Articles tagged Jim Gavin

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Letters

Memories of Henry Taylor It’s sad that Henry Taylor has died, but I have a good memory of him. In 1968, when the London-Sydney Marathon rally was announced, I was part of the Supersport rally team in Acton. We had an excellent relationship with the Ford Competition Department in Boreham, so I phoned Henry, then Ford’s competition manager, and said “Any chance of a car?” Henry said, “If you get a...

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All roads lead to roam

Time spent as a long-distance rally organiser breeds a rich seam of anecdotes. Meet Jim Gavin... It’s hard to finish a conversation with Jim Gavin. Not because he won’t stop talking but because you hear yourself saying ‘hang on, you didn’t finish the story about the elephants…’ A big, bluff Irishman with breezy white hair and a ready laugh, Jim planned and ran some of the great endurance rallies...

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Book reviews

"Air-Cooled Automotive Engines", by Julius Mackerle, M.E. 518 pp. 8¾ in x 5 4/5 in. (Charles Griffin & Co. Ltd., 42, Drury Lane, London, WC2. £8.00.) This is the second, fully revised edition of a truly comprehensive work which looks at every aspect of the air-cooling of automotive internal-combustion engines and thereby makes out a strong case for dispensing with coolant fluid and radiators...

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Book reviews

"Automobile Tyres" by L. J. K. Setright. 195 pp., 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/8 in. (Chapman & Hall Ltd., 11, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4P 4EE. £3.25.) There has previously never been a complete and erudite layman's guide to what automobile tyres are all about. This ommission has now been filled by the industrious Leonard Setright, which is not altogether surprising, the book following as it does some...

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Red light for bolster story

Legendary technical writer John Bolster was full of tales – and some of them were clean Recently I had a chance to chat to rally organiser and raconteur Jim Gavin – material for a future column – and in passing he mentioned John Bolster, Autosport Technical Editor, special builder, GP driver and commentator, who was always dapper in houndstooth tweed jacket and deer-stalker. Bolster died in 1984...

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Around and About

Popular Racing Car racing continued as the world's second most popular spectator sport in 1973, with more than 6 million people attending major races. Heartening, perhaps, but statistics compiled by Goodyear would be more pleasing to the bookies, for horse racing had a massive lead past the post, with an attendance of nearly 74 million. Goodyear's figures show an average of 33,059 fans -attending...

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Been there, dune that

Sir, I am delighted that you made Stirling Moss 'Best All-rounder' — but you don't know the half of it! In 1974, the late Henry Liddon and I organised the 17,000km London-Sahara-Munich World Cup Rally. Stirling and Michael Taylor entered Michael's factory-prepared Mercedes 280E, with Allan Sell, a brilliant Mercedes mechanic. The route back to the North African coast from Tamanrasset in the...

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Around the Tuning Shops

A phenomenon of the motoring sixties has been the mushrooming of firms catering for the man who wants to make his car go that little bit faster. Even with the stagnating 70-m.p.h. limit and insurance company discrimination against modified machines there seems to be no halting this car conversion craze. A quick count of the number of firms involved in this business revealed that in Britain alone...

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Derek Bell

Busman's holiday The Le Mans-winning sports car star attempted to add another long-distance victory to his tally during the '79 season. On a lawn mower. With Stirling Moss...Interview: Rob Widdows. Photography: BLMRC I've been lucky. In a career lasting more than 40 years I've raced almost every type of car, starting with my Lotus 7 and graduating to F1 with Ferrari before winning at Le Mans and...

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Letters

Sir, John Barnard is rightly credited with the first carbon-fibre monocoque for the Chaparral 2K, but it is hardly surprising that this marque should have been receptive to the material when Jim Hall and Hap Sharp had built a complete glassfibre chassis for their mid-engine Chaparral 2 sports car in 1963. The company had first run a chin spoiler on the Chaparral 1 in the 1962 season and used one...

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