Articles tagged Steve O'Rourke

Page 74 of August 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 74, August 1983

Aston Martin's renaissance

The look of pleasure on the faces of the Aston Martin personnel at Le Mans was good to behold. Final practice times issued on Thursday night confirmed that the Nimrod was 16th fastest overall, and quickest of all the normally aspirated cars on the track. The ground effect Rondeaus were too slow on the straight to match Ray Mallock's best lap of 3 min 35.78 sec, and the Ford-Cosworth DFL and DFV...

Page 50 of July 1991 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, July 1991

Veteran to classic -- historic racing

Historic Racing Activities The talking-point in historic racing circles this year has been the Vintage Sports Car Club's controversial decision to admit rear-engined cars to its races for pre-1960 Grand Prix machinery, and the effects it is having. It's an old argument. On the one side, logic says that if races are open to cars built before 1960, they should include any car built before 1960,...

Page 78 of January 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, January 2007

Bob Houghton

From hillclimbing 212s to running sports-prototypes at Le Mans, few are better versed at restoring and race preparing Ferraris than this Cotswolds concern  Words: Rob Widdows. Photography: LAT Conversations about Ferraris, and their restoration, are rare without the name of Bob Houghton cropping up somewhere along the way. For new owners of the red cars he’s invariably a safe haven in the often...

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Group C cars set to race again!

European race tracks will once more resound to the thunder of fabulous Group C sports-racers. This year, the MOTOR SPORT Historic Group C Series will bring back this classic era of sports prototype racing with the patronage of five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Derek Bell. Pioneered by historic racing car purveyor Adrian Hamilton, whose enthusiasm was fired by his late father Duncan's victory at...

Page 28 of July 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, July 1983

Le Mans 24hrs:

Le Mans, June 19th, predictable but interesting Having celebrated the 50th running of Le Mans last year, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest did not make such a fanfare about the 60th anniversary of the 24-hour race, though the parade of old cars and previous winners has now become a regular and popular feature of the preliminaries. Porsches dominated the entry list with 11 of their type 956 Group C...

Page 50 of April 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, April 1978

VSCC Pomeroy Memorial Trophy Competition

Silverstone, 4th March The Pomeroy Trophy competition at Silverstone once more gave VSCC members their annual opportunity to match their post-war tin, aluminium or fibreglass ware against traditional vintage and thoroughbred cars, using a formula devised by the late Laurence Pomeroy Jnr. taking into account such factors as age, capacity and the distance between the clutch pedal and rear axle. The...

Page 68 of August 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, August 1993

The rub of the Green

Picture the scene: on the southern slope of the Sussex Downs a Ferrari GTO races through a right-hander shortly after the start, the corner lined with straw bales, while the crowd cranes forward from behind tapes and paling fencing, basking beneath a clear, blue sky. Shortly afterwards, it is followed by another GTO, this time in the livery of Maranello Concessionaires, which wails off into the...

Page 97 of July 1982 archive issue thumbnail Page 97, July 1982

TRACK TEST

Ferrari 512S Magnificent machine ”. . . as the solid pack of big sports cars thundered away towards Curva Grande it made Grand Prix racing seem a bit tame.” MOTOR SPORT, June 1970, Monza, Northern Italy. THE quote belongs to D.S.J. of course, but it seemed particularly apt to sum up the sheer vitality of a 1969-built Ferrari 512S that I was recently privileged to drive at Goodwood. Some 12 years...

Page 68 of July 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, July 1993

Jubilee Park

No-one seems to be celebrating the Queen's 40th anniversary this year, but this is Donington Park's Diamond Jubilee and while the European GP was the major event, the VSCC's May meeting was a rather better reflection of those first races around the wooded park in 1933. The pre-war atmosphere began with the Brooklands Society Trophy, where Seber's rapid Wolseley retired, letting Ian Bentall (...

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Rock'n Roll'n Racing

Forget playing Wembley Arena – the stadium that Nick Mason loves best is in France, just outside a small town called Le Mans The door is open at the top of the metal staircase. Enter the large upper-floor warehouse office and you’re met by three objects which offer a perfect snapshot of the man who owns this place: on the left is a Formula 1 car that at first glance looks like a Patrick Tambay...

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