June 2004

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There was a constructor of a mid-1950s sports-racing car — to save any blushes we shall call it the Gestetner Mk1 — who many years later was invited to present the prizes following a race purely for...
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Star letter Once a World Champion... Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent Jody Scheckter article in your March issue. It brought to mind a personal experience with Jody back in 1992— over 10 years...
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Jenks on Jarama '76 One thing I like to do is dilly-dally after a race to talk to people after the noise has died down, and wait until the dust has settled and the last car is loaded — or as an...
Life in the fast lanes Sir, Mike Plant's letter about Masten Gregory in the May issue tweaked a forgotten memory. In the early 1960s, one of my drinking companions in our 'local' at Kingston-upon-...
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Another chapter in the series for photographs taken by our readers.This month we cross a choppy Irish Sea, meet Damon Hill's teacher and enjoy some Mediterranean sun in Monaco In 1954, when John...
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The greatest driver never to win a grand prix is not bitter. In fact, Chris Amon considers himself lucky. But as he admits, why didn't he quiz Mauro Forgkeri before turning his back on Ferrari's flat...
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Stellar grid for Le Mans Group C The biggest grid in the history of the Group C/GTP movement will line up at Le Mans on the morning of Saturday 12 June for the high-profile support race to the 24...
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The system for authenticating historic racing cars has been thrown into turmoil by the FIA's plans to introduce Historic Technical Passports (HTP) in place of the Historic Vehicle Identification...
Racing car builder Cyril Kieft (above) has died, aged 92. Kieft and Stirling Moss challenged Cooper's 500cc rule in 1951, and Don Parker won the '52 and '53 500 titles in the cars. Cyril Kieft's...
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The Brooklands era will be central to the plot of a feature film due for release in 2007. Although a work of fiction, the film will feature the star drivers and cars from Brooklands. The racing...
Plans gather pace for Percy Top Hat Racing's Julius Thurgood is the driving force behind a new plan to help Win Percy return to racing at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September. The 'Get Win Back...
John Young gave his rare Dodge Dart GT its first competitive outing in the FIA Pre-1966 Touring Car race at Donington Park in May and ran with the pace-setting Ford Mustangs until gearbox failure...
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Both JBW F1 cars square up for the first time The two JBW Formula One cars built by Brian Naylor shared a grid at Donington for the HGPCA Pre-1966 GP race in May. It was thought to be the first time...
Ken Downing This British driver, who died recently aged 86, only raced for five seasons. But in that time he managed to notch up two grand prix starts. Downing raced in the British and Dutch GPs of...
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Euro prototypes back in Britain The European Sports Prototype series will race in Britain for the first time in three years during the Silverstone Historic Tribute Meeting on June 4-6. The Group 4...
A years free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's archives. Answers must be received by June 8 and in the event...
May 21-23 Magny-Cours (F) International Supersports Cup features at French Grand Prix circuit 21-23 Salzburgring (A) Famous Austrian track hosts opening race of new European Formula Two Series...
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TGP goes to Wilson, as Sytner prevails in epic Pre-66 Battle An epic HGPCA battle betwen Frank Sytner and Michael Schryver, and a memorable FIA Pre-66 Historic Touring Car contest were the highlights...
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Six up for Hugenholtz Bigger crowds than ever, a fabulous entry and some rather challenging weather added up to the 13th Tour Auto in which, after five days of races and timed stages across France,...
The man behind the new Grand Prix Masters Series reveals some novel plans What is your own racing background? I'm a hopeless driver! I saw a Cooper T86C under a tarpaulin in the US which fired my...
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Cox topples big bangers in dramatic season-opener Dan Cox came out ahead in a superb season-opener for Historic Racing Saloons at the HSCC's Easter Sunday Donington Park meeting when his Ford Anglia...
Back on the track this year, 15 years on from its last race, is the unique Bardon DB2 Group C2 car that started life as the Arundel C200. Commissioned by Eddie Arundel in 1984, this one-off was...
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Eighth win for couple after sad event cut short Giuliano Cane and his wife Lucia Galliani won the 22nd Mille Miglia Retrospective in a BMW 328. The Italian couple won the event for the eighth time...
John Burton started the Orwell Supersports Cup in great style at Dijon in his Chevron B26. The British ace fended off challenges from Peter Hoffman (McLaren M8F) and Silvio Kalb (March 76S) to win...
ERA again as Ricketts collects Lindsay Trophy Duncan Ricketts scored yet another ERA triumph in the Patrick Lindsay Memorial Trophy at the VSCC's Spring Start meeting at Silverstone in April....
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Modern times For Formula One, the main event of the past month didn't happen at Imola, nor at Barcelona. It happened at Monte Carlo, on a Tuesday. That was when FIA President Max Mosley summoned the...
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By Peter Gethin "When I was young I looked up to Mike Hawthorn and Stirling Moss. But when I got involved in the sport in the early 1960s, Jim Clark became my all-time hero. I've seen them all and he...
1989 Monaco Pierre-Henri Raphanel How did you end up at Coloni for 1989? I had money from La Cinq TV channel, as well as a manager for the first time. I chose to go to Coloni because Christian...
1994 Michael Schumacher stretches his Formula One points lead to 33 by dominating the Canadian GP in his Benetton-Ford (above). Yannick Dalmas, Hurley Haywood and Mauro Baldi secure the Le Mans 24...
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Legends: 1968 Monaco GP Unless you're of a ceratin age the name of Daniel Cohn-Bendit will mean nothing to you. Back in May 1968, though, it meant a great deal to me, for it was threatening my first...
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Fifty years ago this car triggered off the D-Type legend at a hastily arranged Le Mans test Paul Fearnley takes it back to its spiritual home Time had slipped away as it alwaysw seems to on such...
Froilán González, the man who prevented a winning Le Mans debut for the D-type, talks to Tony Watson about how the elements worked against him and with him in that great race "That was a very long...
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Coventry's endurance racer broke new ground, both in structure and aerodynamic. Keith Howard talks tot the man who developed a legend Down the decades numerous cars have claimed to draw inspiration...
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D-type voices Jaguar sports car successes put Britain on the international racing map. In the early 1950s, a time when its GP teams were still falling short, the D-type forced home the Coventry firm'...
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D-type voices 1953: Interim C/D the 'light alloy car' is built, developed, tested: 178mph at Jabbeke in October. Car features D's bonnet/nose profile minus 'power bulge'. 1954: Norman Dewis, Tony...
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D-type voices Stan Sproat joined Ecurie Ecosse in 1952 and became its chief mechanic two years later. Thus he was there throughout the team's glory years. "I went to Jaguar to pick up our first D-...
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Production Numbers Contemporary records indicate that there were 76 'short nose' Ds. Five had XKC chassis numbers, respectively XKC 401 (the prototype) followed by 402-405 (this last car was never...
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It's a unique leap — from slingshots to F1, via Indy and Daytona. But Danny Ongais did things his own way says Preston Lerner Some drivers are legends. Danny Ongais was legendary. Danny 'On The Gas...
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Kenneth Acheson: 1981 Pau F2 Uphill Struggle When Kenneth Acheson tangled with Michele Alboreto he knew his race was run. But, he tells Adam Cooper it also hurt his career "In 1980, I fought with...
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Motor racing began with almost unbelievably epic events, often over hundreds of miles of unsurfaced roads. Bill Boddy reminds us of these pioneer feats of town-to-town endurance I find it almost...
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15 minutes of fame: Venturi; 1994 Montlhéry 1000Km It began with a game for bored playboys and ended by bringing a French racing legend his final international victory. Gary Wwatkins tells the story...
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Aussie battler Dave Walker shone bightly in 1971 aboard a Gold Leaf Lotus Formula Three car. But when he stepped up to Formula one with the team and John Player Special, it all turned black. Michael...
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Now for something completely different. Pedro Rodriguez was Mexican, but he still liked to sport a deerstalker. So dedicated fan Luc Ghys paid tribute by snapping F1 drivers wearing one... "Crazy?...
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Amilcar dominated voiturette racing during the 1920s with its GP cars in miniature --- but it cost it dear. By Anthony Pritchard Amilcar — a name redolent of the small sporting cars proliferating in...
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He didn't say very much, but whatever rally car he was given, Timo Mäkinen could make it talk. Oh, and he like a party afterwards. John Davenport saw the mighty Finn at work and play... For most of...
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Timo Mäkinen contested the Targa Florio with the BMC works squad on three occasions — 1965-67. The first of these was in a rally-spec Healey 3000 co-driven by Australian racer Paul Hawkins. But for a...
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From The Aeroplane to cars Every week from about 1933 until the war I read The Aeroplane, edited by the great CG Grey (CGG), who ran it as a critically outspoken weekly which would be read by those...
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Cobb's records finally beaten The February issue of The Bentley DC's Review contains an interesting article by Graham Moss about his successful attacks at Millbrook on a number of British Class A...
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Farman - the Hispano-Suiza rival Not all that much seems to have been known about the Farman cars, especially in comparison with the respect accorded, absolutely rightly, to the Hispano-Suiza,...
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Charge of the Light brigade In 1961, I reminded the VSCC Light Car & Edwardian Section that in 1924 the RAC had held a Six-Day Welsh Trial based in Llandrindod Wells, to publicise the then-...
It is extremely bad news that the demise of Montlhéry is likely to occur next year. The only good aspect is that there will be a final meeting on June 19/20, when a large number of cars will make...
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Formula Ferrari by Umberto Zapelloni ISBN 340 83471 4 Published by Hodder &Stoughton, £20 'The first official inside story of the most successful team in the history of Formula One' trumpets this...
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South African Grand Prix, 1961 Trevor Taylor's Lotus 21 takes a diversion at East London. The rough ground throws up a stone which holes his radiator and he retires LAT Photographic

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