Articles tagged Dario Resta

Page 69 of March 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 69, March 2002

Banking on the future

Entrepreneurs had spent 50 years trying to persuade the owners to sell Sitges — to no avail. Their on-site chicken farm was too successful to give up. So why is Peter Schömer on the verge of succeeding where others have failed? He admits the timing was right: the owner had retired, and Catalonia's attitude to its heritage has recently changed. "They really want to protect it now," says Schömer, a...

Page 62 of May 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, May 1984

Disappointments...

Personal disappointment relates to not having been sufficiently industrious in youth, to have studied things like workshop practice and simple welding etc, so that I could have worked on my cars and perhaps even built a special, and God not having endowed me with the qualities required for being a top-line racing driver… Thinking in terms of the many disappointments that have involved those who...

Page 140 of December 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 140, December 2010

Remembered for the wrong thing

The name Brabazon is often associated with an aircraft that no-one bought, but this pioneer had much to boast of Lord Brabazon of Tara was a most remarkable man who had many interests and achieved many firsts in his long life. Born John Moore-Brabazon, at Cambridge he founded the first motor club with Lionel de Rothschild and during the holidays was a mechanic to Charles Rolls who remained a...

Page 133 of June 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 133, June 2009

Three-pointed star at the track

The link between Mercedes and Brooklands goes a good deal further back than the firm’s acquisition of the circuit In view of the extent to which the Mercedes-Benz World has extended Brooklands since it was a racing track between 1907 and 1939, I thought that it might be interesting to see what successes Mercedes cars have achieved there during that period. The big race at the opening meeting in...

Page 105 of May 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 105, May 1997

Cars in books

Bruce Dowell, who is concerned with Sunbeam affairs, has sent us details of a volume called First Athenian Memories by Compton Mackenzie (published by Cassells, 1931) in which the famous author paid a tribute such as is seldom paid to a mechanical steed in literature. The fulsome praise was concerned with the 3-litre Sunbeam which Mackenzie had had put at his disposal for his 1915 Balkans mission...

Page 58 of April 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, April 1999

Grands Prix

GP racing was once ruled by manufacturers. Now it's the FIA and constructors. Matthew Franey asks how long it will last. If you want to find out how much the world of Grand Prix racing has changed in the 75 years since The Brooklands Gazette first rolled off the presses, then spare a moment to recognise that despite the passing of time, some things remain very much the same. Consider the...

Page 66 of September 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, September 1990

That Edwardian Race

The VSCC Edwardian race at the two-day Oulton Park Meeting last July aroused so much enthusiasm and favourable comment that I am encouraged to take another look at it. The entry was varied and excellent but could have been even more enjoyable. Of the big Edwardians which made such an impression when the VSCC first introduced them to spectators in 1936 some were missing. For instance, the 200hp...

Page 40 of January 1950 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, January 1950

Further Evidence . . .

The 1908 Austin Mystery, or the Case of the Abbott Photographs So great has been the interest aroused by the recent correspondence on the 1908 Grand Prix Austins that we are glad to be able to publish further evidence, in the form of a letter from 221b, Baker Street, written by Dr. Watson, who says:— I heard Holmes drive away in the cab to Kings Cross and resigned myself to a few days alone in...

Page 13 of October 1946 archive issue thumbnail Page 13, October 1946

Sideslips

by "Baladeur" Having started my motoring career with the cars of just before and just after the Kaiser war, some of which were, I suppose, among the fastest vehicles in relation to their braking capacity ever built, I rather naturally began by taking it as a law of nature that the gearbox was, among other things, a prime agent in achieving deceleration. Subsequent graduation to earlier, more or...

Page 135 of May 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 135, May 2009

The greatest consulting detective and the Grand Prix Austins

Sherlock Holmes remains the greatest fictional detective of them all, quoted frequently, even in a Times leader, in spite of the fascinating efforts of that Belgian crime-investigator and those others who flit across the TV screens. When Holmes’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died, his sons did not want Holmes stories to continue. But this lasted for a short time only and now pastiches appear in...

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