May 1996

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It is common practice not to award number 13 in the start list for any form of motorsport. On the Tour of Corsica, there has been no number four since 1986. Twice running, the driver of car number...
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Mark Skewis saw Damon Hill take home maximum points from South America after two flawless drives Michael Schumacher left South America with a dog, wife Corinna having taken pity on a stray she found...
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No longer preoccupied with filling the shoes of his hero, Rubens Barrichello starred in front of his home crowd. Mark Skewis reports Sao Paulo smells like a sewer. Personally, I refuse to be...
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If any man is capable of challenging the Williams supremacy, Mark Skewis believes it is Jean Alesi Jean Alesi has it in him to be world champion. If only he believes it himself. In each of the first...
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Turning the British Rally Championship over to Formula Two cars worked a treat - until a horde of four-wheel drives turned up. Rob Aherne reports on the Rally of Wales Let's play a game. Look down...
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It was not quite a traditional Safari, yet it may be the last of its kind. David Williams believes that the wind of change is gusting through Africa. Some of the old hands were surprised that no one...
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The days of parochialism appear truly to be over for the Indy Car World Series. David Phillips reports on the expansionist mood In the years ahead, March 1996 may well be regarded as the month which...
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One of the BTCC's most easy-going drivers got on the 'phone to argue his case recently. Then he proved it on the track. Paul Fearnley eats a dollop of humble pie Telephone conversations with Will Hoy...
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Driving a racing 911 appears second nature to a multiple world champion, but Mark Hughes finds that there's a sting in the tail at Hockenheim For a twice World Rally Champion, someone who has...
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It doesn't stop. But it goes. It slides. It barks. It bellows. This racing Jag met with Ian Flux's ... The modern motorist is a spoilt individual. Nowadays there's ABS and traction control and power...
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Don Law has been working with, on and around Jaguars for the last 20 years, half of which has been for his own Stoke-on-Trent restoration concern. This particular project began in May of last year,...
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It looks like a Volvo. It feels like a Volvo. But Simon Arron found that the 850TDI also has a hidden agenda This all looks very familiar. The comprehensive switchgear. The spacious, comfortable...
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Another day, another brace of Audis. But we like them. This time it's the A4 Avant range. Replacing the 80 estates, the Avants compete directly with BMW's trend-setting Tourings. All models share...
Mitsubishi Carisma The 1996 Carisma is Mitsubishi's first European-built model and is intended to be a Vauxhall Vectra/Ford Mondeo basher certainly as far as running cost per mile is concerned....
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Beating the Odds, by Christopher Hilton. Haynes, £9.99. Study and anticipation of the F1 season is enriched by knowing about the competing drivers, and these days it seems that most of them get full...
The French Sports Car Revolution — 1934-1939, by Anthony Blight. Haynes/Foulis, £95.00 Having written of the London Talbot in Georges Roesch and the Invincible Talbot, Blight became interested in the...
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Sir, I note with interest the article in the April issue on the finding of another Lola-Aston Martin, and particularly references to myself. I would like to point out that the whole responsibility of...
Sir, Can anyone tell me why so many trade advertisers omit prices of cars they are offering for sale? When I seek a second-hand (not 'pre-owned', please) car I ignore advertisements which give every...
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Noisy, cramped, rough, twitchy - is it any wonder customers ignored the Stratos in droves? Laurence Meredith thinks they missed out In 1965, Lancia launched its devilishly pretty front drive V4...
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Though fated not to become a household name, Pat Fairfield was much admired by his peers; Andrew Embleton recalls a genial and popular driver Although Patrick Greenway Fairfield was born in England,...
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Although 'new' cars were thin on the ground at the VSCC's traditional April season-opener at Silverstone, there was a healthy entry for the eleven-race programme and some close-fought finishes. And...
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Some makes are more forgotten than others and because the Clyno was a popular car in its day many may still have recollections of it. But its origins, rapid rise to popularity and its demise are...
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Our recent references to air-cooled car engines brought a response from Graham Skillen of the BSA Front Wheel Drive Club, listing a number of cars which had such engines in the pre-WW2 period and...
Most mountains afford a stiff test of a car, if they are steep and possess the additional hazard of tight hairpin bends, especially when they have to be ascended to a time schedule, as in the famous...
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The pointed-tail Allard Special once owned by Ken Hutchison which competed in the 1938 Experts and many other trials, etc, and later was owned by Len Potter and then thought to have been broken-up,...
The building of Specials was quite a frequent enjoyment in what we now refer to as the vintage years, when breaker's yards were prolific and separate chassis frames encouraged such work, either for...
Just over a fortnight after the Herefordshire Trial, on March 2, the VSCC trialists were trying their luck and good fortune on the hills of Derbyshire. Enthusiasm was again the high note. with 90...
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Ernest Eldridge, whose money came I believe from financial lending, was a versatile racing driver. And a brave one. is well remembered for his two giant hybrids, lsotta-Maybach with its 20.5-litre...
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On March 30/31 the VSCC Light Car Section held its Welsh Week-end in kind weather conditions that made the Sunday trial, with observed-sections organised by Seymour Price, reasonably easy. But first...
Brooklands Museum fixtures for 1996 include meetings there by such clubs and cars as the Singer OC (May 5), MG Day and Packard OC (May 12), Citroen Specials Club (May 26), Italian Inter-Marque...
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Clever of Sotheby's to have a sale devoted entirely to the effects of the early aviator S F Cody. In January they auctioned his clothes, pistols, art-work, posters, propellers, kites, aeroplane...
Whatever historians say, 1996 has been accepted in most quarters as the year in which the centenary of the British motor Industry should be celebrated. That has sparked off some very interesting...
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PART ONE AC Ace, Ace Bristol 1954-1963 Bespoke British sports cars with fine looks, excellent performance and, if you like crossplies, handling to match. Two engines — 1991cc AC unit and more...
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Elegantly solid, charmingly stately and beneficially underrated, the Bentley Mk VI was introduced in 1946 and evolved into the revised R-Type in 1952, a gentleman's chariot which, like a decent '...

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