Articles tagged Jean-Louis Lafosse

Page 143 of August 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 143, August 2012

Filipinetti: triumph before tragedy

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Scuderia Filipinetti. Cadaverous-looking, chainsmoking, big-spending Georges Filipinetti was a very successful Swiss-Italian motor trader and property entrepreneur at least until it all went terribly wrong for him into the 1970s... As a would-be amateur racer in 1939 he had been a member of the Ecurie Genevoise campaigning Maseratis. Post-...

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Endurance Racing Review

Porsche won its sixth victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic held on June 13th/14th, eclipsing the successes of Jaguar and Bentley and moving ever closer to Ferrari's record of nine. But behind that little bit of history came another, even more remarkable feat, for Belgium's Jacky Ickx wrote himself into the record books by taking his fifth victory at la Sarthe, placing himself on a...

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The Le Mans 24 Hour Race

Rondeau's rendezvous Every year, the Le Mans 24 Hours proves something special, whatever the predicament of sportscar racing as a whole. It has a lot to with the unique atmosphere of the Circuit of the Sarthe, and the magic of a race that runs twice around the clock on an ultra-fast eight and a half mile course still largely composed of normal main roads. This year, however, the ACO's Grand Prix...

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One chassis, Five Le Mans

It wasn’t a 24 Hours winner, but Gulf GR8 chassis ‘802’ was one of the race’s most successful cars in terms of longevity The list of history’s great winning Le Mans cars is probably headed by those chassis which won more than once. Ford GT40 ‘1075’ immediately springs to mind, the Gulf-JW team’s 1968-69 double winner, together with Reinhold Joest’s ‘New Man’ Porsche 956 ‘117’ which did the double...

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Around the houses

News from the main auctions houses around the world RM AUCTIONS The sale on May 11/12 in Monaco was always going to be a grand affair. Countless competition cars, some beautiful road going machinery, and of course the 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider were all due to come under the hammer. RM's sale in Monaco went very well with the aforementioned Spider topping the results at £4.03 million and the...

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Gulf wins "economy" Le Mans

The combination of a fuel-consumption formula (all the cars had to run for 20 laps or more without refuelling), the absence of many graded drivers, and—worst—the lack of Matra, Alpine, Ferrari or Alfa Romeo prototypes, all combined to make this year's Vingt-Quatre Heures du Mans decidedly a non-event, and the spectators reacted by staying away in their thousands. Victory always seemed within...

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Le Mans 24 hours

lckx and Van Lennep win for Porsche; De Cadenet and Craft finish third for Britain Le Mans, June 12th/13th If you had believed all the advance publicity put out by the AC de l'Ouest, the 1976 edition of the 24-Hours of Le Mans was going to be the most dazzling, original, different looking Le Mans in history. Somehow the race on June 12th/13th didn't work out quite like that, for it was still in...

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Local hero

Jean Rondeau was the only man ever to drive a car bearing his own name to victory at Le Mans. From his humble start to his needless death, his story is truly incredible. Adam Cooper reports Jean Rondeau did not always play by the rules; anyone who had the nerve to test pukka Le Mans cars on the public roads was bound to be a little reckless in his approach to life. But, on December 27th 1985, he...

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Monza 4 hours ETC

Alain Peltier and Jean-Louis Lafosse won the first round of this year's European Touring Car Championship at Monza in their 3.5-litre BMW CSL. In the absence of the works teams from Munich and Cologne, it was left to privately entered BMWs to fill the first four places, the Peltier/Lafosse car entered by La Precision Liegoise winning by just over a minute after four hours. The only Ford to offer...

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European 2-litre Sports-Car Championship

Alpine-Renault win at home At the Circuit Paul Ricard, on Sunday, April 7th, the opening round of the 1974 European 2-litre Sports-Car Championship saw the young Frenchman, Alain Cudini, score three significant "firsts", when he won the 68-lap event in his Equipe Switzerland Archambeaud Alpine-Renault. It was his first 2-litre sports-car drive, the first occasion the new A441 model had raced, and...

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