Our fifth annual awards night drew star names to London as four more racing heroes were honoured with membership to our club for the best of the best
Passers-by could tell that something a bit different was happening at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday January 29.
A Porsche 904 and Lola T70 MkIIIB sat bathed in light on Bow Street as autograph hunters stood under dripping umbrellas outside the...
Working with the Warwicks
I write to say how very much I enjoyed Simon Taylor’s article on lunching with Derek Warwick in Jersey (April issue).
Some 40 years ago my father, Samuel Lee, was company secretary to Warwick Trailers in Alresford and he always said Derek would be the next World Champion. Derek, as was stated, was frequently in the wrong car and place!
I never met Derek but tales of...
The end of an era
Adelaide, November 13
On the face of it, it was all just another crushing McLaren-Honda demonstration run, as Ron Dennis' machines sped to their tenth 1-2 of a season in which the team has re-written the parameters of Formula One.
Alain Prost apparently cruised to his seventh win of 1988 and another nine points, which brought his total to 105, although thanks to the silly...
Belgian Grand Prix
SpaFrancorchamps 26 August
The only time it didn't rain at Spa for a Grand Prix since its reintroduction in 1983, the race was cancelled because it was too hot! The weather in the Ardennes is very unpredictable and can change from sunny and dry to wet and windy in a matter of minutes. Sounds like a pretty grizzly place, doesn't it? But wet or dry, sunny or stormy, there's...
Senna's Warning Shot
Senna and Honda Marlboro McLaren wrote themselves another slice of F1 history in Phoenix with a faultless performance which netted the Brazilian his 27th Grand Prix victory and, in the process, brought him level with Jackie Stewart's tally.
To the consternation of its rivals, the new MP4/6 maintained the Woking team's already enviable record of success first time out,...
I recently came across the following paragraph in a 1931 edition of MOTOR SPORT, in a race meeting report: "The fact that the good driving produced less applause than the few instances of wild skidding is a pity, but can only be expected when road racing events are so rare and the general public has not learnt to appreciate the finer points of the game."
Deciding that I would like to see, at...
Stefan Bellof was the greatest lost talent of his generation. He had time and skill on his side and a Ferrari contract in his pocket. But he couldn't stop himself, says Mark Hughes
"When he joined the factory Porsche team it was funny. All the other drivers were... not old, but about the age that seemed to be correct for factory drivers. Then he came in like a hurricane, this young guy, and just...
The weather rendered the Spanish GP a somewhat inconclusive affair, but Mansell and Williams still won
It was a curiously frustrating event, the Spanish GP. Oh, Nigel Mansell still won, dominating in style as he brought his tally of victories equal to Jim Clark's 25, and matching Senna's 1991 feat of winning the first four on the trot. But what we all went there to see was whether McLaren Honda...
– The importance of the edge of risk in Formula 1
– Why losing traction control is symbolically vital
– Life after Alonso and the spy scandal at McLaren
At the end of the ’60s, when I was not long out of school, I read an interview with Joakim Bonnier, the Swedish driver who gave BRM its first Grand Prix victory, at Zandvoort in 1959. Wasn’t it the case, Bonnier was asked at one point...
– Why team-mates rarely co-exist in harmony
– Max Mosley’s “last big project” in Formula 1
Bernie Ecclestone was ever to the point.
“I remember years ago, when Senna and Berger were team-mates at McLaren, I sat down with Gerhard once, and he was nearly in tears. He said to me, ‘I’m going to stop’. He said that if he closed his eyes, and dreamed the most incredible lap of his life, he...