Articles tagged Roger Wills

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Events of the month

BTCC Brands Hatch The crowd at Brands Hatch experienced something unusual during the BTCC finale: it wasn’t raining. Well, not for the first few hours, anyway. Not since 2011 had there been a dry championship decider, which has added to the excitement – or stress, depending on which side of the paddock fence you sit. But the track was dry as the grid lined up for race one, championship leader...

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72nd Members' Meeting, Goodwood

Saturday morning, 7am. Goodwood is resplendent in sunshine as the early birds wander through the main gate. The pale blue banners embellished by ‘72’ are assiduously non-Revival spec, but the Sussex circuit’s defining spring signature awaits. Goodwood’s verges are awash in a sea of yellow. Who else would invest more in daffodils than any other single ingredient for a race meeting ‘reboot’? “There...

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Grand Prix Historique, Monaco

What is it about Monaco? The high-rise apartments have trashed the old Victorian elegance, the streets and traffic are brain-fryingly chaotic and the almost palpable smell of money leaves a vulgar aftertaste. And yet no matter how many times you go back, each visit lures you in. You become transfixed. Perhaps it’s the glimpse of lives most of us can barely imagine. Mostly, at least in the month...

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A perfect period drama

The sun shone, the racing ran from dawn till dusk, and people dressed up and played their part. The 10th anniversary Goodwood Revival was indeed a special occasionBy Rob Widdows All arms and elbows, four-wheel drifts, tails out, touching the turf, drivers grinning and spectators cheering. This has to be September in Sussex. Boy, oh boy, this Goodwood Revival is good stuff, a reminder of how and...

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Spa Six Hours

Spa Six Hours NEW ZEALANDERS ROGER WILLS and Brendon Hartley were the hares for most of the 20th Spa Six Hours, but Simon Hadfield's epic final stint in Leo Voyazides' sister Ford GT40 brought him past Wills, who was grappling with gearbox problems. With 20 minutes to run P/1005 swept past P/1009, which lost a whole 54 seconds on the following lap, then pitted forlornly. Voyazides' Pan B-prepared...

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Goodwood Revival 2010

Tom Kristensen starred on his racing debut at this year’s Revival, there were tributes to John Surtees and BRM, plus a supermarket like no other… Just when you think the Revival can’t offer anything new, the team at Goodwood throws in another attraction or race that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The 2010 Goodwood Revival was another weekend of fantastic racing, stunning cars, period...

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Stewart March for Monaco

Over 250 of the world’s most celebrated racing cars will take on the Monte Carlo street circuit during the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix Historique on May 11-13. The cream of historic racers packs out the entry for the eight races: seven for single-seaters and one for pre-52 sports cars. Priority of entry goes to cars with a Monaco history and one of the most signiicant of all will be the ex-Stirling...

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Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic BY ANY MEASURE, THE 2011 SILVERSTONE Classic was huge. Billed as the biggest historic racing festival of all and, quite probably, the biggest race meeting ever staged, it had over 1100 entries and a crowd of 80,000 across the weekend. Grids of up to 58 cars on the Grand Prix circuit delivered bags of action in 22 races, with Saturday alone offering a daunting 12 hours of...

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Algarve Historic Festival

Portimão, Portugal The Algarve Historic Festival at the magnificent Portimão circuit is the perfect way to bring another historic racing season to a close. Largely thanks to indefatigable promoter Francisco Santos, this year’s festival attracted a record number of cars and drivers. There was something new for 2011 – a shower of rain. Never seen that here before. And drivers of the quicker cars...

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010

It’s one of the great events of the year,” said Sir Jackie Stewart after driving Jim Clark’s Indy 500-winning Lotus 38 up Goodwood’s hill. “Lord March and his team put together such an incredible event and, most importantly, the public love it. When you see cars like the 38 you just have to hold your breath.” If JYS has to hold his breath for a car, you know you’re witnessing something special....

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