Articles tagged Chris Mason

Page 44 of February 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, February 2014


Memories of Henry Taylor It’s sad that Henry Taylor has died, but I have a good memory of him. In 1968, when the London-Sydney Marathon rally was announced, I was part of the Supersport rally team in Acton. We had an excellent relationship with the Ford Competition Department in Boreham, so I phoned Henry, then Ford’s competition manager, and said “Any chance of a car?” Henry said, “If you get a...

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Green leaf

Sir, The picture of Tom Delaney and Willie Green commemorating Donington Park's 70th anniversary, in the news pages of the May issue of Motor Sport, was lent added interest by WB's article on the Irish international grand prix races in Phoenix Park, Dublin from 1929 to '31. Presumably, the Lea-Francis Hyper which Green was driving is the car which his father drove as part of the factory team and...

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Uphill racers

Sir, After several years effort my book covering the history of British speed hill climbing, Uphill Racers, is within twelve months of publication. The major task remains to make a final selection of photographs and I would be grateful if I could make a plea through your columns for the right sort of pictures. I already have on file pictures and references kindly supplied by many people on...

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Special Edition

Specials, especially amateur-built ones, form an important part of the overall motor sport scene. This prompted the late Gregor Grant to persuade one of the keenest and most successful specials builders, the late John Bolster, to describe more than 77 such cars in Specials (Foulis 1949/71). It ran to four editions, but is now rather dated. So a fresh book on the subject must be welcomed, if we...

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The Shelsley Walsh Story by Simon Taylor. ISBN184425 090 3, published by Haynes, £30.00 Before we get accused of bias, yes Simon Taylor is the author. And yes there is the lingering threat of a P45 appearing in the internal post should the review be less than glowing. Fortunate for us, then, that it's actually a very enjoyable read, recounting the history of the hallowed Worcestershire hillclimb...

Page 110 of September 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 110, September 1982

Letters from Readers

N.B. -Opinion pressed are those of our Correspondents and MOTOR SPORT does not necessarily associate itself with them. –E.D. Ford Escort Experiences Sir, Some random reflections on 14,000 miles with an Escort XR3. I feel that it is a well-finished, speedy, small saloon, but totally devoid of any character whatsoever. I am very glad that I kept my old Triumph GT6 which has done 81,000 virtually...

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Vintage Postbag

Targa Florio Sir, While recently enjoying David Owen's book "Targa Florio" (Foulis/Haynes Publishing Group, 1979). I was surprised to learn that a British driver, one Cyril Snipe, had actually won outright the 1912 Targa Florio, driving a 4-cylinder, L-head SCAT. Although a dabbler in motoring history, I am no expert on the pre-World War 1 period, yet it does seem astonishing that this...

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Lea at Francis

Sir, Chris Mason's letter regarding the 1929 Irish Grand Prix races asks about the person standing second from right in the picture (June, p14). It is in fact John (Jack) Lea, whom I had the pleasure of meeting several years ago and spent a very enjoyable day recalling some of his motoring experiences. John Lea had a long and varied career in motorsport as mechanic, development engineer and...

Page 50 of December 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, December 1998

Hill Start

Phil Llewellin returns to the place where his motor-journalism career began and rediscovers hillclimbing's unique and timeless atmosphere. Accelerating like a clothyard arrow at Agincourt, McLaren's prodigiously potent F1 reaches 100mplh in less time than it takes to recite the opening lines of The Lord's Prayer. We are talking about 6.3 seconds. All things being relative, even that rate of...


August 2019
100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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