October 1994

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August 19: NASCAR star Ernie Irvan is critically injured after a qualifying accident at Michigan. Happily, his condition steadily improves during the following week. 20: Sunday newspaper reports hint...
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By now, it has become rather tiresome to harp on about the need to tidy up Formula One's regulations, in a bid to avert future repeats of the myriad controversies that have further soured a motor...
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Luigi Chinetti, who passed away recently, knew Enzo Ferrari way back in the '30s, but though the former scored the first of the latter's nine victories at Le Mans with the 166 Mille Miglia Ferrari in...
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Schumacher was beaten to pole position by a combination of the weather and Rubens Barrichello, but on race day he was in a class of his own... Until they measured his skidblock. There were two...
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When Benetton left an FIA Court of Appeal on September 7, it brought to an end a series of controversies that had raged throughout the summer On the surface, August promised mild relief for Benetton...
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At a crucial stage of its precarious season Team Lotus staggered the F1 world with third place in the Italian GP, until Fate intervened . . . It's been a depressing year for Team Lotus, with...
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Celebrating his 67th birthday at a Ferrari function in Alabama, America's first Formula One World Champion Phil Hill was ready to put the record straight on his turbulent time with the Prancing Horse...
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Had the Hockenheim Formula 3000 race lasted two laps longer, chances are that Franck Lagorce might not have won it. For that was as far as he got into his next test session before his engine, the...
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British Touring Car Championship An inopportune engine failure at Silverstone finally put the BTCC title out of reach. There is still, however, a world title to be defended. . . This is going to be a...
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Going, but not forgotten Nigel Mansell is leaving IndyCar racing behind, and will contest the final three World Championship Grands Prix for Williams. From the triumph of 1993 to a lacklustre 1994,...
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When you're riding with him you could be forgiven for thinking Steve Curtis is to powerboats what the Marquis de Sade was to human rights, but when it comes to throttlemen there are none better than...
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Given a rare opportunity in a top works rally car on home soil, Tommy Mäkinen didn't waste it As the 1994 World Rally Championship heads towards its close, three drivers have emerged with a chance of...
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While waiting for the WRC debut of the Group A GT-Four, you can always try one on the road. . . Toyota has recently clinched the World Rally Championship with a five year-old car. Without any works...
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Dissatisfied with your standard Range Rover? Fancy a GTi that climbs trees? Well Overfinch can probably help, at a price . . . Officially, Overfinch says it produces "enhancements" for Range Rovers...
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Mazda continues to defuse the argument that Japanese cars necessarily look alike, discounting the 626. Consider the rest of the range: MX-3 eyecatching, if underpowered; MX-6 ditto; MX-5 there's...
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Nowadays, there are few compact saloons or hatchbacks which aren't available without a roof: Golf, Escort, Astra, Peugeot 306, Punto, Renault 19. . . Citroen is about the only mainstream European...
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Alfa Romeo's Giovanni Guidotti, who died recently, rated in the Thirties with legends such as Nuvolari and Varzi. Two years ago David Baylis of Beaulieu cars interviewed him in Milan. . . In May 1992...
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The advertisement for my History of Brooklands says it is about "the days when men were men, which reflected their will to win". Maybe: but it is also about many women drivers, most of whom also did...
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Those who find recollections of the past boring are apt to remind us that Henry Ford said "History is Bunk". But that is taking the great man's quotation out of context. What Ford meant was that...
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The Croydon Airport Society Journal has an interesting picture of three big Armstrong Siddeleys at Croydon Airport, circa 1926, used to carry Imperial Airways' passengers and freight. There were...
For the Victorian Festival at Llandrindod Wells, 25 pre-war cars entered for the two scenic runs organised by Mike Baker, Met by the Mayor on the front at Aberstwyth who judged the cars, the prize...
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With not much of Brooklands Track left to preserve and most of the concentration now on the industrialised Museum venture in 30 acres of the 360-acre site, and with the future of the banked Montlhery...
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A reader, Mr Jack Tatham of Wollaton, has drawn my attention to a feature which a local newspaper published last year about the old motor racing days at Skegness. The article shows how sensible, as...
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The VSCC is very much a traditional organisation, so on September 4 its driving-tests took place as in former years, on one of the very long drives of Madresfield Court, itself a notably historic...
We are sorry to learn that one of the largest industrial acquisitions in the north-west for several years, a £2-million Castleguard Properties purchase, involves the old Crossley Motors factory at...
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With Oulton Park, the traditional home of the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophy races since 1956, no longer being available to the VSCC, an alternative, and in truth more appropriate, venue has been...
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The pleasantly informal but efficiently run Bentley Drivers Club annual Silverstone meeting took place on a fine, late August day and as usual attracted a varied entry from within its own membership...
Specials, especially amateur-built ones, form an important part of the overall motor sport scene. This prompted the late Gregor Grant to persuade one of the keenest and most successful specials...
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For almost six decades Roy Nockolds' ruled as the 'artist's artist'. Now, 14 years after his death, some of his great works are available again On his day, few artists could match the skill and...
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• MPH Model Cars has issued a 1/43 scale model of the last Bentley to run at Le Mans, the Pourtout-bodied Embiricos 41/4-litre that ran in 1949-51. It survives today as a road car. The miniature...
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Sir, Both my partner Ken Brittain and I read with interest Guy Bailey's letter, published a few months ago, with the fabulous picture of Boley Pittard in his Ford Anglia. Ken actually built this car...
Sir, In several decades of reading MOTOR SPORT it has become obvious to me that if you want information on some obscure facet of motoring history you appeal to its readers. Watching Damon Hill on the...
Sir, I have read the two articles on the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the August issue of MOTOR SPORT, and whilst I would be the first to admit that the entry was first-class, the event fell down in...
Sir, I am writing to ask if any of your readers can help me to fill in the history of my XK120. It left the works as an open two-seater in 1951, and was owned by the Swallow Raincoat Co. In 1956 it...
Sir, I am writing about the current state of F1 Racing at the moment. Putting aside the early season tragedies and other problems, without trivialising them, we were promised, because of the new...
Sir, Please allow me to point out a minor glitch in your thoroughly admirable and absorbing piece (June 1994) on Mario Andretti. I think the Hudson Mr Andretti began his career with was not a Hornet...

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