September 1997

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The largest gathering of racing Ferraris ever seen in Britain honoured the marque's Golden Jubilee in style at last month's Coys Historic Festival at Silverstone. With the occasional white and green...
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It was a memorable moment when Jose Froilan Gonzalez took the wheel of a mighty 4 1/2-litre V12 engined Ferrari 375. Though not the actual car used to score Ferrari's first Grand Prix victory, the...
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Fifty years of Silverstone Circuit will be the theme of the BRDC's seventh International Historic Festival extravaganza, scheduled to take place on July 24.26 next year. The meeting will commemorate...
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Lola's T70 sports racing car - as tested in this issue of MOTOR SPORT — is set to re-enter production, some 28 years after the original series. The project forms part of a management buy out aimed at...
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Two books have caught my eye in the last month. First is Eric Dymock's biography of Jim Clark. Great though the man was, I thought I'd reached the stage when I'd read about as many words about him as...
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Lord March has relaunched the Goodwood Road Racing Company the name used when Goodwood Motor Circuit last hosted race meetings in 1966to mark its reopening next year. As revealed in MOTOR SPORT last...
Mercedes-Benz last month acquired personal archives of its legendary driver and racing team manager Alfred Neubauer, and intends to put the priceless artefacts on display in its museum in Stuttgart...
Piston failure in a test session on the eve of last month's Coys International Historic Festival sadly precluded Martin Stretton from racing Nick Harley's Ferrari 555 Super Squalo (tested in August's...
Former racing driver David Hunt, brother of 1976 World Champion James, reaffirmed his intention, at last month's British Grand Prix, to take the Lotus name back into Formula I in 1999, five years...
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Belgian sportswear veteran Jean 'Burleys' Blaton heads the 90-car entry for Motor Classic's Six Hours of Spa on September 6/7 in his Ford GT40, but Britons Joe Ward and Chris Conoley are out to win...
Ninety intrepid crews from 25 countries are embarking on the Classic Rally Association's Peking to Paris Motor Challenge — a celebration of the 1907 event, albeit over a more southerly 10,000-mile...
Bob Berridge won round four of the FIA cup, for Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars series at the Nurburgring on July 13, but it was1995 champion Martin Stretton in Simon Bull's ex-Jackie Stewart Tyrrell...
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On 17 July 1937, during practice for the German Grand Prix, Bernd Rosemeyer fought his wayward Auto Union round the Nurburgring in 9m46.2s, a time that staggered the pitlane. By way of comparison,...
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A man with the world's best collection of Aston Martins and the force behind the Palawan press If you see an unusual Aston Martin at a race, chances are the entrant will be Simon Draper. His...
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Sir, A copy of your July 1995 edition has come into my possession where you review Double-Twelve hour records, and there is a picture of myself during the 1932 350cc BSA Sidecar Wodd Record. As the...
Sir, The article on the Beatrice Formula One team was terrific, but you were wrong about the film of the engine's development being a BBC production. I made it for Channel Four as a duet of 60-minute...
Sir, I am in the process of restoring an original Lotus Seven Series 3, registration number TNG 7G, after having had the car in my collection for many years. This was a Lotus Press Car, finished in...
Sir, It is amazing how much you take things for granted. It took me several days to realise what had gone wrong last week and then at last I realised. For the first time in almost 40 years my MOTOR...
Sir, Imagine my surprise when I boarded the cruise ship 'Ecstasy' to find this Rolls Royce chocked up on welded angle iron. It looks in pretty good condition minus, I noted, the engine. Maybe a...
Sir, The British Racing Drivers Club and Silventone Circuits would like to thank everyone involved in The Coys International Historic Festival, presented by Chrysler (July 25-27), particularly the...
Sir, In these days of cynical media manipulation in sport this is a wonderfully refreshing opportunity to go public and thank a Formula One Team for an act of simple kindness. A lot of organisations...
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Sir, Recently I was looking through some archives and found this picture (above) of DSJ which I felt summed up his style of life. Goodness knows when it was taken, it's from 1972-4, possibly at...
Sir, The cancellation of the meeting at Aintree on 20th July last was a great disappointment to me. As a 16 year old in 1957, I travelled to Aintree with a classmate for our first visit to a Grand...
Sir, When they ran the D-type at Le Mans in the days of Claes, Swaters, and Frere, I believe the team was known as 'Equipe Nationale Beige' rather than 'Ecurie National Beige' as in your caption. Is...
Sir, The BRDC has taken leave of its senses. To have a modern, domestic series of Ferraris racing at the International Historic Festival is a devaluation of an established and loved event. I know...
Sir, I have followed the debate on the Letters pages referring the lack of coverage of current Formula One and other -contemporary motorsport. Having read MOTOR SPORT since the mid '50s and seen the...
Sir, Please help us if you can — one of our trailers was stolen from our premises on the A52, outside Nottingham, early on Sunday July 7. It is a 'Towa-van' type trailer painted pale blue-grey and...
Sir, I write in support of the sentiments which you expressed with regard to current Formula One. It has little to do with motorsport, having been virtually reduced to high-speed bill-boarding, on...
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Fangio the supreme master ADENAU (EIFEL), August 4th. Once again the Grand Prix teams came together to pit their skill and endurance against the fabulous Nurburgring, for the German GP is seldom a...
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We have driven the five finest works Lancias in the world. In part one of his report, Matthew Franey goes into battle with the Fulvia, Stratos and 037 In 1992, after clinching its sixth consecutive...
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The man behind this remarkable collection of Lancias is Gino Macaluso, a former works rally driver for Fiat in the early 1970s. The genial Italian is now the president of watchmakers GirardPerregaux...
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Gunnar Nilsson won just one Grand Prix before his tragic death, but, thanks to his courage and character, his memory still lives large among his friends today. Mark Hughes pays his respects If a...
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When we had the idea of asking the good and great of our sport to nominate their greatest racing car, I envisaged these opening paragraphs to be a celebration of all the cars on the following pages....
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Derek Bell 1 Bugotti Type 35 2 Porsche 917 3 Audi Quattro 4 Williams FW18 GREATEST Porsche 917 "The 917 had such chamter, it was so good to drive, not easy. Ii made you realise what speed was. 246mph...
Greatest pre-war racing car Long, lean and lithe, the Mercedes Benz W125 stunned the racing world of 1937. It was the embodiment in aluminium and Elektron of those peaks of Stuttgart endeavour which...
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Greatest sports racing car Even when it wasn't winning, back kin '69, even when evil aerodynamic instability of the early cars killed poor John Woolfe, everyone knew the Porsche 917 would change...
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Greatest rally car It was as aerodynamic as a barn door, a box on wheels, and the object of more than the occasional aside. But 10 years after Alex Issigonis' Mini went into production, it had earned...
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Greatest Formula one car It is in so many ways the archetypal Grand Prix racer. From the drivers of yesteryear to the schoolboys of today, the Maserati 250F represents all that people have come to...
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90 years before this September's Peking-Paris rally, five cars tried to do no less. The victor was Prince Borghese's Itala. Less well known is Charles Godard, maverick, criminal and true hero of the...
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For all the reasons making the 1979 French Grand Prix one of the most memorable ever, none sticks in the mind like the battle for second place. Shaun Campbell reports Motor racing history was made at...
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Exciting new sports car, meet exciting new race track. Matthew Franey ventures north in the Ford Puma to see the transformation at Croft Have you ever driven a car so fast that you thought you couldn...
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Like so many of the country's race circuits, the origins of the track at Croft spring from the conflict and demands of World War II. With prime agricultural land just a few miles from the North Sea...
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They were the world's most powerful racing cars, explosively fast and notoriously difficult to drive. Adam Cooper recalls the short, glorious life of the turbo F1 cars When Alain Prost pulled into...
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He won Bentley's last Le Mans, survived a shipwreck, a submarine that sank, a plane crash and was killed aged 31. Bill Boddy tells his story Commander Glen Kidston is best remembered as one of the...
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Our second test of stars of the COYS historic festival finds the Lola T70 Mk IIIB stepping into the spotlight. Andrew Frankel gets behind the wheel to find friendship amid the thunder I'm not even...
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The year 1966 saw Lola Cars achieve the greatest success in their eight year history. The T70 Group 7 car achieved a dominant victory in the inaugural Can-Am series courtesy of John Surtees, while...
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Bruce Halford only completed half a lap of the 1959 Monaco GP. He explains why it still means more to him than any of his more conventional successes 1959 Monaco Grand Prix I don't think there's any...
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When Lotus claimed its second generation, front wheel drive Elan would be fun to drive. Andrew Frankel was a believer until, that is, he drove it I thing enough time has passed, or at least I hope it...
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In those long ago pioneering days of motor racing, before the First World War, the De Dietrich cars from Luneville on the Seine-et-Oise had a long if rather undistinguished record of appearances,...
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It was good indeed that the 10.5-litre V12 Delage raced at Brooklands by Cobb, Bertram and Mrs K Petre, now owned by John and Johnty Williamson, was at the Goodwood Festival, after a major blow-up at...
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I see that the Alfa Romeo 146 is currently advertised as the car you need to own if you want "everyone at the office to think you've been promoted". A snobbish thought perhaps, although as an Alfa...
I was reminded of the Lancia Lambda by a letter in the VSCC Bulletin debating whether this landmark vintage car was made in production form with very narrow rear doors to its advanced monocoque body...
AC Westwood After a lifetime of motorsport Albert Cheney ('Bert') Westwood has died, aged 97. He will be remembered as the leader of the successful 'Black Diamond' Fiat Balilla team in pre-war trials...
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After John Godfrey Parry Thomas had left Leyland Motors, for whom he had designed an aero-engine and the very advanced but virtually stillborn Leyland Eight luxury car, he went to live at Brooklands...
We hope that Damon Hill's misfortunes have changed with his first championship point at the British GP. But without wishing to denigrate Damon, I believe his early-season form sets an historic...
Last month I commended F P Morley for his Colerne class win with the Bentley-Napier, representing the renaissance of the aero-engined movement. Morley then won his race at VSCC Donington, where Frank...

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