Articles tagged Paul Grist

Page 131 of February 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 131, February 2014

Brief flash of hope

Star by name but not in the event; this powerful machine didn’t live up to its maker’s expectations It’s a while since I squeezed between the gleaming pillars that mark the mouth of Queens Gate Place Mews – a shame as this quiet corner of Kensington regularly sees some glorious road and racing cars trundling over the cobblestones in and out of various dealers. This area has been the home of many...

Page 30 of August 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 30, August 1990

A Rarity

Last month brief mention was made of a demonstration run by 'Mike Sparken' in a Tipo 158/159 Alfa Romeo at the Vintage Sports Car Club's Silverstone meeting, and needless to say there was a lot more behind that simple statement of fact than was apparent. In the first place, unless my memory is playing me false, it was the first time an 'Alfetta' has been in action in Great Britain since 1951,...

Page 58 of June 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, June 1991

Veteran to classic -- VSCC Silverstone

Vintage Sports-Car Club racing opened at a cold "new Silverstone" on April 20, using the 1.7-mile National circuit, the 10-race programme oversubscribed, with 286 entrants. After the customary 30 minute High Speed Trial, in which only Walker's 1935 Alvis retired and Bowles' TT Ford V8, Mrs Monro's big Alvis and Beattie's Frazer Nash failed to attain their qualifying requirements, the Fox &...

Page 79 of May 1996 archive issue thumbnail Page 79, May 1996

Votes for Top Cars

Whatever historians say, 1996 has been accepted in most quarters as the year in which the centenary of the British motor Industry should be celebrated. That has sparked off some very interesting opinion polls, only as to which were the leading British makes but which, in the opinion of the voters, are the all-time top motor-cars. One such poll was organised by Classic & Sportscar which...

Page 67 of January 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 67, January 1980

Historic Preparation

Unlike today's Formula One teams, who have to begin preparation for the next season as soon as the present one is finished, those people involved in historic car racing have a clear period of some months in the winter to prepare for the next season. We paid a visit to some of the places where historic cars are being rebuilt or overhauled in readiness for "old car racing" in 1980, whether it be...

Page 64 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 64, February 1980

Correction!

(from the Oh Dear! department) I’ve done it again! This looks like becoming a regular monthly feature. This time it is Talbot-Lago cars, an instant correction coming from Anthony Blight in Cornwall concerning the Talbot-Lago featured in our colour centre-spread last month. There was nothing wrong with the car, nor with the photograph, but the story on page 66 was totally muddled; all the facts...

Page 68 of October 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, October 1992

Alfa Moment

The VSCC's Ron Flockhart Memorial Trophy meeting at Donington Park celebrated the popular Scottish double Le Mans winner, who lost his life in 1962 during an attempt on the Sydney-London air record for prop-driven aircraft. For many, the highlight of the meeting was the first public airing of Tom Wheatcroft's Alfa Romeo 'Bimotore', this particular car being based on the smaller 5.8-litre (2x2.9...

Page 66 of September 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, September 1988

Top Cats!

In the overall scheme of things, forty years is hardly a big deal, and the pedigree of the late-Eighties racing Jaguar, the XJR-9 which recently revived the marques Le Mans-winning traditions, can be traced back in one bound to the C- and D-types which in their time were equally considered to be at the forefront of automotive technology. Although we still acclaim the attractive looks of the...

Page 42 of October 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, October 1987

'Ring Leaders

While the title may make British brows furrow in distaste, the annual "Oldtimer Grand Prix" at the new Nurburgring is on a much larger scale than any vintage or classic meeting in this country. To begin with, it combines all ages of car; the Oldtimer tag in its German sense is an all-embracing term covering every era from pioneer vehicles up to Can-Am racers of the Seventies. It is a convenient...

Page 6 of June 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 6, June 2000

The Targa Florio returns

A retrospective edition of Sicily's celebrated Targa Florio road race is to be run in October of this year, with competitors set to compete over two or three laps of the sensational 45-mile Piccolo Madonie circuit. This is the same circuit that represented the last bastion of open-road racing in the World Manufacturers Championship back in 1973. Peter Auto, the Paris-based team behind both...

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