October 1997

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Night racing came to the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Mirburgring for the first time last month, with the 66-year old David Piper cleaning up the feature 500km Historic Marathon, anchoring David...
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obituary Former Maserati and Ferrari Grand Prix star Luigi Villoresi died on August 24, aged 88. Born in Milan of a wealthy family, he took up racing in 1931 together with his elder brother Emilio....
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The Equipe National Beige Lister-Jaguar which was raced at le Mans in 1958 by Freddy Rouselle and Claude Dubois has returned to Britain after long periods in France and Switzerland, with the...
Following the success of last year's front-engined Grand Prix car races in Dublin's Phoenix Park, the action moved forward an era last month, when Historic Grand Prix Car Association members...
Tony Brooks, who won the 1957 Belgian Grand Prix (run for sports cars) with Aston Martin, is returning to SpaFrancorchamps on October 10-12 to impart his knowledge and memories of the circuit to...
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You may have trouble believing this. I did. Some - I'll use the word 'people' instead of the rather more accurate but less publishable alternative have broken into Jenks' home and stolen, among...
The RAC International Historic Rally, which runs within the first two days of Great Britain's round of the World Rally Championship for modern rally cars on November 22/23, offers over 60 miles of...
Twenty years after it last raced in Grands Prix, a six-wheeled Tyrrell has returned to the track at the Nurburgring with German ace Jost Kalisch at the wheel, following its complete restoration by...
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Arguably the greatest years of sportscar racing will be celebrated at Daytona Motor Speedway, USA, on October 2-5, when the Florida complex hosts its first 'vintage' event, the Brumos Continental...
Can-Am fever gripped 71,000 spectators at Zandvoort on August 2/3, as Germany's Jost Kalisch bagged an International Supersports Cup double at the Marlboro Masters Formula 3 event in his mighty BRM...
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Everywhere you looked there was another Ford GT or Cobra or Shelby Mustang. It was the Shelby Tribute weekend at the Monterey Histories at Laguna Seca, and 'Ol Shel' was there, along with Roy...
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The Pebble beach Concours D'Elegance is a beauty contest which has been running for an incredible 47 years. The most glamorous cars, shiniest restorations and wealthiest entrants dominate the greens...
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Johnny Servoz-Gavin rather shook everyone at Monaco in 1968. Subbing for an injured Jackie Stewart, he qualified Ken Tyrrell's Matra second, behind Graham Hill's Lotus. An archetypal '60s figure,...
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Stalwart of the classic car scene, The Prince explains that his enduring love for the sport is in his genes It is perhaps no surprise that Prince Michael's entry for September's RAC Centenary Rally...
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Sir, I was much amused to read in Legends last month about Neubauer's bet with Rosemeyer at the Nurburgring. This reminds me of a similar occasion at the 'Ring in 1969 when Vic Elford was driving a...
Sir, In your article on the World's Greatest Racing Car, you show Caracciola's Mercedes at the Donington GP in 1937 leaping Melbourne Rise. I was there at that spot! In my many years since 1933 when...
Sir, Once again Coy's was an overwhelming experience, but this year for me it was the year for the Talbots. As an ex-owner of one of the 1932 Alpine team cars I have been disappointed that Talbots...
Sir, I make miniature historic racers for a hobby. Shortly before he died, I wrote to DSJ to ask his permission to measure up the Duesenberg, which I knew he owned, at the Brooklands Museum. I...
Sir, Regarding some readers' concerns about MOTOR SPORT not covering modern racing, I feel I must present the other side of the coin. There are already many publications which extensively cover...
Sir, I cannot resist writing to you about the truly magnificent new museum to the memory of Parry Thomas, right next to those famous sands where he lost his life at more than 170mph in `Babs'. For...
Sir, I would concur with Shaun Campbell (Going Downhill Fast, August) that the singular talent possessed by Jim Clark was not sheer speed, but his ability to put in startlingly fast laps at the right...
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Sir, I should like to offer my congratulations on your excellent recent articles on Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson, as well as those on Hesketh and Beatrice. I had the privilege of meeting Messrs...
Sir, I've cracked. I have finally had enough of journalists rubbishing the Lotus Elan I am at a loss to understand what it is you want from a roadgoing sports car. If it is the knowledge that you...
Sir, Maybe the picture of DSJ on a cycle was in Zandvoort (look at the registration of the BMW). I have a photo of him at Zandvoort in 1975 holding his cycle whilst talking with Max Moseley. Another...
Sir, I have been subscribing without a break, to MOTOR SPORT for 23 years for its unrivalled quality in reporting all forms of the sport, especially Formula One. In the last few issues, the content...
Sir, In 1933 I visited Brooklands and saw Whitney Straight in action on The Mountain setting a new lap record. To a boy of 13 this was pure magic and I fell hopelessly in love with this beautiful car...
Sir, Mr Nigel Roebuck is complete God. Long may he entertain us with his true 'works of art'. I am yours, etc Nick Keynes, Chesham, Bucks
Sir, Thank you, and all your associates, for saving MOTOR SPORT I'm a relatively new reader (December 1963) but have supplemented my extreme youth by purchasing earlier copies. You are now trying to...
Sir, I've just thoroughly enjoyed your story of the 1907 Peking to Paris raid. You will be interested to learn that the book that you mentioned at the end of your article is available in German (ISBN...
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Although the American motor industry obviously hopes her 'compact' automobiles will stem sales of imported cars, the makers of the foreign invaders intend to put up a fight, judging by the...
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By Jackie Stewart I first met him when he stopped at my father's garage. I was about 19. He was driving a TR2 or 3 — I can't remember which — but he was on his way back from the Rest-and-be-Thankful...
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Jim would have won the championship in 1968, and could have won in '69 too as the Lotus 49 was fantastic. He would have been a serious player for several years, but he might have left Lotus. I think...
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He became a tax exile as he couldn't afford to stay in Scotland. Mr Wilson charged 93% for the privilege. But I think he could have earned more. Keep in mind he was very well off to start with; the...
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Last Month we asked famous names in motor racing tp name their greatest racing car of all. We also asked the people who make motor racing what it is — you, the public, and your replies have been...
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One of the stars of this summer's COYS historic festival, the Talbot 105 is one of Britain's most underrated sportscars. Matthew Franey samples a little bit o history in this remarkable car One wet...
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The success of the Talbot 105s on the 1934 Alpine Trial was recorded for posterity by driver Tommy Wisdom, who while sharing BGH 21 (sister car to '23'), with his wife Elsie, wrote a dramatic account...
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He was Vanwall's number three to Moss and Brooks, but as Robert Edwards relates, Stuart Lewis-Evans could be challenge either man It was a subdued and depressing flight back from Casablanca in the...
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A supercharged V8 motor mates Jaguar's new XJR the quickest saloon car in production but, as Andrew Frankel discovers, it is merely the crowning glory of a radically improved range I have long...
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Looking for a Jaguar, sir? Does the new supercharged V8 not sound quite powerful enough for your tastes? Well, I have just the car for you. The boys from Coventry may be proud of their new...
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When Colin Chapman took his little Lotus 29s to Indianapolis in 1963, the good ol' boys took exception - especially one Parnelli Jones. Shaun Campbell looks back at his astonishing pole lap The first...
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... or Caracciola or Lang or Seaman... as good a driver as the men he built the cars from, Mercedes engineer Rudi Uhlenhaut was the unsung hero of the Silver Arrows. Chris Nixon looks back During...
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Road testing cars today is a science executed with millimetric accuracy. But, as he looks back over 60 years of testing, our founder editor reveals that it was not always such a precise art Long...
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In the final part of our series on Lancia's world rallying legends, Matthew Franey gets to grips with the awe-inspiring Delta S4 and Integrale In the mid-1980s, world rallying entered its most...
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Bugatti's vaunted return to post-war front line racing lasted just 18 laps. But, says Doug Nye, this ill-conceived project contained ideas that were truly ahead of its time Prologue Sporting history...
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On lap eighteen Jonathan Palmer was in last place, his Tyrol's suspension was damaged. Its engine 200bhp down on the turbo front runners. He finished fourth 1987 Australian Grand Prix I always...
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Mazda's final RX-7 seemed to have it all: great looks, performance and grip. Yet as Andrew Frankel discovered, reality failed to match the myth It was only a few years ago but it still seems hard to...
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Made a long haul in the summer sun the other day to that shrine of Bugatti contentment, Ivan Dutton's workshop at picturesque Ickford near Oxford, being much frustrated by slow traffic. The object of...
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Pomeroy pedigree More than 150 members of the Pomeroy family from all over the world met recently at Barry Pomeroy Castle in Devon, which belonged to the family until 1547. They include Laurence...
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, representing the interests of some 300,000 owners of such vehicles, warns again of increasing activity from environmental groups both here and abroad...
When turbochargers on production cars were a novelty some sporting drivers felt they were illrepresented without aTurbo' insignia on their cars. That phase has passed, but the announcement of a new...
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I confess that until the other day I did not know much about Duttons except that Tim Dutton-Wooley started to make his individual products in 1968 and developed all manner of interesting kits, from...
obituary It must have come as a great shock to many people in the vintage-car world, as it did to me, to hear that Harry Spence had died, aged 82. To me because I knew that he had been a well-known...
Christian Lautenschläger is lauded for winning for Mercedes two of their greatest landmarks, the 1908 and 1914 French Grands Prix. Memorable, because he was a test-driver competing against the elite...
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Top Mark There is no need to emphasise, to those who have seen Mark Walker in action, his exceptional skill, neatness and judgement. He was at the top of his form at VSCC Prescott, making outright...
A facet of speed-trial history, which a reader has drown to our attention — the accident at Kop Hill early in 1925 — is usually blamed for the subsequent ban on all such events on British public...

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