October 1995

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August 16: Upon confirmation of his two-year deal with Ferrari, Michael Schumacher promptly touts Damon Hill as favourite for the 1996 title! The German reasons that Williams is still likely to have...
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A picture of rude health? Perhaps the FIA is quietly satisfied that Formula One continues to generate headlines worldwide. Seldom a Grand Prix goes by without at least one contentious issue escaping...
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Kieth O’dor Kieth O'dor, his family and friends, experienced the ecstasy and tragedy so inextricably linked to motorsport on Sunday September 10. The 33-year-old Englishman suffered a dreadful...
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Michael Schumacher's panache pays off in Belgium, but his duel with Damon Hill places further strain on a relationship which deteriorated further at Monza. Johnny Herbert emerged from the rubble to...
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Schumacher's engineer explains the German's Spa mastery Nine-to-one looked generous odds on Michael Schumacher winning the Belgian GP. Especially when he started from 16th, eight places behind Damon...
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Having waited 71 Grands Prix for his first win, Johnny Herbert needed only a further four to pick up his second Johnny Herbert's second Grand Prix win was as timely as it was fortuitous. Not wanted...
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Belgian Grand Prix - Spa, 27 August 1995, 44 laps of 4.334 mile circuit (190.696 miles) 1: Michael Schumacher - Benetton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 36m 47.875s 2: Damon Hill - Williams FW17-Renault V10 -...
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Why Gerhard Berger's heart is with Ferrari, but his future with Benetton Picture the scene: Ayrton Senna is strapped in his McLaren, staring intently at the monitor as times are relayed to him....
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Eurosport commentator John Watson gives an insight into the feud which has earned Formula One's title rivals suspended bans The stars of the block-busting 'Adelaide '94' now bring you 'Silverstone 95...
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Italian Grand Prix - Monza, 10 September 1995, 53 laps of 3.604 mile circuit (191.012 miles) 1: Johnny Herbert - Benetton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 18m 27.916s 2: Mika Hakkinen - McLaren MP4/10-Mercedes...
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Contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours does not sound much like the common perception of 'retirement'. Even in the twilight of his career, Mario Andretti remains a case apart. Peter Dick engaged him in...
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IndyCar racing dodged a high calibre bullet when Jacques Villeneuve clinched the PPG title outright at Laguna Seca. Although Damon Hill's next teammate earned enough points to win the championship by...
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A double success at Oulton Park was not enough to keep our columnist in the championship hunt I always drive up the M6 to Oulton Park with a good feeling inside of me. The Cheshire circuit has been...
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Makinen wins on home soil, but the death of a spedator casts a cloud over the downgraded Finnish classic Without full World Championship status this year, and attracting no more than a casual...
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Colin McRae's run of wins came to an end in Malaysia, though he remained in championship contention For two countries so close together, separated only by the narrow ribbon of water known as the...
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Lexus is making strides in the luxury market. The question is, can the establishment hear the L5400 approaching? It would hardly be fair to compare the latest Lexus LS400 with a caravan, despite its...
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Mercedes-Benz Quicksilver Centenary, by Karl Ludvigsen. Transport Bookman Publications, Isleworth, £69.95 (£250 signed and leather-bound). Karl Ludvigsen has done it again! His great work Mercedes-...
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As has become traditional, our annual Concours d’Elegance attracted a field that was every bit as diverse as it was highly polished Just catching the tail-end of our wonderful summer, the HSCC's...
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Unravelling the mystery of various Maserati 250Fs… The Maserati 250F is everyone's favourite '50s Grand Prix car. It was not a landmark design in terms of technological development, but it was as...
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The 23rd AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring retained its place as the premier historic racing event in Continental Europe, with a successful four-day meeting on August 10-13, for which the...
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The definitive pre-war sports car? The MG J2 certainly everything going for it When in the late summer of 1932 helmsmen William Morris and Cecil Kimber dropped the D-type from their fledgling MG Car...
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A solitary glass of whisky in hand, knee-deep in children's toys and with his wife away in hospital giving birth. . . it was not exactly how John Day had intended to celebrate Christmas Day 1957. The...
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I find it astonishing that, whereas books have been written about so many racing drivers, from those of the pioneer days, through the interim periods, to the present day, nothing has appeared, so far...
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Last year we published a look-back to the great Sir MacPherson Robertson England-Australia race of 1934, and so it seems reasonable to recall the England-Johannesbury race that followed it. In his...
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The undertaking of reproducing a complete set of Bugantics, the magazine of the Bugatti OC, is progressing, and having seen an example of a facsimile of Vol 8, No 1 , for January 1939, I can vouch...
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With driver changes a dominant topic in F1 circles as the pundits look ahead to 1996, I am reminded that, even in the 1930s, selection of drivers in important works teams could be fraught with doubts...
So well-supported have the VSCC New Year's Day assemblies at The Verzons Hotel near Ledbury been that the organiser, Mark Garfitt, has instituted a similar Sunday Serendipity there. It was fun in the...
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If you have ever fancied a ride in something truly spectacular — a D-type, Jaguar X1220, or even a McLaren M8F — this could be your chance. Our friendly rivals at Classic & Sportscar magazine are...
It's too late to enter, but you could still get over to enjoy the crack on the Circuit of Ireland Retro, on the weekend of October 13-15. A favourite event since it began 10 years ago, the event...
It is difficult, if one is interested in the older cars, not to check on what turns out for even a modest local event. For example, I discovered that this year's Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival...
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As an eagle-eyed reader has correctly pointed out, the 1920 Lington cyclecar featured last month utilised an Amac carburettor, not an Amal. Amal was, of course. formed as the result of a merger...
The annual driving tests of the VSCC took place at Madresfield Court in September, by permission of the Estate Trustees. What a peaceful place this is for an event of this kind: the long grass-verged...
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I have seen many motor museums, in the course of duty as it were, and the other day I added another, namely, the Wellington Aviation Museum and Art Gallery at the British School House at Moreton-in-...
In the old-fashioned English summer we have been experiencing this year, the 90th birthday of the oldest speed venue in this country, Shelsley Walsh in the peaceful Teme Valley, was celebrated on...
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While the early post-war history of Aston Martin is dominated by six-cylinder engines designed by WO Bentley and Tadek Marek, the last quartercentury has seen the Newport Pagnell company rely on the...

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