January 1998

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Goodwood Circuit is gearing up to host its first race meeting in over 30 years on September 18-20, 1998, exactly half a century since the ninth Duke of Richmond – who, as Freddie March, won the 1931...
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Unaccustomed as I am to public displays of jingoistic, Britain-is-best trumpeting, it is difficult to leaf through very much of this magazine without concluding that the sport and its history we so...
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Russel Brookes returned to competitive rallying with an emphatic victory in November's two-day RAC International Historic Rally. Brookes, co-driven by Fleet Street journalist and Formula One...
Clay Regazzoni is among 40 drivers registered to take part in May's Classic Malts Scottish Six Day Reliability Trial. The 1350-mile route, which the former GP driver will tackle in his hand-...
Five cars from four marques will trace the F1 career of Ayrton Senna in a special tribute to the triple World Champion at the Autosport International show at the Birmingham NEC between January 9-11....
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Lottery grants totally £1.5 million have enabled Brooklands Museum finally to purchase John Cobb's famous Napier-Railton. Built specifically for the Track and perpetual holder of the lap record there...
The ultra-reliable Elva-BMW Mk8 of Sylvain and Henri Stepak, Gerard Back and Gerard Autajon, repeated last year's victory in Van de Vyver Racing's sixth annual Deux Tours d'Horloge marathon at Paul...
January 8-11 Autosport intl show (GB) Europe's top motorsport show, embracing everything from Grand Prix and World Rally Cars to Historics at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. Sideshows...
The Honda RC173 motorcycle on which Mike Hailwood won the 1966 350cc World Championship was sold for a staggering £169,388 (including premium) by Coys in London last month as enthusiasts clamoured to...
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Much has been made of the controversial last lap at Jerez, in which Jacques Villeneuve plainly offered no resistance to Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, who swept through for a 1-2 finish. No one...
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Race car designer in the week, race winner on Sundays, McLaren’s Steve Nichols is no normal technophile Trick question: who was the McLaren team's most successful driver in 1997? Answer: Steve...
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Come join the club… Sir, I read with great interest your editorial in the last issue of Motor Sport in which you make an appeal on behalf of Richard Noble's ThrustSSC team. As a member of the Mach...
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Being the experiences of an amateur cycle-car builder The cause of all the trouble was a desire on my part to own something on four wheels, which is a bad sign in a hitherto enthusiastic motor-...
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Niki Lauda on James Hunt I first met James back in 1971 when I joined the March team for my first season of international Formula Two racing. In those days I was living in London, renting a flat near...
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In a sense, I think it was the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where James and I both put our names on the map. He was driving the Hesketh March and I was in the BRM P160. At the end of the opening...
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With looks you had to learn to love, and a chassis you have to learn to exploit, Ferrari’s 340 Mexico was a specialised device. Andrew Frankel relives the 1952 Carrera PanAmerica You cannot imagine...
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Ascari was seven when his father was killed in 1925. Such tragedy would put most off racing but it heightened his determination. Motor-cycles tuned his talent and Ascari scored a fine reputation on...
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When there’s ice underfoot, it’s time to unsheath the claws…John Davenport relates how a handful of tiny metal studs, plus a moment of inspiration, can win or lose a snowbound rally Choosing studs...
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In 1979, Stan Barrett lit the blue touch paper and sat back on his journey towards the sound barrier. In his own words he explains why he beat Andy Green and ThrustSSC to Mach One It is now close to...
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The son of a Baptist minister and himself a devout Christian, Stan Barrett was a leading Hollywood daredevil, performing all the major stunts in Hooper, the film in which actor Burt Reynolds played...
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Having made a fortune out of alloy wheels, Gunter Schmid bought a Formula One team. But he knew everyone’s jobs better than they did…Adam Cooper talks to some of the drivers who rode the rapids of...
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Despite having no technical education Gunther Schmid began tinkering with cars in his youth. In 1966 he began racing in Formula Vee; Niki Lauda was an early team-mate. He later moved to SuperVee,...
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Louis Klemantaski, probably the best-known racing photographer of them all, was born of Anglo-Russian stock in 1912. He covered racing of all types from 1936 to 1974, his remarkable compositional...
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It’s now four decades since Britain’s archetypal sportscar went into production. Matthew Franey samples life in the Lotus Seven fast lane Simple/‘simp(ǝ)l/adj. & n.•not complicated or elaborate;...
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Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd S192 In the first of a new series, Shaun Campbell looks into life at the wrong end of the grid. This month Perry McCarthy recalls the nightmare machine that put an end...
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Only one British circuit in current use can also boast a pre-war history. Donington memories may centre round Mercedes and Auto Union, but as Bill Boddy relates, the park’s early days were also...
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If you cannot imagine Formula One without Murray Walker, he knows how you feel. He tells Matthew Franey why, aged 75, he’s not nearly done with the sport that has become his life I shook hands with...
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Murray Walker spent the greater part of his entire career with just one ambition. "I wanted to be in the same room as Enzo Ferrari. It didn't matter if he didn't speak to me, I just wanted to say I...
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It was the supercar you could take to Sainsbury’s – but, relates Andrew Frankel, it would scramble your eggs on the way back The idea could scarcely have been more right; it was the execution that...
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Le Mans 1959 It was the greenhorn’s dream to drive at Le Mans, a long-term goal: yet it happened withing one year of his first race. And it involved some ‘creative’ pitwork… I had only really started...
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George Robery Neville Minchin MA was well-known in the motor industry as a supplier of batteries to Rolls-Royce from his two companies, Peto and Radford and Chloride Electrical Co. He was also a keen...
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Those Goodwood dates for 1998 – make a note now: Festival of Speed – June 12/14; reopening of the Goodwood race circuit – September 18/20. Montlhéry track near Paris is to see an event for pre-1941...
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The Jaguars of the 1950s are now classic cars, and of them the XK120 represents the start of significant developments. It took the motoring world by storm in 1949. Having tried it on the road and...
D A Aldington The sad news that Don Aldington has died closes one more link with the old days of racing at Brooklands and the pre-war Frazer Nash cars. DA Aldington was the younger brother of HJ...
WB received his MBE on Novemver 17 at Powys County Hall, the presentation made on behalf of HM The Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Powys. The recipient was taken to the ceremony by Roger Collings in...
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Just think how many happy people must have gone to Brooklands, on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, car or aeroplane, between 1907 and 1939, to watch the racing or flying, and you must agree that the...
Two recent VSCC events have been the recognisably tough Lakeland Trial on November 5 and the Eastern Rally on November 1/2. Premier Awards in the Lakeland event went to Andrew Hall (Frazer Nash) in...

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