Articles tagged Peter Wright

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Readers' letters

Letter of the month Jack the gentleman I had the humbling experience of Jack Brabham’s no-nonsense approach to racing car preparation; it was a wake-up call at the time. In 1988 I was involved with Derek Bell Racing, running his son Justin in Vauxhall-Lotus. Via our Camel sponsorship we also took on David Brabham from Australian Formula Ford. Preparing two recently delivered cars, I was at our...

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Cars in Books

I am indebted to two readers for this month's contribution. Mr. Wallace Mason of Cumberland, R.I., who has recently been touring in England and Wales and who visited the National Motor Museum before returning to America, refers to a book in which the famous Mrs. Emily Post describes a motor tour across the breadth of America. This is "By Motor to the Golden Gate" published around 1916 by D....

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Something in the air

Once dismissed by Enzo Ferrari as a science for those who didn’t understand engines, aerodynamics proved to be manna for those who understood racing cars…Writer Adam Cooper This was a period of tumultuous change for Formula 1– and the greatest developments came in the field of aerodynamics. Just consider the arc of evolution between the Lotus 49B, which Emerson Fittipaldi raced at Brands Hatch in...

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One giant leap

The space race wasn’t limited to matters extra-terrestrial. Some of the technology was having a significant impact on race tracks around the worldWriter Paul Fearnley Jackie Stewart, his luxuriant hair and sideburns bang on-trend, won a thrilling 1969 British Grand Prix in a car devised by rocket scientists.  The next day, buzz-cut Neil Armstrong – keeper of a Chevy Corvette leased from 1960 Indy...

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The way we were

Motor Sport’s new Grand Prix editor Mark Hughes has just published F1 Retro 1970, a season review ripe with fresh detail and perspective. Here are a few edited highlights Business as usual for a community in mourningBelgium, June 5-7 Spa was a nine-mile blast on closed public roads through the Ardennes forest, the course climbing and dipping through valleys, bordered by trees, stone walls and...

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Lotus 79

The Lotus 79 was the best example of the sort of racing car that Gary Anderson likes best: Brave, innovative, simple and capable of making its rivals look like also-rans straight out of the box. The Lotus 79, the first real ground effect car was a very, very good package, the first realisation that aerodynamics were becoming crucial and that you could make ground effects work. Everybody then...

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Peter Wright

As the 1983 Grand Prix season begins, we talk to Team Lotus's Director of Research and Development about life with Colin Chapman and prospects for the future without him The late Colin Chapman originally set up a research and engineering base in Ketteringham Hall, a tastefully converted former boys' school close to the Lotus Cars factory at Hethel, back in 1976. The dynamic, forward-thinking...

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"He could charm the birds from the trees"

Colin Chapman was a brilliant engineer and a shrewd businessman. But as a new book tells us, the Lotus boss knew how to get what he wanted from people, and it was one key to his successBy Karl Ludvigsen 'His persona is ebullient, buzzing, fast-moving, joke-cracking,’ wrote Robert Heller about Colin Chapman, ‘but for all that outwardness the personal armour is difficult to pierce and the man is...

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A Bentley Mystery

Sir, Looking recently through a copy of an aviation year-book for 1931, I noted that amongst the civil aircraft registered for that year, was a DH60 Moth, G-ABAG, owned by Bentley Motors. Now, was this the company car? If so, who flew the aircraft and for what purpose? Perhaps your readers could provide an answer to these points? One would have thought that the company's financial situation was...

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Vintage postbag

Vauxhall Staff Car Sir, Your piece in the June issue about the Vauxhall D-type Staff-car was most interesting. Last year, quite by chance, I acquired two old War Department photographs showing a D-type Staff-car bearing the WD serial LC^0721. I recently sent them to Vauxhall Motors Ltd. suggesting that their car, serialized IC^0721, may in fact be the very car pictured, and should therefore...

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