July 1993

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May17: Andy Rouse tests his unraced BTCC Mondeo in FWD configuration at Snetterton. The car is expected to make its race debut at Pembrey on June 26/27. 20: In Monaco, Philip Morris President Walter...
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Sunday June 13 marked the first occasion this year that the Formula One World Championship and the PPG IndyCar World Series were in action on the same day. It also happened that they were performing...
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Obituary Just as this issue of Motor Sport was closing for press, on June 15, we heard the sad news of James Hunt's death, from a heart attack, at the age of 45. Hunt's quest for the F1 World...
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Ayrton Senna put a major scare to the back of his mind as he won a record sixth Monaco, following Prost's penalty and Schumacher's premature retirement It wasn't until the post-race press conference...
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Another silky drive by the Frenchman restored his World Championship lead, but things weren't quite so smooth off the circuit... How long is it since Ayrton Senna qualified as low as eighth for a GP...
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And so the 77th running of the Indianapolis 500, the self-proclaimed 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing', is history. It was a remarkable race for any number of reasons, ranging from Emerson Fittitpaldi...
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Predicting an F3000 winner usually involves a degree of guesswork, especially in Pau, where no amount of circuit resurfacing will ever eliminate the circuit's inherent natural hazards. Many of the...
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On paper, it all looks so promising: Reynard 93Ds, Mader DFV engines (which have been successful in two of the year's opening three races) and two of the most naturally gifted young French drivers of...
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Two legends sat on the sidelines at Indianapolis this year, but their legacies live on They changed a lot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year, cutting down speeds and toning down the cut and...
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There are those who remain unconvinced by front-wheel drive's suitability for competition use, and this lobby has a strong case at the moment – the Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship. The...
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Toyota was expected to win, Subaru should have won, but the Acropolis tore the heart out of the entry and victory went to Ford, thanks largely to a superbly judged drive from Miki Biasion Had the...
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McLaren's stunning F1 sports car unleashed at Goodwood Gordon Murray has a party trick. Behind his back the 6.1-litre V12 is burbling away happily at tickover, the needle just edging up as he snicks...
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Back in 1963, Marcos, a limited volume sports car manufacturer founded four years previously by Jem Marsh (a sprightly sixty-something, and still at the helm today) and Frank Costin, introduced a...
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Although both BMW and Mercedes now produce 12-cylinder engines, they are comparative newcomers to the art. The establishment? Try Jaguar. The alloy, 272 bhp 5.3 V12 first appeared in the Series III E...
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If the Williams-badged version of the 16-valve Renault Clio was not such an enjoyable drive, we could simply dismiss the whole thing as a cynical marketing ploy. The only common strand between the...
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Renault is by no means alone in what Eurocrats nowadays term the MPV (that's Multi-Purpose Vehicle) market, but there is no question that the Espace sparked the MPV revolution. So much so that '...
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Dear Reader, The heading for this letter was sparked off when I unexpectedly came across a group of sporting cars gathering in a lay-by near my home. They were on their way to the West Country to...
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To any enthusiast living in London or the Home Counties in 1936 there was news to make them very excited. Motor racing was flourishing at Brooklands track, and had been going for a long time, as had...
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Alain de Cadenet took his Alfa way out East for some tropical motoring You may well be wondering what this event was all about. Why would over 70 entrants send both cars and themselves from all over...
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The feature event of the 9th Trophée des Ardennes Historic meeting over the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in May was the annual HGPCA 100-mile race for pre-1959 Grand Prix and F2 cars. For the...
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Blazing sunshine basted a healthy crowd who gathered at Brands Hatch to celebrate the career of John Surtees, the only man to win World Championships on bikes and cars. 30 years ago he won his first...
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The birth of the Léon-Bollée goes back to days which are now almost impossible to visualise, so far distant are they. You have to go back to the 1870s, when Amedée Bollée started making his steam...
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Prescott's annual BOC Classic gathering in May had the added temptation of a Type 59 not seen before in this country. Once owned by Leopold, King of the Belgians, the black 59 has been bought by Bob...
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No-one seems to be celebrating the Queen's 40th anniversary this year, but this is Donington Park's Diamond Jubilee and while the European GP was the major event, the VSCC's May meeting was a rather...
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Demanding roads, dramatic scenery, rare sports-racing cars and a friendly atmosphere make the Talacrest Ecurie Ecosse Tour unique among British events. £10,000 was raised for charity during the rain-...
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The Gwynne 8 Register recently had a meeting in Cornwall to meet 86-yearyoung Cyril Peacock and inspect his partially-restored Brooklands Gwynne, one of those enjoyable occasions which, the smaller...
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The speed hill-climb meeting of the VSCC in the country-house atmosphere of Wiscombe Park in Devon is justifiably popular, as an informal day at a demanding course well suited to vintage machinery....
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Has a Rolls-Royce ever won a Grand Prix race? The answer appears to be yes, because I know and you know that Carlos de Salamanca won the 1913 Spanish GP in a 40/50 Royce. It was a four-seater, so...
The only track racing version of the twin-cam Squire sports car was that ordered by Luis Fontes (winner of the 1935 JCC International Trophy race in a Monza Alfa Romeo and Le Mans with Hindmarsh in a...
Another aero-engined hybrid to add to the burgeoning interest in such cars is this fine Type CO2 40/50hp Delage chassis with a rare V12 130 x170mm (27-litre) Hispano Suiza S7 12MB engine, which...
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On June 19, just after this issue of Motor Sport will have gone to the printers, lnnes Ireland, President of the BRDC, and HRH Prince Michael of Kent are due to re-instate the Sir Henry Birkin plaque...
Twenty-six of the more competitive VSCC members took themselves to Scotland on May 23 to attempt 14 sections in this trial. The Sammy Davis Cup was won by Stewart Gordon's Austin. First Class Awards...
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Michael Hay (or perhaps Osprey) chooses to title this as if it were only about the cars, but in truth it is the whole story of one of the least commercially sound outfits to have tottered into...
By the time something like this has completed its trip from final proofs to hardback book, market values can fluctuate. All the same, it can be useful, when used sagely. The publisher stresses...
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Sir, The Spanish Grand Prix on May 9 provided an entertaining battle between Alain Prost, a master tactician both on and off the race track, and Damon Hill, who is starting to prove himself worthy of...
Sir, With his rather scathing remarks about those in Formula 1 who wish to limit technology, is DSJ not missing the point slightly? I don't dispute that Renault, ELF et al do spend large amounts of...
Sir Having been a subscriber and reader of Motor Sport for over 23 years I feel qualified to voice my opinion of F1 racing as it appears to the supposed millions of spectators in 1993. My criteria...
Sir, If DSJ regards F1 as a technical exercise for major manufacturers then he should be quietly thrilled to listen while those manufacturers tackle the important technical problems of the power-...
Sir, One of ESPN's commentators was heard to remark as the cars drove past a somewhat empty grandstand during the Spanish Grand Prix that this sight was upsetting to some of the drivers, who had...
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Sir, Many of your readers will have recalled cherished memories after reading the various articles published to mark the 25th anniversity of the death of Jim Clark. Although everybody knows that Jim...
Sir, I have just finished reading the Jim Clark memorial edition of Motor Sport which includes your excellent piece on the sounds of Grand Prix Racing. I have a couple of comments to make. Being one...
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Sir, Very many years ago, I recall seeing illustrated in your columns a hillclimb or sprint 'special' called the 'Freikaiserwagen'. This vehicle was apparently powered by a rear mounted vee-twin...

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