Articles tagged David Leslie

Page 54 of July 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, July 2005

Out of the blue

This Tojeiro pioneered the 'cart-before-the-horse' approach to GTs as Paul Parker explains Ecurie Ecosse's Tojeiro-Climax is a landmark car in the history of European sportscar racing. When it appeared in 1962, it was arguably the first professionally-constructed, rear-engined (and closed-roof) GT prototype and was one year ahead of the Lola effort that formed the basis of the iconic GT40. From...

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 32 of December 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, December 1995

Forever growing bubbles

It has often been said that the BTCC bubble would have to burst sooner or later. But that won't be happening in 1996... The newly crowned British Touring Car Champion has had his holiday – a fortnight in Australia that included finishing a Holden Commodore-mounted sixth in the 'Great Race' at Bathurst! As you read this, he will be in South Africa contesting a Kyalami invitational race for Opel....

Page 26 of July 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, July 1990

The year of the cat

Britain's soccer fans may not have created a good impression in Sardinia, but a vast army of 50,000 motor racing supporters who crossed the channel were well behaved and ecstatic with the 1-2 result achieved by the Silk Cut Jaguar team at Le Mans. They joined Tom Walkinshaw with fervour in singing the National Anthem and more than a few tears were shed... of happiness among those celebrating, of...

Page 16 of May 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 16, May 1987

World Sportscar Championship: Jarama Cup and Jerez 1000km

Jaguars reign in Spain A winter of intensive development on the Silk Cut Jaguar Group C cars paid off with two fine victories in the opening rounds of the World Sports Championship at Jarama and Jerez late in March. John Watson and Jan Lammers won the first, their XJR-8 beating the Derek Bell/Hans Stuck Rothmans-Porsche 962C by 1.6sec at the end of the 360km `sprint', and a week later Eddie...

Page 48 of July 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, July 1981

Around and About

"Racing for Britain"; support for promising young drivers Under the laudable new scheme "Racing for Britain", whereby motor racing enthusiasts throughout the country subscribe money to support promising new drivers, more than £18,000 has been raised since the project got under way at the beginning of April. A panel of journalists, including Mike Greasley, editor of our sister publication Motoring...

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World Sportscar Championship: Donington 480kms

Champion's performance To capture the 1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship, the Mercedes team had to pass a Spitfire 120 times at Donington on September 3. There was a peculiar irony in the situation, even though the warplane was only a plastic replica, and no-one felt like alluding to the anniversary of the outbreak of war until Jochen Mass broke the ice, in celebration: "It's a good job we'...

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Jaguar's Crown

Five years of Porsche domination in Group C ended at the Nürburgring, when the Silk Cut Jaguar team recorded its sixth victory of the season and secured the 1987 Teams championship. Eddie Cheever and Raul Boesel took the flag three laps ahead of Derek Bell and Hans Stuck in the Joest Racing Porsche 962C, with Jochen Mass and Oscar Larrauri a further two laps back in a Walter Brun Porsche. Last...

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Lola's street carnival is a hit

Lola ended a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with a street demonstration through its home town of Huntingdon on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October – and the event certainly caught the imagination of locals. The racing car constructor, which has been based in the Cambridgeshire town since 1970, estimated that 10,000 people turned out for the display, and from what Motor Sport could see that...

Page 54 of June 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, June 1989

Le Mans 24hrs: preview

Equipes et pilotes Only a provisional list of Le Mans entries, without any confirmed drivers, was available at the time of going to press, and some of the race numbers had yet to be allocated. Traditionally this is a time for wishful thinking for some teams (though these dreams have to be backed up by a hefty non-returnable entry fee), but Mike Cotton and Ian Briggs speculate as to which machines...

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