January 2001

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Is it surprising that the two Golden Ages of grand prix racing should feature forced induction? Those Silver Arrows sucked in (or, in the case of Mercedes-Benz until mid-1937, blew in) their potent...
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Peter Clark, who became the first chairman of Silverstone Circuits Ltd when the company was formed in 1972, has died, aged 85. The London-born, Malvern-educated Clark caught the motor racing bug in...
The British Grand Prix will remain at Silverstone for 15 years from 2002 following the cementing of a major commercial partnership between the British Racing Drivers' Club and Octagon, owners of the...
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European circuits will once again shake to the thunder of packed F5000 grids next season thanks to the new Force F5000 Transatlantic Challenge. Series organiser David McLaughlin, encouraged by the...
The FIA thoroughbred Grand Prix car series will have a new boss for the 2001 season and beyond, following confirmation that Stuart McCrudden will now manage the category. The series, which gains full...
South Wales-based racer Terry Davison was unfortunate to damage his rare Nomad Mk3 sportsracing car at Silverstone earlier in the season. But while that car remains under repair, Davison has just...
Two of Britain's leading race-organising clubs for period cars, the Historic Sports Car Club and the Aston Martin Owners' Club, are working together to organise a two-day race meeting this summer to...
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The BTCC's new boss has given a clear indication that races for historic and classic machinery could feature in the series' support race package next season. Richard West commented recently that he...
The centenary of the Midland automobile Club will be marked by a special three-day event this summer at the famous Shelsley Walsh hillclimb venue, near Worcester. The club, formed in January 1901,...
The Grand Prix historique de Tunis enjoyed a successful sun-kissed event in November, when 30 classic sportscars — predominantly from the UK, Italy and France — raced around a circuit which was...
The vintage sports-car club and Historic Grand Prix Cars Association have announced an alliance which will see them run themed historic events, starting with the Richard Seaman meeting at Donington...
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Sir, I am writing in response to a letter in October's issue of MOTOR SPORT in which Mr Johnson-Hill suggested Stirling Moss was superior to Jim Clark on the basis that he was was 6sec faster in...
Sir, I read with some interest your article last month on the old circuit through the park at Crystal Palace. I have to say, however, that I was a little surprised by the final paragraph as, for the...
Sir, First I must compliment your publication. It is a breath of fresh air amid the sea of 4x4, Harley, Hotrod and Yank-tank magazines that smother our news-stands. Within your Legends profile of...
Sir, Having read Modern Times in December's Motor Sport, I truly believe the late 1960s and early '70s to be the best years for motor racing spectators. I was a regular at Oulton Park during that...
Sir, With reference to Adam Cooper's excellent feature about Jochen Rindt in October's Motor Sport, and further to Malcolm Ginsberg's letter the following month, I was living in Italy at the time of...
Sir, Legends by Nigel Roebuck in the November issue captured the spirit of racing during the '50s, and of Peter Collins the man. I live a mile or so from the village of Shatterford where Peter lived...
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Sir, May I say how much I enjoyed Nigel Roebuck's Legends article on Bridgehampton in Motor Sport last month. I have a great deal of sympathy for him being unable to have a look at the track. I was...
Sir, Robin Herd's retrospective assessment of the Chaparral 2E (November 2000 issue) was most enjoyable. As an industrial design student attending the Institute of Design in Chicago during 1966, the...
Sir, I believe I can answer Bill Boddy's query regarding the painting of the Honda F1 car in the rain (November issue). It was used on the cover of the December 1966 edition of Model Cars, a copy of...
Sir, After reading Keith Howard's excellent article on Lucas Fuel Injection in the December edition, I just wish to correct one point. The article makes reference to Mercedes using fuel injection as...
Sir, In only being motorsport aware' from the days of Mario and Ronnie in the Lotus 79,1 have much enjoyed your Track Test series looking at the older tracks which we can only read about or perhaps...
Sir, I am tracing the history of an MG Magnette, chassis K2001, registration MG2191, colour red. The Magnette was delivered to University Motors Ltd, on 6 March 1933. The first owner was a Mr R P...
Sir, Bill Boddy asks in his article on SF Edge's record-breaking Spyker (December issue) why he chose a Spyker. I can answer this by quoting directly from a treasured letter I have from Gwenda Hawkes...
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In my book, the 2001 season began on 4 December 2000. That's when F1 testing got under way again after the FIA's November ban. Now we're into the customary annual segment of rumour and counter-rumour...
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When I was a kid, I would read in the racing magazines of this place in London, The Steering Wheel Club, and as time went by it grew to mythical proportions in my mind. It was mentioned frequently,...
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Arriving at Adelaide in 1986, Mansell Piquet and Prost each had a chance of taking the world championship. By the time they left, the best driver had beaten two aces with superior cars. Adam Cooper...
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Renault pioneered turbos in F1 and this brave move should have reaped dividends. Instead, these fell to the latecomers. Mark Hughes tells a story of... frustration... Jean-Pierre Jabouille took up...
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When BMW decided to tackle Formula One, they started with a humble four-cylinder saloon car engine - and quickly extracted power of a level we might never see again. Keith Howard asked Paul Rosche,...
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Formula One demands the ability to adapt quickly to ever-changing circumstances, and Gordon Murray had few peers in this art he describes to Keith Howard how he designed a Brabham to cope with huge...
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While the Brabham-BMW combo made its debut in the opening round of the 1982 season, it wasn't until the second half of '83 that McLaren and Williams raced turbos. And they, like Brabham,discovered...
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The jump from F3 to F1 has always been tough; in the turbo era it was a giant leap. Alan Henry reflects on the gamble Toleman took with a low-cost hart engine and Rookie Ayrton Senna If Formula One...
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Rio Qualifies 17th, retires with loss of turbo pressure. Kyalami 13th on the grid;finishes 6th,three laps down. Zolder Outqualified by team-mate Johnny Cecotto, but is gifted another points-finish...
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Many drivers aren't seen for dust following the final race of the season, particularly when they're about to switch teams. But Senna wasn't like thatThe day after finishing third at Estoril, he...
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Racing cars, in general, have short lives. After one or two seasons they are uncompetitive, overtaken in both senses. Today, with the expansion of the historic scene, huge numbers of them have been...
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Ask any neurosurgeon and he will tell you that the living human brain is nothing like the firm, grey, formalin-preserved specimens you see in glass jars in anatomy labs. It's light pink in colour...
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Among small-output British sportscars the Marendaz Specials have a definite place, made more memorable by their colourful, selfpublicising creator. They were raced and rallied and sold as individual...
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This is a bit like Desert Island discs - there is a number of cars over the years you ought to pick. But I think what I'd select would actually be a McLaren the M8B Can-Am racer of 1969. It's a very...
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Think Aintree - motor racing at Aintree - and if you're like me, you will conjure up two streaks of silver flashing past the chequred flag, just two-tenths of a second apart. The white-helmeted...
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"Aintree was a lucky circuit for me:' recalls Jack Sears."I had quite a few wins there, and so on that basis I have happy memories of it. As well as the Galaxie victories, I won there in 1960 in the...
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Over the decades every top racing driver has lost a potential victory in unfortunate circumstances, but few have suffered a greater blow than that experienced by John Love, an underdog who came...
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In spite of floods and a strong wind that tried to blow down the finish arch on Madeira Drive, that great adventure, the 2000 London Brighton Run for pre-1905 cars was its usual success. The entry of...
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All in Good Time, by George Daniels, is the sort of book you know you are going to enjoy before even opening it. It is the 'rags to riches' life story of one of the world's greatest horologists and...
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I turn to Alan Henry's column in Autocar first, because it is about motor racing. But the last time I read it, I had a terrible shock. Its theme was that F1 might dispense with safety cars, replacing...
Pleasant surprise: George Daniels called by (above), to show me the famous 12-litre 1908 GP Itala, which he has bought from the Williamsons, who cared for it and used it so well after Cecil Clutton...
The caption relating to the lead picture with my discourse on small French sportscars last month was of the 1925 JCC High Speed Trial, not the 1926 Production Car Race, which prompts me to recall...
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To cheer me up after thinking of Electronic control of racing cars (see page 91), I recalled a driver at Brooklands who ignored any idea of stopping her. She was the lively Fay Taylour, who after a...
Dreoilin specialist republications Ltd of County Meath, Ireland, have published Jim Cooke's John Boyd Dunlop (ISBN 1 902 773 10 1, £4.50). It is most informative about the tyre pioneer, and should...
A number of historic buildings associated with the Motor and Allied Industries have been destroyed, sadly. These include the Talbot works in North London, most of the fine Argyll building in Glasgow...

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