Clark all the Way
Mexico City, October 22nd.
Twenty entries were invited for this year's Mexican Grand Prix, which took place at the same time as the Mini-Olympics. Of the 20, 19 were all ready for the first four-hour practice session on Friday afternoon, the one missing car being the Cooper down to be driven by Rindt. This was withdrawn due to a haggle over starting money which the Austrian...
Fast and furious
Monza, Italy, April 25th.
This year the 1,000-kilometre race, run on the combined road and banked track circuit at Monza, took place in glorious weather, unlike last year when it rained all day. It looked as though it was going to be a simple question of the Ferrari team drivers tossing a coin to see who was going to win, as the Ford team did not enter, but at the last moment...
1967 Mexican GP at Mexico City by Jonathan Williams
How did you end up driving for Ferrari in Mexico?
I'd just competed in the Can-Am races at Laguna Seca and Riverside, and was waiting for the Las Vegas race. [Ferrari team manager] Franco Lini just said, 'You've got to be a good company man and come down to Mexico. By the way, bring your overalls you never know...' Nobody actually said there was...
A Porsche Monopoly
Cefalu, Sicily, May 4th.
The Targa Florio is not so much a race as a state of mind and a drive down through Southern Italy and along the fantastic northern coast road of Sicily puts you well into the atmosphere that can only be Targa Florio. No matter how quietly you leave Messina, heading west for Palermo, the mountain roads soon get into your blood, as does the approaching...
LOOKING BACK ON
IN the latter half of the sixties, a handful of up-and-coming young British drivers were making their marks in the junior single-scater categories. Some were destined to fall by the wayside, either through loss of career impetus or injury, while a handful actually made it onto the lower rungs of the Formula 1 ladder. This was an era in which Jim Clark, Graham Hill...
I should bring to your attention the omission of Jonathan Williams in the short list of British drivers to have contested Grands Prix for Ferrari (Matters of Moment, Motor Sport, February 1989). He drove in the Mexican Grand Prix of 1967.
Good luck to Mansell in the hot seat.
John Selby Greene, Dursley, Gloucestershire
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