September 1999

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You may by now have detected a mild Goodwood flavour to the magazine this month. I won't bang on about the supplement on the back, its merit or otherwise is not for us to say; however I feel less...
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Unsurprisingly, given the nature of the beasts, BRM's Golden Jubilee centrepiece did not follow the script, but 66,000 paying spectators (over three days) witnessed superlative racing at Silverstone'...
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A Ferrari 250 California Spyder supplied to James Cagney in 1959 eclipsed the competition cars at Coys' Silverstone sale, the Scaglietti-bodied car selling for £285,725. Top price among the racers...
Zandvoort, the seaside venue which hosted the Dutch GP from 1952-85, has regained an F1 testing licence, raising hopes that the Netherlands might soon be able to reclaim its place on the World...
The most original surviving Lotus 49, Rob Walker Racing's chassis R7 in which Jo Siffert won the 1968 British Grand Prix, is staying in Britain having found its second owner for a "bang on estimate...
FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix title rivals Bob Berridge and Martin Stretton enthralled 250,000 spectators at the Nurburgring on July 18 with a sensational display of on-the-limit Formula One racing....
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The International motor races which took place in Eire at The Curragh, from 1949-'54, will be celebrated with a sprint run on the camp roads by the Irish Motor Racing Club and Curragh Local History...
You will know the Goodwood Revival Revival Meeting is the finest gathering of historic cars and drivers in the world and takes place on one of the quickest, most beautiful tracks ever built. Go to...
David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichello and Johnny Herbert will compete in the Tourist Trophy Celebration, at Goodwood's Revival in September. Damon Hill is already confirmed to share Nick Mason's...
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By Prince Chula of Thailand We are very pleased to be able the present this article on a most important aspect of racing by one who is recognised authority on the subject - Ed. It was with...
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When, back in July, Michael Schumacher telescoped his Ferrari into the tyre wall at Stowe, we knew at once that things would be different for a while. As the Silverstone grid formed up for the...
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Since the launch of the digital revolution, Olympus has led the way with a pioneering range of award-winning cameras, setting new standards time and time again. Now we welcome the Camedia C-2000 zoom...
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Of all the British tracks which blossomed in the postwar period it is only Goodwood which retains it's mystique and allure unsullied or tainted by the onslaught of commercialism and emasculation. The...
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Sir, In the March issue there was a letter from George Deane regarding the BRM V16 Grand Prix car. Could a reader explain the choice of' centrifugal supercharger when common knowledge of such a...
Sir, Your August issue of MOTOR SPORT exceeded all of my expectations by including articles on two significant drivers in my life. In Canada I watched Gilles Villeneuve win in Formula Atlantic before...
Sir, No, Mr Whittle (Letters, August 1999) is not a boring old fart. Anyone born in the '40s or earlier cannot fail to be bored stiff by F1 today. It is about time the BBC raided their archives and...
Sir, With reference to the ongoing debate on how to make F1 races more interesting, my father and I have been considering the problem. In light of the success of the cloning of Dolly the sheep, we...
Sir, Following Michael Schumacher's accident at the British Grand Prix, I wonder if a progressively deeper gravel trap, used to slow cars being driven into it before the usual final and violent...
Sir, I just wanted to say how good I thought was the article on Gilles Villeneuve in the last issue. I am a big fan of Gilles' and have always thought him a great man and an exciting driver. Sadly, I...
Sir, During a recent holiday on the lovely island of Ibiza my wife and I were introduced to a small bar and restaurant called The Black Cat. Picture the scene, 9.30 in the evening, cloudless sky,...
Sir, This year's Coys Festival at Silverstone was as good as ever and I particularly enjoyed seeing the enormous gathering of BRMs. However I thought that it was unfortunate that perhaps the most...
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Sir, Bravo! Mark Hughes' attempt to rank the all-time top 100 drivers of the century makes fascinating reading. Whilst at first I was tempted to reply with a tirade of abuse that he should relegate...
Sir, Further to Raymond Sommer's 1950 Belgian GP ('Economy drive', MOTOR SPORT, January 1999). Apparently, sole survivor Geoffrey Crossley ran his Alta in the 1949 Belgian Grand Prix as well as in...
Sir, It is interesting that Cyril Day raises a point about the definition of the term 'privateer' in the August edition of MOTOR SPORT, particularly if one considers the fuss made by a certain editor...
Sir, Many thanks for finding room in your August Issue for the gist of my letter on the subject of slick tyres. It was rather frustrating, however to turn the page and find a feature on Rodger Ward...
Sir, I liked the Top 100 drivers story so much I am reluctant to criticise. But the method seems too biased. This why the list includes Clement at 97, a loser with a few good results. No 81, Louis...
Sir, I liked your new series on technical innovations very much. However you are entering a field where it is very hard to separate original ideas from the recycled. This is not a reason for trying...
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"In a time when motor racing was conducted with integrity and passion, one unique character graced the stage of Formula One. His name was Ken Tyrrell." The narrator's opening words set the tone of a...
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Concours Plus is a new concept in classic car insurance from Hastings Direct. It allows classic car owners to give their treasured vehicles an even higher level of protection. It is a product...
Hastings Direct Classic is currently asking classic car owners to consider how much they are really paying for their insurance. Hastings Direct's Classic Car Administrator and Valuer John Tadman...
When Hastings Direct launched its new classic car insurance product in April 1998, its objective was to offer quality insurance with a range of benefits. The company has quickly demonstrated that its...
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If Eddie Irvine wins a world title for Ferrari, he will be the first Brit since John Surtees to do so. Adam Cooper speaks to both men about his chances. You don't need me to remind you that 20 years...
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Fire was once the number one killer in Formula One, now it's almost unheard of. The life-saver is the fuel safety cell, better known as the bag tank. By Keith Howard Fire: the word alone used to be...
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The fact the wing mirrors fell off was the least of Gabriele Tarquini's problems with the 1988 Coloni-Ford. Making it to the grid often proved much more irksome. With his dark features and thick,...
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Louis Chiron's Grand Prix career lasted over thirty years and took him to the very top of his profession. Bill Boddy reports Louis Chiron, one of the greatest racing drivers, was born in Monaco of...
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This month as part of our Goodwood package you can hear some of the greatest sounds in motor racing thanks to our free 50-minute audio CD. Here is our selection of featured cars. DSJ always...
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This is the 3200GT, the car charged with returning Maserati to its former glories. It's easy to fault, argues Andrew Frankel, but it's still the most capable car to wear the trident for twenty years...
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You can have the fastest, most reliable car on the rally, the most talented crew and the best driver, but if you can't keep track of time, you can easily snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. John...
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Part three of Mark Hughes' examination of the hundred greatest Grand Prix drivers from a century of motor racing features no fewer than ten of the twenty-seven Formula One World Champions and a...
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By John Starkey ISBN 0-9665094-1-2 Published by Renwick &Starkey Ltd, $59.99 Books such as this are a labour of love. When the subject matter you have chosen is narrowed down to not just a...
By Michael Hay ISBN:0 9535827 1 Published by Number One Press, £18.00 If you know vintage Bentleys you'll know Michael Hay, author of the twin marque Bibles, Bentley - the Vintage Years and Bentley...
By Gianni Giansanti with alan Henry, ISBN 1-874557-88-8 Published by Hazleton Publishing, £25.00 Sometimes a book will drop on to your desk which will, quite simply, take your breath away. Flick...
By Dave Friedman ISBN 0-966 7798-94 Available from Chaters Motoring Booksellers (0181 568 9750), £69.95 (signed by the author and Carroll Shelby), £49.99 unsigned. If John Cooper and the late Colin...
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by Mike Lawrence, ISBN: 1899870 35 MRP, £16.99 Not many biographies blithely describe their subject as "an unglamorous figure", but Lawrence makes no attempt to sweeten the pill of his text which...
By Chris Nixon, ISBN: 0-85184-059-0 Transport Bookman, £39.95 It's a surprise to realise there has not so far been a book on the Lancia D50, that innovative and distinctive racing car. Here it...
By Louis Stanley ISBN: 1 84065 077 X Published by Salamander Books Ltd, £18.99. A complex and often controversial man, it is no surprise that this collection of reminiscences from Louis Stanley's 50...
By William Taylor, ISBN: 1 902351 002 Published by Coterie Press Ltd, £39.95. We didn't review this book when it first appeared. It looked on first acquaintance like the work on the Norfolk marque we...
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Macau Formula Three Grand Prix, 1987 Former Lotus Grand Prix driver Martin Donnelly recalls a drunken week in the Far East when, despite a shocking hangover, he was able to beat a grid full of future...
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The first replay of the 1896 emancipation run from London to Brighton for horseless carriages organised by the Daily Sketch and Sunday Graphic in November 1927, was seen as a stunt involving what...
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It was not only with Rolls-Royce cars that General Motors' Cadillac division were notably co-operative (July MOTOR SPORT). From the invaluable R-R EC Heritage Trust Archives I have now learned that...
In reporting a recent rally that four Alvis Silver Eagles took to Norway's North Cape (700 miles inside the Arctic circle), a local paper referred to one of Mac Hulbert's cars as "an historic light...
The posession of trade number-plates must be the dream of most motoring enthusiasts who own more than one car. I thought that they were confined to the motor trade until I enquired at the local tax...
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A reader queries how Sir Henry Birkin received the fatal burns which ended his life. It happened during the 1933 'Tripoli GP in which Birkin drove his new 3-litre Maserati brilliantly, leading for...
When you see this, every tax-payer will have a tiny share in Rover cars, as the PM will have sponsored the ailing Longbridge company with £150m of our money, and BMW will have gambled £2.3bn to to...
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Re-reading the late George Monkhouse's book Motor Racing with Mercedes Benz, which I regard as one of the best about this very evocative period of GP racing, I am again impressed by the journeys in...
Another racing Lea-Francis, a s/c Hyper WK 7492, has been united with the son of W H Green who drove it at Brooklands in 1928. This led to works drives, at first with his own car, with factory-...
This capable and popular amateur racing driver died in May, aged 84. Sharing an ERA with Ansell, he drove at Brooklands and Donington in 1939 and was fourth in the Nuffield Trophy race. After war...
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Thing of a normal car. Got one? Good. Now think about a Jaguar. Pressing the mental 'reset' button has always been part of the Jaguar experience. In 1968, when the X)6 saloon was launched, motoring...
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If you were lucky enough to have been in attendance at last year's Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival Meeting then the emphasis we have placed on its return in 1999 will come as no surprise to you. If...
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The bulging wheel-arches are what makes the Lister-Jaguar visually unforgettable but, as Matthew Franey discovered at Goodwood, that's nothing compared to what it's like to drive. If we have a...
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The world's greatest historic race meeting is back. If you were these last year you'll need no further encouragement. If not, read on and let Marcus Pye tell you exactly why you should spend...
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Stirling Moss Inimitable, the maestro's brilliant laid-back driving style, phenomenal versatility and boundless energy remain undimmed on the eve of his 70th birthday. Gerhard Berger One of life's...
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For two decades Goodwood served as a proving ground for racers, team owners and mechanics. Mark Hughes asks some to recall the lighter times at the track. Rob Walker - renowned privateer team owner "...

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