September 2002

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I like Rubens Barrichello. He's improved season by season and - in qualifying at least - has kept Michael Schumacher on his toes this year. My heart sank, though, when Ferrari announced, some months...
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The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has appointed John Grant as its new chairman, and he will take over from Michael Limb in December. He has spent most of his career in the automotive industry, and...
Murray Smith, the man appointed to the board of British Motorsport Promoters in the wake of Rob Bain's resignation from Octagon Motorsport, has pledged that major historic racing events will remain a...
Michael Schumacher has pledged to push for a sixth world title next season, having equalled Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five world drivers' championship crowns. The German ace claimed the 2002...
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Two former world rally champions were the star attractions at the Eifel Historic Rallyeparty held in celebration of 30 years of the world rally championship. Bjorn Waldegard (Porsche 911) and Stig...
This multi-pseudonymed racer was killed at Most in Czechoslovakia during a EuroBOSS event in July. The 59-year old Austrian was racing a 1996 Arrows F1 car when the accident happened. He had raced...
The former co-owner of BRM died at the end of June after suffering poor health for some time. Jean was the sister of Sir Alfred and Ernest Owen, and was a familiar face at GPs for 20 years from the...
The director of the film Grand Prix died on July 6, aged 72, after a stroke brought on by complications during spinal surgery. Starring James Gamer, the film rewrote the rules of motor-racing movies...
A bumper entry of pre-1974 cars is expected for the 14th Manx Classic event, which runs on the Isle of Man between September 18 and 22. A pursuit sprint on the 3.3-mile Willaston road circuit is a...
The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has unveiled a new Motor Sport Gallery as part of its exhibition Speed: a Century of Motor Sport. Created by artist Gerry Judah, the exhibition features a number...
Despite the announcement that the Eurospeedway Lausitzring track will not host a round of the FedEx CART Championship this year, the Rockingham race will go ahead as planned on September 14. Fears...
The second running of the Rally of the Tests has a new date and will now be held ahead of the contemporary Rally of Great Britain. The Classic Rally Association event will run over the weekend of...
Damon Hill will demonstrate a BRM at the Goodwood Revival as part of a tribute to his father, who won his first F1 world title 40 years ago. Johnny Herbert, meanwhile, will make his Revival debut in...
The Anciens Pilotes Club for former grand prix racers has a new president. Phil Hill, the 1961 F1 world champion has succeeded founder Baron 'Toulo' de Graffenried as the head of the organisation.
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August 25/26 Oulton Park (GB) Reworked Silverstone Festival moves north, now under the guidance of HSCC. FORCE Classic GP and HGPCA races headline the meeting. Tel: 01327 85840 25/26 Brands Hatch (GB...
Sir Jack Brabham will be guest of honour at Oulton Park's Gold Cup meeting at the end of August. Brabham was a four-time Gold Cup winner between 1957 and '67, and his son Gary later won the trophy in...
6-8 Goodwood (UK) Circuit Revival Meeting (see pages 29-42 for more details). The world's most famous historic race meeting. 14/15 Spa-Francorchamps (B) Motor Classic Six Hours is the headline event...
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Changeable weather did its best to ruin the second Ferrari Festival at Brands Hatch, but the weekend still proved a delight for fans of the Prancing Horse. The Shell Historic Ferrari/Maserati races...
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An oversubscribed entry, a large and appreciative crowd, and a sunny afternoon made the VSCC's annual Prescott hill-climb in early August a resounding success. With almost 250 entries, and another 30...
A hard battle for the lead of the Historic Racing Saloon race was the main attraction at this HSCC meeting in early August. Simon Garrad's BMW 2000 had the pace to win, but his gearlever broke off on...
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ALAN MINSHAW'S BEAUTIFULLY presented Maserati 'Birdcage' emerged on top from the round of the BRDC Historic Sports Car Championship run within the annual MG Car Club's Silverstone event. Julian...
Jonathan Baker's sublime Ford F3L claimed both parts of the European Sports Prototype races at Dijon in mid-July. In both races, Allen Lloyd's Lola 170 led the chase of Baker. Burkhard von Schenk (...
A rare defeat for Neil Fowler's very quick Lola T200 resulted after slight contact with arch-rival Paul Sleeman damaged the nose of the Lola and forced him to ease off. While Sleeman's rare Macon MR8...
The GP Retrospective du Quebec was hailed a success at the heavily rebuilt Mont Tremblant circuit in Canada. Among the winners was Denis Biglioni, his Talbot T26C taking in the pre-war race spoils.
Kenneth White retained the Bob Gerard Memorial Trophy during the VSCC's annual visit to Mallory Park. Forty-six years after Gerard drove the first laps of the Leicestershire circuit in a Cooper...
WIN PERCY DOMINATED THE WORLD Sports Car races at Snetterton in late July aboard Henry Pearman's Jaguar XJR-11. Pearman shared the car in the endurance race to win on his debut in the Silk Cut...
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EVERY CORNER TELLS A STORY The annual Goodwood meeting is a highlight of the classic racing calendar. Richardson Hosken is proud to bring you this insight into a famous race track.
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FINANCIAL TIMING SIR, Mr Samengo-Turner wrote an interesting letter about the Bowmaker and Yeoman Credit Racing teams and the origins of the 1962 Lola F 1 car. I am not sure, however, if Ken Gregory...
MORE DEMI SIR, For two years I was the gofer at Ivor Bueb's Ecurie Demi Litre, and so I enjoyed very much your story on his Cooper 500. It was most interesting, and certainly more complimentary than...
NISSAN'S PRIME ERA SIR, I read with interest your article on the Nissan NPT GTP IMSA cars, having seen them run at Watkins Glen in every season in which they raced. Full marks to Nissan for funding...
PARK AND WRITE SIR, I am writing a book about the history of Oulton Park. The circuit has held races since August 1953 and it is my intention to commemorate the 50 years next summer by recalling each...
SHINING ARMAGH SIR, I enjoyed the article on the Tui, but must inform you that Bert Hawthorne was born at Derryhennitt near Keady, County Armagh in Northen Ireland, and was therefore a compatriot...
TREASURE IRELAND SIR, I was just browsing through the magazine rack at our local supermarket when the cover of the July copy of MOTOR SPORT caught my eye, in particular the mention of an article...
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I know we're all, fed up with Michael Schumacher monotonously winning Fl races: but it's still quite something that he tied up the title after barely 2000 of the season's 3200 racing miles. It's...
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LEGENDS NIGEL ROEBUCK AT A RECENT PRESS CONFERENCE, KIMI Raikkonen's unsmiling, barely audible answers to questions drew this response from a colleague: "Jesus, he makes Mika seem chatty."...
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GOODWOOD REVIVAL PREVIEW SUSSEX APPEAL THE GREATEST RACE MEETING ON THE PLANET IS LOOMING. CHANCES ARE THAT THE NEXT 12 PAGES WILL BE PREACHING TO THE CONVERTED, BUT THERE MIGHT BE A FEW OF YOU STILL...
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JAGUAR'S WONDERFUL C—TYPE MADE IT MARK — AND MARQUE— AT LE MANS. BUT , THE GOOD WOOD NINE HOURS ELUDED ITS GRASP, ASTON MARTIN'S DB3 AND ' DB 3S SCORING A MEMORABLE HAT—TRICK. PAUL FEARNLEY DISCOVERS...
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1956 ASTON MARTIN DBS3/10 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STROLL IN FREDDIE MARCH'S park. After all, hadn't Jaguar's works trio recently covered 7532 miles, at more than 104mph, to score a superb 1-2-4 at Le...
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FLAME& FORTUNE ERIC THOMPSON'S RACING HAD TO PLAY SECOND FIDDLE TO A DEMANDINGJOB IN THE CITY, BUT HE PACKED A LOT INTO HIS ALL-TOO-RARE OUTINGS — ESCPECIALLY IN THE GOOD WOOD NINE HOURS. BY PAUL...
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TIME TRAVELLERS FOR THREE AMAZING DAYS YOU CAN SUSPEND REALITY AT THE ANNUAL GOOD WOOD REVIVAL PAUL LAWRENCE IS YOUR GUIDE TO A WEEKEND OF UNADULTERATED NOSTALGIA — BOTH ON AND OFF THE FAMOUS TRACK...
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THE TRICKS OF THE TRACK A LAP OF GOODWOOD WITH BARRIE WHIZZO' WILLIAMS I GO DOWN THE MIDDIE OF THE FROM' STRAIGHT BECAUSE IT IS LESS BUMPY. You brake in a straight line for Madgwick and start to turn...
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SMALL GOOD WOLF NO OTHER FORMULA ONE TEAM HAS MADE A DEBUT QUITE LIKE IT. DAVID MALSHER REASSESSES THE ASTONISHING FIRST SEASON OF WALTER WOLF'S ONE-CAR BAND WAITER WOLF, MID-1976, ICNEW FORMULA ONE...
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MAcLEOD BURST SA R FORMULA FORD FESTIVAL, BRANDS HATCH NOVEMBER 4, 1979 NAMED AFTER THE FAMOUS SHIP, THIS MARQUE SAILED SERENELY TO A HISTORIC WIN IN ITS CATEGORY'S MOST FAMOUS RACE. ADAM COOPER...
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AMERICAN BEAUTY FROM ITS PURPOSEFUL BEAK TO TITANIUM TAIL, THIS Fl EAGLE OOZES CLASS AND STYLE. PAUL FEARNLEY TALKS TO THE MEN WHO CREATED IT Len Terry (designer): I was a technical illustrator to...
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The right track? HENRI TOIVONEN CHARMING, FUN, AND SOARING star of the rally world. Youngest-ever winner of the RAC, unafraid of the brutal Delta S4, he was a future world champion until Lancia's...
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THINK RENAULT RALLY CARS AND YOU THINKJEAN RAGNOTTL BUT THERE'S MUCH MORE TO HIS CAREER THAN THAT HE'S SHONE IN RACING AND RALLYCROSS FOR THE REGIE, BEATEN DID/ER PIRONI AND RENE ean Ragriotti's...
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COSWORTH GB IN THE FIRST OF A NEW SERIES THAT ASSESSES INTRIGUING MIGHT-HAVE-BEENS EV THE RACING ENGINE ARENA, KEITH HOWARD ANALYSES THE TURBO V6 THAT HAD THE UNENVIABLE TASK OF FOLLOWING IN THE TYRE...
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SOFTLY SPOKEN, WILD AT HEART DICK NASH WAS BRAVE, DETERMINED AND HUGELY SKILLED. BILL BODDY PAYS TRIBUTE TO A MAN WITH THE SKILLS TO BECOME A STAR RICHARD G J NASH WAS A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SPRINT...
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COLD CALLING SIMO LAMPINEN 1973 RIDEAU LAKES RALLY YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THAT A LANCIA STRATOS WOULD NEED TEAM ORDERS TO BEAT ITS BETA COUPE COUSIN. BUT IT DID. ONCE.JOHN DAVENPORT EXPLAINS GOING INTO...
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Talbot T26GS CHASSIS NO. 110057 FANGIO DROVE THIS CAR AT LE MANS IN 1951. ONE OF ANTHONY LAGO'S RUGGED RACERS, IT WAS ONLY SLIGHTLY REMOVED FROM HIS SINGLE-SEATERS AND HAS BATTLED WITH GP CARS AS...
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:Johnny found himself in a shallow creek bed with both arms pulverised from the effects of three wailing end-over-ends' JOHNNY RUTHERFORD CHEATED DEATH TWICE. BUT HIS SUCCESSES IN THE INDY 500 OWED...
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BROOKLANDS —'THE COMPLLIE MOTOR RACING HISTORY BY BILL BODDY MBE ISBN 1-899870-56-3 Published by Motor Racing Publications, £65.00 I HAVE BEEN USING WB's Brooklands book as a reference for so long...
BUGATTI — A RACING HISTORY BY DAVID VENABLES ISBN 1-85960-834-5 Published by Haynes Publishing, £35.00 FASTIDIOUS HISTORIAN David Venables has followed up his book on Alfa Romeo's GP cars with this...
FLAT OUT, FLAT BROKE — FORMULA 1 THE HARD WAY! BY PERRY MCCARTHY ISBN 1-85960-886-8 Published by Haynes Publishing, L1799 SHOULD YOU EVER NEED reminding why you watch, and racing drivers race, watch...
LES TRIUMPH EN COMPB11110N BY FRil0ERIC REYDELLET ISBN 2-9516767-0-0 Published by Frederic Rgdellet, €44.00 PACKED WTTH PHOTOS, these paperbacks cover the competition career of the TR2/TR3 models in...
TECHNOLOGY OF THE Fl CAR BY NIGEL MACIGNIGHT ISBN 1-874557-68-3 Published by Hazleton Publishing, £14.99 WE ALL KNOW HOW secretive Fl teams are, so a book daiming to show you under their kevlar skins...
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Puncturing the dream THE PARTIALLY WET BRMSH GP AT SILVERSTONE WAS A RACE of tyres, Michelin having wets and intermediates of insufficient grip compared to Bridgestone's. In times gone by, when the...
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I WAS INTRIGUED BY THE PHOTO last month ofJohn Bolster and Bloody Mary at a speed-trial at Croydon Airport in 1939.1 thought I knew Croydon rather well, having in the early 1920s made my long-...
KLG: one bright spark IN THIS FUEL-INJECTED AGE, PROBLEMS with sparking plugs have receded. In olden times they were experienced by most car-owners, were widely discussed, but not always cured....
The very impressive Jensen FF I WAS SORRY TO READ IN AUTO CAR THAT Jensen has run out of money and closed down, if only temporarily. I drove most of their cars when the make, started by Richard and...
Thumbing through back issues of MOTOR SPORT reminded me of how I used to report on traction-engine rallies and airshows. Perhaps the fuller calendar of today leaves you little time for such visits....
WILLIAMPWETT'S GRANDSON has purchased recently the 1921 Jowett KU 1926 owned by Major J D Johnstone, which he used until 1926 and which was run by Bob Grant up to 1992. He would like any information...
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A BALLOT REGISTER IS BEING formed, as a section of Le Club des Anciennes Automobiles Hispano-Suiza, to list all surviving Ballots and to provide technical help and rallies for their owners. Contact...
A READER WHO HAS ACQUIRED a Buckler chassis once used by Paul Emery would like to know its subsequent history; it was thought to be possibly the one acquired by Jenks, but as Emery used a 2-litre Aka...
CHRISTOPHER HILTON, AUTHOR of numerous racing-driver biographies and Murray Walker books, has now added Ken Tkrrell, Portrait of a Motor Racing Giant (Haynes, £19.99, ISBN 1-85960-885-X). With a...
Continental correspondence READING OTHER PEOPLE'S letters can be interesting, especially if they are from long ago, and about motorsport. This applies particularly to that intensely exciting pre-WWII...
Rolls-Royce thrillers reissued LONG OUT OF PRINT (AND THE SECOND title never published), the works of fiction N7 and Murder in the Monte Carlo Rallyby the late Neville Minchin are now available....
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Nubar at Brooklands SOME TIME AGO,! QUERIED WHETHER THE MILLIONAIRE NUBAR GULBENKIAN WENT to Brooklands. Mr D E Baldock suggested I read his autobiography Pantaraxi, which mentions his Mercedes-Benz...
PETER RUSSELL AND TONY Brooks recently provided a bench beside the Prescott timing-hut in accordance with the wishes of the late Monica Whincop. A brass plaque on it depicts the Type 43 Bugatti which...
RAC capitulates on Brighton THE 'RED FLAG RUN' IS NO MORE. NOT because it was likely to be inferior to the RAC Run, which dates back to 1930, but because the opposition to the IMS proposal to let in...
RACE WINNERS AT THE BOB Gerard VSCC Mallory Park race meeting were: B White (FNBMW) — two races, C Press (Peugeot), T Pountney (Riley), K White (Cooper-Bristol), N Hayward-Cook (Austin 7), T...
THE NEW VSCC PRESIDENT IS Peter Glover, following Julian Ghosh who has served his term of office. Ghosh has taken on the position of Commercial Director, intending to expand the commercial side of...

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