Articles tagged Johnny Servoz-Gavin

Page 46 of March 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, March 1985

The 19-100 Austro-Daimler

The 19-100 hp Austro-Daimler was a comparatively rare sports car so far as this country was concerned; one writer has described it as "the most forgotten of the successful teams to compete at Ards (in the TT)". Yet it merits a firm place in sports car history, being a most effective vintage model with a fine pedigree, for was not the pre-Kaiser War overhead-camshaft, 5.7-litre Prince Henry Austro...

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A Date With Destiny?

Francois Cevert died 25 years ago. Adam Cooper talks directly to family and friends about the man and finds his meteoric rise and the timing of his tragic death were all foretold by a clairvoyant years earlier. Motor racing is essentially a science; it's supposed to be about nuts and bolts, numbers on lap charts and on stopwatches. But sometimes other, less tangible factors seem to play a part....

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Reflections

– Chris Amon on why St Jovite was his favourite track – Lewis Hamilton returns to his winning ways – The tackiness of the Monaco Grand Prix – Remembering ‘a damn good pro’, Roy Salvadori St Jovite. I remember years ago talking to Chris Amon about his favourite tracks, and being a touch surprised that he included this place two hours to the north of Montréal. Thinking about it now, though, I might...

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Lunch with... Henri Pescarolo

He’s a record-breaking flyer and rally driver, but after 33 drives there he is ‘Mr Le Mans’ – though his new role as team boss has brought a fresh sort of battle I’m sitting outside a bistro in the warm Paris sunshine, enjoying a pre-lunch aperitif with Henri Pescarolo. Not for nothing is this man known as Monsieur Le Mans. He has competed in the 24 Hours 44 times, 33 as a driver and 11 as an...

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Obituary – Johnny Servoz-Gavin

(1942-2006) Handsome, athletic and tressed to thrill, this carefree man from Grenoble appeared destined for F1 greatness when he grabbed the lead of the 1968 Monaco GP. Replacing the injured Jackie Stewart in Ken Tyrrell’s Matra MS10, a bravura qualifying performance had put him on the outside of the front row for his first race in an F1 car. And now he was pulling away from no less than Graham...

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Legends

One of the reasons I no longer stay in Monaco for the GP is that these days I find the place intensely claustrophobic. So many beautiful buildings have been swept away, so many ugly skyscraper blocks put up, that Monte Carlo seems to crowd in on itself. After a day there, it is therapeutic in the extreme to drive a few miles away from the madness, into France. When first I started going to the...

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A year of living dangerously

Drivers knew the risks associated with motor racing in 1970 - but some were not prepared to accept them any more "I think," said Jacky Ickx, "that in those days not winning was not so crucial, not such a... drama..." Ickx was talking about the 1960s and '70s, and he was right, of course. Forty years ago there was far less hype in the sport than now, and also far less money. Although sponsorship...

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The laughing cavalier

Just as he was poised to don Jackie Stewart's mantle, Fate overtook dashing Francois Cevert. We look back at the Frenchman's career Death fully defines a man. Potential for things not yet done no longer exists." Someone said this in a book about jazz great Eric Dolphy, but it applies universally to us all. When an obviously gifted racing driver dies young, long before his full potential can be...

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The first of March

It's spent decades hanging on a wall, but now the first-ever March Grand Prix car is to run again - 40 years after one lucky journalist got to test drive it at Silverstone... It was like bumping into an old flame. Forty years ago, in our distant youth, we'd shared just one dance. In the intervening decades we'd both moved on; inevitably, we were both showing our age. I never meant a thing to her...

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Dating game

Sir, Keith Howard repeats the assertion that slick tyres first appeared in F1 in 1971. Smooth tyres have been utilised fix track racing as well as LSR and drag racing for many years. In fact, I can think of a couple of false starts in this direction as long ago as 1959, when Motor Racing magazine reported on the new F1 Scarab testing at Riverside. The car used 'slicks' without any tread pattern...

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