Articles tagged Mike Barney

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Lunch with... Alastair Caldwell

He rose from cleaner to team manager at McLaren, walked out on Bernie Ecclestone and then found a way to fund a passion for fine cars Writer: Simon Taylor | Photographer: James Mitchell Spending a day or even an hour with Alastair Caldwell, listening to his fund of stories about Formula 1 from the inside 40 or more years ago, is an unforgettable experience. As a callow, penniless 24-year-old,...

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Doug Nye

Farewell to a good guy With the death of Peter Gethin, racing has lost a popular character. But while he’s remembered for a famous victory, that may not be his greatest race Two young garage hands – well, one mechanic and one younger ‘trainee salesman’, a.k.a ‘floor sweeper’ – could hardly contain their enthusiasm. They were sitting in one of Silverstone’s Woodcote grandstands, spellbound by the...

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A punch-start for 'deaf' Hill

A punch-start for 'deaf' Hill Former Le Mans Jaguar exponent Peter Lumsden of 'Lumsden/Sargent' fame, vividly recalled from so many middle-of-the-night Raymond Baxter radio commentaries in more recent years created a wonderful hotel and restaurant named The Old Tollgate in Bramber, near Steyning, Sussex. Regular BRDC area lunches take place there and for their Christmas bash I took along Phil...

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Alta Revived

Taylor's son brings back a famous name Many readers will remember Geoffrey Taylor and his Alta cars during the nineteen-thirties, especially in the sport of speed trials and hilIclimbs, and also George Abecassis with his coil spring all-independently suspended single-seater Alta and his lone battles against the many ERAs that were racing. His victories at the Crystal Palace were particularly...

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Low and behold

1960: First test of the 'lowline', Silverstone The team was still winning, but its car was fast becoming outdated. Something had to be done. The police weren't impressed, but Charlie Cooper was. By Paul Fearnley While stuck in traffic on weekday mornings on the westbound lane of the A3 Kingston Bypass, my sombre mood has recently been lifted by the following scenario: "The first test of the '...

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Mob rules at Brooklands

The great and the good of McLaren’s glorious past recently descended on The Track to swap yarns and recall so many absent friends The recent ‘MOB’ – McLaren Old Boys – reunion evening at Brooklands was a remarkable success. It overran well into the small hours before the dozens of staff veterans only reluctantly dispersed into the night. After presenting our Motorfilms archive movies late that...

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Little Belter

In the space of four years, Cooper went from a contender punching above its weight to world champion. Gordon Cruickshank speaks to the men who were in its corner photography by James Mann Pragmatists, not purists: That was Cooper compared to design-led Lotus, or the intensive engineering of BRM. While Colin Chapman was stripping out every gramme and making components double up, Cooper's were...

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The Man Behind The Marque

Bruce McLaren was a fine driver but, as Mark Hughes reports, it was his talents outside the cockpit that made his team great and laid the foundations for the McLaren empire of today. Ambition is a funny thing. For some it burns so bright it sears a lasting scar on their personalities. Others look as if they don't have a scrap of it in their souls, their serene progress looking to the casual...

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