January 2002

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A dozen of Stirling's drives were nominated. Yet no-one thought to mention his stunning performance at Aintree in 1957 — a typical recovery from early dramas — that opened the British floodgates in...
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As we went to press, British Motorsport was facing a three-way state of emergency: Silverstone was threatened with the removal of its 2002 grand prix to Paul Ricard in France. Britain's round of the...
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Although details are yet to be confirmed, a classic race meeting is likely to be run at Rockingham over the weekend of May 25/26 next year. An enhanced repeat of the British sportscar weekend held in...
The successful Ferrari celebration meeting held at Brands Hatch in July is set to be repeated over the opening weekend of August 2002.
The F5000 revival movement is confidently predicting strong grids for an eight-race programme across Europe in 2002. Having had 23 cars take part in the 2001 programme, the FORCE team believes that...
Peter Hackett is compiling a register and history of all PRS Formula Ford cars produced in the late 1970s and early '80s. If you have any information, call him on 0161 480 0594 (eves).
The International supersports Cup is poised to return to its former glory following the news that the rival Germanand British-based series will join forces for 2002. The new management team is headed...
Frank Fennel's Mercedes 300SE won the inaugural Rally of the Tests revival, which took place last month. The Irishman held off a strong challenge from Geoff Awde's MGA.
The best-known racing Morgan is set to return to the circuits in 2002 after a complete restoration. The Plus 4,10K 258, that won the Le Mans 2-litre GT class in 1962 is now scheduled to return to...
The intrepid Morgan three-wheeler pilot Gary Caroline has been confirmed as the winner of the 2001 Motor Sport Trophy by the VSCC. Caroline outscored John Ure and Stuart Harper to clinch the award.
We regret to record the death of Frank Stroud, the owner for 40 years of Chater's Motoring Bookshop.
There are plans afoot to stage a race revival meeting at the Mount Panorama circuit, Australia, in Easter 2003.
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Sir, Just a note to say that the October edition of Motor Sport, with the special section on `200mph Heroes' and the 'Truck or Treat?' photo spread, was first-rate. Your staff did an excellent job....
Sir, As a lifelong follower of Mario Andretti, I was disappointed to have to miss his book-signing in London. In the hope that Mario still might sign a particular piece of memorabilia, I contacted...
Sir, Your article on the Chimay circuit (December issue) brought back memories of that same 1972 meeting. Although you didn't mention Formula Ford, there was an FF race there that year, and I took my...
Sir, In your November issue, William Cash states that the defeat of Mercedes-Benz by Delahaye at Pau in 1938 was 'One of the greatest upsets in motorracing history'. Not only is this a ludicrous...
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Sir, I was delighted to see the fine and timely articles on Jo Siffert by Nigel Roebuck and Andrew Frankel (November issue). The first motor race I watched was the British GP in 1968, aged 13.1 was...
Sir, As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed reading latest (December) issue of Motor Sport, I'd like to point out that the photograph of Elites in the feature about Colin driving is not that of Colin and Jim...
Sir, The article in your November issue about Dario Resta describes Jules Goux as drinking champagne on his way to victory in the 1913 Indianapolis 500-mile race. This is not true. The allegation was...
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Formula One's ban on all testing until January has given the off-season a different look. No race this year to be the first team to clock up a hesitant handful of laps around a fog-bound Silverstone...
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Fitness all-consuming in Formula One, I know, but still there is something depressing about the uniformity of drivers' tastes today. Favourite drink: mineral water; favourite food: pasta. An...
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Remember Senna at Donington Park in 1993? Ran away with it in the pouring rain. One of the best drives ever. Yes, but how does it compare with, say, Moss at Monaco in 1961? Check our ratings to find...
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The man we must thank for the beautiful and successful DBR1 has a high regard for the car he wanted to beat. Fate denied a head-to-head, but he knows the battle would have been tough You man be...
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He didn't think so at the time, but the hard lesson Bjorn learned on this event proved to be a blessing in disguise. John Davenport explains In 1979, Bjorn Waldegard became the first man to win the...
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No Aston lacks in charisma. But some are more blessed than others - DB4 GT and Vanquish, for example. There's 40 years between them but, as David Malsher discovers, they both have the power to move....
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He had just one full season of Motor racing. But what a season it was. Bill Boddy remembers the 'Student Prince' of thirties Motor Sport - A Le mans winner at 21 For a 21-year-old Englishman with...
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This piece of road still provides the focus of the world's most famous rally. But other Monte stages have come and gone, as John Davenport explains You are in Monte Carlo with time to kill. You've...
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Strange how the mind plays tricks. I knew exactly how it was going to be. I'd seen it so many times before. Or had I? Of course I had. A smear of headlights. A rip of engine. A big, big slide. An...
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1946 And all that Guy Griffiths (Text by Anthony Pritchard) Published by Palawan Press, £125 To order: 020 7371 3060 or see www.palawan.co.uk They have done it again. From the sumptuous, embossed...
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Count Johnny's little flyer IN THE 1930s THERE WAS QUITE A NUMBER OF LITTLE RACING cars contesting records in Local and International Class I (up to 500cc) and Class] (350 to 500cc). The faster...
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Recent references to the derelict Sitges circuit in Spain has brought the very good news that it is being revived, with development of the site and hopefully restoration of the track for future...
A letter from margus H Kuuse, Editior of Estonia's motor journal Autoleht, informs me that 80 years of motorsport in that country was recently commemorated. Stamps were issued (see inset) to mark the...
The Cooper car Club been active, especially since the VSCC's John Cooper Race last August and the more recent races and parades in memory ofJohn. They are trying to contact past members of the CCC....
Simon Thomas writes to say he has bought the 1935 Fiat Balilla which spent many years in Derbyshire, when it was thought to have been the one driven by Billy Sullivan in the 1936 Ulster TT. Further...
Those requiring tyres with the correct three-stud tread pattern for early 1930s GP and other cars should note that Trident Tyres has been formed for just this purpose. The aim is to start with 4.50 x...
Wyn Owen has had again, for the making of a short documentary film of Parry Thomas' LSR of attempt in 1927 which resulted in the tragic death of the great Welsh engineer/racing driver. Thomas had, of...
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On January 4-5, 2002, the MCC will hold its Exeter Trial. Entries have closed at over 350 'bike and car competitors, of whom 30 are in the new class for those new to this event. They include Donald...
Donington Park had a meeting in October of 10 motorcycle riders who achieved fame pre-war there, with demos by a 1939 s/c Velocette twin, the ex-Stanley Woods Velocette 500 and Freddie Hicks' 1930...
A plaque was unveiled recently at the Fairmile (now Munro House) at Cobham to commemorate the work of Sir Noel Mackin, by members of the Invicta Car Club, Railton Owners Club and The Coastal Forces...
There is an increasing number of supercars able to achieve speeds in the region of 200mph or more — the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ford's Aston Martin Vantage 600, Audi's Lamborghini...
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A while ago I mentioned that J P Oates was building not so much a replica as a near-original copy — using the correct parts where possible — of the 11.9hp Lagonda which Major W H Oates raced...
An American reader of 40 years writes with reference to a mention in The Studebaker Wheel, the maker's trade magazine, to the two President Eights that finished in the 1929 JCC Double-12 race at...
The price of the jolly, historic survey of 100 years of the MCC costs £5 to non-members. But hurry, the supply must be dwindling.
John Gray of the STD register spent four years researching fully the W&G du Cros Ltd. connections with Talbot from 1908-1935. The result has been issued to members in a nicely produced and...
The VSCC used the quarter-mile Stratford County Raceway for its October speed trials. Paul Richardson's 1959 5.3-litre Lister-Chevrolet made FTD in 12.24sec. Best time by a pre-war car was that of...
In this year's Inter-register contest, an idea suggested by Motor Sport 'centuries ago' so that one-make clubs could compete against one another in various tests, only two points divide the STD...
With foot and mouth having receded, it looks as if the VSCC will run its Measham night rally on January 26-27, 2002. It will be based at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, for the start, halfway check and...

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