Articles tagged Ernest Ballot

Page 46 of October 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, October 1999

First Sightings

Before the television age, the first chance British enthusiasts had to see the Grand Prix cars was at Brooklands, often long after their GP career was over. Bill Boddy recalls them In the days before TV coverage of motor racing, the first opportunity for enthusiasts to actually see Grand Prix cars in action was usually at Brooklands, except for the very few who went abroad. Anyway, GP racing...

Page 56 of March 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, March 2004

An island race

Bill Boddy recounts the growth of the Targa Florio from one man's dream to everybody's idea of a road race adventure The early Targa Florios have had their place in motor racing history obscured by European grands prix. That's a shame, because this daunting event was perhaps the greatest road race of them all. The low average winning speeds of these grim contests over the Sicilian mountains and...

Page 72 of June 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 72, June 1978

A 1920 3-litre Indianapolis Ballot

The Editor investigates Humphrey Milling's magnificently restored example. The motor cars which Ernest Ballot used in races during the 1919 to 1921 seasons are among the classics ot their kind, representing at they do the ultimate-Henry, that is to say, that great designer's combination of his revolutionary four-valve-per-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft, engine layout which he introduced to...

Page 40 of December 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, December 1978

V-E-V Miscellany

The person who owned that "unknown cyclecar" that was runner-up for first prize in this year's Cyclecar Rally from 1969 to 1975 tells us that it is a 1921 Burrell with a 1910 JAP engine having an automatic inlet valve. Lack of time, money and legislation were against its completion but Mr. Hogg says he did manage to get the ash, centre-pivot front axle onto the vehicle without having to undermine...

Page 38 of December 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, December 1986

V to C: More about The Mechanics

Last August I attempted to pay tribute to those courageous people, the riding mechanics in motor races, who disappeared from the Grand Prix scene after 1924. It is excellent that mechanics still play a vital role in F1 racing, both in the racing-car factories, and in the pits where they are able to change all four wheels of a car in less than eight seconds.  However, they no longer ride beside...

Page 3 of October 1942 archive issue thumbnail Page 3, October 1942

Racing car evolution part III: 1919-1921

We have great pleasure in presenting herewith a continuation of the "Evolution of the Racing Car" series, this time contributed by Laurence Pomeroy, Technical Editor of "The Motor" and author of the "Milestones of Speed" articles now appearing in that journal. We have decided to present Mr. Pomeroy's article in three parts, the first instalment of which covers the period 1919 to 1921. The text...

Page 35 of January 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, January 1983

Sunbeams at Indianapolis

I have prevailed upon Mr. Anthony S. Heal, the great authority on anything appertaining to Sunbeam cars and STD affairs, particularly the racing endeavours of Louis Coatalen, Sunbeam's celebrated Chief Engineer, to write this erudite article about Sunbeam racing undertaken a long way from home, at America's Indianapolis Speedway, between 1913 to 1921, as a preliminary to what I hope may be a...

Page 64 of January 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, January 1997

A family that set American racing alight

Damon Hill's success has focussed attention on racing families, including this duo from the 1920s Recently we have been reminded of motor racing's family connections. Damon Hill has followed effectively and with honour in extrovert father Graham's championship wheel tracks, and Jacques Villeneuve, both in America and Europe, has likewise emulated his father's great racing career. Jackie Stewart's...

Page 36 of February 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, February 1979

Vintage Postbag

Ballot in the 1921 GP Sir, I was interested for two reasons to read G. L. Easterbrook Smith's letter concerning Ralph de Palma's Ballot in the 1921 Grand Prix dc l'ACF at Le Mans and his quotation from Peter de Paolo's description of the race in his book. Firstly, I owned for a short period the car that has recently been so carefully restored by Mr. Humphrey Milling and, secondly, when I was in...

Page 47 of August 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 47, August 1986

The riding-mechanics

The Editor offers an inadequate appreciation of some very brave men Having in recent months run an imaginary overall World Drivers' Championship and a similar one tor the top racing cars, along the years, an appreciation of the mechanics who rode in the cars until 1925 in Grand Prix-tyre races is surely due? I am not the best person to write one, maybe, and I concede to Doug Nye that this is...

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