Articles tagged Charles Best

Page 67 of January 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, January 2001

Bell full-face helmet

Ask any neurosurgeon and he will tell you that the living human brain is nothing like the firm, grey, formalin-preserved specimens you see in glass jars in anatomy labs. It's light pink in colour because of the blood coursing around it, and it has a consistency something like thick porridge. It's so soft, in fact, that it can't support its own weight. Even within its cushioning cerebrospinal...

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Halda Tripmeter

Racing drivers who talk of finding their way around a circuit are refetring to the identification of braking and turn-in points, of discovering where the worst bumps are, and of assessing which kerbs you can take liberties with. Finding your way around in rallying is a very different proposition. The rally's route book shows competitors the roads or tracks to follow by means of tulip diagrams;...

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Aeroquip Hose

Now a generic and used in almost all racing cars, Aeroquip Hose started live in US Warplanes. Keith Howard looks at its brilliant and much copied design photography by Charles Best You know a company has created, or at the very least cornered, a market when its trade name is bandied about as a generic. It most famously happened to Hoover, of course, but for motorsport aficionados there are other...

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Technofile - the bag tank

Fire was once the number one killer in Formula One, now it's almost unheard of. The life-saver is the fuel safety cell, better known as the bag tank. By Keith Howard Fire: the word alone used to be enough to send a chill through every motor sport watcher, let alone participant. For if a driver survived a major impact that was only the first hurdle: the second was the fuel fire which all too...

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Carbon fibre

A black art if ever there was one, the use of carbon and carbon composite materials propelled F1 technology ahead in one huge leap. But the early stages weren't easy... Words: Keith Howard. Photography: Charles Best In the 1980s Formula One abandoned two materials which had served motorsport since its beginnings: cast iron was surpassed for brake discs; and aluminium was eclipsed for structural...

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Officially, this issue of MOTOR SPORT goes on sale on September 17 which is also Stirling Moss' 70th birthday. I'd like to say we planned it like that, that we moved the magazine to meet the man on this auspicious day but the truth is it just happened that way. The modem world of publishing in which we have to work would never entertain so novel a concept. Nevertheless, I hope you agree that...

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Carbon/carbon brakes

It took seven years for carbon brake discs to make their mark. Now F1 would not be without them. Keith Howard recalls one man's quest to make them work. So long have carbon brakes been standard fitment in Formula One, it's easily forgotten they were once the subject of ribaldry in the pitlane and, but for one designer's vision and clogged determination, might never have become a hi-tech icon of...

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TECHNOFILE WEBERS DCO CARBURETTOR BEFORE THE ADVENT OF FUEL INJECTION, RACE TEAMS LOOKED HIGH AND LOW FOR THE PERFECT CARBURETTOR. AS KEITH HOWARD REPORTS, THE SOLUTION CAME FROM ITALY photography by Charles Best here are few components boasting a thoroughbred racing pedigree which you could, or would want to, employ on a road car. But one item with just such a background encompassing five Fl...

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The NACA duct

Penetrating the air efficiently while also ingesting a little of it has been a concern of aerodynamicists since the early years of the science, and intermittently of racing car designers for almost as long. With the notable exception of rockets, most powered vehicles — earthbound or flying — generate their motive force by burning gas or liquid fuel, and that requires an air supply for combustion...

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Aston Martin Ulster

It left Feltham as a semi-works racer in 1935, made its debut on the Mille Miglia, finished eight at Le Mans, went back to Italy - CMC 614's itinerary was packed one. It still is, as Gordon Cruickshank reports After I drove all the way to Winchester to view this car, Fred Blakemore told me it wasn't really his. Yes, the car lives there, but he says he doesn't feel that it belongs to him so much...



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