Articles tagged Martin Birrane

Page 27 of February 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, February 1991

Veteran to Classic - Carrera Panamericana

The Carrera Panamericana is a 7-day marathon dash through Mexico in what are essentially pre-1955 cars commemorating the Fifties event and such great names as Fangio, Hill and Kling, to name but a few, tearing down the Pan American Highway in Lancia D24s, Ferrari 375s and lightweight Mercedes 300 SLs. There were and are classes for small-bore sports cars and big, limited production sports cars as...

Page 24 of February 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, February 1991

Rally Preview - The 1991 Season

The World Series for 1991 Much has happened in world rallying circles in the past year, but no-one can argue that the most significant issue of 1990 was not the overthrow of Lancia drivers for whom the World title had been a preserve since Peugeot left the fray after 1986. Lancia did win the World Rally Championship for Makes last year, but the person, the real, flesh-and-blood driver himself who...

Page 108 of May 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 108, May 2012

Lunch with... Keith Greene & Chris Craft

One was a popular saloon and sports car racer, the other a highly respected team manager. And as friends from their teens, their careers often wove togetherBy Simon Taylor I'm in a village pub, listening to two old friends reminisce about spending their entire working lives in and around motor sport. One raced his own marque of Formula 1 car, then spent 35 years as a top team manager in endurance...

Page 32 of July 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, July 1980

The Le Mans 24 Hour Race

Rondeau's rendezvous Every year, the Le Mans 24 Hours proves something special, whatever the predicament of sportscar racing as a whole. It has a lot to with the unique atmosphere of the Circuit of the Sarthe, and the magic of a race that runs twice around the clock on an ultra-fast eight and a half mile course still largely composed of normal main roads. This year, however, the ACO's Grand Prix...

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Lunch with... Lola

Lola’s founder and its saviour recall 50 years of entrepreneurial effort which has taken in almost every category of motor racing By Simon Taylor There are easier ways to make money than by building racing cars for sale. In fact, the major makers since the 1950s – the likes of Cooper, Lotus, Elva, Brabham, March, Reynard – have all, for one reason or another, hit the buffers and disappeared. The...

Page 9 of January 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, January 2006

Lola starts build run of five T70s

The first of Lola's 'continuation series' T70 Mk3B GT models will take its public bow at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC on January 12-15. The Huntingdon-based racecar constructor is building an initial batch of five T70s (see feature on page 56) and will then construct further examples to order. The new T70s will be powered by a mid-mounted small-block Chevy V8 engine, driven...

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Datsun 240Z

Recognised as the world’s first credible Japanese sports car, the durable 240Z is still sought after, even if the period PVC trim is looking a little passé… By any rational criteria it looked fabulous, but so what? Call it cultural imperiousness, call it what you want, but prior to the arrival of the Fairlady Z Export Model at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show few Europeans took Japanese cars seriously....

Page 13 of December 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 13, December 2012

Damien Smith Editor

next year, what happens in 2014 is the hot topic in motor sport circles right now. Major new regulations are due the season after next that will change the shape of Grand Prix and sports car racing. But in both worlds there remain question marks over exactly what this new landscape will look like. In Formula 1, the FIA is pressing ahead with its plan to introduce 1.61itre V6 turbos, though Berme...

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David Kennedy returns with F5000 Mondello Park

Despite the foot-and-mouth threat, the Irish racing season began in May with races for the FORCE F5000 Transatlantic Challenge and Classic Grand Prix Cars at Mondello Park. After investments by new circuit owner Martin Birrane, it was appropriate that his Lola T330 won the opening race. The superbly-prepared car, owned by the man who now owns Lola Cars, was driven by former single-seater ace...

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Lola on the brink as recession bites

The appointment of administrators at Lola has brought the future of racing car manufacture in the UK into sharp focus. The administrators claim they are hopeful that Lola Cars International and its sister company, Lola Composites, can be saved, but should no buyer or buyers be found, the end of Lola would mark the disappearance of the last of the traditional major racing car constructors in the...

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