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Hidden Glory, The Story of the Crosslé Car Company Alan Tyndall Other volume racing car manufacturers have cultivated higher profiles – March, Lola, Van Diemen and Reynard, to name but four – but one of the UK’s most engaging cottage industries has been ravaged by one-make myopia and many famous names have either gone to the wall or else simply faded away as custom dried up. But not Crosslé. For...

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Cleared for take-off

Necessity rendered this one of the briefest ‘decades’ in the annals of motor sport, yet it would also be one of the most pivotal in Britain as the business found its future directionWriter Simon Arron The world had rather more pressing concerns than a monthly price rise, but that was one of the headlines when the January 1940 issue of Motor Sport reached the shelves of a nation at war. It is...

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Continental Notes and News

Continental. Notes and News Whither Bugatti ? By the time these lines appear in print, Jean-Pierre Wimille will have driven his last race for Bugatti, to wit, the Grand Prix de l'A.C.F. From now on the brilliant young Frenchman will be seen at the wheel of Alfa-Romeos, as a member of the Alfa-Corse team. The good wishes of all followers of the sport will go with him, for he is a born driver, and...

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French and irresistable

Sir, At last, a kindred spirit. Jonathan Blackwell's letter on the great Jean-Pierre Wimille, runs in tandem to my own thoughts. When racing resumed after the war, I was able to read the reports of 'Grande Vitesse' (Rodney Walkerly) in The Motor, courtesy of my local barber. I was about 15 years old. It would seem to my young mind that J-P was head and shoulders above the rest. I had read all the...

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Alfas dominate the French Grand Prix

... and Ferrari wins the Small-Car Race Specially reported for Motor Sport " by T. G. Moore Once again at Rheims the 1-1/2-litre Alfa Romeos have shown their superiority against all comers in winning the first three places in the French Grand Prix, driven by Wimille, Sanesi and Ascari. Their chief challenge came from the single-seater 4-1/2-litre Talbots, which are steadily improving in speed and...

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Grand Prix saboteurs

Bravery in a racing car does not necessarily translate into the bravery of the battlefield. In the case of Robert Benoist, William Grover (‘Williams’) and Jean-Pierre Wimille, it did. When Hitler invaded France these three grand prix drivers, two Frenchmen and one French-domiciled Englishman, took up the fight in that most dangerous arena, the Resistance. Only Wimille survived the war: Benoist...

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Wild about Wimille

Sir, I am a great fan of the new-style MOTOR SPORT magazine and there have been plenty of excellent articles over the last 24 months. However, there is one motor racing character who you have seemingly ignored, a man who was undoubtedly a truly great driver of his era - the masterful Jean-Pierre Wimille. I myself have been fascinated by this legendary figure for many years, yet there are few...

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The late twenties Grand Prix scene was swamped by Bugatti, creating a surge of French circuits. Tim Scott visits a coastal town with an appetite for road racing. Standing in the centre of the roundabout, the straight ribbon of grey road, bordered on each side by unkempt green fields, stretches as far as the eye can see, disappearing into the horizon: destination, Paris. Flat and featureless, it'...

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Grand Prix-- History

There are a lot of people who seem to think that Grand Prix racing began in 1950, whereas the first Grand Prix was held in 1906. It was the present points-chasing World Championship for Drivers that began in 1950 but there were Grand Prix races all over Europe and in North Africa in profusion before that date, especially in the late nineteen-twenties and the nineteen-thirties. You only have to...

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Les Nouveaux Remparts

Of the many old-car gatherings in Europe, the Circuit des Remparts of Angouleme must be the most splendidly sited. Built on a rocky peak overlooking the Charente river in central France, the medieval town was scene before and after the War of races attracting the likes of Raymond Sommer, Maurice Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Wimille, and Fangio. The racing stopped in 1951 when the twisting street...



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