Articles tagged Michael

Page 134 of May 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 134, May 2010

The pleasures of the closed road

Racing on public roads, although an endangered species, at least survives for motorcycles on the Isle of Man and in Ireland. In continental Europe it’s pretty much confined these days to Spa and Belgium, but of course during the 1950s – at least until the trauma of 1955’s Le Mans disaster saw almost every Government rewriting circuit safety rules – likely-looking loops of public road were closed...

Page 94 of July 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 94, July 1986

Mille Miglia 1986

— Not the real thing, but the Italians loved it Those of us too young to have read DSJ's tale of his ride to victory with Stirling Moss in the 1955 mille Miglia when it was first published will never have the chance to see real road racing. For a century, racing on the public road, closed or not, has been the cause of constant argument, and occasional injury. Since the last of these great events...

Page 80 of October 1997 archive issue thumbnail Page 80, October 1997

Bugatti's final, fatal flop

Bugatti's vaunted return to post-war front line racing lasted just 18 laps. But, says Doug Nye, this ill-conceived project contained ideas that were truly ahead of its time Prologue Sporting history is studded with stories of how 'It seemed like a good idea at the time ...'. It's certainly true in Formula One ask Damon Hill or Chris Amon; back in the '50s, perhaps we should have asked Roland...

Page 76 of August 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, August 1998

Dr J.D. Benjafield - Bacteriologist and Bentley Boy

Dudley Benjafield was more than an eminent bacteriologist and bon viveur. He was also one of the finest amateur drivers of his age. Bill Boddy remembers him Dr Joseph Dudley Benjafield MD could easily be classed as a typical amateur participant in motor-racing who nevertheless achieved an entirely deserved place among the celebrated 'Bentley Boys' who drove for WO at Le Mans. This popular,...

Page 58 of December 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, December 1987

Emancipation Celeberation

There was a record entry of 418 cars (and tricycles) for this year's annual Veteran Car Run on November 1, sponsored by RAC Motoring Services. All the cars were made before 1905, and 50 of them before the tum of the century. Your editor had secured for himself a comfortable seat in Mike Hawley's 1904 2.6-litre (12hp) Sunbeam, due to start towards the end of the field, which leaves Hyde Park in...

Page 52 of January 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 52, January 1992

Brighton Run results

Backtracking on the successful 1991 Benson & Hedges RAC Veteran Car Run, the permissible number of ancients had been increased to 400. There were still 96 optimistic reserves but the number who started was 394, withdrawn 93, and Renault Ltd's 1900 Renault, A Court's 1901 Clement-Panhard from Australia, R Coleman's 1901 De Dion, Dr West's 1903 Cadillac, P Beckwick's 1903 Oldsmobile, the 1903...

Page 64 of December 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, December 1989

Brighton Run

Steaming to Brighton This isn't about a former journey on the LB & SC railway, but how I did my 37th "active" Veteran Car Run on Bob Dale's 1900 Gardner-Serpollet. It was my first on a steam-car, although I have been on Foden steam-waggons in two Commercial Vehicle Runs. This year 380 pre-1905 cars started on November 5th in welcome "greenhouse" weather, and by courtesy of Mr Dale I was among...

Page 56 of December 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, December 1991

Veteran to classic -- London to Brighton

496 veterans Incredible as it may seem 496 pre-1905 vehicles were entered for this year's Benson & Hedges RAC/VCC Veteran Run to Brighton. Indeed, the programme told of nearly 500 if you believed the RAC/MSA and predicted up to 2 million spectators. Of these, more than 20 of the cars were on their first Run. America had put in 26 entries, Germany ten, France nine, of the nine overseas...

Page 14 of August 1959 archive issue thumbnail Page 14, August 1959

Letter From Reader

The 4½-litre Lagonda Sir, In his letter in the July issue dealing with comparisons between the above car and the Alvis Speed 25 and 4.3 litre, Mr. Michael suggests that the performance figures quoted by Mr. Pollard had been chosen as the best from the point of view of the Alvis, while he himself had used the least flattering figures for the Lagonda. This, however, is not the case and the...

Page 68 of April 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, April 1992

Bentley Record Attempt

Stanley Mann tells us that on April 26th another attack on long-standing records by a vintage Bentley will be made at the banked Millbrook circuit. The plan is to try to break the existing British 1000-mile record, with the rebuilt Bentley-Jackson, the former "Mother Gunn" raced by Richard Marker, used by George Harvey Noble to take the last BARC 130mph badge at Brooklands in 1939, and rebuilt...

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