Articles tagged Ken Wallis

Page 12 of June 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 12, June 2014

Matters of moment

A few days before the big sports car season-opener at Silverstone, newly retired Allan McNish was in London to accept the Segrave Trophy at the Royal Automobile Club. The citation read: ‘First Briton to win the Tourist Trophy, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship in the same season.’ Yes, 2013 – his last year as a full-time racing driver – was quite a campaign for the 44...

Page 18 of February 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 18, February 1968

American Comment

Gas turbine cars have been attracting considerable attention over here this winter, and 1968 may well be the year that these engines come into their own in racing—both for Indianapolis cars and for road racing machinery. The most recently announced Indianapolis project is a team of two cars to be built by Ken Wallis, the man who was largely responsible for the design and construction of...

Page 27 of May 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, May 1975

Society for the protection of the motor industry

Society for the protection of the motor industry IN 1902 Frederick R. Simms, inventor of the joystick and founder of the RAC, was behind the formation of an organisation designed to represent the interests of car producers and vendors. That organisation was the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, a title first registered on July 16, 1902, with'headquarters at Norfolk House in London's...

Page 105 of September 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 105, September 1982

Airborne "Autotests"

A POPULAR missconception, particularly among those who are only casually interested, is the idea that to take part in a motor sporting event you need a wheeled vehicle. Contests just as demanding and exciting as those between cars or motor cycles frequently take place on waterways, and anyone who has watched a powerboat race cannot fail to have been enthralled by the spectacle. The air provides...

Page 83 of July 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 83, July 1988

The British Connection

The Penske PC 17-Chevrolet with which Rick Mears won this year's Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was manufactured in Poole in Dorset. Indeed, all the competing chassis, and most of the engines, were of British origin. But despite the success of our automotive export industry, and the presence in the 33-car field of one Englishman (Jim Crawford) and one Irishman (Derek Daly), interest in the American...

Page 101 of March 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 101, March 2006

Simon Taylor's Notebook

The Segrave Trophy is not as well-known now as it used to be, but it still recognises human courage and endeavour Henry O'Neal De Hane Segrave was one of those Boys' Own heroes who occur from time to time in motorsporting history. Aged 17 he was in the trenches of World War I and was badly wounded. Invalided home, he wangled a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps and was twice shot down. When the...

Page 28 of June 1968 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, June 1968

American Comment

The Great Turbine Controversy finally came to a head last month when practice opened for the 52nd Indianapolis 500. Although this was necessarily written before the qualification attempts or the race itself, the first two weeks produced more than their usual share of extraordinary and, unfortunately, tragic events. The controversy began, of course, when Parnelli Jones drove the S.T.P. Turbocar to...

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STP Paxton Turbine Special

The first of a new series in which senior racing car designers nominate a machine they didn't design, but which they admire either for technical ingenuity, elegant simplicity, or sheer results Ask me to name a car I'd like to have been involved with, and I'd go for one which was almost before my time — the STP Paxton Gas Turbine car which ran at Indianapolis in 1967. Parnelli Jones would have...

Page 86 of October 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 86, October 1982

DRIVE OR FLY

DRIVE OR FLY HOW DOES THE LIGHT HELICOPTER MATCH UP WITH EXPENSIVE CARS? IT's a hot day and traffic is heavy. The thermometer creeps perilously nearer the red line, your shirt sticks to your seat and you've just taken an hour to travel six miles. Your fingers drum the roof, you curse the motorcyclist who all but smashes your door mirror, not to mention your elbow, and just as you lay the same...

Page 30 of August 1969 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, August 1969

American Comment

The widely-publicised reciprocating steam engine with which William P. Lear was going to revolutionise the American automobile industry has been abandoned. However, the multi-millionaire industrialist and inventor insists that he will continue his quest for a pollution-free automobile engine by trying to develop a suitable steam turbine. It was late last year that Lear announced that he was going...

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