Articles tagged Eric Thompson

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Letters from readers

Honour satisfied Sir, The news of the sentence imposed on Prof Franco Lombardi [see Matters of Moment] who, apparently out of greed, has tried to stain the honour of my old and dear friend, Olivier Gendebien — now regrettably no longer among us — has arrived in Argentina. I am pleased by the Italian court judgement even though I am sad that Olivier has not lived long enough to see justice done in...

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Cowboy, sailor, racer, inventor… and ‘chippie’

Yes, Lance Macklin lived a varied life – and mischief was never far away. But that didn’t stop Moss and Salvadori respecting his ability, as ex-GP driver Howden Ganley explains ”All my life I’ve wanted to run a chippie”. So said Lance Macklin to his young second wife Gill, and thus began a new chapter in the life of a man who had been one of Britain’s leading racing drivers in the 1950s. Lancelot...

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A winner and a gentleman

Modern corporate Formula One is a million miles from the carefree days of racing that Rob Walker graced - but he still enjoyed and kept in touch with it. Andrew Frankel remembers an arch enthusiast who did his winning in style The most telling thing about Robert Ramsay Campbell Walker, I always thought, was not his fine achievements as a private team owner but the fact that his occupation in his...

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Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters BY CADILLAC TO BRIGHTON The Editor Co-Drives the Brighton Motor Museum's 1903 Model-A on the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run NO. not that sort of Cadillac! Since the war I have been able to drive veteran cars in the R.A.C./V.C.C. London-Brighton Run through the thoughtfulness.of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, instead of just cadging a lift as I was obliged to do ...

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Looking back with Dick Jacobs

Earlier this year another era ended in the history of MG when a compulsory purchase order forced the closure of W. Jacobs and Son Ltd., Mill Garage, the most famous of all MG dealerships, run by that famous MG racing driver and entrant Dick Jacobs in Chigwell Road, South Woodford, Essex. Jacobs and Mill Garage possibly gave the MG marque more publicity in the '50s than the entire Nuffield or BMC...

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Signs of the times

Sir, Nigel Roebuck's Legends article on Achille Varzi and his rivalry with Nuvolari stirred many memories. In 1944, I was with 7th Armoured Brigade, pushing up the Adriatic coast of Italy and following the Mille Miglia but in reverse. Many walls were daubed with 'Viva Mussolini', now hastily deleted, but on a house on the outskirts of Ancona I was thrilled to see 'Viva 1000 Miglia, Viva Varzi' -...

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The Aston Martins For Le Mans

While we were at Feltham on May 19th we called to see how the team of "Le Mans" Aston-Martins was progressing. The engines were nearing final assembly and the first car was due to be completed that night, the other two being nearly as far advanced. They are D.B. II aerodynamic coupés, differing very little from standard. Naturally, upholstery and sound-proofing are deleted but the bodies are...

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Aston Martin Hat-Trick in B.A.R.C. 9-Hour Sports-Car Race

David Brown’s Aston Martins finished first and third in the Nine-Hour Race at Goodwood on August 20th, with the lone Ecurie Ecosse D-type Jaguar as meat in the Feltham sandwich. The race, revived after a lapse last year, bringing Le Mans atmosphere to Sussex, has always been won by Aston Martin. This year the field of 35 promised a battle between three four-cylinder 3-litre Ferraris, three...

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Small wonder

This HRG 1500 won its class at Le Mans and Spa in 1949. Richard Heseltine bounces into orbit then descends to tell its story. Photography bt Glenn Dunlop/LAT The goal was patently not to achieve aesthetic perfection. As meaty as a skeleton, the bodywork jury-rigged to this HRG 1500 displays little in the way of decorative flourishes. Form follows function, the assorted dings, dents and chips only...

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1956 ASTON MARTIN DBS3/10 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STROLL IN FREDDIE MARCH'S park. After all, hadn't Jaguar's works trio recently covered 7532 miles, at more than 104mph, to score a superb 1-2-4 at Le Mans? And hadn't they beaten Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lancia in the process? And this, remember, was the ground-breaking C-type's second success at La Sarthe: lighter, more powerful than its 1951...



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