Articles tagged Rene Thomas

Page 62 of May 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, May 1984

Disappointments...

Personal disappointment relates to not having been sufficiently industrious in youth, to have studied things like workshop practice and simple welding etc, so that I could have worked on my cars and perhaps even built a special, and God not having endowed me with the qualities required for being a top-line racing driver… Thinking in terms of the many disappointments that have involved those who...

Page 74 of April 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 74, April 1984

Culled From An Advertisement

Years ago the weekly motor papers sometimes helped fill their pages by culling news items from the advertisements. We have no need to do that but it did so happen that the other day I chanced on an old advert in The Autocar with a motor racing connotation that set me thinking. The ad in question appeared on November 12th 1921. It was a half-page inserted on behalf of H. B. Cook Ltd, of Gt...

Page 53 of August 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, August 2014

Web Spin

Podcast: Perry McCarthy on driving for Andrea Moda in 1992 Perry McCarthy: “It was wonderful to have reached Formula 1, but then, of course, it was only a matter of time before you realised ‘This is not very good at all’. Not only were we slow, but we were actually dangerous.” Simon Arron: “Didn’t the steering seize in the middle of Eau Rouge?” PM: “By the time I got to Belgium I had done a...

Page 47 of March 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 47, March 1979

The Editor looks at the legand of the invincible Talbot-Darracos

One of Louis Coatalen's great interests was motor racing and when he became Chief Engineer of the STD organisation he was able to indulge this whim to the full, perhaps at the expense of the share-holders. Naturally, he set his sights on winning the Grand Prix. In 1912 his small cars, based on the standard Sunbeams, had given the bigger cars a fright. In 1913 Coatalen's side-valve GP Sunbeam had...

Page 9 of May 1936 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, May 1936

Continental Notes and News

Confirmenta._ Notes and. Newa Carratsch "Gets the Bird A or so before the Monaco Grand A week or so before the Monaco Grand Prix the Mercedes-Benz team went down to Monza for a final tune-up. The chief incident nearly resulted in an accident. Caracciola was travelling very fast on a back stretch of the course when a huge pheasant flew out of the trees right in his path. The bird struck the...

Page 38 of July 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 38, July 1974

The Henry Affair

An investigation into a significant motoring mystery Since 1912 It Has Been Generally Accepted that the Peugeot Twin-Cam Racing Engine Set a Significant Fashion, one followed Ever Since for High-Performance Power Units, as The Work of Ernest Henry, Goux, Boillot and Zuccarelli. The Unsolved Question is whether Henry was the Engineer Responsible, or just a Skilled Draughtsman. In Probing this...

Page 7 of February 1939 archive issue thumbnail Page 7, February 1939

GOOD OLD DAYS AT BROOKLANDS

GOOD OLD DAYS AT BROOKLANDS CONTINUING SOME RAMBLING REMINISCENCES OF A REGULAR BROOKLANDS HABITUE BEFORE reverting to the old photograph album which has inspired these memories, I must record that I have been taken to task by a reader for two inaccuracies in my first article. The first was that I included the Wolseley Viper among the number of "chaindriven aero-engined monsters," whereas in...

Page 56 of March 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 56, March 2004

An island race

Bill Boddy recounts the growth of the Targa Florio from one man's dream to everybody's idea of a road race adventure The early Targa Florios have had their place in motor racing history obscured by European grands prix. That's a shame, because this daunting event was perhaps the greatest road race of them all. The low average winning speeds of these grim contests over the Sicilian mountains and...

Page 42 of May 1985 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, May 1985

Long-Life Racing Drivers

The best age for a racing driver is presumably somewhere between 18 and 30. I looked for some confirmation of this in Denis Jenkinson's erudite book "The Racing Driver" (Batsford, 1958) but all I found was the attitude to some drivers and riders to retirement. We know that there were people like C. Le Strange Metcalfe and Sir Francis Samuelson, Bt. drove racing cars when they were 70 and more...

Page 98 of August 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, August 2002

Team orders? Plus ca change

Now that the controversy over Rubens Barrichello being ordered not to win the Austrian Grand Prix is dying down, it is permissible to remark that team orders were in force long before the start of the world championship. This is a fact, however much one sympathised with Rubens. If your boss had decided not to fire you but to offer a multi-million-pound salary, wouldn't you yield? The good thing,...

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