Articles tagged Gordon Bennett

Page 80 of March 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, March 1983

The Ninety Mercedes

"In the carefree days before 1914, when collars and incomes were high and taxation low, the acme of smartness was to be seen with a girl from a George Edwardes show at the Gaiety, driving a 90 h.p. Mercedes with well-polished brass fittings and a well-raked steering column . . ." — D. Scott-Moncrieff in "Three Pointed Star" (Cassell 1955 & 1958).  In Motor Sport for January 1982 I wrote at...

Page 19 of February 1950 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, February 1950

The Monte Carlo Road

Although the Monte Carlo Rally is not one of the oldest of motoring competitions, the road to Monte Carlo has for a very long time exercised a peculiar fascination over the minds of sporting motorists, particularly in this country. It was Charles Jarrott, apparently, who started the whole thing. Jarrott was one of the few Englishmen who drove with real distinction in the days of the town-to-towns...

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Veteran Types -With a Difference

Veteran Types With a Difference The cult of restoring and running veteran cars is well known to readers of MOTOR SPORT but the mind rather boggles at the thought of veteran aeroplanes restored in this manner and still capable or being flown. Yet quite a number of serviceable pre-I914 machines exist and never fail to please alike vintage-minded enthusiasts and the general public when skilled...

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Forgotten Pioneer

Motor agent, promoter, early racing reported and journalist, Henry Osbaldeston Duncan was a central figure in establishing the car as a practicable means of transport, as Bill Boddy recall. Those pioneers who were associated with motor cars at the very birth of the automobile industry deserve to be remembered, and Herbert Osbaldeston Duncan was one. Born in 1862, the cycling world occupied him...

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1979 British Grand Prix race report - Williams all the way

  It was all sunshine and peace at Silverstone over the period of the Grand Prix, the sun was shining, everyone was affable and there were all the ingredients for the best possible British motor racing garden party. Clay Regazzoni crosses the line to win the 1979 British Grand Prix. Photo: Motorsport Images There was everything on four wheels, from long, long ago to the very instant when...

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Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old car mattersVSCC Prescott (August 10th) It was hot work at Prescott but the hill was in fine fettle for fast runs. Again, Alan Cottam in the A-type Connaught proved unbeatable. He broke his own post-war historic course record with a very polished climb in 42.84 sec., smilingly making his ascent-of-honour at the end of the afternoon smoking his pipe and wearing a soft hat....

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VSCC Silverstone

Run earlier this year because of the British GP, the Vintage SCC's second Silverstone Meeting of 1982, on July 2nd, enjoyed hot sunshine and some good racing, but the attendance (perhaps depleted by the Henley Regatta and Wimbledon tennis, just as the 1926 Summer Meeting at Brooklands had been affected by these counter-attractions and the Hendon Air Display) if smaller than expected, was...

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Sideslips by "Baladeur"

In an earlier article in this series, I made some attempt to sketch the course of the nineteenth-century controversy with regard to the relative merits of the vertical and horizontal engine, and I had just reached the point, in the early years of this century at which Levassor and his successors, the exponents of the vertical engine, were receiving the unconditional surrender of the originally...

Page 64 of November 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, November 1996

The Mors

I was reminded of the Mors when, for no particular reason. I remembered a curious book which had appeared anonymously on the stands at a pre-First War Olympia Motor Show. It attacked in clever verse, in which makes of cars were carefully disguised, those who marketed foreign cars here disguised as home products to foil import duty. No-one ever found out who was the perpetrator of this astonishing...

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OUT OF THE PAST

The photograph above was sent to us by the grandson of the owner of the historic car it depicts. Originally built by Messrs. G. & J. Weir Ltd. of Glasgow to provide M. Darracq with extra entries for the 1904 Gordon Bennett race in Germany, Darracq also entered cars built at Suresnes and at the Opel factory in Russelsheim, thereby obtaining entries of French, German and British nationality in...

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