Articles tagged Mike Knight

Page 56 of August 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, August 2014

Historic racing news

Saloon aces on parade Touring car champions to star at historic events | By Paul Lawrence The boom in popularity of the current British Touring Car Championship – and the buzz around the cars that raced in the Super Touring era – shows no sign of abating as BTCC drivers take leading roles at the biggest classic festivals of the summer. Double BTCC champion Jason Plato is one of the first stars...

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Didier Pironi: Driven to destruction

Blamed for an act of treachery that eventually led Gilles Villeneuve to crash to his death, Didier Pironi's successful career is often forgotten. Mark Hughes profiles the life of an often complex, always political, character Rene Arnoux stood in the Dijon pit lane, listening. Listening to the throttle applications and braking points of an old friend performing a secret test in Rene's Ligier. What...

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Letters

Brands one-off for F1?Sir, With events in Bahrain having caused the postponement — and likely cancellation — of this year's GP, are we not presented with a chance for the Formula 1 circus to stage an additional meeting in 2011? In these unique circumstances, there is scope to organise a non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Coming 'home' to this wonderful British circuit, which has...

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...Or just human?

Sir, A most interesting review of the truly extraordinary Gilles Villeneuve; coming from a race school background myself what he had to say about the influence of aerodynamics on the sport was precisely my own belief at that time. It unquestionably dumbed it down. A price worth paying? It certainly allowed more drivers to take corners faster than their natural ability could cope with; it also...

Page 63 of July 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 63, July 1993

Burning Brands

Blazing sunshine basted a healthy crowd who gathered at Brands Hatch to celebrate the career of John Surtees, the only man to win World Championships on bikes and cars. 30 years ago he won his first GP, with the world title coming in only his second season, though he first raced at Brands 43 years ago. Two- and three-wheeled races began Sunday's tribute, though there were no MV Agustas, the...

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Lunch with... David Piper

He is the farmer turned privateer racer who spent years touring Europe, and winning in a succession of great sports cars. Today 'Piper green' Ferraris still grace historic events In motor sport these days, the term ‘privateer’ has fallen into disuse. Outside the professional teams, most serious racers either have access to much personal wealth – their own or somebody else’s – or a commercial...

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News in brief

David Piper and Mike Knight have unveiled plans for the 11th International Springbok Trophy, running in South Africa in February 2008. The twin events will be at the tour’s traditional venues of Zwartkops on February 1/2 and Killarney a week later. The invited cars are 1960 to 1970 GT/sports prototypes and saloons, and 1935 to 1965 single-seaters, with classes devised once entries have been...

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News in brief

Rowan Atkinson has acquired a Ford Falcon (above) for historic touring car racing. The car is being prepared by Simon Hadfield. Chris Lillingston-Price will campaign an ex-works Chevron B8 after a long rebuild. Reine Wisell and John Hine took it to seventh in the 1969 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch. The Jaguar D-type in which George Constantine won the 1956 Watkins Glen GP will be raced by Gavin...

Page 79 of May 2001 archive issue thumbnail Page 79, May 2001

Blinded by the light

Rene Arnoux, on a good day, was probably the fastest driver in F1 once Villeneuve and Pironi had gone. But he was never going to be the best. Mark Hughes reveals the man behind the wild image Rene Arnoux's is a story with echoes from the world of rock 'n' roll. A story of a shy, working-class boy imbued with a passion in a world which at first belittled him then realising the scale of talent...

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Thruxton Silver Jubilee

Mention Easter Monday to a motor racing fan, and the chances are he'll think of Thruxton. For years, the BARC organised Formula 2 racing on that bank holiday which brought the top and soon-to-be-top international drivers to the Hampshire circuit; Stewart, Peterson, Hill, Lauda, Reutemann, Lafitte, and, memorably, Jochen Rindt, winner of the International event in each of the first three years....

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