Articles tagged John Coombs

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The Story of XKD 573

On June 29th, 1956, the new, standard production, short-nose D-type, XKD 573, was handed over to Phil Weaver, head of Jaguar’s “Competitions shop”, for preparation for Le Mans on July 28th/29th. Painted in Belgian yellow, that car, shown here, was loaned by Jaguar to Equipe National Belge and was driven to fourth place overall by Jacques Swaters and Freddie Rouselle, covering 3,816.671 km. at...

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Th Guv'nor

Reflections on the only man to win Formula 1 titles as both driver and constructor, by a Motor Sport contributor who knew him well Writer Doug Nye On hearing of Sir Jack Brabham’s recent death – at the age of 88 – Australian enthusiast Alec Hawkins sat down at a computer keyboard and submitted the following to one of the internet motor racing forums. I believe his words speak for a generation of...

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Road cars

Maserati targets 911Alfieri to go head to head with Porsche talisman | by Andrew Frankel Maserati boss Harald Wester has confirmed than its stunning Alfieri concept, revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, will be put into production as a direct rival for the Porsche 911. The two-plus-two coupé will go on sale in 2016, powered by a range of V6 twin-turbo engines. Like the 911, it will be...

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Forever with blue genes

Alan Mann Racing’s cars are famous for being cloaked in red and gold – but a strong association with Ford, now as in period, is equally symbolic. With the team on the verge of scaling back, we took a lingering glance at a fleet that will soon partially be dismantledWriter: Gordon Cruickshank Photographer: Matthew Howell It fits, somehow. Henry Mann, son of 1970s racing team boss Alan Mann, has a...

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Grand Prix Zandvoort Mark Koense Some of the content will be familiar, following our extensive photographic preview in last November’s issue, but the finished product is perhaps even better than we’d dared hope. The book commences with some early circuit sketches and morphs via an entertaining letter from Sammy Davis (after conducting a track inspection, he urged the circuit developers to have no...

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Fast dance saloons

Top event at Goodwood's Revival will be the St Mary's Trophy.David Malsher assesses the chances of the race's two main stars Give me Goodwood on a summer's afternoon and you can keep the rest of the world," said Roy Salvadori. Perhaps the unspoken part of this was, "And the icing on the cake would be a Jag MkI to thrash around." Well, the very MkI he made famous is set to thrill crowds all over...

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Karl Heinz Kalbfell The architect of BMW's 1999 Le Mans victory and the German firm's return to Fl in 2000 has died following a crash in a classic motorcycle event at Brands Hatch. He was 63. Head of BMW Motorsport from 1988, the German oversaw its successful M3 touring car projects, then took BMW to more success in Super Touring. Kalbfell, who joined BMW in 1977, moved it into sports car racing...

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Le Mans cars hit Chelsea

Le Mans cars hit Chelsea Cars from Le Mans in the 1960s and famous team patrons will be two of the themes of the second Chelsea AutoLegends, which will be held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Sunday September 4. The event's theme is the Swinging Sixties and cars that from that era will form a central part of a display featuring 30 Le Mans racers. Ferrari will have examples of the...

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A test with Tyrrell

The first call was made to my brother Jim, He was asked if I might be interested in driving or racing a single seater. I'd driven a good race in an Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco at Goodwood and the track manager Robin Mackay had called Ken Tyrrell to suggest he have a look at this guy. Anyway, my brother told Ken that yes, I might be interested, though at that time I was more focused on my shooting...

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The Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival

In the end, it surpassed the wildest expectations. Fifty years to the day after its first meeting, motor racing returned to Goodwood with an event none of the 80,000 spectators would argue was not the greatest historic race meeting of all time. The restoration of the buildings, the period livery of staff and traditional BARC and drivers' cricket match are images of an event which recaptured the...



December 2019
Ford vs Ferrari: The Le Mans '66 Film Special



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