Articles tagged Gunnar Nilsson

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Gunnar Nilsson

After bravely fighting a losing battle against cancer for nearly a year, Gunnar Nilsson finally succumbed on October 20th. The 29-year-old Swede had proved himself as a front runner in Formula One in his short career with John Player Lotus. He won the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix for Lotus after a fine drive in the rain. His illness prevented him taking up a contract with the Arrows team for 1978....

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Around and About

Tourist Trophy, Silverstone September 18th is the chosen date for Britain’s only qualifying round in the European Touring Car Championship 1977. A series dominated by BMW’s big coupes since the withdrawal of the Ford Capris, Silverstone will mark the first anniversary of Leyland Cars’ efforts to displace the Munich straight sixes with Coventry V 12s. Yes, the troubled Jaguars will be out once...

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Gunnar Nilsson: a friend and a fighter

Gunnar Nilsson relied on his precocious talent to get to F1. But when he contracted cancer, he relied on motor racing friends for support as he battled the disease By Chris Witty Photo: Motorsport Images The world was a very different place back in 1978. In Great Britain the Labour Party, led by Jim Callaghan, was desperately hanging onto power with Margaret Thatcher and the Tories waiting...

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BMW's M-powered Coupe

— only for a few WHEN motorsports enthusiasts think of BMW, images of the 3-litre CSL (ligntweight) road car and its turbocharged derivative handled by the likes of Ronnie Peterson, Hans Stuck and Gunnar Nilsson spring to mind. Interest waned a little when the 635 was introduced in 1978, extra weight and superior comfort being acceptable in the market place but robbing the Coupe of its sporting...

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Editorial

For the first time in my life I have declined an offer to drive a race car. I've come quite close in the past, invariably because the dimensions of its cockpit and those of this editor have been sadly at variance but, this time, I was just too scared. The scene is the press day for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival meeting, the plan a few light hearted squirts up Lord March's front...

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New Formula One cars

March 771/240 When saw the Tyrrell Project 34 six-wheeler, with its four tiny wheels at the front, you either approved or thought it was daft. If you approved then the huge rear wheels stood out like sore thumbs, negating all the reduction in frontal area gained by the small-wheel, narrow-track layout at the front. As an experiment, and nothing more than that at the moment, Robin Herd has built a...

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Modern times

The one result Bernie Ecclestone didn't want in Australia was the one he got — a Michael Schumacher win. And Maranello's decision to rely for the time being on last year's Ferrari seemed to be no handicap at all. (In fact, the flawlessly prepared F2001 s in Melbourne had plenty of 2002 about them, including some engine parts, and so perhaps should more accurately be called F2001.5s). There must...

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Continental Notes

It now looks as though there is more than meets the eye in the "manoeuvrings" to get the German GP away from the Nurburgring. One "ministry man" involved with the Constructors Associations is clutching on to a fading document said to be "signed by all the F1 drivers" in which they unanimously agreed not to race at the Nurburgring in 1977. This was signed by those in action at the time at Monaco...

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Lotus 78

Colin Chapman's designs were always intriguing, frequently innovative and occasionally hopeless. But the Lotus 78 was a true stroke of genius which evolved into the legendary 79 I have chosen the Lotus 78, 'Rips 15-16, of 1977, which was a bit after my time in Formula One my last Brabham being the lobster-claw' BT34 of 1971. The Lotus, as they so often did, heralded a new era ground effect, which...

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The Japanese Grand Prix

A Lotus wins, but Hunt paddles to the Championship victory Fuji Speedway, Japan, October 24th The Formula One World Championship is nothing if not truly International and the latest country to climb onto the Grand Prix bandwagon is Japan who hosted the final round of this season's 16-race series at the 4.3-km. Fuji International Speedway, situated in the shadow of the impressive (but happily...

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