Articles tagged PAUL FEARNLEY

Page 49 of March 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, March 2009

G hits the spot

In 1972 March was struggling with its ambitious 721X, and Formula 1 rookie Niki Lauda was no fan. Enter the 721G – based on an F2 monocoque and built in just nine days X stood for experimental, G for Guinness; same manufacturer, but, as you might have already guessed, radically different mindsets. X had its eye on the midterm future, was – or rather wasn’t, as it turned out – the hoped-for giant...

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I am not suggesting that if it had not been for Motor Sport there would never have been any motor racing broadcasting on TV, but it is amusing to remember how we were once asked to meet the head of the BBC Sports Department and the then-leading tennis commentator, as far as I remember, to be asked what different problems motor racing reporting might have from the great Wimbledon ball game. Mr Tee...

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Tin top drivers -- Steve Soper Number 1

And the winner is... a tyre fitter from Harrow. Paul Fearnley assesses the saloon racers' saloon racer, a man who shunned single-seaters and only went 'blue sky' 27 years into his race career... It's all twirling arms and jutting elbows in the hurly-burly of touring cars, right? No room, or need, for style in these saloons of substance. First rolling wreck across the line wins. Simple, but brutal...

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Vectra Account

John Cleland is not in a position to retain his BTCC crown with the new Vauxhall touring car. Paul Fearnley finds out why This time last year John Cleland had just completed a run of four consecutive victories that were to be the cornerstone of his second British Touring Car title. This was to be the apogee of his memorable six-season partnership with the Vauxhall Cavalier, for 1996 was to be the...

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Sidekick phenomena

Formula Two was its finest when established Grand Prix stars like Jochen Rindt happily stepped down to put their reputations on the line against the young hotshots. Paul Fearnley drives three cars from that era and discovers what it took to be competitive in the little terrors It was noisy, sure, but that keynote scream had gone. Formula Two had grown up, been dragged along by the Formula One '...

Page 35 of March 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, March 1996


Should the establishment be fazed by the arrival of world champion Audi? Paul Fearnley looks forward to the 1996 British Touring Car Championship There is a sense of foreboding in the BTCC. The arrival of Audi and its four-wheel drive A4 has the 'establishment' all of a twitter. The memory of the Ingolstadt manufacturer's dominance of last season's FIA Touring Car World Cup looms large as the...

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STEEP THRILLS SHELSLEY WALSH IS 96 THIS YEAR. BUT ITS ORGANISING CLUB, MIDLAND AC, HITS THE EVEN TON. PAUL FEARNLEY AND FOUR LEGENDS OF THE HILL JOIN THE PARTY STEEPED IN HISTORY AND STEER SHELSLEY Walsh, population 31, is a haven. A place where mobile 'phones are often joyously free from signal. A place upon which the Gods have smiled. Shelsley Walsh, cheek by jowl with Shelsley Beauchamp,...

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Flat race

Today, Formula 1 teams expect two years' warning of technical rule changes. Thirty years ago, they got four months. Cue panic - then a prime example of pure inspirationwriter Paul Fearnley All stop! The bombshell that sucked the air from beneath their skirts detonated on Thursday November 3: from two tonnes of ground-effect grip to 'two tonnes of flat-bottomed fun'. Yet the governing body's only...

Page 34 of May 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, May 1996

Will Oi!

One of the BTCC's most easy-going drivers got on the 'phone to argue his case recently. Then he proved it on the track. Paul Fearnley eats a dollop of humble pie Telephone conversations with Will Hoy are affable affairs. Usually. This one wasn't. Source of the ire was my assessment of his 1996 BTCC hopes in our sister magazine Motoring News. The wording was glib, I admit, but I wasn't the only...

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McLaren – 50 Years of Racing

Maurice Hamilton & Paul Fearnley Given our sport’s all-consuming obsession with lightness, it’s ironic that so much associated literature weighs more than a Lotus Seven. In this instance, though, it’s worth jarring your back to raise it from the coffee table and drag it to the closest armchair. First, though, we suggest you pour a suitable accompaniment – a 12-year-old Macallan, perhaps....



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