May 1997

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A Ferrari 512BB LM and Chris Rea's 156 `Sharknose' replica will be among 20 rare Ferraris in a display commemorating the marque's 50th anniversary at the Classic & Sports Car Show at the NEC,...
Chris Amon who was robbed of Grand Prix victories and the World Championship many believed his talents deserved in the 1960s and 70s, makes his Goodwood Festival of Speed debut in June. It is hoped...
Bette Hill, mother of Formula One World Champion Damon, and widow of 1962 and 1968 title holder Graham, has opened the new Pilbeam Racing Designs factory at Bourne. The Lincolnshire town is steeped...
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Argentinian Jose Froilan Gonzalez who scored Ferrari's first Grand Prix victory, at Silverstone in 1951, is returning to the scene for the marque's 50th anniversary celebrations at Coys International...
The world's most spectacular historic sportscar championship, the International Supersports Cup is visiting the Daytona Speedway and Holland's Zandvoort circuit for the first time this year. 'Charlie...
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In a book shop the other day, I noticed by chance a volume on the life and, for want of a better word, works of Mark Thatcher (no, please, stay tuned, I have a good reason for bringing this up). Any...
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Lancia Aficionado, historic rallies contender, and provider of comfort to all the fastest cars For a man whose work and hobbies revolve around cars, Anthony Hussey did not grow up with any youthful...
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SIR, The "landmark" issue of MOTOR SPORT is not what it should be. After 41 years of readership my reaction is to cancel my order. I am yours etc, R F OUVER SOUTH CROYDON, SURREY SIR, Condolences on...
SIR, What a transformation! The best literary motor racing read I have yet experienced, with cracking articles (Spa 1960 was just exceptional) by cracking writers (Doug Nye, Nigel Roebuck, Alan Henry...
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SIR, One would have thought that on his last appointment with your readers (Obituary, April) Giuseppe Bertone's name might have been spelled correctly. "Guiseppe" is not Italian. In any case, why...
SIR, I enjoyed the new MOTOR SPORT, and thank you for the article on my racing and restoration work. However, you have credited my team with rebuilding Tom Wheatcroft's V16 BRM. In fact, since Tom...
SIR, Anyone who sticks his head over the parapet far enough to write a grand prix-based novel can expect to get shot at by the press. Fair enough. While no MOTOR SPORT reader would expect Bill Boddy...
SIR, It should be realised that the EU's dictum under which pre-'86 cars could be banned has nothing to do with safety or emissions. It is to do with car makers and their associates lobbying the...
SIR, Did you know of the death recently of JC Richmond? He had his own racing team — Ecurie Richmond — in the '50s which raced 500cc F3 cars against the likes of Moss and one B C Ecclestone. The...
SIR, I don't recall the quote Mr Hinchliffe attributes to me (Letters, March), about getting weight out of Minis. It wasn't against the rules to ask crews not to carry coins or cameras, for instance...
SIR, Doug Nye (The F-philes, April) says "Ferrari is without doubt the most significant marque in the entire history of motor racing". Perhaps he is too young to appreciate the 100-year-old history...
SIR, Congratulations. MOTOR SPORT, like a thoroughbred racer, has survived a major development program without losing the essential ingredients. Generations of us readers should be heaving a big sigh...
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(to be sung to the tune of the Communist anthem) Tom Fraser's flag is deepest red, On Motorways he walks ahead. if we exceed three score and ten we'll likely end up in the pen. Though Motorways...
The Government, in imposing the speed limit, have in mind the USA where limits are said to have lessened road casualties. This is not necessarily relevant to conditions here, where roads are now,...
To speed, or not to speed — that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The bad law of outrageous government, Or to take arms against damn-fool restriction. And, by opposing,...
Quote — "We do not object to an experimental maximum speed limit." Who said this? R.o.S.P.A?, the Pedestrians' Association? No! —a Director of the A.A! Just how wet can you get and still get paid for...
The latest in a long line of restrictions placed upon the motorist will no doubt be accepted with the apathy for which the general public are notorious. I must express the opinion of myself and my...
This Bloody land's a Bloody cuss, Might as well go by Bloody 'bus. No-one cares for Bloody us, Poor Bloody Drivers! Bloody Fraser's Bloody done it, Given us a Bloody limit. Makes you want to...
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The Lotus 72 served for six years in the top flight, winning 20 Grands Prix and three constructors' titles for the team. Alan Henry remembers a truly remarkable F1 car On 19 April, 1970, a pair of...
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Ronnie Peterson was not just fast but spectacular with it - a racer whose sublime car control overcame his weaknesses as a test driver, as Nigel Roebuck remembers "Mad Ronald," Mike Hailwood used to...
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Hawthorn's first GP win set the superlatives flowing. No wonder, says Shaun Campbell, it was one of the great drives For the tens of thousands of spectators who lined the public roads around the...
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Lancia's Integrale, long reigning king of the rally developed road car, faces its stiffest challenger yet - the Subaru Impreza turbo 2000. Andrew Frankel reports The people at Prodrive, the Banbury-...
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He was one of Britain's greatest prewar racing drivers but little was known about the man who called himself 'Williams'. Shaun Campbell reports In April 1929 the streets of Monte Carlo resounded for...
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Up against works railcars, three Brits chose a Rolls-Royce. Gordon Cruickshank recalls the 1970 World Cup rally to Mexico Competition successes involving Rolls-Royce motor-cars are reasonably sparse...
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For '60s speed king Art Afrons, the lure of the Bonneville Flats will never wane. David Tremayne on the 'Junkyard genius of the Jet-set' When Craig Breedlove and Andy Green wage their supersonic duel...
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Oulton park has had a chequered history since it was built by enthusiasts in 1953. For Bill Boddy, it holds many memories Although by the 1950s Britain was endowed with a number of very good motor...
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The XJR-6 was the car that brought Jaguar back into the endurance sportscar winning circle, after an absence of 30 years. Mark Hales gets behind the wheel The Jaguar XJR-6 was the car that in 1986...
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Like most makers, Rolls-Royce sampled its rivals' products. Bill Boddy investigates why one such 'foreigner' was a light car, not a limousine If you are a member of the Rolls-Royce EC - and the...
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Denis Jenkinson's account of navigating Stirling Moss to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia is rightly regarded as a landmark in motoring journalism. This is that story, together with photographs from...
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The Alfa Romeo Montreal tried to combine showcar looks with race car power. Were it not for an inadequate chassis, it might well have worked says Andrew Frankel The fascination is not easy to explain...
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What difference would today's points system make to the World Championships of the past?Mike Lawrence investigates World Championships are not won by winning races, they're won by scoring points, and...
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It had the performance, the handling, the looks and the price, but buyers stayed away in droves. Why? Andrew Frankel reflects - without prejudice Lie back, close your eyes and think of Nissan. Now...
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The Grand Prix driver turned TV pundit remembers the day he got the better of Aryton Senna and his team-mate Michael Schumacher For sheer driving satisfaction there are three races I'll always...
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In case any members of the Delage section of the VSCC should start to scan this column, I hasten to say that it is not about the acquisition, alas, of a magnificent Gran Sport or D8. It concerns a...
Many memories have been pouring out about the late, great Denis Jenkinson, that inimitable motoring writer who provided so many race reports for MOTOR SPORT and who was a 'character' to outstrip all...
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Bruce Dowell, who is concerned with Sunbeam affairs, has sent us details of a volume called First Athenian Memories by Compton Mackenzie (published by Cassells, 1931) in which the famous author paid...
The things they say "...Mercedes introduced a new element into racing the absolute control of cars from the pits. This robbed the drivers of some of their individuality and, in the opinion of many,...
It was announced a short time back that Eton College is to close its museum of animals, birds and other specimens shot and brought back to England by ex-pupils, because now very few of the boys visit...
Memories of Brooklands before World War II, when it was active as a race-track, are of happy times, which must have applied to the hundreds of thousands of people who went there between 1907 and 1939...

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