Articles tagged René Metge

Page 82 of June 1988 archive issue thumbnail Page 82, June 1988

Showpiece Toy

Another Tamiya 1/24-scale model which will be of interest to sports car enthusiasts is the Porsche 961 in its 1986 Le Mans trim. This is a representation of chassis number WPOZZZ93ZFSO10016, as driven by Rene Metge and Claude Ballot-Lena in plain white "unsponsored" livery. The model is of the "snap-loc" type -meaning that you do not have to use cement to construct it (though I would advise you...

Page 100 of February 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 100, February 2014

Lunch With... Steve Soper

This serial race winner and straight talker remained a factory driver for almost 20 years. No shortage of anecdotes here, then...Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Most of the best drivers who earn their living in sports or touring cars have at least cut their teeth in the single-seater formulae. Steve Soper is different. This man racked up a fine career over more than 20 years,...

Page 58 of November 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, November 2000


John Davenport was the man who convinced Austin Rover's top Brass their 'Old Man's' Metro could be developed into a world-class rally car. In the first of a two-part story, he recalls the early trials and tribulations - and getting a bloke called Patrick Head to design it. This is a story boasting several heroes, a few dragons and a dearth of fair maidens even the biggest fan of the MG Metro 6R4...

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The Long & Winding Road

For fifty years Porsche has sought to conquer nearly every motor sport discipline there is. Usually it succeeded. Gavin Conway is your guide. The clues to greatness were there to be seen, even in that first car. Professor Ferdinand Porsche's passion for motorsport rivalled even that of Enzo Ferrari, and when he and his son Ferry created the first Porsche road car, motorsport would gain one of its...

Page 21 of July 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 21, July 1986

Bell's fourth Le Mans success

Derek Bell became the most successful English driver ever to compete at Le Mans when he notched up his fourth victory on June 1, driving the Rothmans-Porsche 962C with Hans Stuck and Al Holbert. Three of his victories were shared with six-times winner Jacky Ickx; Olivier Gendebien and Henri Pescarolo have won four times, and four drivers have won the 24Hour race three times. The list of...

Page 58 of April 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, April 1998

Two decades of the Dakar

It started as a new year’s jolly for high-living Frenchmen in the 1970s but became a high-tech showpiece in the ‘80s. Jeremy Hart looks at the most gruelling rally of them all – the Paris-Dakar January 1982. Tears at Number 10, newsreaders scrabbling for a map of north-west Africa and travel agents panicking to get News of the World scribes on the first plane to Timbuktu. Lost, for reasons still...

Page 96 of January 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 96, January 2007

Into Africa

Porsche and success in endurance events seem intertwined. Not so in rallying, claims John Davenport Photography: McKlein A magician by the name of Antony Noghes once conjured a race track from the thin air of dreams and punctured pride. It was a trick that astonished the racing world, for he was limited by a tiny piece of real estate, hemmed in on one side by the unyielding nation of France and...

Page 56 of May 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, May 2002

A team-mate in need

The Paris-Darak is one of the Motorsport's toughest events. Yet the 1985 edition was even more so. Many fell, many were left to fend for themselves. But John Davenport talks to a good Samaritan When it comes to long-distance rallies, few have a CV to match that of Andrew Cowan. A double winner of both the London-Sydney and the Australian Safari, there was one event he was unable to nail during...


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