July 2001

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Whenever Ferrari got on the blower to Cliff Allison to invite him over to test, Brough's finest would jump in his car, drive to Darlington, climb aboard the Kings Cross express, catch a coach to...
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Two rare Coopers are returning to racing this season, one of them for the first time in more than 30 years. While Frank Sytner has already given his ex-Stirling Moss Cooper Monaco sportscar a debut...
Another Cooper, designed by another John Cooper (John A Cooper of The Autocad is racing again. The Alta-engined F2 car, which was driven by Stirling Moss, had been stored at Doune Museum, owned by...
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Following its major accident at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, Tony Smith raced his rebuilt Maserati Birdcage in the BRDC Historic Sports Car race at Silverstone in May. George Fowles...
Ex-F3 race Jac Nelleman debuted his Lotus 17 in the BRDC Historic Sports Car race at Silverstone in May. The Dane ended a 17-year lay-off last season to share the similar car of Jom Qviste at the...
Jackie Oliver, winner of the 1969 Le Mans 24-hour race with Jacky Ickx, will be reunited with a Ford GT40 during the Silverstone Historic Festival in August. Oliver will race chassis 1084, belonging...
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The man behind the Fondmetal and, latterly, Minardi F1 teams, has died, aged 61. The one-time hilIclimb competitor's Fondmetal company supplied alloy wheels to F1 teams, and from 1983 he sponsored...
The 1968 European Touring Car Champion, and former BRDC chairman, has died after a short illness, aged 63. Handley will be remembered primarily for his sterling performances in Minis, which he raced...
Founder of AMOC, BRIX vice-president and life member, Donald Healey's competitions manager, Jaguar's Le Mans team manager in 1951 -the year of their first victory racing driver, record-breaker: Mort...
McLaren-Mercedes were rocked by the death of Ilmor Engineering managing director Paul Morgan in a flying accident during the weekend of the Austrian GP. Morgan grew up with machinery; his father ran...
Vittorio Brambilla, the wild man of Italian motor racing in the 1970s, succumbed to a heart attack while gardening at his home in Monza on the afternoon of the Monaco GP. He was 63. It was the least...
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The VSCC's annual Richard Seaman memorial Trophy Meeting at Donington Park took on even greater significance this season as it heralded the 'Return of the Auto Unions'. Some 65 years after their pre-...
BRDC HSCC Silverstone The BRDC historic sports car championship season opened on Silverstone's Historic GP track during mid-May and was marked by a win for Frank Sytner's newly-restored ex-Stirling...
Group C revival & Int. Sportscar Cup, Spa The combination of win Percy and Don Law's Jaguar XJR-16 proved much too rapid for the rest of the Group C Revival field during the second meeting of the...
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HSCC Cadwell park & Silverstone In May, the historic sports car club made its annual trek to the daunting Cadwell Park circuit in Lincs, though a shortage of marshals forced the club to switch to...
Despite the foot-and-mouth threat, the Irish racing season began in May with races for the FORCE F5000 Transatlantic Challenge and Classic Grand Prix Cars at Mondello Park. After investments by new...
Thoroughbred, GP, Donington Park & Monza Former multiple champion Bob Berridge blitzed back into the Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars arena in round two at Donington in May with a typically attacking...
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Coys International Historic Festival After years of planning and much frantic building activity in the runup to the event, he Coys International Historic Festival heralded the official opening of...
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In just eight years, the Goodwood festival of Speed has become the biggest historic motorsport event in the world. The annual festival on the drive of Goodwood House in Sussex is a huge celebration...
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Sir, Surely one of the excellent Jesse Alexander photographs in your May issue carries an incorrect caption. The annual press visit to Maranello must be at the end of the 1958 season or at the...
Sir, Having undertaken numerous 'Sunday drives in the Eifel' over the past five decades to watch racing on the 'Ring, I share Tony Brooks' "all-consuming passion" for that "gladiatorial arena",...
Sir, Among the letters in your May issue, John Winter calls for "action to be taken" to protect marshals and prevent future casualties. The solution is simple. Fire marshals should not step out from...
Sir, I take issue with the News in Brief item last month which states that Stirling Moss has never competed in an Jaguar E-type. I remember attending an event at Brands Hatch in the 1960s, in which...
Sir, I was interested to see that you had published an article on the 1957 Nurburgring 1000kms. As a supporter of both Tony Brooks and of Aston Martin, I bought your May issue for a touch of...
Sir, I paid the £15 entrance fee and £5 for a programme at Donington Park's VSCC/HGPCA meeting in eager anticipation of seeing and hearing the legendary pre-War Auto Unions. Imagine then my...
Sir, A few months ago, I noted in Motor Sport reference to a memorial to Raymond Sommer close to the old Sommer family business in the Ardennes. Sommer was, of course, killed at Cadmus in the Haute...
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The unseemly fight between Jaguar and McLaren — and thus, between the giant resources of the Ford Motor Company and Daimler-Chrysler AG — over who should pay Adrian Newey 170,000 a week for his...
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One of the reasons I no longer stay in Monaco for the GP is that these days I find the place intensely claustrophobic. So many beautiful buildings have been swept away, so many ugly skyscraper blocks...
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When Jose Froilan Gonzalez muscled his Ferrari past the chequered flag at Silverstone in 1951, no-one knew Enzo's team would pass into legend. Andrew Frankel describes that first victory, and in the...
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If the 1951 British Grand Prix was a thrilling race, the 1954 edition was doubly so. This time, the roles were reversed, with Ferrari as the all-conquering masters of the sport and Mercedes-Benz out...
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1953 French Grand Prix Mike Hawthorn (Ferrari 500) The 1953 French GP earned a place in the history books, not just as one of Ferrari's most memorable victories, but as one of the greatest races of...
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1964 German Grand Prix John Surtees (Ferrari 158) It was probably his motorcycle experiences that gave John Surtees the bravery to conquer Formula One's most fearsome circuits, the Nurburgring and...
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1972 German Grand Prix Jacky Ickx (Ferrari 312B2) This was personal. This was Jacky Ickx's stomping ground. He wasn't about to be beaten here, not by Stewart, not by Fittipaldi. Not by anyone. It had...
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1976 United States Grand Prix (West)Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari 312T) The Formula One teams were wary when they turned up at Long Beach for the first time in 1976. A street race by the seaside, to F1...
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1981 Monaco Grand Prix Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 126CK) When Jacques Laffite said, "No driver can do miracles. But Gilles sometimes made you wonder," he was probably thinking of Monaco '81....
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1982 German Grand Prix Patrick Tambay (Ferrari 126C2) The 1982 German GP was by no means a classic. The enduring image is not of a great on-track battle, but of two drivers indulging in televised...
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1985 German Grand Prix Michele Alboreto (Ferrari 156/85) After qualifying for the German Grand Prix, championship leader Michele Alboreto looked grimly at the timesheets. Eighth. The Ferrari 156/85...
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1989 Hungarian Grand Prix Nigel Mansell (Ferrari 640) Some snapshot moments instantly ingrain themselves into the very fabric of grand prix legend. Nigel Mansell is at the epicentre of a remarkable...
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1996 Spanish Grand Prix Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F310) The 1996 Spanish GP represented the start of a new chapter in Ferrari's history. Michael Schumacher's first win for the team has obvious...
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Technofile It's easy to ignore a safety product when it not only adds weight but also cuts performance. However, as Keith Howard explains, a roll-protection structure is one area where security can...
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Ray Harroun won the first ever Indy 500, right? Well, yes and no. In fact it was a man by the name of Ciaus Patschke who proved the sting in the tale of the Marmon Wasp. Spencer Riggs salutes a...
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Recently we've almost become used to seeing auto unions in action again. What we've never seen is Ferdinanand Porsche's prototype, the P-Wagen because there aren't any. Or so we thought... Gordon...
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Just as he was blending natural talent with the other attributes a regular F1 winner requires, fate struck a cruel blow. David Malsher assesses what might have been... The newspapers didn't...
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Colin Chapman's designs were always intriguing, frequently innovative and occasionally hopeless. But the Lotus 78 was a true stroke of genius which evolved into the legendary 79 I have chosen the...
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When Lotus made their first tentative Formula One steps, Cliff Allison and the Nimble 12 scored the first points for this famous team. After 43 years apart, we reunited them. David Malsher reports...
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The one that got away Ivan Capelli 1990 french Grand Prix one can only speculate what path Ivan Capelles career might have followed had he won at Paul Ricard. He tells Adam Cooper how it felt to come...
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Markku Alen was the Ronnie Peterson of rallying - a true genius who was never rewarded with the championship. That's a travesty, says John Davenport There are rally drivers who thrill you when they...
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Some time ago I recalled the 344cc Jappic, which at first amused, then impressed, the Brooldands spectators back in 1925. A professionally-built racing cyclecar, there were plans for production, but...
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I have had a letter from Zimbabwe, from a reader who went out to Africa in 1952. In Johannesburg a year later, this long-time Motor Sport reader found a rare car in a poor state, with non-original...
Sam Robert's book Ford model Y-Henry's Car-for Europe (Veloce, ISBN 1-901295-88-5, 129.99) certainly deserves a place in every historians' bookcase. You may recall the dodgy handling from the Y's...
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Armstrong Siddeleys, advertised as being 'of Aircraft Quality', were wellmade cars of dignified appearance. C G Grey, editor of The Aeroplane, had several and asked of his first how far he should go...
Reviving a heading I used to use, "The things they say", a topical one came during the Rover crisis, regarding a car which had the undynamic image of an overpriced, middle-aged bank manager's car....
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My Shuttleworth piece having been well received, may I add what space left out, and say I do know a Locomobile steam car from a Panhard; the first photo was wrongly captioned. The "aforesaid" 1903 De...
The sports rally which after a long hibernation was discovered in December 1999, and was found to have nearly completed a JCC Double 12 race, is being quickly restored by Mr N Lupton. The engine has...
I have never ceased to enthuse over Karl Ludvigsen's studious and complete coverage of the technical aspects and history of all the Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz racing cars, as published by Bond/...

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