Articles tagged Gordon Bennett

Page 23 of February 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, February 1977

Matters of moment

Renault and racing Those of us who think that racing at Grand Prix level is enhanced by the participation of manufacturers will be delighted that Renault have declared their intention of coming back into the Grand Prix field this year. It was Renault who won the first French GP of 1906—the first unless, like some erudite historians, you prefer to count further back to earlier French races dating...

Page 15 of March 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, March 1956

BRITAIN'S FIRST GRAND PRIX VICTORY

BRITAIN'S FIRST GRAND PRIX VICTORY Some Details of the Sunbeam Success at Tours in 1923 ALL SET FOR BATTLE.—The great French driver Albert Divo and his mechanic Hivernet ready for the 1923 French Grand Prix in one of the 2-litre Italian-inspired Sunbeams, first British car so win this grande epreuve. Div. finished second to Segrave, both cars averaging over 70 m.p.h. for nearly 500 miles. We are...

Page 29 of December 1932 archive issue thumbnail Page 29, December 1932

SIDESLIPS

ES Li %%WWII III • _ ••••• ••• • ?? • A discovery. HAI) our contemplated journey been half across Europe or even to Timbuctoo, I do not doubt that we would not have let seven years go by without bringing our project to fruition. In fact, however, the journey itself presented no difficulty whatever, and therefore it was continually postponed for a full lustre. (I was a bit doubtful of that word...

Page 82 of April 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, April 2001

Charles Jarrott: British motor racing pioneer

The are some figures in motorsport whose importance has been unfairly ignored, ad Charles Jarrott is one such. Bill Boddy believes it is time to redress the balance So why Charles Jarrott? Because at the dawn of motor racing he, S F Edge, and C S Rolls were among very few British participants in this new, very exacting — even dangerous — undertaking. Apart from Austin, Napier and Wolseley, there...

Page 4 of June 1927 archive issue thumbnail Page 4, June 1927

GREAT RACING MARQUES.

GREAT RACING MARQUES. IV .-MERCEDES. By E. K. H. KARSLAKE. FROM the days of the enormous cars which were nearly all bonnet, with huge outside copper exhaust pipes and chain drive, to the long period when it was the only supercharged car on the market, the Mercedes has always been recognised as the leading make in the sporting and racing class ; and it is indeed fitting that the car whose origins...

Page 46 of May 1971 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, May 1971

"The Motor Car and Politics 1896-1970"

By William Plowden. 469 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (The Bodley Head, 9, Bow Street, London, WC2. £6.) These excellent books have appeared recently on what could have been dull subjects—Lord Montagu's and Anthony Bird's discourse on the history of the steam car reviewed last month, and Leonard Setright's coverage of the evolution of the piston aero-engine, and now this book about an aspect of the...

Page 100 of November 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, November 1997

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 42 of August 1961 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, August 1961

Veteran – Edwardian – Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters The V.S.C.C. Richard Seaman Trophies, Oulton Park Race Meeting (June 24th) One of the highlights of the vintage year is the Vintage S.C.C.'s Race Meeting in the delightful setting of Cheshire's OuIton Park road circuit, and last June, on the hottest day of the year so far, the racing and the Parade of the Pre-War Racing Drivers combined to make this a...

Page 40 of January 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, January 1982

The Sixty Mercedes

HAVING written a number of articles on different makes of sports-car, the last of which dealt with the 20 / 70 h.p. Crossley, the thought arose, which was the first sports-car? Several contenders come to mind, and have been cited by others — the 27 / 80 h.p. Prince Henry Austro-Daimler, the Prince Henry Vauxhall, the 15T Alfonso Hispano Suiza, even' the E-Type 30/98 Vauxhall itself. Yet all these...

Page 64 of June 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, June 2004

Life and death on the open road

Motor racing began with almost unbelievably epic events, often over hundreds of miles of unsurfaced roads. Bill Boddy reminds us of these pioneer feats of town-to-town endurance I find it almost impossible to contemplate those great open-road town-to-town races of the early 1900s. Ordinary motor cars were primitive, scarcely in wide ownership, and were at first almost universally disliked,...

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