Articles tagged Barney Oldfield

Page 139 of August 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 139, August 2014

Historic scene with... Gordon Cruickshank

Mammoth restoration Down in Avon something stirs – a lost Land Speed Record machine, Fiat’s 28-litre S76 The views from the barn are expansive, sweeping over the Avon valley. The views inside the barn are remarkable: ancient motorcycles on shelves, disembowelled cars with innards spread across the floor, and slung in a cradle fit for a shipyard a vast lump of metal, the magnetic core of our visit...

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Letters

Memories of Henry Taylor It’s sad that Henry Taylor has died, but I have a good memory of him. In 1968, when the London-Sydney Marathon rally was announced, I was part of the Supersport rally team in Acton. We had an excellent relationship with the Ford Competition Department in Boreham, so I phoned Henry, then Ford’s competition manager, and said “Any chance of a car?” Henry said, “If you get a...

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Forward thinker

Back in 1903 Walter Christie was a determined pioneer of front-wheel-drive — which he called 'direct action'. But his real legacy lies elsewhere. By Phil Llewellin There is, believe it or not, a direct link between grand prix racing's biggest-ever engine, a 19th-century battleship and what most military historians agree to be WWII's best all-round tank. The connection is a brave, innovative...

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WB miscellany

Salt Lake record breaker  --  Bill Boddy remembers Ab Jenkins, America's Mormon long-distance recordman David Abbot (Ab) Jenkins was highly respected in the USA as a long-distance record-breaker, both pre- and post-war, who set challenges for British drivers. A staunch Mormon, he was made Mayor of Salt Lake City. From bicycles the young carpenter, who was to develop his own building company, went...

Page 62 of January 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, January 1993

Loose Ends

Having just read Guy Edwards' book on motor-racing sponsorship (to be reviewed shortly) I feel there are a few minor loose ends to be tied up. Quite when racing sponsorship began is a nice one for historians to ponder over. The RAC did not sanction advertising decals on top-rank racing cars until 1968. Today, as Edwards so ably explains, sponsorship is very big business indeed! Not only the cars...

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Before the gold rush

US stock car racing boomed thanks to NASCAR. But its roots were planted in unlikely territory: California dirtBy Jonathan Ingram Many claims have been made about the location of the first race in America for production cars, which came to be known as stock cars. The majority of these accounts concern bootleggers racing in cornfields in the South, stories often told for the benefit of Southern...

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NEWS FROM THE U.S.A

NEWS FROM THE U.S.A. BY Our American Correspondent T. MERIWETHER-SMITH BILLY WINN, intrepid Kansas City driver, was the winner of the late July race over the dirt track at Harrington, Delaware, outspeeding a fine field of dirt track drivers. Lloyd Vieux, of Los Angeles, was killed in a crack-up at Atlanta in July. Ab Jenkins, famous record breaking star, was all set early in August for his...

Page 60 of April 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 60, April 1994

A Fiat Fiasco

A Fiat Fiasco The most monstrous single-engined car built to attack the "fastest-ever", or "LSR", was undoubtedly the enormously high, short wheelbase, chain-drive Fiat S76 built at the Turin factory around 1909. It was clearly Fiat's challenge to the Blitzen Benz, and although it never achieved its objective, I naturally included it in my recent book on aero-engined racing cars. Since when,...

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Fabulous Fourth Goodwood

It's now the greatest historic meeting of all, says Alan Cox - but can Lord March's team keep it up? The fourth Goodwood Festival of Speed proved to be yet another outstanding success for both competitors and the public, with Lord March and his small team expanding on the format established in previous years to such effect that the official paying attendance was quoted as 86,000 over the three...

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Rumblings

Easidrive Early in the New Year we were able to sample the Hillman Minx Series IIIA Easidrive saloon, which, if it is of greater interest to wives and girl friends of enthusiasts than to the enthusiasts themselves, represents a significant technico-industrial development. The Smiths automatic transmission functions well, upward gearchanges occurring at around 10 and 25 m.p.h. under light throttle...

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