October 2004

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Mays says thanks to eyewitness   When Irish racer Robin Rennicks witnessed Ron Flockhart's accident in the 1958 International Trophy at Silverstone, not only did it earn him these letters of thanks...
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Green Issues Nobody had worn British Racing Green with greater pride — or more success — than Team Lotus. Impressed by the glitz and glamour of Indianapolis, Chapman had added that longitudinal...
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Seven-time champion plans to race on in face of retirement rumours Michael Schumacher has dismissed speculation that he will retire after clinching his seventh Formula One world championship — and...
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I didn't have any heroes when I was growing up. My dad had a garage, a Simca agency, and entered cars for races, so I remember lots of drivers staying with us. That was my first contact with the...
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MC12 supercar returns the Trident to top-line sportscar competition Maserati has returned to mainstream sportscar racing after an absence of 40 years. The Modena marque's new MC12 supercar made its...
A years free subscription is the prize for the knowledgeable reader who recognises this month's mystery offering from LAT Photographic's archives. Answers must be received by October 5 and in the...
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Formula Vauxhall Lotus, Mallory Park, May 1988 I wasn't planning to do Formula Vauxhall Lotus; I was looking at F3 or even F3000 --- but it's a question of dosh isn't it? Racing for Britain...
Ex-F1 world champions Alan Jones and Nigel Mansell are just two of the drivers talking to the organisers of a proposed single-seater series designed to replicate the success of the Seniors tours of...
1985 Indy 500 winner hangs up his helmet after 33-year career American Danny Sullivan has called a halt to an international career that included victory in the Indy 500, an Indycar title and a season...
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Lord March was blessed with a heatwave for his annual old-car racing feast --- and the action on the track sizzled too. Damien Smith reports From giant-killing Austin A35s to glorious pre-war...
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Legends: Alan Jones doesn't get the acclaim due to him. Would he, had he not decided to retire at the height of his F1 powers? Whenever we recall great drivers past, it seems the same names always...
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Howden Ganley: 1975 Nürburgring 1000Km Despite owning a brace of year-old Gulf GR7 Mirages, Gelo Racing boss Georg Loos concentrated on his GT Porsches. But the Nürburgring 1000Km was different. His...
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BSR-Volkswagen 389 Hockenheim, 1989 German Formula Three Championship The bare facts of the 1989 German F3 opener at Hockenheim hinted that a new constructor was about to supplant Ralt and Reynard as...
1969 German at Nürburgring; by Peter Westbury How did you come to be on the Grand Prix grid In Germany? Well, at 29, I was quite late getting into circuit racing, and am probably better known for my...
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Great Dane Jan Magnussen (below) scores his 14th British Formula Three victory out of an 18-race season at a wet Silverstone. His tally beats the record of wins set by Ayrton Senna. who took 12 from...
Track back: 1994 Ford's Paul Radisich lays claim to title of planet's best touring car driver again! What a field: 38 cars representing 11 manufacturers and a grid of drivers only second in quality...
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At least there's one record Ferrari can't Shanghai Kimi Räikkönen 's sensational win on F1's overdue return to Spa provided a fillip for the whole paddock. McLaren is finally back on winning form,...
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Lotus --- The Early Years by Peter Ross ISBN 1 90235112 6 Published by Coterie Press £34.99 It's hard not to be impressed by this weighty hardback. Written by one of Chapman's early collaborators, it...
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Write to: Motor Sport, Somerset House, Somerset Road, Teddington, Middlesex. TW11 8RT. E-Mail (please include your address): motorsport@haynet.com ERA reflections Sir, Whilst the recent article by...
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McLaren-TAG, 1984 I am probably biased, and Ron Dennis and John Barnard will say I don't understand, but I think that the R&D department of the Porsche factory has dominated F1 in the way they...
More 'fan' mail Sir, Further to the David Cole letter on the fan car controversy. I can confirm that the Lotus version never ran. Outraged by the Brabham's 'illegality and inelegance, and the...
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Scandinavia's first rally hero Erik Carlsson explains his roll --- sorry, role --- in Saab success and how all your hard work can be undone by an exploding distributor and an aardvark Did you deserve...
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Ford GT40 vs Ford GT. They look similar, but GT40 and Ford's new GT are chalk and cheese under their skins as befits their very different roles. But we simply had to bring them --- and Jackie Oliver...
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Ford's path to Le Mans victory was by no means predictable. Words by Gordon Cruickshank  1962: Henry Ford II decides he wants a Le Mans win. 1963: Attempt to buy Ferrari outright falls at 11th hour...
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Adrian Newey Ford GT40 owner When McLaren technical director Adrian Newey wants an automotive fix away from his Formula One day job. he turns to his Ford GT40. He's the proud owner of chassis P/1010...
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Jamal Hameedi Ford GT project manager How was a road car built on a race-team schedule? 1) Upfront analysis: the programme was built on the premise that every engineer would engineer their parts...
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Paul Newman might be a movie legend, but it's racing that lights his fire, he tells Gordon Kirby When you think of Paul Newman does Butch Cassidy spring to mind? Yeah, me too. That's the thing about...
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While Max Mosley was boldly talking up the new March team and signing star drivers left, right and centre, its designer was wondering how to keep egg off his face. Robin Herd tells Keith Howard how...
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Michael Cookson had a photographic eye from a young age. His shots from local haunts Aintree and Oulton Park, plus images from Monza, are proof "The opening of Oulton Park and Aintree in the 1950s...
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It can be a selfish sport. yet its impossible to succeed without the support of others. We felt it was time to select the most dynamic of duos. And the nominations are... 50: Ma & Pa Moss For...
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Alfa's legendary Tipo B and Alfetta scored 78 international wins between them. In the opportunity of a lifetime, Paul Fearnley drives them both --- on the same day! Centre throttle. Centre throttle....
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Tazio Nuvolari started seven races in 1932 aboard a Tipo B. He set fastest lap in all of them, scoring four victories, two seconds and a third in the process. It's no wonder that he was annoyed when...
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Being pelted by rubber bullets at 180mph is not normally something that brings a smile to your face. But Juan Fangio could not help himself, for he knew now that he was in control of his own title...
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Michele Alboreto loved his job. That's why he pounded on in F1 cars that could never do him justice, led him to sportscars and eventually a tragic death. David Malsher recalls his hero Wednesday...
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From Yorkshire and a Mini to a GM competitions boss. Tony Fall tells John Davenport how he did it Tony Fall was a rally phenomenon in the 1960s. Just as the works teams were starting to go all...
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Taking the road to Reims I have never been in the habit of taking holidays. I was working at copy for Motor Sport right up to the moment when I left on my honeymoon and immediately I got back, and...
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More than a Merc demonstration Demonstartions of pre-war GP cars at present-day race meetings can be a big attraction. I've mentioned Tony Brooks and Peter Collins driving a W125 and a W154 Mercedes-...
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The Autocar started it. They had tried to climb Cader Idris, Wales's allegedly second-highest mountain (2927ft), with a 4WD Steyr-Puch-Haflinger, but wheelspin defeated it. Yet another attempt was...
From the little Shuttleworth magazine Prop-Swing I learn that a TA MG is being added to the Trust's vehicle exhibits at Old Warden, as it was a present to Dick Shuttleworth, racing driver and pilot...
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In the beginning, albeit with a few notable exceptions, cars normally had rotating-pinion gearboxes. As car ownership increased, particularly after WWI, changing gear quietly was a problem for many...
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The month in historic motorsport ****** Fast times: Keep track of all the action
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HSCC | Oulton Park | Aug 29-30 HGPCA victories for John Harper and Barrie Williams and a double Gp4 success for Martin O'Connell topped the third Gold Cup Revival at Oulton Park. Unfortunately, a...
Martin O'Connell Gold Cup triple winner How did you make the switch to historic racing? "I've known Sandy Watson for eight or nine him on years now and I've raced with and off in two-driver races....
Racing cars that simply won't stop 1961 Austin Healey 3000 Registration number: 6200 NO One of the most successful racing Austin Healey 3000s started life as a road car. Rumour suggests that it was...
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Some 30 classic rally cars ranging from a 1961 Ford Anglia to a 1992 Lancia Delta Integrale HF took part in the annual demonstration by the Slowly Sideways group at the WRC Deutschland Rally. The...
Cars you thought you'd never see again: Attila Mk3 Hardly seen since Mark Hales raced it with some success in the 1980s. the Attila Mk3 is back racing. It's being readied for a season in the...
The largest-ever UK gathering of racing Porsches marked the inaugural Porsche Festival at Brands on August Bank Holiday. Organised by Porsche Club GB. the event included eight races solely for the...
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VSCC | Harewood | Aug 21 From an entry of over 140 cars James Baxter scored a commanding victory in the VSCC's Harewood hillclimb. Marking the conclusion of a week of events celebrating the club's...
MRL | Assen | Aug 14-15 The Dutch circuit of Assen hosted the second round of the Motor Racing Legends Pre-War Sportscar series. After two 45-minute races, the Alfa Romeo 8C Monza of Bill Ainscough...
CER | Silverstone | Aug14-15 The success of the early rounds of the Classic Endurance Racing series was not repeated at Silverstone when just seven finished the hour-long race for 1960s and 70s Le...
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Laguna Seca | Aug 13-15 The 31st running of the USA's top historic race meeting drew over 400 entries to California's Laguna Seca circuit. A fifth of the entry was made up of Ferraris, Maranello's...
GP Masters | Donington | Aug 28-29 Frank Sytner's Penske PC3 claimed yet another brace of Grand Prix Masters wins at Donington Park. In the opening round he fought off a first-lap challenge from...
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Tour Auto revised The organisers of the Tour Auto have pledged to take the event back to its roots in 2005 by introducing measures aimed at making it more relaxed. The entry selection committee will...
Data logger: keep track of all the action Bosses of major historic events set out plans for expansion in North West Two events look set to vie for the title of 'Goodwood of the North'. Major historic...
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A 20-strong Lotus class arranged by Classic Team Lotus contested the August event at Shelsley Walsh. Cars ranged from Steve Cropley's Lotus 6 to the ex-Nigel Mansell 87B of David Coplowe. James Denty...
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Estoril Historic Festival | Oct 9-10 Gallego chases home win The final major European historic meeting of the season is the Estoril Festival over October 8-10. Headlining the programme will be the...
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Race meetings at Mallory Park and Silverstone in October will bring the curtain down on what has quite possibly been the best season ever for the Historic Sports Car Club. The 2004 season has been...
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Lancia Beta Monte Carlo or bust! The five finalists in the Motor Sport/HSCC 'Your Chance to be a Racing Driver' competition gathered at Goodwood to be put to the test. Damien Smith reports The racing...
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Simon Taylor's notebook The Goodwood Revival is the best historic race meeting in the world. Minutely organised, superbly staged, it has transformed everyone's perception of old car racing. Other...

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