October 1996

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There are times when Formula One is as hard off the track as it is on it. Wednesday August 28 was just such a day, when Frank Williams curtly informed Damon Hill that his services would not be...
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Paul Fearnley fulfils a long-standing ambition to meet a man whose achievements bely his legendary status Jeez, you know me better than I do." Frank Gardner is a bit vague over facts and figures. He'...
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Mark Skews explains why the struggle for supremacy on the track at Spa was overshadowed by a battle in the paddock Although Ferrari ultimately prevailed at Spa, Williams arguably should have won, and...
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Hill's error goes unpunished as Schumacher follows the script in Monza. Mark Skewis reports Next time there's an energy crisis, the Government needs look no further than Frank Williams for a natural...
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He's likely to become Britain's third F1 champion in the past 20 years, but he's lost his drive. Mark Skewis considers the controversial replacement of Damon Hill by Heinz-Harald Frentzen How could...
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Honours well spread and a nail-biting finale for the IndyCar season, by David Phillips Did the 1996 PPG IndyCar World Series produce a champion, or simply a man who had accumulated more points than...
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Is the Elise the car to bring Lotus back from the brink? Mark Hughes reports Lotus. A company in financial peril, its continued existence the subject of heated speculation, its last major new model...
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A car as pure in its concept and execution as the Elise suggests that it was the work of a few with vision rather than a committee backed up by market research. So it proves to be. Chief stylist...
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Passion deserves to outweigh rationality, says Ryan Baptiste of the best Alfas for years. This was the opportunity Pininfarina would be ill-advised to waste. Despite the prettiness of Alfa Romeo's...
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Performance estate cars. As dull as ditchwater, or understated heroes? Discuss. Around the turn of the last decade, there was a glut of estates launched with a GT' suffix, or similar, although the...
The arrival of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in the UK is almost certainly bad news for Range Rover. Perversely, it could also be a drawback for Jeep. In the first instance, at £28,995 it undercuts the...
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Sir, Once again Frank Williams has badly treated a leading driver. It is possible to believe that one or two might be awkward and unreasonable — but four? Williams knows that these days enthusiasts (...
Sir, In response to Mr Morris's letter about overtaking in Formula One, I would say that more than one factor is responsible for 'processional' racing today. Due to the speed of the cars, the...
Sir, I very much enjoyed reading the feature on Ferraris in the September issue. However, there is an omission, perhaps the most successful competition car ever built by Ferrari. No doubt you will...
Sir, A friend recently popped through my door a copy of MOTOR SPORT from April 1992 showing C J Hamilton's Invicta on the start line at Goodwood in 1955. I was very pleased as I now own the car. When...
Sir, I found your article on Freddie Dixon most interesting and it jogged my memory in several ways. Unfortunately you missed a couple of points regarding the TT races. In 1934 it was won by Charlie...
Sir, Your feature on Enzo Ferrari's Magnificent Machines made for wonderfully evocative reading. Also it was a pleasant change to see a British journalist recognising the truly outstanding abilities...
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It Beats Working — My 35 Years Inside Motor Racing, by Eoin Young. PSL, £17.99. Here is a lighthearted, readable funbook, difficult not to go through without putting it down, and then only if you...
Jaguar C-Type and D-Type, BrookIands Books. £9.95. Brooklands Books must have saved many researchers into one-make history much money with their reprints of articles from the leading motor papers...
Porsche 911 R RSRSR, by John Starkey. Veloce, £40. Everything you could wish to know about the racing 911 Porsches, stopping just short of the outrageous 935. Starkey covers the technical facts...
The Singer Story, by Kevin Atkinson. Veloce, £40.00. A history of the Singer Company has been one of the very few gaps left in the one-make book field. Fortunately for historians and enthusiasts,...
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Laurence Meredith assesses a viable Bentley alternative If we accept the general maxim that the basis for discussion is an exchange of knowledge, it so often follows that an argument, especially the...
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David McKinney reports on the biggest Continental Historic race meeting Following just a week after the Coys Historic Festival at Silverstone, the 24th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on...
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Behind so many shattered dreams is an old racing car languishing as a monument to what might have been, if only . . . Back in 1977 the late Ian Bracey, a Lloyd's underwriter known as the Baked Bean...
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David McKinney reports on three action-packed HSCC days at Donington The HSCC's annual FIA Historic Championships meeting at Donington Park produced the familiar pattern of some good fields and some...
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Alan Cox applauds the return of vintage racing to Lincs After a three year absence, the VSCC returned to Cadwell Park in mid-August, to the delight of competitors and spectators alike and although a...
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A Schneider Trophy Aftermath To understand what follows it is necessary to consider these seaplane races as they led up to the ultimate outcome. International contests of considerable importance and...
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R Memoranda, journal of the Riley AM Club which caters for the 1946-1955 Rileys had in its June issue an article on New Zealand Specials, including the Wilkins Special with RMB chassis, Holden...
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We have received the following communication from Barry Peerless about Anzani twin-cam engines, which have been the subject of speculation in recent issues of MOTOR SPORT, We thank Mr Peerless for...
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I have been lent by a VSCC member a most interesting book. The Guv'nor, the autobiography of John Howlett, OBE, which I think you should know about. This book, published 22 years ago by Seeley...
It is very apparent how many of the original Austin Sevens have survived, so that they are prominent in VSCC trials and well represented in the speed events and races of that Club, as they continue...
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A reader reminds me that in the Forgotten Makes feature in the August MOTOR SPORT I omitted one significant but sad part of that history. Namely, that in practice for the 1907 French Grand Prix at...
The links with Brooklands from the viewpoint of I those who actively raced there are alas becoming ever more attenuated, and now, sadly, Ernest Bouts has died. He was a very well-known competitor at...
Overwhelming sadness 'will be felt that Guy Smith has died, aged 63. His very notable achievements with his Alvis-engined Frazer Nash in VSCC, MAC and other events have been a feature of such...
The VSCC and the world of amateur motoring sport is mourning the death, at 70, after a short illness, of James Crocker, that Club's President from 1978 to 1980. He will be remembered as a humorous...
Joan Birkett died recently at the age of 82, after a long illness. Though seldom seen at our sort of events, she helped the inimitable, never-to-beforgotten Holland Birkett with his veterinary...
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The Times had a piece recently which should cheer up older drivers and riders, including me. One item was about an 88-year-old driver who has recently been allowed to renew his car insurance policy...
It is always reassuring to have evidence that car manufacturers find motor racing and rallying at all levels a definite help in sale promotion, as well, perhaps, as being a means of "improving the...
Motor-minded people in the Tewkesbury area are becoming excited about rumours that the W154 Mercedes-Benz in which R J B (Dick) Seaman was fatally injured after his accident in the rain at Spa in...
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When I wrote a long piece about the famous blower Bentley single-seater I had seen Sir Henry Birkin racing at Brooklands, which was published in MOTOR SPORT in October 1973, after the late "Rusty"...
From a letter kindly sent to me by Mr Andrew King, who is the Hon Editor of Leading Link, newsletter of the Greeves Riders Association, some interesting facets of information have come to hand about...
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The VCC is all systems go preparing for the Centenary Veteran Car Brighton Run on November 3. The entry is a record already, with 600 applications, whereas the previous highest number was 499 pre-...
As if to forecast the autumn, the VSCC held another Driving Test meeting at Madresfield Court near Malvern on the first Sunday in September, by permission of the Trustees of the Estate, which is as...
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You have read about the women who broke into an RAF station and damaged a fighter aircraft because it was intended for attacking human beings? And who were let off. Rather disturbing. Presumably if a...
It has been said that truth can be stranger than fiction. But I would never have thought that this could apply to the RAC/VCC Brighton Run for veteran cars had not a report of RAC/MSA Judicial...
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Part Two Jensen 541 1954-1963 Glass-fibre body, 4-litre straight-six engine but styling is an acquired taste. 541 introduced 1957 with rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes. More power from the...

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