July 1998

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I’ll be honest with you. Sam Posey was not the first person I asked to write an appreciation of the extraordinary Mark Donohue. Though I knew Posey to be an accomplished racer in both Indycars and...
Stirling Moss will turn the clock back 40 years to July 19, 1958, and his victory in the sportscar event supporting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, when he races the ex-Equipe National Beige...
Porsche’s last hour victory in the Le Mans 24-hours brings its total wins to date in the race to 16 while no other marque has made it into double figures. With little more than an hour to go a repeat...
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MG has announced plans to go to the Bonneville salt flats this summer with a much modified MGF to pick up the strands left on the salt after the '50s record-breaking runs of Stirling Moss, GoIdle...
One of the 12 lightweight E-types built by Jaguar has been unearthed in a Los Angeles garage. Unaccounted for since 1964 the car has languished all that time under boxes of household rubbish, and...
Ian Appleyard Ian Appleyard BSc, arguably Britain's most successful international rally driver of the early post-war years, died in early June. An Olympic skier, he had an uncanny affinity for the...
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The Alfa Romeo 6C-1500 Zagato Spider in which Giulio Ramponi won the 1929 Brooklands Double-Twelve race sold for £210,945 (including premium) in Brooks' auction at the Monaco GP. The successful...
If you enjoy being in with the in-crowd or just have a head for mindless figures then you might appreciate the following fact, courtesy of Silverstone. On July 12 the British GP is followed by a...
ERA GP1 raced for die first time in original trim since 1950 at the VSCC's Donington meeting on May 31, when Duncan Ricketts ran the ex-Charlie Dobson 1939 E-type machine in the Richard Seaman Trophy...
Former Ferrari Grand Prix star Clay Regazzoni was the star among drivers on the recent Classic Malts Scottish Trial. Confinement to a wheelchair since the US West Grand Prix 20 years ago hasn't...
Ermanno Ronchi won a nail-biting second round of the Motor Sport supported FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship at Monza, in the Brabham BT49 owned by Bernie Ecclcstone. It was the chassis's...
VSCC Donington boasted another milestone in the vintage racing world. Parked amongst the motorhornes was the first articulated transporter I've seen at a VSCC meeting. Team uniforms and pits-to-car...
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After Stirling Moss had won the 1961 Oulton Park Gold Cup race with the Ferguson P99 four-wheel-drive car, in a most convincing manner, it looked as though the racing world might start to take...
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Choices, choices. The first weekend of June offered the Canadian Grand Prix and the chance of another McLaren demonstration; or the Le Mans 24 Hours. Should l escape World Cup-tom Europe and go to...
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On Her Majesty’s circuit service Sir, I have been reading the bits and pieces about the 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring and can't resist getting my tuppenceworth in. Late 1955 Her Majesty...
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Brian Redman One evening, several years ago, and over a degustivo or two, Jenks was reminiscing about the Mille Miglia. "I've often thought," he said, "what fun it would have been to do it in a...
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The British Grand Prix is the father of Formula One. One the pages that follow Keke Rosberg remembers completing the fastest ever lap by a Formula One car, Jabby Crombac recalls the highs and lows of...
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Veteran French journalist ‘Jabby’ Crombac hitched to Silverstone for that 1948 race, and has attended most of Britain’s GPs since. But while he rates the Northampton track as one of the best, it was...
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Rarely have British Grand Prix drivers boasted more talent than today’s crop. We wanted to know what they thought of their home GP and sent Adam Cooper to ask the questions David Coulthard What's...
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Date 20 July 1985, 3.12pmLocation Silverstone Circuit, NorthamptonshireEvent Final qualifying, British Grand PrixPoint of interest The fastest F1 lap of all time Before qualifying for the 1985...
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In the spring of 1949, a Maserati driver from Switzerland became the first man to win a British Grand Prix. Five decades on Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried talks to Simon Taylor A tall, upright figure...
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This Brooklands Straker-Squire is even more remarkable than it looks says Andrew Frankel after one rather too brief encounter Photography by Andrew Yeadon It was quite gratifying really. We managed...
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From illicit rendezvous in forests to today’s floodlit portable undercover workshops, John Davenport charts the changing lot of the rally mechanic Since Bernie Ecclestone re-introduced the pit stop...
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Tim Harvey – Renault 19 Renault’s F1 domination boded well for its new touring car – but, as Tim Harvey tells Mark Hughes, there’s many a slip… Though merely a thirty-something, Tim Harvey is the...
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Forrest Lycett’s 8-litre Bentley was probably the ultimate road-racing car of its era. Bill Boddy recalls its achievements and those of its remarkable owner The 8-litre Bentley campaigned by the late...
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Coys Festival preview If you’ve never seen a Maserati 250F in full flight or a Porsche 917 flat out, then you’d better head for the Coys Festival in July. As Marcus Pye reveals, there really is no...
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Mark Donohue was not simply quick, his approach to racing changed the sport. Sam Posey, his friend, rival and team-mate, remembers his too short life. Twenty six years ago, on May 28, 1972, a driver...
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Reims was not the very greatest track but it still held a wealth of great races. Sadly, finds Andrew Frankel, its historic remains are rapidly crumbling to dust. Photography by Andrew Yeadon Strictly...
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1970 Formula Two Championship, Montjuich Park, Barcelona As good as it gets – but not at Le Mans or in a Grand Prix. Britain’s greatest sportscar ace reckons his unexpected downshift from Formula One...
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The Michigan-made Buick was respected here and even achieved Royal status when HRH The Prince of Wales and Mrs Simpson used Canadian-built Buicks at the time of the Abdication. But it was not...
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The 750 MC National Austin 7 Rally takes place at Beaulieu on July 5, when every version of the famous Seven will assemble in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. The guests are expected to...
Crowd trouble at some football matches seems to be on the increase, but this unhappy trend is not, thank goodness, seen at motor races,where far larger and equally partisan crowds assemble. However,...
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I am told that I am not usually lost for words. Just as well, as I make my living from them! But when the news broke that Rolls-Royce was likely to be sold out of British ownership, I was reduced to...
Charles Grandfield Charles Grandfield, Manager of the Jowett Company's Engineering Department, and who was responsible for the Javelins and Jupiters that competed in races and rallies such as the...
No, not mine. But when I was interviewing racing driver W.B.('Bummer') Scott he told me which were the two happiest days of his life.The first was when he scored the only try for Cambridge in the...
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With the recent move of the Vintage Sports-Car Club to fine new offices, library and workshops in Chipping Norton, new staff, and new financial arrangements including sponsorship by Motor Sport, the...
At the Brooklands Society’s annual reunion on June 28 at the Old Track, this year's theme will be the return of the lap-record-holding 24-litre Napier-Railton to the Museum and it is intended to run...

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