June 1990

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When we received a Press blurb which mentioned an anticipated New World Record we thought that perhaps some very brave person was about to try to raise Richard Noble's existing LSR of over 633 mph....
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It was going to be such a good race, we thought. The break after the United States GP and the Brazilian GP would mean that everyone could get themselves sorted out and repair any damage, and put...
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The result of the 23rd Trofeo Filippo Caracciolo at Monza had a familiar ring as the Mercedes team swept up the top two places, but third and fourth for Silk Cut Jaguar represented the team's best...
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Max Mosley is the chairman of FISA's powerful Manufacturer's Commission, and has a seat on the World Motorsports Council. Born to an illustrious family 50 years ago, Max's controversial father was...
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The first voice of concern to be heard about the state of World Championship sports car racing is that of Dr. Ulrich Bez, the man who has directed Porsche's research and development centre at...
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So after all the months of uncertainty, while the sniping went on between motor racing's governing bodies FIA/FISA in Paris and the Automobile Club de L'Ouest in Le Mans, the great race will go on....
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"Radio Le Mans" has now been in operation for three years and has already become part of the Le Mans scene, providing as it does a constant source of music and information during practice and the...
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The last Le Mans 24 Hours of this Group C formula may well prove to be among the best in the entire history of the event. Jaguar, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda all run full factory teams with the belief...
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While upwards of 50,000 British enthusiasts will be heading for Le Mans to witness the great Jaguar/Nissan/Porsche/Toyota/Mazda battle for supremacy, there will be a great many more who will be...
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David Piper's new red 250LM Ferrari (chassis 8165 for the fanatics) came screaming up the hill through the drizzle, skittered round Paddock Bend, narrowly missing that very solid railway sleeper wall...
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The Vintage SCC's first Silverstone race meeting this year happened on April 21. It marked some changes since last season. In the first place, Woodcote corner had disappeared from the Club circuit,...
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No, not that palace — the Crystal Palace, London's only motor racing circuit which has never been as well documented as Brooklands or Donington. It all started in 1927, with motorcycle racing in the...
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I drove to Manchester the other day, not to report on the prison riots then raging, but to talk about pre-war motor racing with Harry Rose, who drove Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Hotchkiss cars at...
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Whether it knew it or not, Cheltenham enjoyed a notable social gathering on April 22nd, when Ian Fraser, Vic Norman, Geoff and Rita St. John and others hosted a splendid party in a hangar at...
We have been asked to pass on to our readers a message from the Health and Safety Executive over the danger of asbestos in some pre-war cars. As is now generally known, asbestos dust is a killer, but...
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When a prominent racing car becomes the sole surviving example of its type that merits attention. The more so when, as in the case of Harold Smith's 1916 Indianapolis 4.9-litre Sunbeam, it has lain...
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Southeby's invited us up to Elvington Air Museum on May 8 to see what their hand-out described as a "World Land Speed Record attempt" by the 1925 Sunbeam "Tiger" (which should have made 633 mph...
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Dear Reader One of the nicest things about our postal system is that it brings me a steady flow of 'Letters from Readers', many in response to something I have said in this column, or elsewhere in...
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After the rain and mud of the Safari came a sharp contrast in Corsica where the narrow, tortuous mountain roads are all on tarmac, and winning margins are usually just a few seconds rather than the...
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Have you ever tried to categorise something which defies categorisation? Do you sometimes ponder whether the "miscellaneous" file is appropriate for that exceptional document, or whether that...
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Torino '90, the 63 Salone Internazionale Della'Automobile, was dismissed even by the country's national press as a pretty dull occasion. Yet there were some sparks of interest for those with the...
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There are people in this world who think that real Porsches have air cooled engines at the back, and sometimes there's a feeling that the Zuffenhausen company's top management agrees. This year...
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More equipment, less charisma; we have seen the process a dozen times and more. Mass manufacturer comes up with a sporting car that catches on in the USA and Europe. All is fine until said provider...
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Just outside Arundel and not a million miles from Bexhill, the birthplace of Elva Engineering Co. famous for its sports racing cars of the Fifties and Sixties, you will find a small firm by the name...
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by Graham Robson. 288 pp. 9" x 6 3/4". Patrick Stephens Ltd., Denington Estate, Wellingborough, Northants. NN8 2RQ. £17.50. This is an important book! It unravels the complex Cosworth story, of how...
by Nigel Roebuck. 160 pp. 11"x 8 3/8" Published by Garry Sparke & Associates, Australia. Distributed in the UK by Motor Racing Publications, Unit 6, The Pilton Estate, 46 Pitlake, Croydon, Surrey...
by Alex Gabbard. 256 pp. 14" x 10 1/4". GT Foulis & Co. Ltd., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. £29.95 If there are any vacant spaces on the coffee tables of affluent classic car buffs, this...
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That Gilbern sports cars have not been forgotten is evident from the GOC's preparations for its 21st anniversary this year, with a National Day at the Museum of Wales, St. Fagan's, Cardiff on...
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Woolf 'Babe' Barnato was a betting man. If there was anything that he found hard to resist (apart, apparently, from a well turned ankle!), it was a wager. Apart from being probably the most naturally...
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Sir, Whilst playing with my son and his model racing cars this morning, and making myself late for work in the process, he came up with the question: "Is the winner of a race the first car to cross...
Sir, Now that the Berlin wall has fallen, may we hope that the legendary pre-war race track at Avus will be conserved? It is an astonishing sight as one travels eastward along the Berliner-Ring...
Sir, I wonder if anyone is able to throw any light on the Fox-Kleinauto? The car, not mentioned in Stones' Specifications, was in production around 1920 and, I understand, won at least one major race...
Sir, You will probably hardly remember me, but you wrote a splendid article in MOTOR SPORT on some of the cars I have owned. I think we particularly talked about the Le Mans Alfa Romeo — ex-Lord Howe...
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Sir I was very interested to read the article on Graham — son of Michael — Turner in April's MOTOR SPORT and in particular to see the reproduction of his painting of Phil Hill driving the Cobra at...
Sir, I wonder whether your readers can help me trace the history of the two cars in the enclosed picture. The Elva Courier has the registration 841 UMX, the TVR Grantura is a lightweight version with...
Sir, I was delighted to see your profiles on the Porsche RS 3.0 and the RSR 2.8 in the April issue as I have been researching their histories for several years. I happen to believe that these cars...

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