Articles tagged French Army

Page 37 of April 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, April 1984

Book Reviews

“My Two Lives: Race Driver to Restauranteur” by René Dreyfus, with Beverley Rae Kimes. 077 pp 11¼ “ x 8 ½ “ (Patrick Stevens Ltd, Burr Hill, Cambridge, £15.95p) This long-awaited book is one of the more enjoyable motor racing books to have appeared for many years. It is the life story of René Dreyfus, whom British followers of the Sport used to see at Brooklands, Donington and in Ireland...

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Track visit: Le Mans 1906

It’s 100 years since the first grand prix was held, on the roads near Le Mans, in 1906. It was won by a Renault, so we just had to drive the course in a Clio V6 To paraphrase Pete Townshend, this straight goes on for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles. Fifteen minutes away from here is the legendary Ligne Droite des Hunaudières, and you laugh when you consider that, for 1991, they had...

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Grand Prix saboteurs

Bravery in a racing car does not necessarily translate into the bravery of the battlefield. In the case of Robert Benoist, William Grover (‘Williams’) and Jean-Pierre Wimille, it did. When Hitler invaded France these three grand prix drivers, two Frenchmen and one French-domiciled Englishman, took up the fight in that most dangerous arena, the Resistance. Only Wimille survived the war: Benoist...

Page 70 of November 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, November 1999

Service Interval

Before the war he was an up-and-coming racer but hostilities drew Tony Rolt from Donington to Colditz. He returned a war hero on the verge of stardom. Phil Llewellin profiles his remarkable career May 1940 was a month of immense drama as General Heinz Guderian's tanks crossed the River Meuse near Sedan and brought blitzkrieg to northern France, thrusting a spearhead between the French army and...

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Sir David Brown

The former chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, Sir David Brown, passed away at his adopted Monaco home on September 3. He was 89 years old. Brown had wide experience of the engineering and manufacturing industries, being involved in aviation work, nautical programmes and tractor production. In the world of motoring, however, he was best known for his acquisition of Aston Martin, in 1947, to which...

Page 52 of May 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, May 1982

A matter of identity

An attempt to solve a classic motor racing problem "A maze of legend has grown up about the destiny of those five Mercedes cars, at least three of which are known to survive . . a whole chapter could easily be filled with them, which does nothing but bear out Mark Twain's old aphorism about the fragments of the True Cross" — William Court, in "Power and Glory". THE 1914 French Grand Prix at Lyons...

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Forty years of Renault

The Editor chats with H. F. Welham The other day I two-stroked in a road-test D.K.W., skirting old derelict Brooklands Track and passing the A.B.C. factory at Hersham, on my way to Surbiton to chat about Renault cars with Mr. Welham. Regard this pilgrimage as a journey of defiance, if you like, at a time when patriots are cancelling holidays in France and turning their backs on French wine, women...

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Historical Notes : Brakes (Part 2)

Historical Notes: Brakes (Part 2) (Continued from the June issue) rO OUR-WHEEL brakes first appeared in a patent granted to Mr. P. L. Benoist' of Erdington, near Birmingham, in 1904. and this was followed by a period of many similar ideas from Germany. France and Italy ; but it is to Henri Perrot that the credit is normally given for their practical introduction. At the time he was connected with...

Page 10 of April 1951 archive issue thumbnail Page 10, April 1951

CHAIN CHATTER

CHAIN CHATTER by "CAR ROZZINO" IT is very pleasing to realise that the international motor-cycling world is so well looked after by the F.I.M. That august body, while meeting at its various Congresses throughout the year to look after the many sides of the sport, also serves international motor-cycling in many other ways. Secretary T. W. Loughborough does a very good job in producing various...

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A dangerous game

As if being a pre-war grand prix driver wasn’t hazardous enough, many became embroiled in clandestine wartime activities. Heroes all, both on and off the track In recent days I have read two exceptional books, which on the face of it could hardly be more disparate, yet in some respects have much in common. One, Driving With The Devil, is to do with NASCAR, while the other, The Grand Prix...

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