Articles tagged Mark Donohue

Page 42 of April 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, April 1995

Legends in their own lap times

Sports car racing is in the throes of a recovery, but it seems unlikely it will ever again reach such charismatic heights as it did 25 years ago The whoosh of tyres sliding hopelessly on wet tarmac is something every driver fears. So was the thump! as Barrie Smith's Lola T70 smote the protective banking in front of the Grovewood Suite at Brands Hatch. No mean driver, Smith had lost the Lola all...

Page 27 of March 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, March 1972

Daytona Six-Hours

Ferrari foremost again Daytona, Florida, February 6th. For a number of years a rather unnecessarily long 24-hour event, this year following the recent FIA ruling, the organisers of the Daytona event decided to shorten their race to a more compact six hours and consequently it did at least prove exciting in parts. This event remained as the second round of the World Manufacturers' Sports Car...

Page 20 of December 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, December 2008

Gordon Kirby – The US Scene

Driven to race far from home Phil Hill’s passing near the end of the summer got me thinking about the great era of motor racing that his career straddled, and the large role played in the sport in those days by American drivers, cars and teams. Through the 1950s and ’60s, Phil was a true pioneer of American road racing. Before earning a seat with Ferrari’s factory sports car team, he set the...

Page 25 of September 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 25, September 1976

Austrian Grand Prix

The sun came out Osterreichring, Knittelfeld, August 15th Those who travelled from England to Austria for the Grand Prix on the Osterreichring discovered where all the rain had gone. There is no shortage of water in central Austria and violent thunderstorms rang through the mountains as the teams assembled in the paddock on the day before official practice. Some had already been indulging in some...

Page 31 of October 1969 archive issue thumbnail Page 31, October 1969

American Comment

The United States Auto Club has gone a long way toward putting its house in order by finally naming a full-time executive director to oversee all its operations and at the same time announcing that all engine sizes will remain unchanged for two years. The price of achieving this badly needed rules stability was the rejection of a Rules Committee recommendation (reported last month) that the size...

Page 16 of May 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 16, May 2005

Nigel Roebuck's Legends

Mark Donohue was the prototype modern-day racing driver, as professional as he was fast By the end of 1973 Mark Donohue had achieved most of his goals in motor racing. Since 1967 he had worked for Roger Penske, the pair of them synonymous almost in the way of Colin Chapman and Jimmy Clark. RP committed to a bewildering variety of programmes, and Donohue was involved in all of them. Truly...

Page 29 of July 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 29, July 2003

Shot from a Can-Am

Porsche's turbocharged 917/10 was the first 1000bhp racing car. It could reach 1OOmph in less than four seconds — all in first gear — and was good for 230mph! Paul Fearnley climbs into one — and lights the fuse Okay, so the 200mph warning signs were there: an engine note that registers on the Richter scale; a power-to-weight ratio capable of punching you through the exosphere — and beyond; a...

Page 52 of February 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, February 2010

F1's got talent

…And some of it’s due to Red Bull spotter Helmut Marko. But 40 years ago he was the one under the spotlight – until fate intervenedBy Alan Henry He might have turned into the best Formula 1 driver that Austria ever produced. An overstatement? To dyed-in-the-wool Niki Lauda fans, certainly. They will bristle at the suggestion. But the fact of the matter is that dry-witted Helmut Marko was regarded...

Page 30 of March 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, March 1983

Looking back with Peter Gethin

The winner of the fastest World Championship Grand Prix ever run talks to Motor Sport It was during his spell as a McLaren works driver, first with the Church Farm Racing M10A in Formula 5000 and later as a member of the Grand Prix team, that Peter Gethin fell in love with West Sussex, the area in which he now makes his home. "I used to drive down through this area when we went testing at...

Page 56 of January 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, January 2007

Keeping up with the Jones

From Jalopies to stock cars, Baja to the Brickyard, Parnelli Jones could drive anything, anywhere. Pete Lyons catches up with a US motorsport colossus Say the name, and even after all these years it means something special, something increasingly rare. Parnelli Jones is a product of American dirt tracks, the ‘bull rings’ where he learned his hard-charging, sometimes bullying style. That as well...

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