Articles tagged Jimmy Clark

Page 44 of December 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, December 1998

The Lotus that should have won Le Mans

This Elite could have won Le Mans but became linked with Tragedy. Mike Lawrence examines the mystery, while Sir John Whitmore steps behind the wheel again. THE CAR In 1959 the Lotus Elite made a huge impression in racing. Sportscar racing was in decline, while GT racing was booming, partly because of the high windscreens the FIA insisted on which slowed the sports-racers. Since race 1.3-litre...

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Clark wins again!

We asked you – and you answered, emphatically. Jimmy Clark is by far the most popular British Formula 1 World Champion, according to the readers of Motor Sport. An online poll was launched in last month’s issue to ask which of Britain’s 10 World Champions – plus our honorary ‘11th man’ Sir Stirling Moss – is held in greatest affection by racing enthusiasts. More than 5500 took part in the poll,...

Page 71 of May 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, May 2009

Lunch with John Coombs

That he ran so many top-line drivers is proof of how successful a car entrant John Coombs was. Today, in his eighties, his enthusiasm for enjoying classic machinery still burns bright By Simon Taylor Motor racing’s history is peppered with significant private entrants – highly professional operators who were content to provide cars for others to race, in return for the joy of being involved. In...

Page 10 of December 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 10, December 1988

Formula One: Japanese GP

The Wolf at the Door In the end, the slope on Suzuka's grid worked against Alain Prost, not just once, but twice. It allowed not only Ayrton Senna to roll his stalled McLaren forward sufficiently to restart twice, but also Satoru Nakajima to do likewise. Senna, of course, was the more significant threat to the Frenchman, but the Japanese Lotus driver was also to play a significant role . . ....

Page 18 of October 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, October 1998

Legends

It was at Spa-Francorchamps, 30 years ago, that a Grand Prix car first raced with a wing, and you might reasonably assume, given the innovative reputation of Colin Chapman, that it was a Lotus. In fact, although the team had experimented in that direction, it was Ferrari in those days considered technically hidebound – who set the trend, on the car of Chris Amon at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. "...

Page 20 of November 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, November 2001

Legends

Jo Siffert The clocks go back soon, and whenever that happens Jo Siffert always comes to my mind, for they did so on October 24, 1971, the day of the Victory Race at Brands Hatch. I forgot, and arrived very early. It was the day Siffert died. Rob Walker loves to talk about 'Seppi', his driver for many years, and it's clear that, in terms of affection, he brackets him with S Moss. In 1962, after...

Page 26 of September 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 26, September 2011

Nigel Roebuck

REFLECTIONS Bernie's happy; now what about Silverstone's fans? Alonso a hero - in González Ferrari and British GP 'Smokey' Yunick's Indy special graces Goodwood When I got home from Silverstone late on Sunday night, I poured a stiff scotch and soda, and sat down to watch the IndyCar race from Toronto, which was eventually won — after endless 'full-course yellows' — by Dario Franchitti. He was...

Page 94 of April 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 94, April 1998

My greatest race - Roy Salvadori

Coppa Inter Europa, Monza, 1963 An unreliable car, poor practice and tough opposition did not bode well for Roy Salvadori’s chances in a three-hour sportscar race in Italy. But the Englishman still went out and beat the lot Aston Martin played a very important part in my career. I drove for Astons for about eight or nine years consistently, and then they pulled out of Formula One and played...

Page 57 of July 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, July 2011

"His was the most complex character I ever encountered in the sport."

Our editor-in-chief recalls Ayrton Senna as a talent feted for F1 greatness - but also as a driver with a dark sideBy Nigel Roebuck For a few days after seeing Senna, I couldn't get the man out of my mind, and perhaps not surprisingly so. I had, after all, been present at all but a handful of his 161 Grands Prix, and inevitably the movie brought that time alive again, releasing a deluge of...

Page 12 of July 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, July 1994

A timely triumph

When Michael Schumacher's Benetton stuck in fifth gear, Damon Hill was there to scoop the spoils for an intensely relieved Williams team. There were many, it must be said, whose scepticism got the better of them after the Spanish GP. Could Michael Schumacher really have done the last two-thirds of the race in only fifth gear, including a pit stop? You can try to calculate what percentage there...

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