June 1998

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Twice World Sportscar Champion Derek Bell has been invited to race the prototype Lola Mkl sports-racer when it returns to the track at Goodwood Motor Circuit's Revival meeting in September. The car,...
Two weeks ago I found myself hurtling through the Karussel on the Nürburgring's legendary Nordschleife with one Porsche 956 filling my Windscreen and another in the mirrors. At first I thought it was...
Those used to Toyota’s road cars looking like Corrolas may find its latest offering a little startling. Called the GT-One, it comes with 650bhp and a top speed in excess of 230mph. It is, in face,...
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Three years after Donald Day’s horrific fiery crash at Silverstone, ERA R14B returned to the circuit rebuilt to pristine condition for April’s VSCC season-opener, with Goff Tidball at the wheel....
The ex-Rosberg Williams quota continues to rise in the 1998 FIA Cup Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car series with Richard Eyre running the Finn’s former FW08-C in qualifying for the opener at Paul Ricard...
Peter Hannen, organiser of the Masaryk GP at Brno on June 12-14, wants to create a series of historic endurance events. The plan was to have races of 300km (Imola), 400km (Brno) and 500km (...
Back-to-back races on the historic Grand Prix circuits of Monza and Spa-Francorchamps kick-off the International Supersports Cup over the next two weekends. The nine-race DC CV Insurance and Cartech...
There is a whiff of desperation about the news that Lotus’ Malaysian owners HiCom have instructed Britain’s most famous sportscar marque to sell off the family silver – like the James Bond Esprit –...
Vintage traffic queues in Chipping Norton one Wednesday in April indicated the opening of the Vintage Sports Car Club's new HQ, in The Old Post Office, a handsome neo-Georgian building on the main...
The 1100cc Skoda sports racer in which Miroslav Fousek won the 1959 Leningrad Grand Prix on a rare sortie outside its native Czechoslovakia, made £46,600 as the undisputed star of automotive...
Buoyed by his superb finish on year's RAC Rally – third in a Skoda – rallying legend Stig Blomqvist has turned his attention to more outrageous matters: the first sub-10 minute run on this July's...
If the sight of a Ferrari 512S on French public roads wasn't enough to liven up your weekend, then the weather gods helped by throwing snow and driving rain at Brandon Wang and Gary Pearson's sports-...
Tag Heuer is relaunching the watch seen on the wrist of Steve McQueen during the filming of ‘Le Mans’. Only 5000 will be made and, of these, just 350 will cross the Channel. Prospective owners should...
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As I drove away from Francorchamps round the original circuit, through Burnenville and Masta and out through Stavelot into the Ardennes I reflected sadly on the abandonment of the 1985 Belgian GP. I...
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After the rigours of South America, the F1 circus returned to Europe with audible sighs of relief, and in the bright sunshine of the Imola paddock the mood was upbeat. Whether your season is going...
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Reminders of Rouen Sir, I write having read Andrew Frankel's poignant 'track test' report on Rouen-Les-Essarts in the May edition. I was there for the last Grand Prix on that fateful day in 1968 and...
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Gilles Villeneuve “I always loved speed,” said Gilles Villeneuve. "My father used to drive very quickly he used to get stopped by the police quite often, I remember and, from being five or six years...
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Drinking all night is not the best way to prepare for Le Mans but it couldn’t keep two hungover Britons from victory. Andrew Frankel reports Any decent reference book will tell you why the 1953 Le...
You could argue, and there are those that do, that far from being the greatest race on earth, the 24-hours of Le Mans isn't even a race at all. And, for sure, there has been many a tedious procession...
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The car was slow, then it broke down, then Enzo Ferrari asked for a rival to win. But, as Doug Nye recalls, not even this could stop the NART 250LM Winning the Le Mans 24 Hours race was not about...
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It should have been Porsche’s day but when Stuttgart foundered, John Wyer’s team was ready. Adam Cooper recalls what happened next The 1969 24 hours is remembered as the closest finish in the history...
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It was meant to be an endurance race but, as Andrew Frankel remembers, it turned into a 24-hour sprint as Jaguar finally beat Porsche From a distance, the 1988 Le Mans was a simple triumph for Jaguar...
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Everyone knew McLaren’s F1 GTRs were quick enough to win Le Mans but few thought they had a chance of surviving 24 Hours. Adam Cooper reports on how 18 hours of rain upset the form book One of the...
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Ten years ago Jan Lammers scored a stirring victory for Jaguar at Le Sarthe. A Decade later he’s looking for glory with Nissan but, as he explains, the oppositions is as tough as it has ever been...
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Everyone has a tale to tell about Le Mans but none are as hair-raising or give a better insight into this unique event than those of the drivers taking part. Here a select few share their memories...
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These are contentious times for Bentley, as the company edges into German hands. But with the launch of the new Arnage, Andrew Frankel insists the future looks bright. Photogaphy by Andrew Yeadon So...
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Patrick Depallier raced not to get rich nor win championships but because he loved it. Mark Hughes remembers a man of simple needs and mighty talent Ken Tyrrell is unequivocal on the subject of...
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Howden Ganley – Maki F101 The idea of a new and well funded Formula One team working just for him sounded too good to be true for Howden Ganley. Sadly, as he tells Mark Hughes, he was absolutely...
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Social Climbing Loved for its atmosphere as much as the machines taking part, the 1998 Goodwood Festival of Speed seems set to be the best yet. Marcus Pye studies the form guide To the dedicated...
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The grand old man of motor racing Robust, skilled and wealthy, Lord Howe had the perfect racing start. Bill Boddy outlines the length and breadth of his career The Rt Hon The Earl Francis Howe, PC,...
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The car on the left never won a race but its arrival in F1 changed the face of the spor forever. Matthew Franey samples a piece of Grand Prix history – Frank Williams’ first car, the FW06 When Jackie...
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Andrew Cowan was the greatest long distance rally driver of them all and now runs the best team in rallying. Jeremy Hart met him on the safari to recall his 30 year career at the wheel Like an...
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Frank Williams – The inside story By Maurice Hamilton Macmillan, £16.99. ISBN: 333 71716 3 He's the most enigmatic man in the Formula One pitlane and the most misunderstood. Of course, he doesn't...
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1966 Belgian Grand Prix John Surtees' finest hour came in his final race for Ferrari. By allowing himself to be overtaken in the rain, he set the scene for an historic victory for himself and the...
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Growing up among some great racing cars, a racing career was no surprise. But he wasn’t always keen… Not many people can boast their first car was a Bugatti, but as the son of Neil Corner, Nigel...
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Motor Sport came into being as The Brooklands Gazette in the summer of 1924, but a year later its name was changed to the one now used, as being more all-embracing. I began to contribute to it around...
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International Alvis day will be held at Brooklands on Sunday June 14, not on the date we published in April. Celebrating the original 1923 Alvis Day at the Track, it also marks the 75th Anniversary...
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When the old-car movement came into being it was possible to find suitable cars at give-away prices all over the place in the back of garages, in country barns, even abandoned in the most unexpected...
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Arguments about whether the race order of team drivers should be decided beforehand proves that history repeats itself! At Monaco in 1932 Caracciola was driving an Alfa Romeo, and after half-distance...
The author of the biography of the writer Henry Williamson, Tarka And The last Romantic (ISBN 0-7509-1492-0), is his daughter-in-law, who with her husband is a member of the Alvis OC and owner of...
The annual Welsh weekend of the VSCC Light Car Section saw 59 intrepid crews set out on the Saturday navigational-cum-scenic run and the nine-section trial on the Sunday. On such an occasion...

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