Articles tagged Air Ministry

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Too free a spirit for Ferrari

He started only one GP, but had a better track record than the wider world appreciated. This is our tribute to the unconventional Jonathan Williams, who always knew there was more to life than racing. He passed away recently Writer: Adam Cooper Given that he lived a quiet and low-key life in Spain, Jonathan Williams was always bemused by the ability of a certain group of people to track him down...

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Remembered for the wrong thing

The name Brabazon is often associated with an aircraft that no-one bought, but this pioneer had much to boast of Lord Brabazon of Tara was a most remarkable man who had many interests and achieved many firsts in his long life. Born John Moore-Brabazon, at Cambridge he founded the first motor club with Lionel de Rothschild and during the holidays was a mechanic to Charles Rolls who remained a...

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Mitchell’s place in Indy history

In 1914, a Sunbeam engineer became the first Brit to compete in the fledgling 500 If you followed F5000 in ITS early days, you might remember Ian Mitchell who raced a BRM P261 during the 1969 season. But he wasn’t the first member of his family to make a mark in racing. He tells us his grandfather was the first Englishman to race at Indianapolis, 100 years ago in the fourth ‘500’ Sweepstake Race...

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Napier versus Rolls-Royce

From Air Commodore F.R. Banks Sir, With reference to the letter from Mr. Weatheritt in your February issue. I am always interested in the correspondence columns of your journal, but wish Mr. Weatheritt's letter wasn't so obviously prejudiced against Rolls-Royce since this and the inaccuracies it contains detracts from its value. For instance, the start of the second paragraph states that "Rolls-...

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Veteran to classic

War year All this interest in the papers and on TV about Britain's entry into the war fifty years ago gives us an excuse for recalling a little of what motoring was like in 1939. What we were doing then cannot be more boring than pictures of people filling sandbags, trying on gas-masks or sprinting towards air raid shelters. There had been a hint of impending disaster when the German drivers...

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On something in English tradition

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." — the prime minister, of the R.A.F. fighter pilots, 1940 THE firm of Rolls-Royce Ltd. is, perhaps, the most famous in the whole Motor Industry; indeed, it is so well known, and so highly respected, as to be virtually an institution. This was the case in the days before the last war with Germany, but it can fairly safely...

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A History of the Armstrong Siddeley Car

[The Armstrong Siddeley, made by the famous Coventry company which has built outstanding aeroplane engines since the first World War and still, of course, in production, is a somewhat neglected make, so far as the older models are concerned. No club exists to cater for these cars. Very few are to be found amongst members of the Vintage Sports-Car Club. Sometimes the early versions are dismissed...

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Vintage Postbag

Sir, I was most interested in your May issue with an article on my old Belsize-Bradshaw car. The article is at least 90 per cent correct and I cannot quarrel with any of it but it has occurred to me that some of your readers might like to know, from the designers of these older models, the real reason for some of the drastic changes they have made and how technically sound have these changes been...

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Book Reviews

"Fly For Your Life," by Larry Forrester. 367 pp. 8 in. by 5¼ in. (Frederick Muller Ltd., Ludgate House, 110, Fleet Street, London, E.C.4. 18s.) "Fly For Your Life" is Larry Forrester's biography of Wing-Comdr. Robert Stanford Tuck, D.S.O., D.F.C. and two bars, one of the great fighter pilots of World War Two. It follows the pattern of many similar biographies and autobiographies of R.A.F. fighter...

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AIR: Parry Thomas's Aero-Engine

The Welsh engineer/racing motorist will, I hope, always be remembered in our world as the greatest of the Brooklands' drivers in the vintage years. and creator of the hastily modified Liberty aero-engined Thomas Special "Babs", that ultimately killed him, after it had gained him the Land Speed Record at 171.02 mph in 1926. Thomas's career previous to his devotion to motor racing may be less well-...



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Ultimate Porsche: The Most Ruthless Racer Ever Built



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