Articles tagged Mark Thatcher

Page 48 of March 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, March 1980

A taste of Formula Talbot

As a preview to the new Formula Talbot, mentioned in last December's issue, MCD invited Motor Sport to Brands Hatch to try the prototype of these methanol-fuelled, Talbot Sunbeam Ti-engined, single-seaters, for which the BRSCC has promoted a 12-race series in 1980. Thus it was that I found myself adopting the guise of Mark Thatcher in his Royale for some extremely enjoyable laps of the Club...

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Aston plans

Bovis is to sponsor an Aston Martin Nimrod long distance racing car along with Pace Petroleum during 1983. The car will be racing at Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Le Mans.  The car is owned by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Downe and will be managed by Richard Williams, whose London-based Aston Martin business ran the car last year. The Nimrod team have had a busy winter developing their already...

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When two tribes go to war… it’s Senna vs Prost, Mansell vs Piquet as the superpowers turn the wick up on their turbo missilesBy Nigel Roebuck It was the era of Margaret Thatcher, relished by some, despised by others. It was a time of plenty, even excess, not least in motor racing, which went through perhaps the most convulsive decade in its history. The ’80s. “In my time,” said Patrick Tambay, “...

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Rally review

In January's Motor Sport an advertisement offered for sale a car which had been made ready for the Peking to Paris Challenge but which was no longer required since the event had been cancelled. It most certainly has not been cancelled, but nevertheless rumours have been circulating that it had, and no doubt people have been accepting those rumours. When FISA's president insisted on calling it a...

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MINISTER OF SPORT An interview with a very sporting MOTOR SPORT penetrated the corridors of power at the Department of the Environment in order to interview Hector Motto, MP. Officially listed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of the Environment, with special responsibility for sport. More popularly called Ministcr of Sport. A keen motorist with a strong interest in vintage sports Cars...

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Hardie Ferodo 1,000

Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst (September 30th) Created in the sixties and converted to 1,000 kilometre duration in 1973, Australia's annual touring car race has developed into the highlight of their motor sporting year. This year's event went, for the second year in succession, to the immaculately presented and driven Marlboro-backed Holden Dealer Team Torana of Peter Brock and expatriate New...

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In a book shop the other day, I noticed by chance a volume on the life and, for want of a better word, works of Mark Thatcher (no, please, stay tuned, I have a good reason for bringing this up). Any mention of the son of the former PM always puts me in mind of Carlos Reutemann and the 1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix. Sad for Carlos, I know, but it can't helped. After that race, Thatcher was at his...

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Rally review: Paris-Dakar Rally

Audacity and Adventure When the marathon trail was blazed twenty years ago from London across Europe, through Iran, Afghanistan and India, across the Indian Ocean aboard the SS Chusan to Perth, and thence across Australia to Sydney, there were many who feared that the regular, annual rallies of the world would suffer depleted entry lists due to the total consumption of budgets by such a monstrous...

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A gamble that didn't pay off

The 1981 World Championship decider played out amid the glamour of Las Vegas. It sounded like a good idea; the reality was quite different By Nigel Roebuck It was at Monza in 1981 that I asked Chris Pook how ticket sales were going for the inaugural Formula 1 race in Las Vegas. “Terrible,” he muttered, and I was amazed. Ever since its announcement, after all, the Caesars Palace Grand Prix had...

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Even though Simon Taylor’s Lunch with… features are famously lengthy, he usually struggles to cut them to fit in the magazine. That’s because over a good meal his targets relax and let themselves go – it was a mammoth four hours with Patrick Head this month. But excess material can be a blessing. When Lotus team manager Peter Warr died leaving his book unfinished, the family asked Simon to help...



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100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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