Articles tagged David Leslie

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Historic scene: November 2018

Exploring how one small British racing team balances options, budgets and expectations on the international circuit Most prep shops I visit have Bugatti sumps and Zoller blowers on their workbenches, so to see inside a current GT outfit broadened my education, particularly in how you make racing viable. It’s not by running your own cars. If you watch GT racing, you’ll know the name Barwell...

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National Racing Review

It has been a year of development, controversy and near-peak excitement, rather than a season of out-and-out classic motor racing on the national club scene. On the whole grids have been full - in the majority of cases near to over-flowing - and competition has been keen and fierce. It is, perhaps, a sign of the slightly easier times in which we live that there appears to have been no dire...

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With Ecurie Ecosse to Le Mans

One’s earliest images of motor racing are always the brightest and one never recaptures the excitement of the schoolboy poring over every word of a race report. The first motor racing magazine I bought as a boy was a copy of MOTOR SPORT which contained the win at Le Mans by the Ecurie Ecosse D type Jaguar driven by Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson. There was a story to capture the imagination,...

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Mods and rockers

The wild world of Special Saloons and Modsports went out of fashion as the traditional grass roots became swamped with one-make championships. But now they’re back in vogue – and blooming Writer Gordon Cruickshank, photographer Howard Simmons There I was, slicing through Silverstone’s Bridge Corner, just clipping the apex when suddenly there were four cars stationary in front of me... Which is...

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Changing landscapes

Brands Hatch, March 8-9: mainland circuit racing resumes… on two wheels only It wasn’t always thus. The dawn of March was once a symbol of winter’s completion: time to don gloves, scarf and stout walking boots, then set co-ordinates for Silverstone and the opening round of the British F3 Championship (when it spanned the whole season, rather than merely four months). This would be the classic,...

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Lunch With... Steve Soper

This serial race winner and straight talker remained a factory driver for almost 20 years. No shortage of anecdotes here, then...Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Most of the best drivers who earn their living in sports or touring cars have at least cut their teeth in the single-seater formulae. Steve Soper is different. This man racked up a fine career over more than 20 years,...

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The month in Motor Sport

June 16: Having passed scrutineering at Le Mans, the Jaguar X122005 are declared illegal after it is observed that they are running without catalysts. After some discussion. TWR appeals and the cars are allowed to run pending the outcome. 16: Shortly after setting what was to be the Le Mans pole time, Philippe Alliot crashes his Peugeot. Although the car is initially declared to be a write-off,...

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Jaguar XJ220

The XJ220 wasn’t the car that Jaguar had promised its customers – in fact, in a happy twist of fate the end product turned out to be even betterBy Richard Heseltine Oh to have been a fly on the wall when this series was first mooted. Just imagine the pitch: a championship for racing drivers no younger than 50 years of age competing in identical Jaguar XJ220 supercars. Worth the best part of £500K...

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A Spectator's Guide to 1979 British Racing

During a winter when even Formula One sponsorship stopped being the right of every team one could be forgiven for thinking that 1979 might be a very tough season indeed for those racing primarily in Britain. In fact the opening races of the British season proved that we are likely to see some of the most entertaining and financially well-supported motor racing seasons of all. The Aurora model car...

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World Sportscar Championship: Dijon 480-kms

That magic ingredient What seemed like a formality for the Sauber Mercedes team at Dijon on May 21, and therefore a contest for third place, turned into a splendid success for an underdog Porsche, a Reinhold Joest 962C driven by Bob Wollek and Frank Jelinski. It might seem rather far-fetched to describe a Joest Porsche as an underdog, but it had been almost two years since a product of Weissach...

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