July 2000

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Ever since I saw for myself in 1998 the state of the old Grand Prix circuit at Reims, I have feared for the future of those few remaining monuments to France's rich racing heritage. Run-down, uncared...
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The highlight of the second Grand Prix historique de Monaco was when Ferrari's 1955 Super Squalo finally came good, with Martin Stretton triumphing in the Pre-'61 GP car feature. Stretton grabbed...
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If a blowout at 185mph brought memories of his Le Mans '87 crash flashing back, Wm Petty did not show it. He calmly controlled his Don Law Racing Jaguar XJR-11 and stopped. Having blitzed rivals in...
Historic racing does not come more frenetic than in the European F2 Club Trophy series which kicked off at Monza on 13-14 May. Duncan Dayton won a mighty scrap with Fredy Kumshick's Lotus 69. "I've...
Jackie Stewart has become the first person to receive the Segrave Trophy. Promoted by Aston Martin, the award is for an outstanding demonstration of the possibilites of transport.Aston Chairman Bob...
The six-wheeled Tyrrell Steamroller continued at Monza's on May 14, where Martin Stretton's victory completed a hat-trick for the ex-Ronnie Peterson P34-6 in the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car...
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Britain's newest Grand Prix star Jenson Button takes his second opportunity of the year to compete in front of his home fans at Goodwood's Festival of Speed on 23-25 June. The 20-year-old, who became...
The unique wingless Lotus 58 Formula 2 car, tested in 1968, finally makes its competition debut in July, following restoration by Classic Team Lotus, inspired by marque nuts Malcolm Ricketts and Don...
BMW has announced it will build a new Rolls-Royce car factory at Goodwood, creating 350 new jobs. The German firm takes over the prestigious British name from Volkswagen in 2003, coinciding with its...
Former Grand Prix driver and retired team boss Jackie Oliver returned to his racing roots when he drove Jim Utting's Ford Mustang to third place in the first Top Hat Endurance Challenge event at...
Northern Ireland's most successful Fl driver,John Watson, is to join a galaxy of stars in the Belfast City Motors port Festival at Stormont Castle on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28.The five-time...
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See my agent" is fast becoming the catchphrase in the motoring world as driver after driver is taking a long, hard look at exploiting his goods and services in the best Madison Avenue tradition. And...
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In the month since our last meeting on these pages, we've had two totally contrasting Grands Prix. You might say there was one modem one, and one old-fashioned one. Michael Schumacher predictably won...
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Sir, With reference to Paul Narrowmore's letter, how can you be so lucky? If one finds a copy Motor Sport in this fair land, it costs the equivalent of 16 pints of South Africa's best, draught Castle...
Sir, I write to praise Donington Park and the BARC for a superb BOSS Formula meeting. To witness recent F1 machines was a rare treat Anyone expecting a bunch of rich amateurs cruising around would...
Sir, I write in respect to the Technofile article in the May's MOTOR SPORT. Freddie Dixon and Walter Perry won the 1923 Isle of Man Side-Car TT race with a Douglas sidecar outfit equipped with disc...
Sir, Nice to see the standard being maintained so effectively. Your Taruffi feature is illustrated by a fine photograph of Porfirio Rubirosa while the Chuck Daigh pic at "Bumenvllle" was taken at the...
Sir, I started to read Motor Sport in 1953, became hooked on DSJ, but walked away when it went into decline. I returned in '97 and enjoy it enormously, especially the superb photos. However, I feel...
Sir, To follow up on the Melhalla circuit and whatever happened to it, contact your friends at Automobile Quarterly. In the late 1970s or early `80s, they did a superb feature on the circuit I came...
Sir, I would like to draw your attention to the video The Silver Arrows from Zwickau by Audi, in which sequences are to be seen of the Von BrauchitschSeaman incident during the 1938 German GP. After...
Sir, I have just received my May issue, please don't leave us in suspense. Somebody has got the better of Ron Dennis and 'extracted' 16 F1 cars and you give us NO details. Surely there is a story...
SIr, I dispute your claim that the longest solo drive in the 24 hours was by Levegh in 1952. This belongs to ER 'Eddie' Hall who drove his Bentley to eighth in 1950 without letting his nominated co-...
Sir, I am working on a life of Tom Cole who drove Ferraris, amongst other cars and died while driving one of his several Ferraris at Le Mans 1953. Any information would be most helpful. I AM, YOURS...
Sir, Thank you for the article about Desire Wilson — it was long overdue. I agree with her and Bernie Ecclestone that women cannot progress in the sport until attitudes at higher levels begin to...
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Sir, Gordon Murray's dismissal of Auto Union GP cars as the true progenitors of the mid-engined revolution seems a little off the mark. While it is true the V16 cars of 1935-37 did squander the...
Sir, If there was ever any doubt that Fl is not what it was, look at the effort Ferrari put in to designing their cars around their drivers in the 1950s. There is always consternation in the pits...
Sir, Sitting in the garden the other day, beer in hand, reading the latest MOTOR SPORT with the Parting Shot of Ronnie Peterson in the Lotus 72, I started dreaming: Lord March invites three retired...
Sir, We felt compelled to respond to the article in your magazine headed 'McLaren Can-Am Can to Star at Goodwood Festival'. Although we commend and support Goodwood commemorating Bruce McLaren (my...
Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed the article in the May issue on Jo Siffert's victory in the 1968 British GP. But there's another candidate for the `final privateer' victory, if privateer is defined as a...
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Ten days before British Grand Prix weekend, I drove up to Silverstone — yes, it was raining — and there joined a marquee-full of damp enthusiasts for 'An Evening with Ken Tyrrell'. Taking a seat at...
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How to find out how much F1 cars have changed? Ask Martin Brundle and test five of them It was the look on Martin Brundle's face which proved the value of what we were trying to achieve. From a 1990s...
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The first thing! felt when I climbed aboard the Connaught was vulnerable. It is only the second '50s racing car I've driven I lapped Spa in Fangio's Mercedes W196 and it's still hard to get used to...
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Comparing the Connaught to the BRM is akin to contrasting a bread knife to a scalpel. Both are brilliant at what they do, but the P261 appears impossibly small and sharp next to the A-type, a car...
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Two little words: 'slicks' and 'wings'. Together, these two ensure the jump from '60s Fl car to '70s F1 car make all others seem almost inconsequential. And then there's the small matter of the 3-...
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There was a development in Formula One that came between the Brabham and this Beatrice-Lola that was more significant still than the turbocharger sitting bolted to its 1.5-litre Hart engine. Carbon-...
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What an amazing car this turned out to be and one that was so much better than I'd expected. I'd been rightly told before I'd even sat in it that the tyres were old and had been hot and cold dozens...
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t is easy to see how F1 changed between the '50s and '70s. The route from Connaught to Brabham via BRM is not just simple to figure, it's right before your eyes. You start with a high, bluff fronted...
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If the Coys festival at Silverstone is not already in your diary, put it in now. Marcus Pye reveals why the 2000 edition should be the best ever Fifty years of Formula 1 is the perfect excuse for a...
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The classic restorers In a new series, Gordon Cruickshank visits some of Britain's finest specialist restoration preparation and manufacturing companies to find out why British craftsmen continue to...
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It is curious that we understand much better than its inventors the way Castrol R works, yet take it for granted. Keith Howard redresses that balance In the case of Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield,...
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Reid Railton was one of the most brilliant of all pre-War engineers, using the talents of men like John Cobb and Parry THomas to unlock the potential of his designs. Bill Boddy recalls a true genius...
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Alan Jones 1987 Toyota 87C After a calamitous Formula One Swansong, Alan Jones raced a Tom's-run Toyota. The car was inadequate, however and the team-driver relationship matched it as Adam Cooper...
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John Wyer's final fling with Aston Martin created the beautiful, fast but frail project cars. Chris Nixon's recounts a tale of high hopes and dashed chances "In the first week of February 1962, John...
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Simply the 'Acropolis Rally'. It is a name that will bring a wince to the faces of most rallymen but in itself is quite innocuous, conjuring up as it does travel poster images of sun drenched sands...
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Looking back, it seems odd that the reasons I decided to take part in the Historic Endurance Rally Organisation's third Classic Malts rally in Scodand have nothing to do with those which will make me...
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On June 2, 1970, international motor sport lost one of its biggest stars and of its finest gentlemen, when Bruce McLaren perished in a testing accident at Goodwood. Mark Hughes talked to those who...
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The Lotus 79 was the best example of the sort of racing car that Gary Anderson likes best: Brave, innovative, simple and capable of making its rivals look like also-rans straight out of the box. The...
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By Karl Ludvigsen ISBN 0-7509-2189-7 Published by Sutton Publishing, £19.99 This is a thoughtful work from motoring historian Karl Ludvigsen, less glossy than his biographies of Stewart and Fangio...
By Jeremy Clarkson ISBN 1-902989-05-8 Published by Lancaster, £245.00 run limited to 1500 copies This is puzzling. And worrying. Jeremy Clarkson is one of the finest writers in this business today;...
By Peter Pugh ISBN 1-84046-151-9 Published by Icon Books UK, £30.00 I can still remember how enthralled I was to read Harold Nockolds' Magic of a Name, the first proper history of the Rolls-Royce...
By Elizabeth Bennet ISBN: 0-9537930-0-1 Published by Elizabeth Bennett, £35.00 Mrs Elizabeth Bennett, besides editing the VC C's Gazette, has most industriously produced what will without doubt...
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By Alan Henry ISBN 1-874557-78-0 Published by Hazleton, £40.00 There are no big surprises here, no sleeved tricks, just a straight-forward chronology of the World Championship. If ever there was a...
By Doug Nye. ISBN n/a Published by Virgin, £425.00 If you buy anew Mercedes you can visit the factory to pick it up. Now we have a book with the same personal involvement. Order the Limited Edition...
By John Reynolds ISBN 0-7509-1712-1 Published by Sutton Publishing, £20.00 Here we have the full account of the life and work of the celebrated engineer Sir Harry Ricardo, who has long deserved a...
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Mr Towers, Saviour of Rover and hopefully its future Guardian Angel, has, I believe, said plans for survival include not spending on developing new models too soon. Perhaps some astute accountant can...
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Milestone miniatures LTD of West End, Redruth Cornwall TR15 2SA have a very appealing model of the 3-litre Bentley fire-engine which the BARC had from 1935, its open body painted in the club's black...
A few copies of the late Jack Pouncy's Jack's wheels are available and fans of Brooklands, or trials of the MCC kind, should not neglect it. I enjoyed the description of how Pouncy and his team went...
On the day before the much anticipated VSCC Richard Seaman and Flockhart Trophies race meeting at Donington Park, a memorial to the great Bemd Rosemeyer was unveiled by the son of the driver, who...
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The theme of the Brooklands reunion on 2 July will be Aston Martins and veteran cars. Both are appropriate, because Aston Martins were prominent at the Track from 1921 until it closed for racing in...
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A reader has kindly sent me a book for this feature. It is Gilt-Edged, by Merlin Minshall (Panther, 1977). Described as the inspiration for the James Bond character 007, Minshall recounts how he was...
Thanks to a reader who sent me a copy of an item from The BromlOecord for February 1909, the sad fate of some famed old racing cars is known. Some 14 cars of A Huntley Walker, well-known racing...

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