's Rally of the Vales on January 2, a daylight 150-mile run using some of the best of classic rally territory in the mid-winter...
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It can now be told that the remarkable entry of 462 pre-I905 cars for this year's Brighton Run was decimated to 418, after 44 drivers had either failed to report at the start or had been non-starters...
No, no, not literally! What I am implying is that the VSCC, being a traditional sort of Club, has for years ended its trials season with the toughest event of the lot, by taking competitors up to...
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One of the notable and pleasing aspects of VSCC race meetings is the appearance of 81-year-old Tom Delaney and his 1928 Kaye Don TT-winning Hyper Lea-Francis which his father, himself an early racing...
Those readers who saw the BBC TV programme: "K: Kenneth Clark 1903-1963" should need no encouragement to read his book Diaries (Weidenfeld & Nicolson — The Orton Publishing Group Ltd. 1993, £20....
Donald Parker has sent the accompanying photograph of Leslie Ballamy showing the Model-A Ford he was running up to his death to John Willis and Donald Bastow. Naturally it was fitted with the LMB...
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Duke Marketing. 75 mins, £12.99. As a general rule, Duke's Legends series has handled its subjects sensitively, and this is no exception. Although there is plentiful footage of Hunt in his F1 career...
by Christopher Hilton. PSL, £9.99 Well, if I'm honest it's difficult to know quite what to make of this book by the prolific Hilton. Certainly, it is not up to his usual standard, nor is it...
Duke Marketing. 55 mins, £10.99. Now here's a triumph for commercialism. Nigel Mansell's twisted Ford Mondeo had barely finished steaming when this hit the shops. The dust jacket bills the TOCA Shoot...
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Recent publications on the one-make/one model front include new Brooklands Books reprints covering 1947-87 Capri's, the BMW M-Series 1976-93, and two Alfa Romeo volumes, about the 1980-86 GTV6 and...
Story of a motoring empire,by John Bullock. PSL, £16.99. Here is a book to enjoy the account of the great Rootes Empire told by one who has so much inside information about it, because author John...
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Sir, I am looking for information about John Duff, who raced at Brooklands, Le Mans and Indianapolis in the 1920s. He died in 1958. Can anybody help? M Tanney 34 Harwick Cr., Ottawa, Ontario,Canada...
Sir, I am sure that all those who knew Innes Ireland will join me in thanking you for the generous tribute in December's Motor Sport. He was indeed a very fine fellow. I am certain that stories of...
Sir, It was of great interest to read your synopsis of the proposed motor racing circuit at Polkemmet. It is correct to say that Motor Circuit Developments was approached by the promoters of the...
Sir, Observing the F1 rules practised at Suzuka, can somebody explain to me why Martin Brundle didn't thump Ayrton Senna after Monza? MR Pears,Shrewsbury, Salop.
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Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer 365/512 Think of the great sports cars and one name that inevitably comes to mind is that of Ferrari. For more than forty years Ferrari has been building cars that impress...

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