March 1993

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JANUARY 19: The March F1 team appears set to be sold. 19: At a meeting chaired by John Macdonald, there is healthy support for the 1993 British F2 Championship. Around 35 UK-based entrants state...
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Motor racing's governing body has come up with some pitiful ideas in recent weeks, most notably the suggestion that a pace car should be used to tighten up F1 fields whenever a Grand Prix leader...
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Paul Emery, who died, aged 75, on February 3, was perhaps the most ingenius and prolific special builder in history. He raced an Emeryson at Brooklands and there was a long, varied succession of...
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A foregone conclusion for Prost? - or will Schumacher spring a major surprise? Has there ever been a season in which there has been so much uncertainty even before the racing begins? Back in 1990, of...
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Back in 1989, the Formula One field contained eight graduates from the previous season's European Formula 3000 Championship. This year, at the time of writing, there are only two. One, aided by an...
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Dirty - Yet more politics in F1 With the 1993 Grand Prix_season-fast approaching, Formula On. is not exactly a happy ship ... Why exactly are so many people getting hot under the collar? It's a happy...
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Dear reader, Every month I read a lot of club magazines, both car and motorcycle, apart from the glossy comics about the old vehicle world. In the 750 Bulletin, the official magazine of the long-...
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While reading the many letters received from MOTOR SPORT readers about their choice of 'Three Memorable Moments' in motor racing, and letters on the subject are still arriving, I became aware that...
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Last March the All-American Racers Toyota Eagle Mk3 won the Sebring 12 Hours, but doubts remained that the little 2.1-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine could last around the clock. It did so...
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Agood pedigree is one thing. Allround experience is another, and outstanding management is the third ingredient launching PJ Jones to stardom in America. At the age of 23, Parnell Velco Jones ("just...
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The navy blue IMSA trailer was laden with heavyweights at Daytona. Jean-Pierre Moreau, the Le Mans organiser, discussed the 1994 Grand Touring Car regulations peaceably with FISA engineer Charlie...
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Didier Auriol's victory on the opening round of the World Rally Championship might have been widely predicted before the start, but the manner of his success was not... Had anyone suggested before...
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There was a behind-the-scenes facet of the Monte-Carlo Rally which we feel should be placed before you, our readers; not the doing of the organisers, we hasten to add, but entirely a contrivance by...
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Schnitzer and BMW. The two words are pretty well synonymous. Under the shrewd direction of Karl 'Charly' Lamm, Schnitzer-prepared BMWs have been winning top-level international touring car races for...
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The London Motor Racing Show took place in mid-February, sponsored by the Daily Express in association with Motoring News and MOTOR SPORT. Reintroduced to the capital in 1992, the event has developed...
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Mazda remains the world's only manufacturer committed to rotary engine technology.  The latest RX-7 is smoother and faster than its forebears, but is that enough....?  Throughout its evolution, from...
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Ford has gambled a reported $6 billion in production of the Mondeo, a front-drive middleweight destined for Europe and the USA (and, thence, to Japan). In Europe, of course, it replaces the Sierra....
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The 1992 sales year was a time of savage regrouping for Porsche. In Britain, Germany and the USA, Porsche directors were assassinated as sales figures tumbled. In the UK, total sales amounted to less...
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Lest the conclusion of this brief appraisal should appear a trifle critical, let's not beat about the bush. In all fairness, I enjoyed the 968 Cabriolet. From the driver's seat, it feels very much...
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This piece is about four generations of amateur racing drivers. There have been several examples of second generation F1 racers (Ascari, Hill, Andretti and Brabham spring to mind), and the USA is...
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A reader writing from Belgium has kindly contributed some extracts from Ho For The Borders by Michael Brander (Geoffrey Bles, 1964) to this now less frequent column. The author recounts how, while...
Motor historians are often as interested in the old companies which made coachwork as in the cars themselves. So, having come into possession of some notes on the Townmead Motor & Carriage Works...
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The Vintage Sports Car Club took its winter driving-tests to Brooklands on January 13; rather early in the year, weather-wise for such frolics, you might think. Then think again. The tests for the...
Although this event's title remains that of the area from which the first of the VSCC's adventurous night rallies were run, the terrain has changed since then. This year, it moved to the wide open...
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As we have seen, at this period of flying, before WW2, many pilots "navigated by Bradshaw", i e followed the railway lines. How vague direction finding was can be judged when, one summer day in 1931...
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A reader has found two 1932 RAC Competition Licences. Both are made out to Geoffrey Norman Crowther, who declared his date of birth as 1908 and the place as Queensbury in Yorkshire. He wonders...
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To say that the news of Anthony Mayman's sudden death at the early age of 43 came as a profound shock is an understatement. The sad tidings devastated members of the VSCC, at whose events Mayman had...
The recent death of Arthur Varney was not just the passing of a truly great motor engineer, but the end of an era in Alvis history. Born in Coventry in 1906. Arthur joined Alvis as an apprentice on...
We feel the utmost sadness is recording the death from a heart attack, of Tony Carlisle. I first met Tony many years ago, when Kent Karslake was writing of two of the more sprightly single-cylinder...
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Last month the Comet, this month the Hermon. They had much in common. Both were optimistic designs by small concerns, and neither car ever actually went into production. But whereas it seems as if...
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Anew edition of the Highway Code has appeared. No grumble here; except that again I am reminded of my age - because the first one I read cost one old penny, whereas this one sells for 99p. But you do...
A number of readers who are knowledgeable about Rolls-Royce aero-engines have pointed out that, in my article about the Merlin-Royce, I quoted the Kestrel as a 37-litre engine whereas I should have...
Sponsorship may or may not seem distasteful to you, but you cannot but admire, surely, Guy Edwards, author of Sponsorship and the World of Motor Racing, reviewed in MOTOR SPORT last month, for...
We are frequently being told that human beings are living longer and longer, in this enlightened medical and dietary age. Once upon a time you were told that you were on borrowed time after three...
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As we pointed out when we reviewed the fruits of Trevor Griffiths' extensive labours first time around, the information contained within will be out of date as soon as the next Grand Prix takes place...
The Legends of Motorsport, by Dave Friedman. MRI Publishing*. 336pp, $150 or special edition, leatherbound, boxed and personally autographed by 22 legendary drivers, $500. 'To all of the people who...
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Aero-engined Racing Cars at Brooklands, by Bill Boddy. GT Foulis & Co (Haynes Publishing Group plc). 160pp, £20.00. In those glorious motoring years between the two world wars, the 'right crowd'...
Formula Junior Racing Cars Remembered by Bernard Cowdrey is not only a fine reference work, but is great fun as a means of recalling all the many types of racing car which took part in FJ races. The...
Shire Publications of Princes Risborough has added Nos 289 and 292 to the motoring titles in its attractive Shire Albums series. The first is a discourse on the Citroen, by Jonathan Wood. It brings...
Motoring books come in all shapes, sizes and weights, and in many different contexts. This large volume, available from Veloce (in British text), is a record of just one event, and very useful it...
Volkswagen fans are well served by a new MRP book in that publisher's Collector's Guide series. The experienced John Blunsden's The VW Golf and its derivatives has lots of data, well-produced...
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Sir, How about a new appendix to your monthly Letter to Readers column, devoted to the three ugliest and the three prettiest GP Formula 1 cars of the modern era? Perhaps I can start the ball rolling...
Sir, In 1948, Thrupp & Maberley manufactured several Humber Pullman MkII Laundaulettes and Tourers for the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, but unfortunately this was cancelled due to the...
Sir, It is with great regret that I have instructed my newsagent to cancel my monthly subscription to MOTOR SPORT, and felt that I should tell you why. I have followed the Grand Prix season avidly...
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Sir, Please tell me how a Cierva Autogiro turned into a Fox Moth on page 156 of the February issue? Did it go through a pupation? Chris Higgins, Crawley, West Sussex. We do know that wings and...
Sir, Please find enclosed a photograph taken at the recent Essen Motor Show. It shows Nina Rindt with the Brabham BT18 (F2-22-26) raced by her late husband, for Roy Winkelmann, in 1966. This car won ...
Sir, I write as a Sierra 4x4 driver of some six years' standing, and share WB's enthusiasm for the breed. However, I have been meaning to write for over five of these years, ever since he first...
Sir, Some time before the 1992 British Grand Prix, the manager of a local toy/model shop ran a competition: name the first three finishers in the GP, and win a set of electric racing cars. To support...
Sir, I am writing with regard to Mr GD Barnes' letter in February's MOTOR SPORT. He stated that Jackie Stewart "was credited with third place" despite his retirement in the 1966 Indianapolis 500. In...
Sir, I so enjoyed your cover story on Damon Hill, February 1993. The shot of his father, Graham, drifting his new 1.5litre BRM V8 through The Sweep during the 1965 South African Grand Prix at the...
Sir, I hope that someone may be able to help me with information about a right-hand-drive Jaguar XK 140, UPX 939, first registered on March 25 1956. It is fitted with the Special Equipment listed by...
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Sir, I am writing because I fear that we may all be concerned over the same issue. That is, possible changes in public liability laws which may come into being as part of the current drive for single...
Sir, How I agree with Paul Frere's splendid letter in February's MOTOR SPORT. Changes in the technical regulations are urgently needed for greater spectacle, closer competition, substantially reduced...

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