May 2004

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There will be those among you who, quite understandably hold the unswerving belief that Ayrton Senna was robbed of his first GP win when the 1984 Monaco race was controversially curtailed because of...
Sir, I have just finishing watching a broadcast of Speed Merchants, an excellent film that chronicles the 1972 World Championship of Makes. It was made by Michael Keyser, who drove a 911 at Le Mans...
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Star letter Sir, Your editorial about the Lancia Stratos in the March issue brought back memories of the 1975 RAC when I was marshalling in Clipstone Forest. Everyone wanted to see (and hear!) the...
Sir, I read with interest Terry Harrison's letter in the April issue concerning the ERA-Jaguar. I am able to confirm his story that the car was built from E-Type chassis GP1, not that of the spare...
Sir, Crikey! That's our old Tiga in the Tiga Economy' article in your April issue. But for the absence of our sponsors' stickers (and the addition of a fluorescent jewel thief on its nose) it is just...
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It was not so long ago that anyone in Britain who wanted to go motor racing had to buy a foreign car, preferably with foreign mechanics - and the use of French and Italian words in the team's name...
Sir, I can only marvel at your dexterity in managing to compile a 10-page Historic Season Preview in the April edition of Motor Sport - without more than the briefest passing reference to the 2003...
Sir, I have been a fan of Masten Gregory since my first meeting, the Daily Express Trophy at Silverstone in May 1958, when he won the unlimited sportscar race and came a creditable, if unspectacular...
Sir, Generally speaking, any moves to promote old-car racing are to be welcomed, but I do see a worrying trend developing. I note that a 100-mile race is proposed for pre-1958 GP cars at Donington...
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Another chapter in our series for amateur motor racing photographs contributed by our readers, from their own archives. This month we take in Riverside, Ontario and a double dose of Mallory Park...
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Tony Brooks explains why he gave up the number one seat at Ferrari to run a small garage in Weybridge, why you should keep your in-car orange squash in a flask and why his mum thought he was the Pope...
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A new event for racing cars that competed at Brooklands has been added to the line-up for this year's Goodwood Revival meeting. The Brooklands Trophy is expected to feature pre-1939, big-capacity...
THE Goodwood Revival's Madgwick Cup race has been revised this year to be run as a celebration of BMW. For the first time, the event will only feature pre-1955 2-litre sportscars powered by BMW or...
The Mercedes-Benz heritage and Technology Centre proposed to be built at Brooklands has been granted planning permission. Geoff Brady of Mercedes' parent company Daimler-Chrysler said: "Being granted...
The 75th anniversary of the BRDC 500 RACE will be celebrated this summer at Silverstone. An hour-long race for pre-war sportscars is planned for July 31 to mark the BRDC's first organised event,...
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The 75th anniversary of the Bugatti Owners' Club will be celebrated at Prescott on June 26-27. Around 30 Bugattis will compete in the classic hillclimb, which will also conclude the International...
The FORCE Classic GP Series is to be renamed as the Grand Prix Masters following a change of organiser. Cooper T86C racer Ron Maydon has taken over the series for 3-litre F1 cars from the 1966-78 era...
Jean-Pierre Jabouille will be reunited with Renault RS01 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, 27 years after the partnership marked the French manufacturer's entry into Formula 1. The RS01 was...
Fifty years of Grand Prix history will be celebrated during the fourth Grand Prix Historique de Monaco over the weekend of May 15-16. Formula One cars from over 30 marques will be assembled, ranging...
Win Percy is hoping to race at this year's Goodwood Revival Meeting despite being confined to a wheelchair, possibly permanently, following an operation on a damaged disc in his spine during 2003....
John Surtees will mark the 40th anniversary of his Formula One world title at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by driving one of the Ferrari 158s he raced in 1964. The car, which Surtees believes is...
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The Historic Formula 3 1000cc European trophy will make a rare appearance in Britain this season. The French-organised series has added a round at Donington Park on May 15-16 to its seven-round...
The Mount Stuart Motorsport Classic will go ahead in 2005 in spite of the cancellation of this year's event, the organisers have vowed. Event founder Johnny Dumfries, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours in...
The original Elkhart Lake track in Wisconsin is under threat from road construction plans. The roads were used for racing in 1950-53 before the permanent Road America circuit was built in '55....
Peter Ustinov Writer and actor Peter Ustinov, who died at the age of 82, was a motoring and motor racing enthusiast. He was best known within the sport for his glorious spoof commentary The Grand...
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A years free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's archives. Answers must be received by May 10 and in the event...
As many as seven recent Formula One Ferraris and a three-hour team race for pre-war sportscars are the highlights that the VSCC has unveiled for its See Red event at Donington on September 11/12. The...
April 24 Silverstone (GB) VSCC 'Spring Start' is first major event of club's competition year. Tel: 01608 644777 24/25 Magny-Cours (F) PM organisation's event includes FORCE Classic Grand Prix/...
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The McLaren M23 Emerson Fittipaldi drove to victory in the 1974 Canadian Grand Prix will race in Europe for the first time in 29 years during the Monaco Historic GP in May. Chassis 8, which has...
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Practice gremlins did not prevent Williams ace from claiming big Bahrain win How did the weekend go for you? In practice we had problems with the gearbox, the engine and the tyres. But then...
Fredy Kumschick beat Michael Schumacher by some five hours to become the first man to win a Formula One race at the new Bahrain grand prix circuit The Swiss led Richard Eyre to a Williams 1-2 in the...
Ray Bellm and Dessie Nutt took top honours for the second event running in the Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship as steady rain hit the North Wales forests. Francis Tuthill/Nick...
Philip Walker and Ted Williams shared the BRDC Historic Sportscar spoils at a windswept Silverstone. Williams turned in a gritty drive during the second race to score his maiden series win. Williams...
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Modern Times That the first Bahrain Grand Prix happened at all was an astonishing achievement of which Formula One can be proud. So can everyone else involved in the miracle of creating, in 480 days...
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By Derek Warwick "When I went to racing circuits as a spectator I used to look at the people rather than the racing cars. The cars were boring to me; it was the people who made them what they were....
1967 Mexican GP at Mexico City by Jonathan Williams How did you end up driving for Ferrari in Mexico? I'd just competed in the Can-Am races at Laguna Seca and Riverside, and was waiting for the Las...
1994 Ayrton Senna (above) is killed in the San Marino GP at Imola. Karl Wendlinger is left in a coma after crashing in practice at Monaco. Accidents persuade the FIA to force through immediate rule...
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Legends In terms of World Championship races, the 1962 F1 season concluded with a 'New Year' fixture at South Africa's East London. But in those days there were also numerous non-title races and...
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Ayrton Senna won the Monaco Grand Prix a record six times, but his connection with motor racing's most glamorous event went far deeper than mere results, as Mark Hughes explains Eleven-and-a-half...
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The doom-mongers were out in force: the track was too narrow, the cars too fast, the race had no future. Seventy-five years on we pay pictorial tribute to the Grand-Prix that everyone wants to win.
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Le Mans winner, editor and raconteur, 93-year-old Sammy Davis had plenty of tales to tell. Brendan Lynch was his audience Sammy Davis saw Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II, The Titanic and Concorde,...
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Roy Pike beat the best Formula Three had to offer in his new Titan. But then the plug was pulled after just one full season. Damien Smith explains why. Born in a pique of anger, the Titan Mk3 still...
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When Formula Two was fading, Bernie Ecclestone came up with an alternative. -- A new home for a castrated DFV. By Damien Smith Michel Ferté was on a mission. This was going to be a tight finish....
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Spectacular Dave MacDonald was the racing photographer's friend -- literally in the case of Dave Friedman. They first met in 1960 and formed a close alliance during their time together at Shelby...
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Twelve-year-old Leigh Dorrington got a rude awakening when his father took him to his first Imdy 500 in 1964. He arrived confident that a rear-engined car would win for the first time. . . It was May...
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Despite scoring Formula One's only win for four-wheel drive, this British company's system appeared better suited to Indianapolis. By Keith Howard. Funded by Harry Ferguson, but inspired by Freddie...
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Brian Hart was reluctant to square up to the F1 paddock, but when he did, he punched above his weight. By Gordon Cruickshank Back in 1962 Motoring News ran a story about a young up-and-corning...
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The one that got away: JJ Lehto, 1999 Le Mans 24 hours He'd won before. He was happy with team, car and co-drivers. He was leading. But it all changed instantly, he tells Adam Cooper "In 1998, I did...
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The Anglo-French Boulogne confrontations of the 1920s provided lots of variety, plenty of excitement and a tantalising glimpse of the European scene. By Bill Boddy Between the two world wars, motor...
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Nissan spent a fortune on its four-wheel-drive Group A rally machine. Neat, compact and bristling with gizmos... it flopped. John Davenport tells why the Sunny couldn't stand the heat When the Group...
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Gary Hocking called a premature halt to his meteoric bike career in 1962. He felt Formula One was a safer option... Paul Fearnley recalls a talent that shone brightly, but much too briefly It was a...
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Crystal Palace claims first car race A claim that Britain's very first motor race was held in Glasgow in September 1901, which I quoted as a possibility in Motor Sport in the February issue, has been...
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In 1961, I heard that W J Brunell wanted to sell his remarkable collection of negatives of motoring history, a lifework of his top-class photography covering not only pictures of different cars of...
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On the cars in books theme, Peter Blair-Richley has drawn my attention to Norman Lewis's autobiography I Came, I Saw (Picador, 1994). Lewis tells of buying from Arthur Baron a straight-eight Bugatti...
The VSCC John Harris Trial in March was a stiff test, as shown by only six First Class awards being gained, against 12 Second Class and 16 Thirds. The Batho Trophy was a tie between J Mellors (A7...
The Mini is with us again, recalling the sensation when, as the work of that determined and amusing Alec Issigonis, the original Mini was introduced in 1959. An astonishingly unusual car with its...
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Even as France was recovering from the devastating war of 1914-18, a number of small sportscars were being produced in factories bordering the Seine: Amilcar at St Denis and Boulogne, Rally at...
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Kieft Racing Cars — The Brigend Story By Peter Tutthill No ISBN Published by Peter Tutthill (Tel: 01208 812358) At Goodwood on Whit Monday 1951, a Kieft rocketed around the outside of the...
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German Grand Prix 1967 Jim Clark, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart and Dan Gurney blast away form the front row as the white Honda of John Surtees looks for a gap. LAT Photographic

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