Articles tagged MATTHEW FRANEY

Page 24 of December 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 24, December 1999

TOUGH GUYS

BETTE HILL SAYS ONE WORD THAT LINKS SON DAMON AND HUSBAND GRAHAM IS "TOUGH". AS DAMON LEAVES Fl FOR GOOD, HE LOOKS BACK WITH MATTHEW FRANEY OVER HIS OWN CAREER AND THAT OF HIS LEGENDARY FATHER TOUGH GUYS T1IINK FOR ONE MINUTE ABOUT TIIE HARDEST •IIIING YOU HAVE EVER done in your life. Remember if you can the sleepless nights, the mental anguish that came from your own uncertainty. Then think of...

Page 74 of October 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 74, October 1997

Delta Bravo

In the final part of our series on Lancia's world rallying legends, Matthew Franey gets to grips with the awe-inspiring Delta S4 and Integrale In the mid-1980s, world rallying entered its most awesome period - it was also its darkest. Technology had brought four-wheel drive to the sport, allowing cars to grip harder, brake later, accelerate earlier, and the new Group B rules demanded a...

Page 33 of September 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, September 1997

Five go mad in stages

We have driven the five finest works Lancias in the world. In part one of his report, Matthew Franey goes into battle with the Fulvia, Stratos and 037 In 1992, after clinching its sixth consecutive World Championship for Makes, its 10th in just 18 years, Lancia did the unimaginable — it pulled out of world rallying. To win for the sake of winning provided no addictive urge, the adrenalin rush...

Page 42 of October 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, October 1997

Green Goddess

One of the stars of this summer's COYS historic festival, the Talbot 105 is one of Britain's most underrated sportscars. Matthew Franey samples a little bit o history in this remarkable car One wet afternoon in 1934, three apple-green sportscars cruised into Munich, their mud-spattered occupants smiling broadly as they pulled into the city's impressive stadium. There, with the red and black...

Page 38 of August 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, August 1998

Oil on the track

If a diesel racing car sounds silly, you’l be surprised as its rivals were to learn that one claimed pole for the Indy 500. Matthew Franey reports Pub quiz question 4,643: name the only diesel-engined car to take pole position in a Formula One World Championship event. It's a bit of a trick question really, for the car that clinched that pole never raced on the Grand Prix tracks of Europe nor saw...

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Scalded cat

Ford's new racing Puma is the ultimate version of an already brilliant car. The only problem is it comes with a less than brilliant price tag. Matthew Franey tries his hand at the latest in a long line of blue oval specials. It took a bit of umming and ahhing but I've decided to come clean from the beginning. I realise I could flesh out a couple of thousand words on how it goes, what it looks...

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Scream Test

Honda's highly strung new sportscar, the S2000, is no ordinary machine. Matthew Franey heads to Prescott Hillclimb School to find out why. The purpose of this story is two-fold. Firstly we wanted to tell you about Honda's new, much-hyped two-seater sportscar, the S2000. Secondly, and no less importantly in this era of Gatsos, speed humps and "traffic calming", we felt that it was important that...

Page 66 of November 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, November 1997

Accidental heroes

No one believed that a garage owner and his son could take on and beat the might of Ferrari and Maserati. Matthey Franey looks back at, and samples, a bit of Cooper history In 1955, the Cooper Car Company, perhaps unwittingly, built a sportscar that would change forever the face of motor racing. Charles and John Cooper's tiny concern from darkest Surbiton had already enjoyed considerable success...

Page 46 of May 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, May 1999

Simply the best

Simplicity was the key to the success of Brabham's BT49. Andrew Frankel climbs aboard this seminal 1980s F1 car to discover one of the most enigmatic (and uncomfortable) racers of all time. In the end, it is just a car. You sit with a steering wheel in your hands. You change gear by shifting a lever fore and aft, working your way across a gate while depressing the furthest to the left of the...

Page 15 of February 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 15, February 1999

How quick was Jim Clark?

Sir, I appreciated very much your December issue and Matthew Franey's analysis of the elements which make some drivers great and different from others; of course, Jimmy Clark was one of them. One of the examples about Clark, apart from being a testimony of his ability to be quick right from the start, may remind us that accuracy, in motor racing history, may be sometimes difficult to attain. In...

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