Articles tagged Harry Weslake

Page 30 of June 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, June 1975

Continental Notes

The Circuit National of Francorchamps "TO RETURN to Francorchamps is always exciting. You find a unique ambiance that only a circuit running through natural surroundings can supply." Those are not my words. They were written by a Belgian journalist before the recent sports car race on the Belgian circuit in the Ardennes. Certain members of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and the Formula One...

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Under Scrutiny - Scott Russell Race Engine Design and Development

Under the Cam Covers To those in the know, racing engines sometimes appear to resemble those Russian dolls; remove one layer, and another is revealed; remove that, and there is yet another underneath. The camshaft cover of an Indy engine may read Chevrolet, but the engine is actually the product of Ilmor, a British firm. In Grand Prix racing, the Ford engine is the Benetton was designed and...

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Ford - Weslake V12

The Blue Oval's investment in Cosworth's DFV was repaid many times over. But Ford didn't always hit the jackpot. Keith Howard tells the story of an engine that met all its design criteria, yet which still proved an embarrassment to its paymasters Aesthetically, Rye Harbour is a million miles from its parent town. Whereas mediaeval Rye, perched high on a nearby hill, is cobbled streets, sagging...

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Vintage Postbag

Sunbeam Sidelines Sir, I found the article on the 3-litre Sunbeam in last month's issue most interesting and informative. The speculation as to why this advanced design was only taken to Le Mans once will, I suspect, continue for a long time. Starting with 1924, could one of the factors influencing the decision to withdraw the Le Mans entry have been the Coatalen/Bentley duel in Autocar? The...

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Veteran Edwardian Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters The Dawn of "The Daimler" Last month's issue of Motor Sport had quite a Daimler flavour to it, what with my description of an outing up Shelsley Walsh in the British Leyland Heritage/Coventry Museum's fine big Edwardian of that make, and my article about the motor-cars of Mr. Bolton, a gentleman who had a preference for Daimlers and drove them at Shelsley...

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Power politics

Cosworth's DFV transformed Formula One, dominating the sport during the seventies and kick-starting the 'kit car' era. But BRM rarely took the easy way out. Keith Howard tells the story of their V12 — a story of what might have been For once-embattled BRM, F1's 1.5-litre era had been the occasion of long postponed fulfilment. The grand enterprise had finally come good, winning the drivers' and...

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Bad vibrations

Cosworth was F1’s buzzword – but in sportscars its DFV was a flop, despite the efforts of a famously successful team. Four members of JWA explain why – and how – Le Mans was eventually won It made perfect sense, to the layman: plop the era’s dominant Formula One engine in a two-seat racer, pop over to Le Mans – and win. To the creator of the Cosworth DFV, however, it made no sense whatsoever....

Page 50 of October 1966 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, October 1966

Seen at Monza

THE paddock at Monza was a delight for anyone interested in Grand Prix cars and engines, for the greatest collection of 3-litre cars was gathered together for the Italian Grand Prix. The only pity was that so many people who got into the paddock seemed more interested in collecting autographs and talking about the weather than the wonderful array of Grand Prix machinery. Centre of interest was...

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RACING DRIVERS DIRECTORY-1

RACING DRIVERS DIRECTORY -I The racing careers of the leading Grand Prix drivers have been repeated so many times that they are well known to most followers of the Sport. We feel that there are just as many interesting stories to be told about the men who race almost every weekend at Club and National meetings up and down the country. We hope that those people who watch the racing from the...

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Veteran to classic: V12 Lagonda

Casualty of War When I think back on the cars for which I have considerable affection, the final pre-war design-fling of WO Bentley comes readily to mind — the V12 Lagonda. Unfortunately it was hampered by the proximity of its conception and production to the Second World War; but had Hitler not intervened this car would surely have become one of the great all-time Classics. The project was born...

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