Articles tagged PAUL FEARNLEY

Page 92 of May 2009 archive issue thumbnail Page 92, May 2009

"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...

Page 66 of January 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, January 2005

Two pronged attack

Maserati built the best-handling sports-racers of the mid-1950s and the most powerful. But it was unable to combine both elements, as Paul Fearnley finds out. The woodland creatures scurry, bolt and scramble, for the 'Bazooka', though still some way distant, is most definitely within earshot. This is not a car for the shy or sensitive, timid or tremulous. Genghis Khan or Vlad the Impaler would...

Page 41 of May 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, May 2002

Broken promise

Just five years after their birth, Lola hit the Grand Prix trail, and took a debut pole. Paul Fearnley drives the Mk4 and explains why it didn't lead on to better things in F1 What was the most impressive aspect of the 1962 Formula One season? This month's cover story answers that, we hope: the starburst arrival of the monocoque Lotus 25. Okay, what was the second-most impressive aspect? A...

Page 86 of October 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 86, October 2003

White lightening

Porsche's 908/3 was Lotus-like in philosophy, but its crash diet didn't stop it from munching some of racing's roughest roads. Paul Fearnley meets with a scantily clad model performer... The twist, bump and grind of the rocky and rolling Targa Florio; the launches and splashdowns of the other-worldly Nurburgring. Car-breakers both, right? Yet this gossamer machine with its translucent bodywork...

Page 48 of February 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, February 2006

Gorilla in the midst

Vittorio Brambilla was nicknamed 'The Monza Gorilla' by the rest of the racing world, but he was much better than most people gave him credit for. Paul Fearnley unravels the truth on the Italian He'd nursed his slick-shod car in shine and rain for 54 laps — but now hail was a distinct possibility. "By climbing the pit wall fence you could see the black clouds coming," says March designer Robin...

Page 54 of November 2005 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, November 2005

Return of the prodigal Sunbeam

It rained. It was misty. Just like in 1922. Paul Fearnley gets a realism overload on the Isle of Man TT course in Chassagne's winning machine. Photography by Ian Dawson  Face stinging. Soaked to the skin. But pressing on. Despite there being only nine entries — three Sunbeams, three Bentleys and three Vauxhalls — and Jean Chassagne being in one of the fastest of them, the 1922 RAC Tourist Trophy...

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Contributors

Juggling writers and features can be a black art, so we're smug that asking Paul Fearnley to tell the story of Segrave's historic 1923 French GP victory coincided with his move to France to live the Good Life on his own farmlet. As a vegetarian he won't be swapping hints with Andrew Frankel, who when he's not racing historic cars breeds his own sheep in the Wye valley. But one phone call had him...

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Web Spin

Richard Noble on The start of the Thrust SSC Project “I was out on Bonneville with Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove. Breedlove told me that he was going to build his next car. When I came back to Britain all sorts of people started phoning me up and saying, ‘We can’t say anything because we’ve signed non-disclosure agreements, but basically something is happening’. “I couldn’t really find out what...

Page 74 of July 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 74, July 2004

Nuvolari's Alfa beater

Maserati had little inkling of the racing revolution fomenting in Germany when it became embroiled in a very public Italian spat, as Paul Fearnley explains The 1934 Circuit of Modena was a second division affair crucial only in that its two-mile, L-shaped street circuit was on Enzo Ferrari's doorstep. To lose here would be a serious loss of face for his Scuderia, and to this end he put forward a...

Page 87 of April 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 87, April 2003

7 Samurai

Toyota had never made a true racing car, but that didn't stop it from thinking big. The result was a 800bhp monster. Sadly, writes Paul Fearnley, it soon became a dinosaur Toyota, like its great rival Nissan, was a company in a hurry in the late 1960s. A 1300bhp per tonne sort of a hurry. A Group 7 twin-turbocharged 5-litre V8 hurry. Its reputation for building pootling, mundane three-box...

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