Articles tagged Mike Costin

Page 179 of September 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 179, September 1999

Madgwick Moments

For two decades Goodwood served as a proving ground for racers, team owners and mechanics. Mark Hughes asks some to recall the lighter times at the track. Rob Walker - renowned privateer team owner "In 1957 after practice was over, Stirling came over to me. In those days you'd have a general mixed session for half an hour at the end of the day where anything could run, so there were MGs mixed up...

Page 35 of September 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, September 1984

The Cars of Frank Costin

If you were told that a car designer had built his own house, had used carefully stressed wood extensively in its construction, and had designed it to be aerodynamically sound, you would probably not need to see the title of this article to know that the individual in question is Frank Costin. Costin is the man who, in the Fifties, became synonymous with racing car aerodynamics and who...

Page 46 of April 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, April 2012

Jack Brabham, engineer

Sir, I found February’s Lunch with Mike Costin most interesting. Talking of the DFV, Mike mentions that “the pick-up after a gear change wasn’t very good. Dare I say it, it was Jack Brabham who solved that”. Brabham was testing at Goodwood and found the engine pick-up was not smooth at small throttle openings. He would then hold the throttle at that position, turn the engine off and coast back to...

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Keith Duckworth

—the designer of engines which win Grands Prix KEITH DUCKWORTH has the sort of talent which inspires others to work for him. On top of that, he has been responsible for designing a tenet of racing engines, all of which have achieved victory either in their very first race or soon afterwards, starting with a fairly straightforward conversion of a production Ford unit, followed by Formula Two...

Page 36 of January 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, January 1993

The Yellow Rose

30 years on Trevor Taylor reflects contentedly on his life in Jim Clark's shadow "Even on the road, I don't drive quickly, me. I live in Yorkshire and used to pop down to Ledbury to see John Thornburn. John could do it in an hour and half; I did it in two and a half hours. I'd get up early in the morning to miss the traffic and the maximum I do is 60, 65mph. I don't know why! But I used to be a...

Page 66 of July 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, July 2009

‘It was like trying to rein in a runaway horse’

A chance to test drive the Cosworth 4WD at Silverstone proved challenging – and sticks in the memory almost 40 years on by Eoin Young Forty years on, the memory grows no fonder. Mike Costin, now aged 80, grimaces as he remembers the Cosworth four-wheel-drive car built to capitalise on the engineering expertise of himself and Keith Duckworth, who had created the DFV, and Robin Herd, who had...

Page 79 of May 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 79, May 2003

Lotus Mk IX

X-ray spec This car was Colin Chapman's first since he'd turned professional. His then-technical director Mike Costin guides Keith Howard around it As all of us born in 1955 will attest, it was a good year. In the case of Lotus Cars for 'good' read 'transitional' – in the sense of growing up. Until then Lotus had been a part-time enterprise for founder Colin Chapman, who still had a day job at...

Page 40 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, July 2010

History in the remaking

Jim Clark’s Indy-winning Lotus 38 will run at Goodwood in July following a meticulous rebuild by Classic Team Lotus. It’s a job ‘the boys’ relished…By Gordon Cruickshank I just want a picture of the boys.” Hazel Chapman, Colin’s widow, lifts her camera and ‘the boys’ stop talking. Boys. Their bus passes are dog-eared now, but they were lads when they built the machine in front of us. It was 1965...

Page 48 of July 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, July 1984

Looking back with Peter Arundell

On June 2nd Ivan Capelli won the Monaco GP support race and so, according to motor racing lore, is likely to be seen one day in F1. On June 7th the man who dominated the race in the early sixties left England to start a new business and a new life in the States. A driver of brilliant gifts, he graduated to F1, strung together a series of placings, survived a near-fatal accident, fought his way...

Page 28 of December 1965 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, December 1965

On The New Grand Prix Formula

Next month the new F.I.A. Formula One for Grand Prix racing comes into being, it having been announced just two years ago, in December 1963, that this would happen. It's pretty safe to say that no new cars will be ready on this date, though numerous projects will be well under way by then. Although the South African Grand Prix on January 1st is being run to the new Formula One rules, it is not a...



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