November 2003

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Motor racing 'threads' fascinate me. For instance, most research seems to lead to Len Terry at the moment. Over the past couple of years I've written articles about Dan Gurney's F1 Eagle, the 1965...
Champagne moment in time Sir, I have been fortunate enough to visit Goodwood and Reims recently, and I am sure that I'm not the only person to have been struck by the contrasting fortunes of these...
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Jenks on Mexico '64 I have never been a great enthusiast of the drivers' world championship's system of points-chasing for many reasons, and in the past it has been shown to give the championship to...
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Our second showcase of readers' photographs takes us from Aintree and Brands to Dundrod and Monza via three lensmen Michael Pitts of Chippenham sent us 21 images covering the period 1952-58. He...
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What caused you and Mike Parkes to come to a dead stop in the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours? Ross Ainscow, Anglesey It was not a plan, it was a spur of the moment decision on my account. Mike was very good...
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The VSCC's 70th anniversary season will be kicked off in the manner that the club started out — with a driving test. Appropriately enough, the venue for the January 11 date will be Brooklands. This...
Hillclimbs will play an increasingly significant role in the 2004 VSCC schedule, with events planned at five of the top venues in Britain. The Prescott weekend, which drew record crowds in 2003, will...
The Vintage Sports Car Club will mark its 70th anniversary in 2004 with a season-long programme of special events. The club's main event will be the two-day Donington Park race meeting, which is...
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Former grand prix driver Eric Comas has branched into the historic arena. For a flat fee, Comas Historic Racing will enter you in a major historic rally in one of its Alpine-Renaults and take care of...
The classic era of the RAC Rally will be re-created in November 2004 with a three-day forest rally aimed at crews of historic, post-historic and classic cars. Pre-75 rally cars are expected to make...
Former Le Mans winner Andy Wallace returned to the wheel of a Jaguar sports-prototype for the Group C race at Monza in October. Driving alongside Justin Law in an IMSA XJR10 (below), Wallace took a...
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This talented and innovative engineer — in racing and industry circles for both bikes and cars — passed away last month. He is best remembered in motorsport for his Formula Three and Formula Atlantic...
The head of the famous Novamotor tuning company has died. For almost two decades the Novara-based firm that Gianni set up with his brother dominated the engine-tuning market in Formula Three, most...
Despite ending the Spa race with a hand injury after a tangle with the Lotus 69 of Sandy Watson, Peter Shaw clinched the Formula Atlantic class of the International Historic F2 Trophy. His Brabham...
The third running of the Ollon-Villars hillclimb retro attracted a magnificent entry of over 200 cars and bikes headed by an Ensign N180 Formula 1 car, which was reunited with former grand prix...
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Four drivers will go into the final round of the FIA Cup for Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars at Estoril still in with a chance of the overall title. With a 33-car entry at the Portuguese track, it...
An international field will tackle the 2003 East African Safari Rally over 10 days in December. This historic event for cars produced before the end of 1971 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the...
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Though best known for Formula Ford chassis, the Dulon marque also ventured into sportscars, and its 1969 GT coupe has just returned to the track after 30 years away. Badged as LD6 and thought to be...
The event surrounding the Historic Six Hours at Spa is now one of the busiest classic race meetings of the season. The 2003 edition was no different, with hundreds of entries across the packed three-...
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The return of F1 cars to Scottish soil was the highlight of the Mount Stuart Motorsport Classic. Test drivers Takuma Sato for BAR-Honda and Olivier Beretta for BMW-Williams thrilled a crowd of 10,000...
With historic rally and race cars on hand, he has the best of both worlds What events have you done this season? Two rounds of the British Historic Rally Championship, one forest and one Tarmac, five...
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Ryan Delane, son of Tyrrell F1 racer John, made his European race debut in the FORCE event at Le Mans. Ryan bagged a brace of F2 class wins in his father's Lotus 69. * * * Historic Rallysport has...
Mac Hulbert and his ERA R4D claimed their third major hillclimb scalp of the VSCC year when its season was wrapped up at Loton Park in late September. Hulbert guided the ex-Raymond Mays car up the...
British racers Jeff Stow and Nick Faure were two of the stars of the Circuit des Remparts meeting at Angouleme. While Stow raced his T35B to victory in the all-Bugatti race, Faure mastered the...
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Rod Jolley revelled in the slippery conditions at Zandvoort, sliding his Cooper T45/51 to a clear win in a modestly supported HGPCA race at the Dutch venue. His charging style overcame the T53 of Don...
The penultimate round of the TGP season set up a tense finale between Fredy Kumschick in his Williams FW07C, Mike Wrigley (Tyrrell 012) and the defending champion Mike Whatley (Ensign N175). They...
The FORCE season wrapped up at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit with wins for Peter Williams (March 761) and Klaus Fiedler (Tyrrell 007). Williams was denied a shot at a double win when a lack of power...
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The fine summer enjoyed by much of the Northern Hemisphere this year duly had its effect on agriculture, commerce, horticulture — and Formula One. Every single European race in the world championship...
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By Sir Stirling Moss "I did have a motorsport hero when I was a kid — Prince Bira — but only because I had read his books. I suppose hero is not quite the right word; I thought he'd had a great life...
1974 Austrian at Osterreichring by Dieter Quester You were 35 when your Formula One chance came up. Had you tried to break into grand prix racing before then? I'd never raced a single-seater until...
1993 Ayrton Senna signs off his six-year spell at McLaren with victories at Suzuka and Adelaide (above). Franco Cunico scores a shock win in San Remo in his Escort, while Ford also wins Super Touring...
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Adelaide 1986 The result at Indianapolis meant that we were denied a three-way title showdown. That's a shame, because the last time this occurred, at Adelaide 17 years ago, when Nigel Mansell,...
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America has tended to lag behind Europe on the design side of the sport. But there is an exceptional exception to this: Jim Hall. He tells Paul Fearnley about his hi-tech Chaparrals Jim Hall is tall...
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Before he was a constructor, Jim Hall was a customer. Preston Lerner describes the hot-rod origins of the car which brought a new name to the track and a new designer to the sport Despite its name,...
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Racing cars normally progress by evolution. But Jim Hall took the 'blue sky' approach for his new car. Preston Lerner explains how composites and aero expertise created the Chaparral 2 Some cars...
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Chaparral won its first and last European races, but in between suffered a catalogue of failures. Phil Hill, who scored both wins, tells Preston Lerner what went wrong — and right Talk about going...
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In a career knocked back by two big shunts — and finished off by a third — Marc Surer earned more praise than points. Tim Scott tells a story of fortitude, misfortune and missed chances In the calm...
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Fifteen minutes of fame Protos: 1967 Deutschland Trophy Frank Costin reckoned the F2 field couldn't see the wood for the trees. His car was definitely not a chip off the old block, Brian Hart tells...
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Martyn Wainwright was the official motorsport photographer for Irish Motoring Life in the late fifties. But as well as regulation black-and-whites for the magazine, he fired off some colour images...
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Fast and dangerous, the final version of the Czech circuit was an eye-opener in many ways for the tin-top stars of the eighties, as Gary Watkins discovers Every motorsport-mad schoolboy has done it....
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Starved of support, XJ13's potential stayed hidden for years. Keith Howard talks with the man who tested it against its main rival, and still rates it As many have discovered, recapturing past...
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Shelsley Walsh led the way for speed hillclimbs in Britain. Bill Boddy emphasises why this historic venue must not go the way of Brooklands Shelsley Walsh, the famous speed hillclimb course near...
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It was not an obvious choice, but the big 3500 put Rover on the tin-top map. British Leyland's then motorsport boss, John Davenport, retraces its steps To its designers, David Bache and Spen King, it...
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The one that got away Al Unser Snr: 1973 Indianapolis 500 He won it four times, but he has even more near misses to choose from. 'Big Al' tells Adam Cooper about the one that hurt the most "Any motor...
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John Surtees won world titles on two and four wheels. His spell as a Formula One team boss was not so glorious, but his feisty squad built some fine cars. Paul Fearnley drives one of the best and...
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Willy Mairesse — Le Chevalier MeurtriBy Christophe A Gaascht ISBN 2-930277-09-2 Published by Nostalgia Editions, £26 approx. Willy Mairesse was an enigma, both on and off the track. Blessed with...
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The 3-litre twin-ohc Super Sports Sunbeam was among the most interesting of vintage cars, distinguished by its racing-type engine when not many others were so endowed. News that Louis Coatalen of the...
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The annual Brooklands Society dinner and prize presentation is to be held in the Chequered Flag Room of the Brooklands Museum on November 13. Guest speaker will be Simon Taylor. The Society publishes...
Scanning lists of ca makes, I am surprised at some of the names used, which would not encourage me to buy cars carrying them, although I suppose in some cases these are innocent enough in the...
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Two very different enthusiasts' cars of the early post-vintage period were the AC Bertelli four-cylinder Le Mans Aston Martin and the six-cylinder Blackburne Frazer Nash. Both sold for £595 in 1933,...
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A reader asks me when national colours were first introduced for racing, and in what colours for which nation. A difficult subject, to which I have no proper answer. It has been said that green for...
Have you heard the silly story of cars whose mechanical characteristics might perhaps cause adverse comment from those unacquainted with them? The cream of society was drawing up at the red carpet in...

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