Articles tagged Chris Nixon

Page 14 of November 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, November 2000

Letters from Readers

Fascinating restorer stories Sir, I am writing to thank you for your splendid series 'The Classic Restorers'. I began following vintage and classic racing some 20 years ago when I went to live near Silverstone, and became so fascinated with the machinery that I often spend a whole meeting wandering around the paddock examining the cam rather than watching the racing. I often used to wonder who...

Page 62 of February 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, February 2006

Class war

Hermann Lang was Mercedes working-class hero who conquered the prejudice of his team-mates to become the fastest driver in the world. Then war broke out. Mark Hughes looks back at a disrupted career In 1932, in the depths of the economic depression, a quiet, modest man who had spent most of the previous year unemployed joined the payroll of Mercedes-Benz as a humble fitter. In 1974 he retired...

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Auto union stramliner on the banking again

A week after their stunning and dominant 1-2-3 finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi were at Mondhery on 24/25 June to show off their winner, the R8, and the equally sensational Auto Union streamliner, a replica of the 1937 car which Bernd Rosemeyer raced at Avus in May that year and then drove with great success in the Rekordwoche that October. As the banked North Turn at Avus no longer exists,...

Page 17 of December 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 17, December 1998

Reims Revealed

Sir, I cannot help Barry Bloor regarding his first question about the circuit at Rouen, but the enclosed map of the Reims circuits should answer the second. The above map appeared in a detailed booklet published by the Reims AC in about 1959 detailing the improvements made to the circuit in time for that year's GP. As far as I know, only two versions of the circuit existed, the first (from 1925)...

Page 99 of August 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 99, August 1997

Racing the Silver Arrows

Racing the Silver Arrows by Chris Nixon Transport Bookman, £39.95. ISBN: 0-85184-055-8 Considering the acclaim which greeted Nixon's book on the Mercedes-Auto Union rivalry of 1934-39, and its rapid sell-out, it surprises that it has taken 11 years for a reissue to appear. But here it is, no doubt displeasing the book traders as first edition prices drop. Highly recommended; still one of the...

Page 25 of August 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, August 1997

Auto-Union error

Sir, Just for the record, Chris Nixon has a couple of errors in his works about the C-Type Auto Union I suspect the most obvious has already come home to roost from a host of angry Latvians! Riga is in Latvia and believe you me they are very sensitive about their national identity, post-USSR! I spoke with Mr Edvins Liepins, the Director of the Riga Motor Museum, in July 1995, when he told me that...

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"A good car overtaken by events" John Wyer

The DBR4 could have made Aston Martin a Grand Prix winner, but its delayed debut rendered it obsolete. It’s a cautionary tale for David Richards if he takes the marque back into F1… By Andrew Frankel The winter of 1957-58 must have been an interesting time for John Wyer and David Brown, the men charged with determining the future direction of Aston Martin’s racing endeavours. Some might even say...

Page 108 of July 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 108, July 2011

Aston Martin's Dark Star

The DB3, Aston’s first pure-bred racer, was hardly a success story. In its day it lacked grunt, but happily it still knows how to handle a circuit It is fair to say history has not been kind to the Aston Martin DB3. Relative to expectations then, and seen now in the light of what was to follow it, you might even call it a failure. Certainly among the racing David Brown Aston Martins it is...

Page 42 of November 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, November 1998

Enzo's Right-Hand Man

In the mid-1950s, Romolo Tavoni was faced with a choice: he could work alongside a tyrannical Enzo Ferrari...or get the sack. Fifty years on, he tells Chris Nixon he made the right decision. In January 1950 a young employee was called in to see the manager of the Credito Italiano bank in Modena. The bank had a new client and, keen to help out in any way, had offered the man's services to the firm...

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Farewell to a modest man

After 27 years as President of the British Racing Drivers' Club, the Hon. Gerald Lascelles is heading for Bergerac, snooker and his 4,000 jazz records These days motorsport is big business dominated by the need for maximum publicity, yet behind the scenes the quiet men still lurk to whom the satisfaction of a job well done far outweighs the volume of any tone others might pursue when blowing...

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