October 1998

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The ‘lost’ lightweight Jaguar E-type discovered in a garage in Los Angeles earlier this summer has been purchased on behalf of an anonymous client by British restorers Lynx Motors International at an...
Murray Walker celebrated fifty years of commentating when he was a guest at Prescott Hill in September. Hillclimbing was the subject of his first ever session behind the microphone, when in 1948 he...
I will remember for some time the sense of joy that swept through the office the day we found out that Alain Prost was prepared to talk to us about Ayrton Senna. As you can perhaps imagine, this was...
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South Africa’s Kyalami circuit will once again reverberate to the sound of sensational Sports Prototypes on December 5-6, when David Piper, who won six Rand 9-Hour races there in the 1960s, takes 20...
Flinging his ex-Keke Rosberg Williams FW08B round with abandon as he explored the limits of tyre adhesion, Bob Berridge chiselled the gap to Tony Smith back to four points at the head of the...
Chris Bender became the first American national to enter the Motor Sport-supported FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship at Donington Park on September 4-6. After stalling on the grid, the...
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A glittering array of race cars was wheeled out for the 25th running of the Historic Auto Race meeting at Laguna Seca Raceway last month. Star cars were the Porsche 917/30 and 917/10 driven by Olaf...
Barry Connell plumes over the crest in his supercharged 1933/38 Alvis Special, at another relentlessly wet meeting. After Julian Majzub's brake problems denied spectators a promising needle-match,...
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As the Editor pointed out last month, Grand Prix racing has never been in such an open state, with every race wide open as to its outcome. No driver, or make of car, has been dominating the scene and...
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When some 21st century motorsport historian looks back for a window in time to frame what 1990s Formula One was all about, you can point him towards the second half of August 1998. In two short weeks...
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Dumbed down Sir, I was unable to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, but felt that I would be able to read a full report of what I missed in Motor Sport. It was with keen anticipation...
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It was at Spa-Francorchamps, 30 years ago, that a Grand Prix car first raced with a wing, and you might reasonably assume, given the innovative reputation of Colin Chapman, that it was a Lotus. In...
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"Honestly, it's very difficult for me to talk about Ayrton, and not only because he's not here any more. He was so different, you know, so completely different from any other racing driver any other...
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Modern Grand Prix cars are so similar that even the V12 has been consigned to history. But as Gordon Cruickshank finds out, not ever car designer has followed the norm. Motor racing history contains...
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Harry Hawker was both a brilliant pilot and a formidable racing driver. He knew no fear, took everything to the limit and paid the ultimate price. Bill Boddy remembers his inevitably short career...
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Ari Vatanen – Ford Escort RS 1800 reg. no. RRK 425 W Ari Vatanen was the first Finn to win the World Rally Championship, no thanks, he tells John Davenport, to one particular Ford Escort When nine...
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Each year there is a pilgrimage to a dried salt lake bed where every imaginable kind of car meets to decide just one thing: who is quickest of all. Gavin Conway goes to Bonneville to bear witness to...
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…and the corners weren’t much better either. While we like to celebrate the great race tracks in history, some haven’t always met with universal approval. Adam Cooper recalls the stinkers A few...
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Despite many racing successes, Borgwand’s Isabella saloon was unable to save the company from going under. Its greatest exponent, Bill Blydenstein, remembers it Like many people I have very fond...
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Low drag was the key to CUT 7, Jaguar’s first try to match Ferrari’s GTs. Matthew Franey took it back to Goodwood with the new XKR, the true successor to the E-type It was never meant to be an out-...
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Gilles Villeneuve’s son and brother are both called Jacques. You might expect the F1 star to be quickest. History suggests otherwise. Mark Hughes finds out more There’s a little town in Quebec,...
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The BMC/BL Competitions Department By Bill Price Haynes, £29.95. ISBN 1 85960 439 This is scarcely a second edition of the book which first saw the light of day back in 1989. Described alternately as...
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Le Mans 24 Hours June 11-12, 1977 He had already won the great race on three occasions, but Jacky Ickx says his fourth victory at Le Mans was almost unbelievable To win Le Mans one time is very...
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I sometimes think that I was put on this earth, ineffectively, to try to answer motor racing puzzles. The most recent, put by a young Formula One mechanic, relates to an Isotta-Fraschini, the great 7...
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I was reminded of an interview I did years ago with Hector Dobbs, who raced, very successfully, a series of Riley specials, notably with lightened chassis, cut-away cockpits and with engines up to a...
Owners of older cars continue to enjoy driving to Mark Garfitt's Summer Serendipity (a word introduced to the VSCC by Jenks — I didn't know he had a dictionary) at the Verzons near Ledbury.This year'...
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Andrew Frankel was right when he observed that Goodwood was the true successor to Brooklands. With its short races at the initial meetings and the happy atmosphere this was indeed true — even the...
When I realised that The Queen of Whale Cay by Kate Summerscale (Fourth Estate, 1997, ISBN: 1-85702-360-9) was a very full and capable biography of Betty Carstairs, the well-known motor-boat racer, I...
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It happened in 1924. The Alvis company upset Darracq, after these cars had achieved their 1, 2, 3 victory in the JCC 200-Mile Race. To understand the rumpus you have to also understand the record...
One of the better things that has happened to me has been to receive a pictorial record of Sam Clutton's association with the great 12-litre 1908 GP Itala, which he campaigned for 50 years in VSCC...
At the annual Brooklands Society reunion the Napier-Railton was the major attraction, and 13 genuine ex-Brooklands cars and three ex-BMCRC motorcycles were present, most of them in action. * * *...

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