September 2005

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All the colour of F1's decade of extravagance Formula One has never reflected its times better than during the 1980s. Motorsport was a microcosm of the world at large, characterised by a lust for...
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Sooper-Dooper-Prix It was raining. Hard. I’d squelched up through the woods to Dingle Dell and was waiting for the cars to arrive, resigned to the fact that I couldn’t really get any wetter....
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Prost beats Mansell again! Alain Prost came out on top in the DTM Legends shoot-out at the Norisring. The four-time World Champion beat five other stars in a series of against-the-clock runs around...
Italian F1 veterans sign up to join new GP Masters series Riccardo Patrese, the most prolific starter in the history of Formula One, will break an eight-year absence from the race track when he takes...
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What's the theoretical top speed of a Formula One car? It's the eternal bar-room poser, and a question that will be answered when BAR takes one of its 2005 contenders to Bonneville in October. The...
Sébastien Loeb is on course to overtake Carlos Sainz at the top of the all-time World Rally Championship winners list before the halfway point of next season, if he continues at his current rate of...
FF1600 Winter Series, Brands Hatch, 1991  It was the most scary experience I've ever had. I'd come out of 100cc karting and had won a Renault scholarship, but to do Formula Renault 1 had to go to the...
Former Benetton and Tyrrell grand prix racer Jos Verstappen should be the most experienced driver on the grid when the new A1 Grand Prix series kicks off at Brands Hatch in September. The 33-year-old...
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(see also page 101) Former Le Mans winner Jurgen Barth has retired from Porsche after 42 years. The 57-year-old followed his father Edgar into the Stuttgart sportscar manufacturer, joining as an...
Rubens Barrichello will leave Ferrari at the end of this season as the fourth most successful driver in the team's history. The Brazilian's current tally of nine wins puts him behind only Michael...
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The first historic 'revival'  meeting on the old Oporto Portuguese Grand Prix circuit was a resounding success. Marcus Pye enjoyed the sport and socialising.  Photography by Jim Houlgrave The...
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Ayrton Senna believed that there was only one correct point of view: his own. Suzuka, Sunday October 21 1990. The two engineers, formerly colleagues on the same team, were walking through the day’s...
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To a car mad pre-teen who did not really understand (or care about) what constituted ‘legitimate’ motorsport, mid-70s Hot Rod racing was absolutely, categorically the best thing ever. The top guys...
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1975 British at Silverstone How did you end up finally getting your Formula One chance so long after your famous Formula Two victory at Mallory Park back in '72? Sometime in 1974  I had contacted...
1980 Swedish Rally What car were you driving? The same Opel Ascona 400 that I had used to finish fourth on the Monte Carlo. That had been the debut for this new Group Four car and we had been...
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F1's political seas are looking unusually calm after Indy's storm. But how long will it last? July was a busy time for everyone in grand prix racing as four races were squeezed into a single calendar...
1995: David Coulthard puts a disappointing year behind him by taking his maiden F1 win during the Portuguese GP.  From pole the Williams driver leads all bar one lap. *** 1985: Lotus ace Ayrton Senna...
Rosberg & Piquet, British GP In a neat piece of historical symmetry, Nico Rosberg and Nelson Angelo Piquet locked out the front row after qualifying for the GP2 Series races supporting the...
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Speed Addicts: Grand Prix Racing  by Mark Hughes. ISBN 0007212798, Published by CollinsWillow, £35.00 Who needs yet another offering purporting to be “the complete and definitive illustrated book of...
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What's in a name? Sir, I very much enjoyed reading the article about the Honda RA300 (July issue). I was just 12 years old at the time of the Italian Grand Prix of 1967, the first year in which I had...
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A 12-hour GP, 1967 In the grand prix world there remains one more European event, which is the Italian GP at Monza on September 10, and it has the doubtful honour of being the Grand Prix of Europe....
Teething troubles Sir, Your 'X-Ray Spec' article on the Fittipaldi F6 and the associated comments by the car's designer in August's edition reminded me of the time I met Ralph Bellamy. In 1971 I was...
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A lovely selection here from Connecticut reader John Merriman.  "Over a period of 20 or so years -- starting in 1968 at Watkins Glen -- I attended many Formula One , Can-Am and Trans-Am races in the...
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Rally drivers are best, reckons outspoken Walter Röhrl.  His loose tongue often ruffled a few feathers, but it was his skills on a loose surface that scared F1 World Champions... You won Monte Carlo...
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40 years ago Goodwood held its last Formula One race. It was the final year of the 1.5-litre formula, which despite its critics provided some of the finest racing ever at the Sussex track. By Gordon...
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After the racing action stopped, Goodwood lived on as a test track. Peter Robinson recalls a memorable day of star drivers and cars in 1968 Racing at Goodwood came to an end after the Members'...
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The big event of the historic motor racing calendar is fast approaching. Paul Lawrence runs through the race programme for September 16-18 Over the weekend of September 16-18 the Goodwood Revival...
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Patrick Tambay seemed to have little control over the direction of his rollercoaster — and successful — career. He talks to Marcus Simmons He moved through motorsport like the hero in a Voltaire...
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This HRG 1500 won its class at Le Mans and Spa in 1949. Richard Heseltine bounces into orbit then descends to tell its story. Photography bt Glenn Dunlop/LAT The goal was patently not to achieve...
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Gordon Murray's move to Woking let him tackle some unfinished business, he tells Keith Howard Brabham scaled its last summit with Nelson Piquet's World Championship in 1983, after which it proved the...
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Desiré Wilson could mix it with the best in single-seaters and sportscars. Richard Heseltine charts why, given a change of luck, she could have been a Formula One star A few weeks after storming the...
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The Chequered Flag was among the most visible race and rally teams of the '60s and '70s. Richard Heseltine catches up with former principal and wheeler-dealer Graham Warner Well that's progress for...
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Billy Coleman: Irish rally legend who could have been an international superstar. By John Davenport Just a short while ago I was sitting in the passenger seat of an ex-Rothmans Porsche 911 SCRS,...
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Elliott Forbes-Robinson is one of the most consistently successful drivers North America has ever produced. Gary Watkins reveals how he's still winning big at 61 He beat Gilles Villeneuve in Formula...
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Racing partnerships Seeing the ecstatic joy Mr and Mrs Briggs shared at Brooklands in 1936 after the distaff side had won by a very narrow margin made me think of other married couples who raced. Mrs...
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In the commendable magazine of the Singer OC I learn that Ian North has been putting in overtime on his ex-family 1907 12-14 hp Singer tourer, with help from a colleague who worked on it in the 1950s...
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Sytner chalks up a Classic double -- Silverstone Classic, July 30/31 Double wins were the norm as Silverstone burst back onto the historic racing festival calendar with the inaugural Silverstone...
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   On life in TGP and Group C What's your background? I was a champion body builder and I won a world title in Germany. I'm a personal fitness trainer as well. I've been with my partner Richard Eyre...
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Stewart's Revival honour The 40th anniversary of Sir Jackie Stewart's first grand prix victory will be celebrated at Goodwood's Revival meeting on September 16-18. The three-time world champion will...
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Racers that are going, going, gone... Sold: The H&H Classic Auctions sale at Buxton on July 27 saw a new world record price for a vintage Lagonda. The 1934 Fox & Nicholl team car driven by...
(See also page 10) The Motor Racing Legends Pre-War Sportscar Series will have an additional race at Silverstone on September 10 in support of the inaugural Silverstone 24 Hours. The 40-minute race...
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Chevron's Oulton celebration -- HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup,  August 28-29 An unparalleled celebration of the Chevron marque is the centrepiece of the HSCC's Gold Cup meeting over the August Bank...
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Two major classic meets on the Pye itinerary this month one is Britain's newest, while the other is our longest-running Brands Hatch: In its 16th year, the Historic Sports Car Club's Superprix is...
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The first Silverstone Classic boasted a huge entry, a chaotic paddock, and every type of historic racer Silverstone's new Classic meeting was a fine achievement, in particular because such an immense...
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News Of The World  Trophy, Goodwood, 1964 Crunch!  Innes Ireland (11), Bruce McLaren (9) and Pete Arundell were battling for fourth until they got to Madgwick Corner on the ninth lap.  Ireland spun...

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