Articles tagged Michael

Page 102 of February 2013 archive issue thumbnail Page 102, February 2013

The arrow that pierced the iron curtain

Rumours, gossip and bribes clouded the hunt for a treasure lost behind the Iron Curtain since WW11. But what a treasure - a genuine Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz By Doug Nye Settle down now, this is complicated... It was like a John Le Carre novel. December, 1988, and three of us had just flown into a frail and tense Communist Rumania. We had realised just how frail by evident cost-cutting on the...

Page 100 of September 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, September 2001

All dried out

Brooklands Museum, so disastrously flooded last November, was reopened fully on July 17, when HRH Prince Michael of Kent cut the ribbon to open the new Grand Prix exhibition. There are also new displays in the Campbell and ERA sheds, which had to be refloored and rewired after being under two feet of water for a week. On July 28, 'Dream Rides' in Porsches, Ferraris and Jaguars were arranged to...

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Lunch with… Norman Dewis

During 33 years and more than a quarter of a million 100mph miles, Norman Dewis was a dedicated team player who helped make Jaguar great By Simon Taylor Marque loyalty is an old-fashioned concept these days. A driver will swap seats after a season or two, a designer will change teams, an engineer or technician will quietly ask around to tease out available opportunities. Everyone's looking to...

Page 78 of December 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, December 1993

Brighton Run

The RACNCC Veteran Car Run from London's Hyde Park to the Madeira Drive at Brighton, with Benson & Hedges sponsorship and held this year on November 7, has become a national, nay a world-renowned, happening. Never more so, indeed, than this year, with an entry of 460 pre- 1905 vehicles — the police being more lenient over the total allowed in view of the much improved Brighton Road in recent...

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The cars of Sir Francis Samuelson, BT.

Described to the Editor in a recent interview. It was a great pleasure to drive down to Sir Francis Samuelson's 17th century Sussex farmhouse last month to discuss with this enthusiastic amateur racing motorist the cars he has owned. Sir Francis' father, who was essentially a horseman, having promised his schoolboy son a motorcycle, decided they were dangerous, but not wishing to go back on his...

Page 56 of October 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, October 1999

The worst car I ever drove - Jack of no trades

Untried, untested and unloved, Datsun's entry for the 1973 Tour of Britain was Tony Fall's nemesis. John Davenport remembers why With the Tour of Britain, shortly to be revived for classic and historic cars, it is perhaps timely to think back to the days when this event was in its short heyday. The year is 1973 and the Avon Motor Tour of Britain organised by the BRSCC is go. Half rally and half...

Page 33 of December 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, December 1984

Brighton Jottings.

Brighton Jottings. — The best joke of the day occurred while I was waiting my turn to start in Hyde Park and was handed a leaflet offering me number plate A 10 in exchange for a transfer number and the sum of E15,000 ono. . . .1 The most popular make in the Run was De Dion Bouton, 69 of which were entered this year. It took Hugh Smith 25 years to restore his 1901 model, after he had found the...

Page 57 of December 1977 archive issue thumbnail Page 57, December 1977

Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old-car matters The Brighton Run (November 6th) Once again Renault Ltd. sponsored another successful RAC Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton, which brought in an entry of 278 pre-1905 automobiles, was very keenly supported by the public, who lined the route from Hyde Park to the Pylons, and which enjoyed a pleasantly summery day of sunshine and blue skies after torrential...

Page 77 of September 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 77, September 1995

V-C Miscellany

My "Forgotten Makes" piece on the Mercer has brought a letter from Mr W Mackintosh of Katoomba, Australia, telling me that the T-head Mercer 35 was produced alongside the L-head Beaver-engined 30, not Eric Delling's L-head 22/70, which did not appear until 1915, and was superseded early in 1916, after a run of about 200, by the 22/72 Mercer, The 22/70 Show car at the 1915 Panama-Pacific...

Page 22 of March 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 22, March 1987

End of the Line

Ford of Germany produced the last European Capri in December 1986, one of 1036 RHD Capri 280s now in our showrooms. We watched Cologne's production euthanasia of a coupe almost as old as Porsche's 911. A concept which started life 1.88 million examples ago with the 1969 advertising slogan: "Ford Capri: the car you always promised yourself . . . from £890." November 1968, Halewood, Merseyside....

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