September 1995

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July 18: Manuel Gião loses his victory in the recent Nürburgring Formula Opel Euroseries round. After a protest, the Portuguese is deemed not to have been running when the race was halted (he had...
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There are times when Formula One simply appears to have no grasp of its profile in the world at large. And the governing body is unaware of its own ability to reduce itself, and the sport as a whole...
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Schumacher and Hill remained locked in battle as they take one win and a DNF apiece in Germany and Hungary.
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Why can't Johnny Herbert match Michael Schumacher? The German gives his opinion... It is Formula One's Mission Impossible. Of those who filled the number two seat to Michael Schumacher at Benetton,...
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German Grand Prix - Hockenheim, 30 July, 1995 - 45 laps of 4.235 mile circuit (190.575 miles) 1: Michael Schumacher - Benetton B195-Renault V10 - 1h 22m 56.043s 2: David Coulthard - Williams FW17-...
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Mercedes emerged with consolation, rather than points, from its home GP. The board has made it clear that Mercedes-Benz needs victories if its F1 programme is to extend beyond the end of next season...
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15 months after his last rate, Pedro Lamy made an impressive return. Formula One's forgotten man made his comeback in Hungary. A former German F3 Champion, and F3000 runner-up, Pedro Lamy had only...
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There are some weekends when fate can smile on you and others when she will point her fickle finger in your direction and nearly poke your eye out. Whenever Damon Hill bent over in Hungary, you had...
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Hungarian Grand Prix - Hungaroring, 13 August 1995 - 77 laps of 2.465 mile circuit (189.860 miles) 1: Damon Hill - Williams FW17-Renault V10 - 1h 46m 25.721s 2: David Coulthard - Williams FW17-...
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Jacques Laffite is back with Ligier. He is fulfilling a different role nowadays, and he finds that Formula One is an entirely different world. The principal reason for Jacques Laffite's presence in...
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Hockenheim has played a pivotal role in the past two FIA F3000 series. And once again, it has created confusion in the perceived natural order of things... When Marc Goossens crossed the line to win...
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It may not be the most fashionable country in racing circles right now, but enlightened sponsorship could soon help to point the spotlight at Canada. By all accounts, Jacques Villeneuve impressed in...
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Jacques Villeneuve's maiden Formula One test for Williams opened the door for him to join Damon Hill in 1996... Eighteen years may be a long time in motor racing, but it's a short time where memories...
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I said in my last column that if I was to stay in contention for the British Touring Car Championship title I must win at Knockhill. I did. But it could've been better. I qualified second for the...
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Colin McRae takes a third straight win in New Zealand, and keeps his slim WRC hopes alive. Sponsorship of events, teams and drivers by tobacco companies, notably to promote particular cigarette...
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Toyota's Celica cabrio certainly looks the part, but it struggles desperately in the value-for-money stakes. For a long time now, I have had this inner turmoil, trying to decide which type of car I'd...
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Perhaps, on the surface, the Fiat Cinquecento Sporting is not that great a technological breakthrough. The 54 bhp fiddler is closest, in spirit, to the Mini Cooper, and the original one of those had...
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Daimler & Lanchester, by Brian Long. Longford International Press, Coventry, £45.00. Brian Long's large book celebrates two of the great luxury cars from British factories, the Daimler and the...
Images of Shelsley, edited by Robert Cooper. Midland AC, £10, inc p & p. To recognise the 90th year of the famous and respected hill-climbs at Shelsley Walsh the Midland AC has published a most...
Marcos — The story of a Great British sports car, by David Barber. Cedar Publishing Limited, Newnham-on-Severn, Glos, £19.95. 'Overtaking the hard way' was one of Rodeo Rod's early accomplishments....
Racing Ahead — A Competitor's Guide To Motorsport, by Glyn Thomas. MRP, £9.99 When motor racing was less intense than it now is, we at the MOTOR SPORT offices used to get readers ringing up, even...
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Sir, Is F1 really a sport at all when it has become virtually impossible for two well-matched cars to pass on the circuit? Real competition today is limited to technical superiority, refuelling...
Sir, Circulating in Britain are an increasing number of America's finest cars, the remarkable front-drive Cords produced in the 1936 and 1937 model years. I've added to the population with the...
Sir, Surely my fellow Australian Barry Batagol has not got his facts right when questioning the accuracy of your Le Mans report, which specifically referred to McLaren's outstanding achievement on a...
Sir, W B's feature on the Double Twelve Motorcycle Records (July issue) was of great interest. May I however clarify a minor detail which seems to have confused authorities and historians alike for...
Sir, Is it not time that the British motorsport enthusiast got a better deal from Silverstone? When one is paying a minimum of £58 for a Grand Prix ticket entitling one to nothing more than a parking...
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The Nash-Healey was the first of the post-war Anglo-American hybrids, presaging various Allards, the AC Cobra, Ford GT40 and 71/R Griffith, as well as more refined vehicles from Bristol, Gordon-...
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For most people, an End-to-End run stops at John O'Groats. Hamish Moffat, Bugatti racer and vintage flyer, plans to take his OM tourer to Tierra del Fuego and head north... Lest there be any doubt,...
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The paddock alone would make a visit to Coys worthwhile; add a full two days of top-class historic racing and a phalanx of famous drivers and you end up with an unmissable meeting. From the...
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Over 80 Bentleys journeyed from Brooklands to Norfolk in early August to recall the achievements of Woolf Barnato, Bentley's one-time flamboyant and successful driver and guardian angel. His daughter...
Several dozen (mostly foreign) entries have already come in for the 1996 FIVA World Rally, for pre-976 vehicles, which starts in Edinburgh on June 14 and finishes with driving tests on the Rover test...
If you plan to be in France in September, Sunday 17 sees the climax of the Circuit des Rem parts of Angouleme, when racing cars tour the ancient city walls. It's a demonstration, not a race, but it's...
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AIldays & Onions cars may not be all that well remembered, but in their time they had the distinction of being manufactured by the oldest company to turn to motor-car production, and can be seen...
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The 1925 FN (no, not a Frazer Nash but Belgian-built FN) which I owned for a short time in 1956 (Reg No ML 4317) and which I had seen only once, soon after I had sold it, has, rather remarkably,...
My "Forgotten Makes" piece on the Mercer has brought a letter from Mr W Mackintosh of Katoomba, Australia, telling me that the T-head Mercer 35 was produced alongside the L-head Beaver-engined 30,...
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In its 90th year, celebrated in August, the VSCC's Shelsley Walsh hill-climb, in conjunction with the Midland AC, went off extremely well, in something of a heatwave on July 22. Among the smallest...
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Michael Schumacher had two ambitions before the start of this year's German GP, which he won so convincingly at Hockenheim. One was to prove victorious in front of the vast crowd of German spectators...
Last month we referred to most of the Club journals but one that most certainly should not be overlooked is the informative Journal of the Morris Register, so ably edited by Harry Edwards. The Summer...
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In a real heatwave on August 6, the VSCC coped admirably with an entry of 238, and although the start of its annual hill-climb at the BOC's Prescott course had been put forward to 10 am, from that...
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Continuing the saga of the Ford Sierra EFi 4x4 in which I have now covered a notably trouble-free 66,000 miles, for the possible edification of those in the market for a used Ford, a visit to Kwik-...
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Sadly again, we learn of the death of JMA Edmondson, who drove his MGs with great enthusiasm at Brooklands, racing his Magnette right up to the last BARC Meeting before the war. He retained his...
The 90th Anniversary of the first motor-car TT in the loM is to be recognised there on September 19, during the loM Rally week. The invited Clubs are the VCC, VSCC and the Preston & DCC. The...
Another reader, seeing my article on the Ford V8, wrote from Gibraltar to say that in 1958 he was told of an Armstrong Siddeley Sportsman's coupe that was for sale in Hove. (The tip-off came from...
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Sunday: Writing in the idiom of the weekly motor journal columnists, I was asked to support my local club's show last Sunday (July 23). Took the 1930 A7 Grotty Ulster. Let a daughter drive it, which...
With reminiscences of war in and on the air, I am reminded of an aspect of what can be termed the "magneto scare" although it relates to the Kaiser conflagration, not to the Second World War....
... Homer nodded, as we all do at times, and so did The Times, when it let Peter Miller, in a talk with Tony Brooks, tell us that "...Sir Henry Segrave's Sunbeam won the 1923 Dieppe Grand Prix..."....
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This month, we profile four classic sports cars of the 1970s, and point out some of the pitfalls potential buyers may face. Sports car fans were spoiled for choice in the 1970s. The fastest and most...
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BODYWORK From 1975 the basic tub was galvanised but outer panels remained plain steel. Any model now 20 years old would show signs of corrosion unless recently restored. Rust can affect the front...
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ENGINE Cambelts need a precautionary change every 21,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. That's usually a £600 job. Belt failures are very rare, but very expensive. The most common area of...
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BODYWORK Like most Italian supercars of the 1970s, the Merak's bodywork is prone to rust. Look especially at the underside of the rear frame by the engine on either side of the fuel tanks, the front...

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