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Gentle giant

The distinctive Gooda Special Bentley proved to be a crowd favourite when it raced at Goodwood last March – and it’s every bit as engaging behind the wheel as it is to behold Writer: Richard Heseltine, Photographer: Michael Bailie you don’t know whether to laugh or cry but make a noise somewhere in-between. It just looks so, well, improbable. It arrives as a Bentley and departs as an Italianate...

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Obituary – Dr Dick Thompson

Sports car racer Dr Dick Thompson died on September 14, aged 94. The Washington-born driver made his debut aboard an MG TD in the inaugural Sebring 12 Hours, with Bill Kinchloe in 1952. Thompson then raced his Porsche 356 to the 1954 SCCA F Production title before replacing it with a Jaguar XK140. On the recommendation of John Fitch, Thompson was drafted in to drive factory-backed Chevrolet...

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100 years of Maserati

It seems so improbable: a century has elapsed since Alfieri Maserati set up shop in Bologna, initially carrying out general engineering work and perfecting his own brand of spark plugs. Scroll forward to the present, and his surname is synonymous with exotic GTs and illustrious racing cars. Alfieri and his siblings forged a legend, one that cannot be distilled into an attention-grabbing soundbite...

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John Crosslé – obituary

The founder of the world’s longest-established racing car-building firm died on August 31. He was 83. The Scotland-born, County Tyrone-raised farmer turned car builder initially found fame on two wheels. He won the 1953-55 Ulster 350cc grass track Championship and 1954 500cc series before fashioning his first ‘special’ in 1957. Crosslé claimed his first win at the Newtownards Airport circuit in...

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Born close to London but based in Belgium, Adam Cooper isn’t quite as itinerant as Jonathan Williams, the unsung former Ferrari driver to whom he pays affectionate tribute on page 98. James Mitchell has been busy of late, photographing Lunch With... – his regular gig – and accompanying Mark Hughes to Piero Ferrari’s office for this month’s exclusive interview. Once a teenage ‘gofer’ for Colin...

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A life less ordinary

There was nothing conventional about the way American racer and Land Speed Record chaser Mickey Thompson lived – or died By Richard Heseltine In life, it was all too tricky to distinguish between the actual and the apocryphal. Mickey Thompson was manifestly a fame-chasing self-publicist, an egoist and a glory hound. He was able to pull the wool over the eyes of a credulous media and prise open...

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Lotus 20/22

With Formula Junior regaining popularity, now’s the time to invest in one of Colin Chapman’s creations. Which type will you go for?By Richard Heseltine It always was a catchy title. Fifty years young, Formula Junior is undergoing something of a renaissance, an under-the-radar second – or possibly third – coming with packed grids attracting newbies and old hands alike to entry-level historic...

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Graham Warner

Racing driver and constructor Graham Warner died on March 8, aged 84. Born in Battersea on May 1 1929, the Londoner would devote his life to two great passions: aircraft and motor sport. After leaving college, Warner joined the RAF and flew Meteors and Vampires at the dawn of the Jet Age. The lure of motor sport, however, was never far away: reasoning that his racing heroes were all car dealers...

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Last chance saloon

— Insight — Sheene tested a fair few racing cars, F1 chassis among them, but his career on four wheels proved both fleeting and patchy By Richard Heseltine Viewed through the cold gaze of the sceptic, you could argue that Barry Sheene never made a successful transition to racing on four wheels. Except somehow you doubt his heart was ever really in it and it isn't as though opportunities didn't...

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Grand Prix Zandvoort Mark Koense Some of the content will be familiar, following our extensive photographic preview in last November’s issue, but the finished product is perhaps even better than we’d dared hope. The book commences with some early circuit sketches and morphs via an entertaining letter from Sammy Davis (after conducting a track inspection, he urged the circuit developers to have no...



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