Articles tagged RALPH BELLAMY

Page 83 of April 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 83, April 1979

Notes on the cars at Kyalami

Lotus: The Martini Team Lotus produced a brand new car for Andretti, Lotus 79/5 (or ML 23 by the factory’s odd numbering!) to exactly the same specification as the previous cars, and presumably put together during breaks from finishing off the first Lotus 80. Reutemann still had Lotus 79/2 and Andretti’s previous car 79/4 was the team spare. All three carried the name ESSEX on the sides, the name...

Page 66 of March 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, March 1979

The Brazilian Grand Prix

Ligiers in formation Sao Paulo, February 4th Two weeks after the Grand Prix season opened at Buenos Aires, the Formula One teams moved north to the spectacular 4.946-mile Interlagos circuit at Sao Paulo to where the Brazilian Grand Prix returned this year after being held at Rio-de-Janeiro for the first time in 1978. For the motor racing enthusiast there is no comparison between the two...

Page 32 of February 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, February 1979

Notes on the cars at Buenos Aires

Lotus: Gone are the sleek black and gold creations from Hethel, they are now green with yellow lining. Gone too is the fatuous title "John Player Special", they are now "Martini-Lotus" (though Motor Sport has never considered a Lotus anything other than a Lotus). The reason for these changes is the end of the financial support from the John Player tobacco firm, after a long and successful...

Page 149 of July 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 149, July 2014

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...

Page 43 of July 2006 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, July 2006

McLaren: Life after Bruce

When the inspirational leader who drove the team died, McLaren could have spun into the ground. Instead it regrouped and vindicated his vision and his faith Words: Paul Fearnley. Photography: Alex P There was a lot to think about. But Bruce Leslie McLaren — boss/designer/engineer/tester/racer — preferred it that way. Three years of his New Zealand childhood had been spent in plaster, in traction...

Page 54 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, July 2010

"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...

Page 46 of November 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, November 1974

Reflections in the Canadian Cold

In many ways the Canadian Grand Prix was the most interesting race of the 1974 Formula One season. Not necessarily due to any particular intensity of racing, although Ronnie Peterson's never-say-die approach to the event and Fittipaldi's tenacious pursuit of Lauda were notable, but it was the race which first seemed to mark the end of Ferrari's Championship aspirations as well as Niki Lauda's....

Page 35 of August 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, August 2002

Learning new tricks

The McLaren M23 improved with age. It won races in four consecutive seasons and was setting poles five years after its debut. Yet it's very underrated, writes Paul Fearnley Formula One in 1973 boiled down to Lotus versus Tyrrell: Lithe and balanced 72 versus stubby and twitchy 005-006. But were either the best car of the season? Silverstone that year is remembered for the shunt triggered by Jody...

Page 28 of October 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, October 1972

Notes on the cars at Monza

Before the event it looked as though the Monza paddock was going to be full of interesting mechanical things but they did not materialise and instead it was full of interesting rumours and intrigues in shady corners. The new Ferrari 312B3 had been on test but was not considered to be ready for racing so it was never seen and the team used their well-proven B2 version's of the flat-12 cylinder...

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No sugar, no beer, no fizz

The Fittipaldi brothers lived the dream with their F1 team. But, they tell Marcus Simmons, when Copersucar and Skol pulled out it all turned flat A switch in management at Skol beer 25 years ago had the biggest effect on the destiny of the 1982 Formula One World Championship. Eh? Come on, that's got you! Want an explanation? Okay— read on. Consider this: in 1980 there was a neat little F1 team....

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