Articles tagged Dave Cook

Page 99 of October 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 99, October 2011

Relight the fire

Alan Gow first took charge of the BTCC as it hit its Super Touring stride. Second time round, he’s manufacturing a different success story By Paul Fearnley Twenty years ago at Silverstone, the late Will Hoy, bless his fireproof socks, won the opening round of a new-look British Touring Car Championship. Saloonatics of all shapes and capacities had been door-handling since 1958; the difference...

Page 70 of September 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, September 1978

Spa 24 hours

A British win at last July 1st 1979, that is the date the Belgian ministry of public works has set for the completion of the 7 km./4.3 miles track that will replace the current public 14.1 km./8.7 miles of public road that comprise the current Spa-Francorchamps track. With this in mind it seemed as though the July annual 24-hour race for saloon cars had bowed out on a fitting note in 1978, with...

Page 32 of January 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, January 1994

Sensible season

I was ready. I wasn't going to be caught out. I'd heard all about it, the backhanders, the back biting more moves than the Kasparov/Short epic, they said. I bought a brand new notebook, sharpened my pencil, and waited by the 'phone for the inevitable cacophony of calls. . . Nothing. And lots of it. And I was so looking forward to silly season; it was not something I had come across in three years...

Page 25 of March 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, March 1991

British Touring Car Championship

Preview The British Touring Car Championship has always been popular, but during the last couple of years it has become even more so. There are a number of reasons for this, but primarily it is the televising of every round in 1989 and 1990 on BBC TV's Grandstand that has brought the exciting and close racing typical of saloon cars into the living room of many an armchair enthusiast. During this...

Page 92 of January 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 92, January 2009

War and peace

Their clash in the 1992 BTCC finale is infamous; but now enough time has passed for John Cleland and Steve Soper to calmly relive the experience… By Paul Fearnley Two copper-bottomed tin-toppers, one piece of silverware. An ex-club rally/hillclimb charger and a one-make scrapper made good. A never-say-die racer with an ever-ready quip and a DTM superstar ringer. A ‘goodie’ and a ‘baddie’. John...

Page 46 of September 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, September 1978

CC Racing Developments Ltd

The Capri competition specialists So far, this season's British Saloon Car Championship has been dominated by two red Ford Capri Mk. Ills. Driven by the experienced Gordon Spice and Chris Craft, the two cars between them have taken eight outright victories out of a possible ten in the Tricentrol series. Along with that, Spice, partnered by Belgian Teddy Pilette, recently won the prestigious Spa ...

Page 72 of March 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 72, March 1998

The worst car I ever drove - The Laughable Cavalier

John Cleland - 1990 Vauxhall Cavalier John Cleland is no stranger to tough choices but deciding whether the 1990 BTCC Cavalier or 97 Vectra was the worst car he's ever driven took some thought. Shaun Campbell names the winner How could a car that set eleven pole positions a season and took its driver to second place in the championship be considered the worst set of wheels John Cleland ever drove...

Page 34 of November 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, November 2005

In the hot seat -- John Cleland

 He might team up with Frank Sytner, enjoys chatting with Steve Soper and sits next to Alain Menu on long-haul flights. What the hell has happened to John Cleland? Why did you switch to circuits after contesting the Scottish Rally series? -- Ian O'Connor, Caterham The only reason I went rallying is that at the time I was a Colt dealer. Also, where I lived in the Borders there were no racetracks...

Page 80 of August 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, August 2005

The start of something big

How did those BTCC repmobiles become such a roaring success? Marcus Simmons finds out Somewhere in the busy, cramped, higgledy-piggledy paddock at Knockhill, that acrobatic and rustic little bullring track in the Fife hills, British Touring Car Championship star Will Hoy is inhaling from an oxygen supply. He's just driven his heart out in the first of two races being run more or less back to back...

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Variety: the life of Spice

  From Le Mans to wild hillclimbs in Barbados, Gordon Spice spent 25 years racing for the love of it. But he also had an uncanny knack of combining fun with victories. By Tim Scott British motorsport has rarely seen domination like it. Through the late 1970s and into the dawn of the '80s the flaming red Capri, being hustled with armfuls of lock, was a fixture at the front of the British Saloon...

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