October 2001

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We clapped and clapped in a spontaneous show of affection. Someone stood up. We all stood up. And clapped some more. Awards ceremonies do not float my boat as a rule, but I will cherish forever my...
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The Lola Mk6 GT car that was the development base for the Ford GT40 has returned to racing this year after an absence of 20 years. Paul Haywood-Halfpenny has acquired the rare car, bearing chassis...
The agreement between Octagon Motorsports Ltd and the British Racing Drivers' Club has been given the green light by the Competition Commission. Following a lengthy investigation, the British...
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Legendary Formula One team owner Ken Tyrrell died on August 25. For a photographic appreciation of his glory years with Jackie Stewart, turn to page 60. For personal memories of a true gentleman, see...
The Rockingham 500 ChampCar race will be screened on BBC2 Grandstand on Sunday September 23, the day after the race at the Northamptonshire oval. Ninety minutes of coverage will be transmitted. The...
Obituary 'Wilkie' Wilkinson Walter Ernest 'Wilkie' Wilkinson,who has died aged 98, came from an era of riding mechanics and wizard engine tuners, whose painstaking work contributed to automotive know...
Frank Sytner unveiled his latest Cooper at Silverstone, the rare 1963 Cooper Monaco-Chevrolet. This is one of eight chassis shipped to the USA in 1963, six of which were given Ford engines. Sytner's...
A tribute to John Cooper CBE was staged during the VSCC Silverstone meeting in August, with a number of Cooper cars on show, both static and on the track. The one-off invitation Cooper race produced...
The first car to carry Ferrari's Prancing Horse emblem sold for over 1,1 million in the Bonham & Brooks auction at Silverstone's Historic Festival. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 chassis number 27, raced...
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Oldtimer Grand Prix,Nürburgring The 29m Oldtimer meeting at the Nürburgring offered a varied race card on the modern track plus a three-hour marathon for GT cars on the Nordschleife. In addition...
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September 29 Oulton Park (GB) Cheshire track hosts last 2001 BARC Classic Race Meeting. Tel: 01264 882200 29/30 Dijon-Prenois (F) Force's Formula 5000 Transatlantic Challenge heads off to France...
With Keith Baldwin and Frank Lyons hitting trouble, Mike Wrigley's Lola T332 had a clear run to the flag in FORCE's F5000 Donington race. Motor Sport's Grand Prix editor Simon Taylor won the...
The biggest crowd ever seen at Shelsley flocked to the historic climb in August to celebrate Midland AC's Centenary. With a joint VSCC/MAC meeting on Saturday and an Invitational event on Sunday, the...
The VSCC Wrapped up its 2001 motor-racing season with a mid-August date at Silverstone. John Ure, Charles Dean and Rod Jolley were the winners of the major trophy races. A date clash with the...
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The annual Silverstone Historic Festival had a fresh look and feel this year, with a new date and a revised race programme that brought more recent machinery to the weekend. Inevitably, the death of...
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Sir, In his letter 'Fry on the Boil' (September issue), Mr. Hodgson's memory has failed him a little! To put the matter straight, Raymond Mays's record with ERA R4D at Shelsley Walsh was 37.37sec,...
SIR, Just back from the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, where I was once again reminded of the great Jacky Ickx. He was the man who won 10 Formula One races, including eight grands prix,...
Sir, Much as I agree with Joe Scalzo's views about Marion Lee 'Mickey' Thompson's abilities for self-promotion (September issue), his failures at Indy need to be balanced against his successes with...
Sir, It was with profound sadness that I learned of the death of Ken Tyrrell this week. No doubt many good things will be written, but I wanted to share a personal experience that I hope will...
Sir, It was with great sadness that I read of the death of Wilkie Wilkinson at the great age of 98. I first saw Wilkie when I was in the army stationed in Edinburgh, when I used to creep away from...
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Sir, I feel that Froilan Gonzalez is often underrated because people only remember the winners of the world championship. Yet, in his first grand prix start, Gonzalez was third on the grid. Over...
Sir, As expected, the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year proved a great event. I was particularly looking forward to seeing the return of the record breaking Fiat Mephistopheles to these shores....
SIR, It was excellent to see your article about Carlos Reutemann in your August edition. While I was growing up, that Argentine was a constant example of a fighter for me and for all the people of my...
Sir, I found Bill Boddy's article on The Mechanics of Winning most interesting. He touched on the origin of the term 'pits' going back to when depots were literally pits dug in a long line at the...
Sir, Below are a few facts regarding the queries raised in the letter from D Metcalf (September issue). E R Hall pre-war was a West Yorkshire mill owner, producing worsted cloth in Hudderfield. The...
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Ken Tyrrell In the Spa paddock, the loss of Ken Tyrrell was on many a mind, not least that of Jean Alesi. "My first F1 drive was for Ken, at the French Grand Prix in 1989 — and it was supposed to be...
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Ovals are just about turning left, right? Mario Andretti, Rick Mears and Dario Franchitti beg to differ and tell David Malsher about life at 350ft per second Peter Twiss captured the World Air Speed...
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So what was the first car to register a 200mph closed-course LAP? Perhaps a lightweight single-seater, ORA slippery sports-prototype? Neither, it was a huge slab of Detroit Iron. Preston Lerner...
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Today's Top Fuel dragsters cross the line at over 300mph in motorsport's rawest display of power. But the mechanical catalyst of this blood-and-thunder action was originally designed for a meek and...
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Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche:All are multiple Le Mans winners, but the WM team never sought to emulate them. Their raison d'etre was to attain the quickest speed ever recorded at La Sarthe. Gary Watkins...
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Henry de Hane Segrave took just 30 minutes to obliterate the previous land speed record and become the first driver to hit 200mph.Bill Boddy describes the least troubled record ever You have to go...
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Before he helped conceive the world's first supersonic car, this month's 'victim' designed missiles. So it is perhaps no surprise that his choice is this stunning piston—engined 'Exocet' Ron Ayers...
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Indycar lap speeds went through the roof in the early seventies and it seemed only a matter of time before Eagles Bobby Unser broke the 200mph barrier but writes Preston Lerner, the script changed If...
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The extra speed of this Barcelona street circuit made it Superior to Monaco — and more vulnerable to the safety crusade. Paul Fearnley visits it during rush hour The irony of it. This mind-blowing...
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The track hosted sportscar races too,of the 1000-kilometre, six-and 12hour kind. The non-championship race of 1971 included the mightiest car ever to grace Montjuich Park: a JWA Porsche 917 crewed by...
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The one that got away a spot of bother Roy Salvadori 1961 United States Grand Prix The thrill had gone, the love affair with F1 was over. Salvadori admits to Adam Cooper that he was merely going...
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As he turned in, Martin Donnelly was hot F1 property.Just fractions later, he hit the barrier on the exit and his career was over. Mark Hughes talks to the man many considered to be a better prospect...
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Fora pre-war privateer, buying an E.R.A. was the fastest way to success. But as Eric Dymock shows with the aid of Reggie Tongue's diaries, owning one did not necessarily put you in the Bourne in-...
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Having described how i was fortunate enough to be given a 1914 Alfonso Hispano-Suiza — fortunate because these were exceedingly good sporting cars — I have been asked what I then did with the car....
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Hero's Le Jog Land's End to John o'Groats Trial for Historic and Classic cars on December 6/9, in conjunction with Classic and Sports Car, is already receiving entries. Oldest cars so far are a 12/...
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I have been looking at the trial of Lord de Clifford, the last time a peer agreed to be tried "before God and his fellow peers", and so a slice of history. It is intriguing as it involved a charge of...
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The Water Speed Record By Kevin Desmond (Batsford, 1976) having been long out of print, a little book by Fred Harris, edited by Mike Rimmer, is a useful stand-in. It outlines very well, with fine...
Simon Taylor in Modern Times last month commented on how the Hockenheim circuit brought forth hoots of derision when in 1977 it replaced the Nürburgring as site of the German Grand Prix. It reminded...
Continental rallies have become popular with car clubs and one-make organizations, and are likely to increase while the foot-and-mouth epidemic restricts such happenings here. The Guild of Motoring...
Monica Whincop I am deeply saddened to hear Monica Whincop has died, but peacefully in her sleep after a long illness. When I knew her she had her 1924 A7 Chummy 'Abdul the Damned' and built the GN-...
Following my piece on pit-signals (August) I reread Prince Chula's book Wheels at Speed. He explains the signals were "a round black disc with a white number for number of laps run, a square black...

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