Articles tagged Ronnie Peterson

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The Unlikely Lads

When a Lord, a superstar and a man named Bubbles started an F1 team, no one took them seriously. Until they won. Shaun Campbell looks at the short, glorious life of Hesketh It looked like an extravagant joke, an extended April Fool's stunt played by a bunch of ex-public schoolboys with more money than sense. It ended, as everyone had predicted, in tears. But neither the initial appearance nor the...

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Excercising a veto

Sir, In Lunch With Robin Herd (March issue), Robin tells of Ronnie Peterson wanting to leave Lotus and return to March. There was a rather amusing side to that story. In December 1975 Alan Henry and I went to Hethel to interview Colin Chapman for what had become our Christmas feature in Motoring News. Chapman complained that brilliant as he was, Ronnie never took any exercise and his lap times...

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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...

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On the limit, off message

Jody Scheckter is the most misunderstood and under-appreciated Champion. He's remembered mostly via a handful of snapshot moments, but now it's time, writes David Malsher, to pull his career into focus Ferrari had romanced him. He had joined as its number one; Gilles was its number two. All seemed in order... until South Africa, of all places. The third grand prix of the 1979 season witnessed...

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Bolton performance

Chevron -- the 'Lotus of the North' -- is 40 this year. Paul Fearnley and Damien Smith sample four of its most important cars and tell the story of Derek Bennett, the genius behind them, photography by James Mann Haslam's Mill, Chorley Old Road, Bolton. As addresses go, it's hardly racy. Which suited Derek Bennett down to the ground. When a Lotus won, Colin Chapman would leap into the middle of...

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Silverstone 6-hour Race

Although Porsches swept the board in the third round of the World Championship for Makes at Silverstone on May 15th, with thirteen of the German cars in the top fourteen places at the finish. the Kosset Six Hours proved a much better race than many had dared to expect. It is true that the lone factory Porsche 935/77 driven by Jochen Mass and Jacky Ickx dominated the first halt of the event,...

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Maserati's 250F

The magic and the myth The English dictionary which graces the shelf in Motor Sport's editorial offices gives the definition of the word classical as "of the first class, of allowed excellence". It's an adjective which has frequently been used to describe the 2 1/2-litre Formula One Maserati 250F ever since the car was racing as a contemporary Grand Prix challenger. More has been written about...

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Painted to the road

For a brief period, national colours and sponsor logos were supplanted on the racetrack by high-speed art. Gordon Cruickshank turns art critic Car lovers sometimes insist that any beautiful automobile is in itself art. It's a recurring pub discussion, with no outright answer — except in the galleries of BMW Mobile Tradition, the German make's museum. Here is a squadron of cars which must qualify...

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Rally review

The cockpit of his E-Type Jaguar, the garden of a Routier between Sarthe and Milan, a restaurant table on a cross-Channel ferry and the transit lounge at Orly are all places where one can imagine D.S.J. having sat down to write his monthly "European Letter". We have all been compelled many times to begin writing in odd places, but the one in which I now find myself beginning these words must take...

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So little time

The newspapers understandably concentrated on Graham Hill in the aftermath of his fatal plane crash, but the tragedy also claimed the life of a man who might have proved even greater than his boss. David Tremayne remembers the brief but brilliant career of Tony Brise. Twenty five years on, the photograph still has a mesmeric power to make your eyes prickle, to evoke anger and poignant images of...

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