June 1995

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April 18: The Environment Bill, which could outlaw motorsport in National Parks (to the considerable detriment of rallying), receives its second reading in the House of Commons. The RACMSA’s John...
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History lessened? As we closed for press, it appeared likely that there would, after all, be 17 races on this year's World F1 Championship schedule. That may cause some of the impecunious teams to...
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It was the weekend when Formula One had to come to terms with its grief in public: Imola, one year on. Officials had taken the precaution of removing the shattered remains of Ayrton Senna's Williams...
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San Marino Grand Prix - Imola, 30 April 1995 - 63 laps of 3.04 mile circuit (191.507 miles) 1: Damon Hill - Williams FW17-Renault V10 - 1h 41m 42.552s 2: Jean Alesi - Ferrari 412 T2-Ferrari V12 - 1h...
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Twenty minutes into the second qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher sat in the cockpit of his Benetton, gazing dispassionately at the TV monitors. He might just as well...
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From zero to hero, but what really happened? Needled by world champion Michael Schumacher's pointed comments about David Coulthard's speed, Damon Hill was moved to puzzle why it is that the German's...
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Organising the Italia '90 World Cup is one thing, but to return the glory days to Ferrari would truly be an Olympian feat. Luca di Montezemolo is now in sight of achieving that objective for the...
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The manner in which Nigel Mansell parked his McLaren to register retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix inevitably raises the question of whether he is already contemplating retirement of another...
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Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona, 14 May 1995 - 65 laps of 2.937 mile circuit (190.928 miles) 1: Michael Schumacher - Benneton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 34m 20.507s 2: Johnny Herbert - Benneton B195-...
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Nobody who was watching is likely to forget the afternoon of July 31 1994, when motor racing's refuelling regulations underwent spectacular trial in front of a multi-million TV jury. That nobody...
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After a 12-year winless stretch long enough to put anyone off, Ken Tyrrell remains just as positive as he was during the glory days of the early 1970s. This month marks the 12th anniversary of...
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It has taken an official pre-qualifying session to whittle down an extraordinary number of Le Mans entries to a manageable level The surge of interest in the ACO's 24 Hours of Le Mans continues....
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There is widespread agreement that FIA Super Touring sedans will be racing in the United States in 1996. The creation of the North American Touring Car Campionship, at the behest of Gerald Forsythe,...
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If you drive for Williams you are expected to win races and challenge for championships. So when it was announced that this famous Formula One team would run the Renault Lagunas in the 1995 British...
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On the verge of his first outright World Rally Championship success, Bruno Thiry’s Escort came to a halt. Didier Auriol was handily placed to profit. The Ford team suffered the tantalising and...
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Ferrari recorded a 19 per cent rise in sales last year. The cabriolet version of the F355 is unlikely to discourage growing interest in the marque Let's look at that tachometer again, lust to make...
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Are people blind, simply too conservative, or did Honda just get it wrong? Whichever way we look at it, it's a great injustice that the Civic VTi never sold in sufficient quantities to justify being...
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There are over 300 parts in this detailed 1:14-scale resin kit of a Ferrari 166MM Barchetta, from American makers Creative Miniature Associates (29 Parker Ave, Stamford, CT 06906, USA). The chassis...
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Africa revisited Sir, Mr Victor Bryant has raised some objections to my piece on the 1939 Tripoli GP (April). He is correct in saying that Nuvolari, not Lang, won the 1939 Yugoslav GP — I misread my...
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The name of Chevron is so familiar that it's almost a surprise to remember that it was a major manufacturer only for about 12 years. The car that put the company on the map was the B8, still highly...
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Forty years ago the sport was shaken to its very core by the Le Mans disaster. Indeed, it almost shuddered to a standstill. Of course, the human toll of that race will always remain uppermost. But...
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Inheriting the 924 from Audi, Porsche found itself with a sound but unexciting coupe struggling to earn its badge. Something Had To Be Done... Porsche's 924 Carrera GT was built in small numbers in...
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As the long trip by boat from his native Cape Town came to an end at Southampton in the damp spring of 1961, one of Grand Prix racing's most celebrated living mechanics admits to having felt gripping...
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The "Dustless Spyker" — so called, not because it excelled in those RAC dust-trials aimed at keeping down road grit but because it was designed to avoid dust penetrating to the engine and other areas...
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The VSCC's requests to the weather-gods met with a bleak reception on April 21, when the Colerne speedtrials were run off. Rain bucketed down for the practice runs and a cold wind added to the...
We reported on this event of April 1/2 last month but the results were then unavailable. The Saturday driving tests were attempted by 57 drivers and there was only one retirement, that of James...
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It is good to hear of the return to the town of its origin of the only surviving 50 hp Sheffield-Simplex, which Lord Riverdale restored some years ago and with it re-enacted the End-to-End run of...
The MGCC got a very fine response on April 29/30 to its 60th Anniversary of the formation of the MG works trials teams, based on The Bear on Rodborough Common, Stroud, from which so many pre-war...
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Organised by Sir John Venables-Llewelyn, assisted by Mark Garfitt, this involved two nights at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, well-known rally centre, for a couple of days' scenic motoring...
Many of the 150 entrants on the seventh Giro Storico left Palermo by ferry, and were therefore not incommoded by the Mafia's blowing up of the Palermo autostrada on May Day to celebrate the...
Steaming, the very high-class magazine of the national Traction Engine Club, had an interesting article recently by John Hirons, about the engines owned by the late Jack Wharton, who was the club's...
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It is interesting to discover what cars people owned in vintage times and in what sequence, or so I find. So I was pleased when a thoughtful reader sent in a transcript of some notes from a little...
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The Bugatti Trust at Prescott is making moves to attract more visitors, and to this end has issued a brochure of its attractions. The Curator is Richard Day, Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham,...
Nothing rude intended, I assure you. Simply that at my advanced age I take an interest in what other ancients do, or did, with their cars. Thus I am pleased to recall a rather nice piece of driving...
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Guests from racing and the motor industry assembled at Easenhall, Warks, in late April for a lunch to celebrate the 90th birthday of Wally Hassan OBE. The setting was the splendid Town Thorns...
From Laura Ashley by Anne Sebba (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990) we learn that the famous fashion designer's husband, Sir Bernard, liked fast driving and had a Lotus Elite, reconditioned and tuned...
North Country readers may like to note the date of September 17, this being the day when Jim Bolton will organise another rally for all kinds of vehicles made in the Black Country. Last year some 70...
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My piece suggesting that a four-year-old Ford Sierra could be a good used-car purchase brought a note from another reader (much of the fun lies in the correspondence I get) about his 1988 Vauxhall...
I hope strong objections are being raised against this proposed "Continuous Licensing", which the Government proposes to apply to all motor vehicles, whether used on the road or static on private...
Last month Motor Sport highlighted how to become a photograph collector. This reminded me of a racing-car picture the origins of which remain a mystery. Many years ago I was asked to write about a...
"The four-speed gearbox (one more than Rolls-Royce or Hispano-Suiza when the FIAT was launched in 1922) has a rather wide gap 'twixt third and top..." From a very interesting piece on a 1925 Fiat 519...
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C,D and SS register Because of the proliferation of high quality replicas, and the disinclination of some owners to make their replica status clear, the American Classic Jaguar Association has set up...
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Buying a Jaguar E-Type 3.8 1961-64 The Jaguar E-type would make it into most people's list of Top Ten Cars. Even if they knew nothing about its race-type construction or its road-handling, it would...

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