November 2002

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Ostentatious displays of pomp and circumstance leave me cold. That is not to say that I am totally agin tradition. Not 21-gun-salute tradition, but the neat touches of style and behaviour that make...
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Oulton Park will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season with a programme that will be topped by an improved and extended Gold Cup Historic Festival. Building on the success of the inaugural event...
American Eagle to soar again in Formula One? The Eagle name could return to Formula One next season. During the GP at Indianapolis, Dan Gurney revealed his plans to create an American F1 team, with...
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The unique Kieft grand prix car, built in 1953/4 but never completed, finally hit the track when it appeared at the VSCC's Silverstone meeting in September. The original project was stillborn because...
Juan Pablo Montoya recorded the fastest-ever F1 qualifying lap during the Italian Grand Prix weekend. The Colombian's 161.467mph pole lap in his Williams FW24 broke the 17-year old qualifying record...
Bentley has added the Sebring 12 Hours to its 2003 Le Mans programme, and is expected to field a brace of EXP Speed 8s at both races. The team will now be run from the premises of Racing Technology...
A museum and children's discovery centre is being built by US racing legend Al Unser (above) in the family's home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The centre will teach children the history and...
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October 19 Silverstone (GB) The final Historic Sports Car Club meet promises lots of good racing on the National circuit.  Tel: 01327 858400 19 Wales (GB) Bulldog Rally on classic Welsh stages...
The AC Cobra which finished seventh in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours has been acquired by Jon Minshaw, son of Alan, founder of the Demon Tweeks parts firm. Minshaw Jnr has developed into an accomplished...
Bengt Söderström, the versatile Swede who made his name driving for the works Ford team during the mid-1960s, died in late August after losing his battle against cancer. Söderström began his...
The second running of the Rally of the Tests, which will start from Scarborough on Friday November 8, boasts a capacity 100-car entry. The event commemorates the history of the RAC Rally before it...
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Classic Le Mans A sense of the surreal abounded at Le Mans in September, as a truly spectacular array of historic racers took part in the inaugural Classic Le Mans event. Designed to recreate past...
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Group C Round-up Ralf Kelleners won both races as the Group C season concluded at Monza in October. His Porsche 962 outpaced the field, with runner-up finishes going to David Mercer (Spice SE90C) and...
Spa Six Hours Now firmly established as one of the big classic endurance events of the year, the Spa Six Hours drew more than 80 cars to the grid in September for a race that ran from daylight into...
HSCC Mallory Park The Formula Junior pack turned in one of the best races during the Historic Sports Car Club's annual Mallory Park meeting. With teenager Edwin Jowsey recovering from a slow start,...
VSCC Hawthorn Trophy The VSCC end-of-season Silverstone meeting suffered because of its clash with the Le Mans Classic, there being smaller entries than usual for the headline races at the Hawthorn...
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Sir, While watching the recent United States Grand Prix, I felt an overwhelming urge to write to your magazine in order to relate how much I had enjoyed the race. I had fallen out of love with F1 a...
Amon and anon Sir, Your article on Chris Amon reminded me of a photograph (below) I took as a 14-year-old schoolboy on the Friday practice session for the 1965 German Grand Prix (yes, there were ways...
Sir, The recent articles on the two Weslake V12 engines brought back nostalgic memories. I served my apprenticeship with Weslake during the Dan Gurney days and recall the beautiful sound of that...
Sir, I much enjoyed the October edition of Motor Sport. But in the Chris Amon article, is that a Matra-Simca MS120C I see before me? I thought Chris won at the wheel of the 120. Looks like Argentina...
Sir, I was saddened some months ago to read of the death of Bruce Halford. Your recent pictures in Motor Sport of Lotus 16s brought back fond memories of him. In the 1980s, I was working for Barry...
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Sir, I have recently returned from the Goodwood Revival Meeting, which I visited with my seven-year-old son Alex. It was his first visit to the event. He is what I imagine the future fan of...
Sir, Bill Boddy's excellent article in the October issue concerning the Freikaiserwagen was of particular interest to us in Frenchay Village Museum. Frenchay was the home of the Fry family from the...
Sir, In the past you have treated us to a list of the top drivers, the best races and the best circuits. But on the September cover you dispensed with the formalities and simply announced that the...
Sir, I have just returned from the Le Mans Classic and have two observations to make on items which blunted my enjoyment of this event. First and foremost was the position of the spectators: we were...
Sir, In your September issue you correctly heralded the Goodwood Revival as the best race meeting on earth. Yet no fanfare can do justice to this magnificent meeting, its attention to detail and...
Sir, Just what are Ferrari trying to do? The way they are manipulating results is taking the Michael (no pun intended), and to 'fix' a race in the US, where everybody else is trying hard to make F1 a...
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Simon Taylor It is a truth universally acknowledged (except by some of the F1 drivers themselves) that the man you most want to beat is your own teammate. He has the same horsepower, the same...
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Nigel Roebuck Seeing it lined up, in the Goodwood paddock at the Revival Meeting, with such as the Dino 246, the 250F and the Mercedes-Benz W196, it struck me again how small is the Lancia D50, how...
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6th - 126C3 Ferrari's early turbo cars were all about their engines. But Harvey Postlethwaite then designed a chassis able to rein in 1000bhp. Patrick Tambay talks to Adam Cooper Although it ...
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5th - 246 Dino The final front-engined Ferrari won one world championship for Mike Hawthorn and nearly another for Tony Brooks. Mark Hughes reflects on that near miss The Dino was defiantly front-...
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4th - 641 It had the potential to win the championship but the 641's title quest fellvictim to Senna, circumstance and Maranello's political infighting. David Malsher reports No doubt about it, John ...
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There have been less successful Ferraris than the F186 (it did score podium finishes) but it was Maranello's only turbo car to fail to win a race. Stefan Johansson (left), one of its unlucky...
310 (1996) Michael Schumacher's first Ferrai won three races — but it was a dog. His team-mate was Eddie Irvine (above). "That car introduced me to the concept of pitch sensitivity," recalls Irvine...
It sounds daft, but one of the joys of supporting Ferrari was that the team has provided – until recently – several disastrous lows that ensured the victories and titles were all the more memorable....
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"When we got into the season, I realised the teams running DFVs had taken about three steps forward with their ground-effect cars and we had only made a small improvement over the 312 T4." So Jody...
Ferrari's 553 'Squalo' of 1954, its first spaceframe car, should have been a significant improvement over the stopgap 625, which was essentially a 2.5-litre version of the all-conquering '53 F2 car....
"My dream of a Ferrari drive in 1992 turned into a nightmare," says Ivan Capelli (above). "The twin-floor car was meant to generate more airflow to the rear and increase downforce, but it didn't work...
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3rd - 312T The indefatigable Mauro Forghieri was responsible for every aspect of this title-winner. And yet his was a mass attack. Niki Lauda gives Mark Hughes the lowdown Even if he'd never designed...
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2nd - Ferrari 156 Few F1 cars have more charisma than the 'sharknose' Ferrari, the 1.5-litre era's most distinctive contender. And its beauty went beyond the superficial, says Preston Lerner The '...
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1st - 500 Ferrari had burst onto the post-war scene with ambitious V12 designs, but it was a far more mundane approach that elevated it to GP dominance. Paul Fearnley explains Ferrari was just over...
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So how often have all the elements for domination been in place at Ferrari? The 126C3 didn't have the power of the BMW engines, nor did it have Prost in the cockpit. The 246 Dino had the grunt and...
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Track tests  You may know it better for golf and the concours d'elegance, but in the Fifties this lush resort introduced road racing to America's West Coast. By Colin Goodwin All we have to go on is...
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The one that got away Daniele Audetto: 1978 Monte Carlo Rally To have one team car stuck is unfortunate... to have four looks like very bad publicity. Fiat's team director tells John Davenport about...
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For three years, Can-Am was McLaren's property. Then Porsche and Penske turned up with a 917 and a turbocharger. Preston Lerner recalls the car that changed the series George Follmer had just ...
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When amateur racer Bill Aston decided to decided to create his own Formula Two car for 1952 his intention was to use the 200bhp Küchen four-cam V8 engine. But only three examples were ever built, so...
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Power without glory He didn't have the resources of Coventry-Climax, but a former military engineer by the name of Archie Butterworth proved able to make a unit of such high specific output that it...
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From WWI pilot to riding mechanic to Grand Prix and Targa Florio winner, Albert Divo was always willing to accept a challenge, says Bill Boddy I suppose most people have some regrets. Mine include...
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No-one defined the Australian racing driver better than Jonesy – acerbic wit but also self-deprecating humour, gritty determination and fairness in the heat of battle. He talks to Adam Cooper about...
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Fifteen minutes of fame Taydec: Nürburgring 500Km Sept 5, 1971 Two-litre sportscar racing was thriving in the Seventies. Chevron of Lancashire was a leading player, but over the Pennines was a little...
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The Mercedes 450SLC was not an obvious choice of rally car. But in an intermittently successful quest for glory with the large coupé, the Stuttgart marque set new standards of preparation and...
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The results for the 1000Km of the Nürburgring of 1957 show that a certain Erich Waxenberger took third place in the GT category driving a Mercedes 300SL. He worked for the legendary Rudolph Uhlenhaut...
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Produced and directed by Stuart Peters Distributed byDuke Marketing Ltd, £14.99 This is not the full and in-depth story of Lotus by any means, for it rarely touches on the company's racing activities...
Four seasons at Ferrari – The Lauda years By Alan Henry ISBN 1 85983 318 7 Published by Breedon Books, £19.99 Few are better placed to tell the tale of Niki Lauda's successful but turbulent spell at...
By Barry Green ISBN 0 9580635 0 8 Published by author, $36Aus Imagine proposing a race round Battersea Park nowadays —that's the type of challenge which faced Australian fans wanting to stage races...
By John Tipler ISBN 1 85983 279 2 Published by Breedon Books, £19.99 Long after his death, Graham Hill remains one of motor racing's memorable personalities, as comfortable at the head of a dinner...
By Chris Nixon ISBN 0 85184 067 1, Published by Transport Bookman, £49.99 Heaven indeed if you love big front-engined sportscars, this lavish book features the three seasons which saw Aston loosen...
By Murray Walker ISBN 0 00712696 4 Published by Collins Willow, £18.99 Did you know Murray Walker helped come up with the marketing slogan 'Opal Fruits — made to make your mouth water'? That he once...
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Bill Boddy It is not unusual for motoring correspondents to look back to the first race meeting they attended. Mine was at Brooldands in 1927, after which I saw most of the races, long and short,...
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I did not think I was psychic until, not having thought about exhaust-pressure fuel-feed for many years, I mentioned that this was part of the originality of the 1903 Mercedes 60 Roger Collings used...
In the piece about racing driver Dick Nash, his 'Weybridge Beeches' garden railway was mentioned. The electric loco was made by Nash from drawings of the LMS mainline diesel-electric loco No.10000,...
It is a good time for those who derive pleasure from books about the old motor racing days or pictures of now-historic vehicles. Here is Brian Demaus's fascinating Motoring Around Hereford, Worcester...
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It is exciting to know that next year another Ards TT Celebration will be held. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the race, three-lap demonstrations around the actual 13.7-mile circuit are...
The Brooklands Museum has recently added to its collection of racing cars, which includes the lap-record Napier-Railton, the Duesenberg, and ERA R10B which was raced at the Track by Peter Walker and...
I have been much enjoying reading High Speed Diary — The Life and Times of Reginald Ellis Tongue (Dove Publishing, Bute, ISBN 0 9534142 5 6, £18.95). Reggie Tongue took part in trials, rallies,...

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