June 1999

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Many of you will not need to look at the letters page to know of the outrage perpetrated by me on the magazine last month. Many of you lost not a second before raining complaints down upon my head....
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More than 20 sensational Group C sportscars is set to race alongside the FIA Thoroughbred GP Championship and the Aston Martin Owners Club's own series at its 60th Anniversary extravaganza at...
Harvey Postlethwaite More than 1000 people packed in to the tiny parish church at Checkendon near Henley to commemorate the life of F1 designer and innovator Harvey Postlethwaite, 55, who died...
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The British Racing Drivers Club members rejected the idea of selling Silverstone at its annual general meeting on April 30, but have voted in favour of a commercial restructuring. Despite this...
South London's scenic Crystal Palace Racing circuit, which closed its gates to motor racing in September 1972, will reverberate to historic motorsport action on Bank Holiday Monday, May 31, when the...
David Hunt, the younger brother of the late 1976 World Champion James, continues to lay the foundations to bring the Team Lotus name back to Grand Prix racing, "sooner, rather than later." But Hunt,...
The spectacle of two Gold Leaf Team Lotus 49s dicing on the streets of Adelaide (above) had F1-starved residents cheering on April 10-11, especially since local hero Vern Schuppon won two of the four...
Ludovic Lindsay's gallant quest to win the Christies memorial race to his father, the Hon Patrick Lindsay, was denied yet again at the VSCC's 65th season opening meeting at Silverstone on April 24....
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ERAs and BRMs will drive through Bourne on August 29, to celebrate the marques' 65th and 50th anniversaries, and the centenary of the birth of Raymond Mays. Employees of both companies will be there...
The stunning debut of Simon Bull's six-wheeled Tyrrell P3 - driven by Martin Stretton at France's Paul Ricard circuit over Easter - suggests champion Bob Berridge will not have an easy ride in the...
At least six 3-litre formula One cars from the pre-'72 era are set to contest the inaugural Classic Grand Prix race to be held at Austria's A1-Ring on June 12-13. Michael Schryver's Lotus 72, two...
Dutchmen Hans and Laurence Hugenholtz won the centenary Tour Auto in their Ford Mustang, narrowly beating Britons David McErlain/Brian Merifield (Ford GT40) and David and Deborah Franklin (Mustang)....
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France shows us the way While Britain remains without a motor course or road circuit, France has had her first road race meeting since the cessation of hostilities. This took place on September 9th...
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Whatever anyone says, passion wins races. Motorsport is not, and never has been, a cold-blooded affair. But in the super-cool world of today's F1, just try and find someone who'll admit it. Every...
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Sir, At last, a kindred spirit. Jonathan Blackwell's letter on the great Jean-Pierre Wimille, runs in tandem to my own thoughts. When racing resumed after the war, I was able to read the reports of '...
Sir, Can I congratulate Mark Hughes on his story in the April issue about that most manipulative individual, Enzo Ferrari? It also seems that Ferrari took himself rather seriously and did not have...
Sir, Many congratulations on the 75th anniversary issue of MOTOR SPORT. I have been an avid reader since the 1960s and this month's publication was one of the best. And if the magazine was excellent...
Sir, I have recently bought the exciting ex-Brooklands Straker-Squire from Nick Howell and was very interested to read Bill Boddy's article titled "Identity Crisis?" in the May issue of MOTOR SPORT...
Sir, May I add a few observations to your notes on Lotus wobbly web wheels. On the Lotus 11 and 12 the hub was completely deleted and the wheel bearings fitted directly into the wheel. Even more...
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Sir, I enjoyed the Brabham stories in your May issue, but am still reeling from your choice of cover photograph. Why, when you could have featured such Brabham legends as Black Jack himself, Denny...
Sir, Congratulations on an excellent May issue. I Particularly enjoyed the two Brabham articles. As a boy in the 1960s I was lucky enough to see the great Australian race several times, both in F1...
Sir, I was fascinated to read the excellent BRM story in your 75th Anniversary Issue. In 1962 I bought the P48 BRM which I planned to compete in the RAC Hill Climb Championship. I decided to gain...
Sir, It is a grey Saturday morning in April 1968. A small group gather outside the tower at Castle Combe to study practice times for Clubmans sportscars. Topping the list is one Harvey Postlethwaite...
Sir, I was interested to read your appraisal of Mike Parkes in the May edition. It may not be generally known that Mike, like his father John Parkes, was also a fine pilot. John became a close friend...
Sir, Following the success of my Auto Union Album, Neil Corner has asked me to prepare a similar book of photographs by Robert Fellows, whose pre-war race negatives Neil owns. Fellows was a gifted...
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"Hold this for a second", said Roy Salvadori, handing me a glass of beer. "No, on second thoughts perhaps you'd better hold this," and he passed a half-eaten sandwich into my care. Racing.was over...
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Remember the film 'Le Mans'? Jonathan Williams does: he was the man hired to drive the camera car, Steve McQueen's own Porsche 908, in the actual race to get realistic footage. This is his story. Not...
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The final Le Mans 24 Hours of the millennium is also the hardest race to call for some time. With five major manufacturers looking for victory Adam Cooper assesses this year's main entries. Every...
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"I think it's going to be a good Le Mans," says Martin Brundle,"and it's going to be very intense. Toyota needs to win it, because that team's moving forward into F1. As the reigning F1 champions...
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An engineer's mind, Lancaster pilot's backbone and quick wits made FRW 'Lofty' England a truly great team leader, says Robert Edwards When considering the career of FRW 'Lofty' England, one salient,...
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One of the finest line-ups of cars and drivers ever heads for Goodwood House this June. Marcus Pye is your form guide. For the tens of thousands of British enthusiasts whose motorsport year revolves...
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Looking back, it was a race k) mark the end of an era, although there was nothing to suggest it at the time. The 1%1 Goodwood Tourist Trophy was business as usual for Stirling Moss - a front row...
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In 1971, Emerson Fittipaldi was a young, enthusiastic driver. But that did not stop the tubrine-powered Lotus 56B scaring him half to death every time he drove it. He explains why to Adam Cooper....
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When Ford dropped a rorty competition engine into a compact family car called Escort, it created a new breed of rally winner overnight. John Davenport was there. In the summer of 1967, Tony Fall and...
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Even recent anti-race protests in Australia pale beside the hysteria after the 1903 Paris-Madrid, which ended road-racing for many years. Bill Boddy redresses the balance I do not wish to harp on...
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This is the actual Jaguar XJR-9 that won Le Mans in 1988, the greatest sports car victory of the modern era. Andrew Frankel takes it back for one final fling. This, it should be said, was one of the...
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This Jaguar D-Type raced just once, at Le Mans in 1955, and won the most tragic event in our sport's history. Matthew Franey remembers how it was then and discovers what it is like today. Studying...
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Few marques can boast such a rich and emotive history as Aston Martin. From Lionel Martin's first hillclimber of 1914, right up to today's mighty 'V' cars and DB7, Aston Martin has become a byword...
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Frank Lockhart shot to fame aged 24, becoming the youngest winner of the Indy 500. Two years later, he died trying to break the Land Speed Record. Gordon Kirby recalls a too short career. Seventy-two...
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It took seven years for carbon brake discs to make their mark. Now F1 would not be without them. Keith Howard recalls one man's quest to make them work. So long have carbon brakes been standard...
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He was a living legend on two wheels and an ever-improving racer on four when an accident ended his Grand Prix career. Colin Goodwin remembers one of the sport's most popular and charismatic figures...
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United States Grand Prix (Dallas), 1984 A terrible car, crumbling track and starting in last place gave Rene Arnoux the perfect motivation to put on the performance of a lifetime. Really, I don't...
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The Mercedes-Benz W154 demonstration at the VSCC Donington Meeting on May 23 prompts the question of how Mercedes (which we never, ever called 'Silver Arrows) fared in the Grands Prix there in 1937...
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The Bugatti OC has its enjoyable Classic Prescott hill climb on June 5/6, and the VSCC goes there for its notable annual event on August 7/8, practice first, timed action on the Sundays. The moderns...
The R-R heritage trust has done it again! After producing 25 detailed and excellent books about the history of both RollsRoyce motor cars and its legendary aero-engines in its Historical Series and,...
When one is asked about personal memories of past happenings it is difficult to avoid the "I, I, I" element. So perhaps I might explain that while I am grateful for, if surprised at, the recognition...
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It must be the hope of manufacturers and sponsors who invest millions in racing and rallying that customers will be persuaded into buying their products. How much the average buyer is so affected I...
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As a long time admirer of Tom wheatcroft and all that he has done for motor-racing! am pleased a fine brochure has been iss ued about his famed Donington GP Collection, the largest assembly of GP...
Raymond May's memory is to be recognised at the VSCC Silverstone Meeting on June 12, with the display of hopefully all the ERAs and four V16 BRMs including the non-runner from the NMM. Also the...
The death of that great enthusiast John Howell at 71 is a severe loss to the vintage world. John suffered a long illness, but he was keen to the end. His cars had been diverse, from a 1915 De Dion...
It is with much sadness that I learned of the death of Sir Clive Edwards, Bt. He lived in the lOM with his great friend Bob Thomas and was 82. He was one of MOTOR SPORT's most avid readers, having...
Results of the VSCC Herefordshire Trial were held up until 45 days after the event clue to a protest having to be resolved. For the record, the best performance was made by David Tonge (1930 Riley),...

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