Articles tagged Mike Parkes

Page 65 of January 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 65, January 1991

Video Reviews

Pre-War Motor Racing 1900-1939 and Motor Racing '60s Style — 1961 and 1962. These two 60 minute videos are Porter publishing's latest releases and will be immensely appealing to Motor Sport readers. Imagine you've got 60 minutes to explain to an unknowledgeable fellow the history of Pre-war motor racing. You would swallow, think hard, and come up with the most prominent names and events of that...

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As good as Rindt

Lorenzo Bandini was highly regarded – as a driver and as a man – by his Ferrari team-mates John Surtees and Chris Amon. He looked all set to join the top rank when he died at Monaco​ It was on May Day 1955 that Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia, and for almost 40 years it had a joyful resonance for ‘Jenks’. “I associated it with such pleasure,” he said, “and now this…” His...

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Parkes/Blumer (Jaguar 3.8) Win the Six-Hour Saloon Car Race

At the drivers' briefing before the start of the Six-Hour Race B.R.S.C.C. Secretary Nick Syrett cast a doleful eye towards the empty car parks and said to the assembled drivers : "Enjoy yourselves boys and girls because it looks like the first and last time you'll have the chance." This may have been unduly pessimistic as the crowd did fill out during the day, but the final figures could have...

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Changing the curse of history

The bad-luck stories that litter Chris Amon's career obscure the fact that he registered several major wins. Mark Hughes helps him to put the record straight Chris Amon, the man recalled as the greatest driver never to win a grand prix. That actually sells him short. Between 1968 and '72, only Jackie Stewart put in as many virtuoso performances, days like Spain '68 or France '72, where one driver...

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Fry's quirky delight

Sir, I was interested in Alan Freke's mention of the Formula 2 Fry-Climax in November, as I well remember this car being driven by Mike Parkes. I seem to recall that it was mid-blue and had rubber suspension, as well as being a monocoque, but had not realised that Alec Issigonis was involved, which places the car, chronologically and technically, between Lightweight Special and the Mini. The...

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B.R.S.C.C. BRANDS HATCH (October 1st) The B.R.S.C.C. National Race Meeting at Brands Hatch saw some excellent racing mixed with some uninteresting stuff. The best, race of the day came in the last event when the rock-and-roll brigade took to the track. The Jaguars romped away as usual but further down the field the Austin Sevens and Mini-Minors got thoroughly mixed up and a bunch of live cars,...

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Letters from readers

Were you there? Sir, I am writing in the hope that you may help me in my quest to make contact with drivers, officials, marshals, mechanics and others who may remember a remarkable touring car race at the Silverstone British Empire Trophy in July 1961. While it rained on and off most of the day, the heavens opened at Stowe and Club during the touring car race. Minor rivers, inches deep, appeared...

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Strong quartet

Sir, Your October 'Parting Shot' of John Surtees and Ludovico Scarfiotti climbing aboard their Ferraris at the 1963 Nürburgring 1000km is one of the reasons not to miss one issue of your magazine! But who is that standing behind Ferrari No110 at the left-hand side of the photographer with the green hat? John Surtees' co-driver, and therefore co-winner of the event, Willy Mairesse. Like team-mates...

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Veteran - Edwardian - Vintage

A section devoted to old car matters The McKay Car In answer to a query in the March issue about the McKay car of Nova Scotia, we have received an interesting letter from Mr. B. M. Patchett, of the Delage Section of the VSCC. It is a quote from "A Great Way to Go—The Automobile in Canada" by Robert Collins (Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1969), so this will act as a belated book-review, as well as...

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"We felt like kings"

Confidence was sky-high at Vapordyne HQ. With eccentric millionaire Bill Lear behind them they were sure they could win the Indy 500 – with a car driven by steam By Paul Fearnley Bill Lear was a yes-can-do guy; hence his 130-plus patents for electrical devices. He wasn’t always their sole originator, but he usually brought something to the party: sensed their potential; neatly simplified them for...



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