June 1989

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Nearly 15% of the total production of Frazer Nash. (some 70 cars, the great majority chain-driven) will drive the 2500 miles from Brooklands to Bolzano and back from June 9-23, in the third South...
The public image On July 29, 1973, millions of television viewers worldwide watched helplessly as Roger Williamson was burned alive in the wreckage of his upturned car during the Dutch Grand Prix,...
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Second Classic Marathon It might be many people's idea of heaven to wake up on the peak of the Stelvio Pass to the sight of Timo Makinen power-sliding past in a Healey 3000.. . followed by Paddy...
Berger suffers breaks and burns Gerhard Berger's horrific accident at the San Marino Grand Prix on April 23 resulted in nothing worse than a broken rib, a cracked shoulder-blade and second-degree...
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More Changes to Grand Prix Rules On the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix, the third race of the new 31/2-litre formula, FISA's Formula One Commission approved a series of detail regulations regarding the...
As rumoured at the turn of the year (Motor Sport, February 1989), the loss-making March Group has rationalised by selling off its Formula One team and Formula 3000 manufacturing division to Leyton...
With the disappointing non-appearance of two Ferrari F40s entered by Charles Pozzi for Nicola Larini and Jean-Pierre Jabouille, and the hopes that Tom Walkinshaw would shake down the new Jaguar XJR-...
Pre-war racing cars on public roads - that is the promise of the Merlin Manx Classic Speed trials planned for the Isle of Man on September 28-30. Using a 3.5-mile track which includes a good part of...
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A miracle Miracles do happen in motor racing. We saw one at Imola during the San Marino Grand Prix. It may not have been quite the sort of miracle the tifosi had in mind for Ferrari once they'd seen...
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Same tune, new sound The mythical "they" (whoever "they" might be) were saying that it was all going to be different this year at Imola for the San Marino Grand Prix, but though I looked pretty...
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Continuity I always find continuity in the racing scene of great interest: the sons of famous racing drivers taking up the sport, like those of Sir Jack Brabham, Derek Bell, Jackie Stewart and Graham...
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Sweet sixteen for Senna The bald facts say that Ayrton Senna pulverised his opposition to win his 16th Grand Prix in Monaco. That he won going away in a crisp style which exorcised the ghost of 1988...
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The eleven year plan I sometimes wonder if I am totally out of step with the rest of the world when I read things like the Renault Press handout which says that the Monaco Grand Prix is the world's...
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Trading places Last month we spoke of the massive budgets of professional teams, the comparatively meagre resources of private competitors and the extremely remote possibility that any moderately...
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Latin spirit It is true that the current Mille Miglia retrospective is merely a historic regularity rally, but clocking in to controls at the specified time is of little importance to most entrants;...
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"With the Minister will be the past-Chairman and Vice-President elect of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, Bryan Goodman, who will be driving his 1904 CGV open tourer French vintage car. The...
The roads of the 1920s We are coming close to the end of the Twenties, whose motoring life we have been recalling through the diary of journalist Owen John, and it was at the close of 1928 that OJ...
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Rolls-Royces in old age In his recently-published book on Rolls Royce, George Oliver has a chapter entitled "See how they last", covering some of the older models still in use. The author tells us he...
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Reading DSJ's piece (Motor Sport, May 1989) about the mistakes made by journalists, the Editor was conscious that through a slip in concentration (those excuses again!) he had identified Mayman's ERA...
For those who like to try their hand at solving conundrums, here is rather a nice one! In 1922 a company called Ramvans, describing itself as automobile engineers and trading from Eresby Mews in...
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A reader in Elgin wants to find the Lagonda V12 engine alleged to have been built in the 1950s as a spare for one of the team cars, and apparently used later by Norman Buckley in a racing boat and...
Already enlarged since it was opened by Land Speed Record man Richard Noble in 1985, the Haynes Sparkford Motor Museum has had another extension of 12,000 sq ft added to it, this time opened by...
TASO Mathieson has resigned as President of the Brooklands Society on health grounds, and his successor is Ian Connell, who raced Vale, Darracq and ERA cars at the Track. The Reunion takes place on...
Long before the Veteran Car Club came into being, Edgar Duffield of The Auto suggested an organisation for ancient cars which were still active, and later the Nicholsons and I expressed similar ideas...
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At Oulton Park on May 5, Kenneth Neve celebrated with many of his friends the 75th birthday of his 1914 TT Humber which he bought 50 years ago for £30. It was the usual happy occasion, which Neve...
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Ford Fiesta 1.6S As reported in the April issue, the new Ford Fiesta has now arrived in a fanfare of publicity, but it is basically a shopping car in three or five-door guise. With the demise of the...
On Budget day, as Chancellor Lawson announced the reduction in duty on unleaded fuel, a Toyota Camry with the latest quad-cam 24-valve V6 engine arrived for sampling with the message "Toyota Runs On...
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Every year the British influx to Le Mans swells, and in response to public demand we have compiled this guide to the circuit and to the race. This will be the first time that Mercedes, Aston Martin...
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Points of view If you do not have a car try some of the following areas, all of which are accessible on foot from the village and administrative centre. Pits and Start/Finish Area Even without a...
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Equipes et pilotes Only a provisional list of Le Mans entries, without any confirmed drivers, was available at the time of going to press, and some of the race numbers had yet to be allocated....
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Mission accomplished Aston Martin finally succeeded in winning the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, and the World Championship, in 1959, but to the huge disappointment of British fans David Brown immediately...
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Once more unto the breech! In what promises to be yet another golden year in sportscar racing, Aston Martin's return to the track is as exciting a prospect as Jaguar's defence of the championship...
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In from the cold Tom Walkinshaw's most surprising recruit for last year's five-car Le Mans challenge was an American Porsche driver who was almost unknown in Europe. But Price Cobb returns for a...
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These are the days! It hardly seemed likely in 1983 (or 1984, or 1985) that anyone would ever call Group C "a great era" for sports-car racing, yet that is what it seems to have become, thanks to the...
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Der neue Neubauer? As Mercedes-Benz racing cars once more become Silver Arrows, it falls to former Porsche, Ford, BMW and Talbot man Jochen Neerpasch to inherit the mantle, if not perhaps the high...
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Tiny triple I suppose that the last three-cylinder car to appear in these pages was a two-stroke Saab, or just possibly a DKW. Neither had pretensions to a sporting character, though both had...
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All fours Those keeping abreast of events in the Shells Oils British Open Rally Championship will not be unfamiliar with the Mitsubishi Galant 4WD/4WS, for although it has only just been launched in...
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A new high Just eleven years ago, production came to an end of the first Lotus Esprit series, a borderline 2-litre supercar with 104 bhp less than the Esprit reviewed here. Fewer than 1000 had been...
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Staying one step ahead Lancia has a busy period of reorganisation ahead in Britain. With its models now sold through Fiat (UK) Ltd, instead of Lancar, there will be inevitable dealer changes, but...
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Sir, In the "Veteran to Classic" article on the Jowett Jupiter (Motor Sport, February 1989) a mention is made on page 157 of the first Jowett sports-car, made about 1928. In 1931 I stupidly swapped...
Standards! Sir, If sports-car racing ceases to exist in its present form — or something very close to it — we will have nothing between the Formula One prototypes and rallying. Saloon cars produce...
Sir, How much I enjoyed reading "A Thing of the Past" (Motor Sport, April 1989). It brought back many happy memories of the International Trophy and British Grand Prix meetings in the Fifties and...
Sir, l am currently writing a book covering the history of the Macau Grand Prix. The event celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and I am keen to hear from anyone who took part in the event, or...
Sir, We, as an Association, are concerned that there is a possibility of "new" Healey Silverstones (as distinct from the Austin Healey replica just announced) appearing on the market, and we would...
Sir, With no intention of debating the merits of turbochargers on sports and racing cars, I must disagree with Mr Anthony Blight (Motor Sport letters, May) when he says of turbocharging "nor can it...

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