July 2005

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Racing action fires up at the Crystal Palace As restoration of the park seems to have finally put paid to any further motorised competition there, we celebrate here the Crystal Palace circuit, London...
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Size matters Headed down to Brands Hatch at the beginning of June to catch the British Touring Car Championship, out of curiosity more than anything. I hadn't seen the BTCC for a couple of years and...
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British star joins Jim Clark and Graham Hill in the history books Dan Wheldon has inscribed his name in racing history alongside motorsport legends Jim Clark and Graham Hill by becoming only the...
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Aston Martin completed preparations for its return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in perfect style by scooping the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone on May 15 with the Prodrive-built and run DBR9. Following on...
Formula Junior, Tsukuba,1983  My first race was in Formula Junior at Tsukuba in April 1983. At the time I was a mechanic and I had a chance to test the car. The Juniors were like a Formula Ford car,...
Alain Prost is a disappointing late withdrawal from the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The four-time World Champion was due to make his first appearance at the Sussex event (which takes place on June 24...
Sir Jackie Stewart is launching an independent enquiry to create a blueprint for a major overhaul of how the British Racing Drivers' Club is run after surviving an attempt to oust him as president...
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  Günther Schmid  -  Charismatic if volatile F1 team boss This German owner of two Formula One teams has died, aged 72, after fighting a brain tumour for more than two years. Hans-Günther Schmid, the...
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American Duncan Dayton cleaned up at Pau with three wins in a meeting chock full of action and accidents. Report by Paul Lawrence -- photography by Jim Houlgraye Duncan Dayton was the undisputed king...
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Gilles Villeneuve's idea of the perfect F1 car shows exactly why he was a true hero to those who love racing They are making a feature film about Gilles Villeneuve next year, and I'm sure people who...
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Occasionally, just occasionally, a driver comes along who encapsulates all that is good about motorsport. But that's boring. Martin Schanche is arguably the greatest rallycross driver of them all —...
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1974 Swedish at Anderstorp As a top sportscar driver, what made you want to try Formula One? After three successful years in Interserie, we were planning to do Can-Am and F2 in 1974. Then we learned...
1987 Rally of New Zealand How did you come to be in a Lancia? I drove for Volkswagen in the WRC for two years in 1985 and '86. Before that I had three years with a Quattro.  (Wittmann was the first...
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As the F1 tyre war reaches meltdown, don't expect racing until the closing stages of GPs The 2005 World Championship continues to fascinate, although it appears that Fernando Alonso and Renault may...
1995: Johnny Herbert claims the British GP -- his first F1 win -- on July 9 after Damon Hill had taken out earlier leader Michael Schumacher during a bungled overtaking move. 1985: Nelson Piquet...
Hakkinen wins at Spa Mika Häkkinen's brilliant win in May's DTM round at Spa-Francorchamps was a stunning result in only his third race as a touring car driver. In taking victory he was emulating...
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The Shelsley Walsh Story by Simon Taylor. ISBN184425 090 3, published by Haynes, £30.00 Before we get accused of bias, yes Simon Taylor is the author. And yes there is the lingering threat of a P45...
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Ruby's lost trio Sir, I very much enjoyed the Lloyd Ruby profile (May issue). Trivia question: who is the only driver other than Jim Clark to win a race in the vaunted Lotus 38? Answer: Ruby,...
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Clark domination,1964 When Jim Clark does a demonstration of the perfect grand prix driver at work, as he did at Zandvoort, some do not enjoy watching and consider it monotonous or dull, even though...
Magic Montjuich Sir, I was delighted to read Nigel Roebuck's 'Legends' in the June issue on Montjuich Park. I was always fascinated by this venue, but was never lucky enough to see a race there....
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A South African who went to Pau and a Dutchman who went to Spa. Their trips took roughly the same time. South African David Pearson had a tough decision to make 26 years ago: "Would my 1979 odyssey...
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You think a twisty 38km stage is tough? What about Hannu Mikkola doing more than 6350km on the Safari? And he enjoyed Ford Escorts much more than Audis Ford or Audi? Which time gives you the fondest...
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Whether your taste is 1960s sportscars, Indy racers or today's F1 heroes, it's all at Lord March's party. Gordon Cruickshank looks ahead to June 24-26 There isn't a more colourful historic car...
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It took time to squeeze him in, but Andrew Frankel revelled in the Honda RA300 at Motegi know that feeling you get when something quite wonderful isn't going to happen? I have memories like this...
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It brought Honda back into the F1 arena but soon folded. Gary Watkins recounts the unlikely story behind the Spirit squad You'd never have guessed you were witnessing the start of something big. It...
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This Tojeiro pioneered the 'cart-before-the-horse' approach to GTs as Paul Parker explains Ecurie Ecosse's Tojeiro-Climax is a landmark car in the history of European sportscar racing. When it...
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It was legal sort of... Keith Howard listens to the man who inspired Chapman's last revolt In 1981, the year before his death, Colin Chapman's Lotus colleagues witnessed something incredible: the...
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Their mechanics could certainly sink a few and they had new-age theories on their side, but Australia's Holden teams failed in Europe in 1986. Joe Saward tells their story Is there any surer way of...
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The Maserati 250F was a titan of F1.   Doug Nye went to Italy and talked to two of its creators People -- not the cars -- are the essence of motor racing history. Unlike the chicken and the egg there...
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A new book of race-paddock photography brings back the era when drivers had time and space to talk to the public. Anthony Carter began taking photos in 1956 at the Nürburgring, and over the next 23...
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Tom Pryce was a Welsh country boy with an amazing talent. Marcus Simmons tells the story Jansen van Vuuren is loving this. Usually he works as a booking clerk at Jan Smuts Airport, but this week the...
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Admit it, you thought drivers like this were last seen in the '60s.  As adept at storming special stages as taming Spa in 24-hour enduros, Marc Duez is a great all-rounder.  John Davenport unravels...
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Mercedes bends... Since Motor Sport  has, quite rightly, recently had lots about Moss and Jenks, here is a bit more about the latter, when DSJ made a rare driving error. He would not have minded me...
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It is worth noting that the Midland AC, which was founded in 1901 and has since 1905 held the famous Shelsley Walsh hillclimbs, has also trials and other events on its fixture list. This year's Clee...
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Viaro takes dream win in Brescia -- Mille Miglia,  May 19-21 The 23rd annual Mille Miglia Retrospective was a landmark event for former Italian rally champion Luciano Viaro, who finally achieved a...
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MD of Silverstone Circuits What's your background? For the last 20 years I've been working in the events industry on events like Wimbledon, Lord's cricket matches, Euro 96 and so on. I know what...
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Centenary meet collects runners from a century of hillclimb history -- Auto Union for Shelsley 100 A 1939 Auto Union D-type will be the star attraction at the Shelsley Walsh Centenary on August 21 as...
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Racers that are going, going, gone... As we go to press, the ex-Ian Stewart/Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-type is set to go on the block at Christies’ Exceptional Motor Cars & Automobile sale. Chassis...
Roger Nathan drove a racing car for the first time since 1989 when he tested the Brabham BT8 of Brendan Roberts at Silverstone recently. Nathan raced a BT8 in 1964 and was able to give Roberts useful...
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Street action heads south -- GP do Porto Portugal, July 9/10: The inaugural Grande Premio do Porto is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the 2005 historic racing programme. Over the weekend of...
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In 40 years of motorsport Mike Wilds has gone from DRW to BMW. He talks to Richard Heseltine It didn't really need saying but it was good to hear nonetheless. "I just love racing," says Mike Wilds. "...
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  Authenticating a Lotus 23 with a real pedigree before making his pilgrimage to the Jim Clark Room at Duns Silverstone: Jim Clark put Colin Chapman's lightweight, agile Lotus 23 on the map at a...
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After Motor Sport republished Jenks's 1955 epic, you'd think there wasn't much more to be said on the subject of the Mille Miglia. Jenks himself would always remind you that this wonderful motor race...
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British Grand Prix Support, Silverstone, 1960 Doug Graham's Lotus 15 leads the Cooper Monaco of the spectacular George Pitt.  You won't be surprised to learn that Pitt spun, but at least he recovered...

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