March 2000

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There seems to be considerable debate surrounding how much Jaguar should lean on its heritage during its foray into Formula One. There are those who think it scandalous that Jaguar's in Fl at all,...
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THe return of the prodigal son, Nigel Mansell, to July's Coys International Historic Festival will add thousands to the gate at Silverstone, and the 46-year-old plans to reward supporters' unstinting...
Motor racing paintings and prints by father and son Michael and Graham Turner go on show in London in February. Both artists are famed for their racing subjects, but will also exhibit examples of...
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Motorsport's World Governing body, the FIA, has given its approval to the renamed European Sports Prototype Trophy series which will thus become a championship for the first time this year under the...
The 38th Daytona 24-hour race has been won outright by the ORECA Chrysler Viper of Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominque Dupuy. The much favoured and faster cars in the prototype category...
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Those of us who haven't rebuilt the engines of our classic cars to run on unleaded may have a lifeline. While leaded fuel is in principle now banned, the government has made a limited quantity...
The first Lola Grand Prix car will be back on track this season, after 31 years in the Donington collection. Chassis BRGP41, which John Surtees drove for the Bowmaker team at the Brussels GP in 1962...
The non-availability of brands Hatch's Grand Prix circuit for the Historic Sports Car Club's Historic Superprix on July 1-2 has forced a transfer of the meeting to the much shorter Indy layout. As a...
The motor sport's association (the governing body of motor sport in Great Britain) has recognised the huge popularity of historic rallying by sanctioning the inauguration of a British Championship...
Ford Falcons, Mustangs and Galaxies will head a horde of pre-'65 Historic Touring Cars in the Top Hat Challenge, three one-hour endurance races to be run by the HSCC at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and...
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Mike Cotton interviews new FISA president Max Mosley Ilooked in my shaving mirror this morning and thought, 'Gosh, at long last I can do something about the way motorsport is run'." Five days after...
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Time was when an ambitious young driver could slide into F1 almost unnoticed, develop his skills quietly and rise towards the top at his own pace. But today it's all about the glare of the media. No...
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Sir, With reference to Geoff Whyler's letter concerning the May 1958 Silverstone race between Archie Scott Brown and Masten Gregory, a few points are worth mentioning. Firstly, it was clear the...
Sir, I have found your series on circuits from the past fascinating. I have recently bought a copy of a 1963 book by Hans Tanner, titled Handbook of Grand Prix Cars Post War to Present. It has a...
Sir, Thought I'd send this "Artist's Impression" of Gordon Murray's Formula One 2000. I AM, YOURS, ETC Bruce Thomson, Unionville, Ontario, Canada
Sir, I thought there was something familiar in the Alan Smith study of a so-called Le Mans Replica Frazer-Nash at Goodwood in 1954( January 2000). Actually, it is of my late father, Patrick Lindsay,...
Sir, I am amused by correspondence regarding 'Phi-Phi' Etancelin's final season. I can assure WB and your readers he was still racing in 1954. In the inaugural meeting at Aintree on 29th May 1954,...
Sir, Concerning two captions in your Nurburgring Track Test. 1. The Karussell: "...the only boring corner on the track." Only if you're going too slow. And if you go too fast, you will indeed "pop...
Sir, I read with interest the article entitled 'Fiberglas'. I have a long term interest in this material and Keith Howard enlightened me quite a bit on it's origins. However one omission needs...
Sir, With reference to WB's page from the January 2000 issue about a new secretary's office at Shelsley Walsh itself, can I point out the office has been fully operational in the paddock from August...
Sir, Being a fan, I was delighted to see two pictures of my car in your January 2000 issue (Carrera-PanAmericana 1999 Pictorial Review). I am the pilot of the 1954 Pringles-liveried Buick. However,...
Sir, Thank you for the review of Michael Oliver's Lotus 49 book. Unfortunately, it attributes the book to Virgin instead of Veloce Publishing, gives the book's price at £30 (instead of £40 & £50...
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Sir, I write regarding the current state of Formula One which is stale and not very exciting, a fact proved by your superb February 2000 issue. After gazing at the superb 'Parting Shot' photo of the...
Sir, I read the article about racing Austins Se with great interest Our Club was founded, following a suggestion in your magazine, by a certain Bill Boddy, to race these wonderful little cars. Today...
Sir, It was nice to see Ivor Bueb remembered in Robert Edwards' excellent article in the February 2000 magazine. He was my mentor in the mid '50's; I was working as a Service Receptionist at the...
Sir, The purpose of Motor Sport, these days, is surely to market racing history to those unlucky enough to have been born too recently. So can we have fuller captions? In addition to those mentioned...
Sir, I have been following with interest your Track Tests on circuits of old, and after Mark Hughes' piece on the 1933 Tripoli GP, I wondered if you have information regarding the track in Mellaha....
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Going through some old tapes recently, I came across an interview with James Hunt in the early '80s. It was typical James, forthright but well-reasoned, and I smiled often as I listened again to that...
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Jaguar might have concentrated on sports and saloon car racing in the past but now it want just one thing: to reach the very top of Motor Racing. Mark Hughes meets those who took Jaguar to goly in...
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The arrival of Jaguar on the F1 grid is just one of many reasons to celebrate the start of the new Grand Prix season. Simon Taylor is your guide to the teams as he predicts winners and losers and,...
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Every new racing season brings fresh challenges to man and machine. But as the teams gathered for the first Grand Prix of the year, they knew they'd be batting on a particularly sticky wicket. In...
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The secret of race success for the Ferrari 375Plus was finding drivers capable of controlling it. Andrew Frankel climbs aboard and find time has not calmed it's wild ways They sent the children...
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Just 27 miles from the start, Nino Farina's dream of winning the Mille Miglia shattered. Farina had driven Alfa Romeos into second place in the 1936 and '37 Mille Miglias and, in 1954, he believed...
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Manfred von Brauchitsch is the last remaining link to the glory days of the silver arrows before WWII. He is also, says Alan Henry, a driver whose modest tally of wins in no way reflects his...
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So did Alfred Neubauer mastermind the company's racing or was he a showman, not really responsible for the racing strategy at all? Hans Hermann,who drove for Mercedes in I 955,agrees with his former...
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Dan Gurney Jaguar E2A Prototype It was the first E-type prototype, but when it was entered for Le Mans in 1960 it was set up in a way that mate it totally unstable. Dan Gurney talks to Adam Cooper...
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He was the 'Times' motoring correspondent when his eye for PR and a nose for a challenge began to enlarge his horizons. Bill Boddy follows the trail of a journalist with a wanderlust. That gentleman...
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In the days when a driver's death was accepted as par for the course, the safety of spectators had a higher priority. Keith Howard reveals how crash barriers found their way into racing. When Jackie...
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Porsche's Boxster has always been more about show than go but that's set to change. No you can buy one with all the performance and handling of a proper Porsche. Andrew Fraknkel welcomes the Boxster...
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Just outside Paris lies a concrete speed bowl which has been in use since 1924. Matthew Franey compares Montlhery's dramatic past with its working present. It was what the French call 'Un ete de la...
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The first of a new series in which senior racing car designers nominate a machine they didn't design, but which they admire either for technical ingenuity, elegant simplicity, or sheer results Ask me...
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What follows is not for a moment intended as a criticism of Kaye Don. I had the greatest admiration for him after seeing him lapping Brooklands and winning races with the red Sunbeams, the 2-litre '...
Our picture of count Zborowski in his miller on the banking at Sitges has resulted in a request for more information about this Spanish track. There is not much to tell. It is clear why the so-called...
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The MCC's 79m land's end trial occupies the night and day of April 21/22, finishing at Penzance. Well-behaved spectators are welcome to watch the ascents of such sections as Sugg Lane, Beggars Roost...
The new owned of the 1934 Frazer Nash BMK 104, originally owned by Alan Whiddington, wants to trace the history of the car from when Whiddington used it in competition, to its acquisition by the...
The revived invicta CC has 73 members, ownership of S-types predominating. The secretary is Mrs Marion Rendall, Selsley Hall, Selsley, Stroud, Gloucs GL5 5LJ.
The VSCC has issued a fine commemoration book about its 1999 Malvern Week, with evocative pictures and explanations of the club's activities. Priced at £5, and surely a future collectors' item, there...
Two more of those inexpensive motoring histories which we have previously reviewed favourably, are now available in the Dreolin Irish Transport series. Album 5 is about the 1903 Irish Gordon Bennett...
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Memorials are erected in memory of statesmen, politicians, Sherlock Holmes and rightly, to deceased racing drivers. I have stood respectfully before a few. In 1922 in the French GP at Strasbourg, won...
The VSCC's Measham Trial, one of its most important events, took place on the night of 22nd January, based at Leeming, thereby taking in the Yorkshire terrain. The route of some 180 miles included...
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Those conversant with pre-WW2 motor racing will know that Captain GET Eyston was a prolific record-breaker, up to his LSR of 357.6mph in the 2350hp 'Thunderbolt' in 1938, as well as being a capable...
What appears to be a car raced at Brooklands has recently been discovered in Lancashire. It is a 1929 SCAP-engined Rally, with original engine, three-speed gearbox and rear axle. It was found under...

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