November 1998

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The reason for the distinctly Ferrari flavour to this issue is simple enough. This year marks not only the tenth anniversary of the Old Man's death, but also the centenary of his birth; milestones...
Olivier Gendebien Olivier Gendebien, without doubt one of the greatest sportscar racers of all time, died on October 2, aged 74. From a wealthy Belgian family, Brussels-born Gendebien came to...
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'“Year One to Formula 1, a Millenium of Horsepower" or as one Formula One wag has already dubbed it "Flintstone to Ecclestone" is the theme of the Goodwood Road Racing Company's seventh Festival of...
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VSCC at Loton Park 26-27 September Talbots figured twice on the results board at the scenic hilIclimb: Robert Heelis (right) collected a handicap win among the big sportscars with the impressive 1936...
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When the British Drag Racing Association in conjunction with Drag Festivals Ltd brought American-type Drag Racing to the public notice with their Festival in 1964 it seemed that there might be a big...
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So the Championship goes to the final round: down, as journalists are fond of saying, to the wire. In the Luxembourg Grand Prix, in Michael Schumacher's back yard and in front of his adoring fans,...
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Sir, After a number of years absence I returned, in April 1997, to Motor Sport and have enjoyed every issue since. I should however like to make one small plea. You published earlier this year a 1998...
Sir, I was delighted to see your excellent articles on Goodwood in the September edition. It may interest you to know a bit of historical nonsense. I was the last driver to leave the startline of a...
Sir, Do you really have to include an item in your current issue about the departure from gaol of the convicted fraudster Lord Brocket? He is no credit to motorsport, the motor trade, or the...
Sir, I can confirm John Starkey's September letter regarding Paul Hawkins record lap at Reims, as I remember it well. I was one of the two mechanics working on this particular Lola at the time. The...
Sir, Reynard Motorsport is fast approaching its 25th anniversary of manufacturing-championship winning racing cars. We are looking for FF1600, F2000, F3 and F3000 owners, whether they are currently...
Sir, There are extreme circumstances when the most important sporting fixtures must be cancelled, in the interests of the safety of both the participants and the spectators. This applies to all major...
Sir, Thank you for your marvellous series of 'Track 'Tests'. Might I suggest Clermont Ferrand as a subject for the future? One criticism I have, though, was the lack of circuit maps, which I am sure...
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Sir, I very much enjoyed the article 'Dire straights' by Adam Cooper in the October issue. One oft-repeated error was however made regarding the Avus track in Berlin. The circuit was not shortened...
Sir, I moved to West Java a year ago and returned to Beaulieu recently for the Autojumble. On my return to the Far East I bought Motor Sport at Heathrow. At around 30,000 feet I opened it at the 1948...
Sir, To add further to Bill Boddy's musings over the identity of the Isotta-Fraschini in the picture on page 92 of the October issue, and whether the car might be the ex-John Bolster YR 3294, he...
Sir, Our touring holiday in France had been planned for some time before your brilliant series showing former circuits in their current state. Irrespective of the views of the rest of my party, as...
Sir, I was fascinated to read your account of racing the Camaro in the August Issue. I was in the UK on holiday in July and had a good look at your car in the paddock at Brands Hatch. Later I was...
Sir, I would have mentioned this sooner but I expected a reader living nearer London would already have done so. After the end of the War the entire Volkswagen concern was offered to Great Britain as...
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At Goodwood, no one was more caught by the atmosphere than Dan Gurney. "Yesterday I played in Lord March's cricket match," he said. "I was on his team, and beginner's luck - I ended up making eight,...
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Enzo Ferrari died a decade ago, but, says Mark Hughes, it's taken the team longer than that to realise it is stability and focus, not just pride, which wins titles. Ferrari. Just looking at the...
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The Ferrari 500 is the most successful Grand Prix car of all time, winning every race except one in two Grand Prix seasons. Andrew Frankel samples a slice of Maranello motoring legend. First, a few...
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In the mid-1950s, Romolo Tavoni was faced with a choice: he could work alongside a tyrannical Enzo Ferrari...or get the sack. Fifty years on, he tells Chris Nixon he made the right decision. In...
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We've all heard it. 'Mum, are we nearly there yet?' say your treasured darlings just five minutes after departure. Two hours drive ahead of you, thick traffic, and the kids are already bored. Try...
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Leading technology Alpine's satellite navigation system uses digitised mapping, a remote control, display monitor, built-in GPS receiver and antenna, vibration gyroscope, and speed pulse sensor. A...
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After a roller-coaster few years, Michele Alboreto's Grand Prix career seemed set to stabalise with a promising new team. But as Adam Cooper heard, it almost finished his Formula One hopes. In 1985,...
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June 3 1927 Goff and I are mad on getting a straight-eight Bugatti on the instalment idea, and went to see one at lunchtime an awfully nice bus, a four-seater 1925, a very pretty little car and she...
The Brothers Who Loved Buggatis A personal devotion the the marque let to the founding of the Bugatti Club and Prescott Hillclimb. Bill Boddy recalls the Giles Brothers, the lynch-pin of the Bugatti...
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With a badge that stands for passion as well as heritage, this last 'True Brit' offering from Bentley is all we could hope for. By Andrew Frankel Apparently, it's all in the badging. All you need to...
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The engineering saying 'if it looks right, it is right', describes the Spitfire to perfection. For a 1930s design, even today, it still looks drop dead gorgeous from any angle, from the smooth curves...
The Battle of Britain film of 1968 was the watershed for private Spitfire ownership. It did for Spitfires what the James Bond films did for silver Aston Martin DB5s. Aircraft that had changed hands...
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Paul and Andrew Wood were apprentices at Rolls-Royce when they bought a Royce 20/25 for £60 and restored it. They took it to R-R meetings, where people were surprised by how much it had cost. Soon...
Terry Hoyle should need no introduction to motor sport enthusiasts He first worked for Gilby Engineering which ran Gilby sports and Fl cars for Keith Greene. He moved on to Cosworth Engineering, and...
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Aircraft restored or under restoration HFL has been responsible for the restoration of approximately 20% of the Spitfires flying today. This figure will rise to over 25% on completion of the projects...
The Spitfire owner of today needs a flying Spitfire to... ...be operationally absolutely safe The proficiency and experience on type of the ratipllying these high performance machines is on a rage...
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HFL Deliverables Training on Type HFL will arrange full training on type. The initial Training will take place using the Chipmunk aircraft, followed by advanced training in a Harvard T6. Final...
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Francois Cevert died 25 years ago. Adam Cooper talks directly to family and friends about the man and finds his meteoric rise and the timing of his tragic death were all foretold by a clairvoyant...
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In the end, it surpassed the wildest expectations. Fifty years to the day after its first meeting, motor racing returned to Goodwood with an event none of the 80,000 spectators would argue was not...
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Something for the Weekend Only a lucky few managed to race at the Goodwood Revival meeting and Andrew Frankel was one of them. He reports on a weekend from heaven in a borrowed Frazer-Nash As an idea...
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After 50 years of motorsports photography, Michael Tee swopped his camera and film bag for an OLYMPUS digital kit to capture the magic of the '98 Goodwood Revival. Story by Deborah Tee As the eldest...
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Australian GP, Longford March 1st, 1965 He didn't win, and there were no Championship points at stake in the Tasman Series, but despite a weekend touched by tragedy, Phil Hill recalls his last ever...
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In 1950 the Penya Rhin Gran Premio took place late in the GP season. To report it MOTOR SPORT adopted its fairly normal strategy, which meant flying in a charter aeroplane to Barcelona, watching the...
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Occasionally one gets a glimpse of motoring from the past on the TV screen, in plays or documentaries, but best of all, as brief shots from the true past. I recall a glimpse of a solid-tyred Trojan...
The Schumacher/Coulthard fracas recalls other such incidents, as when Alberto Ascati was shunted off by Onofre Marimon after he had spun on the last lap of the 1953 Italian GP, losing him the race....
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The various age divisions within the VSCC, VMC and VMCC are clearly defined, but Michael Ware, Curator of the National Motor Museum, is concerned that nothing properly defines the cars of the 1930s....
Another link gone with pre-war Brooklands: as Margaret Allen, Mrs Jennings was one of the outstanding lady drivers there. Born in Scotland, the fearless young girl began using the family Lagonda in...
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Clive Windsor-Richards It came as a great shock that Clive Windsor-Richards had died, that dedicated vintage-car enthusiast who was driving his modern car at speed at the age of 90-plus, and who...

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