July 2003

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It wasn't a bad race this year's Monaco bash — even though I can't recall a single for-position overtaking manoeuvre. What was distinctly impressive was how the top seven finishers were pretty much...
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American Don Bell is to introduce a second Lola T163 Can-Am car to the International Supersports Cup this year. Dodkins Motorsport is preparing the second car, chassis 15, to join Bell's ex-Chuck...
Classic Grand Prix cars are to return to South Africa this winter following the confirmation of a two-event 'Springbok Series' to be run by the FORCE organisation. The brace of races are to be held...
Euro 2-litre star Lepp returns with Chevron Ex-factory Chevron and March sportscar driver John Lepp ended a 17-year break from racing by competing in the International Supersports Cup rounds at...
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The 75th anniversary of Aston Martin's first Le Mans 24 Hours is to be commemorated by a race at Silverstone's St John Horsfall meeting. The all-Aston grid on June 28 will be headed by the 1959 Le...
Willi Kauhsen has bought back one of his Formula One chassis and plans to return it to the track at this year's Thoroughbred Grand Prix finale at Estoril in October. The car is being rebuilt by...
Motor Sport is supporting the 2003 Mount Stuart Motorsport Classic, the two-day automotive festival staged at the ancestral home of the Marquis of Bute in Scotland. The magazine is to back the Mount...
The HSCC's Superprix at Brands Hatch on July 5-6 will see this season's first use of the track's Grand Prix layout. The highlight of the 14-race meeting should be the Can-Am cars of the Orwell...
Alejandro De Tomaso The founder of the De Tomaso marque died recently in Italy, aged 75, having suffered ill health for the last 10 years. Although Argentinian by birth, De Tomaso spent much of his...
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June 27-29 A1-Ring (A) FIA Cup for TGP Cars tops the bill. Tel: 00 43 3577 7530 28 Silverstone (GB) Aston Martin Owners' Club St John Horsfall meeting includes a Formula Junior race. Tel: 01865...
Mike Keegan This one-time owner of Hawke Racing Cars has died, aged 78. A successful businessman, primarily in the aviation industry, he was also a motor racing enthusiast who backed his son Rupert's...
Nelson Piquet's son got an insight into his father's British Formula Three Championship-winning year of 1978 when he sampled the title-winning Ralt RT1 at Silverstone in May. Nelson Angelo, himself a...
Mark Johnston, the winner of Channel 5 television's Be a Grand Prix Driver competition, made a strong impression on his racing debut in the Throughbred Grand Prix series event at Monza. Johnston...
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American Duncan Dayton took the big prize during Monza's major historic event at the end of May. Racing his Williams FWO7C, Dayton won a cracking TGP contest to bring a halt to Fredy Kumschick's...
Torrential rain ruined the Shuttleworth and Nuffield Trophy at the VSCC's Cadwell Park meet in early June. With the track flooded, the race was halted after four laps and was not restarted. John Ure...
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Former BTCC champion Andy Rouse and Pete Hall dominated the opening three races of the Heritage GT Challenge. Sharing Hall's Chevrolet Camaro, the pair took sprint race wins at Thruxton and...
Grand Prix Historique: Pau The annual historic event around the streets of Pau produced some fine racing from magnificent fields, none more so than in the European Sports Prototype Trophy encounter....
Ernie Graham emerged to take a popular debut win in the fourth round of the Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship. Graham guided his Escort RS1600 through the dusty mid-Wales stages to win...
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HSCC: Mallory Park Despite a nasty shunt in the Jaguar XK race during the HSCC's Mallory Park meeting, Stephen Skipworth and Nicholas Wilkins thankfully emerged unharmed from seriously damaged cars....
BRDC: Silverstone Marking its 75th anniversary, the BRDC added a series of quality historic races to a contemporary Formula Three/British GT meeting on the Grand Prix circuit. A rare visit from the...
HSCC/VSCC: Silverstone Ghastly weather blighted the joint HSCC/VSCC Historic Silverstone weekend in May, with drivers battling the elements more than each other. A spin from leader Philip Walker (...
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Sir, Your excellent series of photos 'Best Two Seats in the House' was marred by an unfortunate error on page 73. The caption describing the 1970 Watkins Glen race was accurate enough, but the...
A day at the orifice Sir, I refer to your Vanwall tales in the May issue. When I ran Dealer Team Vauxhall at Shepreth, Cambs, in the 1970s, we were privileged to have Frank Costin helping us with the...
Sir, Fangio definitely let Moss win! It was a wonderful gesture and appreciated by all who saw it. Three friends and I were in the stand on the last bend before the final straight. Sir Stirling came...
Sir, In the May issue Bill Boddy has repeated the story told to some by Juan Fangio that he could not have beaten Moss at Aintree in 1955 because his car had a lower axle ratio than the W196 driven...
Sir, It was an interesting coincidence that you should feature the Lotus Mark IX in the same issue of your magazine as the Vanwall, because these cars have a firm historical link. As helper to Colin...
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Sir, Much as I enjoyed Bill Boddy's article about the racing history of Herbert Austin's Sevens, I was disappointed that he did not include in the competition history the only grand prix win by an...
Sir, Further to David Stick's letter in your magazine, I have been trying to track down the remnants of Stanley Schofield Productions for the past two years. Through Companies House I have found that...
Sir, Chris Mason's letter regarding the 1929 Irish Grand Prix races asks about the person standing second from right in the picture (June, p14). It is in fact John (Jack) Lea, whom I had the pleasure...
Sir, As usual, WB has given an interesting and detailed article in the June issue. His piece Wolverhampton Wanderers reminded me, as so often, of forgotten details, in this instance just how close K...
Sir, l am hoping one of your readers can help me with some photographs or drawings of any 1965/6 F2 Lola T60s, which will assist me further in the accurate restoration of mine. For example, we are...
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It's the first unmissable event of the Historic year. To whet your appetite — and to make sure you don't miss it — Paul Lawrence guides you through... Nowhere else in motorsport will you find an...
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Simon Taylor Things are looking up for Formula One. After last year's worries about falling TV ratings and dwindling column inches, we've had two stories that were heaven-sent for the tabloids, and...
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Nigel Roebuck Friday evening at Monaco, and a drink or two on Keke Rosberg's boat, moored near the chicane. The host, as usual, was chattering away about this, that and the other, reminding us again...
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Porsche's turbocharged 917/10 was the first 1000bhp racing car. It could reach 1OOmph in less than four seconds — all in first gear — and was good for 230mph! Paul Fearnley climbs into one — and...
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'He truly never met a race car that he didn't like. All US racing was clamped in an AJ Foyt stranglehold' Detractors of America's all-action hero point to his rare European forays. But Joe Scalzo...
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15 minutes of fame Lotus 73: Monaco F3 – May 13, 1972 A black-and-gold Lotus smoked its Formula One rivals in 1972, but its Formula Three counterpart coughed and spluttered its way to an early demise...
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The cancellation of this year's Rally of Wales makes John Davenport think back to another 'Welsh' — the Clubman's International that went a stage too far... History has a habit of repeating itself....
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Bill Boddy recounts the story of the 1929 BRDC 500 — the contest that put the fire back in British racing's belly The British Racing Drivers Club was originally open only to those who, from personal...
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The one that got away Andrea de Cesaris – 1983 Belgian GP The man with the most F1 races without a win made 'once in a lifetime' starts to lead both Grands Prix at the 'new' Spa. Adam Cooper explains...
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In just two years Peter Westbury became Britain's top hillclimber — in a self-built car. Then he hit the tracks. By Gordon Cruickshank Too bad there weren't any mobile 'phones in 1971, or Peter...
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Rupert Keegan was the rich kid in the F1 team with a playboy image – well, Penthouse actually. But being called the 'next James Hunt' worked against him. By Tim Scott When kitsch was cool, John...
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Back in 1903 Walter Christie was a determined pioneer of front-wheel-drive — which he called 'direct action'. But his real legacy lies elsewhere. By Phil Llewellin There is, believe it or not, a...
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X-ray spec The beautiful Alfetta was a post-war sensation. Only one is still racing. Keith Howard quizzes the man who knows it inside-out – Tony Merrick Very few Italians would be inclined to...
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Michael Schumacher wasn't the first German GP star to make his name in a Mercedes sportscar. Hartmut Lehbrink reviews Wolfgang von Trips' early career The president of the Cologne Porsche Club, Dr...
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by Patrice BesquetISBN 2 9149820 06 7Published by Editions du Palmier, 52 Euros With the subtitle 'The Most Beautiful Circuit in the World', you'll no doubt be looking for heaps of lovely scenic...
by David McKinneyISBN 1 86126 568 9Published by Crowood Press, £19.95 It's a brave move to add more comment on this iconic racing car, but McKinney has been steadily building on the body of research...
by David Weguelin with Doug Nyewww.motorfilms.com or tel: 01483 235600video £14.99, DVD £19.99 I am a late starter with this moving-image 'magazine' – this is Volume Five, after all – but I'm now...
by Christopher HiltonISBN 1 85983 349 7Published by Breedon Books, £25 Hilton's aim here is to discover what made Tazio such a great driver, a racer as distinct from a racing driver; a man who "...
by Adam CooperISBN 1 85960 663 6Published by Haynes, £30 On pages 216-217 of this excellent book is something that causes a lump to rise in your throat: Sally Courage's lap chart of the 1970 Dutch GP...
BRM 2 – The saga of British Racing Motorsby Doug Nye with Tony RuddISBN 1 899870 00 8Published by MRP, £70 It's here! Almost 10 years after his first volume on the history of Britain's most...
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Bill Boddy Having served my apprenticeship in writing by sending schoolboy letters to Motor Sport and other motoring papers, and writing unpaid contributions for the Bugantics magazine of the BOC, I...
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I see that David Ogilvy, who used to do flight tests of light aeroplanes for Motor Sport, is doing this for General Aviation. If those who had a fast sportscar and perhaps raced at Brooklands wanted...
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Last month I described how Henry Segrave won for Sunbeam the 1923 French Grand Prix, thus becoming the first British driver in a British car to win the most prestigious motorsport event since its...
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Shelsley Walsh, our very oldest motorsporting venue, may be closed by 2004 unless some £1.5m can be raised to save the famous hill. The Midland AC has been unable to purchase the site and now the...
An appreciative Frank Allocca in New Jersey is the newest of a long line of owners to enjoy the Type 37A Bugatti which Jack Lemon Burton's father bought in 1931 as a Christmas present for his son,...

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