March 2004

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Sir, I wonder how many other Motor Sport readers were disgusted by the recent programme about Dick Seaman on Channel 4? The contributions from Doug Nye, Chris Nixon, John Aldington and John Surtees...
It's odd the things you remember. For instance, the car that took us there was a maroon Austin Maxi. Now here's the really odd bit. It wasn't ours, it was a friend's, yet I can still recall its...
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Star letter Sir, My recent acquisition of Andrew Kitson's superb print of Ronnie Peterson's Lotus 72 at the exit of Woodcote during the 1973 British Grand Prix has brought back some of my marshalling...
Sir, I'm afraid that Garmisch-Partenkirchen, mentioned in This Month in 1929 in the February issue, is not in Austria as stated. It is some 60 miles south of Munich — close to the Austrian border but...
Sir, I'm sure I won't be the first to ask this: why was Peter Collins only 'Mentioned in Dispatches' in January's 20 Greatest Sportscar Drivers feature story? In the heroic age of sportscar racing,...
Sir, The news concerning changes to the Goodwood Revival brought to mind a thought I had several years ago when Lord March started the event. This concerned a class catering for the Specials which...
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Jenks on F1 1982 One thing about the world of Formula One is that you do know where you stand: nobody tells the truth, decisions that are made can be revoked and a statement of clarification is...
Sir, My enjoyment of Gordon Cruickshank's kind review of my book Donald Campbell - The Man Behind the Mask in the February issue was tempered by Bill Boddy's allegations which impugn my professional...
Sir, I would like to add something to your fine articles about Jacky Ickx in the January and February issues of Motor Sport. One has to notice that Ickx is the most successful Ferrari driver between...
Sir, Congratulations on the great Frank Lockhart article in a recent issue of Motor Sport (Genius versus Destiny, January 2004). It is worth recording that the 3-litre V16 engine from Lockhart's...
Sir, I am reminded to comment after reading your excellent article (Liberté, Egalité, Velocity, January 2004) about the Bugatti T57G driven to victory by Messrs Benoist and Wimille at Le Mans in 1937...
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Another chapter in the series for amateur motor racing photographs contributed by our readers. This month's selection takes us to Le Mans, Silverstone, Sebring and Spa-Francorchamps. The Andrettis...
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The 'voice of the sport' speaks out on muddy men on muddy bikes, crazy Norweigans in muddy cars, muddled-up phrases and mislaid tortoise mascots. If we're not very much mistaken, it's Murray Walker...
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Porsche Legend Jürgen Barth is among the provisional entries for the second running of the Le Mans Classic on the full 8.5-mile circuit. The Porsche 935-K3 to be raced by Barth, who won the Le Mans...
The Motor Racing Legends series for pre-war sportscars will visit Assen in the Netherlands. Better known as a motorbike track, the circuit's open and flowing nature is likely to be very popular with...
The Vanwall name is to return on a replica of the marque's 1950s grand prix racer built for road and track-day use. Two-seater, Vanwall-inspired road cars are also being planned and a return to...
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The Historic Grand Prix Cars Association will be central to the inaugural meeting at the new Dubai circuit. Subject to the venue being finished on schedule, the HGPCA will provide three grids of cars...
Historic rally ace Steve Perez has added the ex-Hannu Mikkola Audi Sport Quattro DMN 44' to his stable. Having acquired the car for nigh on 1,100,000 at auction, Perez is hoping to tempt the 1983...
The Hesketh chassis in which James Hunt made his final grand prix starts with the British team in 1975 will return to racing in the FORCE Classic GP series. Hesketh 308C, chassis number 1, was raced...
Julius Thurgood has added a series for historic touring cars to his range of Top Hat races. The Historic European Touring Car Series will run at six venues, including Pau and Montlhéry.
Motor Sport is sad to report the death of Marshall Watson, father of five-time GP winner John. A seasoned racer in his own right, Marshall was famous for winning the first saloon car race to be held...
Nick Shrigley-Feigl has unveiled his two-seater F5000 car (below). Designed to give passengers a taste of historic racing, the car is based on a Lola T192 and represents an investment of more than £...
Originals by renowned father and son motorsport artists Michael and Graham Turner will feature in a special exhibition on April 2-4. The event takes place at the Holiday Inn in Aylesbury.
The memory of Jochen Rindt will be perpetuated by a name change for the International Historic Formula Two Trophy. The series for 1600cc cars is being retitled the Jochen Rindt Historic F2 Trophy....
The Swiss-based European Formula Two Club has unveiled its 2004 programme for F2 cars of the 1600cc and 2-litre eras. Oskar Christen has launched a six-race season, which includes an event at the...
A support race to the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix in April will be the jewel in the 2004 Thoroughbred Grand Prix calendar. A TGP demonstration event was on the bill at the British GP three seasons...
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The man who scored Cooper's first World Championship points and gave the first Vanwall its race debut has died. Alan Brown made his name in the 500cc Formula Three of the early 1950s. Shrewd and...
The commanding figure of 'Big Lou' swept through the Formula One paddocks of the 1960s and 70s like an ocean liner. When cowed 'foreigners' mistakenly addressed him as Lord Louis, he never corrected...
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A year's free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT's archives. Answers must be received by March 8 and in the event of there...
Silveratone will host a three-day historic and vintage meeting in June. Organised jointly by the HSCC and VSCC, it is intended that the Silverstone Historic Tribute will build into a major festival...
A 100-mile race for pre-1958 GP cars is being mooted as the highlight of the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association's Silver Jubilee. Subject to positive responses from the relevant car owners, this...
February 20-22 Stoneleigh (GB) First International Historic Motorsport Show expected to draw 20,000 visitors. Tel: 01367 250001 21 Silverstone (GB) VSCC's Pomeroy Trophy. Tel: 01608 644777 March 6...
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Jim Mullen and Brian Devries claimed the first round of America's Historic Sports Racing series, which took place on the support bill of the recent Daytona 24 Hours. The pair triumphed in the former'...
Driving force of group C/GTP racing movement has high hopes for 2004 season What is your role in the category? I'm the day-to-day director, supported by a committee of active GpC racers. The club,...
Monty Karlan and Stein Roed claimed victory on the seventh Monte Carlo Historic in early February. The Norwegians' Volvo 142 scored a narrow victory over the Porsche 911S of American star John Buffum...
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Modern Times The opening World championship round of 2004 looms, and the great airlift to Australia is days away. As always at this stage of the season, Formula One has more questions than answers....
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By Sir Jack Brabham "Fangio was my hero and I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of racing with him on several occasions. Two races in particular that stick in my mind are Rouen and Nitrburgring...
1993 Italian at Monza by Marco Apicella You were racing in Japanese F3000 in 1993. How did you end up replacing Thierry Boutsen at Jordan? I was in Japan and Eddie Jordan called me and asked if I...
1994 Juha Kankkunen (above) and Didier Auriol give Toyota a Portugal 1-2. Michael Schumacher takes Benetton to victory in Brazilian GP as Ayrton Senna spins; Eddie Irvine censured after huge shunt...
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Legends: A J Foyt As long as I can remember my feelings about A J Foyt have been equivocal. On the one hand, I revere him as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time; on the other, he seems...
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Jody Scheckter is the most misunderstood and under-appreciated Champion. He's remembered mostly via a handful of snapshot moments, but now it's time, writes David Malsher, to pull his career into...
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Charles Martin was one of Britain's talented amateur racer of the thirties. He perhaps had the ability to become professional but that wouldn't have been Charlie, Brendan Lynch explains The little...
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The Lancia Stratos brought rallying out of the Dark Ages. John Davenport talks to those who helped make the legend. What is the sound sweetest to your ears? The call of the first cuckoo, real ale...
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Ten years before the Lancia Stratos scored its first Monte Carlo win, a mid-engined supercar blasted through the Alps. Hartmut Lehbrink explains how a pure Porsche GT racer almost spoiled the Mini's...
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Although it never claimed a major win, the Erskine Staride set a future Lotus Formula One racer on his way. Nick Phillips looks back at this innovative F3 The 500cc Formula 3 era spawned a host of...
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Bill Boddy recounts the growth of the Targa Florio from one man's dream to everybody's idea of a road race adventure The early Targa Florios have had their place in motor racing history obscured by...
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'Colin Chapman and I came from different planets. We admired each other but were not on the same wavelength. He didn't appreciate my sense of humour, and I didn't appreciate his lack of one'. Len...
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It was sink or swim when a 21-year-old was given sole charge of a new F1 project: Keith Howard talks to the young man who wrote his own rules Robin Herd CBE is perhaps best known as a co-founder,...
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Long before McLaren's teaming of Senna, Prost and the MP4/4, Alfa Romeo formed the first GP superteam: Nuvolari, Caracciola and the P3. like its later counterpart, it was extremely successful and...
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The one that got away: Riccardo Patrese: 1983, San Marino GP A loss of concentration after a handful of corners in the lead resulted in a popular faux pas, the Italian ace tells Adam Cooper "There...
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Formula Two was its finest when established Grand Prix stars like Jochen Rindt happily stepped down to put their reputations on the line against the young hotshots. Paul Fearnley drives three cars...
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By Ian Norris ISBN 2883240698, Published by EditionsJR, £35.00 Thankfully, some things don't change: Automobile Year is a welcome constant. The only book of high standing that reports on...
By Nick Garton ISBN 1844250237 Published by Haynes, £19.99 Ferrari books are hitting the shelves in a torrent. Blink, and another is upon them. This work by Nick Garton charts Ferrari's 10-year...
By Eoin Young ISBN 0851840698, Published by Transport Bookman, £19.99 This is the pick-me-up for anyone who is feeling jaded with the politics and solemnity of modern racing. Eoin Young is a man...
By Luigi Orsini and Franco Zagari ISBN 8879113062 Published by Giorgio Nada Editore, £49.95 This Book Offers everything that you could ever wish to know about Stanguellini, the Italian racing car...
By Simon Aaron and Mark Hughes ISBN 0760316880 Published by Motor Books International, £34.99 This work by photographic agency LAT is a fabulous idea that is sure to be welcomed by serious Formula...
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Tazio at Brooklands Tazio Nuvolari is thought by many to be the greatest racing driver of his era, perhaps the greatest ever. So when in 1933 it was announced that he would contest the 10-lap...
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My recent recall of contesting trials alongside Derek Buckler in his Buckler Specials has brought a letter from his youngest son, telling me that the Buckler Register has records of more than 250...
The RAC/IMS has ended its joint stewardship of the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run. This popular historic event, dating from 1927, will now be organised by Motion Works on a five-year basis, if the...
The National Motor Museum's workshop has been busy. The blower Bentley has been given a reconditioned radiator and its two magnetos have been overhauled, while even more work was required on the 1922...
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No expression of commiseration can compensate the National Motorcycle Museum for the loss of so many historic machines in last year's disastrous fire. All the more reason to be pleased at what bikes...
Just one penalty point separated the top two crews on the VSCC's 180-mile Measham Rally, but that was enough to give John Potter/Ian North a hat-trick of victories on this demanding event. The...
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Another life story of a racing personality, that of the lady driver Hellé Nice (aka Hélène Delangle), dancer, stripper, sex symbol and rally and racing driver, is well described by the esteemed...
The RAC held a one-off six-day Light Car Trial in 1924 to publicise such cars at a time when they were gaining in popularity. Two 170-mile road routes were used and the final day took the competitors...
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British Grand Prix, 1956 A quintet of Lancia-Ferrari D50s line up at Silverstone. Car number four finished second, shared by Peter Collins and Alfonso de Portago LAT Photographic

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