July 1990

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The Global-warming panic is on! HRH The Prince of Wales has presented convincingly his own long TV documentary telling how we are destroying the environment. Mrs. Thatcher has said what she will do...
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For Ayrton Senna fans, and there are a lot of them among the paying public, in spite of the anti-Senna lobby among the English press, the 48th Monaco Grand Prix was sheer delight. Fastest time in...
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Dear reader, A great deal happens in Monte Carlo during the annual speed week, for it now starts off very static with auction sales for old cars and the speed and excitement builds up as the week...
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Montreal, June 10 It all started off quite well. The big transport planes delivered all the cars and equipment to Canada, the airlines delivered all the personnel safely and by 8 am on Friday morning...
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It was like a dream come true for the entire Silk Cut Jaguar team as the two XJR-11s swept to victory at Silverstone on May 20th. It was 19 months since the last success, at Fuji in October 1988, and...
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FISA wields a hefty rule-book, accumulated throughout the 20th century by the look of it, and we could almost hear the rustle of pages being turned in the steward's office when Michael Schumacher's...
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Karl Wendlinger completed his initial apprenticeship to Mercedes' WS-PC team by sharing the laurels at Spa with tutor Jochen Mass. At the age of 21, the Austrian is the youngest winner of a World...
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Britain's soccer fans may not have created a good impression in Sardinia, but a vast army of 50,000 motor racing supporters who crossed the channel were well behaved and ecstatic with the 1-2 result...
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For 2 hours 41 minutes and 18. 248 seconds the 74th running of the Indianapolis 500 gave over 400,000 spectators the most glittering display of sustained speed that I have witnessed. Even amongst...
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As a general rule, smooth and relatively short rallies produce low penalty differences, whilst those of rougher, longer ones are usually much higher. Seconds, certainly no more than minutes, normally...
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Legs nicely stretched out, with knees slightly bent. Back reclined, and shoulders square against the back of the seat. Steering wheel within easy reach, arms comfortable and elbows bent at 110...
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It had to happen. One takes it for granted from the likes of Ferrari and Porsche, from whom the F40 and 959 limited edition cars are snapped up by willing enthusiasts/investors, and one was not...
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To celebrate the official return of the Spider to these shores, Alfa Romeo invited MOTOR SPORT to Scotland to drive their new baby. So what, you may say, Alfa Romeo Spiders are hardly new and it is...
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Calibra, General Motors' answer to the Ford . . . . well, in fact, it's not in response to anything from that other American multinational at all because after the demise of the Capri, hated by some...
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The British are famous for their patient and (usually) orderly queues, but I wonder if those within the queues for sporting/luxury coupes from West Germany seriously ask themselves about the years...
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While the rest of the world was following the fortunes of the Grand Prix stars at Monaco, and others were watching a Dutchman win at the Brickyard in middle America, and yet others were enjoying the...
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This important and pleasant assembly came to Britain again this year. It started in N.Wales, had some 80 entries, from America, Germany, Italy, Holland, France, Sweden and Canada, and took in such...
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Not exactly forgotten perhaps — certainly not by me, because my first (£5) car was an ABC, even if, with its oil-pump inoperative, it only lasted three days before a rod came out, causing the errant...
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The Meadows-engined Bayliss Thomas which WJ Hayward modified for trials work and which his family gave to the National Motor Museum is now back at Beaulieu, being tidied up for exhibition there. The...
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Thirty seven years ago Jaguar won Le Mans for the second time. At the wheel was one of motor racing's most colourful characters Duncan Hamilton. He and Tony Rolt drove their legendary C-type to the...
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The Grand Prix at Silverstone is the only chance nowadays for the British enthusiast to see Formula One cars in action in this country. As such it is one of our major sporting events requiring the...
There are campsites adjacent to the Circuit and they will be open from Wednesday July 11. Camping space cannot be booked in advance. The cost per unit will be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday...
There is no ticket to cover the whole three days, but individual day times and prices are set out below. FRIDAY - Gates open approximately 6.00am Admission price Adult £12.00 Centre Transfer £8.00...
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We may groan as the seasonal goods are displayed in shops at an ever earlier time of the year, but for many, thoughts of Christmas begin as early as the preceding January. For the organisers of...
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It has been a very long time since a Lotus was expected in the winner's circle. Not since the heyday of the 79, the Andretti/Peterson and Colin Chapman regime has the marque made any impact on the...
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Many a 'find' has been reported in MOTOR SPORT over the years, some hidden away in an old barn. This shed, though, is something different; eighteen immaculate Lotus racing cars, all but one Grand...
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The Leyton House team has rather been in the doldrums this season, a factor which has seen its two drivers, Ivan Capelli and Mauricio Gugelmin, drift from the front half of the grid in 1988 to...
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The Honda domination in Grand Prix racing is almost taken for granted. It is a yardstick against which all others engines are measured, including Ferrari and Renault. While its dominance has remained...
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The Esso British Car Championship is like all other forms of motor sport, continually changing. This year will almost certainly be the last in which the enormously powerful and spectactular,...
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Ask any driver in the British Formula Three Championship which is the race to win — and the Grand Prix support race is the one. The thought of scoring a good result in front of — or even impressing...
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The tyre trade is one of significant proportions, as is obvious when the quantity required to supply car makers' demands and for the replacement market is realised. If the choice of make is far less...
The Stanley Mann equipe which specialises in banked track recordbreaking with vintage Bentleys has broken some more significant records. At Millbrook on May 28th the Bentley-Jackson, restored since...
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by Ian Bamsey and Alan Lis. 238 pp. 10" x 7". Foulis & Co., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JL £19.95 Ian Bamsey, one-time Editor of Motoring News, has built up a great reputation for his...
by Anthony Pritchard. 224 pp. 9 3/4" x 7 1/2". Patrick Stephens Ltd. Denington Estate, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 2RQ. £20.00. Here is another history book, by an author better known in this...
by Adriano Cimarosti. 432 pp. 11 1/2" x 9". MRP, Unit 6, The PiIton Estate, 46, Pitlake, Croydon, CRO 3RY £29.95 What an ambitious idea! The full history of GP racing from 1894 to 1989 in one volume...
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Ian Bamsey of Racecar Engineering has become a very industrious author in the wake of Graham Robson and a few others. Two of his newest books, from the House of Foulis at Yeovil, are Auto Union V16...
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It used to be almost possible to base one's calendar on the VSCC fixture list. But more events have been added and there is a notable change this year, with not one, but two, Donington Park race...
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Always a popular event, at which the terminal velocity of the competing cars is established, on June 9, Ivan Dutton (1929 Bugatti) won the Colerne Trophy, with FTD in 24.91 seconds. Fastest lady Miss...
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America is a country where big is best. It couldn't be any other way in a land where it used to take weeks to travel from coast to coast, where thousands of miles still separate the main areas of...
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After I had written "Pig in the Middle" last May I remembered that there was a fourth Mercedes racing car transporter I could have mentioned. In 1924 Mercedes entered four of its new Porsche-designed...
Eoin Young rang the other day to question why the finish of a motor race is marked by the display of a chequered flag. An interesting point, but one about which Ian Bamsey says nothing in his new...
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Watching Johnty Williamson driving the venerable 1923 10 1/2-litre V12 Delage in the Itala Trophy scratch race at this year's first VSCC Silverstone Meeting, when it took the Lanchester Trophy,...
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Sir, In your article arising out of Bexhill (Letter to Readers, April) I was particularly interested in references to plans for tracks which did not come to fruition. As a postscript I have in my...
Sir Having just spent six very pleasant weeks touring the UK, I wish, through the pages of MOTOR SPORT, to thank the many kind and warm-hearted people who made my visit such a memorable occasion. I...
Sir I have recently acquired an 'odd ball' in the shape of a Goliath 900-E Saloon of 1956. This German car was built under licence in Australia and bought to this country in 1959. Goliath was of...
Sir, On the Championship Raceday at Donington on the 25th March there were six races on the programme of which only two had capacity grids while a couple had less than ten competitors. My complaint,...
Sir, Sir John Egan, who recently announced his decision to resign from the Jaguar board, re-activated that honorable British company using difficult and advanced procedures, and supervised the...
Sir Thought I would tell you that I have a Sierra Estate 4 x 4 which has now exceeded 30,000 miles. In that time nothing, nothing at all has gone wrong, it is the best Ford I've ever owned. One other...
Sir, Your readers should be aware that there is in existence a certain "Rally School" whose address and telephone number is in the Silverstone area and who advertises rally courses. One of these...

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