Articles tagged Jean Chassagne

Page 153 of June 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 153, June 2014

From the archives with... Doug Nye

Sydney's opera horse Problems with a 4wd Ferguson trigger memories of bygone engineering complexity Late on the Saturday night at Goodwood’s ‘72’ meeting, I was walking through the paddock when I happened upon a perplexed little group huddled over the fabulous four-wheel-drive Ferguson P99. Owner/driver Stuart Rolt explained that its Climax engine had subsided into silence on his first practice...

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Multiple choice

Continuing a trilogy that chronicles key moments in the sport’s technical evolution, we look back at a race featuring the very best from France, Britain, Italy and America Writer Paul Fearnley Post-war emotion was still raw in France and Mercedes was neither welcome nor invited. It wouldn’t have won in any case. Hyperinflation in Germany, when added to that denial of top-rank European competition...

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The Editor looks at the legand of the invincible Talbot-Darracos

One of Louis Coatalen's great interests was motor racing and when he became Chief Engineer of the STD organisation he was able to indulge this whim to the full, perhaps at the expense of the share-holders. Naturally, he set his sights on winning the Grand Prix. In 1912 his small cars, based on the standard Sunbeams, had given the bigger cars a fright. In 1913 Coatalen's side-valve GP Sunbeam had...

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Brush or camera?

The camera can lie. But I rate it more dependable when researching motoring history than an artist's impression. It is true that DSJ and I once puzzled over a photograph which showed two identical 2 1/2-litre Maseratis taking the Fork corner at Brooklands. We knew only of Whitney Straight's car of that type. Years later I discovered that some joker at Speed had superimposed two prints of the...

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A conflict of philosophies

The 3-litre twin-ohc Super Sports Sunbeam was among the most interesting of vintage cars, distinguished by its racing-type engine when not many others were so endowed. News that Louis Coatalen of the Sunbeam Motor Car Company in Wolverhampton had this new car in mind began to circulate early in 1924, but production did not commence until '25. Its six-cylinder engine had twin overhead camshafts...

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GREAT RAC] BE (Continue7i (rot KG MAR MET QUES Novemther issue) Before many weeks were past, however, the 44-litre Bentley took its first honours in a French 24-hour race. A contest of this nature was held on the road circuit at Montlhery on 15th August. The "44 " appeared as the single representative of the marque. Competition was not very keen, and driven by Clement and Duller it scored an easy...

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First Sightings

Before the television age, the first chance British enthusiasts had to see the Grand Prix cars was at Brooklands, often long after their GP career was over. Bill Boddy recalls them In the days before TV coverage of motor racing, the first opportunity for enthusiasts to actually see Grand Prix cars in action was usually at Brooklands, except for the very few who went abroad. Anyway, GP racing...

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The Aero Engine that Never Was A motoring scribe has to be so very careful. Witness the case of the man who makes racing and sports-cars on a modest scale and who some time ago announced a flat-twin baby aero-motor. Full particulars and a power-curve were forthcoming, but when a photographer went in search of the engine it was not to be found. Subsequently it was discovered that it never got as...

Page 59 of June 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 59, June 1993

Tom's twin TT Sunbeams

Eoin Young samples a brace of historic Coatalen Sunbeam racers Tom Wheatcroft, renowned owner of the Donington circuit with its superb Grand Prix museum, seldom does things by halves. When it comes to Tourist Trophy Sunbeams he doubled the bet and when he bought a complete car with a host of spare bits in New Zealand two years ago, he commissioned Auto Restorations in Christchurch to build a...

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Wolseley's still-born record car

Although the well-established Wolseley tool and Motor Car Company had not raced since the days of Herbert Austin's Wolseley 'Beetles', it could not ignore the publicity value of record-breaking on Brooklands Track. So around 1911 it built a car to attack the World's One-Hour record, a useful goal in the prestige stakes. Wolseley's had been making a wide range of cars for some time and selected...



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