Articles tagged Kevin Schwantz

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Motorcycles: November 2018

Motorcycling hero Kevin Schwantz won his only world title 25 years ago. Only recently did he reveal how he did it depsite serious injury Kevin Schwantz is one of motorcycle Grand Prix racing’s all-time greats, even though he won only a single world championship. Fans adored the Texan for his win-it-or-bin-it attitude – second place was never an option. He almost certainly would have won more...

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Welcome to ‘the go show’

Mat Oxley If William Hogarth were alive and interested in motor sport, he wouldn’t have to look very far for a subject for a modern-day Rake’s Progress. Anthony Gobert was a young Australian motorcycle racer with the world at his feet. People in the know rated him as more naturally talented than biking greats such as Kevin Schwantz and Freddie Spencer, but he never even got close to winning a...

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Mat Oxley

“It was dangerous but great” Lately there has been much talk about safety in MotoGP. Even before Andrea Iannone’s Ducati reached 224mph during June’s Italian Grand Prix, the people in charge had decided bikes must be slowed down. In the old days the safety focus was elsewhere – on the tracks. During the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, one by one the grand old tracks of old were deemed unsafe for...

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Mat Oxley

‘Steady’ Eddie Riders from the United States of America won all but three of the 16 500cc world championships between 1978 and 1993. The best known of those champions are Kenny Roberts, who blazed the American trail in Europe during the 1970s, the otherworldly talented Freddie Spencer, who succeeded King Kenny in the 1980s, and Kevin Schwantz, the wild-riding, crowd-pleasing Texan winner of the...

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

"Just look at that!” gasps Derek Bell, diverting my attention from the startline to the view on our right. Beyond the straw bales and the distant treetops, the giant Vulcan bomber floats magnificently into sight, so sedately it seems inconceivable it won’t plummet. We’re mesmerised, and for a moment I forget where I am. So too has Derek, it seems, until our attention is snapped back to why we’re...

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Speed Freaks

Speed Freaks K-tel International (UK) Ltd., 620 Western Avenue, London, W3 OTU. Running time — 35 mins. £9.99 An American production, this video is a cursory investigation into man's fascination with speed. In complete contrast to the preceding video, Speed Freaks is achingly awful. As we watch the early attempt of someone trying to fly on a jet-powered bike (!) coming to grief with the rider...

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Reviews

The class motor racing circuits of Europeby David Venables How fitting that a sport as prone to selfmythologising as motor racing should have found its nascent expression on the European continent. Its landscapes and cultures have enriched us with Norse sagas, chivalric romances, Greek gods, the Niebelungen and Parsifal, but they have also given us the legends of Fangio in the shadows of Schloss...

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The month in MOTOR SPORT

JUNE 22: Gerhard Berger signs an extension of his Ferrari contract, ensuring his place in the team for 1995. 22: F1 teams test at the revised Silverstone; Michael Schumacher is fastest. The circuit gets a favourable response from participants. 23: Renault launches the Clio Maxi, its rallying kit car (top). 26: Despite a quadruple roll during testing the previous week, Giampiero Simoni bags BTCC...

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Preview -- Goodwood Revival

The big event of the historic motor racing calendar is fast approaching. Paul Lawrence runs through the race programme for September 16-18 Over the weekend of September 16-18 the Goodwood Revival will once again deliver a fabulous celebration of the sport's heritage. With two full days of racing, the meeting remains the historic highlight of the season as it heads into its eighth year. There is...

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Keeping Austin on Track

GORDON KIRBY - THE US SCENE THE THRIVING CITY OF AUSTIN IN TEXAS'S southern 'Hill Country' Tavo Hellmund's dream of the Circuit of the Americas is fast taking shape. Hellmund plans to revive Formula 1 in America at his new track next year and amiably refutes any scepticism for his bold new venture. When you meet Hellmund you can't help being drawn in by his energy and enthusiasm for what he is...

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