March 2002

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What would Graham Hill be doing now if he were still with us? In this issue we explore what made him unique as a driver — his triple hit of Formula One championship, Indy 500 victory and Le Mans win...
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The vintage car club has announced details of its major event of the season, the British Empire Trophy celebration at Donington Park over the weekend of June 8/9. The event will be supported by...
Three-time World Champion Niki Lauda broke a 16-year absence from driving a modem Formula One car when he tested the Jaguar R2 in Spain last month. The Jaguar team boss drove a 10-lap stint at the...
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Ron Tauranac was honoured in the recent Australia Day Honours by being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. The award is amongst the highest accolades outside military service. The...
Bill Mason, the man who became renowned for bringing Motorsport to the masses through his remarkable films, died last month at the age of 86. From 1943 to '56, Bill worked for the Shell Film Unit,...
James Beckett has been appointed co-ordinator of the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship.
February 23 Silverstone (GB) VSCC's Pomeroy Trophy to determine best grand touring car. Tel: 01608 644777 March 2/3 Robin Hood stages (GB) Opening round of the MSA British Historic Rally Championship...
We regret to report the death of Geoffrey Crossley, a participant in the first-ever round of the world championship at Silverstone in 1950. Crossley, who was 80 years old, raced before and after...
January's Autosport International show brought large crowds to the NEC, and the Motor Sport stand received a lot of attention from the public, thanks to the Maserati 250F on display. This example was...
The British Automobile Racing Club has honoured the racing career of Gerry Marshall with the award of a coveted Gold Medal. The medals are presented by the club for 'outstanding achievement in motor...
Europe's historic racing calendar has been thrown into confusion by the cancellation of the Coppa Intereuropa meeting at Monza. Scheduled for the first weekend of June, the meeting has been dropped...
Group C Racing has confirmed a pan-European calendar for 2002 and expects many new cars to join the series. Nürburgring, Spa, and Monza all feature on the calendar, along with a race at Donington on...
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Sir, Your list of the 100 Greatest Drives (January 2002 issue) was fascinating reading. But I would like to point out h significant omission: Donald Campbell's 1964 World Land Speed Record on Lake...
Sir, Thank you for your 100 Greatest Drives, but was this an early April Fool? How on earth can anybody rate Serma's 1993 European GP as almost the drive of the century. He drove a car with traction...
Sir, I was shocked to read your 100 Greatest Drives. There will always be differences of opinion, but not to include Main Prost among your list is hard to swallow for a Frenchman. I did not agree...
Sir, You were right in your January 2002 editorial: 'Experts, what do they know?' Without any doubt, the finest drive I have ever seen, or read about, was Damon Hill's in the 1997 Hungarian Grand...
Sir, I wish you had included Parnelli Jones' epic drive to win the 1963 Indy 500 in your 100 Greatest Drives article. For 500 miles he had to drive flat-out in order to beat Jim Clark's Lotus and win...
Sr, I acknowledge that Michael Schumacher is perhaps the best driver in the world, but how many times did Ayrton Senna put in dominating performances during his career (and against tougher...
Sir, First of all, let me compliment your staff for the remarkable 100 Greatest Drives feature — it must have required a lot of research. I must strongly disagree, however, with the absence of great...
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Sir, I read the article The One that Got Away about Bobby Unser and the 1979 Indianapolis 500 with great interest. Both Geoff Ferris, the chief designer of the PC7, and myself still work for Roger...
Sir, Nigel Roebuck's interesting essay on Achille Varzi needs a little amplification. He suggests that Varzi moved from Alfa Romeo to Bugatti in 1931. He did indeed join Bugatti, but in late 1930,...
Sir, Reading your magazine has become a must for all the staff who look after historic racing cars here at DaimlerChrysler. We read the Wish I'd Designed article in your January 2002 edition with a...
Sir, I would like to thank you for adding many thousands of pounds to the value of my humble Vauxhall 20-60 Hurlingham by describing Nigel Irvine's unique four-seater as a 30-98 in the February issue...
Sir, The Watkins Glen article in the February 2002 edition was wonderful and gave the other side of The Pond a view of how great a circuit it really was. Unfortunately, two of the historic pictures...
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At last! The Formula One carousel is about to turn once more. Melbourne is almost upon us. Misleading testing times, bland press releases, optimistic half-truths and gloating rumour ("the new Jaguar...
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We will greatly miss the presence of Jean Alesi in the Formula One paddocks this year. Apart from being a 'real person' (increasingly an endangered species these days), he was one of those racing...
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To win Monaco once is special. To win five times is incredible. To also win Indy and Le Mans is out of this world. This is how he did it... Streets, cars, fame, desireGraham Hill loved Monaco, and...
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It wasn't Graham Hill's first visit to Indianapolis, but it was his first crack at the race - and he won. Or did he? Joe Scalzo unravels the controversy Ray Harroun spent seven hours on the three...
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He hadn't won a Formula One race for two years and some felt he should retire. But as David Malsher explains, Graham Hill had the... The GKN/Daily Express International Trophy could have been 'just...
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F1 racers don't always make great 24-hour drivers, but on his tenth visit to Le Mans, Graham Hill knew exactly what was required of him. Gary Watkins describes how the Englishman achieved his still-...
Graham Hill drove an electric mix of machinery in a Le Mans career that spanned three decades and 10 starts. He made his debut in the 24 Hours with Lotus in 1957, but his first taste of the Circuit...
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In only his second Grand Prix with Ferrari, this unlucky Swede raced into Italian Folklore, but not the record books. Adam Cooper explains Stefan Johansson is not the only Formula Onedriver of modem...
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The Rally of Portugal was once a cutting-edge event indicative of a new Era. Former winner John Davenport explains why it's been dumped by the latest evolution of the sport When the 2002 World Rally...
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Driving over 1000 miles through the Alps isn't a task to be undertaken lightly in 2002. Bill Boddy describes the brave men and women who did just that against the clock 70 or more years ago, in the...
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He's designed some of the greatest and most successful Formula One cars of the last two decades, but Mr Barnard admires the simplicity and potential of Chapman's late -sixties Indy pacesetter The car...
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Entrepreneurs had spent 50 years trying to persuade the owners to sell Sitges — to no avail. Their on-site chicken farm was too successful to give up. So why is Peter Schömer on the verge of...
This Spanish Brooklands suffered a swift fall from grace. It was undeserved, says Paul Fearnley, and only now - 80 years after its launch - might its potential be realised Senna on a hot lap. Fangio...
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Raymond Sommer's innate talent had team managers knocking at his door. But, as Andrew Frankel explains, the man who could beat Nuvolari chose his own path You might think the man who gave Ferrari...
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Formula Ford festival - In the first of a new series, David Malsher recalls how local knowledge (plus a talented driver) secured the only major win for a small racing-car manufacturer There are...
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With no London Motor Show in 2001, in spite of an attendance of 365,000 in 1999,1 am reminded of past Shows I went to. Evoked by those wonderful 6d Special Show Numbers of The Motor and The Autocar,...
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To mark the 50th Anniversary of the National Motor Museum, which was started by Lord Montagu in a very modest way and has grown into Britain's prestigious national museum of cars, the Museum Trust...
The MCC/MAC Centenary Celebrations, postponed due to foot-and-mouth, will take place at Brooklands on May 5. The static gathering of trials cars of 10 decades already includes Austin Grasshopper,...
Missed connection AUTOCAR'S RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT sampling a Ford GT40 took me back to when Jenks had one to try. He drove it to Wales to see us (above), but then had to hurry away to keep a date in...
The MCC's 80th Land's End Trial will be on March 29/30, starting from Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Cornwall, and finishing at Newquay. The sections will include Beggars Roost, Sutcombe, Darracott,...
'Top performers at the VSCC Brooklands Driving Tests in January with First Class Awards were: C Mill (1913 Humber), C Gould (1930 Morris Minor), D Marsh (1925 Brescia Bugatti), D Robinson (1931 Riley...
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As we have had opinions about the 100 top racing drivers, and also about the 100 greatest drives, what of the top 100 one-make motoring books, or of any car books? Here there is less of a problem...
Readers' letters and 'phone calls are welcome; I had a call on New Year's Day of good wishes and the question, "Why does Britain no longer make cars?" To which I was unable to supply an answer. I...
When I interviewed Georges Roesch for Motor Sport in 1952, he told me that while preparing to improve the little 8hp Talbot, which became the 10/23, and designing his impressive new 14/45 Talbot, he...
Jenks wanted a Vice for his workshop. They were in short supply in 1943, but we went off to a farm in Surrey, where an aged gentleman took us to a large barn. There was just the vice Jenks wanted, at...
The VSCC two-day meeting at Donington, on June 8/9, is titled 'British Empire Vintage and Historic Weekend'. Bentley, Lola and MINI will play an important part, with Lola's history from 1958 recalled...
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Among the sleaze, sex and tragedy exposed — rightly or wrongly —by the Daily Mail, Prince Michael of Kent has been a recent recent victim. His so-called crimes are that he pays council house rent for...
The Bugatti trust is enlarging its premises at Prescott, which house priceless archives from the Ettore Bugatti regime, including tens of thousands of works drawings. The current issue of the BOC's...
I read something interesting about the 1.5-litre Invicta. What was not mentioned was that, after S C H Davis, The Autocar's sports editor, had crashed a 4.5-litre low-chassis while leading a wet...
Those who enjoy top-class motor-racing art will get enormous pleasure, I am sure, from Haynes' book of the celebrated painter Michael Turner's work The Motorsport Art of Michael Turner, ISBN 1 85960...
It is good news that the late Anthony Blight's book Georges Boesch and the Invincible Talbot has been republished. One item in the 1970 Grenville/Motor Sport edition puzzled me. Blight wrote of "......

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