Articles tagged Ken Miles

Page 24 of June 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, June 2009

Obituaries

Lloyd Ruby The enduring photo of Lloyd Ruby, who has died in Texas aged 81, is a painful one that encapsulates his career. It’s 1969 and he’s standing in the pits while fuel gushes out of his car. Leading the Indianapolis 500, he’d pitted and then took off before the fuel hose was disconnected – splitting the tank and breaking his heart yet again. There he is, slowly removing his helmet and...

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Changing the curse of history

The bad-luck stories that litter Chris Amon's career obscure the fact that he registered several major wins. Mark Hughes helps him to put the record straight Chris Amon, the man recalled as the greatest driver never to win a grand prix. That actually sells him short. Between 1968 and '72, only Jackie Stewart put in as many virtuoso performances, days like Spain '68 or France '72, where one driver...

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Floridan time warp

End-to-end on Route 27, Sebring is 10 miles long. Land is cheap in Florida, and there's a typical strip of neon lights announcing gas stations (where the cheaper brands are still 99 cents per gallon), diners, motels and liquor stores. "American teams welcome here," proclaimed the illuminated billboard outside one motel, reacting against NISMO's startling success at Daytona a few weeks earlier,...

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Gardner's Question Time

Paul Fearnley fulfils a long-standing ambition to meet a man whose achievements bely his legendary status Jeez, you know me better than I do." Frank Gardner is a bit vague over facts and figures. He's every right to be. He has been involved in motorsport for over 40 years as a mechanic, a driver, an engineer and a team manager. Only now he is throttling back, although his idea of 'Dunworkin',...

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Fordissimo!

Ferrari had won Le Mans nine times since the Second World War. For Ford, 1966 would be very different Words: Gordon Cruickshank. Photography: Alex P You always remember your first time, they say, even a big boy like Ford Motor Company. Four straight wins at Le Mans, yes; but the opener, 1966, was special. Slapping Ferrari’s face after the Scuderia’s buyout rebuff in ’63 and the Blue Oval washout...

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Haynes great cars: AC Cobra

By Rinsey Mills ISBN 1-85960-849-3 Published by Haynes, £19.99 Not another one, I hear you cry. But stand by — this one is worth reading. Mills augments this well-known story with much factory detail new to me at least, talks to AC employees, and reveals photos not seen before of the prototypes, bucks and build-ups of early Cobras. Adverts, badges and brochures enrich the look, which mixes...

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Still drilling for spoils

Dentist David Mercer celebrated three decades in racing by dominating the 2005 Group C/GTP season. Paul Lawrence makes an appointment "I ought to quit while I'm ahead," jokes David Mercer of his 2005 campaign. Racing his Spice SE90C, the dental surgeon from Kent chalked up five wins, six seconds and one third from 12 races. "Getting pole at Brands Hatch was special," says Mercer, who qualified a...

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Cars I remember

[A look at how Californian enthusiasts motored, by Rex Hardy, now resident in this country and still enjoying good cars and light aeroplanes—Ed.] Like an ageing bon-vivant relishing his memories of Ziegfield's Follies and the girls who came after, I have lately, from the half-century vantage point, been reminiscing about the cars I have known and admired down the years. A recent long-deferred...

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Continental notes

One of the most interesting occurrences in the opening of the 1965 racing season was the win by the Ford GT coupé at Daytona in the 2,000-kilometres race. Two cars were entered and they finished first and third, and though they were not the pace-setters, Gurney and Surtees doing that, the Fords showed reliability and sufficient speed. Now that Eric Broadley and Lola are no longer associated with...

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Does life end at 40?

"We can see the way the cars changed from what we now call vintage-style machinery to space-age technological speed devices. We can see the changing scene of the drivers from the shirt-sleeved sportsman to the anonymous being in regulation gear, from characterful faces beneath primitive crash-hats to faceless automatons in all-enveloping safety clothing. We can trace the way racing changed from...

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