June 1993

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APRIL14: Eric Bernard returns to F1 carrying out a three-day active suspension test for Ligier at Magny-Cours. 16: McLaren is tipped, once again, to have an engine supply deal with Audi for 1994. 16...
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Still hazy, after all these years The biggest race in the sports car calendar is almost upon us. On the surface, the Le Mans entry looks to be relatively healthy, but behind the massed ranks of...
The price of MOTOR SPORT has been held at £1.60 for over two years now. As from next month, it will rise to £1.80. The increase does not simply reflect rising production costs, but is indicative of...
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One of the highlights of the Sandown Park International Collectors Car Fair on June 19/20 will be a display of James Hunt's racing cars, including the McLaren M23 which he guided to the 1976 World...
On June 26/27, Thruxton celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special Silver Jubilee meeting. Highlights of the weekend will include a demonstration by Damon Hill of the Williams FW 15C, a Historic...
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Prost silences his critics, in the wet and the dry An interesting race, the San Marino GP. To some extent it was not so much about what took place on track, although there was plenty of action in yet...
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Prost survives vibro-massage to take 47th GP win — but only just... The real stories of the Spanish Grand Prix, beyond lap 41, only became apparent when the event was over, and both scenes were...
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Does Formula One really need to run all the technology we take for granted in road cars? The first time you hear it, as a car accelerates hard out of a tight corner and runs up through the gears, it...
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In the first of a regular new series, top IndyCar journalist David Phillips casts an eye over topical racing issues Stateside To steal a phrase from Bill Clinton, the folks in Formula One just don't...
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Dear reader, In April's Motor Sport I gave a warning that the rule makers and FISA were contemplating "a degree of silencing on Formula One exhaust noise". I made it clear that I personally was not...
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There is something about a supercharged racing engine that makes the adrenalin flow when you hear it start up. If you love engines, the hard purposeful sound of a highly supercharged engine is like a...
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Peugeot... Toyota... Porsche. Group C cars will be battling away at Le Mans for the last time, probably, to win the 24 Hours in style. Once the race is over, the V0 powered Peugeots and Toyotas will...
General admission tickets are priced at 320 FF (about £40 at the prevailing rate of exchange as we closed for press, though naturally subject to fluctuation). These allow you to roam the public...
Scrutineering takes place in the town on Monday June 14/Tuesday June 15. Practice is on Wednesday and Thursday, with two sessions each evening, from 19.00 - 21.00 and 22.00 - 0.00. The warm-up is...
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What's it like to drive the XJ220C in anger? Win Percy, one of Jaguar's nine-strong Le Mans squad gave the car a victorious debut in the recent Sports GT event at Silverstone. Here, he tells us just...
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Le Mans may be a test of endurance but, as XJ220C designer Richard Owen explains, getting ready for the event has been more like a sprint Cross Channel ferry users wary of Union Jack-beshorted...
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During April and May, two World Championship qualifiers took place in fairly close succession. The Safari and the Tour of Corsica were as similar as chalk and cheese; the latter conformed to all FISA...
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Whilst the Safari was rough, dusty and not very well supported by works teams, the Tour of Corsica was the opposite. The tortuous, undulating ribbons of narrow tarmac on this mountainous island...
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Green he may be in terms of his F3000 experience, but you'd never have guessed as much from Gil de Ferran's performance in the second round of the European F3000 Championship at Silverstone....
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Late last year, Mercedes-Benz brought its extensively overhauled middleweight range of W124 saloons, coupés and cabriolets to Britain. Besides being fine cars, perhaps the epitome of the versatile...
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At last, BMW has got around to replacing its old (launched in 1986) range of 3-series convertibles with the current shape, although the four-cylinder 3I8i convertible remains available in the old...
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The words 'diesel' and 'sport' are not commonly juxtaposed, and what memories survive of diesel-engined cars pounding around Indianapolis are somewhat distant. Nowadays, diesel is regarded in a...
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The poor old Cavalier is beginning to present a strong case for the introduction of automotive euthanasia. A peerless fleet competitor when it first appeared in its present guise several years ago,...
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By now its over. 12,000 miles of punishing travel in cars at least two decades old; a month of route-finding and time-checking, of worrying about fuel supplies and broken dynamos. The survivors of...
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Eoin Young samples a brace of historic Coatalen Sunbeam racers Tom Wheatcroft, renowned owner of the Donington circuit with its superb Grand Prix museum, seldom does things by halves. When it comes...
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Louis Coatalen produced four cars for the 1922 Tourist Trophy, economically modifying Sunbeam's existing 1921 three-litre machines by adding 30 gallon bolster tanks. For what would be the last race...
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The other Sunday nearly 100 people assembled at Roger Collings' Mill House for the firing-up of his aero-engined Mercedes-Maybach, successor to his legendary 1903 Mercedes, a move from the veteran...
"Morris Oxfords, VW Beetles and Royal Enfield motorcycles are still being made in India and Mexico. Chris Goffey explains how to acquire a brand-new anachronism on wheels" — A Daily Mail review of TV...
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Another good "twisty sprint" by the Midland Section of the VSCC took place at Curborough, near Lichfield, on May 2. Major attraction was Roger Collings' giant Mercedes-Maybach, out in anger for the...
The VSCC sprint at this RAF airfield occupied the afternoon of April 24, in reasonably good weather. David Baldock in the 2-litre Alta made excellent starts and deserved his FTD, in 23.15 sec,...
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It is now history that this year's Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree was abandoned after false starts. It was what Peter O'Sullivan, BBC Sport's commentator, called the greatest disaster in...
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The Welsh week-end of driving frolics, dining, and trialling which has long been an annual activity of the enthusiastic Light Car & Edwardian Section of the Vintage SCC and is thought by many to...
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Entries have come in well for the MCC's ambitious End-to-End Trial, on June 1/3. It takes in some famous trials sections, such as Huystyn, Ruses Mill, Windout, Park Rash, etc. In the last Exeter...
On March 27, an excellent turn-out of 84 VSCC members took themselves and their cars to the hills rather than the dales of Derbyshire for this event, only Saxl's 1928 Dodge, Holt's Ford, Goldsmith's...
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We left Freddie Raynham, after his transatlantic flight fiasco, returning to England from America and in 1920 raising the British ASR to 161.434 mph in the red racing Martinsyde Semiquaver at...
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The Maserati Club, the first of its kind in the world to be created for the marque, is 21 years old this year. The current membership, worldwide, is over 300. A handful of weekend rallies and a...
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My Ford Sierra XR4x4 EFi continues to be as reliable as our Haden Auto-jug electric-kettle or an Ever Ready torch ("usual disclaimers", as they used to say). Reporting on it after 37,888 miles, there...
If you enjoy watching pre-war and 1950s cars racing, note that the Vintage SCC will run such races at Donington Park, where there are excellent spectator facilities and the Single-Seater Museum to...
Let's hope that the new purchaser of the Dennis Poore Alfa 8C-35 restores its Dodge truck as well, to put another period equipe in the paddock. The car was stored for 30 years together with the truck...
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Sir, It brought back a lot of happy memories to read in May's issue an insight into Tom Wheatcroft's achievement in obtaining a Grand Prix at Donington, the interview giving an accurate account of...
Sir, There are obviously many to whom the success of the European Grand Prix, heralding the return of Grand Prix racing to Donington Park after so many years, was as nostalgically exciting as it was...
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Sir, Two brief points if I may. First, a big thank you for the marvellous Jim Clark remembrance (April issue). Instead of sub-titling it "The legend 25 years on", you could just as well have had "The...
Sir, How refreshing it is to read such excellent and clear-cut articles as those presented by DJT and DSJ – long may they continue! The current F1 situation is so well put by these writers. It really...
Sir, As a regular taker and subscriber and occasional contributor to MOTOR SPORT since 1935 (!) It has not escaped my attention that now and again the magazine publishes a quiz-photo. Having had to...

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