June 2001

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At 200mph, you and I would be transfixed, white-knuckling the steering wheel, holding our breath, fearing to blink lest we missed some vital visual clue. But for Michele Alboreto, travelling at such...
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The British Government has referred the deal between Octagon Motorsports and the BRDC over the British Grand Prix to the Competitions Commission. At the request of Trade Secretary Stephen Byers, the...
The Midland Automobile Club has implemented a programme of developments and repairs to its famous Shelsley Walsh venue. A considerable length of the hill has been resurfaced and much work has been...
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The saloon car race for the St Mary's trophy at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September is to be developed into a longer two-driver race, with star names targeted to share each of the 30 cars. The...
The Burgeoning Group C revival series will be one of the star attractions during the Silverstone Historic Festival meeting in late August when the cars will compete in a two-hour race into the...
Just before we went to press, news came from Rockingham that Nigel Mansell will conduct the official opening of the circuit on Saturday, May 26. Nigel of course starred on ovals (and street courses)...
John Quenby, currently retiring as MSA Chief Executive, raced Duncan Rabagliati's Alexis HF1 Formula Junior at Mallory Park recently. He has a similar car of his own currently being prepared for...
The historic sports car club's annual historic .Superprix will feature a two-hours-race for pre 1980 sportsracing and GT cars over the weekend of June 30/July 1. The two-driver race, which will also...
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He may not have been the most famous driver in the sport's history, but when the news came through that Michele Aboreto had been killed testing an Audi R8 at the Lausitzring, near Dresden, it left...
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Three days of historic and classic race action will herald the opening of Britain's new motorsport complex at the Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby in Northamptonshire. The Coys Historic Festival...
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A thrilling three-way era battle for the Patrick Lindsay Memorial Trophy was just one of the highlights of the VSCC's season-opener, the GP Itala Trophy Race Meeting. The frantic scrap was won by Mac...
The historic sports car club's second race meeting of the season was its annual visit to Mallory Park. Some entertaining racing from most of the club's championships was marred by a hefty accident...
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Sir, Your Warhorses article on the Ecurie Ecosse Transporter brings back memories of the late 1960s when, as a Field Service Engineer for Dodge Bros, Kew, I was soon brought into contact with the...
Sir, Bill Boddy makes some excellent points about the government's proposed new penalties for speeding drivers. To improve driving standards by threatening drivers with legal sticks serves only to...
Sir, I have enjoyed Motor Sport for the last four years, and would like to thank you for your increased interest in and reporting of US racers. Your recent articles on the glory days and stars of...
Sir, I adore watching and reading about grand prix racing of the 1970s and '80s including the turbo era but I am not ignorant of the pre and post-war eras. So why is it that your fine publication...
Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed the John Watson article by Adam Cooper on John's great drive at Dijon in 1977. The combination of the Ulsterman, the beautiful Brabham BT45 and its screaming flat-12 Alfa...
Sir, I enjoyed very much Bill Boddy's recent feature on the history and role of riding mechanics. It recalled to my mind a story about the 1921 French GP. Among the entries was the Italian-American...
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To win in F1, every ingredient has to be right Endless effort and millions of dollars are routinely spent on technological details which may, or may not, shave a fiftieth of a second from a lap time...
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On paper, it looked wonderful. In the autumn of 1956, Giuseppe Bacciagaluppi, President of the Automobile Club of Milan, invited Duane Carter, Competitions Director of the United States Auto Club, to...
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One of Britain's unsung motorsport heroes, Derek Bell's sportscar skills are often overlooked by an F1-hungry media. Andrew Frankel asks a living legend to reflect on his exploits at Le Mans which...
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Only misfortune prevented a privateer Bentley from winning the inaugural Le Mans 24 hours - and the lessons learned yielded success, as Andrew Frankel relates May 21, 1923: a lone 3-litre Bentley...
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It was the closest finish ever at Le Mans but there still has to be a loser. The man who missed out tells his story to Adam Cooper The 1969 Le Mans 24 hours is acknowledged as one of the greatest...
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Does the sound of the Shrill rotary engine haunt Tom Walkinshaw? Mazda's 1991 defeat of the overweight Jaguars and fragile Sauber-Mercedes was a classic. Adam Cooper saw it all The finish of Le Mans...
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'The flying Mantuan' won the 1933 Le Mans 24-hours race in this car. Jonathan Stein describes that victory, the machine's history and how it feels to drive Tazio's mount Entering the final half-hour...
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Porsche's 917 is one of the greatest cars ever. But that's no reason, says Gary Watkins, to build a new one and race it at Le Mans a decade after the original had been pensioned off Imagine coming up...
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Warhorses Arguably the most-raced car in the world, Remus has been out in almost every season since 1936. Gordon Cruickshank investigates Could this be 'the most raced car in the world'? Owner...
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Technofile Racing drivers are employed to drive, not communicate. Thus a race engineer's lot was not always a happy one - until, that is, stack developed a device that could communicate precisely...
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Assessing a racing driver's style is relatively straightforward in that he or she obligingly whips past every 90 seconds or so. But to assess the black art of rally driving styles requires the...
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Forty years ago, Canada held its inagural Grand Prix. Stirling Moss took part, but the race was won by a 21-year-old hero. Less than 12 months later, Peter Ryan was dead. Paul Fearnley tells a what-...
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Richar Shuttleworth enjoyed a background gew can dream of. And he made the most of it, as Bill Boddy reveals p>Richard Ormonde (after Lord Ormonde, a godfather) Shuttleworth was born on July 16,...
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It never raced, yet there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this advanced mix of German design and engineering and Italian craftsmanship was on the verge of a racing revolution It was Tazio...
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Bill Vulkovich was heading for a hat-trick of Indy 500 wins when his Offy roadster flipped end over end. The death of this enigmatic poor kid from California sent shock waves through the Paddock,...
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Keith Howard's Technofile series is most interesting and informative. It is correct that, by 1913, detachable wire wheels were universal in grands prix, and were in general use before that, although...
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When I started cars in books in Motor Sport, it began with fiction, the ploy being to decide what actual car a novelist had in mind when quoting an invented make. I soon found cars in -factual...
After my recent recollections of interviewing motoring celebrities, a few more might be worth recalling. I lunched with George Eyston at his Winchester house. He was a thrice-LSR holder, breaker of...
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Back in 1965 I was aware that other motor journals were publishing roadtests of used cars. It seemed sensible for MOTOR SPORT to join in. But instead of reports on various cars, I thought it would be...
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If ever anyone takes up the idea of a book on 'Cars In Court', which I have suggested at intervals to various legal luminaries, it might well contain two almost forgotten cases. One is about the...
Last month I published the news that Helical Bar plc intend to build office blocks and a car park to tower over the Brooklands Paddock, Clubhouse and Museum and the historic racing car and aviation...

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