Articles tagged Jacques Swaters

Page 82 of August 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, August 1975

The Story of XKD 573

On June 29th, 1956, the new, standard production, short-nose D-type, XKD 573, was handed over to Phil Weaver, head of Jaguar’s “Competitions shop”, for preparation for Le Mans on July 28th/29th. Painted in Belgian yellow, that car, shown here, was loaned by Jaguar to Equipe National Belge and was driven to fourth place overall by Jacques Swaters and Freddie Rouselle, covering 3,816.671 km. at...

Page 56 of September 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, September 2009

Lunch with... Derek Bell

He’s the English gentleman who’s scored more sports car wins than even he can remember, although no one will ever forget his record at Le Mans and Daytona By Simon Taylor Derek Bell is, quintessentially, an Englishman. He has raced with enormous success in the USA, where he is a popular figure; his wife Misti is American, and he spends much of the year at his waterside house in Boca Raton,...

Page 60 of October 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 60, October 1992

Ferrari Celebration

Quite the most mouth-watering sight in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock during the weekend of the Belgian GP was magnate Albert Obrist's collection of sports-prototype racing Ferraris. They represented the period in which the marque scored its nine Le Mans triumphs, four at Daytona, eight in the Mille Miglia, nine in the Targa Florio and six in the Tourist Trophy. They brought the past back to date...

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Bellow yellow

Jacques Swaters founded Ecurie Francorchamps to tune Fiat 1100s. He built it into one of the finest racing teams of its era. Chris Nixon meets the man to discuss his lifetime in motorsport Garage Francorchamps is a distinct misnomer for the edifice greeting visitors to Jacques Swaters' Ferrari emporium. Situated in a large industrial area not far from Brussels airport the Garage is, in fact, an...

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Long-distance operator

One of Britain's unsung motorsport heroes, Derek Bell's sportscar skills are often overlooked by an F1-hungry media. Andrew Frankel asks a living legend to reflect on his exploits at Le Mans which yielded five superb wins Cold, wet day at Snetterton. Team Bentley are testing the new EXP Speed 8 Le Mans car. The press have been invited and Derek Bell is doing what he does second-best: entertaining...

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Seeing The Finer Points

I recently came across the following paragraph in a 1931 edition of MOTOR SPORT, in a race meeting report: "The fact that the good driving produced less applause than the few instances of wild skidding is a pity, but can only be expected when road racing events are so rare and the general public has not learnt to appreciate the finer points of the game." Deciding that I would like to see, at...

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Obituary – Paul Frère

Paul Frère, who has died aged 91, was the most accomplished journalist racing driver since Sammy Davis. As well as technical writing and road and track testing, Frère was a Grand Prix driver and eight-time Le Mans entrant, culminating in a win at the French classic in 1960 with Olivier Gendebien. Alfred Neubauer invited him into the 1954 Mercedes Le Mans squad (the car was not ready in time),...

Page 46 of November 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, November 2002

Light fantastic

1st - 500 Ferrari had burst onto the post-war scene with ambitious V12 designs, but it was a far more mundane approach that elevated it to GP dominance. Paul Fearnley explains Ferrari was just over three years old, and yet it had seen off Alfa Romeo and the supercharger (although not beaten them to the world titles), and rewritten Formula Two with its jewel-like V12s. Yet a brave decision to turn...

Page 46 of July 1954 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, July 1954

Continental Races

The weekend of May 22nd-23rd saw a wide variety of motoring events taking place on the International Calendar. At Bari, in the south of Italy, Froilan Gonzalez recorded his third successive Formula I victory by winning the Bari Grand Prix. Although Behra (Gordini) did his utmost and severely worried the second Ferrari team man, Trintignant, he was unable to approach the Argentinian, who covered...

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Thunder & frightening

Of all British sportscars, the Jaguar D-type and Ford’s GT40 are the most successful. Yet, though separated by just four seasons, they feel a generation apart. Andrew Frankel braves the weather to find out more. Photography by Andrew Yeadon. There will, doubtless, be those who argue that these two cars are not the finest of all British sportscars. Neither do I doubt that some will suggest that...

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