March 1999

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editorial As you read this, we are completing the final pages of the next edition. It will be no normal issue. In it, we will be celebrating the birthday of this magazine which started life 75 years...
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This year the 1,000-kilometre race at Monza looked as though it was going to be a simple question of the Ferrari team drivers tossing a coin to see who was going to win, as the Ford team did not...
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If a litre of optimism is worth a second a lap, a lot of lap records will be broken this year. As each Formula One team has launched its new car to the press we've been subjected to buckets of fine...
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Sir, Further to the recent articles regarding BRM, I see no mention of its famed designer von Eberhorst. Please correct me if I am wrong but von Eberhorst also designed the pre-war Auto Unions and...
Sir, Surely the 1965 Monaco Grand Prix should feature among the best races ever? Very little, so it seems, has ever been said about this remarkable event, Graham Hill's stupendous effort in the race...
Sir, My name is Tim, and I am 14 years old. I am autistic and have a few problems to cope with. What makes me happy and I find very interesting is collecting out-of-date vehicle tax discs. I have a...
Sir, Having just returned from a trip to Kyalami, I've only now picked up my copy of MOTOR SPORT, which I have been taking since 1958. Referring to your article on the Lotus Elite LX: Michael Taylor...
Sir, In a recent issue Mr Allen makes a plea for race reports and results of the more important historic events. There is a publication that devotes itself to previewing and reporting important...
Sir, It was very interesting to hear my iconclasm produced such a response. Even on reflection, I stand by the points made in my original letter in which I suggested the sacred cow of Goodwood...
Sir, Your reference in January's edition to visiting Marcos Cars with Jenks some years ago needs a little explanation of what you saw. At the time of your visit Dennis Adams (who sits beside me as I...
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Sir, I'd like to put in a plea for an article on Altas. If nothing is put on paper their history could be lost. Various models of Alta did quite well in events in the '30s and '40s and Tony Brooks...
Sir, I particularly enjoyed the article on the 1914 French GP in your January issue. If Georges Boillot was a vain man he had every right to be. Georges Boillot together with Paolo Zucccarelli, Jules...
Sir, I note with interest that MOTOR SPORT celebrates its 75th Birthday soon. I well remember the 50th anniversary in '74, having started advertising with you the year previously (though my...
Sir, I write regarding an injury I sustained during the VSCC's Measham rally, not while driving but, rather less heroically, answering a call of nature. Everyone in the VSCC has been exceptionally...
Sir, Your series of 'Forgotton Epics' was quite superb. Surely there are many more from the past, and I look forward to more of this feature. May I suggest that Sommer's incredible drive in the 1950...
Sir, Your December article on Roy James had some good pictures, but fell short of the mark on accuracy. The worst point was with regard to the £150,000 settlement to his ex-wife, which you stated was...
Sir, The Belgian Grand Prix of 1950 was my first experience of continental motor racing. Driving a trials special we had built ourselves, on an Austin 7 chassis fitted with a Shorrock supercharged...
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"Geentair! Alors, un nouveau record du tour pour Reeshi Geentair!" May 14 1961, Monaco, by common consent the greatest drive of Stirling Moss's life. In Rob Walker's old Lotus 18, he held off a...
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Bruce McLaren was a fine driver but, as Mark Hughes reports, it was his talents outside the cockpit that made his team great and laid the foundations for the McLaren empire of today. Ambition is a...
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This is the McLaren MP4 - the first Grand Prix car to be constructed entirely from Carbon Fibre. Adam Cooper reports on how it transformed F1 forever. Over the years McLaren has produced some super...
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In retrospect John Watson and Andrea de Cesaris deserve a lot of credit for climbing into the unproven MP4 and heading into the unknown. While Andrea was just 21 ,and perhaps a little lacking in, er...
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McLaren will have to be at its best all season if it's once more to fend off Ferrari's threat. Grand Prix editor Simon Taylor weighs the cases for each team and makes his predictions. Ever since the...
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Half the height of Everest, Pike's Peak is ten minutes of motorised uphill madness. John Davenport looks at the craziest hillclimb of them all. The American West is a place where legends walk the...
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Julian Bailey - 1988 Tyrrell 017 The Tyrrell 017 was not just slow, it was also awful to drive. It was intended to start Bailey's F1 career; instead it almost finished it. It was the beginning of...
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Ferrari's Sharknose 156 may be extinct but this faithful replica gives a clear picture of Enzo's first mid-engine racer. Matthew Franey climbs aboard. For reasons I will never quite understand, Enzo...
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If the future for front-engined cars in Grand Prix racing was bleak at the beginning of the 1960s, then the writing was firmly on the wall for sportscars as well. Undoubtedly the dominant force in...
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Matra's plan was to win both Formula One titles plus Le Mans in just ten years. In the event, it did all that and more. Gordon Cruickshank reports. It's hard to think of a recent equivalent to the...
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From modest origins as a cheap self-build class, 500cc racing became the route to the top. Bill Boddy recalls the part he and Motor Sport played in its inception. During World War Two with Motoring...
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No driver has truly conquered Formula One, sports cars and rallying, but one extraordinary manager made it look easy. John Davenport talks to Cesare Fiorio. When a rally driver does well racing, like...
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Group Five race, Mainz-Finthen Airfield, 1978 He has won Daytona four times but the endurance racing legend says that his finest hour came in a sprint at a little-known American air-base. Of course...
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In Autocar recently Steve Cropley, whose page I always read first, in establishing which was the first car to win Le Mans on its initial appearance there, called Lord Selsdon "quite a duffer behind...
In pre-WW1 days works Rolls-Royces performed well in some important competitions - in the 1914 Alpine Trials , winning a Spanish GP and in 1911 a single-seater officially exceeding 101mph. But the 40...
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One may be asked sooner or later, if one can recall a highlight in one's life. I suppose I would quote the day when I had gone up to Silverstone for the 1956 British GP. On the front row of the grid...
Trevor Picken, Author of the award-winning book on Hampton cars, who was awarded the SAHC Cugnot Award at Hershey last year, has been able to save from a Cheltenham breakers yard the engine of a 1924...
The Verzons Time flies, and on new years day it was off to 'The Verzons' near Ledbury for another of Mark Garfitt's great gatherings, with around 100 pre-1941 cars and many others of interest. The...
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Ronald Barker, my friend of very long standing, has been recalling the Trojan. I had two of these decidedly unconventional means of getting about. The first Trojan I had I never drove. I bought it...
It must, I imagine, occur to most of us at some time that the Otto cycle (no, not a bicycle, the fourstroke engine we are content to sit behind) is very crude. The pistons rush up and down, stopping...
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The amusing comedy about AGA stoves broadcast last December on BBC TV has caused fresh enthusiasm for these famous cookers. On Christmas-time visits I found that Bentley men George Daniels and Roger...
The Bert Hadley Memorial Championship will be contested this year at the following venues: Gunston Down (April 17), Olivers Mount (May 1). Curborough (June 13), Anglesey circuit (July 17), Llan-y-...
The answer to the query as to the type of Sunbeam given to Sir Henry Segrave after his victory in the 1923 French GP at Tours has been provided by Robert Gates, owner of a 1904 10/12 and a fine 1921...

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