Articles tagged John Horsman

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Feast of endurance

Synonymous with Gulf, GT40s, 917s and Le Mans wins, JW Automotive is a racing legend. We spoke to director John Horsman about life under ‘Death Ray’ John Wyer and the racing heritage underpinning the team’s successes Writer: Simon Arron There had been no job advertised, but he applied for one anyway. At the time John Horsman was an engineering student at Cambridge and often spent his weekends...

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From home-built specials... to GT40s

There were two JWs in JW Automotive: John Wyer was its leader, but John Willment had his triumphs, too. By Gordon Cruickshank JWA. Three initials throbbing with racing significance, which reflect two very different men: John Wyer is famed as one of the great team managers; but it was his friend and partner John Willment who made the first big splash on the tracks. Willment never looked like being...

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The M4 test track

I enjoyed Gordon Cruickshank’s article about John Wyer in the 1950s. I worked for Wyer from 1959, as sales and showroom manager at the London Piccadilly showrooms where David Brown had his main office. This gave me the opportunity to meet many famous names of the time, including John Horsman who with Wyer went on to fame with GT40s. One day Horsman took me out in a DB4 Zagato they were preparing...

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Stirling performances

Goodwood bookends the story of Britain's most famous racer. A teenage Moss sprang to public attention there and, before his career stopped short against one of its earth banks, won more races at the track than anyone else. Gordon Cruickshank speaks to people who saw him shine 1948 Inaugural meeting (September 18): 500cc race (3 laps) Cooper Mk II, 1st at 71.92mph, Fastest Lap 1:58 (73.20mph) Win...

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...

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Racing in the rain

John Horsman The image of Pedro Rodríguez’s Porsche 917 splashing to victory in the 1970 BOAC 6 Hours is iconic. Yet as much as the driver and the Porsche boffins, a genuine architect of that and many other 917 victories was engineer John Horsman. Before he got his hands on it, the 917 was feared by drivers; he solved the airflow problems and transformed the 917 into a winner. Horsman recalls...

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Obituary: John Wyer

A legendary figure in the world of sports car racing, John Wyer, has died at his adopted home in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 79. As team director, he could take credit for the Le Mans victories of Aston Martin in 1959, of the Gulf team Ford GT40s in 1968 and 1969, and of the Gulf-Mirage in 1975. After serving his apprenticeship with the Sunbeam Motor Company, Wyer joined Solex Carburettors,...

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Lunch with... Richard Attwood

This English gentleman upset his father by racing for longer than he was supposed to, but success at Monaco and Le Mans in particular made it all worthwhileBy Simon Taylor Richard Attwood could never be anything but English. Scion of a prosperous Midlands family with links to the motor car that go back three generations, he was educated at Harrow, and served his apprenticeship at Jaguar in the...

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Bad vibrations

Cosworth was F1’s buzzword – but in sportscars its DFV was a flop, despite the efforts of a famously successful team. Four members of JWA explain why – and how – Le Mans was eventually won It made perfect sense, to the layman: plop the era’s dominant Formula One engine in a two-seat racer, pop over to Le Mans – and win. To the creator of the Cosworth DFV, however, it made no sense whatsoever....

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X-Ray spec: Gulf Mirage M6

A brand-new endurance engine and a special low-drag body looked like the perfect mix for Mirage's Le Mans effort. Wrong, as Keith Howard finds It all seemed such a good idea initially. When Stuart Turner (Ford's motorsport boss in the UK), GT40 designer Len Bailey and engine maker Harry Weslake hatched a plan after the British GP in 1970 for Weslake to build a Ford-badged V12 for sportscar racing...

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