Articles tagged David Venables

Page 40 of December 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, December 2014

International news

Brabham back on track Legendary team to return… in sports car racing | By Gary Watkins Ambitious plans to relaunch Brabham have been unveiled by David Brabham, youngest son of three-time world champion and team founder Sir Jack Brabham. Project Brabham has been launched with the aspiration of putting an LMP2 car on the grid of the World Endurance Championship in 2015, 23 seasons after the demise...

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A lost Grand Prix Napier

The French possess a knack of preventing a car from winning before a race has begun or a rally has ended, if it appears to be a serious threat to a Francophile victory. This happened in 1908. SF Edge was anxious to run a team of Napiers in that year's ACF French Grand Prix equipped with the new Rudge-Whitworth detachable wheels, which were much quicker to remove than hacking a burst tyre and tube...

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Film producers, forward

Genevive, that film of a fictitious Brighton run first shown in 1953, was a box office sell-out and put veteran cars on the map for ordinary folk. Them have been other dramas of a similar kind since, such as The Yellow Rolls-Royce, etc, but nothing has matched Genevieve for entertainment and putting the public on our side in the old-car movement. Surely it is time for another such cinema or TV...

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Restored driver?

Sir, There has been much comment recently about historical accuracy as it pertains to restored or even "replicated" cars. How about a "restored" driver? I refer to M Mestivier of Amilcar fame. TR Nicholson, the author of the Profile The 4-Cylinder Amilcar of 1967, said that Marius Mestivier, the head of the Amilcar racing department, was killed in the 1925 Le Mans 24 Hours. This is confirmed by...

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Euro notes

When discussing the rivalry between Nuvolari and Caracciola in March, Mark Hughes has overlooked an important and possibly crucial point: the significance of the European Championship. During the 1930s this was as important for grand prix drivers as the Fl World Championship is now. Nuvolari was desperate to win it, but there was also pressure on Alfa Romeo to ensure that an Italian driver was...

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Readers' Letters

Stacey’s sock tactics Sir, Interviewed by Simon Taylor in July, Peter Warr mentioned Alan Stacey who had lost part of his right leg in a motorcycle accident. One of my National Service pals, Dave Pearce, worked with Alan at de Havilland and recalled one of his favourite stunts. Before using an electric pistol drill near anyone unaware of the artificial limb he would say, “I’ll just test this one...

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The mystery of the Wolseley Viper

Ever since the Roger Collings built his Mercedes-Maybach in the tradition of Count Zborowski's Chitty-Bang-Bangs, aero-engined cars have been in the news, and those inspired to study their history will have come across Alastair Miller's Wolseley Viper. There was a story that the Prince of Wales had asked Miller how his racing was progressing. Miller told him what he needed was a big chassis into...

Page 131 of January 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 131, January 2011

Reviews

The class motor racing circuits of Europeby David Venables How fitting that a sport as prone to selfmythologising as motor racing should have found its nascent expression on the European continent. Its landscapes and cultures have enriched us with Norse sagas, chivalric romances, Greek gods, the Niebelungen and Parsifal, but they have also given us the legends of Fangio in the shadows of Schloss...

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Brooklands – the official centenary history

Just in time for the celebrations comes this official history, by respected auto-historian David Venables, of the world's first motor race circuit. WB contributes the Foreword and applauds Venables for so thoroughly expanding on his own racing history of the Track. It is a deeply impressive work which incorporates the motorcycle racing and the aviation which eventually, due to WWII, displaced...

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Letters from readers

Life in the fast lanes Sir, Mike Plant's letter about Masten Gregory in the May issue tweaked a forgotten memory. In the early 1960s, one of my drinking companions in our 'local' at Kingston-upon-Thames was Phil Brooks, an unseen and little-known director of Cooper Car Co. He told me that when Gregory signed up with Cooper for the 1959 season, John Cooper murmured about life insurance. "Hell, man...

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