May 1998

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The 1906 Spyker 4WD racing car with the world’s first six-cylinder engine stars in a new show at the Dutch National Motor Museum at Ramsdonksveer, tracing 100 years of Spyker, Holland’s most...
Ferdinand ‘Ferry' Porsche, who died on 27 March aged 88, established the most successful sportscar marque of all time, steering the independent company throughout booms and busts with unmatched...
So now both Bentley and Rolls-Royce are owned by BMW, what are we to think of this peculiar state of affairs? I think we should be depressed but not for the reasons you might think. I have no problem...
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One thousand applications for race entries from owners of cars with the requisite circuit history will ensure the success of September's Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival, but the weight of numbers is...
The shrill wail of a flat-12 Alfa Romeo will be heard among the Cosworth DFVs in the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship if former McLaren Cars man David Clark runs his recently-acquired Brabham...
The innovation Years theme of June’s Goodwood Festival of Speed has had organisers scouring the world for amazing racing cars and motorcycles. Audi AG will run a new 1936-specification V16 Auto Union...
Honda president Nobuhiko Kawamoto is pictured in the company’s first Grand Prix car, the RA271 of 1964, at last month’s opening of its superb new museum and Twin-Ring Motegi circuit in Japan. Richie...
AIthough being a car lover can sometimes make you feel like a hunted species, there seems to have been some relaxation of attitude in, of all places, Switzerland. For the 'Swiss Grand Prix of Berne'...
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The rope of racing’s heritage by the Green Army continues. Latest victim is the banking at Monza which, I understand, is to be ripped down in exchange for allowing a few trees to be uprooted for...
Congratulations to Rivers Fletcher, whose lifetime contribution to motorsport has been recognised with an RACMSA Prince Michael Award of Merit for 1997-8. Rivers' long and distinguished career...
Sixty years after Auto Union star Bernd Rosemeyer's fatal attempt to reclaim a prestigious speed record from Mercedes-Benz's Rudolf Caracciola, Audi AG has commissioned the construction of a new...
Vaughan Davis, the long-time Bentley practitioner who preserved the Marker-Jackson Bentley (Mother Gun), died in February. Born in 1919, he grew up at Sunbury, from where he and his father would walk...
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At Le Mans in 1952, during the practice sessions Daimler-Benz tried an air brake on a 309SL coupe. This consisted of a metal flap mounted above the roof and hinged to move through 90 degrees. It was...
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Press schedules being what they are, I am writing this before, and you're reading it after, the Argentinian Grand Prix. But, going by the form of the first two rounds of this season, it seems a...
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The two Nigels… Sir, That the letter written by Mr Burrell in the March edition appeared at all only goes to prove Motor Sport is totally unbiased. However, for Mr Burrell to call into question the...
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Jochen Rindt As a devotee of Messrs Cook & Moore, I recently learned with horror that most episodes of Not Only… But Also are lost for ever. Back then the BBC would re-use tapes, and Pete and Dud...
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By Stirling Moss The arguments about who is the greatest racing driver of all time have gone on as long as motor racing itself, and, no doubt, they always will. But the truth is that comparisons...
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These extraordinary images of the 1957 German GP have never been published before. They tell the tale of how one middle-aged man humbled the best drivers on the most feared circuit in the world...
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This is the last year an Escort will lead Ford’s rally effort. Matthew Franey honours an icon and lets rip in Mikkola’s London-Mexico winner and Kankunnen’s WRC contender – the first and last of the...
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Jacques Swaters founded Ecurie Francorchamps to tune Fiat 1100s. He built it into one of the finest racing teams of its era. Chris Nixon meets the man to discuss his lifetime in motorsport Garage...
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Jack Sears – Lotus 40 Jack Sears had to contend with many poor cars but none did his career more harm, he tells Marcus Pye, than Colin Chapman’s hasty attempt to build a winning sportscar for Jim...
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St John Horsfall is most famous for his driving the Spa 24-hours solo. But compared to his wartime exploits as an M15 agent, this was almost a breeze. Bill Boddy reports St John Radcliffe Stewart...
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No car caused more furore than the 1978 Brabham. Adam Cooper remembers when the fan hit the… Twenty years ago this summer the Brabham-Alfa BT46B appeared at the Swedish Grand Prix, won in brilliant...
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The famed 1961 Liege-Rome-Liege rally destroyed ninety per cent of its entrants. But compared to some rallies, says John Davenport, it was a stroll in the park The year 1972 was a special one for...
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The circuit at Rouen-Les-Essarts only held five Grands Prix, but it still managed to give two marques and one driver their first F1 victories and prove Fangio’s genius before clouding itself in...
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1983 US GP (West) He started 22nd on the grid but, with the right tyres, a positive mental attitude and a svengali in the pits, John Watson was able to pull off one of the most unlikely victories in...
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A Bentley fanatic since the age of four, this dealer made the marque his life on and off the track If you read the original Motoring Sportsmen stories in the 1930s Motor Sports, you will see that of...
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The above announcement might be that of a servant informing his master of the presence of an important guest. Or it might be a domestic comment, as one could say 'The Austin is here', as father, or...
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It is excellent that dear old Murray Walker is starting another spell of F1 commentary. The pre-season ITV programme about his career was well worth staying up for, Murray's account of his life and...
F1 is not my province unless history is involved, as it is, in the Australian GP controversy. It is surely the right of the manager of a team which has spent enormous sums of money to decide the...
An additional attraction at this year's VSCC Shelsley Walsh hill climb on July 4 will be the gathering there of cars of the Salmson/Amilcar Register on its 30th International Rally, which will also...
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Not long ago I discussed a rather mysterious Brooklands Napier, the Wolseley Viper. I have now thought of another Napier, also raced at Brooklands and by the same person, Capt A G Miller. Miller was...
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I have seen something of the development of cars since WWI, and recall how feelings were mixed on the arrival of independent front suspension, forced on designers perhaps rather more to combat the...
The Jowett OC has its 75th Anniversary at Bradford – where else? – on May 22-24. It expects over 100 Jowetts of various kinds to assemble for the occasion, which includes a sprint. Contact Paula...
Last month I described how Rolls-Royce investigated two Delage cars, and had been unimpressed. However, Royce and his engineers were also trying 'used' cars of other makes, including a 1912 38hp...

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