Articles tagged Bill McGovern

Page 19 of January 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, January 2006

Cult heroes

Bill McGovern The forgotten man among tin-top aristocracy, Bill McGovern deserves veneration if only for being the first driver to win the BTCC title three years on the trot. Starting out at Woburn hillclimb in a Vauxhall VX 4/90 in late 1963, he was resolutely trounced by a Mini Cooper S. So he went out and bought one of his own and took FTD at a Brands Hatch sprint a weekend later. A year on he...

Page 37 of July 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, July 1971

Martini Trophy

Hezemans Darts to victory Silverstone, June 5th. Two-litre sports-car racing at its very best came to Britain early in June when the Aston Martin Owners' Club ran their major meeting of the year, the Martini Trophy, around the European 2-litre Sports-Car Championship. The two-part Martini race itself was the third round of the series, which was instigated last year, and the first ever to be held...

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Tuning test: 1.8 Autocavan racing Golf

A very special saloon Over the racing seasons the category that was always referred to as Special Saloons, or sometimes Super Saloons, has come to mean a very specialist branch of motorsport. An avenue where you needed a vehicle that originally had a rear engine — probably Skoda, Chevrolet Corvair or VW Beetle — to provide the basis of what became a pure racing car with a plastic bode...

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Around and about

Comment on the Racing and Club SceneNew Competition Chief at Ford Following the promotion of Stuart Turner to Managing Director of Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operations, Ford have appointed Peter Ashcroft as Competitions Manager. Ashcroft has been involved in motor racing since 1950 when he started racing a Cooper 500. He later joined Gilby Engineering, playing an important part in the building and...

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Around and About

Chrysler UK LTD, one of Britain's big four motor manufacturers, announced an official return to competitions last month. Their come-back follows a period of four years in which they maintained a Competitions Centre under the guidance of Competition Manager Denis O'Dell and assisted private entrants racing and rallying their own cars, but did not play an active part themselves. For 1973 Chrysler's...

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INTERNATIONAL TROPHY MEETING

SILVERSTONE, April 26th IT SEEMS that the great majority of Formula One entrants these days feel that the only incentive to take part in races is when there is the lure of World Championship points. Thus over the past four or five years the number of full-scale non-Championship races has dropped drastically to just the couple at the start of the season in Britain. An attempt to run a non-...

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Around and about

Scheckter Stateside Since Jody Scheckter's appearance in the Race of Champions in March very little has been seen of the fast-rising South African star on the European scene. In fact he has not raced in Formula One since then. But Scheckter has been far from idle over the past two months. At the start of the season McLaren Racing told him that they were committed to running F1 cars for Denny...

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Fifteen minutes of fame: Tale of a Manx kit

Clan:Manx International Rally September 8-10,1972 Roger Clark winning a seventies British rally in an Escort was the norm. But behind him this time was a kit car that almost broke the mould. John Davenport explains During the early 1970s the French seemed to have a monopoly on the creation and use of plastic rally cars: there was the Ligier JS2, the Jide, the Bonnet, the Matra 530, and the Simca-...

Page 52 of June 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, June 1971

Club notes

• John Gott, the genial motor sporting Chief Constable of Northants has dropped us a note about towing laws with particular respect to those readers who trail competition cars. The points he makes are that even on Motorways a two-wheeled or close-coupled four-wheel trailer is restricted to 40 m.p.h. and cannot travel in the outside lane, that if a racer is towed on its own wheels it will itself...

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Playing David to Avo's Goliath

Just as Chrysler have to play third string to Ford and British Leyland in the overall British car market so it is in the performance world. Here the Pentastar brand has to operate on a considerably lower budget than those allowed to its main rivals at Abingdon and Aveley. As we reported last month, Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operation is now fully operational at the modern factory in Essex. While BL...

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