July 1996

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The best form of crisis management is to avoid a crisis in the first place. Make no mistake, that is exactly what motorsport's governing body has achieved as the prospect of a new tyre war in...
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Oliver Holt, Grand Prix correspondent of The Times, examines the psyche of the double world champion Just when there was a chink of light, a fleeting, fleeing glimpse of vulnerability, a little shred...
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Ligier's shock victory in Monaco dispelled a number of myths about the world's most famous Grand Prix. By Mark Skewis Monaco is like no other race, and this was like no other result. At least not in...
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If the rain won't stop, should the racing? Mark Skewis considers the controversial issue highlighted by the Spanish GP Two matters of concern arose from Barcelona's rain-lashed Grand Prix: one was an...
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Runner-up in his home race, as he is in the Championship, Jacques Villeneuve has nevertheless struggled to live up to some some people's expectations. Mark Skewis considers his impact on F1 He was...
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With the Silly Season upon us, the five Brits in F1 face an anxious wait as team managers consider who's hot and who's not. Eurosport's John Watson, former winner of the British Grand Prix gives...
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Michael Cotton was at Le Mans to see Porsche's new, no-compromise GT racer edged out by a car which the Stuttgart manufacturer had commissioned two years earlier, but then chose not to race... The...
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Kelvin Burt's monster shunt at Oulton Park was a shock to the system. Paul Fearnley talks to Peter Riches, the man at the forefront of Super Touring safety matters To watch regularly cars...
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Doctor Paul Trafford is an intensive care and anaesthetic specialist based at Arrowe Park on the Wirral. He also frequents every TOCA meeting as its designated medical supervisor. He attended to Burt...
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After the simultaneous running of Indianapolis 500 and the new US 500, David Phillips contemplates the implications for American motor sports. Indycar racing's inaugural Mille Miglia is history....
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David Williams witnessed a dazzling drive from Colin McRae on an Acropolis that was as tame as it seemed A minute oversight had become apparent in Prodrive's normally meticulous planning the...
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What the Esprit had always lacked, according to many were cylinders. Now that it's got a few more Mark Hughes finds out if it's been worth the 20-year wait. A V8 in a Lotus road car? It's a concept...
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With Lotus' uncertain future, it could not have justified the development of the new V8 engine if it were to be used only in the low volume (around 500 per year) Esprit. No, Lotus has much bigger...
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Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf/146Ti Whenever Alfa Romeo adds the Cloverleaf designation to the name of a car, its time to sit up and pay attention. The latest project to be graced by the hallowed term is...
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Sir, In the 1956 Le Mans race there was a privately entered Jaguar XK140, driven by Peter Bolton and Bob Walshaw. It ran in ninth place but was unfortunately disqualified by an 'illegal' fuel stop...
Market Engineering Ltd would like to make it clear that the press material referred to in last month's Things They Say was not issued by them, or by Millbrook Proving Ground.
Sir, As a founder committee member of the Allard Owners Club, I found it great news to hear of Allard FGF 290 in the May issue. I wonder of there is any news of any of the three Allards I used in...
Sir, We read with great interest last month's article about our Group 6 car. the Lenhar-n GT. The article rather gave the impression that Lenham no longer existed, so we would just like to state that...
Sir, In 1961, when working in England as an electrical apprentice, I purchased from Dan Margulies a 1930 International Aston Martin, chassis no 561, registration no HX 1556. I have owned this car...
Sir, Oh dear, oh dear. What is all the commotion in the United States between the Indy Car World Series and the Indy Racing League? CART, and the teams in the World Series, are all claiming that...
There seems to be some fuss in seems to be some fuss in Super Touring circles over the weight penalties added to fourwheel drive machinery in other words. Audi's dominant A4. But what we have to...
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Collector's Guide — Jaguar XJS, by Paul Skilleter. MRP, £14.99. One for Jag enthusiasts to add to a comprehensive list on this marque. All XJS models from the original 5.3litre coupe to the last six...
Half-Ton Formula, by Bernard Cowdray. Bookmarque, £24.99. This book covers Grand Prix and F1 cars and racing from 1961 to 1965. Though only a short period, it was a significant one for the 1300/...
The Golden Age Of British Motoring, by Roy Bacon. Sunburst Books, London, £19.99. Books of photographic reproductions of cars are usually of outstanding interest, this one is unique, as a record of...
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Original is best - except where it can be made better. Laurence Meredith meets an owner who is not afraid to modify a motoring icon. When Daimler-Benz's legendary 300SL coupe was first unveiled to...
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Donington's Historic Superprix produced some of the most varied historic racing this year, worthy of far greater attendance. Alan Cox reports on some excellent racing for those who did turn up. The...
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No more hot-rods — that's the decision of the organisers of the Carrera PanAmeri cana. Increasingly dominated lately by virtually new 200mph lookalikes of period machinery, the trans-Mexico marathon...
This year's Grand Prix for Best of Show at the Louis Vuitton concours at the Hurlingham Club in London fell to W Haines' 1932 lsotta Fraschini 8B — a second victory for the dramatic Sedanca de Ville...
A crowd of 2000 braved a chill May wind at Millbrook Proving Ground for the second Brooklands Action Day, promoted by Stanley Mann Racing and Moy Motorsport and supported by Jack Barclay Ltd. It's...
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Excellent racing and some rare machines vied for Alan Cox's attention at VSCC Silverstone in June The race of the day was the Hawthorn Spanish Trophy which saw a triumphant return to the track for...
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Round Two of the FlA Cup for Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars with MOTOR SPORT fell on a soaking Magny-Cours circuit John Fenning was the deserved victor of the rain-blighted third race in the FIA Cup at...
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Now that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is so firmly established and the present Earl of March is working hard and enthusiastically towards a resumption of motor-racing at the former Goodwood circuit...
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Johnny Thomas arranged a relaxing weekend in Wales for the SW Section of the Veteran Car Club over May 31/June 3. No competitions, just drives in impressive scenery, over routes the drivers selected...
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For some unaccountable reason I am apt to think of Calcott, Calthorpe, Clufey and Clyno as the four "Cs" of the vintage light-car era I have had some association with three of them. Of the foursome,...
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I was pleased to find that in A A Milne — His Life, by Ann Thwaite (Faber & Faber, 1990), cars are listed in the index. The first such reference is to the famous teddy-bear "Winnie-the-Pooh"...
Claude Yates, whom 750 MC members will remember as a pioneer of Ford-engined A7 Specials and organiser of a trial which became the Walsingham Cup event for a trophy he presented, tells us has been...
In May the VSCC took in the pleasing terrain on the fringe of the Lincolnshire Wolds for an appropriately named trial 64 drivers entered, a 1935 SS, a 1922 Vauxhall, a Crossley, a big Humber, Miss...
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The 750 Motor Club, the largest Austin 7 organisation of 13 in this country, has announced two important developments. First, Lotus Cars Ltd has agreed to sponsor the 750 MC's Trophy Series of racing...
The Pre-War Austin 7 Club is holding a series of six sprints and four hillclimbs to decide the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship for the trophy presented by Bert's son Clive. Six events are still to...
Something for historians to ponder and perhaps debate? In 1971 the Guinness book of Car Facts & Feats gave this as the "motor show" staged by Sir David Salomons at Tunbridge Wells in October 1895...
On May 5 the VSCC, in a busy sprint period, had its annual event at Curborough, a venue the public likes, with its informal Paddock atmosphere and a course which, if it does not permit speeds as high...
The VSCC moved to Wiscombe in Devon on May 12 for its annual event on that interesting, twisting speed hillclimb course. Here a compact car is a good bet and Dr Gray, having got the s/c 996cc Hardy...
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SCC tnalists had 14 sections to climb in Scotland on May 19, this Scottish Trial having an entry of 45 cars, of which 25 were A7s. The Campbell Trophy was won by P Stringer's 1937 A7 and the only...
The general concensus on May 26, the day of the vintage Loton Park speed hill-climb, was what a pleasant venue this is — informal, picturesque, an interesting 1478 yard course, and the event run with...
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A call from Mr Angus Clark, who has been rebuilding a Thomas Special "Flatiron" over a long period — I remember being towed in it, a then engine-less chassis to Vickers-Armstrongs' Brooklands...
Banner headlines in one of the top newspapers, such as "Wheels turns full circle for man who partnered Sir Malcolm" and "Last lap for man who burned rubber when Bluebird was the latest model", told...
Those whose thwarted ambition has been to drive freely round a proper race circuit now have their chance. Coys Chrysler-sponsored International Historic Festival is to include such an opportunity on...
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For many years the Vintage sports Car Club's annual April meeting at Silverstone has been characterised by high winds, torrential rain and face-biting temperatures. Those who have been experienced...
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PART ONE AC Ace, Ace Bristol 1954-1963 Bespoke British sports cars with fine looks, excellent performance and, if you like crossplies, handling to match. Two engines — 1991cc AC unit and more...

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