Articles tagged Gordon Smiley

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A Spectator's Guide to 1979 British Racing

During a winter when even Formula One sponsorship stopped being the right of every team one could be forgiven for thinking that 1979 might be a very tough season indeed for those racing primarily in Britain. In fact the opening races of the British season proved that we are likely to see some of the most entertaining and financially well-supported motor racing seasons of all. The Aurora model car...

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Year Zero

1976: Gilles Villeneuve staggers the grand prix world before he's even sat in an F1 car. John Zimmermann describes an astounding season of dominance and the Formula Atlantic car a future legend made his name in The competition aligned against him was the toughest our hero had yet faced, but he gave a performance to crystallise his outstanding season and enable his legendary step into Formula One...

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Stars & Gripes

The success of Lotus at Indy led to some of the craziest most nightmarish cars ever seen at Brickyard. Joe Scalzo tells their strange tells and sympathises with those who drove them them. Тhe great Don Branson (1920-1966) was, among many wonders and eccentricities, a tortoise. He abominated having to flop on his back in a race cat Front-engine Offenhauser roadsters and upright dirt track cars...

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What... in my backyard?

Those who thought Formula One racing at Oulton Park and Mallory Park had been consigned to the history were startled in 1978, when John Webb made this dream happen all over again. Gary Watkins describes the birth, life and death of the Aurora AFX F1 series Kids can be so greedy. Surely the spectacle of Gilles Villeneuve dragging half his Ferrari around Zandvoort and Alan Jones notching up a...

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Lunch with... Desiré Wilson

The talented South African remains the only woman ever to have won an F1 race. But she’s never thought of herself in those terms – she’s just a racing driverBy Simon Taylor Redoubtable females run like a thread through motor sport history, from Camille du Gast to Danica Patrick, from Kay Petre to Christabel Carlisle. But only two have raced in World Championship Grands Prix. Maria-Teresa de...

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When the chips are up

He had success behind the wheel, but Chip Ganassi has really won big as a team owner In recent years Chip Ganassi has emerged as the only American team owner to rival the wide breadth of Roger Penske's achievements in motor racing. That may be presumptuous to say because Penske has long set the standard for American racing, not only in preparation and presentation, but also by winning many races...

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Don't fence me in

The one that got away: Rupert Keegan 1979 Aurora F1 Silverstone A collision with David Kennedy blew any chance of a race win, but he still did enough to claim the Aurora F1 title. By Adam Cooper "In 1978, I had a big accident in a Surtees at Zandvoort. I injured my hand, so I lost any opportunities for Formula One for the following year. Then Jackie Oliver got on to me and asked if I would drive...

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All good things...

The one that got away Four of Rick Mear's 29 champcar wins came in the Indy 500 but, even 18 years on, the time he let the race slip from his gasp still aggravates him, he tells David Malsher The omes were good for Rick Mears. The biggest race in the world it may have been, but he was never one to be overawed. In 1978, his first race at Indianapolis, he had started third on the grid, and the...

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National Racing Review

A shift in emphasis has probably been the most notable aspect of this year's national racing activities. Indeed, it is now tempting to inquire as to what our "national racing" activities actually are, for while the traditional corners of British motor racing have in the main continued to thrive, it has been the higher echelons of our home racing which have increasingly filled the very limited...

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