May 1999

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Goodwood has just held its press day where us hacks are kept up to speed with what the Earl of March has planned for this year's Festival of Speed and the racetrack. A conference and a cup of coffee...
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Silverstone and Brands Hatch lock horns Following months of speculation concerning the future of the British Racing Drivers Club in general, and that of its chief asset, the Silverstone Circuit, in...
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Malcolm Wilson took Mike Greasley as co-driver on the RAC Rally There is little doubt that no other current rally car creates as much interest, or in some areas controversy, as the Audi Quattro. The...
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Now the new Formula One season is properly up and running, the fortnightly rhythm of real racing is gradually overwhelming the political issues that filled so many column inches during the winter....
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Sir, A quick note to say how much I enjoyed 'racing' through your anniversary edition. There is much in it of merit but for me the most evocative article was that of Simon Taylor about "Jenks"....
Sir, Though I lament the new direction of MOTOR SPORIT as a reader of 50 years standing, may I add my congratulations to your 75 years of publication. Of course the present magazine is entertaining...
Sir, Sometime ago, perhaps as much as two years, an advert appeared in MOTOR SPORT from Mr B Hobkirk of Langley, BC, Canada. He was selling complete chassis histories of the Maserati 250F. I made...
Sir, Catching up on my periodical reading, I've just finished reading Matthew Franey's December 1998 feature 'A League of their own'. Peter Warr's and Trevor Taylor's anecdotes about Jim Clark's cat-...
Sir, I need information on a number of British drivers for inclusion in a forthcoming book. I'm perturbed I have received help from around the world, but no one seems to want to preserve the memory...
Sir, What on earth were you thinking of when you laid out the anniversary issue of MOTOR SPORT? By all standards of good taste and graphic design, it's a mess. While we can appreciate that commercial...
Sir, I write to congratulate you on the `75th' edition. I have already advised a young lady at your offices that you had ruined my day. I received my copy and, though supposed to be working, couldn't...
Sir, Congratulations on MOTOR SPORT celebrating its 75th birthday. I purchased No 1 in 1924, and as I believe Bill Boddy bought No 2, and then No 1, I am in good company! Then followed Speed which I...
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Sir, Congratulations on your 75th anniversary issue. In the circumstances it seems almost churlish to criticise, but under the heading 'Credit Where It Is Due' I must point out your fine gift of the...
Sir, What have you done? You have ended my 20-year search for a film of the 1959 Le Mans victory which David Brown so deserved. I have collected every scrap of film and video produced covering the...
Sir, When I saw 'the story of BRM' on the cover of my April MOTOR SPORT, I thought you'd need a great deal of the magazine to fit it in. Not only did you use just five pages, it was a cracking...
Sir, The letter you published from PR Zeeman, concerning Stirling Moss' remarks about Fangio taking pills in Argentina in 1955 to help overcome the heat, struck a chord. I can do no better than refer...
Sir, In the caption of the photo showing Giuseppe Campari after the finish of the 1924 French GP (April), his "strained co-driver" surely deserved to be named: he is Alfa's chief mechanic of the time...
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At present I'm working on a book, and a self-indulgent one at that, for my publisher has left the choice of content to me. So long as I keep to Grand Prix racing, from the beginning of the World...
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He won the first of his three titles 40 years ago and the last, uniquely, was in a car bearing his own name and, as he tells Adam Cooper, what still matters most to Sir Jack Brabham is racing. Forty...
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It lasted thirty years and made the reputation of drivers, designers and a Formula One mogul. Alan Henry charts the story of Brabham from a fledging team to world champion Constructor. Few Grand Prix...
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Simplicity was the key to the success of Brabham's BT49. Andrew Frankel climbs aboard this seminal 1980s F1 car to discover one of the most enigmatic (and uncomfortable) racers of all time. In the...
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To ensure F1 cars stick to the track in 1999, they bolt on a bigger wing. It wasn't always that easy. Keith Howard recalls an innovative suspension invention. Remember the Not The Nine O'Clock News...
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Before the First War, the Benz company decided it needed a machine to boost its image. The result was a barnstorming monster which took the land speed record. Bill Boddy reports. Before the aero-...
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At a time when privateers could drive their cars to and from race tracks all over Europe, the Baron invested in a uniquely sprung Maserati. It was, he tells Gordon Cruickshank, a big mistake. Baron...
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Known throughout F1 as 'Little Napoleon', Ferrari's Mr Motivator is, in reality, a kind and engaging leader. Mark Hughes investigates Jean Todt, Ferrari. There is so much irony in the combination of...
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This world of historic rallying is a complex one but, says John Davenport, if you do your research properly then flat out on the stages can be a great way to spend a weekend Want to go historic...
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A natural driver, an intuitive engineer and an inspiring team leader, Mike Parkes was also blessed with looks, charm and boundless energy. But as Mark Hughes relates, his wide success did not bring...
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Jaguar once built the best sports saloon in the world and if the new S-Type is to succeed it must do it all over again. Matthew Franey pits the new car against a ratherspecial version of the old....
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Argentinian Grand Prix, Buenos Aires, 1979 It wasn't his first Grand Prix victory, but it was the first that Jacques Laffite felt he had earned. And, as he now recalls, it looked as if Ligier had it...
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I have been reading High Driver's book on that keen Rolls-Royce fan, Lord Northcliffe. One of his suggestions in 1913 was the R-R should fit self-starters to the 40/50. It reminds me of a joke,...
Last July what was described as the ex-Brooklands Straker-Squire was entered for the Brooks auction at Beaulieu. The catalogue quoted from my MOTOR SPORT article in which I praised the car. But it...
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To celebrate a century of Lagonda, the Lagonda Club has issued a most attractive 28 page book about plans for the occasion, covering the recent rally at Cockfosters, a four-day Northern Tour and...
It started as an Allard occasion. The car's owner had had his trials Allard at the works for overhaul and Sydney Allard asked whether I would care to deliver it to the start of the event he was to...
The VSCC's fourth trial of the year, based at the Verzons near Ledbury, was held in some rain but mostly sunshine on March 13, with an entry of 107, ten from girl drivers. It comprised 45 A7s (33...
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With Harriers in action over Kosovo I prefer to think of this innovative VTOL aeroplane in happier times. The Hawker P1127 first hovered in 1960, Bill Bedford at the controls. It was meant for `...
The light car weekend of the VSCC is one of the jollies at which the less powerful of the vintage can gather for two days of country driving and competition. This year Seymour Price had found new...
The Rockingham Oval scheduled to open in the Millennium Year has amused much interest, but some misconceptions. The proposed new USA-type oval has the backing of the BARC but it is a fallacy to...
The Australian GP was surely the most dramatic ever? The expected winners were on pole, but unready for the race and retired. The other potential winner, Michael Schumacher, started from the back of...
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The Henry I am referring to is the great Henry Ford, who virtually invented mass-production and whose automotive empire is, responsible for almost always good products. The Model T may have been a...
The latest category recognised by the VSCC is for 'Aero Cars', which means those with aero-engines in early chassis. But the term also implies a hybrid that was both car and aeroplane. There were a...

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