Articles tagged Bill Blydenstein

Page 32 of September 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, September 1977

Around and About

Tourist Trophy, Silverstone September 18th is the chosen date for Britain’s only qualifying round in the European Touring Car Championship 1977. A series dominated by BMW’s big coupes since the withdrawal of the Ford Capris, Silverstone will mark the first anniversary of Leyland Cars’ efforts to displace the Munich straight sixes with Coventry V 12s. Yes, the troubled Jaguars will be out once...

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Fighting on the home front

Jimmy McRae never really carved out an international rally career – but he didn’t need to when the competition was so good at homeBy John Davenport To successfully take up rallying after the first flush of youth is not unknown in our sport. Eugen Böhringer did not start his career until 1958 when he was 36 years old, then went on to win the European Rally Championship and the Liège-Sofia-Liège...

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News in brief

What goes around, comes around. Forty years after Bill Blydenstein scored the first international outright win for a works Mini Cooper, his son Ben was victorious in the third round of the John Cooper Challenge, at Gurston Down. Eagle T1G chassis AAR 103, (below) is to be sold by Christies at Pebble Beach on August 18. The car, one of the four built by Dan Gurney's Rye-based Fl team, was raced in...

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Tuning topics

Firenza made good Blydenstein exploits Vauxhall potential VAUXHALL have always retained a sedate image since the last 30/98 rolled sadly away from the craftsmen's hands. The Luton firm has scorned the temptation to produce sporting motor cars and, not surprisingly with a range of stout-hearted but mediocre family saloons, has shied away from the shop window of competition. Until recently, that is...

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Vauxhall triumphs

Re DTV's '60s and '70s Special Saloon antics, it did, of course, make all the difference to our efforts to have the two Gerrys on board: Marshall and Johnstone. Without these two, progress in development would have been much slower and might never have got off the ground. Gerry Johnstone was instrumental in shaping a race and rally shop second to none at Shepreth. An inspired engineer/mechanic,...

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Two magnums

Two Magnums not of champagne, but Vauxhalls. The long-established and famous name of Vauxhall has been back in the ascendant for some time, with the excellent Chevette, Cavalier, and the up-lifted VX models. The ageing Magnum has also had a technical face-lift. As an 8 ft. 1 in. wheelbase saloon weighing around the ton at the kerb, this Vauxhall model can be regarded as a sporting saloon from the...

Page 28 of January 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, January 1975

Marshall's Firenza

Marshall's Firenza A study of one of the most successful Special Saloons in British club racing IF ONE were to sit down and analyse the reason for the changing image of Vauxhall Motors over the last few years, three predominant motor racing factors would emerge: Bill Blydenstein, Gerry Marshall and the racing Firenza which Blydenstein prepares and Marshall drives with such spectacular verve in...

Page 66 of December 1970 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, December 1970

Even the Wartburg ...

Sir, A car I have hardly ever seen mentioned in Motor Sport is the rather unattractively-named Wartburg. I bought mine new just over a year ago—replacing, for various domestic reasons, an MG-B—and have found very few faults with it. Based on a chassis, with front-wheel-drive, independent suspension all round and having a three-cylinder two-stroke engine, it is made in East Germany and I...

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At Earls Court

Once again little inspiration was to be gained from the Earls Court Motor Show, overshadowed as it was by the immediately preceding Continental events, stealers of new model announcements. Full frontals were banned, clothing, however scanty, making a titillating reappearance. Strikes have become a part and parcel of Earls Court and this time Motor Sport's own stand was affected seriously by the...

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Lunch with... SIR JOHN WHITMORE

Lunch with SIR JOHN WHITMORE In more ways than one, Sir John Whitmore is different. Since this monthly series began in Motor Sport six years ago I've been lucky enough to take some 80 motor sporting personalities to lunch, and I don't think any of them has had so short a racing career. Probably none has had so strange a life since walking away from the sport, either. But John makes a worthy and...

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