October 2005

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Four years apart -- but a world of difference With echoes of the VSCC's 'See Red' meeting still reverberating in the woods around Donington, we slip back to the 1930s with this pair of programmes....
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The spirit of speed I only saw Gilles Villeneuve race once, and it wasn't exactly his finest performance: British Grand Prix, 1981.  I was six. He was out early on after losing his Ferrari 126CK at...
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'Our Nige'  to take on Prost, Patrese, Jones and Arnoux -- again! The Grand Prix Masters series for Formula One's 'senior citizens' has received a massive boost with the signing up of Nigel Mansell...
Williams has announced a return to Cosworth power for the 2006 Formula One season after its split with BMW --  but the big question is which of five men will form the team's driver pairing. Williams...
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Quarter-midgets, Baylands,1972 My first race was a quarter-midget event at a track called Baylands in Sunnyvale, California back in 1972. I was just six at the time, but I was already interested in...
David Williams  World rallying's foremost journalist died unexpectedly in August just days short of his 44th birthday. Having gained a first-class history degree at Oxford University, David joined...
Alex Zanardi scored an emotional victory at Oschersleben, Germany,  on August 28 in round seven of the WTCC.  It was his first international win since losing his legs in an accident at the...
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Paul Lawrence joined a huge crowd to witness a glorious day of centenary celebrations Few motorsport venues elicit such powerful emotions as Shelsley Walsh, sited in the beautiful depths of the...
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  John Cooper was in motor racing for fun, but that didn't stop him creating a special legacy Places mean cars, don't they? Hear the word `Maranello' and you think of something red with yellow...
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Lap 10 of the Formula Ford final at any Silverstone Club circuit meeting of the late 1970s or very early '80s: you'd be in the Woodcote grandstand, waiting for the slipstreaming lead bunch to appear...
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Less smoke and mirrors from the FIA as more overtaking is promised in Fl from 2008 The future direction of grand prix racing became a little clearer at Monza when Max Mosley revealed the latest...
1995 Oliver Grouillard and Andy Wallace win the BPR GT race at Nogaro in a McLaren F1.  Second place ensures the title for John Nielsen and Thomas Bscher. *** 1985 Nigel Mansell finally wins in F1...
A British IndyCar champ? With three rounds to go in the IRL IndyCar Series, 27-year-old Dan Wheldon stands on the brink of becoming Britain's first Indy-style champion since Nigel Mansell won the...
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The Fast Set: three extraordinary men and their race for the Land Speed Record by Charles Jennings, ISBN 34911596 6, published by Abacus. £8.99 (paperback) Campbell, Cobb and Segrave — Britain's...
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An occasional feature where we invite the experts from BCA's Classic and Historic Division to shine some light on the auction scene In this month's column Robin Lawton & Peter Bourne from BCA's...
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From smoking Mini at Brands Hatch to smoking and card games at the Daytona 24 Hours.  And a Morris Marina... It's not every day we hear from readers who perform songs described in the music press as...
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Questions of ethics Sir,  Congratulations on publishing Nigel Roebuck's article (Legends, September issue) on the disgraceful conduct of Ayrton Senna at Suzuka in October 1990. In my lifetime's...
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British GP cars 1956 With the season finished I was able to spend a memorable day at Silverstone when one of our top drivers had three different Formula One cars at his disposal to test and see if he...
Goodwood testing Sir, The 'Test match special' article (September issue) brought back memories of my first visit to Goodwood in 1974, when I was in the area for a few days. All around the entrance...
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He touched the hem of F1 but Rick Mears preferred to stay at home. He won at Indy four times but Le Mans was never on the agenda, and he reckons Stock Cars are like boats... Of your four Indy 500...
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1976: Gilles Villeneuve staggers the grand prix world before he's even sat in an F1 car. John Zimmermann describes an astounding season of dominance and the Formula Atlantic car a future legend made...
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Wooden bridges, long straights, jumps, a railway crossing.., and even a pub. Tasmania's super-fast road circuit had it all. Adam Cooper takes a trip to the track that even Jim Clark couldn't conquer...
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When Hans Stuck Sr let his son loose at the 'Ring it was the start of a great career. By Gary Watkins Destiny's child... Hans Stuck Jr was always going to be a racing driver. You don't have a lot of...
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A hundred years ago France hosted the final Gordon Bennett Cup.  It would be the end of the first set of international motor races;  because of the restrictive rules the ACF had unilaterally...
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Two brave design choices brought dominating success, the car's designer tells Keith Howard In Formula One the 1980s were McLaren's decade. From 1980 to '89 the team won no fewer than five drivers'...
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This Sunbeam Alpine shocked the French hosts by winning the Index of Thermal Efficiency at Le Mans. Richard Heseltine goes back to its Rootes It's unlikely to feature in any roundup of motor racing...
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The Gran Premio de la América del Sur almost forced Fangio to quit racing, as Tony Watson relates. Photography courtesy of the Juan Manuel Fangio museum Monday, November 8 1948: Oscar Gálvez has been...
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He left a trail of battered egos in his wake, but his brilliance was never rewarded. Marcus Simmons drops in on his car dealership He was the great alley-cat bruiser of 1980s British motorsport, a...
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Spirit of pre-war days With all our respect for historic Maseratis and Ferraris, etc, in historic car races today it is the ERAs which capture best the spirit of the pre-war days for me. Last year...
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The lnvicta Car Club's 75th anniversary of the S-type was supported by these impressive sportscars, with owners bringing cars to England from Germany and the Netherlands, another flown over from...
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Morris ERA takes Seaman honours -- Donington Park VSCC See Red, September 3/4 For the 17th time in the car's illustrious history, ERA R11B won the Historic Seaman Trophy during the VSCC's See Red...
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Hillclimb legend on Shelsley How long have you been competing at Shelsley Walsh? I first competed at Shelsley in 1954. I've always said that at Prescott you've got to be neat and at Shelsley you've...
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100 GP celebration --  Ambitious VSCC Donington meeting to feature grids spanning all 10 decades of grand prix racing The Vintage Sports Car Club has unveiled plans to celebrate 100 years of grand...
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Racers that are going, going, gone... The Bonhams sale at the Silverstone Classic meeting in August saw mixed results.  Chairman Robert Brooks personally headed the auction.  Competition cars...
Ex-Formula 3000 race winner and F3/FF2000/FF1600 champion Dave Coyne has targeted a racing comeback in historic motorsport. Coyne, whose last circuit race was in a Jaguar XK "a couple of years ago at...
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GP classics back at Brands -- FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix: Brands Hatch and Estoril September 24/25, October 8/9 The fight for the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix World Championship culminates with races...
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A brace of anniversaries means two busy weekends on the trot and the chance to race a Chevron B1 at Oulton Shelsley Walsh: With virtually every living British Hillclimb champion present — either...
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Promoting our type of motorsport to a new audience, without cheapening it, is vital to its long-term health I make no apology for returning to the subject of Shelsley Walsh, which featured on this...
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Nürburgring 1000km, 1964 Ludovico Scarfiotti (third nearest to camera) appears to be jumping to his Ferrari 275P, which he would share to victory with Nino Vaccarella.  But he's up with John Surtees...

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