November 2000

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Manarello must be a heady place to be right now. I cannot imagine that the Monday after Michael Schumacher's Japanese GP win was terribly productive in Italy. But somewhere there must have been a...
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The British Racing Drivers' Club, owners of Silverstone, have retained next season's British Grand Prix despite speculation that the event might not happen following this year's traffic chaos. The...
Fans of historic racing stand to benefit from Silverstone's split with Coys of Kensington. While Silverstone presses on with its Historic Festival, Coys will initiate a new event at Rockingham in...
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Peter Austin wrapped up the BRDC Historic Sportscar Championship at Imola's Trofeo Alberto Ascari meeting on 1 October, at the wheel of his unique Lola Mk1, fitted with a 1500cc Climax twin-cam...
Alan Jones, the 1980 Formula One Champion, could star in the opening round of the 2001 FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship if as looks increasingly likely, the series supports the Australian...
Miraculously, given the violence of his Goodwood accident on 17 September, Nigel Corner was released from St Richard's Hospital in Chichester less than a fortnight later, and is recuperating at home...
Martin Stretton clinched his second FIA thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship with fifth place at a wet Nürburgring on October 1, his success in the ex-Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler of 1977...
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Chevron B19 Racer Jonas Qvarnstrom put memories of a torrid 1999 season behind him when he secured the International Supersports Cup on the French Grand Prix circuit at Magny-Cours on 1 October. The...
The ex-Phil Hill ATS Tipo 100 Formula 1 Car (chassis 0001) raced for the first time since 1963 at Goodwood's Revival meeting in September, and its completion of the Glover Trophy race has been hailed...
Heavy rain upset the form books at Imola's ninth annual Alberto Ascari Trophy (30 September-1 October), particularly in the first leg of the HGPCA Pre-1961 Grand Prix Cars race in which the ERAs of...
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No sooner had Michael Schumacher flashed over the Suzuka finishing line to win the Japanese Grand Prix than he'd thrust open his visor and was beating both clenched fists up and down on Ferrari's...
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Franco Lombardi writes Sir, May I please correct the errors of fact and impression in the Matters of Moment piece about me in your September issue. 1. I am not lying in an Italian jail as your piece...
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Fascinating restorer stories Sir, I am writing to thank you for your splendid series 'The Classic Restorers'. I began following vintage and classic racing some 20 years ago when I went to live near...
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Passing San Lorenzo, the famous restaurant, the other week, I was reminded of a pleasant lunch there, years ago, with a charming American lady: Louise Collins, widow of Peter. She had been to...
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Alain Cadenet spent the last few years travelling the world and driving as many Ferrari Sports-racers as he could. At the end, he was left with only one possible conclusion: That these, not F1, were...
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250GT0 — Chassis 3767GT Soon-to-become Ferrari devotee David Piper took delivery of this car (original registration MO 79460) in July 1962 and put it to immediate use, debuting it at the Brands Hatch...
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John Surtees' magnificent drive in David Piper's Ferrari 250LM looked decisive in the RAC Tourist Trophy Celebration, highlight of the third Goodwood Revival Meeting, until the green prototype was...
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Stefan Bellof was the greatest lost talent of his generation. He had time and skill on his side and a Ferrari contract in his pocket. But he couldn't stop himself, says Mark Hughes "When he joined...
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It's brave move for a new player to change the rules of the game. On the eve of Michelin's return to F1, Keith Howard recalls how they transferred road technology to the track and altered the...
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Robin Herd's McLarens dominated when the spectacular Can-Am series was at its height, but he'll happily admit that the always-innovative Jim Hall beat him to the first punch with this stunner A car I...
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John Davenport was the man who convinced Austin Rover's top Brass their 'Old Man's' Metro could be developed into a world-class rally car. In the first of a two-part story, he recalls the early...
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Lynx Motors Int. As famous for improving new cars as for its reproductions of a great fifties sports-racer, Lynx also restores and maintains some of the rarest racing Jaguars. But, as Gordon...
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One London Suburb reverberated to the sound of racing engines until 1972. Paul Fearnley takes a leisurely drive through a park that boasts a fast past Whit Monday, 1964. Top deck of a Routemaster,...
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Though initially caring little for Motorsport, Woolf Barnato went on to become a multiple Le Mans winner. Bill Boddy recalls the successes of a respected member of the 'Bentley Boys' Capt Woolf...
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Vauxxhall: Solid, dependable - and dull. The Luton Marque hardly sets pulses racing, but that's what you get if you go 80 years without a sportscar. The arrival of the startling VX220 should change...
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Lavender Blues The Lotus 79 provided Mario Andretti with the Zenith of his career, but his all-time low was the pink honker - a pig that kept trying to fly Mario Andretti has raced so many cars, over...
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If six is good, eight is better AT THE END 01 WI IAT WE NOW CALL THE VINTAGE YEARS, 52.5% of cars on the home market had six-cylinder engines, the once-universal four-cylinder down to 26.5%. But,...
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Does anyone recall how Graham Hill once got all the drivers in a Mini race to reverse when the flag fell? Or is this a bad dream, from my many memories of Mini motoring? Incidentally, it is reported...
Some 70 pre-war cars graced the Summer Garfitt assembly, at the Verzons Hotel outside Ledbury. Prize-winners included Donald Crowther's Lancia Aurelia, Nick Simpson's Graber-bodied T57 Bugatti...
Autocar recently scooped the first description of BMW's reborn Mini. There is much nostalgic respect still for Alec Issigonis's original Mini of 1959. We may remember its many early defects — water...
Conincidence - At a barbeque the other day, one arrival was Roger Collings' Edwardian Zust, which he has been driving in VSCC events for 40 years, and another was the ex-Geoghan Frazer Nash with...
Although the well-established Wolseley tool and Motor Car Company had not raced since the days of Herbert Austin's Wolseley 'Beetles', it could not ignore the publicity value of record-breaking on...
Wonderful world! 420 Rolls-Royces drove into Chester along a partially-closed A55, led by the famous 1906/7 Silver Ghost AX201, to gain an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest parade...
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Surely only once has there been an accident in a major race involving three cars of one make, in the same place, one car ending up on another. This unique calamity happened in the 1935 Ulster TT, to...
The VSCC's August Silverstone Meeting was a great occasion, with interesting aviation and motoring attractions. But the racing was the main part of it. The Hawthorn Memorial Trophy Race was won by...
The VSCC Yorkshire Ridings Weekend (10-13 August) saw Mark Garfitt and Dood Pearce make best performance in a 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 319/55. A 1926 Morris Cowley and a 1928 P-type Lea-Francis were...
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The VSCC is very proud that the first-ever race victory by ERA GP1 was achieved by Duncan Ricketts at their Hawthorn Memorial Spanish Trophy race at Silverstone on 26 August. Intended to follow the...
Looking through back issues of Motor Sport recently, I found an Editorial I had written in February 1979 which, in light of the recent fuel crisis, still seems topical: "Since the change of...
Slip: It was Costin Densham who formed Wade Engineering. I remember his Calcott and 14/40 Sunbeam but skidded over his name. A reader tells me the Fiat AS-6 racing engine drove co-axial, not...
The Veteran car run to Brighton takes place on 5 November. Organised by the RAC and VCC, it will have the usual enormous international entry. The oldest car leaves at 7.30am. The route out of Hyde...
Let us not forget that the vintage and historic commercial vehicles and coaches have their well-established and active Historic Commercial Vehicle Society, with its own very professional, colour...

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