June 2005

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Battle for hole position in '55 Argentinian GP Battered, scraped and drilled, this crash helmet once protected a famous cranium — that of Froilán González. Famed for his maximum attack style behind...
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Cheers Gerry The cars line the grass verges of the narrow lane around West Herts Crematorium, bumper to bumper beyond the entrance for about half a mile. Big Gerry's send-off is of a size befitting...
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LMP2 racer to up the ante for German marque in the ALMS Porsche has teamed up with the American motorsport empire of Roger Penske to field a new sportsracer in the American Le Mans Series — and it...
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Formula One World Championship leader Fernando Alonso heads the list of superstars lined up for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Spaniard, who took his third win on the trot after a...
Former Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran was appointed as the new sporting director of the BAR-Honda Formula One team in April — and walked straight into one of the biggest political storms of...
Formula Ford, SiIverstone, 1969  Racing was all I'd wanted to do since I was 10. I remember my father Arthur getting the traditional South Bank ovation after an 1172 Formula race at Brands Hatch....
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Mark Hughes pays tribute to the ultimate hard-driving, hard-partying cult legend of British motorsport So the big fellah's gone. Nineteen stone of folk hero, telling the medics to go to hell just as...
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John Love This Southern African racing star and 1962 British Saloon Car Champion died in April. He was 80. Accomplished in every category of the sport, John Love will likely be remembered for almost...
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  While some of the favourites hit trouble, John Sheldon turned in a sublime performance to win the 14th Tour Auto -- Paul Lawrence reports, photography by Patrick Payany A capacity entry gathered in...
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  Montjuich Park was once the fastest street circuit on the Formula One calendar. Sadly, safety was not a priority in Barcelona When people ask me which I think is the most impressive vantage point...
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Brian Jones spent the weekend of his 70th birthday last month commentating on a 750 Motor Club meeting at Brands Hatch — and he wouldn't have had it any other way. For three decades Brian's baritone...
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  1977 Japanese at Fuji  How proud were you in 1961 to become the first Japanese rider to win a world championship motorcycle grand prix? People talk about this but I do not think I was a super rider...
  1991 Catalunya Rally Was it part of the original plan that you should be in Catalunya? No, but after San Remo, where I was able to help Carlos (Sainz) keep ahead in the World Championship, Ove (...
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The FIA's zero-tolerance decision to ban BAR for bending the rules must be good for F1 The sight of the BAR-Honda trucks pulling out of the Barcelona paddock on the Saturday of the Spanish Grand Prix...
1995: Jean Alesi finally breaks his F1 duck at the Canadian Grand Prix -- a fitting birthday present for the French-Sicilian, who turns 30 over the GP weekend. *** 1985: Elio de Angelis takes pole in...
If you thought that the Andretti/Unser dynasties must run out of steam some time, think again! On April 3 Marco Andretti, the 18-year-old son of Michael and grandson of Mario, made his debut in the...
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Kings of the Nürburgring by Chris Nixon, ISBN 0-85184-070-1, Published by Transport Bookman Ltd., £45.00 You're drawn instantly to this book. The cover shows Juan Manuel Fangio — his Maserati 250F...
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Willment memories Sir, Thank you for the wonderful article on John Willment in your January issue. It brought back a lot of memories of the early '60s. He sounds like a real character! I grew up very...
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  Pitstops, 1974 The chaos as everyone changed to wheels fitted with dry-weather tyres put new life into the Spanish Grand Prix. Hours after the event a lot of people were still laughing uproariously...
Clark relayed DSJ Sir, Thanks to all for a superb May issue of Motor Sport and especially for the reprint of Jenks's story of the Mille Miglia. This really is the most wonderful bit of motorsport...
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  Gabbiani trashes a 792 at Donington: Bira pushes his 250F at Reims. Plus Swedish rallying and racing in New Zealand The two shots are only a tiny sample of a treasure trove which came the way of...
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  Enzo Ferrari thought he was a nice boy but Brian Redman turned down his advances; failing to win at Le Mans still rankles but don't dare call him 'reliable' or 'consistent' You competed in your...
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That's what Aston Martin works driver David Brabham thinks of the men who won the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours. As the DBR9's attack on the race gets ever closer 'Brabs' samples the victorious DBR1. By...
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Richard Heseltine tells the unlikely story of a used Aston Martin, a car dealer and an attack on Le Mans that, against the odds, ended with a finish As motor racing's backroom boffins push the...
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This road-going supercar wasn't expected to even finish on its Le Mans debut 10 years ago. But the McLaren F1 GTR beat all the prototypes to win. By Gary Watkins The thing may have looked the part,...
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Shy Mike Spence spent most of his career in the shade. Paul Fearnley looks back at a man who was blossoming when he was killed at Indy The lights blinked yellow before the day-glo car hit the wall....
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Three wins may not sound earth-shaking. But, as its designer explains to Keith Howard, Maranello's '89 car moved the goalposts Designed by Briton John Barnard following his departure from McLaren in...
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When Giuseppe Farina and the other F1 stars raced in the Ulster Trophy at Dundrod it was "like having God there".  Gordon Cruickshank looks back This month the rural quiet around the little village...
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He's sleep-deprived, his eyes are shot, but Richard Heseltine has made it through the best and worst racing movies of all time...   Star Ratings: * * * * *    Absolute must-see * * * *      Great...
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  Leyton House, March and Ivan CapeIli brightened up F1 literally and metaphorically. Then the problems began... Marcus Simmons looks back It's March 24 1993, and the team that coincidentally shares...
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Built to contest the Targa Florio, this Alfa Romeo RLTF found greater fame at Brooklands. Richard Heseltine tells its story. Photography by Peter Spinney/LAT Having made a point of not learning from...
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Salt Lake record breaker  --  Bill Boddy remembers Ab Jenkins, America's Mormon long-distance recordman David Abbot (Ab) Jenkins was highly respected in the USA as a long-distance record-breaker,...
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To commemorate the LSR at Pendine Sands in Wales, when in July 1925 Malcolm Campbell became the first driver to exceed 150mph, with the 350hp Sunbeam, the STD Register is holding a meeting at Pendine...
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Edited by Paul Lawrence Clash of ERAs at VSCC opener -- Silverstone April 24 Excellent grids and entertaining racing set up the VSCC season during the 'Spring Start' meeting at Silverstone. A...
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Classic Team Lotus What did you feel about the Jim Clark meeting at Hockenheim? It was the organisers' initiative to name the event after Jim Clark and invite his three sisters, Bob Dance and myself...
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Ex-Villoresi Maser is back An ex-Luigi Villoresi Maserati 4CL will return to racing this season for the first time in decades after an extensive restoration for owner Rodney Smith. Chassis 1564, the...
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Racers that are going, going, gone... As we close for press there are two major sales taking place in Monaco. Arguably the most eagerly awaited of these is the Bonhams auction of Jean-Pierre Beltoise...
MG enthusiast David Saunders has added the ex-works MGC GT to his collection and has nearly completed the restoration of an ex-Rauno Aaltonen MG Midget, discovered in America. Aaltonen raced the...
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Jewels back in the Emerald Isle  -- Tourist Trophy Celebration June 18 The 50th anniversary of the last Tourist Trophy race on the Dundrod road circuit in Northern Ireland will be celebrated by the...
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Old cars: new business ethos. Paul Lawrence talks to the VSCC's Julian Ghosh Contemporary motor racing in Britain is in a degree of crisis. Falling grids, rising circuit-hire costs and low spectator...
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The cycle of life: Gerry Marshall is gone, but there's a new kid with captivating car control and a special talent Donington Park: Pure driving talent has never been in short supply at historic race...
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Feeder formulae: some names make it to the F1 peak, others disappear without trace. But the racing is always close The first GP2 races at Imola were a qualified success. One highlight was British F3...
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British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 1991 The first Jordan Formula One car was a stunner, and its results were pretty encouraging too. At Silverstone Anrea de Cesaris ran eighth with the 191 in the early...

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