Articles tagged Leo Mehl

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Nigel Roebuck

Returning to Indy, Monaco’s faded glamour, Rosberg’s guile Sometimes,” wrote Henry Manney in Road and Track half a century ago, “I wish I was in Indianapolis. But not often.” Time was when the Indianapolis 500 was always run – whatever the day of the week – on May 30, Memorial Day, and a public holiday in the USA. And time was, too, when virtually the whole of the month of May, which included two...

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Talking tyres

with Dunlop, Goodyear, Firestone Racing Men Dunlop Heading Dunlop's International Racing and Rally Service is Dick Jeffrey, Sales Manager (Racing) for the Birmingham Company. Mr. Jeffrey is responsible for policy within the racing department and kindly answered our first question. For the answers to our technical questions we turned to Chief Racing Designer Iain Mills, a youthful 29, who was born...

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The Argentine Grand Prix

A good start Buenos Aires, January 13th With Christmas and the New Year over the Formula One scene was soon in full swing and air freighters-were taking the cars to South America for the first of the 1980 races, with the drivers and team personnel soon following, clutching their Enteroviaform and Ambre Solaire, for the Argentinian food and summer, respectively. As the 1979 season ended there were...

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Neutral Contour

Neutral Contour Technology was used in the development of the low-profile NCT tyre in the late 1970s, the introduction of which was a milestone in the development of high-performance tyres. NCT theory states that if the internal stresses within a tyre can be equalised, then an optimum balance in ride and handling can be achieved. Simply put, a car's performance can be significantly improved if...

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The Formula One scene

There are times when I get the feeling that "big business" is trying to manipulate the sport of Grand Prix racing to further its own ends, and the recent juggling of dates on the 1980 Calendar, the acceptance of certain tracks or autodromes as suitable for Formula One and the cancellation of certain races tend to encourage these feelings. If a big petrol company, like ELF, or a serious motor...

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Breaking the Mould

He's been called "the most powerful man in racing". But Goodyear's Leo Mehl tells David Phillips the sport will manage fine without him It may be that nobody is irreplaceable, but Leo Mehl is certainly going to be one tough act to follow. As Goodyear's director of racing, Mehl served as auto racing's unofficial czar for more than two decades, the only man with the power of station and the...

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When six worked better than four

For a time, Derek Gardner's unique P34 helped Tyrrell overcome a Cosworth power shortfall* So what changed so much in the car's second season? The overriding problem, Gardner said, lay with the front tyres. "By 1977 Goodyear were supplying the whole of F1 but the tiny front tyres were for one team only. Of course every team wanted development, so Goodyear tended to develop the rears and normal...

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Go Buddy, go!

The fragile truce in American single-seater racing appears to have been broken by a few ill-timed observations... Just when it seemed peace was about to break out in Indycar racing along came Emmett "Buddy" Jobe and the Slick 50 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Or was it the Pyroil 200? The title sponsor of the race depended on how and where you watched it. Those in attendance at the desert...

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Cotton On

Corporate Cowardice Already hard-pressed for business and profits, the world's airlines are now hit again by the Gulf war crisis. Many major international companies have forbidden their staffs to board international flights, and the first effect of this in motor racing was the absence of Olivetti's Rolando Argentero from Daytona, on the first leg of his contract to time the IMSA series. This...

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50 Goodyear Wolverhampton 1927-1977

This year marks the half-century of the opening of a Goodyear tyre-plant in Wolverhampton and as this Company has an American parentage which makes more rubber goods than any other Company in the World and dominates Grand Prix motor-racing, I went recently, in the appropriately-Goodyear-shod Editorial BMW, to talk about 50 years of Goodyear in Britain. The Company was established here in 1913,...

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