Articles tagged Maurice Wilks

Page 71 of May 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, May 2009

Lunch with John Coombs

That he ran so many top-line drivers is proof of how successful a car entrant John Coombs was. Today, in his eighties, his enthusiasm for enjoying classic machinery still burns bright By Simon Taylor Motor racing’s history is peppered with significant private entrants – highly professional operators who were content to provide cars for others to race, in return for the joy of being involved. In...

Page 23 of May 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, May 1975

MATTERS OF MOMENT

MATTERS OF MOMENT • THANKS A MILLION, HEALEY! The above heading could have been facetious, but is actually genuine, inasmuch as the Budget did not increase petrol tax or VAT on the purchase price of cars, either of which would have been a serious brake on the Motor Industry, which is so very much in need of aids to its recovery. On the other hand, the 60 increase in the so-called Road Fund...

Page 131 of October 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 131, October 2013

A keen eye for detail

With the passing of John Coombs, Britain has lost another prominent team patron from one of motor racing’s most celebrated eras When John ‘Noddy’ Coombs died in Monte Carlo on August 3, Bernie Ecclestone emerged as virtually the last of the mohicans – the last of the great British motor racing team patrons whose career had begun as a private ownerdriver. Tommy Sopwith – of erstwhile Equipe...

Page 89 of November 1976 archive issue thumbnail Page 89, November 1976

The late Frank Bel l- A tribute

Sir, It was with much sadness that I read Mr. Colin McDonald's letter from San Diego, reporting the passing of Frank Bell. Both with his service at Rover and followed by a period with Blackburne engines (when the latter had an interest in Turhomeca) I had a close association with Frank in his work. I last heard of him going to De Havilland engines. Poor Frank suffered much from asthma and some of...

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