Articles tagged Mike Parkes

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Lunch with... Jack Sears

The epitome of the Gentleman Racer, Jack Sears also possessed a steely edge that he put to good use on the race track – but he always saw himself as a team playerBy Simon Taylor Nowadays “Professional” tends to mean doing something properly, and “Amateur” can mean the opposite. But, back in the days of Gentlemen and Players, you’d only be a Player, and get paid for taking part in a sport, if you...

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Legendary Tourist Trophy-1963

The Tourist Trophy of TT originated in 1905 on the Isle of Man as a race for touring cars to assimilate daily motoring conditions. It then had a chequered history disappearing and reappearing going through various resurrections at a number of different circuits. These included Newtownards and Dundrod in Northern Ireland, Donington Park, Goodwood and Oulton Park. The best remembered period in its...

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31st International Tourist Trophy

In a blaze of late April sunshine the 1966 International T.T., 31st in the series since it began in 1905, was held for the second time at Oulton Park. It must be said at the outset that, although drivers and mechanics worked really hard, it was a comparatively dreary race which caused the car-park exeunt to begin long before the race ended. Indeed, as the event progressed more attentions seemed...

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100 reasons why we love Aston Martin

There are certain companies that immedately conjure a British way of life. Aston Martin is one of those. Redolent of polished wood, the scent of leather, of pulling up at polo match or cricket pitch, it is a name recognised across the world. This year the company celebrates its centenary something which few of its early figureheads would have predicted. It's been a rocky100 years, an anxious...

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Fry and Fry again

Sir, Bill Boddy's excellent article in the October issue concerning the Freikaiserwagen was of particular interest to us in Frenchay Village Museum. Frenchay was the home of the Fry family from the time of Joseph Storrs Fry (1767-1835), who built up the great chocolate business of J S Fry & Sons, until the death of David's father, Cecil Roderick Fry, who was the last of the line to chair the...

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Endurance Racing muddles

Attempting to sort out the sports car racing scene has grown increasingly complex over the years. In the 1950s we had cars that were recognisable as relatives to their roadgoing counterparts "progressing" into pure racing machinery that still had a relevance to the road, such as the Jaguars. Even in the 1960s the big manufacturers were interested enough to spend millions on the production of a...

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SPA, BELGIUM, May 16th. THIS year the 500-kilometre race run on the magnificent Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes, and organised by the Royal Automobile Club of Spa, had a class for GT Prototypes as well as the usual GT classes. On the face of things it looked like being a walk-over for Mike Parkes driving the 4-litre Ferrari 330P of Maranello Concessionaires, the only likely opposition...

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Rodney Felton The vintage racing scene is mourning the loss of this determined racer who died in mid-May. Best known for his fearless handling of vintage Alfa Romeos in VSCC events, he was a prime mover in the club's activities for more than a decade. Felton was an Alfa Romeo enthusiast and seldom, if ever, raced anything else. First in an 8C and later in a Tipo B, he claimed a number of major...

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Thorough bread winners

Alain Cadenet spent the last few years travelling the world and driving as many Ferrari Sports-racers as he could. At the end, he was left with only one possible conclusion: That these, not F1, were the cars that created the legend. Formula One is the sport's ultimate showcase. And Ferrari has been its 50year constant, its pivot, its most famous team and, by association, the most famous marque in...

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Brands Hatch international

August 6th For the Guards Trophy meeting this year the B.R.S.C.C. decided to hold the race for sports cars and Prototypes and arrayed an interesting collection of cars for this 50-lap event, a huge crowd turning up to witness the four-event programme in foul weather. First race of the day for the Peco Trophy Saw a fascinating array of G.T. cars line up on the grid. No less than six of the latest...



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