January 2003

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Michael Schumacher lives, eats and breathes Formula One. This unblinking focus is what allows his talent to flourish. He is the product of the specialisation era. Which is a shame in many ways...
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Champcar racing could return to Brands Hatch after a 25-year break following the cancellation of the Rockingham 500 planned for May 2003. Rockingham's new CEO Ashley Pover has canned the oval event...
Damon Hill was the surprise guest of honour at the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship awards ceremony at the RAC Club in Pall Mall recently. Britain's most recent F1 world champion presented...
Britains World Rally Championship round will remain based in South Wales for at least four more years and will be sponsored by the Welsh Development Agency. The event will now be called the Wales...
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Former World C2 Sportscar champion Ray BelIm has switched to historic rallying and is now planning to contest the Safari Retro next year as well as the British Historic Rally Championship. "These...
Jim Hall, creator of the Chaparral cars, will be the honorary chairman for the eighth Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held over the weekend of March 7-9 in Florida. "We will have many of...
The Hawke name is set to return to British racing when it builds a single-seater for the new Challenge Initiative series. Now owned by former racer Barry Playle, Hawke last produced cars in 1979. It...
Japan's Fuji Speedway has begun a major rebuild in line with plans drawn up by circuit design expert Herman Tilke. The proposed work will result in a 4.5-km course. Now owned by Toyota, the original...
Having attracted record crowds to both events in 2002, Goodwood has announced dates for the 2003 Festival of Speed and Revival Meeting. The Festival, which drew 138,000 visitors last year, will run...
Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft has been presented with the Gregor Grant Trophy in recognition of a lifetime contribution to the sport. "When I first said I'd bring racing back to Donington Park...
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A non-championship race at Silverstone in early November offered the BRDC Historic Sports Car racers a late-season thrash, and it was John Harper who mastered the greasy conditions best in his Cooper...
Massed ranks of Jaguar D-types will swarm British circuits in 2003. If you fancy a grid position in all of this, but lack the necessary half-million, don't despair, because the 25-car races will be...
Ford Escorts totally dominated the Killarney Historic Stages in early December, filling the top 14 places on the closed-road event. Welsh legends Phil Collins and Howard Davies, running in the...
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Sir, I was interested in Alan Freke's mention of the Formula 2 Fry-Climax in November, as I well remember this car being driven by Mike Parkes. I seem to recall that it was mid-blue and had rubber...
Sir, I am indebted to Motor Sport for reviewing my book Leap Into Legend in December. On turning to page 101, I was most pleased to see an article on John Cobb (who forms a central part of my book,...
Sir, The proposed modifications to the rules of Formula One do not get down to the root causes of the problems and will therefore, almost certainly fail to rectify them. Just two simple alterations...
Sir, Thank you for the fascinating article on Pebble Beach. Just a couple of observations: in the 1956 race, which unfortunately led to the closure of the circuit, Ernie McAfee's big six-cylinder 4.4...
Sir, I write in reference to Gordon Cruickshank's excellent article regarding Donington Park, which describes how much and how little things have changed at Donington since pre-war days. However,...
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Sir, Recent publicity regarding the proposed development of a Mercedes-Benz Heritage and Technology Centre at Brooklands has understandably prompted a range of comments relating to the...
SIR, So Spa-Francorchamps fell victim to the Belgian government's decision to ban tobacco advertising. (At the moment of writing, it's still not sure if it will change its mind — which would allow a...
Sir, The recent Nick Loudon photo feature illustrated W Watton in his twin-cam Austin. I knew Wally Watton very well because he had a motor repair business in Birmingham, close to my own works. He...
Sir, I was extremely interested to read the recent article relating to Fangio's Maserati 250F and its return to the Nurburgring. I well remember attending Aintree, as a 16-year-old enthusiast, for...
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The 2003 Formula One season began on November 26, 2002 — not racing, you understand, but the endless grind of testing. Just 44 days after the last engine was shut off in the Suzuka paddock, the...
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When Niki Lauda was recently sacked by Jaguar Racing, he joined a long list of great drivers who, for whatever reason, have failed to stay the course as a team principal. Lauda was in the job just 15...
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The jury: Bill Boddy, Adam Cooper, Gordon Cruickshank, John Davenport, Andrew Frankel, Paul Fearnley, Alan Henry, Mark Hughes, Preston Lerner, David Malsher, Nigel Roebuck and Simon Taylorr 20 Al...
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Power without glory It had enough grunt to push a 164 saloon beyong 200MPH — And scare the life out of Riccardo Patrese — but what could have been the first V10 Formula One engine never got to...
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Hailed as the first post-war road race circuit, this army facility offered highspeed spectacle - in a high risk pakage. Gordon Cruickshank reports for duty photography by Richard Newton Perhaps it...
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Making the most of local knowledge, the struggling Lotus new boy suddenly felt right at home in Formula One, He tells Adam Cooper By his own admission, Jackie Oliver was not a great grand prix driver...
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With more backing and a couple of lucky breaks, the talents of Chris Craft surely would have shone at the highest level. Yet no-one can have enjoyed their career more. Colin Goodwin meets a happy-go-...
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From the very opening meeting in 1907, women competed at the surrey track. While some races were ladies-only, often they raced on equal terms with the men. Bill Boddy recalls some very skilful...
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When Phil Hill's Cooper crashed and burnt to a crisp in the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix, Peter Miller was on the spot with his camera, helping hand and words of warning The 1964 Austrian Grand Prix,...
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BRM was at fours and fives in 1972 - Cars per GP, that is - Yet none of its drivers wanted to be the Guinea Pig for the new P180. We reunite one of them, Howden Ganley, with that car 30 years on and...
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Alan Mertens' first Glamer Indycar design won the worlds biggest race at its first attempt. Set up for life then? No, not exactly. Adam Cooper reveals why this was its only attempt, too The Galmer...
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Soundly beaten by scuderia Ferrari in the 1958 world sportscar championship, Aston Martin was supposed to be concentrating on its Formula One campaign in 1959. So how come David Brown's men ended up...
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Edited by Alan Henry ISBN 1-903135-10-9 Published by Hazleton, £35.00 It's that time of year again when we wonder who will finish second in the Autocourse Top Ten Drivers behind Michael the...
By L J K Setright ISBN 0-9542585-0-9 Published byPalawan Press, £75.00 (£195 hardback) RUussian constructivism, Sumerian traffic problems and the history of canned foods all figure in LJKS's...
By Martin Holmes ISBN 0-9521639-9-3 Published by Martin Holmes Rallying, £19.95 Once, when sharing a car with the author of this book on a Rally of Argentina, we screeched to an excited stop. For...
By Reinhard Klein ISBN 3-927458-02-3 Published by Verlag Reinhard Klein, £36.10 inc p&p Reinhard Klein is rallying's best photographer, and his calendars are always fantastic. This one, however...
By Steve Newbury ISBN 1-85894-181-4 Published by Layzell, £25.00 There are only three or four outrageous mock-ups per motor show, aren't there? According to this hefty volume there were 127...
By Art Eevans (ISBN 0-9705073-1-3) Published by Photo Data Research LLC, $65.00 If there is an obvious flaw with this book, it is its limited availability. To get hold of a copy, you must fax 00 1...
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It was only fitting that the rally sims which carry Colin McRae's name should be the most exciting to play. Colin McRae Rally 1 and 2 were huge successes, and the recently reviewed 3 (see last month'...
By Karl Ludvigsen ISBN 1 85960 837 Published by Haynes, £25 If there is an extra spark in this latest addition to Karl Ludvigsen's biography series it is because he has known Fittipaldi for so many...
By Goodwood Road Racing Company LTD>/p> www.goodwood.co.uk (tel: 01243 755098), £14.95 each (inc p&p) At nigh on three hours, this season's Goodwood Revival video verges on proving that...
By Brian Long ISBN 1-903706-27-0 Published by Veloce, £29.99 From its title you might assume this is a potted history of potty cars, starting with the Lancer Evo 1 of 1991. Not so. Here, evolution...
By Tony Gardiner ISBN 1-903706-49-1 Published by Veloce, £9.99 Neat and pocketable this hardback features unpublished amateur photos of the scenic Sussex circuit. Many of the racing shots are...
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Over-egging the pudding? Daimler-Chrysler has announced its purchase of 150 acres of the Brooklands estate, for development into one of its many new Mercedes-Benz Technology and Heritage Centres. By...
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101 cars entered this years VSCC Welsh Weekend Trial, all of proper pre-1931 vintage; they included 31 A7s, 12 Ford Model-As, five 30/98s and five 4.5-litre Bentleys, which made a fine high-speed...
By 15, I was reading all the motor mags when I discovered that 'Auntie' Times,/em>, one of the world's most respected newspapers, published Cars of Today, a book reproducing its road test reports...
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I have at last received the results of the IMS London-Brighton Veteran Car Run, held in good weather on November 2. From an entry of 426, six were withdrawn, presumably as a result of the fuss, later...
Haynes the prolific publishers from Sparkford, Yeovil, have two catalogues of their 2003 books and servicing manuals. The motorsport section has 84 thumbnail colour pictures of the book covers;...
Keith Howard's recent recall of Archie Butterworth's 4WD AJB reminded me of a hectic weekend I had in 1949. The AJB was entered for Brighton Speed Trials, and I was asked if I would occupy it on the...
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It was a bit of a surprise to find BBC Radio 4 putting on a piece about Brooklands in its Archive Hour in November. It was composed by Ashley Jones, from Museum archive material, of memories by many...
Is it unusual that other people's memories spark off those of my own? Anyway, my memory was jogged by Steve Cropley's piece in Autocar about a colleague who was the first to drive the new 300bhp V8...

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