November 1997

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Squadron leader Andy Green officially became the fastest man on earth on Thursday, September 25, when he drove Thrust SSC to a new absolute Land Speed Record of 714.144mph (subject to FIA...
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Two German competitors in the Peking-Paris Challenge have been killed in a car accident as the event passed through Pakistan. The VW of father and son Josef and Rene Felt collided with a bus outside...
Golden Arrow, the stunningly beautiful car in which Major Henry Segrave raised the World Land Speed Record to 231.36mph at Daytona Beach, Florida, in March 1929, could run again following the...
Motor Sport are proudly awarding the trophy to the Best Owner/Driver of the 1997 Historic season at the prestigious Historic Motorsport Awards at London's Park Lane Hotel on October 31st. This is...
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If you are at all a regular reader, you will not have failed to notice the battle that's been raging on our letters pages concerning the presence or otherwise in the magazine of contemporary Formula...
The chequered flag has fallen on the legendary career of Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi. The double F1 world champion and Indycar title winner has not raced since suffering neck and back injuries in...
London-based property developer and ardent motor racing enthusiast Martin Birrane has saved the troubled manufacturer Lola Cars from extinction, and aims to re-establish it in the Indycar arena in...
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Michael Schimer and Simon Hadfield scored a narrow victory in Motor Classic's Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps last month, in the former's Lotus twin-cam Chevron B6, which first raced at the Ardennes...
Isle of Man-based Jaguar collector Allen Lloyd won two of the four legs of the Manx Motor Racing Club's ninth Manx Classic motorsport event last month, with record-breaking performances in his well-...
October 15-26 The London Motor Show Annual showpiece of the world's motor manufacturers in Britain returns to Earls Court. Themed Classic Car Day (Tuesday 21) and Motorsport Day (Thursday 23) offer...
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If Prince Borghese is looking down on us now he must be smiling. He and his pioneers set out in 1907 to drive across the world's longest land-mass, to prove that the car could go anywhere and to show...
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Late in the afternoon of November 22 1963, I was stopped by a policeman and reprimanded for riding my bike at dusk without lights. I carried on to school, chastened, where I found my housemaster...
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One of the most charismatic exponents of veteran cars, his real love is for his aero-engined monster A Zeppelin-engined road car which does 120mph could not belong to a shy and retiring motorist....
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Talbot to the fore Sir, Congratulations on such an excellent article on BGH 23, the 1934 Talbot Team car. The letter from your correspondent Don Nicholas caught my eye, as I have recently bought the...
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There are many thousands of motor racing enthusiasts who have never been able to to see a Grand Prix race abroad, and it was an excellent idea of the Mercedes-Benz company to bring over one of the...
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Is Formula One today merely a sad, bloated caricature of its once glorious past or have we, in fact, never had it so good? Shaun Campbell casts an impassive eye over the years and decides Was there...
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Lance Macklin had a talent that could have made one of our finest drivers. Trouble was, says Chris Nixon, he was too busy having fun to care "Lance really is an astonishing character. He has this...
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Is there anything a nineties touring car can learn from a sixties saloon car? After a day battling with a Lotus Cortina and a Ford Mondeo, Matthew Franey thinks there might be Photography by Tom Wren...
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When the might of the German racing scene turned up at the Nürburgring in 1935, no one expected Tazio Nuvolari to beat the Third Reich into second place. Shaun Campbell explains how he did it The...
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Artist, masochist or just plain mad? What makes a co-driver take all the risks but not the glory? John Davenport describes life in the other seat You are sitting, strapped into the passenger seat of...
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Was the Carrera PanAmericana the greatest road race of them all or simply suicidal folly? Chris Nixon looks back over its five short and bloody years to decide its place in history Originally it was...
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No one believed that a garage owner and his son could take on and beat the might of Ferrari and Maserati. Matthey Franey looks back at, and samples, a bit of Cooper history In 1955, the Cooper Car...
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Elio de Angelis could not only out-qualify Senna in an identical car, he was also a virtuoso pianist. Mark Hughes remembers this complex man and asks why he never realised his potential When...
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Mercedes' victory in the 1908 French GP was one of its best. Bill Boddy tells the tale and traces the whereabouts of the survivors It is indisputable that Mercedes (Mercedes-Benz from 1926) has been...
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After a generation, the Morgan Plus Eight has finally given in to political correctness. Has the institution been thus ruined? Not likely, says Collin Goodwin I have had two hugely enjoyable drives...
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They were to be two of the world’s best race car designers, he was a London cabbie. So how did Ronnie Grant persuade Patrick Head and John Barnard to build him a race car? Adam Cooper finds out How...
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1977 Long Beach Grand Prix Until a puncture denied him victory, a series of perfect laps saw his wolf humble the might of Lauda's Ferrari and Andretti's Lotus I suppose that the 1979 Italian GP at...
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A new engine didn't just give the Alfa 145 the power it needed, Andrew Frankel says it changed the entire car for the better Historical precedent hast taught us to expect several things upon climbing...
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When I heard that the jockey Richard Dunwoody was to turn to motor racing, which earned him the quip from Julian Wilson, (introducer of the Ascot Week for the BBC, that he would be "running into the...
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The 1100cc Alta two-seater which was raced at Le Mans and in the Ulster IT by J L Ford and M H Baumer in 1932 turned up at a recent auction sale, after apparently having disappeared for 27 years. At...
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Ever since the Roger Collings built his Mercedes-Maybach in the tradition of Count Zborowski's Chitty-Bang-Bangs, aero-engined cars have been in the news, and those inspired to study their history...
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The 1932 Riley Gamecock XJ 2576, owned by the late Jim Brymer, the motoring photographer, is being restored. I am glad of this, because I did so many runs with him in it before the war. It came about...
Bill Mason is working on a new film on the motoring-racing of Mercedes Benz, with hitherto unseen footage. Some of this will be shown, with his other great films of this period to the Friends of the...

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