January 2000

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When I asked Gordon Murray to sketch out his Formula One car of future, drawn without reference to a rulebook, I expected exactly that, a sketch. As you will have seen, what we actually got was...
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Aganst the odds, the second Monaco historic Grand Prix will descend on the principality on May 28th 2000. Despite having lost a million francs on the 1997 event, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM)...
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Jan Lammers and Win Percy could be among the stars racing in a Group C revival masterminded by the Aston Martin Owners Club next season. Lammers will drive Jaguar Holland's XJR-9 in at least one of...
To a standing ovation, Stirling Moss received the Gold Medal of the British Racing Drivers Club at its annual dinner at Grosvenor House, London, in November. Awarded for a lifetime contribution to...
Porsche has confirmed that it will not be contesting the Le Mans 24-hour race in June, further depleting the number of mainstream manufacturers looking likely to attend the event. This despite...
Historic Rally organiser Philip Young has been awarded the Penrite Award for efforts promoting the enjoyment of historic vehicles. A one-time motoring magazine editor and a rally competitor himself,...
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December 18 GSTAAD (CH) Ferrari collectors meet in the resort for Brooks Europe sale dedicated to the Prancing Horse. Magnificent 312PB is prize lot. 00 41 22 300 3160 January 9-14 Monte Carlo...
The video of Goodwood's second Revival Meeting is now on sale, priced £14.95. It lasts two hours and is as compelling as the raw material would suggest Fans and Christmas shoppers should call 01372...
The Motor Sports Association has moved to quash persistent rumours that the British Grand Prix could yet return to its customary summer date during July. The recent release of the FIA Formula One...
Twenty-two years after Patrick Depailler finished third in the South African GP, aboard a six-wheeled Tyrrell, Martin Stretton &we its sister P34 to victory in the last round of the HA...
A young automotive designer from Germany has been judged winner of the 1999 International Motoring Art Competition Amateur artist Andrea Mindt beat 237 entries for the Ford-backed event, with a...
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Now races in the Argentine command factory entries, it means development and preparation has virtually no rest at all. At one time the season had at least six months in which to prepare for the next...
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Sir, This reader of Motor Sport Of over 50 years seniority is again struck by the magazine's parochialism. Would not Bill Boddy's putative millionaire at least have thought of American cars? Perhaps...
Sir, David Smith (Letters, December) tells us that Monza '63 was the only Grand Prix to have two different circuit configurations during one event. Not quite right. At Barcelona in '94 when perhaps...
Sir, In 1958 John Wyer gave a talk on the Aston Martin Racing story in which he said that during the winter of 1950/51 Astons became the first British manufacturer to fit Weber carburettors. Earlier...
Sir, How pleasing to read Marcus Simmons' excellent feature on F5000 in your December 1999 issue and what delightful memories it evoked. Whilst appreciating this was not intended as a definitive...
Sir, Having enjoyed the writings of Mr W Boddy since 1951, naturally I felt his story about the great French driver Etancelin would be of great interest. However he suggests the veteran had retired...
Sir, May I say how much I enjoy Motor Sport; the articles are really interesting, and the archive photos so good that I have had to start an album collection, so please keep up the high standard! I...
Sir, If Motor Sport of the 1980s can be trusted(!), Mr Groves (Letters, November 1999) is correct in saying that Emilio de Villota raced a March until the Spanish Grand Prix. He was indeed the last...
Sir, I read with interest your feature Sprites and Gremlins (November 1999), about racing the ex-Pat Moss/Paul Hawkins Sebring Sprite, at this year's Goodwood IT celebration race. May I pass on my...
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Sir, I too have always been intrigued by the race between Archie Scott Brown and Masten Gregory at Silverstone in May 1958. David Morgan's letter perhaps suggests Gregory's victory was a narrow one,...
Sir, I couldn't believe Mr Frankel's sanctimonious editorial last month in which, referring to Damon Hill, he remarked "History will be kinder to him than we have been." What twaddle. History will...
Sir, Thank you so much for the quantity of photographs and text devoted in Nigel Roebuck's November column to the final two Grands Prix held at Watkins Glen. As a struggling university student, I...
Sir, Your article about the highly accomplished driverTony Rolt whetted my appetite for more information about some of the cars he drove in particular three rather special cars, his Dixon-prepared...
Sirs, I congratulate you on the quality of your recent pictures of the steamer 'L'Obeissante' built by my great-grandfather Amedee Bollee, which clearly show this machine was the first automobile to...
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In the contemporary F1 Paddock, folk without enemies are hard to find. It's a hard-nosed environment which can have a desensitising effect over the years. While not an absolute rule of thumb, those...
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Now a generic and used in almost all racing cars, Aeroquip Hose started live in US Warplanes. Keith Howard looks at its brilliant and much copied design photography by Charles Best You know a...
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The Pinnacle of Motorsport is under attack. Despite almost exponential viewing figures and financial gain, Formula One is facing a growing band of cynics who believe that for all its success, the...
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By Gordon Murray It all came from a comment Gordon Murray made over five years ago. We were talking about the then just launched McLaren road car he had designed and, in the course of conversation I...
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James Garner didn't just act in "Grand Prix", he drove F1 cars at race speed in it too. Now 71, he was brought to Monza just to be pictured with one of the cars from the film, but as Andrew Frankel...
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The track was five miles long, had fifty corners and separated real drivers from also-rans like no other. Andrew Frankel revisits and unfairly forgotten circuit "It was the best track in France;...
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Herbert Austin's baby was a risky venture which might have sunk the ailing firm. Bill Boddy asserts it was the sevens racing exploits which finally convinced a dubious public There is no doubt about...
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The worst car I ever drove Niki Lauda 1972 March 72X He borrowed $250.000 to drive it and it drove him to contemplate suicide. No wonder Niki Lauda is no great fan of the march 721X. It was the one...
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The Great Grand Prix In 1933 the world's greatest drivers were embroiled in Chicanery of a different sort when they decided to fix the Tripoly Grand Prix. Mark Hughes investigates. Achille Varzi,...
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Imagine 2000 miles of empty road twisting through forests and spearing across deserts, stringing together beautiful colonial towns between Tuxtla in South Mexico and Nuevo Laredo on the American...
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Alan R Smith started photographing motor racing in the thirties, going freelance in 1946. Since then his pictures of British and Overseas racing have been widely exhibited, and he is still capturing...
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Motoring history holds all manner of interesting items. Recently I learned that VCC member Mike Bradbrook has owned for the past four years a very desirable 1910 24/30hp touring Nagant, but knows not...
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To preserve an important piece of Brooklands' history Jim Baxter has built up an interpretation of the motorcycle ridden by G E (`Wizard) Stanley there in 1912; he was the first to exceed 75mph on a...
The famous ex-Joyce/Aked racing AC, so well known in the 1920s, was due to appear at the AC works near the Track in December, as its owner, R Smith, after much toil, has got it running again, and it...
Present day racing has one odd factor to explain away A car can today be placed in the results even after retiring. In older times, unless a car covered the full distance, or at least crossed the...
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There is interest in the fate of old motor factories and racing shops, etc. A long time ago, riding into Aylesbury in a Model-T or Lancia bus from Waddesdon, I used to note the remains of the old...
The Cadwell Park circuit near Louth is well suited to vintage racing, and offers good viewing, with the exciting hill-section. Dry conditions made the VSCC last visit doubly enjoyable. The big race...
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I was interested to see Michael Hay's recent book about Bentley - `Old Number One', which describes, race by race, the Le Mans and Brooklands career of this famous Speed Six, in which Clive Dunfee...
A spanish reader would like to know more about Wilfredo P Ricart. He is remembered for the design of the advanced and fast Pegaso sportscars of the 1950s, which I reported on some months ago, before...

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