January 1996

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Where now for British rallying The novelty of having a British World Rally Champion in Colin McRae has begun to wear off. At first like any lottery winner McRae said that he couldn't believe it. By...
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Giancarlo Baghetti We were saddened to learn of the death, on November 27, of Giancarlo Baghetti. He succumbed to cancer, aged 61. Baghetti was not well known to the public at large, but his place...
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  Is Schumacher a worthy champion? Can he win over the tifosi next season? As ever, Niki Lauda pulls no punches Even as Michael Schumacher, drink in hand, celebrated becoming the sport's youngest...
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Despite setbacks during the early stages of the event, Colin McRae fought back to take a second consecutive victory on home soil. In so doing, the Scot becomes the UK's first outright world rally...
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Consider Colin McRae's World Rally Championship victory and it's easy to run out of superlatives. What lies ahead for the youngest-ever champion? Ka-pow! Colin McRae slammed shut the boot of his...
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The great American divide continues. Who holds the upper hand The Indy Racing League opened its new Walt Disney World Speedway last month and, in early December, released an entry list for the...
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The launch of the new Lola Formula 3000 car heralds a new era on the final rung of the Grand Prix ladder. Will it work? FM President Max Mosley is confident about its prospects Only six months ago,...
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The world's most refined motor car? Possibly. One of the world's more charismatic? Palpably not . . . Luxury. It is defined as enjoyment of all things opulent, an appreciation of indulgences, rather...
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Fed up with your Escort or Astra? Fiat's Bravo and Brava might offer the most appealing hatchback alternative yet If there was an award for the most interesting mainstream car manufacturer, Fiat...
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Vauxhall Vectra The Cavalier is phased out at last, but hasn't Vauxhall forgotten something? The press pack for the new Vectra is very studiously written: nowhere are the words 'Vauxhall' and 'Vectra...
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Those needing advice, assistance with maintenance or just a good read about popular classic sports cars have quite a choice among recent titles. Thus MRP have Paul Robinson's and Christopher Ross's...
Britain's Motor Industry — The First Hundred Years, by Nick Baldwin, Anders Clausager, and Jonathan Wood (Nick Georgano, Ed). Haynes, £24.99. To mark the first one hundred years of the British Motor...
The life and inventions of George Constantinesco, to whom we referred in Motor Sport some time back, is the subject of Data Files 2 from M W Models of 4 Greys Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1RY....
Ferrari in Camera From Ascari to Villeneuve, Nye and Goddard. Palawan Press, £350 This is a book of legends: not only of the Ferrari marque and its fabled drivers, but also of the man who has...
Raiders Overhead — The Bombing Of Walton &Weybridge, by Stephen Flower. Air Research Publications, PO Box 223, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KTI2 3YO £11.95 I found this unusual little paperbook...
The guide to Coventry's one-time car factories which we mentioned last month is available for £2.00 from the City Development Directorate reception in the Tower Block, Much Park Street, the Tourist...
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Sir, WB's excellent account of the Brooklands gathering of Alvis Owners Club and Alvis Register FWD Alvis cars poses the question as to why Alvis introduced this model when they already had a...
Sir, I must commend you on the thoroughly fascinating article on the Maserati 250F. There is however a slight error which should be noted. Although Bob Drake was indeed the last man to drive a 250F...
Sir, My favourite philosopher is Friedrich Hegel. In 1800 he published a thesis proving that there could only be seven planets. On the first of January 1801 the eighth planet was discovered.I find...
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A veteran of the Mille Miglia and the Liège rally, this ex-work TR2 opened a chapter of success for Triumph in the Fiftes. LM falls for its rugged appeal After the War when Triumph was taken over by...
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Is that Nelson Piquet? Ian Flux casts his mind back to when he used to dream of F1, and drives a car once handled by someone who tried to thump him while he was doing his best to get there In over 20...
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We don't often see a model from Russia, but this 1/43 Benz Motorwagen is a jewel. Almost literally, as many of the 486 parts are silver-soldered in place, even to the individual wheel spokes in the...
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American tour One of the side-effects of making friends with car people is that your entire calendar can end up concentrating on cars. And holidays, too: staying with friends in the USA, I fancy I...
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Part of the fascination of racing at Brooklands, for me at any rate, was the variety of the cars taking part. While some spectators had eyes only for the fastest and latest of racing cars competing,...
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The Kissel Kar When I was a young enthusiast contemplating what sportscar I would own had I been able to afford one I put British makes on my imaginative buyer's-list, but ignored cars like the Stutz...
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Car and Man of the Century awards Autocar, in conjunction with its 100th issue with Esso, had its readers (I do not know how many) and staff vote for the Car and Man of the Century. The result was...
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Veteran to classic The Lakeland Trial This event is usually memorable as the tough contest that ends the VSCC trialling year, but the dry period of 1995 rather changed things, on November 11 , when...
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Sir John Betjeman, one of the bestloved English poets, who refers to cars in some of his works, such as his father's elderly Rover landaulette, and even a Bugatti in Oxford, is the subject of two...
I feel extremely sad at having to pen this obituary notice about W G S Wike. He was such an enthusiast for cars of all kinds but especially the older and more exciting ones. He was also full of dry...
A "Tyreing" Time The photograph which we published in November of Alfred Ellison's 1912 15-litre GP Lorraine-Dietrich Vieux Charles Trois minus all its tyres after a skid in practice for a Brooklands...
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Book of the Month Vauxhall 30-98, by Nic Portway, New Wensum Publishing, Stowmarket, £118. Although books innumerable have been written about almost every make of car, the good, the bad and the...
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Happy birthday I must say I am rather glad that Motor Sport is not yet 100 years old. Just as it was the first sporting motor journal, so The Autocar was the first British motoring weekly. The first...
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Buyers' Guide: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow The timeless styling of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is the one thing above all else which makes it difficult to believe that this, the Crewe company's first...

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