May 2001

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Michael Schumacher got a shock at Interlagos. Not that Juan Montoya's Williams jinked and juddered to take the lead of the Brazilian GP off him — everyone knew the confident Colombian star was going...
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British Ferrari fans have a great summer ahead as both Silverstone and Brands Hatch celebrate the 50th anniversary of the marque's first world championship win. Jose Froilan Gonzalez's Ferrari 375...
The European sports prototype trophy is set to feature excellent grids this season with 60 drivers registered in cars from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Topping the field will be Ferrari 312PBs for...
Nearly 20 years after an abortive attempt to contest the 1981 British GP at Silverstone, the Lotus 88B made an encouraging race debut in the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix series in Barcelona. Owner and...
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Donington bark A-Us head racecard The VSCC and HGPCA plan A 1 3-race programme for the Auto Union weekend at Donington on May 19/20. Six races on Saturday include an HGPCA race for rear-engined GP...
During the first two weeks in May, 25 Frazer Nashes will take part in a commemorative trip to Sicily with Tony Brooks as guest of honour. The event will include laps of the full Targa Florio road...
One of the feature attractions at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will be the car which won the first Indianapolis 500 race, in 1911. The Marmon Wasp will make its first ever appearance...
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Bob Wollek Le Mans legend Bob Wollek lost his life in a road accident in Florida on March 16. The superfit 57-year-old French racer was cycling from the Sebring circuit to his hotel when he was...
Strong grids and close racing marked the first HSCC meeting of the season on April 8. Star race came from the Historic Saloons, with Richard Evans demonstrating his talent in his father's Alfa GTV...
Duncan Dayton kicked off the 2001 FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix season with a dominant victory at Barcelona on April 8. The American's Hoole Racing-run Williams FWO7C set fastest time during both...
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Sir, I very much appreciated your 27-page special feature on BRM. It sometimes seems a long while ago and yet, at other times, only yesterday. BRM was born to turn a British-built car and, if...
Sir, I was the mechanic for the US importer of Hawke cars from 1974-78, and Derek Warwick's story reminds me that the first three DL17s we brought over suffered the same problem he describes. An hour...
Sir, Your Brooklands article did not give credit to the late Kenneth Evans, who secured preservation orders on parts of the Track, Campbell Circuit, Test Hill and buildings, an incredible feat...
Sir, You appear to have overstepped all ethical boundaries by printing Getting Bad Brakes (March 2001), as apparently told by Derek Warwick. With a story that bordered on libellous, you had an...
Sir, May I express my thanks to Messrs Cruickshank and Dawson for their track test of Brooklands. Being born in '54,1 have never experienced the 'real thing', but the combination of archive and...
Sir, Having read Motor Sport for just on 70 years, I fed my first letter must start with a heartfelt 'thank you' for all the pleasure the magazine has given. I write, firstly, to agree wholeheartedly...
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Sir, Through the mists of time comes the BRM P207. I fondly remember seeing this car at Mallory Park in 1978 with Teddy Pilette gamely wrestling it in an Aurora AFX British Formula One event. Having...
Sir, My congratulations on a well-balanced article treating the subject of driver skill and control in the correct fashion. Two items came to mind as I read your article: first, it is a shame that...
Sir, In Matters of Moment, 'Crystal Palace Heritage Under Threat' (April 2001), I read that Bromley Council is planning to return the park to a condition mirroring its state in Victorian times. This...
Sir, While reading the January 2001 issue, I came upon a photo on page 32 that looked very familiar to me. I have enclosed a print of Rene Amoux's blazing Renault — only from a different angle. There...
Sir, May I express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the marshal who sadly died at Albert Park. This, after the recent tragedy at Monza, must require action to be taken. I have had...
Sir, I was pleased to read Nigel Roebuck's tribute to John Cooper and, in particular, his view that this great man's achievements may have been underrated. John Cooper, together with his father,...
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Every so often, Formula One delivers up a special moment. At the time it may merely be part of the general excitement. But, as the dust settles, you decipher a greater historical significance, and...
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It is true what they say about time accelerating as you get older. When I go to Barcelona for this season's Spanish Grand Prix, it will be 30 years, almost to the day, since I first covered a motor...
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Tony Brooks is one of the all-time greats and a master of understatement - the headline is his. It refers to his epic win for Aston Martin alongside Noel Cunningham-Reid in the 1957 Nurburgring...
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1996 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo A cliche, proved less often than you'd think, is that at Monaco, the man who leads at the first corner will win. The 1996 result blew away all preconceptions....
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Invented to deal quickly with frequent punctures, this rapid-release system became standard in Grand Prix racing and lasted until the 1960s. Keith Howard describes why the knock-off hub-spinner is...
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This is they story of how an expat scotsman came within a whisker of scoring a safary rally hat-trick in the sixties. Bert Shankland is a legen in Africa, an unknown here. John Davenport puts matter...
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F5000 stormed the early seventies and now it's ready to rumble once more. Bob Evans, the 1974 Champ, proves lighting can strike twice He had sounded keen on the phone. Jumped at it. Now he's not so...
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Just over a year on from his debut in Formula One, a young scotsman astounded Brickyard regulars with his speed. Racecraft and refusal to cry over spilt milk Jackie Steward is better known for...
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And you though race drivers from the early 20th century were brave! As Bill Boddy points out riding mechanics worked just as hard for far less glory Gilbert and Sullivan have it that a "policeman's...
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The famous Scottish team's flagship has brought Paddocks to a halt since 1960. Gordon Cruickshank takes a look at this HGV's impressive CV Few teams have enjoyed such loyal patrons as Ecurie Ecosse...
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Rene Arnoux, on a good day, was probably the fastest driver in F1 once Villeneuve and Pironi had gone. But he was never going to be the best. Mark Hughes reveals the man behind the wild image Rene...
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Had it not been for this advanced single-seater, Eagle might never have won a GP and Lotus might never have won at Indy, because it was the car that inspired this profilic engineer This goes back to...
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It wasn't until the 1930s that diesel engines began to extend from the commercial vehicle, 'bus and coach world into that of the private car. Foreseeing this, that doyen of record-breaking, Captain...
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A reader from Milan. after embarrassing me by saying that after 45 yews of readership he finds me "almost never wrong", takes me to task for attributing 90mph from 41bhp to the 1935 TT Singers. He...
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Bill Boddy In the adventurous pioneering days, there was a satisfying challenge, not quite so demanding as competing in the great town-to-town races or the Grands Prix, but more strenuous than the...
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Good story by Nick Jonkheere in the current VSCC Bulletin about the veteran Leon Bollee three-wheelers, which did well in early races, Jamin winning the 'cycle' class of Paris-Trouville in 1897 with...
Not only has the Brooklands Museum suffered so badly from the winter floods, damage now estimated at around £2m, but Helical Bar plc has applied for planning permission fora £2m plan to build five...
Just as I was about to commend Princess Anne for driving her Bentley at 93mph on a motorway, which sensible drivers know is safe under clear weather, low-density traffic conditions, I was caused to...

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