March 2003

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Our sport is littered with missed opportunities. Just look, for instance, at this particular issue of your favourite read. Aside from the fact that it features Chris Amon — and five other drivers...
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A second six-wheeled Tyrrell is expected to appear on Thoroughbred Grand Prix grids this season following confirmation that the P34 of Italian Piero Ratti is nearing completion. The similar car raced...
Former F1 racers Mark Blundell, Johnny Herbert and David Brabham will be on the driving strength when Bentley adds the Sebring 12 Hours to its Le Mans build-up programme. By including this US event...
Team Maranello Concessionaires is being relaunched for an assault on the FIA GT Championship this season. Operated by Veloqx Motorsport of Brackley, the team will field a pair of Ferrari 360GTs for a...
An unfinished Ford GT40 has surfaced in Kent, and will be auctioned in March. Chassis P1112 (above) was part of the inventory when Ford wound up the programme and sold the components, induding six...
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A tribute will be paid to Basil Davenport by the construction of an obelisk at Shelsley Walsh. The memorial will mark the centenary of the birth of the `GN Spider' driver. * * * * Chevron Racing has...
The last big name from Mercedes-Benz's brilliant pre-war driver line-up has died, aged 97. Manfred von Brauchitsch was perhaps the least talented of Alfred Neubauer's regular stars, but to be shaded...
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One of England's greatest rally drivers died on Sunday January 19 after a long illness. Anne Hall, who only began her competitive rallying as a driver when already in her 30s, drove for six works...
Widely known as a TV commentator, Barrie, who died in January at the age of 69, was also an innovator in the development of sponsorship in the world of motorsport. As a television presenter he...
Motorsport lost one of its most talented artists when Barry succumbed to cancer early in the New Year. Famous for a 24-year run of his Catchpole cartoon series in Autosport, Foley also conceived race...
The regning MSA British-Historic Rally champion died suddenly at the end of December, only two months after clinching the series. A true character, Golding, and long-time co-driver Preston Ayres, had...
Breaking speed records was the norm for Don Vesco, who died just before Christmas at the age of 63. Throughout his life, the Californian set new world marks on both two and four wheels. Having been...
The long time boss of Fiat, and keen backer of Ferrari's ongoing grand prix racing effort, died in January at the age of 81. The grandson of the founder of the Fiat marque, Agnelli was a famous...
This leading transmission designer died recently. In the 1960s, his company enjoyed great success with motorbikes, ridden by stars such as Mike Hailwood and Barry Sheene. During the 1980s, he...
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Sir, I'm surprised by the absence of Rudolf Caracciola from your recent all-rounder list, for he demonstrated his versatility in GP racing, sportscars, record breaking, hill-climbing, trials and...
Sir, Any all-rounders list which puts Graham Hill, the only Monaco-Indy-Le Mans 'triple crown' winner, at a lowly 19th position is already skirting controversy. To put him nine places behind AJ Foyt...
Sir, I am delighted that you made Stirling Moss 'Best All-rounder' — but you don't know the half of it! In 1974, the late Henry Liddon and I organised the 17,000km London-Sahara-Munich World Cup...
Sir, I have just seen your list of the most versatile drivers and I have to say that you missed a driver who has done a lot more than some of the ones you picked. This driver is my father, George...
Sir, Where is Mike Hawthorn in your all-rounder list? Starting with his world championship, one must include his sportscar victories at Le Mans, Sebring, the Supercortemaggiore (twice) and in the...
Sir, I'm a bit bothered by a glaring omission in your Top 20 All-rounders — Peter Brock, truly one of the great all-rounders. He was multiple Australian touring car champion, nine wins in the...
Sir, I must protest about the exclusion of one of the greatest all-rounders of any age: Piero Taruffi. He raced on motorcycles from 1923 to '51, establishing 53 international motorcycle speed records...
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Sir, I hate to take the august Bill Boddy to task, but I think his critical report of the BBC programme Treasure Hunt deserves some redress. He has confused light entertainment with motor racing...
Sir, At last, the achievements of Mo Nunn have been acknowledged. And how very appropriate it should be through the pen of Nigel Roebuck, whose seasonal surveys always used to have a kind word for...
Sir, As a Group 44 employee in the XJR-5/7 years I appreciated your story about our Le Mans efforts, but would take issue with the implication that XJR-5 was outclassed at Le Mans. In fact, the...
Sir, I wish to correct a caption in last month's article on Jean-Pierre Jarier. The photo is of the two Renault-Mirages, not Alpines. These were the same Mirage chassis that, fitted with DFVs,...
Sir, Re the item on Peter Arundell: as mechanic to the Lotus factory's Team Elite I can confirm that Peter did not drive for us at Le Mans in 1962. Our excellent class win was achieved by David Hobbs...
Sir I would be very grateful for any information on the race career of `TVR 2'. This rare TVR, in my family since 1966, was raced in 1172 Clubmans events in 1965 by Michael Peter Wood, and possibly...
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Regular visitors to these pages will remember my disappointment (Modern Times in December 2002) when those much-vaunted meetings of the Formula One Commission before Christmas produced alterations to...
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When Michael Schumacher won the Belgian GP last year, it was just another Sunday in a Ferrari summer. But Michael's 10th victory of 2002 was also the 100th win for a Ferrari using Shell, and a happy...
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A real barn find Stories are legion of rare and historic cars being found in barns, and that is just what happened in Devon recently when a 1928 Citroen 12/24 was unearthed in a barn on Exmoor....
Mark Linstone is obviously a man who likes a challenge. Currently, he is competing the restoration of the unique 1949 Duesenberg-powered Emeryson F1 car. In fact, Linstone and his father Cyril are...
When he finally called time on his own incredible racing career, Graham Hill turned to running his own F1 team. Sadly, with the team in its infancy, Hill and several members of his team, along with...
The work of the various marque clubs cannot be understated when it comes to finding and saving rare motor cars. That is certainly the case for the Pre 1940 Triumph Owners' Club, led by John Quiney....
Another piece of F1 history will be made in 2003 when a second example of the amazing Tyrrell six-wheeler takes to the track, this time in the FIA Cup for Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars. In recent...
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Moss and Villeneuve are the most obvious talents bereft of motor racing's most prestigious title. But they are not the only drivers who possessed the skill to be world champion without ever acceding...
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Chris Amon 1968 There are lies, damn lies and Chris Amon's grand prix statistics of 1968: Four poles, three races led - and just 10 points. He should have been feted, instead he was fated Had he...
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Jacky Ickx 1970 This Belgian's startling talent was greater than that of many a champion. But when his best opportunity for the world title arose, he was relieved to be runner-up There were three...
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Ronnie Peterson 1973 His potential was obvious — And now he had a Lotus at his disposal. Ronnie Peterson and the 72 were the performance benchmark of 1973. So why did the title slip away? You would...
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Carlos Reutemann 1981From the moment he had set pole position for his first grand prix, he was touted as a future champion. But on the very day it came down to it, he let it slip past We saw the best...
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John Watson 1982 In a crazy mixed-up year, one man burst from deep within the josteling pack to make a bid for the title. Eventually, however, his problems in qualifying overtook him John Watson is...
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Abandoned at birth and forgotten for decades, Kieft's grand prix contender has finally hit the track. Gordon Cruikshank describes a 48 - year build-up What has a gestation period of 50 years? Cyril...
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Clan:Manx International Rally September 8-10,1972 Roger Clark winning a seventies British rally in an Escort was the norm. But behind him this time was a kit car that almost broke the mould. John...
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When a Belfast entrepreneur proposed a new venue for a British street race, sportscar makers saw an opportunity to boost sales. Bill Boddy profiles the first ARDS tourist trophy If the Brooklands...
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It was one of the most brutal races ever, yet Mercedes conquered the Carrera Panamerica with a car of stealth, grace and precision. Fifty years after its momentous triumph, Andrew Frankel drives it...
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John Fitch may not be remembered as one of the finest racers of his era, but he stands as one of the most remarkable men I have ever met. He's still competing at 85, most recently at Laguna Seca, and...
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X-Ray spec In the first of a new series, Keith Howard gets beneath the skin of the original Indy Lotus - with help from Chapman's chief designer, Len Terry When Colin Chapman was invited to the 1962...
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England passed up the chance to host to the world's most famous race. Ireland stepped willingly into the breach and set a new standard, explains Paul Fearnley Stand level with what you consider to be...
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Stirling Moss 1961 Targa Florio He reckoned he had the perfect car for the job. Which is why, he tells Adam Cooper, a last-minute failure was all the more galling Stirling Moss competed in over 500...
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Chris Irwin The social revolution of the sixties was mirrored in racing by a swathe of free-wheeling, up-and-coming hotshoes. Chris Irwin was listed among them, but, as Adam Cooper reveals, he stood...
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By Rinsey Mills ISBN 1-85960-849-3 Published by Haynes, £19.99 Not another one, I hear you cry. But stand by — this one is worth reading. Mills augments this well-known story with much factory...
ByJ-M Paris & William Mearns ISBN 2-9516357-5-3 Distributed by Menoshire, £39.50 This is the first full life of France's great and too often overlooked GP and Le Mans winner. The authors'...
By Franco Gozzi ISBN 88-7911-258-9 Published by Giorgio Nada Editore, £49.99 If you have enjoyed following the rise and fall and rise of Ferrari's F1 team over the years, you will enjoy this book....
By Mika Hahn No ISBN NUMBER Published by BZ Verlag, €75 (Special Edition € 150) Somehow Mercedes keeps a lasting hold on Carrera Panamericana glory; but in 1953 Lancia scored a 1-2-3 success,...
By Brendan Lynch ISBN 0-9513 668-1-5 Published by Portobello Publishing, £14.95 A few tome truths: never judge a book by its cover — or size and weight. This unprepossessing book is a fine example...
With Wilfred Muller and Reinhard Klein ISBN 3-927458-05-8 Published by Verlag Reinhard Klein, £35 No one can begrudge Walter Rohrl a second autobiography. After all, he's been racking up the...
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The new Rolls-Royce Phantom is causing much controversy, especially, one presumes, among those with £250,000 to spend on a motor car. Autocar has devoted a large supplement to it, and it has caused...
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I wasn't going to bother you with this had I not seen Steve Sutcliffe's opinion of Advanced Motorists in Autocar. I remembered then that I had taken the IAM test — and passed! It was years ago. My...
Over the Christmas break i was reading The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet, a fictional spy story, and to my surprise I found I had to read it in its entirety. I mention this because at one point the...
The ex-Sir Alistair Miller 200hp Blitzen-type Benz four-seater, which had a long Brooklands career, has been acquired by George Wingard of Oregon, USA, who tells me he is looking forward to driving...
In view of the non-appearance of the 1.5-litre Alfa Romeos in the 1928 TT; due it was said to there being no two-seaters in this country to comply with the regulations, it is interesting that Mrs...
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Fiat's wonderful Centro Storico museum in Turin contains an example of every product it has made, from ships, tractors, trams, railway locomotive and stock, aeroplanes, aero-engines to racing and...
Alastair Cooke's long-lived weekly radio talk recently centred on football and tennis, and revealed another modem influence which might come here, a retractable roof over Wimbledon's hallowed courts...
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A very significant British museum development is the opening of its Spirit of Speed Gallery by the Museum of British Road Transport in Coventry. This is a reminder of LSR history and that Britain...
On New Year's day we set off in the 1929 Sunbeam in torrential rain for the VSCC Verzons meet. Over 100 other vintage cars braved the weather. We saw first an immaculate Albion van, and later were...
In Gordon Cruikshank's interesting account of a return to Blandford circuit he referred to Major PM Braid's accident, in which his Cooper ended up on the roof of the Guardroom. I remember seeing...

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