Articles tagged Neil Oatley

Page 9 of May 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, May 1988

New competition cars

McLaren MP4/4 At one time, a brand new car winning its first Grand Prix was an outstanding achievement, but nowadays it seems to be an accepted thing, especially where McLaren International is concerned. At the end of last season the McLarenTAG-Porsche contract ended and the Woking-based team, masterminded by Ron Dennis, switched its allegiance to the Japanese Honda firm for the supply of engines...

Page 9 of February 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, February 1989

Formula One scene

Exiting times ahead When the new Formula One due to start in 1989 was announced it sounded deadly dull and I thought about taking up model-car collecting. That was two years ago and I am happy to say that since then things have changed for the better. At the time when we were told that turbocharged 11/2-litre engines would be outlawed at the end of 1988 we were at a fantastically high peak of...

Page 105 of October 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 105, October 1982

TUNING TEST VW-Brabham's Lighter Formula 3

TUNING TEST VW-Brabham's Lighter Formula 3 JOHN JUDD, business associate of Sir Jack Brabham since 1966 and whose Rugby-based Cosworth DFV Formula I engine building activities were the subject of a MOTOR SPORT profile in 1978, enjoyed August 1982 heartily. On the 15th of that month Brands Hatch witnessed an extraordinary reversal in the fortunes of the Formula 3-dominant Toyota d.o.h.c. engine....

Page 56 of September 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, September 2005

As fate would have it

Patrick Tambay seemed to have little control over the direction of his rollercoaster — and successful — career. He talks to Marcus Simmons He moved through motorsport like the hero in a Voltaire novel, his career seemingly shaped by destiny, a series of chance happenings and the recurrent reappearances of several figures who would disappear out of his story only to be reprised years later just...

Page 85 of April 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 85, April 2012

Lunch with... Mark Blundell

His first home was a caravan, and the school of hard knocks was his only education. It would stand him in good stead on his climb to Formula 1 and beyond Nowadays karting is the kindergarten, where aspiring hotshoes learn to feel through the seat of their pants. But it wasn’t ever thus. Stirling Moss began, at six years old, to absorb those lessons on horseback. Archie Scott Brown demonstrated...

Page 7 of April 1989 archive issue thumbnail Page 7, April 1989

McLaren-Honda boxes clever

While the majority of Formula One teams elected to test at Paul Ricard prior to the sojourn to the official pre-Brazilian GP tests at Rio's Autodromo Nelson Piquet, Honda Marlboro McLaren took the unusual decision to seek the relative seclusion of Monza. The rationale behind that move was partly explained by the plan to give its new transverse gearbox its maiden run in camera, but also by the...

Page 53 of January 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, January 1990

McLaren-onda 1989 Constructor's Champion

McLaren-Honda 1989 Constructor's Champion ATEAM that won ten out of the sixteen races in the 1989 World Championship series should be fairly contented, and there are some teams that would have been deliriously happy to have achieved such a result. To the Mclaren International team the 1989 season was a bit of a disaster, not from the point of view of the overall result, but more by the way it was...

Page 55 of March 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 55, March 2012

"Looking back, its easy to forget how primitive everything was"

The Williams story was a slow burn until 1978 when the FW06 provided the spark that fired the team By Nigel Roebuck When we started Williams Grand Prix Engineering, for 1977,” said Patrick Head, “I think we had eight employees at the start of the season, and 11 at the end of it – but then of course we were running a March rather than our own car…” When the company was formed, Frank Williams was...

Page 48 of June 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, June 2003

Dealing with loss

The one that got away Keke Rosberg: 1982 Belgian Grand Prix Formula One's most exciting racer had just been killed, but his heir kept focused and was set to score his first GP win... By Adam Cooper The 1982 Belgian GP is, of course, remembered for the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Few recall that John Watson scored a canny win for McLaren the following day, and perhaps fewer still that Keke Rosberg...

Page 85 of April 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 85, April 2007

Jackie Oliver – nearly man

He’s modest about his record, but most people would be delighted to count a Le Mans victory and a Can-Am championship on their CV "I was the nearly man,” he says with a smile I cannot precisely read, “I always thought if you were good enough, then the opportunities would come. Perhaps I was never good enough to win a grand prix. So you can call me Mr Nearly.” Well, it’s better than Noddy, the...



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