Articles tagged Barry Simpson

Page 51 of August 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 51, August 1976

Romulus Revived

Sir, I refer to David L. Gandhi's letter in the Vintage Postbag section of the July edition of Motor Sport and his comment that Romulus should be allowed to continue to rest on his laurels. Mr. Gandhi is obviously not aware that had Romulus continued to remain as he was, he would have been very perforated and in a very sorry state within the next five years. Most proper racing cars used electron...

Page 116 of June 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 116, June 1982

In praise of Charles Lucas

Sir, Having been an avid reader of MOTOR SPORT and Denis Jenkinson for over 30 years I long since realise that D.S.J. has a number of prejudices which he likes to parade in his column from time to time. One of these is that historic races cannot be compared with the real thing and whereas they are mildly entertaining, the car's performances in the hands of mainly amateurs are only average. The...

Page 17 of November 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, November 2002

Which is Bruce's Lotus?

Sir, I was saddened some months ago to read of the death of Bruce Halford. Your recent pictures in Motor Sport of Lotus 16s brought back fond memories of him. In the 1980s, I was working for Barry Simpson Engineering, near Newton Abbott, restoring a great variety of cars, from Austin 7s to a Cadillac two-seat coupé for Mick Jagger — or so we were told. During this period, Bruce visited the works...

Page 42 of January 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, January 1975

Looking Back with Bruce Halford

Looking Back with Bruce Halford WHEN CONSIDERING the astronomic sums of money which several current Grand Prix teams state is necessary to maintain and operate their cars throughout a full Formula One season it becomes quickly evident just why there are very few privateers around trying to race in this exalted category. If they do try to compete, it is frequently with outdated and uncompetitive...

Page 42 of June 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, June 1978

The British Empire Trophy

A weak shadow of its former self Donington Park, May 7th The British Empire Trophy is an event steeped in history. Since its inception in 1932, it has been won by many Of Britain's leading racing drivers from John Cobb in that first year, to Freddie Dixon, Richard Seaman, Raymond Mays and Stirling Moss. Nowadays the Trophy is a weak shadow of its former self. Last year it was revived once more...

Page 80 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, February 1980

Historic Car Authenticity

Sir, The articles on historic racing and Michael bowler’s excellent letter examine the problem of eligibility of certain historic cars in considerable detail, but no satisfactory method of vetting individual cars is mentioned. Michael points out that the vehicle identity forms were drawn up to ensure that cars running in events covered by FIA regulations were genuine. However, this depends on a...

Page 31 of September 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 31, September 1976

Nurburgring historics

Old racing cars never die... they may fade away for a bit, but sooner or later someone cares for them and gives them a new lease of life. Over the week-end of August 14/15th it seemed that most of Europe's old racing and sports cars had assembled at the Nurburgring for the 4th Internationales Rennen fur Historische Renn-und Sportwagen. This was run by the Automobilclub von Deutschland with the co...

Page 53 of July 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, July 1980

VSCC Oulton Park

The annual Vintage SCC race meeting at OuIton Park on June 14th was delayed by three factors, the rain, an accident, and loss of telephonic communication with the marshals' posts. But by reducing the length of the longer races the meeting was eventually successfully completed. An innovation at this Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies Meeting was the inclusion of two Lloyds & Scottish Historic...

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