October 2002

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Paul Fearnley, Editor Now I'm not going to sit here and tell you that the just-gone Goodwood Revival was bigger and better than ever before. It was merely as good as last year's. That is to say...
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Damon Hill drove a 1962 BRM P578 at Goodwood to lead a special tribute to his late father. The Revival Meeting celebrated the 40th anniversary of Graham's first Formula One victory, scored in the...
Peter Proctor raced for the first time in 36 years at the Goodwood Revival Meeting. The works Rootes Group race and rally driver of the 1950s and '60s was returning to the circuit where a fiery...
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The 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup will be commemorated by a special three-day event in Ireland next spring. The event on May 31-June 2 will include two sprints for a wide variety of famous cars from...
The unique Kincraft single-seater has been put up for sale in a bid to see it restored to its former glory. The Len Terry-designed chassis, widely regarded as the inspiration behind Formula 5000, has...
British amateur racers and their organising clubs have reacted angrily to proposals that will make it much harder for drivers to compete in races run at European venues. If the plans of the FIA are...
Motor Sport's sister magazine F1 Racing recently asked its subscribers what name British American Racing should take when rebranding itself this winter. The overwhelming response was to bring back '...
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Jim Crawford A combination of amazing car control and phenomenal bravery enabled Jim Crawford, who has died suddenly at the age of 54, to rise rapidly from a humble racing mechanic to a Formula One...
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Four-time winner Björn Waldegård is among entries for a recreation of the East African Safari Rally in December 2003, marking 50 years of the rally. The 1979 champion will drive a Porsche 911 in the...
September 21 Silverstone (GB) VSCC season concludes with its second race meeting of the season at Silverstone Added to the usual events is a race to celebrate 50 years of Lotus. Tel: 01608 644777 21/...
Britain's ChampCar race at Rockingham will move forward from September to May next year. The move to the May 3/4 Bank Holiday weekend is a major fillip for the track, whose inaugural ChampCar event...
Seasoned British racer Mike Whatley secured the Thoroughbred Grand Prix title at Magny-Cours at the start of September. Whatley, who combines chairmanship of the 750 Motor Club with racing his Ensign...
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Goodwood Revival "This is about the passion," said Patrick Tambay wearing a broad smile. The French ace was one of the galaxy of stars competing in the fifth Goodwood Revival meeting, and his drive...
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Ferrari hill-climb: Shelsley Walsh David Franklin thrilled the fans at Shelsley Walsh in August aboard Carlos Monteverde's Ferrari 212E. The former British hillclimb champion claimed the spoils in a...
Oldtimer GP: Nürburgring Gary Pearson was one of the stars of the 30th Anniversary Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in August, claiming a Group C double. The JD Classics Jaguar XJR-11 driver...
Peter Hall and David Yates/Phil Dowsett took a win apiece in the season's final Heritage GT Challenge races at Brands Hatch aboard their respective Camaro and Mustang contenders. ***** Mike Wrigley ...
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Oulton Park Gold Cup A 12,000-strong crowd, full grids and fabulous weather helped to make the new-look Oulton Park Gold Cup for historic cars a big success. Flavien Marçais dominated the headline...
Monterey Classic: Laguna Seca The biggest historic motor-racing festival outside Europe drew a record 400-car entry to Laguna Seca for the 29th Monterey Classic event in California. More than 60...
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Sir, We were sad to read about the passing of Jim Crawford. He might have been forgotten elsewhere, but certainly not with long-time Croft regulars. For us, what was most memorable was that meeting...
Sir, Bill Blydenstein's recent letter certainly knocked the old cobwebs round in my memory regarding the 1961 British Empire Trophy meeting. It was my first-ever motor-race meeting as a very...
Sir, May I, through your columns, thank Oulton Park on their revived Gold Cup meeting for historic cars. The track is a perfect setting for these cars, so much more appropriate than the soulless,...
Sir, I'd like to add some memories of Henri Toivonen following your article last month. At the time of his F3 try-out in 1982, I was involved with the Rothmans-backed factory Opel squad, and in the...
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Simon Taylor For me, the defining moment of this Formula One season came on lap 72 of the Hungarian Grand Prix. With both drivers' and constructors' titles effectively locked away, Ferrari's only...
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  Nigel Roebuck It was inevitable that the Monza paddock should be a tense place over the weekend of the 2001 Italian Grand Prix. Everyone arrived there on the Thursday, reeling still from the...
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In 1972, he became the youngest F1 champion. He became the third-oldest Indy 500 winner 21 years later. In between he had four years out of the cockpit. Emerson Fittipaldi, first of the great...
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After a childhood spent pushing the Corgi model along the carpets of Great Britain, Paul Fearnley finally gets his sticky mitts on a real Lotus 72. Worth the wait? You bet! There are numerous cars...
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The one that got away Phil Hill: 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours He had won the year before and was leading comfortably again. Easy money! But he would be broke before the day was out. By Adam Cooper For Phil...
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Few racers have let their driving do their talking like Al Unser Snr. Despite winning the Indy 500 four times, he tends to shun publicity. But this modest hero spoke to David Malsher about his...
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As the furore over eligibility for this year's Brighton Run subsides, Bill Boddy looks back over many years of participation in this truly special, quite unique — and very British — event Some who...
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The Blue Oval's investment in Cosworth's DFV was repaid many times over. But Ford didn't always hit the jackpot. Keith Howard tells the story of an engine that met all its design criteria, yet which...
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The bad-luck stories that litter Chris Amon's career obscure the fact that he registered several major wins. Mark Hughes helps him to put the record straight Chris Amon, the man recalled as the...
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One of the last true privateers, Bob Anderson never received the recognition from the works teams he craved —and his efforts probably deserved. Adam Cooper explains On the face of it, Bob Anderson's...
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Fifteen minutes of fame Strang: VSCC Prescott – August 31, 1946 Cooper was the most famous marque to emerge from 500cc competition after WWII, but only after it had broken the stranglehold of a...
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Track tests Britain's first true Grand Prix road course now hosts a market, provides a car park, and passes through walls and underneath buildings. Gordon Cruickshank explains Where in Britain can...
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Ewy Rosqvist may have looked like a film star, but this Swede was a serious — and seriously talented — rally driver. She was tough, too. Her greatest victory is testament to that too. Hartmut...
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Bill Boddy Several very successful amateur-built Specials have been recalled recently. Of these, the Freikaiserwagen must not be overlooked, as it was conspicuously effective both pre- and post-WWII...
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Bruce Dowell, formerly the STD's Sunbeam Registrar (from whom Pat Durnford has taken over), has saved a 20/60 Sunbeam first registered in 1926 from being scrapped. Its coupé body was removed, and in...
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Re the speed trial picture of John Bolster captioned as taking place at Croydon Airport, I have discovered that it was actually held at the Autodrome's School of Motoring in the town, where roads on...
In the MCC Trials a Triple Award is given to those who win Premier awards in the Exeter, Land's End and Edinburgh events. These took the form of little granite signposts with three arms inscribed...
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The owner of a 36/220 Mercedes-Benz, the famous golfer Henry Cotton, who once drove 340 miles in a day which included 36 holes of golf, took a £10 bet with another golfer. He wagered that Richard...
The August issue of the Frazer Nash Chain Gang Gazette, edited by Louise Northwood, which always cheers me up, is devoted largely to the memory of the late H J Aldington, the great character who ran...
I heard that another Rolls-Royce parade before Her Majesty the Queen was scheduled for this year, a repeat of that which took place at Windsor in the Silver Jubilee year, 1977. Then, courtesy of Lord...
Airlife of Shrewsbury have lately published Amy Johnson – Enigma in the Sky by David Luff (ISBN 1 84037 3199, £16.99), not only a very full life story of the girl who became one of our most famous...

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