September 2001

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Everybody's ears pricked up.What a fantastic noise! I, and several others, hastened over the bridge, across the lawn — and gaped. Mercedes had fired up its W154. Waaaap! Rip. Waaap! Rip. A heat haze...
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The Lotus 98T, chassis number 4, raced by Ayrton Senna in the last seven grands prix of the 1986 season will go to auction on August 25 during the Silverstone Historic Festival. The 1.5-litre Renault...
Johnny Herbert heads a stunning line-up of famous drivers who will contest the St Mary's Trophy saloon car race during the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September. Each star name will be partnered with...
The retro 'Rally of the Tests' has virtually Filled its 100-car entry for the event that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first fully competitive RAC Rally. Run by Philip Young's...
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Johnny Herbert turned a lap of 198mph at Rockingham, Northants, on August 1, which suggests speeds of over 200mph can be expected once the ChampCar aces start practice for the September 20-22 event....
American Bill Binnie suffered dreadful misfortune during the Brands Hatch 75th anniversary meeting. First, his Maserati 6CM was put off line in qualifying when a car emerged from the pits and Binnie...
The Group C Revival races at the Silverstone Historic Festival will feature a rare Zakspeed Ford Mustang Probe. The 1985 car was built for the IMSA series with a 2.1-litre turbo engine before this...
Obituary Charlie Crichton-Stuart Ex-Formula 'three racer and Williams F1 leading light Charlie Crichton-Stuart died of a heart attack on July 2 at the age of 62. Grandson of the fifth Marquess of...
The Silverstone Thoroughbred Grand Prix car race during the British Grand Prix weekend in July drew interest from several senior members of the current grand prix paddock. "This is great. I haven't...
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Early in July, John Bladon (Surtees TS9B) And Adrian Stoop (Palliser) shared the victories as the FORCE Classic Grand Prix Car series raced on the GP circuit at the Nürburgring. Having won on...
The celebrations of 75 years of Brands Hatch history and 50 years since Ferrari's first grand prix win were dovetailed superbly at the Kent circuit in July. A crowd of around 25,000 was treated to an...
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The annual six-hour classic race at Spa provided rich pickings for British crews, even though the two leading Ford GT4Os were excluded after post-race scrutineering. Jaguar enthusiast Allen Lloyd...
A full grid of Thoroughbred GP Cars thrilled the crowds at Silverstone after this year's British Grand Prix and served as a reminder of how F1 racing used to be. In a race that no-one seemed to want...
Cooper-Bristol racer Kenneth White maintained his excellent recent form by winning the Bob Gerard Memorial Trophy during the VSCC's annual visit to Mallory Park. White outpaced John Ure in ERA R9B as...
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August 25/26 Donington Park (GB) Acemai F2 Trophy contenders support the FIA Sportscar Championship. Tel: 01332 810048 25/27 Silverstone (GB) Silverstone Historic Festival switches date and focus...
A new date, a new theme and a new programme give the annual Silverstone Historic Festival a very different feel this year. The Festival runs over the August Bank Holiday weekend of August 25-27. A 17...
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Sir, I greatly enjoyed your interesting feature on Shelsley Walsh. I vividly remember Raymond Mays giving what was termed a 'demonstration run' in ERA R4D at the June '54 meeting. It was some...
Sir, In your July issue's Technofile, the Safety Devices company and Tom Walkinshaw are credited with pioneering the approach of improving chassis rigidity by using a roll-cage in 1980. They may not...
Sir, In his article `Steep Thrills' (August issue), Paul Fearnley failed to mention that Raymond Mays' Shelsley Walsh period of record-holding with ERA R4D was finally broken by Joe Fry driving the `...
Sir, In your article concerning Silverstone's Thoroughbred Grand Prix support race at the British Grand Prix (August issue) you state that the 1953 German Grand Prix, with 34 starters, had the...
Sir, Thanks to Ron Tauranac for recognising Colin's first bid at a ground-effect car. Most of us know the story of the Lotus 79 (even we Yanks) but I, for one, have a soft spot in my heart for Mario...
Sir, Thank you for your article on Carlos Reutemann. The F2 meeting referred to (Barcelona, May 1970) was my first continental motor race. I was gofer to Barrie Maskell's Chevron Formula Three works...
Sir, In your interesting article on the Kremer Porsche 917K-81 (June issue) you say the only other minor criticism is that the late Bob Wollek had not, at that stage of his career, yet been a works...
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Sir, Keith Howard's Technofile article on carbon/carbon clutches (August issue) implies that Tilton invented the lug drive clutch in the 1980s, "an entirely new method of clutch construction was...
Sir, I read with great interest David Bryant's letter (June issue) on Commer's T35 engine (the T stands for Terrant, the Canadian designer). It was a unit widely used in Australia because of a...
Sir, I enjoyed Bill Boddy's article 'The Fame of Hall' in the July issue of Motor Sport, having been fortunate as a youth to see Eddie Hall racing in South Africa in 1948. In that year he drove his...
SIir, I read with interest WB's article regarding the Excelsior and the Argyll cars in your July issue. Here at the Motoring Heritage Centre in Scotland we display Scotland's motoring past and Argyll...
Sir, I have just read Chris Nixon's news item in your August edition advising that the old Reims circuit has been closed for roadbuilding works. If I'm in the Reims area Hike to drive past the old...
Sir, Your article 'Too Good to be True' stirred, shocked and angered me. I am not joining the Ayrton Senna vs Alain Prost debate, but I felt the article was totally unbalanced, and found it difficult...
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Sweltering in 34-degree Hockenheim heat during the German Grand Prix, I was amused to hear expressions of dismay about the plans to shorten F1's second-longest track into something more conventional...
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Sir Henry Birkin 'I was asked to be at a certain house in the Berkeley Square area at 2.30pm, the prospective buyer a member of the peerage (real, not synthetic) who had just become engaged to a...
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One of the cars which General Motors brought to Goodwood was the Chevy Monte Carlo in which Darrell Waltrip won the 1985 Winston cup. It had stood in Talladega's Museum for 16 years, and is back...
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Bill Elliott was the man in 1985, no doubt about it. But canny Waltrip emerged as the champ, his third and last Winston Cup title. Ford-mounted Elliott reigned supreme on the superspeedways that...
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From rent-a-quote young upstart to wise old hand, three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip played a crucial role in NASCAR's rapid growth of the 1970s and '80s. Paul Fearnley talks to this...
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Driving for F1's most charismatic team in one of its most beautiful creations, Phil Hill became 1961 World Champion. But it was a title won amid tragedy. He describes that season to Chris Nixon It...
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Top event at Goodwood's Revival will be the St Mary's Trophy.David Malsher assesses the chances of the race's two main stars Give me Goodwood on a summer's afternoon and you can keep the rest of the...
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Exciting racing at Goodwood is hardly a new phenomenon. Gordon Cruickshank recalls three favourites from a golden era International Glover Trophy, 1960 Easter at Goodwood always brought the crowds....
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Paul Lawrence guides you through historic racing's most memorable weekend More than 300 of the finest period racing cars in Europe will make the 2001 Goodwood Revival Meeting every bit as good as the...
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For a brief while this simple alternative to the almost-universal helical valve spring seemed to offer real advantages for high-performance racing engines. Keith Howard explains how apiece of bent...
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"My mechanics are pushing me into the car. I'm really angry. But I go out, and on the warm-up lap, the car feels perfect. I think 'well, maybe'. And suddenly I have pole!" Riccardo Patrese possessed...
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Early motorists coping with rear-only brakes feared "the dreaded sideslip". Bill Boddy follows the development of four-wheel braking Brakes on modem-day cars,whether drum, disc/drum or all-disc,...
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Jumper' would have walked this race but for two simultaneous mechanical problems. He describes his finest but most frustrating hour to Adam Cooper Jean-Pierre Jarier had a very strange F1 career. He...
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Was it blind faith or curmudgeonly stubbornness that sparked Mickey Thompson's desperate attempts to conquer the brickyard? Joe Scalzo tells a tale of false hopes, mad cars and fatal consequences...
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Rauno Aaltonen and Tony Ambrose dominated the 1964 Liege-Sofia-Liege rally. Here, Tony describes 5600km squeezed into four gruelling days I am sure I speak also for Rauno Aaltonen when I say this was...
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The London Black Cab may have been an attraction to visitors from places like America, but the age of taxi-appeal for vintage car enthusiasts has long gone. I remember how, in the late 1920s, I used...
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Good to see that the unusual 1909 Austin town-carriage with its underfloor engine and driving compartment right at the front, only the radiator ahead of it, has resurfaced in a fine colour-spread in...
A reader's query about the Abbott Nash raced at Brooklands by C Le Strange Metcalfe from 1932 to 1934 has brought in a good response, especially from Steve Lovegrove, who is researching the days of...
On the one-make club magazine front, the Singer OC has a Golden Jubilee issue with very good coverage of all that has happened to it from 1951 to 2001. And in the Summer issue of the Morris Register...
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The survival of banked tracks, even after their racing days have ended,is minimal. Brooklands has part of the restored Members' Banking for nonrace use, but the long run of the Byfleet banking is...
The 50th anniversary of the VSCC Light Car & Edwardian Section, having been deflected from its correct date by the foot-and-mouth outbreak, even unto the compact Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells,...
The next major VSCC event will be the Loton Park hillclimb, on September 2. The 750MC has race meetings at Cadwell Park on September 1/2 and at Mallory Park on September 30. The remaining Bert Hadley...
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Brooklands Museum, so disastrously flooded last November, was reopened fully on July 17, when HRH Prince Michael of Kent cut the ribbon to open the new Grand Prix exhibition. There are also new...
I commented recently on how gaps are being filled in the one-make book field. Latest proof is Michael E. Keller's The Graham Legacy: Graham-Paige to 1932. It is an enormous tome, packed with pictures...
A rare car is to be offered at H&H Classic Auctions' September sale. It is a 1909 45hp two-speed Sheffield-Simplex, sold originally to Henry Dutton in Australia, after which it had at least four...
At the VSCC kilometre speed trial at Colerne aerodrome on June 23, Charles Dean's T51 Bugatti recorded FTD (24.32sec). He was faster than a 1959 Lister-Jaguar by 0.22sec and was clocked at 140mph by...

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