September 1994

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July 18: Co-driver Mark Brickstock succumbs to injuries sustained, the previous day, in a single-venue stage rally at Snetterton. 19: David Brabham escapes unhurt after rolling his Simtek during a...
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While Michael Schumacher might seem to have been justly punished for ignoring a black flag at Silverstone, there is a precedent for greater leniency. . . Back in 1956, 25-year old Bruce Halford was...
One mishap too many Elsewhere in this issue, you can read of the myriad trials and tribulations that have soured Benetton's month, and there's little doubt that there are many who have little...
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On a number of counts F1 plumbed new depths at Hockenheim, but a long overdue victory for Ferrari, courtesy of Gerhard Berger, provided a timely uplift An all-Ferrari front row in qualifying,...
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Pre-race revelations by the FIA in Hockenheim blew the cloud created by the HA World Council meeting in Paris, a few days earlier, into a storm of controversy that cast doubt on the credibility of...
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Watching first qualifying for the German GP, at Hockenheim, whilst waiting for the Formula 3000 paddock to stir into life, a few people winced as Eddie Irvine's Jordan skated off on an oil slick at...
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It may be late, but the first volume of Doug Nye's eagerly anticipated BRM tome will have true enthusiasts salivating The best things, we are told, are worth waiting for. And here is something that...
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Silverstone in July. Marquees, flags, historic cars and transporters everywhere. But this isn't the Coys meeting; that's still two days away. This is members-only, for the 96 Club, and the selection...
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Would it ever have been massaged into a dominant racing car, if Rubery Owen had made the necessary budget available? Or was it really just another 16-cylinder disaster for BRM that raked open all the...
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Hockenheim brought the spectre of fire back to Grand Prix racing. In his first interview for almost two decades, former BRM chief Louis Stanley, who pioneered means of eliminating such risk, recalls...
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Jackie Stewart "Louis was a larger than life character who brought a bit of colour, and certainly a different demeanour to Formula One Grand Prix racing. He and his wife Jean: there was clearly a...
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Some journalists – no names, no pack drill – seem to think that the British Touring Car Championship is as good as over. It's true that Alfa Romeo stole all the early headlines and that Gabriele...
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While NASCAR's arrival at Indianapolis has captured public imagination and the headlines IndyCar racing's future has quietly been taking shape The last five months have not been kind to Tony George...
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Colin McRae had endured a miserable 1994 prior to New Zealand. There had even been talk that his place at Subaru was in jeopardy. But then. . . After an indifferent year during which his feet have...
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The Land's End to John o'Groats Reliability Trial for historic and classic cars will take place from December 3-7. An event which turns back the clock as much as it can, it will include regularity...
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The Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport is blessed with all the virtues one associates with the Stuttgart marque. But is 'blessed' the right word in this context? A sterile, almost fossilised approach to design...
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Minimum bulk; maximum interior space; distinctive personality; optimum aerodynamic performance; maximum fuel economy without sacrificing performance: these are all elements of Giugiaro's design...
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As a rule, tin tops do not make pretty convertibles. Witness, over the last decade, the plethora of hatchback-derived cabriolets that have borne closer resemblance to designer perambulators than...
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Now in its fifth year, the Silverstone International Historic Festival continues to go from strength to strength. The 1994 version, supported for the second year by Coys, admirably upheld the...
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I have received from the archives of the Rolls-Royce EC, through the thoughtful General Secretary, Peter Baines, some fascinating slivers of motor racing history. The story of how Sir Henry Royce...
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Growing old hath no fears, they say, but it has for me, sometimes. So hark to Stanley Sedgewick, the popular Patron of the Bentley DC, who, ten days before he was 80, gave himself a personal birthday...
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After holding for many years its popular vintage-car exhibition, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show has turned its back on this display, rather surprisingly in view of the present interest in old cars...
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Having seen an innocent little BAC light car wrongly described as an Eric-Campbell, both in a pictorial book about Brooklands (not mine!) and in a monthly contemporary, (the Benz it was towing in the...
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We hear that the 70th anniversary party of the Sunbeam MCC went off splendidly, with some trials 'bikes on the hills and a re-enactment of the first run of 1924 undertaken by Sunbeams of 1914-1928,...
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These days the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society is a very significant organisation in the overall vintage vehicle scene and its annual Brighton Run is accommodated at the finish on that seaside...
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Now a well-established feature of the VSCC's Mallory Park meeting, the Williams Trophy for two-seater Grand Prix cars attracted a more varied entry than of late due to a degree of latitude being...
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Tony Matthews cutaway prints, from Terrific Stuff. Retro video specialist Terrific Stuff is branching out. It has just launched a limited edition range of fine art prints featuring Tony Matthews's...
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OF MOTORSPORT BOOKS, there is no end:– so it must seem, at any rate, to anyone aiming to build up a library from scratch and trying to decide which books to choose or reject. At any give time, there...
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Biographies, as a rule, tend to fall into the headline-related, her-today-gone-tomorrow category mentioned at the start of this article. But there are exceptions, of course; and probably none is more...
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THIS ARTICLE will deal with the areas that we, at Phantom Motor Cars, have learnt to look out for over the past 30 years when purchasing a used Rolls-Royce or Bentley Motor Car, either for re-sale or...

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