Articles tagged GORDON CRUICKSHANK

Page 112 of December 2018 archive issue thumbnail Page 112, December 2018

Master craftsmen: RS Panels

You couldn’t say ‘RS Panels’ is a famous name; it’s one of those monikers you often see mentioned in restoration stories without knowing much more about it. Yet quite quietly the Nuneaton outfit has been central to some very well-known enterprises. Inside a capacious workshop I meet father and son Bob and James Smith, the ‘Ss’ in RS. Bob of course is the ‘R’ who started it more than 50 years ago...

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"I actually whooped on Hangar Straight! I've never done that before in a car..."

One Grand Prix winner snuggles into another David CouIthard gets to grips with the Lotus 25, a car synonymous with his compatriot Jim Clark. Within but a few laps of Silverstone, he's completely smitten...Writer: Gordon Cruickshank I Photographer: Matthew Howell David Coulthard cuts the ignition, wiggles the red leather steering wheel and folds his arms. "Well, if you'd just like to put me in the...

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Historic scene with Gordon Cruickshank

Man behind the Legends A day with Duncan Wiltshire, organiser of the prestigious Le Mans support event On the morning of the most famous race in the world, there’s a highly prestigious historic event called Le Mans Legends. But it’s not run by the ACO; it’s run by two guys in an old fire station in Warwickshire. Motor Racing Legends is the outfit, now well known for historic racing series and...

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Feast of endurance

Synonymous with Gulf, GT40s, 917s and Le Mans wins, JW Automotive is a racing legend. We spoke to director John Horsman about life under ‘Death Ray’ John Wyer and the racing heritage underpinning the team’s successes Writer: Simon Arron There had been no job advertised, but he applied for one anyway. At the time John Horsman was an engineering student at Cambridge and often spent his weekends...

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Historic scene with... Gordon Cruickshank

Bespoke wheels It began as a schoolboy sketch; now one man’s highly personal mod-saloon hits the road Ian Callum is used to watching another striking new model from Jaguar appear from under a dust sheet. This time, though, we’ve seen it before – 55 years ago. The remarkable thing about the unveiling is that it’s carried out by someone who was there in 1959 to see it happen first time round....

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Green field to green flag

As a new circuit in Wales awaits the go-ahead, we investigate the challenges of shaping a new track Writer Gordon Cruickshank Dragonflies. That’s the latest snag to get in the way of a £300m race circuit proposal for central Wales. Gwent Wildlife Trust says the site near Merthyr Tydfil is important for rare insect species, but it hasn’t stopped the backers of Circuit of Wales announcing a five-...

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Len Terry – obituary

Talented racing car designer Len Terry has died after a short illness, at the age of 90. Though involved with some 29 different organisations in his career, two marques in particular stand out – Eagle and Lotus. Terry masterminded Dan Gurney’s beautiful Eagle-Weslake Grand Prix car and many Lotuses, most notably the 1965 Indianapolis 500-winning Type 38. Never one to be awed by powerful men,...

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Matters of moment

Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg is great box office, offering Formula 1 a much-needed narrative at a time when it is clamouring to engage with a global audience that’s shrinking alarmingly. But the knee-jerk, mid-season decision to ban some – but not all – radio communications between teams and drivers, perceived as ‘puppets’ for doing as they are told, was an act of strange desperation. Regular...

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Historic scene with... Gordon Cruickshank

A day in the country Among the green fields of Hertfordshire there’s a little farm with a fine harvest on show I had meant to stop in at DK Engineering for ages, but here’s a funny thing about a top Ferrari shop – it’s always so packed with high-end machinery that if that Testa Rossa you meant to have a squint at has moved out, there will be an interesting 750 Monza or 250TdF in its place. Kind...

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On the road with... Simon Arron

Back in the old routine Mallory Park, July 22: a cheap fried breakfast can mean only one thing… The programme cover bears the motto “Revival Meeting”, but that’s probably overstating the case. It feels more as though Mallory Park has slightly overslept after missing an alarm call and is rubbing its eyes as it prepares to host its first – and only – car meeting of 2014. The motorcycle community,...

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