Articles tagged John Holman

Page 104 of February 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 104, February 2012

Mann of the decade

His career was confined to the 1960s but what an era it was, with Alan Mann acting as a lynchpin in Ford’s competition drive By Richard Heseltine It holds true in broad outline that the closer you get to the truth, the more the legend evaporates. Racer-turned-entrant Alan Mann has just skewered an eminent figure of ’60s motor sport, outlining how he was caught with his fingers in the corporate...

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The worst car I ever drove

Lavender Blues The Lotus 79 provided Mario Andretti with the Zenith of his career, but his all-time low was the pink honker - a pig that kept trying to fly Mario Andretti has raced so many cars, over a career that stretches back four decades, that you might expect him to hesitate over the question of which was the worst. In fact, the answer comes quickly. "That's easy, it was the Honker," says...

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Alan Mann Racing

When Ford (England) go racing this season with competition versions of the new Escort and a Cosworth V8-powered Group 6 coupé, the cars will be run by Alan Mann from his Byfleet factory. Some people will wonder why Team Lotus are not running these aspects of Ford racing, but with the Grand Prix team, Formula two and Group 4 sportscar racing, the Norfolk firm have more than enough to do. The...

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In a Galaxie far, far ahead...

How Jack Sears and the big Ford Galaxie changed the shape of British tin-top racing back in 1963 Touring car racing, especially since the 1980s, has left me absolutely stone cold. I have never developed any interest in production cars, and racing lookalike versions have always been filed in my mind under ‘S’ for ‘So what’. Perhaps much of this disinterest has become more deeply ingrained by the...

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Alan Mann 1936 - 2012

This team owner, who made a memorable impact on British saloon and sports car racing with his red and gold Fords throughout the 1960s, died in April aged 75. After early outings in the 1950s driving an HWM, C-type and Elite, Mann concentrated on the Ford dealership he ran with saloon champion Roy Pierpoint, but it was when he decided that racing would boost the new Cortina that his era as a team...

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Bobby Allison: stars & swipes

For more than 20 years he went fender to fender — and occasionally toe to toe — in racing's toughest gig: NASCAR. He scored 84 wins, but they came at a heavy personal cost. By Damien Smith Where do you start with a man like Bobby Allison? So many races, so many wins, cars, teams; the anecdotes, the laughter, the disappointments... the tragedy. A life dedicated to the gladiatorial world of stock...

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