October 2006

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Emerson Fittipaldi knows that with all the titanium bracing he has in his spine, he shouldn’t be racing a car. He admits that when he tested the Grand Prix Masters single-seater for the first time...
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Eddie Cheever kept it together in the gloom and rain to win the Silverstone GPM race Even the weather was as it so often used to be, Silverstone awakening on race day to grey skies, a chill wind and...
Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams emerged unscathed after rolling Burkhard von Schenk’s Cooper-Maserati T51 during the Silverstone Classic, despite finishing wrong way up in the Bridge corner gravel. “I don’t...
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Chris Amon’s first racing car, known as the NZ Special, has been found in New Zealand and bought by enthusiast Roger Herrick. The single-seater was built by Herrick’s late uncle Des in 1948, and...
DFV race to honour Cosworth founder The life and work of Keith Duckworth will be celebrated in a special F1 race during the Walter Hayes Trophy meeting at Silverstone on November 5. The BRDC has...
A very rare Kellison sports car made its European racing debut at the Silverstone Classic meeting in August when Michael Windsor-Price raced the car for its owner Albert Otten. Thought to be one of...
The International Historic Motorsport Show will move to a new date in 2007 for the fourth running of the event at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry. Capitalising on its success this February, the show...
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Charlie Agg had his first race of 2006 when he borrowed Ross Maxwell’s Chevron B19 for the Orwell Supersports races at the Silverstone Classic. Lacking time to race his Group C/GTP Nissan, Agg needed...
Group C car in transition The sportscar which became a van has been returned to its first role and will race in 2007 Although its planned return was thwarted by overheating problems, the stillborn...
The rare Heron chassis of Eddie Perk made its HGPCA debut at Silverstone recently. This was the car’s third race outing since Perk restored it to its original 1960 specification. “I bought it four...
Too young to have gained your 130mph badge while Brooklands was active? Don’t worry, you can still add one to your badgebar. A series of replicas is now available, made by the same manufacturers as...
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Grand Prix Masters drive gives Formula Junior racer a taste of 3-litre power Formula Junior racer Crispian Besley stepped up to race in Grand Prix Masters at Silverstone when he accepted an...
Five-day historic meeting in Florida expects sizeable British sportscar contingent As many as 50 British club racers will get the chance to compete at Daytona in November 2007 during a major historic...
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Donington scores a century From Edwardian rumble to V10 Ferrari shriek, look forward to the sights and sounds of 100 years Goodwood did it, Magny Cours did it and now Donington is doing it. That’s to...
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Porsche Moments Jesse Alexander This is an evocative collection of photographs by American Alexander, who based himself in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s to pursue a career in motorsport photography...
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Where's Lothar? Sir, Loved the Can-Am retrospective. Perfect pictures, wonderful words. But why no mention of Lothar Motschenbacher? He was a US privateer who often troubled the front-runners in a...
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Alboreto liked to win, of course, but his passion was for driving – for pleasure and success, not money The circumstances of Michele Alboreto’s death, like those of Bernd Rosemeyer’s, angered Roebuck...
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A great driver is not enough to win races. There are other factors and they're all crucial Many people say the battle between Ferrari and Renault is all about the tyres. It is not, it is about many...
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A day at the race track with flat-six power brings back fond memories Many of you will remember David Heynes, who died three years ago racing his Lotus 15 at Silverstone. There was a little comfort...
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Having retired twice, his faith helped him decide to start a third racing career Words: Alan Henry He looked leaner, fitter and more youthful than ever. Forget the fact that 31 years had passed since...
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Here’s Part 4 of our theoretical look at the comparative speeds of leading GP cars: mid-engines, monocoques and wings arrive Words Mark Hughes. Photography: LAT 1959 Cooper T51 Index figure: 172.9...
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Andrew Frankel drove the most original factory D-type of all in the Le Mans Classic parade, then opened it up on William Lyons's favourite testing ground the English country road Words: Andrew...
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The National Motor Museum Film and Video Department ensures our motor racing history will never fade. Stephen Vokins is the man charged with looking after both classics and oddities Words: Rob...
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The most prolific driver in British motor sport can’t remember how many races he’s done. But Simon Taylor finds Barrie can tell a story about almost every one Photography: James Mitchell Forty years...
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It’s hard to keep a secret at a GP, especially when there are quick-witted photographers around. When the MP4/12’s unusual pedal-box was photographed, a legality storm brewed Words: Keith Howard....
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With a new team, a new chassis and a new livery, BRM began 1970 with higher hopes than for several seasons. This is the car that carried those dreams into batlle Words: Gordon Cruickshank....
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Few had heard of the American film actor driving a borrowed car at Brands Hatch, but with one sparkling drive he gave notice of his other passion Words: Gordon Cruichshank Film star, racing driver —...
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There were cars from eight decades racing at Silverstone, but Andrew Frankel hit the track in the oldest one of all I don’t usually hyperventilate before a race, but then I’m not usually seated atop...
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Cheap to build, hard to maintain and risky to drive, USA board tracks had a brief but glorious existence Words: Gary Doyle The rapid development of the world-wide automobile industry in the first...
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Somewhere in Wiltshire, Aston Martins are congregating for special attention; whether it's repair, restoration or race-preparation, the enthusiasm is the same Words: Rob Widdows. Photography: Phil...
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Tin-tops were a feature at the Oldtimer, where saloon champion and Le Mans winner Klaus Ludwig talked about his love of racing Words: Paul Parker. Photography: Charlie Wooding Sitting in the Derkum...
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It is 60 years since Bristol began making cars, and in that time WB has tested many of them For decades the Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac were regarded as exclusive possessions. Another...
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Any early flight to Edinburgh is rewarded at Knockhill, while the Silverstone Classic offered on-track action and even excitement in the trade stands To Knockhill, 800 feet above the Firth of Forth,...
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July 22 Vatanen and Escort wow the Coombe crowds The annual Castle Combe rallyday drew the fans to see rally cars and stars from past and present with Ari Vatanen at centre stage A round 10,000 fans...
August 5/6 Amanda Whitaker clinched the Formula Atlantic class of the Historic European F2 Championship with a win and a second place in class in rounds nine and 10 at Spa. On her first experience of...
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August 5 Yet another driver recorded a victory in the HSCC's Historic Racing Saloon Register Championship as the remarkably open season continued at Castle Combe. This time it was Ford Anglia pilot...
July 23 A magnificent grid of Edwardian cars took centre stage at the VSCC's annual Mallory Park meeting. With drivers hunched over the wheel of their giant racing machines — some of them — a century...
August 5/6 For the second time in seven weeks, James Baxter pipped Mac Hulbert to win a VSCC hillclimb. It was the final run of the weekend that proved the fastest as Baxter hurled his Frazer Nash...
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July 23 The first move to create an annual historic racing festival in Scotland came with the inaugural Classic SpeedFair at Knockhill, where a new Tin Tops race for pre-66 racing saloons headlined....
August 12/13 Before the opening race of the weekend at Snetterton, Chris Scragg pointed out the fact that a race win still eluded him in the Heritage GT series. A couple of hours later his wish came...
August 12/13 Steve Hartley claimed his first outright Thoroughbred Grand Prix victory when the championship supported the contemporary Grand Prix Masters event at Silverstone. His win on the...

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