January 2006

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The 100 club Just imagine the political storm in this parallel universe: the Williams FW27 is showing disappointing form in the first half of the 2005 season, just as McLaren runs into financial...
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The man who brought the British Touring Car Championship to its highest-ever peak in the1990s has been appointed as chairman of the MSA. British motorsport's governing body. Australian Gow takes over...
Britain has a new World Champion in the form of BMW touring car star Andy Priaulx. The Guernsey-man wrapped up the revived FIA World Touring Car Championship in the final round at Macau after a...
Jackie Stewart, the former owner of what is now the Red Bull Formula One team, has predicted that famed racecar designer Adrian Newey will revitalise the squad's fortunes. Red Bull team chief...
International touring car racing's top two championships have both taken a heavy blow, thanks to Alfa Romeo and Opel. Alfa has pulled out of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the 2006 season...
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The first of Lola's 'continuation series' T70 Mk3B GT models will take its public bow at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC on January 12-15. The Huntingdon-based racecar constructor is...
Fiat 1000 Abarth, Zolder, 1966 by Toine Hezemans I'd just finished second in the World Karting Championship; third was a certain Ronnie Peterson. I ordered a Fiat 1000 Abarth TC and the thing was...
Gerard 'Jabby' Crombac Flat-cap wearer, pipe smoker. Anglophile and incurable motor racing addict. this Frenchman was the doyen of Formula One journalists. Crombac died in November. having notched up...
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On the fourth anniversary of winning his WRC title, Richard Burns died. He was just 34. John Davenport pays tribute to a British rallying icon. I never had the chance to sit beside Richard Burns in a...
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The inaugural race for grand prix grandees proved a big hit, with Nigel Mansell coming out on top. James Roberts was at Kyalami. Nigel Mansell slowly pulled himself out of the cockpit. He appeared...
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In November 1975 motorsport lost one of its leading lights. But the 'plane crash that claimed Graham Hill also extinguished the life of a likely World Champion of the future: Tony Brise Appropriately...
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Bill McGovern The forgotten man among tin-top aristocracy, Bill McGovern deserves veneration if only for being the first driver to win the BTCC title three years on the trot. Starting out at Woburn...
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There's gold in them thar hills! Takeover fever saw prospectors mine a rich F1 seam in '05 One of the most extraordinary aspects of 2005 was an unprecedented wave of team takeovers that shook up the...
50/30/20/10 years ago 1996 Unknown Buzz Calkins wins the first-ever Indy Racing League event at Disney World Speedway, with Tony Stewart second. Michele Alboreto finished fourth. 1986 Henri...
A Brazilian wins Macau Bruno Senna may have fallen well short of emulating his uncle Ayrton’s 1983 win in the Macau Grand Prix - he shunted out on the second lap - but Brazil was still able to...
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The Cobra in the Barn by Tom Cotter ISBN 0 76031992 8 published by MBI. £16.99 Coming from someone whose sole barn-find discovery to date was a Mk5 Ford Cortina (a 2.3-litre Ghia model though. Hmm,...
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Star Letter Fangio and the coup Sir, It was with a great deal of pride and pleasure that I read the article 6000 Miles to Caracas' by Tony Watson in the October issue of MotorSport. I believe I may...
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Ferrari, 1972 My practical knowledge of motor racing only goes back to1932, but the name of Enzo Ferrari and his Scuderia Ferrari was well in the news then, and still Is today. In 1932 Ferrari was...
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Memories of the Oulton Park Gold Cup, '73 British GP and Gethin vanquishing the Porsches in lnterserie These evocative photos from the 1966 and '68 Oulton Park Gold Cup meetings were sent in by Brian...
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His cars won Monaco, Le Mans and Indy. He recalls that Colin Chapman enjoyed acting up to an audience, and that John Surtees was paid well to drive a flexible BRM You started out designing a 750MC...
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Lancia-Ferrari D50 and Vanwall VW7: two icons from the end of F1's front-engined era. Simon Taylor gets a thrill and charts their history Side by side in the pitlane at Donington Park these virtual...
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"The fan car was maybe the real turning point for Bernie: he was more interested in the future of F1 than he was in the future of Brabham" Ex-Brabham men Herbie Blash and Charlie Whiting are F1's...
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As the years passed Bernie Ecclestone spent an increasing amount of his time on FOCA business, but he always kept a close eye on everything that was happening at Chessington. By all accounts he was...
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Lola is about to produce a new run of the beautiful T70. So we thought it would be nice to whet Ian Flux's appetite with an ex-Bonnier car. Flux is right of course. It really is beautiful. In your...
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In the first of a new series, Keith Howard examines technology's effect on one season's racing As John Major would have spun it, 1994 was Formula One's back-to-basics year — and one of the most...
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Boxing Day at Brands Hatch or two months of winter sunshine? Gordon Cruickshank talks to some who made the Tasman Cup choice It's Derek Bell who makes the comparison: "I've just come back from the...
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Henry Knox was well-known behind the scenes in the early days of racing. Almost by chance. Graham Darling got to learn much of his story In 1961, as a young engineer and a keen follower of motor...
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The HE can be classed as one of the more interesting sportscars of the vintage years. Its makers were justified in coining the advertising phrase 'HE — Car of Character'. It was designed by Roland J...
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Sportscars of distinction have been made from Edwardian times to the present, by makers from ABC to Wolseley, varying widely in performance and cost, but most, if not all, giving satisfaction to...
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The air-cooled VW Beetle, like the Model-T Ford and the original Issigonis Mini, will still be held in high regard by many of us. So it is opportune that Veloce Publishing have published a large-...
Once upon a time I used to do a 'Cars in Books’ item, at first in fiction, trying to identify the makes of cars authors had disguised, but then finding real cars in biographies and autobiographies of...
Last month's note about a change of venue for a New Year's Day meeting at the Royal Oak Inn at Much Marcie near Ledbury applies to the VSCC, and not to the BMW OC. My apologies to both clubs....
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If you want a modestly priced book with which to relax after perusing all the serious ones, I recommend The Paddy Hopkirk Story —A Dash of The Irish (Haynes Publishing, ISBN 1 84425 1101, £18.99), in...
I remember, before I was due to interview the Duke of Richmond & Gordon about his cars and aeroplanes, asking where I could park. I was told that his private parking space was near his London...
Looking towards F1 next year, I wonder why, with the massive costs of F1 already, more money should be spent developing new power units? There is nothing new about V8s. and reducing power never...
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Roger Albert Clark Rally November 19-22 Fresh from winning the 2005 British Rally Championship in a Ford Focus, Mark Higgins stepped back 30 years in technology to win the second Roger Albert Clark...
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Killarney Historic Rally December 2/3 Gareth Lloyd and Ryland James backed up their HRCR Classic Stage Rally Championship crown with victory on the Killarney Historic Rally in early December. Running...
Mark Higgins 'RAC' Rally Winner How did you feel before the start? The last time I drove a rear-wheel-drive car on a forest rally was back in 1988, so it was a bit of a culture shock for me! What...
Classic Endurance Series: Istanbul November 12/13 The final Classic Endurance Series race of the season provided the first historic racing at the stunning new grand prix circuit at Istanbul. On track...
New Zealand Formula 5000 Revival Series: Manfeild November 12/13 Veteran Kiwi racer Ken Smith was the star of the opening weekend of the New Zealand Formula 5000 Revival Series. Driving the Formula...
Rally of the Tests November 10-13 Having missed winning the 2004 event by just 12 seconds. Frank Fennell and Kevin Savage claimed the '05 Rally of the Tests by a comfortable margin in their Mercedes...
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Group C/GTP Racing In 30 years of racing, David Mercer has never had a season like 2005. During an epic Group C/GTP campaign in his Spice SE90C, he finished every one of the 12 races on the podium...
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World Sportscar Masters Lola T70s emerged victorious in 11 out of 12 World Sportscar Masters races in 2005. Only when Paul Knapfield campaigned his Ferrari 512BB at the Nürburgring was the Huntingdon...
Classic Endurance Series Running alongside the five-race Le Mans Endurance Series were hour-long races for the Classic Endurance Series, for prototypes and GT cars of the late 1960s and early '70s....
Orwell International Supersports Cup It was an excellent season for the Orwell International Supersports Cup, headlined by a welcome return of a representative field of the ground-shaking Can-Am cars...
BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship For much of the season the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship delivered some of the best racing In the historic arena. Notable players were eventual champion...
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HSCC Historic Racing Saloon Championship Huge grids and some glorious David-and-Goliath racing typified a stupendous season for the HSCC/Historic Racing Saloon Register series. Allowing rather more...
HSCC Classic Sports Championship The HSCC Classic Sports Car series remains something of an enigma. Grids ranged from overflowing to paltry and the invitation class sports-racing cars that invariably...
HSCC Historic Road Sports Championship One of the most hotly contested of the HSCC's portfolio of championships was the Historic Road Sports series, which managed to rack up six different race...
HSCC 70s Road Sports Championship It was almost a perfect season for John Thomason in the HSCC's extremely popular series for 1970s road-going sports cars. His superbly presented Triumph Spitfire...
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FIA Historic Touring Car and Historic GT Championships It wasn't a great season for the FIA series for historic GT and Touring Cars. A programme that ranged from Anderstorp in the north to Misano in...
Gentleman Drivers In what was to be the final year for the twin series under the management of Carol Spagg, the Gentleman Drivers GT/Sports Endurance and Sports-Racing Challenge races were supremely...
Pre-War Sports Car Series The Motor Racing Legends series of races was the focus of attention for Pre-War Sports Cars. Roger Saul's sublime Alfa Romeo P3 was peerless at Donington and Oporto, with GT...
Top Hat Racing With as many as six different groups, Julius Thurgood's Top Hat Racing organisation offered racing for most 1950s and '60s sports and saloon cars. The programme was topped and tailed...
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Almost two decades after Audi withdrew the car from the British Open Rally Championship, the ex-Hannu Mikkola Sport Quattro is set to return to rallying thanks to the efforts of the car's current...
The ex-Kenny Acheson March 793 will return to racing in Classic F3 events in '06 in the hands of Max Samuel-Camps. After a season out of racing. Samuel-Camps has acquired the car from Barrie Pusey...
MotorSport Vision has underlined its commitment to classic and historic racing by recruiting Stuart Pringle as motorsport events manager from January '06. After six years as secretary of the Vintage...
The HSCC's Brands Hatch Superprix will move away from a mid-summer date for the first time in its 17-year history when the meeting runs over the weekend of May 6/7 for 2006. The move has been...
The ex-Denny Hulme McLaren M23 has returned to racing in New Zealand after spending a decade in a motor museum in the Kiwi's hometown of Te Puke. Hulme won the 1973 Swedish Grand Prix in the chassis...
British F5000 drivers are all set to take on the Kiwis on their home turf with Revival Series races Seven Formula 5000 cars from Britain are currently en route to New Zealand to compete in the NZ...
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The 100 Years of Grand Prix Racing display with be a star attraction of Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC on January 12-15. The display is organised in association with the Donington...
An ex-works AC Cobra, registered 39PH, is going up for sale at an auction in February. Along with several Formula One cars and the EMKA-Aston Martin that finished 11th at Le Mans in 1985, the Cobra...
Not for sale Typical. After we went to press with last month's issue, news leaked that Bonhams' sale of the Williams team's reserve collection wasn't going to go ahead after all: the entire cache of...
The first car to drive on parts of the new Mercedes Benz World track at Brooklands was the company's futuristic 'Bionic Car'. The new handling course will total 1.55 miles when fully surfaced next...
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Dentist David Mercer celebrated three decades in racing by dominating the 2005 Group C/GTP season. Paul Lawrence makes an appointment "I ought to quit while I'm ahead," jokes David Mercer of his 2005...
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Coopers are once again in MAWP's thoughts as he inspects V12 and half-litre single-cylinder grand prix veterans Grandfather of Britain's production racing car industry the Cooper Car Company's...
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The Grovewood Awards and their successors have always recognised young talent, but they can't foretell the future When circuit boss John Webb dreamed up the Grovewood Awards in 1963, his idea was to...

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