March 1992

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Jan 14: Lola unveils the T92/00 Indycar. The first two chassis go to the Hall-VDS and Dick Simon teams respectively. Jan 14: Tom Walkinshaw Racing confirms that it will be supplying cars to Alan...
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There is little evidence, on the surface at least, of the effect of the global recession on two of the FIA's three champagne categories. With 32 registrations, Formula One retains its unpopular pre-...
Shortly before we closed for press, the Swedish Rally ended in Karlstad. Colin McRae fully justified his inclusion in Subaru's World Championship line-up by finishing second, the best British result...
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Last year it was Mansell chasing Senna. Will it be the other way round in 1992? Quintessentially, 1991 was a two-horse race, with Ayrton Senna winning seven Grands Prix to Nigel Mansell's five,...
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Five years after their battle for the World Championship, such are the vagaries of F1 that while old adversaries Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet are 'retired', Nigel Mansell is focussing on his best...
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If Brands Hatch Leisure, promoter of the British Formula 3000 Championship, gets its way, there won't be a British F3000 Championship in 1992. This has nothing to do with the recession, nor with...
There's a growing menace on the roads of Britain, and it'll be coming to a street near you soon. You may already be afflicted by sleeping policemen in your area; in London, they are now in place on...
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Time is money to Eddie Jordan; usually it's someone else's time and certainly someone else's money. "Money is nonstop", he says cheerfully, and so is he. Any conversation with him that lasts more...
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Whoever first wrote, or said, that tradition dies hard didn't just create what has become an innumerably repeated chestnut, but told a lie. The reason? A tradition doesn't die at all, either hard or...
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Although its products won the CART and Japanese F3000 titles last season, 1991 wasn't a wholly successful year for Lola. Undeterred, the Huntingdon constructor is preparing a spectacular assault on...
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The Japanese advanced on Le Mans, scaled the walls and conquered the 24 Hours. After that, Daytona was a doddle! Nissan's NISMO team ran a comprehensive test on the steep, 220 mph bankings last year...
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Dear Reader, Last year I asked you to send me a postcard listing your three personal Memorable Moments in motor racing, and the response has been overwhelming. They cover every aspect of racing, with...
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When Richard Petty started his NASCAR career, Mike Hawthorn was vying for the F1 World Championship. This year, he'll finally retire from driving to concentrate on. . . well, who knows? "When I first...
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"I thought: it's just as easy - or just as difficult - to get a lot of money as it is to get a little." With this profound objective, Alan Randall set out to find a major sponsor to fund his dream of...
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Derek Warwick has signed to drive a Peugeot 905, which he will share with Yannick Dalmas. Philippe Alliot and Mauro Baldi will share a 905, as they did last year. Mazda will run a single car this...
The Sportscar World Championship was confirmed by FISA on January 20, but it was a touch-and-go matter. President Mosley asked the World Council to vote by telex on a proposal to run the SWC without...
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Substantially revised and now without a 90 cousin - all small Audis now carry the better-established 80 nomenclature - the Audi 80 is a formidable contender in the quality sports saloon category, a...
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"It's a driver's car, aimed at the 30 to 50 age group, for people with high expectation jobs who need four seats. We believe that we have redefined the expression Grand Tourer." Mazda's words,...
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"An agile, two-door automobile, quick, nimble, manoeuvrable and spacious enough for the whole family whenever necessary - a car which is also elegant and a bit unusual." Dr Robert Buchelhofer, BMW...
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Given the modern motoring environment, the Mini makes no sense at all. Leastways theoretically. The art of chassis design has come a long way since the Mini was uncovered in August 1959. For instance...
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The Renault 19 is one of those essential staple products that any mass manufacturer must offer in the '90s, one of a breed stamped out by the hundred thousand. It comes with myriad derivatives to...
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Enthusiasts will tell you that you can still find old cars in barns. Being an optimist, I like to believe this, so I was heartened to stumble across one myself in the States last summer. No, not an...
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The recent coverage of the Jameson two-stroke racing cars, which used chassis, or parts thereof, from the 1924/25 2-litre GP Delage cars, has aroused interest, not only in these Jameson cars...
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The 1927 Grand Prix Salmson which the late Vic Derrington raced at Brooklands in the 1920s and which he owned into the 1970s before selling it (chassis GP602), went to Sweden where, since 1977 it has...
Having, if I may say so, rather a fine collection of sparking plugs, including an igniter from Concorde, I was very interested in the latest book in the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust's series of...
Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun. But on January 11/12th it was VSCC members out all night on the annual Measham navigation event, based in Hereford. The entry of 59, in classes for...
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Brooklands played host to 84 VSCC competitors at the February Driving Tests meeting. Ten tests were scattered about the Test Hill, banking and flat areas, to be tackled after signing-on had been...
Overall winner: W Mahany (1939 1100 HRG). First-Class Awards: R Threlfall (A7), P Rosoman (A7), P Gardner (MG). Second-Class Awards: W Mahany (HRG), J Newell (A7), B Savile (Singer), G Wright (Singer...
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Miscellany The 1927 Grand Prix Salmson which the late Vic Derrington raced at Brooklands in the 1920s and which he owned into the 1970s before selling it (chassis GP602), went to Sweden where, since...
VSCC at Measham Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun. But on January 1 I / I 2th it was VSCC members out all night on the annual Measham navigation event, based in Hereford. The entry...
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It is possibly grossly unfair, but the Ryknield had always conveyed to me the impression of an undistinguished low-performance sort of motor-car, one that was noisy and went about to the grinding of...
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Motor racing is intended to improve the breed of ordinary cars and give opportunities for experimentation. To this end there have been not only many variations of the four-stroke poppet-valve engine...
The 3-litre Bentley that was driven by Frank Clement and George Duller in the 1926 Le Mans 24-hour race has been laid up since the late 1970s but has now come onto the auction scene. Sotheby's, who...
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It is notable that, as was the case with RFC experiences after WW1, books are still coming out about flying in WW11, long after the conflict has ended; which may be no bad thing, because it is said...
It was in 1958, at Lavenham, that I attended an event expressly for steam cars. It was a very small gathering of a 1904 Turner-Meisse, a Doble and a home-built LBC. Since then l have enjoyed a London...
Just as I have a hunch the the VW Beetle will never quite fade away (it is still being made in Mexico and its numbers now exceed 20 million), so that pioneer best-seller-, the Model-T Ford, of which...
A reader has reminded me that many years ago I referred to the ancient Caudron aeroplanes owned by that well remembered racing-driver and inveterate record-breaker, Capt George Eyston. Eyston first...
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Sir, I read with great interest your article about the Jameson Special, which was built by my late father Joe. As far as I know the car no longer exists, but I do have various drawings and...
Sir I read with considerable interest your article on my father the late Joseph L Jameson in your December edition of MOTOR SPORT, and entitiled 'Mystery Special'. I cannot add anything concerning...
Sir I was interested to read your article on the J L Jameson 2-stroke Special engine. Jameson was a very decent fellow and I knew him well in the Brooklands days. As I recollect, he came to me in...
Amherst Villiers, that remarkable character who was educated at Oundle and made many important contributions to automotive and aeronautical engineering, died recently, in frail health, at the age of...
The Rolls-Royce EC not only has every right to be proud of its expanding headquarters at the Hunt House, Paulpersbury, but on its remarkable growth of membership. Over the last two month period on...
Those who enjoy watching vintage and later pre-war cars in action should note the dates of the Vintage Sports-Car Club's fixtures for 1992. There will be two race meetings at Silverstone (April 11th...
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by Trevor Griffiths. Bloomsbury Publishing, £16.99. Pedants of the world unite. Although motor racing reference books don't have a long shelf-life (this one will effectively be out of date after this...
Motor racing art used to be a small, and specialised, field. Nowadays, there are enough easels in regular use to fill the grid at Le Mans. Alan Fearnley's latest oil painting is Monaco Maestro,...
by Stanley Sedgwick. BT Batsford, £23.99. I enjoyed this book very much when it was published in 1976. It was largely about his Bentleys, as you would expect from a former President (and now Patron...
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by Heon Stevenson. GT Foulis, £12.99. It seems you can get books published on any subject these days. This contains nothing more than 85 reproductions of advertisements from the 1950s for British...
by Anthony Pritchard. Aston Publications, £21.95. Roy Salvadori writes the foreword to Anthony Pritchard's latest exercise. From the DB1 all the way to the AMR1 Group C project axed by new owners...
by Klaus-Josef Robfeldt. Haynes Publishing, £75.00. This is a deluxe offering of a much-published subject, this large, sleeve-protected book covering the familiar ground of the two marques' history,...
by Harry Pearson. Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, £2.50. This is a much more humble R-R offering, which forms number one in the new and very welcome Technical Series of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust's...
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Virgin Video, £10.99. Seldom has life been so good for motor racing enthusiasts. First, seasonal F1 reviews trickled onto the market, admittedly at inflated prices. Then the BTCC and F3 became...
PP Video, £10.99. Autocross used to be big business. Remember the Player's No6 Championship, John Bevan's Naveb and all that? Nowadays, the money and the glamour are in rallycross; autocross remains...
Braveworld Video, £10.99. Not even the most cynical producer of accident videos could come up with a title quite this violent. In fact, this was a cult film about 20 years ago, even though the...
Duke Marketing, £14.99. . . . And here's another hour of gloating at others' misfortunes. The Havoc tapes were the first of their genre, and established a bad reputation which others have by and...
PP Video, £10.99. Where on earth do they exhume all of these? Lindsay Porter's organisation has put together two more films originally shown at BRSCC club nights, in this instance for the 1957 and...
Sports Seen, £10.99. Forget the drab title. While there may be more cachet to The Lamborghini Legend or Maranello: The Movie, the first evolution of the modern-day Escorts has a rich competition...
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Sir, The recent correspondence about R11B, Peter Bell, the Queensferry sprint and the like has prompted me to pen some of my reminiscences of this fabulous machine. Weguelin's wonderful book The...
Sir, Thank you for the interesting interview with Jim Hall in January's MOTOR SPORT. However, I feel I should make a couple of small points. The caption on page 32 describes the Chaparral 2G...
Sir, Following the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix, Alain Prost boasted that he had deliberately cut off Ayrton Senna and thereby caused their shunt at the chicane, "I was sure I was going to win or have an...
Sir, I was delighted to read DSJ's letter (in February's MOTOR SPORT) on his pace notes for the 1955 Mille Miglia. By a strange coincidence I had been in my loft earlier this week attempting to sort...
Sir, In reply to Mr Hungry I can only say that this and the neighbouring farm are losing 40 acres of good agricultural land and ancient woodlands, to a monster lorry park and chip restaurant cum...
Sir, Recently I had occasion to return to Spain in my BMW motor-car and accompanied by my godson. We took the Channel packet, an excellent new vessel called the SeaCat, and in due course were...
Sir, Could it be that we now see the ultimate "marketing men's car" in the new Rover? From its front, we have Jaguar, from the rear BMW, internals basically Honda and from the side it could pass off...
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Sir, I would like to clarify some matters arising from your piece in the February MOTOR SPORT about the 'Babs' saga. The Beach Hotel was the centre of record-breaking activities at Pendine sands in...
Sir Although a bit late, I'd like to make a comment on the "Ferrari Follow-up" article by W P K in the April 1991 issue of MOTOR SPORT. The car illustrated in Canada with E Goldschmidt is not his 375...
Sir I noted WB's comments (MOTOR SPORT December 1991) regarding the difference between the way Parry Thomas and Mike Hawthorn have been treated regarding plaques, with interest. As Mike and I are...
Sir, The Edwardian motorist had to contend with Bobbies with whistles and stopwatches jumping out of hedges. Judging by a police "cameo" I recently witnessed nothing has changed. I was travelling...
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Dear Owner, The Lotus marque is recognised throughout the world for its proud achievements in motorsport. It is important that its unique history continues to be remembered and there is no more...
Sir, Further to Malcolm Elder's letter "Amazing Alvis" in the January issue I can confirm that it is indeed amazing that cars offered for sale by auction are able to be driven at all, never mind to...
Sir Either my poor English may be playing a trick on me or else DSJ can't keep up with the times and/or suffers from homophobia. I refer to his article "Media Spotlight" in the December issue of...
Sir, Some ten years ago in a mild attack of nostalgia I bought a partially dismantled 1958 Triumph TR3A. (I owned one back in the fifties, and have always had fond memories of it.) I restored the...
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Aston Martins seem to be the post-war embodiment of the vintage Bentley in being big, beefy and thoroughly British. Not for this company the mid-engined design of their exotic Continental rivals, but...
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(MOTOR SPORT ROAD TEST 1971) Ever since I experienced the 904 Porsche, with its mid-engine layout. I was convinced that this was the right formula for a sports car. Since then I have experienced so...
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(MOTOR SPORT TEST 1962) When the Jaguar E-type was announced at last year's Geneva Show it aroused World-wide admiration and was an immediate success. So naturally, everyone wanted to try it. But,...

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