July 2004

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My chair is comfier (leaf carefully through this biggest-ever issue and all will be revealed), the bombs have stopped tumbling from the sky and the hot-metal presses have gone cold, otherwise the job...
Sir, In a recent Miscellany Bill Boddy mentioned the vintage Bentleys of TG Moore, one-time owner and editor of Motor Sport. Moore was also a Frazer Nash man and drove 'chain gang' cars in the Ards...
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Star letter Real motor racing Sir, My company is organising a revival meeting at the old Vila Real circuit in the north of Portugal. The event will be staged on October 16 and it will include, among...
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Jenks on GP catering! In any Grand Prix paddock you will find giant motor caravans, known in Americanese as motorhomes, for the team personnel. Most of the teams provide a proper sit-down lunch for...
The future starts today Sir, With regard to FIA HTP and Heritage Certificates, I believe we will look back on this period as a golden age of historic racing. With back-up from the historic racing...
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Another chapter in the series for photographs taken by our readers. This month we visit Monza for the 1981 Italian GP, get excited by a grainy image from Aintree '55 and drop in on packed Sicilian...
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He set the place alight in a wooden car, was quick on the draw and had a fast older brother. A winner in his first season of F1, Sir Jackie Stewart made enemies with his safety stance, but shone at...
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Johnny Herbert heads 1950s entry for GP support Ex-Formula One driver Johnny Herbert will head the field for the Historic Sportscar race which will support the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on...
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Second historic Safari Rally Retro to run in 2005 Mike Kirkland, organiser of last December's enormously successful and well-received long-distance event, has decided along with his Kenyan associates...
Grand prix mechanics from five decades met at Silverstone in April (above) for a reunion of the Grand Prix Mechanics' Trust, which supports ex-mechanics in hard times. Trust founder and chairman Sir...
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Rodney Felton The vintage racing scene is mourning the loss of this determined racer who died in mid-May. Best known for his fearless handling of vintage Alfa Romeos in VSCC events, he was a prime...
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Team Lotus to celebrate its first win The 50th anniversary of the first victory for Team Lotus is to be celebrated in an event at the Hethel test track in Norfolk on Sunday July 18. Around 20 Formula...
Barrie 'Whizzo' Williams has been appointed president of the British Motorsport Marshals' Club. He will succeed Stuart Turner at the end of the year and is aiming to put something back into the sport...
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Goodwood Festival: It's a family affair With a central theme of 'Young Chargers, Old Masters', the greatest racing dynasties in the history of the sport will be celebrated during the 2004 Goodwood...
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Group C tops HSCC Superprix The awesome spectacle of Group C machines on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will headline the Historic Sports Car Club's annual Superprix at the Kent track on July 17...
A years free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's archives. Answers must be received by July 6 and in the event...
June 25-27 Nürburgring: (D) Jan Wellem Pokal event includes Jochen Rindt Historic F2 Trophy, Group C/GTP, new Pre-War Sports Car Series and International Supersports races. 25-27 Goodwood: See...
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HSCC/VSCC: Silverstone Sytner seizes the four ground as Hadfield doubles up Four wins for Frank Sytner stole the show at the Silverstone Historic Tribute. Jumping straight from his Lola T70 to his...
The ex-Alan Jones Williams FW06/2 returned to racing after an absence of two decades during the Grand Prix Masters races at Pau. Owned by Graham Willcox, the car has been restored completely by Tom...
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After 35 years in the sport, this 58-year-old is deeply enamoured with it still... How long have you been racing? I've raced every year since 1969. But I had my first kart race at Brands Hatch in...
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Grand Prix Historique: Pau Lotus man Schryver streets ahead in south of France Michael Schryver was the star of Pau netting a remarkable quartet of wins during its Grand Prix Historique. His prowess...
John Burton's Chevron B26 and the Lola T222 of Peter Schleifer took a victory apiece when the Orwell Supersports Cup ran at Magny-Cours, home of the French Grand Prix, in late May. Burton won the...
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Monaco: Grand Prix Historique Dayton leads American invasion of Monte Carlo No American has won the Monaco Grand Prix, but American drivers dominated its Historique counterpart on May 15-16, scoring...
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Modern times: I doubt if many of Motor Sport's discerning readership are aware of a populist quiz show on British TV called Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Contestants have to select one of four...
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By Mark Blundell "When I was a kid, Ronnie Peterson caught my attention. I wasn't really into motorsport, but the colours of his JPS Lotus and his style stuck in my mind. He was a real racer. "When...
1971 French at Paul Ricard by François Mazet You drove Jo Siffert's March 701 in the French GP. How did you know him? I knew him for quite a few years before I started motor racing. I was friends...
1994: Michael Schumacher stretches his title lead with a win at the French GP, then gets disqualified from the British. Williams newcomer Damon Hill wins at Silverstone (above), thus achieving...
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Legends: 1959 American GP When the world championship calendar for 1959 was published, I remember being amazed by the inclusion of a race at Sebring. Going on 13, I was an obsessive F1 fan, and also...
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By Bill Boddy MBE: Founder Editor It began as the Brooklands Gazette when Radcliffe's decided that the prevailing interest in racing at Brooklands justified a monthly magazine with that title. Less...
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As memories of the Great war recede, motor racing becomes ever more popular. In Britain a new magazine aims to report events at Brooklands Driver: Tazio Nuvolari Review of 1931 season The earlier...
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GP Bugatti An off-the-shelf racing car Ever since the Bugatti made its first appearance in this country it has been the subject of warm admiration on the part of all sporting motorists, and even if...
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Race: 1933 Monaco GP Varzi/Nuvolari duel There's never been a more thrilling race! For the whole distance, 100 laps, the blue and the red, France and Italy, Varzi and Nuvolari, Bugatti and Alfa Romeo...
News Porsche GP rumours A very interesting piece of news has been announced by the Paris newspaperl'Auto to the effect that the famous German engineer Porsche has designed a new 3-litre racing car...
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Richard Twelvetrees, Editor 1925-26 As one who in the early days of Motor Sport, or the Brooklands Gazette as it was then called, occupied a somewhat rickety editorial chair in a corner of a small...
When Alfa Romeo's new eight-cylinder won the Targa Florio in 1931, one conjured up visions of a pure racer. But this was not so, for the type was subsequently put into production as a sports model....
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Bugatti Type 35B Fantastic attention to detail, incredible intricacy, masterly workmanship --- and mass produced! Paul Fearnley explains how Bowler hat with plaid plus-fours — Ettore Bugatti was...
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Ten years earlier, a longer version of this demanding road circuit had hosted perhaps the greatest race of the pre-war era: the 1914 French GP, occasion of Georges Boillot's heroic but ultimately...
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Perhaps the most exciting era of racing ends with history's bloodiest war. hopes of better things to come are vital...motor sport does its bit Driver: Rudolf Caracciola A tea party in Britain There...
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Mercedes-Benz W125 Technical overview The Mercedes-Benz has an eight cylinder 5660cc blown twin-cam engine with four valves per cylinder and wet steel cylinder liners in an alloy block. The latest...
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Achievement and tragedy The whole sporting fraternity has been struck with a sense of grievous loss by the sudden death of Bernd Rosemeyer, one of the three greatest road-racing drivers in the world...
Nuvolari the master Nuvolari was now the sole Alfa left and was going like the wind. On lap 10 he passed Caracciola to take the lead. The crowd was speechless. For two laps he led, and then came the...
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T G Moore, Chairman and Editor 1928-36 My own association with the paper dates back only 20 years, but the first bound volumes on my bookshelf take me back to an earlier period, when grand prix...
Cruising on the open road We should characterise the Delahaye as an extremely hearty and vivid motor car. Even in a run 'round the houses' the car leaps forward in a heartening way, and is clearly...
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Maserati had little inkling of the racing revolution fomenting in Germany when it became embroiled in a very public Italian spat, as Paul Fearnley explains The 1934 Circuit of Modena was a second...
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Racing was in the Maserati brothers' blood and their cars were highly praised for their build quality. But the arrival of Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz in 1934 rendered them instant also-rans in the...
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Incredibly, the magazine continued to be published during WWII. It then celebrated a new era of motor racing almost as soon as peace broke out. Driver: Alberto Ascari Jenks on Ascari's starts If one...
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Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfettas revive as they were After the war, Alfa Romeo dusted off its 158s and dominated the revival of racing in Europe between 1946 and '48. The works team took a sabbatical for...
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Breakthrough at Le Mans A resounding British success at Le Mans! Thanks to Williams Lyons for building the new Type 'C' XK120 Jaguar, to Peter Walker and Peter Whitehead for driving one to a...
Hawthorn beats The Maestro Still it was anyone's race and by lap 33 Mike Hawthorn and Juan Manuel Fangio began to share the lead consistently. After another half-dozen laps a gap began to appear...
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William Boddy: Founder editor, 1936-present All was going well in 1939. Mr. Tee had acquired Speed, Motor Sport was the BRDC's official organ --- and then war broke out. Just as he was paying off the...
The ‘Gullwing' sensation The 300SL Mercedes-Benz, which created such a sensation in sportscar racing two years ago until the manufacturer withdrew it from competition because 'they had learnt all...
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It's always the small ones you have to watch for. The 500cc formula pointed the way forward for post war motor racing. Damien Smith finds out why After six years of ravaging war, it was hardly...
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Britain's first post-war mainland circuit race was a 500cc event at Gransden Lodge airfield on July 13, 1947. But only four cars took the start, so it is the RAC National (right), supporting...
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The era of the heroic drive — 1955 Mille Miglia and Nürburgring '57 — but the face of motor racing is changing courtesy of the new British teams Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio Unconventional roots...
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Return of a legend Everyone interested in grand prix racing has been awaiting the appearance of the new Mercedes-Benz with great expectations, remembering the peak of perfection that the 1939 grand...
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A rear-end revolution For a change, the weather was cool for the Argentine race on January 19. All 10 competitors came to the line, but only nine got away as Peter Collins' Ferrari broke a driveshaft...
From the co-driver's seat On one straight lined with trees we had marked down a hump in the road as being 'flat out' only if the road was dry. It was, so I gave the appropriate signal and, with...
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Michael Tee: Photographer, reporter and MD 1949-77 Although I was photographing all the grands prix, the 'Bod' called me the Production Manager because I also had to chase all the sections, and...
Riding on rubber for 10,000 miles All cars have rubber between hubs and road, of course, except those on iron tyres, which you only see in museums. This article, however, is about a car which is...
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Stacking the odds With a huge budget and vast resources, BRM still wasn't winning. The team faced the chop, when suddenly it all came right. Gordon Cruickshank explains Committees. They're no way to...
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British teams and two Scotsmen dominate F1. Ford invests heavily to make its mark at Le Mans, the finances Cosworth's ground-breaking GP engine. Driver: Jackie Stewart Nürburgring '68: a class apart...
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Sportscar rule contentions The first 917 appeared at Geneva, the second and third at Le Mans, and now an assembly line is well under way to build 25. By the time this is being read all of these...
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Ford conquers Le Mans During the last half-hour the two Shelby cars closed up together, Ken Miles waiting for Bruce McLaren, who had lost the lead during the final pitstops for refuelling, and the...
Ultimate slipstream classic It was still anyone's race and Mike Hailwood led at 51 laps, just as Peter Gethin passed François Cevert. Then Gethin took his BRM into the lead. The battle for the lead...
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Michael Cotton: Assistant editor 1966-67 'Bod and Jenks' as they were always referred to, were not inseparable but they were the heart and soul of Motor Sport for nearly four decades. "Your job is to...
'Gimmick' goes into production Just 12 months ago when I was at the Lamborghini factory at St Agata, near Bologna, there was only one Miura in existence and a lot of people still considered it to be...
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The car you can see from space Americans put a man on the moon, but they couldn't beat the road rockets built and driven by a bunch of laid-back Kiwis. Paul Fearnley finds out what the fuss wasn't...
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Lola got the jump on McLaren in the 'big banger' stakes with its beautiful, well-balanced T70 coupe. John Surtees used one to win at Mosport, St Jovite and Brands Hatch in 1965 before being badly...
Denny Hulme scored the maiden Can-Am victory for McLaren Cars at Elkhart Lake in 1967. He scored its last, too, at Watkins Glen in 1972. Between these lay 46 races: works McLarens won 39 of them....
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Formula One sets out on its new course as Bernie Ecclestone begins to tighten his grip on it --- can the magazine keep up with the times? Driver: Gilles Villeneuve Villeneuve's philosophy These days...
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Jenks on talent versus effort The casual F1 observer could be forgiven for thinking that the Lotus 79 is little more than an updated 78, but he would be very wrong, for not only is this year's Lotus...
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1982 San Marino strike The week before the race the FIA decreed that running cars under the 580kg limit was not acceptable. In consequence, Frank Williams withdrew as did Bernard Ecclestone and Colin...
Arnoux/Villeneuve duel With ten laps to go there now started a memorable battle for second place, so fierce and competitive that the race leader was overlooked. By lap 72, Arnoux was right behind...
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Clive Richardson, Deputy editor 1972-80 Nurtured by Motor Sports read under my school desk, being the only full-time editorial staffer was a dream job. Downsides were overwork in a Dickensian...
'Little flying Golf ball' Volkswagen's astonishing 110bhp 113mph Golf GTi is already a cult car, and the new five-speed model gave me another excuse to borrow one. Rarely have I enjoyed a car so much...
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Colin Chapman was renowned for discovering the next big F1 thing --- and the Lotus boss was a sucker for this particular idea, explains Gordon Cruickshank Downforce without drag --- the holy grail of...
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"If some was good then more must be better." That's Peter Wright's take on Chapman's reasoning with the 80. It should have leap-frogged the 79 copies he knew everyone else would build. But because he...
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The era of Senna vs Prost, the trials and tribulations of Nigel Mansell, Group C sports cars and Jaguar's rebirth, plus anew bred of supercar Driver: Ayrton Senna Jenks' first impression It was...
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Jenks on 1992 San Marino GP It would be an understatement to say Williams-Renault dominated the San Marino Grand Prix. It was the grand prix, playing to a hushed audience in a packed house, with a...
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Fatal shunt and `supercar' ban There was a time when rallying not only sold motor cars but also helped develop new ones. Alas, today the sport can hardly be said to fulfil either function. Popular...
Mansell's title blow-out Keke Rosberg, driving the last race of his F1 career, was right on the pace and tore past Nelson Piquet to take the lead going into lap seven. Piquet, Nigel Mansell and Alain...
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Gordon Cruickshank Assistant/Deputy Editor 1982-present I actually applied for a job on Motoring News, but I was hijacked by the Proprietor, Mr Tee, as Motor Sport's previous Assistant Ed was...
Ultimate '80s high-tech supercar The real proof of a new thoroughbred's pedigree has been amply demonstrated at Ferrari's test track, Fiorano. Handled by one of the company's test drivers, the F40...
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Williams approached the 1000bhp turbo era in its usual methodical fashion and built arguably the best car. Damien Smith speaks to co-designer Frank Dernie If you were drawing up a list of the best-...
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Nelson PIiquet won his third world title in 1987, but his success has always been tainted by suggestions that he did not deserve it Yet is that really fair? He did adopt a conservative route to the...
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Ferrari recruits Michael Schumacher, a Rebirth that sets it on course for four world titles. And Motor Sport undergoes some big changes, too Driver: Michael Schumacher Mission accomplished No sooner...
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Gordon Murray's F1 ideal It all came from a comment that Gordon Murray made over five years ago. We were talking about the then-just-launched McLaren road car he had designed and, in the course of...
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Muted Celebrations This month we are proud to recognise the 70th anniversary of Motor Sport, first published in 1924 as The Brooklands Gazette. Such celebrations have not been our primary concern,...
Emotional tide All sorts of emotions must have been running through Damon Hill's head as he crept back to the pits on the 36th lap of a scintillating Australian GP, few of them printable. After...
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Simon Arron Editor 1991-1996 "Who do you think you are, telling me what's going in the issue?" My first conversation with Bill Boddy didn't get off to a great start. I took a deep breath and...
The new Ferrari Daytona? In creating the 550 Maranello, Ferrari chose to entertain a brief as long as it was wide. The talents of this car are extraordinary by any automotive standards, but unlike...
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When Michael Schumacher ended Ferrari's agony by delivering its first drivers' title for 21 years, he guaranteed the F1-2000 a special place in racing history. By Damien Smith This is it, probably...
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By winning 10 of the 17 races in 2000, Ferrari had clearly produced the class car of the field. Only one machine came anywhere near it: Mclaren's MP4-15 (left). That car was the only other winner...
So what's it like to own a modern Ferrari Formula one car? "If you like golf, it's like playing Augusta with Tiger Woods. If you like tennis, it's like playing Andre Agassi on the Centre Court at...
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The Brighton Run pioneers With the regulations for this year's London-Brighton Veteran Run now available, it seems appropriate to recall how this now world-famous event started. In 1927, the...
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Anyone who feels affection for pre-war Austin 7s should attend the 42nd National Rally at Beaulieu on July 4, when the grounds are filled with every sort of A7. Organised by the 750MC, entry forms...
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Bill Lomas, The world championship road-racer on motorcycles, has sent me his book of that title (Redline Books). I am glad to have it, because I find present-day bike racing closer and more...
The 0-100-0 mph lark, sorry, test, is on again. Exciting proof of a car's potency, but hardly very practical. Timing acceleration is one thing, cramming the brakes on hard as soon as the target speed...
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The French possess a knack of preventing a car from winning before a race has begun or a rally has ended, if it appears to be a serious threat to a Francophile victory. This happened in 1908. SF Edge...
Steve Cropley, Editor-in-Chief of Autocar, whose column I always read, recently drove the prototype Renault Wind cabriolet and was full of praise for its 2+1 seating. He says that for families, a...
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Alfa Romeo Giuletta by Angelo Tito Anselmo; ISBN 88-7911-340-2 Published Giorgio Nada Editore, £29.99 I thought I knew a lot about Alfas generally and Giuliettas in particular, but this golden...
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French Grand Prix, 1971 Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni get the jump on Jackie Stewart at Paul Ricard. But it was the Tyrrell that would win while the Ferraris retired. LAT Photographic

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