Articles tagged Charlie Cooper

Page 43 of July 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, July 2006

McLaren: Life after Bruce

When the inspirational leader who drove the team died, McLaren could have spun into the ground. Instead it regrouped and vindicated his vision and his faith Words: Paul Fearnley. Photography: Alex P There was a lot to think about. But Bruce Leslie McLaren — boss/designer/engineer/tester/racer — preferred it that way. Three years of his New Zealand childhood had been spent in plaster, in traction...

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A mini adventure

40 years ago Goodwood held its last Formula One race. It was the final year of the 1.5-litre formula, which despite its critics provided some of the finest racing ever at the Sussex track. By Gordon Cruickshank. Photography by James Mann.   Picture it. The FIA has just decreed that racing's top formula will now run with 2-litre engines. Instantly the field is open to a stack of small teams, and...

Page 66 of May 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, May 1992

Books

Driving Forces, by Alan Henry. Patrick Stephens Ltd, £14.99. This book is well written and researched, as one expects from this meticulous author. Having said that, it's really a pot-boiler, isn't it Alan? Intended to cover "50 men who shaped the world of motor racing", one feels that although all those included did so to a greater or lesser degree there are some odd omissions, so that either...

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The right stuff

Out of a small workshop, and against enormous odds, sprang an unlikely world force. But Paul Fearnly believes that what made cooper great also caused it to fail Cooper's numerous successes provide the framework from which hang the innumerable anecdotes and fond memories that give this legendary team its winning appearance. You can't help but warm to Surbiton's finest and its ugly-bug machines....

Page 78 of October 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, October 2002

The other half

Fifteen minutes of fame Strang: VSCC Prescott – August 31, 1946 Cooper was the most famous marque to emerge from 500cc competition after WWII, but only after it had broken the stranglehold of a London rival. By Paul Fearnley On the day WWII broke out, Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union gave the final demonstration of their prowess, Tazio Nuvolari winning the Yugoslavian GP. Their preceding six-season...

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The green shoots of sponsorship

As the first fully-backed team in Formula 1, the British Racing Partnership was envied by the works teams – who finally shut them out It’s what every team manager dreams of: a generous sponsor, a big budget, top cars and someone the press can call the world’s best driver. Today it’s the standard objective. Fifty years ago, when sponsorship meant little more than free tyres and oil, it seemed – to...

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Cast of Characters

It's like being back in the Sixties! "We’re at Silverstone during the Coys Historic Festival. The speaker is a tall, burly, silver-haired man, who alternates between inspecting cars and greeting old racing friends: Cliff Allison, Tim Parnell, Bruce Halford, for he too is a Formula One driver of those days. The results tables don't proclaim Ian Burgess as one of the greats, but there was a time...

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Go low, aim high

The Lotus 18 forced Cooper to raise its game by building the 'Lowline'. Tiff Needell tries both and reports back to Damien Smith. Photography by Malcolm Griffiths/LAT  Complacency: a strong word when aimed at brittle motor racing people.  But... "Why change it when we're winnin'?"  Sounds complacent, doesn't it?  Well, at the dawn of the 1960s John and Charles Cooper have every right to feel...

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1950s

Italian pride shines bright at the start of a new World Championship, but 10 years later the British turn F1 on its head – and back to frontBy Doug Nye GiovanBattista Guidotti was a jovial, charming old gentleman. He was a racer right from his toecaps to his fingertips. But he came from a different era. Before World War II he had been a mechanic, tester, and eventually capo collaudatore – chief...

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The pragmatist

Ron Tauranac’s racing cars won championships at almost every level – including Formula 1. We tracked down a no-nonsense engineer whose designs blended speed and efficiency with common sense Writer Michael Stahl If it were possible to pinpoint where the old Formula 1 became the new, it might well have been on the deck of a yacht at Monaco in May 1971. Present were two men: one was Bernie...

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