March 1995

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17: James Wallis, a prominent British club racer in the early 1980s, dies at the age of 60. 18: While showing a mock-up of its new C 14-Ford, Sauber confirms that Karl Wendlinger will partner Heinz-...
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Unspectacular, and unnecessary At a pre-season press briefing, Max Mosley spoke confidently about the FIA's chances of avoiding the type of technical controversy which so marred the 1994 season. When...
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Frank Costin Frank Costin died on February 5 after a short illness. He was 73. Frank was working for De Havilland when his younger brother Mike asked his opinion about an aerodynamic body which Colin...
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Nigel Mansell, McLaren driver. An unthinkable notion in the past, but now circumstance and market forces have brought the two together… The tinkle of the Park Lane Hilton's finest china coffee cups...
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The first non-championship Formula 3000 race at Kyalami was a rip-roaring success. Only after the participants had drifted away did something sinister emerge... The German journalist couldn't believe...
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Unpeturbed by his narrow defeat in last year’s WRC, Carlos Sainz got the new campaign off to a flying start "One minute we are drivers; the next we are mechanics; and then we are drivers again." So...
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Kenneth Eriksson scored his first WRC success since 1991, but his victory was tainted... Staffan Parmander sat in the car, ashamed to get out, leaving his driver to face the music. Kenneth Eriksson...
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”Is crash. Is frightening. Is fast. Is funny." Giampiero Simoni's grasp of English may be marginal but no one bettered the young Alfa Romeo driver's summation of the British Touring Car Championship...
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Who is well placed to win IndyCar races this year? And who will be in charge of the show 18 months hence? After one of the shortest off-seasons in memory, the 1995 PPG IndyCar World Series is upon us...
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A late regulation change led to the Porsche factory withdrawing from the Daytona 24 Hours in something of a huff. It didn’t prevent Stuttgart winning in the face of a fierce Ferrari armada, however…...
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Thought Volvo's T-5 was a touch extreme, perchance? Enter the T-5R... Just when you thought it was safe to re-emerge. Volvo lets rip with another big gun. It might for all the world be called...
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When a Mercedes-Benz W165 runs at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, it will be only the second time that the model will have competed in an event. Two cars were built for the Tripoli Grand Prix...
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Time was when I tended to overlook American sports-cars as not exactly in keeping with the British vintage scene. The USA seemed a long way away and isolated from happenings here. Since then, perhaps...
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Delving again into Doug Nye's stupendous history of BRM, which I regard as the motoring book of 1994, and noting that one of the drivers of the V16 cars was the late Ron Flockhart, I recalled an...
Those who grew up, as it were, in the days when Lotus were successful in the Grand Prix field must be terribly shaken to hear that, allegedly, £10-million in-the-red, this British team may never...
"Campari allowed his Maserati to be pushed off by two mechanics, contrary to regulations, on his second pitstop... He was fined about £12, from the first prize of £1200." The Autocar, reporting on...
He left the country broke and disillusioned, to spend the rest of his days racing foreign cars. He finally met his end after a crash at the Tripoli Grand Prix in 1933." – SW, announcing the BBC...
Reading in the February issue of Aeroplane Monthly of the sad accident which occurred at the 1952 SBAC Farnborough (RAE) Air Display, in which John Derry's DH 110 disintegrated over the crowd,...
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There is interest in the cars of noble families, especially if they took to motoring from early times. I am grateful to Dr Neil Thorp, a VSCC member who runs the Hudson-engined Spikins Special, for...
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BBC 2, in The Last Machine, featuring early cinema films, made the point that then accuracy was not important, but that today it is. A view apparently not shared by BBC 1, judging by its Sir Henry...
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I became aware of The Aeroplane (6d weekly) in the early 1930s and was soon a regular reader. It was edited by the controversial and outspoken Charles Grey Grey from 1911 to 1939, and was...
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The Alvis 12/50 Register Bulletin No 190 contained a very interesting, well-illustrated 16-page article by Eric Benfield on the 1924 Alvis racing cars, with more to come, including driving...
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Ninety-six pre-war cars and their enthusiastic crews turned out on the last Saturday in January to perform a dozen driving tests, which in addition to the usual round-and-round also went up-and-down...
The VSCC is well aware that an all-night rally has an added sense of adventure and that darkness puts a fine edge on driving and navigating, also that the by-ways are usually empty of all but...
Regulations and entry forms are now available for the Yeovil CC's Bristol-Bournemouth Vintage Vehicle Run on June 11. Last year this run for pre-1940 vehicles had nearly 300 entries. The closing date...
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The Advanced Driver's Handbook, by Margaret Stacey. Kogan Page, £8.99. Since around 95% of crashes are due to human error, perhaps the concept of 'advanced' driving should be renamed 'essential'...
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TV Guide Sir, I wonder whether Max Mosley could be persuaded to improve the quality of television broadcasts of Formula One. Perhaps he could arrange pre-race briefings for the producers and...

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