June 1997

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Audi has commissioned British Specialists Crosthwaite and Gardner to build up to six exact replicas of the 1939 ex-HP Muller Auto Union V16 mountain-climbing car which will star at the Goodwood...
South London's Crystal Palace circuit will once more reverberate to the sound of tuned engines on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, May 25/26. Some 25 years after the last motor race - won by Gerry...
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I don't know about you but it seems entirely daft to me that the organisers of the historic race meetings that are popping up over Europe seem unable plan their events in such a way that their dates...
Forty years after he became the first British driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix in a British car, Stirling Moss will be one of many stars taking part in Basildon's extraordinary Retro '97...
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Muscular Aston Martins and Jaguar E-types of the pre-1970 era are taking on Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes and Camaros in the Anglo-American Challenge, an attractive and well-supported new racing...
The Majority of the 19 surviving champions and their cars will be present when the Midland Automobile Club hosts the 50th anniversary celebrations for the RAC British Hillclimb Championship at...
McLaren Cars Sales Director David Clarke intends to run his 1949 Norm Olson Special Indy car at Goodwood's Festival of Speed. The plan was hatched after Clarke solved the gearbox problems of the...
The Bourne Civic Society plans to establish a permanent Raymond Mays Exhibition in the Lincolnshire town where Mays founded both ERA and BRM. A club for motor racing enthusiasts meets at the Angel...
The Manx Motor Racing Club is inviting owners of sports and GT cars built between the 1930s and the mid 1960s to compete in the seventh running of its unique Manx Classic event from September 18-21....
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Events or note MAY 23/25 Norwich Union RAC Classic (GB) Entries are now closed but a fine day of spectating is still on offer. tr 01753 681736 24/25 Spa-Francorchamps (B) Trophee des Ardennes. Big...
The Coys International Historic Festival at Silverstone in July will mark the 50th anniversary of Ferrari when an amazing 44 of the Italian marque's finest cars race each other in a single event. On...
The Lola Formula One Team went into liquidation last month with £6.3 million debts. Its parent company, Lola Cars, is owed £3 million. Creditors of the abortive F1 team, which competed in just one...
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A record entry of 220 cars from 21 countries countries took part in the Tour Auto, but it was the Shelby Cobra of Henri Pescarolo and Jean Rives which came out on top. Their Cobra faced stiff...
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Glorious shirtsleeve weather blessed the opening meeting of the VSCC's racing season, the traditional GP Itala Trophy meeting at Silverstone, and after last year's experiment to restrict the title...
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The first thing to say about the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix is that it came close to being called off. Not because the weather was abominable, although it was, but because of a row between the race...
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EARLY EXPOSURE TO THE RACE TRACK SPAWNED A LIFELONG PASSION FOR RACING AND A SUCCESSFUL CAREER It was one of those moments that seized the young Frank Sytner and committed him permanently to the...
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Sir, I read your editorial (May) with horror. How can a publication devoted to the sport decide that a section that it disapproves of will not be mentioned? My subscription to your publication was so...
Sir, You took a brave decision to revamp a journalistic institution and, for us older readers, it was not as bad as I ad been feared. In fact, it combines continuity and change in a subtle amalgamy...
Sir, Above Nick Harley's letter (Letters, May) concerning the Super Squalo, you publish a picture of car number 48 at Monaco in 1955, attributing it to Paul Frere. Frere took over the Super Squalo at...
Sir, Congratulations to Nick Harley, who remembered that I drove a Ferrari Super Squalo in the Monte Carlo GP of 1955. Until a few weeks ago, even the organising club did not know! The reason is...
Sir, I am pleased that David Cole (Letters, April) enjoyed my feature on the Tasman Series, but I am sorry that he misinterpreted my reference to the changes to the face of Grand Prix racing which...
Sir, I very much enjoyed Alan Henry's article on that most enduring of racing cars (Lotus 72:The Most Sumessful GP Car Ever, May) but would take issue with the claim embodied in the headline. Yes, 20...
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Sir, I very much enjoyed Counting the Akelas (March) and here are one or two points I would like to make. The cylinder heads were held by four studs, not eight. On the ioe Vitesse and KIM engines...
Sir, I must take issue with your description of the Escort Cosworth as a rotten apple (April). Yes, there is bad turbo lag and poor steering feel but! feel you have overlooked the point of the car....
Sir, I am writing a book detailing the individual histories of all the six-cylinder Cricklewood Bentleys. If you own one of these wonderful cars and are a member of Bentley Drivers Club you will...
Sir, I was an avid reader of MOTOR SPORT from the mid '60s up to the late '80s. I stopped taking it then as I felt that the quality of content had deteriorated. I was, therefore, pleased to see the...
Sir, As you infer in your editorial, an editor's life is not one heady, garlanded gallop around the glade of the Muses... However, reading The Good, the Mad, and the Ugly (April) I was reminded of Dr...
Sir, I thought that A Shadow on the Mountains (May) was a splendid write-up, but one error must not be allowed to be perpetuated in Motortsport. "Lock one side of the diff, the other will go twice as...
Sir, I have to admit I do not buy Motorsport regularly, but the sight of Ronnie Peterson oversteering the Lotus 72 on your cover persuaded me that I needed a 'fix' of how motor racing used to be. In...
Sir, I am delighted that Nigel Roebuck is now contributing to the new Motorsport. It is impossible to replace Jenks, but Nigel has many of his attributes a passionate love of motorsport and an...
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Return of the "Real Thing" at J.C.C.'s New Track. Parnell wins the Goodwood Trophy. Gerard Sets Lap Record. "Daily Graphic" backs Meeting The advent of Goodwood track opens up a new era in British...
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Monaco welcomes back real racing The Historic Grand Prix at Monaco was spectacular for all of the right reasons. Christopher Tate reports on a memorable weekend 'Motion is tranquility' is one of...
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These actual cars are Aston Martin's greatest racers ever. Andrew Frankel takes them to Silverstone with Willie Green and one rather famous gate-crasher to help decide between them... We coasted up...
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He is remembered as the man who pushed back boundaries of speed, but behind the record-breaker was a racer of distinction. Bill Boddy recalls a versatile and respected driver Back in 1974 i had the...
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Lap of the gods People remember great races, but seldom great laps. In the first of a new series, Shaun Campbell looks at Ayrton Senna's brilliance in the wet at Donington in 1993 If you were given...
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With the advantage of 10 years' growth and evolution,does Porsche's current 911 turbo now eclipse its supercar parent, the benchmark 959? Roger Bell arranged a family reunion to find out Ten years...
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He is remembered as the brains behind the idea that created Goodwood but Tony Gaze was also a formidable fighter pilot and a successful racing driver. He tells Eoin Young his story Tony Gaze was at...
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Far from being just another vintage Bentley, this works 3-litre is the only intact survivor of the infamous 1927 Le Mans White House crash. Andrew Frankel jumps in and steps back The evidence is all...
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Pierre Levegh had a dream: to win Le Mans in a French Car. In 1952 he took the lead in his Talbot at 2am: 12 hours later, he was still at the wheel having driven solo since the start. By Gordon...
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When a Lord, a superstar and a man named Bubbles started an F1 team, no one took them seriously. Until they won. Shaun Campbell looks at the short, glorious life of Hesketh It looked like an...
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Originally built for the 1970 Australian Sportscar Championship, The CAN-AM Elfin ME5 has been immaculately restored. And, with 590BHP, It's fast. Fellow Aussie Peter Robinson slid behind the wheel...
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The first woman to win a world championship rally, Audi's Michelle Mouton caught the public's imagination. Liz Turner talks to her. Living legends were thick on the ground at last year's Goodwood...
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MICHELE'S MOMENTS Born June 23 1951 1973 Begins rallying in Renault A110 1974 French Ladies' Rally Champion 1977 Wins RACE Rally of Spain driving a Porsche 911 1978 Wins the Tour de France in a...
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Most eager observers hailed it as yet another glorious Maranello creation. Andrew Frankel takes a closer look before passing judgement Good eggs, rotten apples I remember the first letter i ever...
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Long-time proprietor of bristol cars Tony Crook recalls a lap-chart error which put his Frazer-Nash a place down with a handful of laps to go 1952 Monaco Sportscar Grand Prix The race i enjoyed more...
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A fragment of racing history While refreshing the memory for April's article about the first BRDC 500-Mile Race, I noticed that in the programme WB Scott's 1.5-litre Delage, one of the famous works...
In memory of Denis Jenkinson it is the intention that at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday the engines of all the racing cars present will be run up for two minutes — DSJ would approve,...
Put a query in Motor Sport and you often get a reply. Maurice Jennings of SAS Motor Sport in Billingham, Cleveland, has written to pass on the recollections of Mr Andy Skipp concerning the mystery '...
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Not long ago people normally glued to TV screens rushed out to look at a comet which last appeared in 1600BC apparently, which I cannot vouch for personally. But this did make me wonder if, had I...
A reader is anxious to know whether an Austin 7 Ulster owned by his brother was ever raced at Brooklands by Frank Hallam, the Bimingham motor dealer, before he took to driving Alvis cars, from 1927...
One of the best VSCC Light Car and Edwardian Section events is its Welsh Weekend, devoted to driving tests, the Section prize-giving dinner, and the Sunday trial. The Edwardians composed the...

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