Articles tagged Bira

Page 28 of January 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, January 1979

Missing Trophy

The VSCC would like to run the main race at its Donnington meeting next year for the Nuffield Trophy, for old-times' sake, although, in fact, the pre-war races of this name were confined to cars of up to 1½-litres. The difficulty is that it cannot locate the Nuffield Trophy that it considers should be awarded to the winner. The last driver to receive this was Prince Bira, but his manager Prince...

Page 27 of May 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, May 2004

This month in

1994 Ayrton Senna (above) is killed in the San Marino GP at Imola. Karl Wendlinger is left in a coma after crashing in practice at Monaco. Accidents persuade the FIA to force through immediate rule changes for Spanish GP, to slow cars and improve safety. 1984 Alain Prost romps to victory in the San Marino GP as teammate Niki Lauda retires with engine failure. But Lauda hits back at Dijon two...

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You were there

This month, readers transport us to Detroit and Silverstone for Grand Prix action. We also feature Aston Martin in the 1950s at Le Mans and, er, Seaford ANDREW COSTIN-HURLEY These shots of ’50s Aston Martins were taken by ex-Ilmor engineer Andrew’s mother. “Mum’s cousin is Brian Clayton, an Aston race engineer from that era,” he explains. “Brian would travel from Feltham in a variety of cars to...

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Cowboy, sailor, racer, inventor… and ‘chippie’

Yes, Lance Macklin lived a varied life – and mischief was never far away. But that didn’t stop Moss and Salvadori respecting his ability, as ex-GP driver Howden Ganley explains ”All my life I’ve wanted to run a chippie”. So said Lance Macklin to his young second wife Gill, and thus began a new chapter in the life of a man who had been one of Britain’s leading racing drivers in the 1950s. Lancelot...

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Ableseman

Bill Boddy recalls how Dick Seaman was persuaded to buy a 10-year-old Delage and how he used it to defeat the E.R.A.s and Maseratis three times in just three weeks. The late Dick Beattie Seaman, born in February 1912, was undoubtedly one of the greatest British racing drivers until his untimely death after the accident at Spa in a Mercedes-Benz in June 1939. He was dedicated to becoming a...

Page 54 of October 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, October 1979

Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A Section Devoted To Old-Car Matters The VSCC at Cadwell Park The vintage SCC held its now-customary last-race-meeting-of-the-season at the pleasant Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire (where you can see motorcycle racing until the middle of October) on August 26th. Entries were this time confined to pre-war cars, and 109 were obtained. Fine weather, the friendly atmosphere, and the social...

Page 82 of March 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, March 2006

Mrs JoJo's new clothes

A reader has asked me if I remember H C ‘Nobby' Spero. Yes, I certainly do: I saw him racing at Brooklands. He was a regular competitor with his Austin 7, and he used some rather unusual streamlining in the search for extra speed. He appeared first in 1928, in his Boyd Carpenter car named 'Mrs Jo Jo', at the Whitsun Meeting. In his second race he finished third, with the respectable best lap of...

Page 26 of June 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, June 1976

The Things They Say...

"When the day dawns again and the clean air is filled once more with the healthy crackle of the exhaust notes of racing cars, you can be certain that, if possible, the blue and yellow car with the funny white mouse painted on the side will be sending out as much noise and fumes as the rest of the company"— Prince Bira, writing of his ERA "Romulus" in 1942—and so it came to pass, for the car...

Page 34 of December 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, December 1971

Veteran-Edwardian-vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters The RAC London-Brighton Veteran Car Run (November 7th) I have tried the Brighton Run most ways—by tram and bus to Croydon to watch the veterans climb up past the Airport before the war, riding on veterans since 1936, driving some of Lord Montagu's in more recent runs. This year I did it in comfort—staying in Brighton on the Saturday night and reporting from...

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Ascari and Farina (Ferraris) dominate the GP d'Europe at Spa.

The pleasant town of Spa filled with visitors eager to see the Formula II European GP run over the full 300 miles on the fast 8.77 mile Francorchamps circuit on June 22nd. English enthusiasts were encountered at every turn and GB plaques were numerous. Photo: Motorsport Images The circuit seemed hard on tyres and Hawthorn borrowed some foreign ones, but found that Dunlops lasted longer. Fresh...

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