Articles tagged Rowan Atkinson

Page 108 of March 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 108, March 2014

Forever with blue genes

Alan Mann Racing’s cars are famous for being cloaked in red and gold – but a strong association with Ford, now as in period, is equally symbolic. With the team on the verge of scaling back, we took a lingering glance at a fleet that will soon partially be dismantledWriter: Gordon Cruickshank Photographer: Matthew Howell It fits, somehow. Henry Mann, son of 1970s racing team boss Alan Mann, has a...

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Louisa Skipper's Diary

Bat and ball fun at the revival The Goodwood Revival ball has become a social highlight of the motor racing season, and this year it more than lived up to its star-studded reputation. A Spanish ‘Seville’ theme allowed over 1000 guests from the motor sport world to explore their inner matadors and flamenco dancers – and I was lucky enough to be among them, as a guest of Maserati. The...

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Film Review

BBC 2, in The Last Machine, featuring early cinema films, made the point that then accuracy was not important, but that today it is. A view apparently not shared by BBC 1, judging by its Sir Henry Birkin motor-racing drama for its Heroes and Villains series. Rowan Atkinson, who is considered funny as "Mr Bean", just managed not to appear ridiculous as the aristocratic racing baronet, but W...

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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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A KNIGHTHOOD FOR MOSS?

A KNIGHTHOOD FOR MOSS? SIR, Having attended the Goodwood Revival meeting and enjoyed the 70th celebrations for Stirling Moss, I cannot help wondering why the most famous and revered British sportsman has reached three score years and ten with 'only' a CBE to his name. Surely, if a football manager can be knighted for a one-off treble, what honour should the country offer a man who has given and...

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Top Art Award

A young automotive designer from Germany has been judged winner of the 1999 International Motoring Art Competition Amateur artist Andrea Mindt beat 237 entries for the Ford-backed event, with a depiction of a Lancia D50 in acrylic on wood. Judges included Jody Scheckter, Tony Brooks, John Watson, Paul Stewart, Rowan Atkinson and Chris Rea. The first prize brought with it a purse of £2000, while...

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"Tim" on film

Brooklands' heyday was briefly recreated in July for a TV drama about Sir Henry Birkin, with a convincing pits scene, albeit built right in front of the Clubhouse because the Straight is now blocked. Cars simulating the race finish had only yards to stop out of shot, but despite some lurid moments, all stopped harmlessly. Majzub's Sunbeam, one of the short-chassis 3-litre team Bentleys and Chris...

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Parry Thomas remembered

It was very thoughtful of BBC2 to show a film of Parry Thomas (and `Babs) exactly 75 years after he was killed at Pendine on an LSR bid. But the short film might have been better replaced by newsreel shots, because actors seldom manage to look like racing drivers — remember Rowan Atkinson as Sir Henry Birkin? Thomas did not wear a towel over his face, as shown in the programme, and Babs looked...

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Brave One, Giles

I bought a great wad of Weekend Daily Telegraph one Saturday, hoping to read what Doug Nye had to say about that BBC 1 Birkin motor racing drama, but it was the wrong edition. (I gather that Doug was not altogether kind about the debut of "Mr Bean" as an actor racing-ace — in real life I believe Rowan Atkinson once raced Renault 5s — and I am still wondering if he was as surprised as I was that...

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Birkin's ghost

Sir Henry Birkin's book Full Throttle was a huge success on its publication in 1932. But he didn't write it. Gordon Cruickshank speaks to the man who did Michael Burn is 92, a former Times correspondent, poet and playwright. But when Henry Birkin met him he was a young student who had never written anything. A mere three weeks later, he had. Birkin did everything at 'full throttle'. "I met Sir...

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