May 2005

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In the tracks of Nuvolari -- 123mph to Brescia Fifty years on from Stirling Moss's record-breaking Mille Miglia victory, this is a very appropriate subject. After winning that legendary 1000 mile...
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Moss still boss 'It strikes me how little Stirling Moss has changed from the sparky 25-year-old who won the 1955 Mille Miglia' Same old story — everyone wants a piece of him. From the moment Sir...
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World Champions put their weight behind F1s 'seniors tour' Four-time World Champion Alain Prost has committed to the pilot Grand Prix Masters race later this year — and he could be joined by fellow...
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Rally legends and ground-breaking rally cars will thrill the crowds on a purpose-built gravel special stage during the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed. A two-mile rally stage has been constructed in...
Formula Fiat Abarth, Mugello, 1980 There were so many question marks over my first car race, because in those days you needed to have passed your driving test to get a race licence. Passing the...
Alain Prost had his first car races on asphalt since his 1993 World Championship-winning season when he contested the French GT round at Nogaro over the Easter weekend. Following his recent ice-...
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David Coulthard moved to the head of the table of British points scorers in the Formula One World Championship thanks to his sixth place in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Scot edged ahead of 1992...
Resembling an escapee from a Russ Meyer exploitation epic, Linda Vaughn remains the greatest trophy queen of them all. This pneumatic blonde began her career in 1961 while still in her teens:...
Le Mans bid boosted by big win in Florida endure. Elated Aston Martin squad celebrate first international success for marque since 1963 Aston Martin made the best possible start to its Le Mans 24...
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John Tojeiro This renowned chassis designer died on Wednesday, March 16. He was 81. Born in Estoril to a British mother and Portuguese father, he returned to the UK aged 18 months following the death...
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David Clark gave his ex-Chris Amon Elva victory in its first race for 38 years, while Neil Fowler and Steve Maxted took thrillers -- Report by Paul Lawrence, photography by Charlie Wooding In the...
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Mark Donohue was the prototype modern-day racing driver, as professional as he was fast By the end of 1973 Mark Donohue had achieved most of his goals in motor racing. Since 1967 he had worked for...
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Citicorp Can-Am Challenge, St Jovite, June 9, 1977 It was meant to rekindle past glories, but the first round of the new-look Can-Am was a shambles, saved by a win for the most futuristic car in its...
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1974 Belgian GP at Welles How did you land the Brabham drive? I was having a lot of success in Formula 5000 which opened a few doors but the problem then, as now, was money. Then the Automobile...
1976 Swedish Rally by Per Eklund What was the main opposition ? Well, there were three Lancia Stratos. Björn Waldegård was in a proper four-valve car but Simo Lampinen and Per-Inge Walfridsson were...
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1985 -- Porsche plays a waiting game lckx and Mass win Silverstone 1000Km after Lancia's double charge falters For more than half of the Silverstone 1000Km the factory Rothmans Porsches had played an...
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Sympathy for Ferrari over its stand on test cuts is thin on the ground for good reason The growing division between Ferrari and the other nine Formula One teams has been exacerbated by the Italian...
Banished from the Principality in 1998 when Formula 3000 'hijacked' its Monaco GP support slot, Formula Three gets its prestige Monte Carlo street race back on May 21. It's no longer an allcomers...
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Vintage American Road Racing Cars 1950-1970 by Harold Pace & Mark Brinker, ISBN 0 76031783 6, published by Motorbooks International. £34.99 This is surely a candidate for book of the year — and...
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Frisco surprise Sir, I live one mile from San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and a drive through the park is the highlight of my morning commute. On many occasions I have remarked to myself that the...
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An interesting sight at the Gran Premio Siracusa was to see a 26-year-old Italian girl driving a grand prix Maserati and not teetering round at the back of the field in an effeminate way, but having...
No phantom race Sir, Much seems to have been written recently concerning the racing history of the AC Cobra and, as you point out In your article in April's Motor Sport, "deciphering the actual...
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Monaco, Targa Florio, Crystal Palace and Thruxton and that's from one bloke! Plus Riverside F5000 and the '50s It wasn't as easy as it is today to get to the further-flung corners of Europe in the...
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He caned his Renault 5 Turbo 2 but Derek Warwick hated the RE60, was never going to finish Brands in '82 and got through the dark days of '91 thanks to his mum Who do you consider to be the best...
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"You only had one chance to get it right, on every corner for 1000 miles, boy! I really did regard it as a special challenge. It was never just another race" -- Stirling Moss Stirling Moss was just...
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Before his Mille Miglia partnership with Jenks, Moss made three unsuccessful attempts on the race with Jaguar. In 1952 Norman Dewis sat beside him in a C-type: now he looks back with Paul Fearnley...
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Not only was Denis Jenkinson not Stirling Moss's first Mille Miglia co-driver, but Stirl' wasn't Jenks's first Mille Miglia driver either. That honour fell to George Abecassis in 1954. John Heath's...
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Jenks wasn't the only navigator in the 1955 Mille Miglia using pacenotes. John Fitch explains to Hartmut Lehbrink where the basic idea came from Stirling Moss's triumphant record-shattering lap from...
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Jackie Stewart billed Jan Magnussen as the next Senna. Then he sacked him. How could arguably the biggest talent of the 1990s have failed so dramatically in F1? Andrew Benson unravels the mystery Jan...
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Californian Jim Hayes sent this in for 'You were there". But there was so much good stuff we had to give his Can-Am era shots three pages... Page 64, clockwise from top left: Denny Hulme tastes the...
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Gordon Murray's rush job: and it wasn't just the car that was wired, he tells Keith Howard For some, like Cosworth's Keith Duckworth, Formula One's turbo era was a crazy aberration. When F1 's return...
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Ernesto Blanco and his Reo ruled the roost in Argentina for three decades. Richard Heseltine tells their story before playing in the dust, photography by Peter Spinney/LAT When the legend becomes...
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It's all going wrong. Once known as 'The Miler' due to its success on one-mile sprint circuits, this wondrous Hudson has just given up the ghost after roughly half that distance, lost in a fug of...
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A sportscar? No. It's a lost Audi rally car once shrouded in secrecy. Espionage by John McIlroy It sits there, brooding, like some sulking schoolboy not allowed to play with his friends when he knows...
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This quiet Texan went from midget racing to Indy, F1 and Le Mans. He talks to Harold Pace Wichita Falls is a small, rustic Texas city just south of the Oklahoma border, and Lloyd Ruby has lived there...
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Remembering Chris Staniland A number of competitors both rode motorcycles and drove cars at Brooklands, such as Freddie Dixon, Vic Horsman, Wal Handley, Pat Driscoll, Bert Denly, Mike Couper and...
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Maybe I am an old-fashioned fool but I dislike the use of 'sat' for 'sitting' "we were sat in the front row", for example. So dismay overwhelmed me when I was made to say in March's Lancia story that...
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Edited by Paul Lawrence Pearson's Lister starts on top -- BRDC, Silverstone, Mar 19 The opening double-header for the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship delivered two wins at Silverstone for...
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Top Hat Racing founder What are Top Hat Racing's principles? Top Hat Racing was founded eight years ago to give better value for competitors. We run it as a commercial entity, we don't flog dead...
Lotus 80 "It came in three boxes; I bought it unseen says Sid Hoole of the Martini-liveried Lotus 80 that he has just restored ready for use in the Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship this season....
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GT40s could rule Britannia -- big names and bigger guns expected for Tour Britannia road/rally rebirth Adrian Newey, Chris Chiles, Ray Bellm and John Hugenholtz are among potential winners to have...
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Racers that are going, going, gone... The date for the Sotheby's At Ferrari sale has been changed from Monday. May 23 to Tuesday, June 28. It will be held in the Ferrari Logistics Building in...
Historic FF1600 racer Chris Sharples has been elected chairman of the Historic Sports Car Club. He replaces Nicholas Overall, who stood down after holding the position for a decade. Sharples has...
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Don't miss Moss/Mass -- Mille Miglia Retrospective, May 19-22 From an entry of 780 the organisers of the Mille Miglia Retrospective have selected an incredible field of 375 cars spanning the 30-year...
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Patrick Watts is the new star of historic rallying reports Paul Lawrence Patrick Watts's press-on approach made him a star of one-make racing in the 1980s and a cult hero in the British Touring Car...
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A chat with an ex-GP winner brightens up Mrs Pye's day as Marcus ponders financial ruin in a Rugby model shop Goodwood: The Festival of Speed preview day dawned gloriously sunny, which might have...
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Drag racing's first steps in Britain were hesitant, but 40 years on it enjoys its own keen following What fascinates me about all types of four-wheeled activity is not how different they are, but how...
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United States Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, 1980 Alan Jones doesn't look like he's heading to victory here, but 59 laps later the new World Champion's Williams crossed the line in first. Following him...

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