May 2006

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They may be a little faded and somewhat simplistic in style, but these paintings offer us some rare first-hand colour images of motor racing at Brooklands before the First World War. They are part of...
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"We love the magazine — but when are you going to bring back the green cover?" It's a mantra we've heard many times since the decision was taken for Motor Sport to 'go red' from the October 2004...
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German marque warms up for Le Mans 24 Hours by slaying expected Porsche opposition.Chevrolet takes revenge on Aston Martin by winning fight for GT1 Audi's groundbreaking diesel-fuelled R10 sports-...
Toyota has scored a victory over Honda by bringing next year's Japanese Grand Prix back to the revamped Fuji Speedway, exactly 30 years after the last Formula One race hosted at the historical venue...
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Lola T89/00, Pocono,1989 "My last race in an Indycar was at Pocono in 1989, but my last win came at Michigan International Speedway in '86. That made me the oldest driver to ever win a 500-mile Indy...
Brands Hatch has postponed its scheduled round of the A1 Grand Prix series until April 2007. The British circuit, which hosted the inaugural A1 GP event in September last year, has exchanged its 2006...
Less than three years after he led the 2003 British Grand Prix for Toyota, Cristiano da Matta has signed to drive for the team which usually runs at the tail end of the Champ Car World Series. The...
The British Racing Drivers' Club's plan to lease Silverstone to property company St Modwen for 150 years is on hold after a campaign against the move by a group of vocal members. Outgoing president...
Chevrolet. Devil's Bowl Speedway,1959 by Johnny Rutherford My first race was April 5 1959 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Dallas, Texas. Guys in my hot rod club had helped me build a '32 Chevrolet for...
Nico Rosberg has earned himself a place in the record books by becoming only the third driver to record the fastest lap on his World Championship grand prix debut not including Giuseppe Farina, who...
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A former Formula 5000 constructor and respected Indycar crew chief, Jerry Eisert died at home in California in late February after a long illness. Eisert built J Frank Harrison's Chevrolet-powered...
A former racing journalist, this 30-year-old was killed during the race morning practice session before the opening round of the IRL IndyCar Series at the Homestead oval near Miami. Paul Dana (below...
British ex-World Champions John Surtees and Damon Hill are supporting young UK talent in this season's World Series by Renault. As the figurehead of Britain's A1 GP team, Surtees has run Robbie Kerr...
Indycar hero Al Unser Jnr will make a shock return to the cockpit in the Indianapolis 500 where he will come up against old rival Michael Andretti. Unser, 44, who quit driving in mid-2004. will drive...
Dan Wheldon, Britain's American-based golden boy, can do no wrong: he has started the 2006 season, his first with Chip Ganassi Racing, by winning the Daytona 24 Hours and taking victory in the...
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Survivors of the original big-banger sportscar series descendedon Amelia Island in March to celebrate its 40th birthday.Leigh Dorrington was there They looked like they had been seated for the Last...
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Racers that are going, going, gone Sold The last vestige of what was MG Sport & Racing Ltd went on the block on Saturday March 26. With 950 items ranging from a box of X-Power T-shirts to...
40/30/20/10 years ago 1996 Buddy Lazier wins a lacklustre Indy 500 in an IRL field lacking in depth. Alex Zampedri is fourth, despite breaking his legs in a last-lap accident. 1986 Pole man Alain...
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Event of the month Historic sportscars descended on the hallowed Florida track for enduro action. Bob Harrington was there.Photography by Bob Harrington This 16th edition of Historic Sportscar Racing...
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Cold. hard and utterly ruthless. Dr Giuseppe Farina was the first man to win a world Championship GP. He took pole and set the fastest lap too. Top that. Nico... When Nico Rosberg took the fastest...
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Tetsu Ikuzawa An ex-art student who narrowly failed to make it to Formula One, both as a driver and as a team owner, Tetsu Ikuzawa played a role in the careers of Frank Williams, Geoff Lees and...
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by Des Hammill & Brian Jenkins ISBN 0954639111 published by Asson, £19.99 Considering Cyril Kieft was in the racing car business a mere six years, it might seem surprising that there is a whole...
by Jean-Marc Teissedre ISBN 2914920598. published by Editions du Palmier. €45 'Chosen Moments' doesn't pretend to be the thorough history of a decade. Instead there's a paragraph per year (in French...
by Greg Mills ISBN 1919969 52 7 published by Ecurie Zoo.100 Rand Another cracker by the seemingly unstoppable Mills. Following on from 'Springbok Series' (reviewed last month), this latest effort is...
by Michael Bollée & Willem Oosthoek, ISBN 9 782951 364264 published by authors, 72 Euros The subhead says its all. Bollée and Oosthoek continue to explore Maserati's nether regions, concentrating...
by Colin Pitt, ISBN 184155 6238 published by CP Press, £29.99 Hmmm. This claims to be 'The essential guide to historic Lotus cars', yet Coterie Press has already produced what pretty much passes for...
A history of Alberta auto racing by Richard McDonell, ISBN 1 894694 35 X published by Granville Island, US$22.95 This little gem of a paperback focuses on the many local heroes and events of...
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I was delighted with the item on Clay Regazzoni. Older readers may recall our Dulon-Porsche twice tangling with the leading Ferrari 312P in 1971 — with Ickx at the Brands Hatch BOAC 1000Km, then soon...
I have just finished reading the March issue and felt I should let you know how much I have enjoyed it. I found three articles to be of particular interest, these being 'Class War', 'Gorilla in the...
What a fantastic article detailing the career of Johnny Dumfries. He has long fascinated me as he not only raced in the era that I find the most interesting but has the added intrigue of being titled...
Sidney Millard (Letters, April) may like to know that there was indeed a race in Egypt featuring the circus of Cisitalias that he saw. The year was actually 1947, when Piero Dusio of Cisitalia had...
Re DTV's '60s and '70s Special Saloon antics, it did, of course, make all the difference to our efforts to have the two Gerrys on board: Marshall and Johnstone. Without these two, progress in...
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Simon Taylor's Notebook article on non-championship F1 races brought back memories of my cycling to Snetterton in the early sixties for the Lombank Trophy F1 event. Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham...
Ground effect,1977 The impressive way in which the Lotus 78 outran all its rivals in Spain and Belgium suggests that Colin Chapman and his team of technicians have come up with something that the...
To my amazement I found myself mentioned in your Barrie Williams 'In the Hot Seat' feature (March), alongside such big names as Andy Rouse, Tom Walkinshaw and Win Percy. I could imagine readers...
I enjoy your photo comparisons of long forgotten racing tracks, but I hadn't realised until I read your profile of Hermann Lang that I used to live on the infield of one. In it you show the start of...
I thought that I was the only person to remember that Toby St George-Matthews had owned an F1 Cooper-Maserati. Marcus Pye's Diary triggered a memory which explains why the name stuck in my mind. In...
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Starting off on Army leave at the 1956 German GP, before crossing the Atlantic for Watkins Glen in '71 Two months on from featuring consummate historic racer Willie Green in Motor Sport, it's time...
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He was set up by Gerhard Berger and Nelson Piquet, but he's more likely to ask them to join him for a cigar in his Rolls-Royce than his early French rivals You were born in the south of France to...
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Jack Brabham was due to retire as a driver – until his astute choiceof Repco as engine builder gave him another F1 title. Paul Fearnley tells all Ferrari was the clear pre-season favourite. Team...
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An F1 team boss who'd give you a lift home? Michael Scarlett worked at Brabham and recalls the friendly atmosphere My spell with Brabham, at the time when Jack started building racing cars, came...
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They say trouble comes in threes. Indy fought off two intrusions, but not the third. By Keith Howard By 1970, Indy traditionalists had had their fill of foreign interlopers. First Cooper and then...
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Tom Sneva was one of the fastest drivers around during a decade of lndycar racing – but he remains an enigma. David Malsher tracked him down to tell his side of the story Indianapolis track announcer...
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Stirling Moss in a Ferguson... Sixty 3-litre Formula One cars... A host of Formula Juniors...Just some reasons to make the trip to Monaco. By Paul Lawrence The weekend before the contemporary Monaco...
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Sportscar driver Paul Knapfield will have one of the first single-seater races of his life when he pilots a Brabham BT42 in the Pre-75 3-litre F1 encounter. It will be the car's first European event...
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It's an old game for racing enthusiasts to try comparing, say, Alonso with Fangio. But there is a way of assessing their cars. Mark Hughes explains How would a 1906 Renault or a 1939 Mercedes fare...
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Busman's holiday –– Drivers who raced what you wouldn't expect them to... March 793, Thruxton F3,1980. By Nick Phillips It was 1980, and Jeff Allam had just completed his first season as a paid...
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You can follow the competitors around Italy but you'll have to drive fast to keep up, says Simon Taylor Mille Miglia — two magical words which sum up how much the Italians love their motorsport. For...
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May17 1964: possibly the finest selection of drivers ever to grace the Mallory Park paddock. Headline event was a round of the British F2 Championship: after jetting back from Indianapolis qualifying...
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It may no longer play host to the top international and British stars, but Mallory Park is still going strong. Marcus Simmons pays his respects Mallory Park — the only British racing circuit with a...
One-litre F3 battles used to thrill crowds at Mallory in the late 1960s. Two such races in 1968 resulted in Lombank championship wins for the recently formed Frank Williams Racing Cars and Frank's...
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Amid rumours of housing estates and golf courses, the future for Mallory Park looked bleak through the winter of 1982-83. But Ron and Edwina Overend – key movers in the Midland Centre of the British...
Driving a Ford Cosworth GA-powered Chevron, David Purley twice won ShellSport Group Eight rounds at Mallory in 1976. But three years earlier he was racking up the successes at the Leicestershire...
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"My first ever circuit race was at Mallory, and I went on to be quite successful there in my Mini Cooper S. It was always a very good circuit for me. For the F2 race I had Ed Reeves's Formula...
John Surtees gave the Lola Mk4 F1 car its only win in the International 2000 Guineas race at Mallory on June 11 1962. In a processional race, Surtees led home Jack Brabham and Graham Hill to take his...
They came in their legions. The cream of international young talent: Carlos Reutemann, Niki Lauda, Ronnie Peterson, Jody Scheckter... But they were all beaten at Mallory Park's opening round of the...
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Lapping Mallory in 40sec in a ground-effect F1 car — 75 times — must have taken pretty high fitness levels, but that's exactly what happened in the Aurora-backed series. Emilio de Villota was the...
Formula 5000 may have been on its last legs in Europe by October 1975, but that didn't prevent a superb race at Mallory. Belgian Teddy Pilette led all the way in his VDS Lola, but there was an epic...
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Pierre Levegh drove this Talbot-Lago for 23 hours at Le Mans in '52 and almost won. Richard Hese!tine relates a heroic drive His wasted efforts highlighted the glamour gulf between winners and losers...
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God loves a trier, and few tried harder to be in F1 than Tony Trimmer, as Richard Hese[tine reveals As conversation meanders towards Super Aguri's debut at this year's Bahrain F1 opener, Tony Trimmer...
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Track visit Introduced as a rival to Bathurst, just down the road, Gnoo Blas was a scarily fast road circuit in New South Wales. Jim Scaysbrook rediscovers the racetrack they pronounced 'Noo Blah....
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As Nick Pellett has rightly remarked, it is a minor miracle that all three of the 1914 Tourist Trophy Sunbeams have survived to appear together as at last year's Isle of Man TT Centenary, where his...
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The BRDC Bulletin, a long way from when it was just a short item every month in Motor Sport, had in its January issue an enthralling article by Mike Cassell, reproduced with permission from the...
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A UK de Dion Bouton Club has been started for this pioneering marque. The inaugural meet was held on April 1 at the old Michelin depot in London, and the first rally is on the first weekend in May,...
The VSCC Pomeroy Trophy contest started as an idea of the late Laurence Pomeroy, whose father had engineered the pre-war Prince Henry Vauxhall, to prove that the one he owned was, despite its age,...
I note that Rob Aherne, editor of Autocar, in announcing the new Rolls-Royce Phantom, writes that "it wins nothing on privilege, it wins on merit, because the inequality and unearned privilege of...
Gordon Cruickshank, in his look at experimental racing and record gas-turbine cars, the most complete I have read, explained the problems of producing practical road cars with turbine power, so that...
The pre-1915 Humberettes were not as prepossessing as the post-war small cars but they were good nonetheless, and it was pleasing that last year eight took part in a 10-mile run, possibly the largest...
This year's Brooklands Society Reunion will take place on June 25, from 10am. It will include the usual attractions like the Test Hill ascents, etc, but the main theme will be a display of Invicta...
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Club magazines often contain valuable items of motoring history. Recent examples include the very complete account of the Triumph copy of an Alfa Romeo 8C: the straight-eight Dolomite, by Derry Aust...
We referred recently to what could be a 1906 grand prix Darracq engine, now installed in a suitable chassis. As the celebrations for the first grand prix, in France in 1906, approach, the question...
In the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain there is a brief history by Michael Worthington-Williams of friction-drive transmission, listing an extraordinary number of cyclecars...
We have received some stupendous books about historic racing cars and their history recently. All credit to their industrious authors: but let us not overlook some equally magnificent works from the...
The owner of a Lea-Francis tourer, CN 3333, is looking for information on the car. It was first owned by a naval architect, who sold the 1927 car to Barry Dove in 1946 (it was illustrated in Motor...
What an effective club the VMCC is. Founded in 1946, it has 76 sections, which between them organise over 1000 events a year. It recognises six categories, from pre-1915 to machines over 25 years old...
George Wingard has had published a superb book entitled Red Wolves in Sheep's Clothing (ISBN 1 5 9971 0587) describing and illustrating the cars in his American collection, which include 1908 and '14...
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Sitting at the back of the grid for the opening Derek Bell Trophy race at Donington Park, Mark Dwyer didn't look like a potential race winner. But as changing weather hit, Dwyer swept his March 742...
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Cooper Monaco driver Graeme Dodd was a runaway winner of the opening round of the BRDC Historic Sports Car Championship at Silverstone at the start of April. Less than four-tenths of a second had...
David Howard made it three wins inside a week when he guided his mighty Jaguar XJ12 to a double triumph at Snetterton. With the XJ-S V12 of Brian Stevens out on the last lap of the Classic Group One...
Jimmy McRae swept to victory on round two of the Armajaro MSA British Historic Championship, the Astra Stages in North Wales on April 1. Partnered by Campbell Roy in the Prepfab-entered Porsche 911,...
Astra Historic Stages, April 11 Jimmy McRae/Campbell Roy (Porsche 911): 2 Gareth Lloyd/Ryland James (Escort Mk2); 3 Steven Smith/John Nichols (Escort Mk1); 4 Mark Solloway/Mark Crisp (Escort Mk1); 5...
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Variety is what you get in an HSCC paddock. Whilst modern meetings are often filled with series and championships dominated by a single marque, historic racing is different You could see this at the...
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Julian Belcher made easy work of winning the opening Pre-66 Touring Car race of the season in rapidly failing light at Castle Combe. Belcher took his Triumph Vitesse clear of the pack at a prodigious...
Pete Hallford, David Howard and French raider Gérard Faber were all winners during the opening rounds of the Classic Touring Car Racing Club race series at Silverstone in late March. Hallford's Group...
Robin Hood Historic Forest Stages, March 4/5 1 Mark Solloway/Mark Crisp (Escort Mk1): 2 Steven Smith/John Nichols (Escort RS2000); 3 David Stokes/Guy Weaver (Escort Mk1): 4 Peter Slights/Joyce...
Although hit by snow and ice early on, it was the final gravel stage that decided the result of the Robin Hood Historic Forest Stages, the opening round of the Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally...
Mark Woodhouse claimed opening glory in the Formula Junior Championship as Mallory Park dodged snow and ice to open the season. Woodhouse's Lotus 20 just had the legs on Steve Smith's Cooper T59....
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Australian touring car hero Peter Brock hopes to drive the Vauxhall that he shared with Gerry Marshall in the 1977 Spa 24 Hours later this summer. The ex-works Group One Firenza has been totally...
F1, Can-Am, TransAm, cowboy boots and Richard Petty –– it could only be Goodwood... Key theme for the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be 100 Years of Grand Prix Racing. Under the banner 'racing...
Yet another race series for 1960s saloon cars complying with Appendix K has been launched with the backing of H&H Auctions. Created by Tony Collins and Simon Hope of H&H, the new series will...
The Ligier JS17 that won the 1981 Austrian Grand Prix in the hands of Jacques Laffite will return to racing this season after an extensive rebuild by James Watt Automotive. Part of the collection of...
Veteran Brian Redman will tackle the Grand Prix Masters series this summer when he guests in the 1972 Surtees TS9B run by James Hanson. Redman will race the car at Pau in France in late May and then...
The short-lived Peerless marque will compete at Le Mans this year for the first time since a one-off works entry splashed Its way to an unlikely 16th in the wet 1958 24 Hours. British pairing Celia...
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Another shuffle in the TGP calendar revolves around a mid-summer date at Silverstone. Instead of running within the Silverstone Classic over the July 28-30 weekend, TGP competitors are now likely to...
Three-hundred cars spanning more than 50 years of Le Mans history will pack the paddock at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the Le Mans Classic over the weekend of July 8-9. From a 1925 Bugatti T35 to a...
The Blockley Tyre Co is to support new VSCC awards in headline races. Leading competitors running on Blockley rubber in three categories will be rewarded: namely Pre-War Racing Cars, Post-War Racing...
Seasoned historic sportscar racer Julian Bronson will make his first major foray into single-seaters this season with the ex-Anthony Ditheridge Cooper T53. While his mighty Lister-Chevrolet sportscar...
Holland's incurable motorsport addict Jan Lammers will race the Triumph Spitfire of Jigsaw Racing in the Zandvoort round of the pan-European Equipe GTS Challenge on May 27. The pre-66 series, which...
Michael Eschman and his wife Karen dominated the Rally Isla Mallorca in late March in their 1973 Porsche 911RSR. Run to a similar format to the Tour Auto, the event drew a 64-car field, and it was...
Mike Stripe has been appointed secretary of the VSCC following Stuart Pringle's departure. Mike has been with the club for a number of years in various roles.
The Coppa Inter Europa historic festival is one of the major casualties of the drastic noise restrictions recently imposed on the Monza circuit after a protracted legal battle. The 2006 event,...
The 25th anniversary of the World Rally Championship victory of Ari Vatanen and David Richards will be a key feature of Rallyday 2006 at Castle Combe on July 22. It was in 1981 that they took their...
The Gentleman Drivers GT and Sports Endurance Masters series has secured a race slot during the Silverstone Classic on July 28. A timetable shuffle has resulted in the allocation of an hour-long mini...
The Masters Series has gained backing from collector-car insurance company Hagerty International. Hagerty becomes the motorsport insurance partner to the organisation, and also lends its name to what...
Prolific race and title winner Tony Trimmer (see feature on page 78) is keen to land a drive in one of the major historic single-seater series, such as Thoroughbred GP or Grand Prix Masters. Trimmer'...
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An earlier date than usual will do nothing to dampen the importance of the HSCC's Historic Superprix on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit over the weekend of May 6/7. Around 450 entries are...
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Now well established over the early May Bank Holiday, the Classic Festival meeting at Donington Park is the highlight of the Top Hat racing season. All six of the regular Top Hat categories will be...
Round three of the Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship is the first foray onto asphalt for the '06 title contenders as they shape up for over 100 stage miles on the Epynt ranges in Wales...
Le Mans veteran John Sheldon will be the man to beat when the 15th Tour Auto heads away from the Fontaines du Trocadero in Paris on Tuesday April 25. Ahead of 'Driller' and his 120 rivals lie five...
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Opposites attract our columnist this month, from a Can-Am monster to a dainty, and obscure, Rhodesian GP winner Goodwood: Incongruous it most definitely looked against the elegant backdrop of...
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Tony Southgate has gone from the 750 Motor Club to Formula One glory and Le Mans, and then back again The 750 Motor Club has always served as a nursery for budding designers. The first Lotus to race...

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