Articles tagged Frank Matich

Page 84 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 84, September 2014

Reluctant hero

He pulled Niki Lauda from the wreckage of his blazing Ferrari, fought in Vietnam and now pilots humanitarian flights for seriously ill children, but Brett Lunger plays down his many achievements… Writer Andrew Marriott Brett Lunger has always been understated, self-analytical, supremely fit and serious. That was his manner back in the 1970s when I handled his public relations in Europe and now,...

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Singapore Fling

The Singapore Grand Prix was a typical South-East Asian cocktail of single-seaters, sports and saloons on a challenging road circuit. Eli Solomon looks back Common myth has it that before the Sepang Formula One grand prix in Malaysia, there was nothing in South-East Asia to call a proper race. The roulette player had the Macau casino, Suzie Wong was the girl in the next bar and a-go-go was the...

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Brabham history

Sir, In your July auction pages you mention Frank Matich's Brabham BT7A, stating that he bought the car in 1964 and campaigned it in all the Tasman Series races through to 1969. This is incorrect. He purchased the car in 1963 and ran it under the Team Total Oil banner until mid-1965. He was very quick in the car and started from the front row of the grid in several Tasman Championship races, but...

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Bushman's Holiday

In the days when the Formula One stars had time off in the winter, many went down under for fun in the Tasman series. By David McKinney Formula One drivers these days have very little time to themselves between championships. Pre-season testing schedules and sponsor commitments allow few opportunities to escape from the pressure, even for a few weeks. In more relaxed times, though, many top...

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American comment

The SCCA has launched its 1971 professional season with the first two (out of eight) Continental Championship races for Formula A (5000) cars, and the first (out of 11) Trans-Am Championship events for sports saloons. The premier series, the Can-Am Championship, does not begin until the middle of this month, thus avoiding a clash with Indianapolis, most of the World Manufacturers' Championship...

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Letters

A star of stage and screen I have just read the excellent Lunch With... Tiff Needell. Unfortunately there wasn't space to mention his rally exploits, so I thought I would share with you my memories of when I co-drove him in the 1996 RAC Rally, when it was still a proper RAC spread throughout the UK. Anyone on that year's event will never forget the atrocious conditions, with heavy snow and ice...

Page 40 of December 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, December 2001

Dynosaurs

Plenty of Weird and Wonderful cars were spawned By Can-Am's remarkably Thin rule book. Pete Lyons assesses six of the most intriguing, valiant but ultimately unsuccessful efforts . McKEE(1966-69) Bob McKee was an Indy 500 mechanic in 1961 when he performed one of the first-ever swaps of an American V8 into a British chassis, making a Cooper-Buick for Rodger Ward. Five years later McKee was...

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Dancing with the devil

With corners called Devils and Snakes, it’s safe to assume that the original Singapore Grand Prix was not for the faint-hearted – so it’s just as well it wasn’t run at night By Steve Slater The Singapore Grand Prix is without doubt one of the most dramatic additions to the Formula 1 calendar in recent years. Its spectacular city skyline and night-time floodlighting set it apart, but what is less...

Page 54 of April 1973 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, April 1973

Graham McRae—three times Tasman Champion

THE FIRST time anyone outside New Zealand heard of Graham McRae was when he started taking part in the Tasman Series with a homebuilt single-seater powered by a Lotus twin-cam engine. This little McRae was usually the fastest of the 1,600 c.c. cars and received plenty of favourable comment. That was five years ago but McRae had been building his own race cars for several years before that with...

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Events of the Month

Race of ChampionsEsprit Arena, Dusseldorf After the unsuccessful experiment of running it in Beijing in 2009, the Race of Champions switched back to Europe this year with a visit to the Esprit Arena in DOsseldort a football stadium with a handily retractable roof. The move proved to be well timed as the event turned into a victory party for Sebastian Vette!, who had clinched the Fl World...

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