Articles tagged Tommy Sopwith

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Patrick's paternal flame

Michael Head’s exploits at Goodwood in the 1950s were a defining influence on the life of his young son. Now the reflective legend of F1 design is preparing for a suitable tribute to his father Writer Rob Widdows, photographer Mitch Pashavair "Mmmm, I see you’ve only used 5100,” he observes gruffly, peering down at the rev counter. “I hope we’re going to push harder than that. Is there a rev...

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Remembered for the wrong thing

The name Brabazon is often associated with an aircraft that no-one bought, but this pioneer had much to boast of Lord Brabazon of Tara was a most remarkable man who had many interests and achieved many firsts in his long life. Born John Moore-Brabazon, at Cambridge he founded the first motor club with Lionel de Rothschild and during the holidays was a mechanic to Charles Rolls who remained a...

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Historic racing news

Saloon aces on parade Touring car champions to star at historic events | By Paul Lawrence The boom in popularity of the current British Touring Car Championship – and the buzz around the cars that raced in the Super Touring era – shows no sign of abating as BTCC drivers take leading roles at the biggest classic festivals of the summer. Double BTCC champion Jason Plato is one of the first stars...

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Historic racing

Donington Festival growsMotor Sport Trophy a key cog in the 2014 line-up | by Paul Lawrence The 2014 Donington Historic Festival will be the biggest such event yet, with racing on each of its three days from May 3-5. The line-up spans more than 60 years of racing, starting with the Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy for pre-war sports cars. A full grid from the 1920s and 1930s is anticipated,...

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The Maranello concessions racing team

At the 1958 London Motor Show newly crowned world champion driver Mike Hawthorn tried to launch his Tourist Trophy Garage business in Farnham, Surey, as Ferrari's UK importer, selling two cars, one a heather-grey 250GT to Tommy Sopwith. Both Sopwith and his friend, Colonel RJ 'Ronnie' Hoare, ran Ford main dealerships and both used Mercedes-Benz 300SLs. The Colonel's roadster was a horror and...

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"The first 7000 miles were surprisingly simple..."

As plans are made for the forthcoming London to Sydney marathon, Gordon Cruickshank looks back 30 years to the first time cars tried to drive to the other side of the world The words are John Sprintzel’s; the journey an epic motoring adventure across the world. The destination was Sydney, the starting point London, with 10,000 arduous miles in between. It happened 30 years ago, and was hailed as...

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From home-built specials... to GT40s

There were two JWs in JW Automotive: John Wyer was its leader, but John Willment had his triumphs, too. By Gordon Cruickshank JWA. Three initials throbbing with racing significance, which reflect two very different men: John Wyer is famed as one of the great team managers; but it was his friend and partner John Willment who made the first big splash on the tracks. Willment never looked like being...

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Rallying's outstanding era remembered by Stuart Turner

Stuart Turner was one of the many keen and enthusiastic young men who have worked within the pages of our contemporary Motoring News, founding the Verglas rally column, which is still a weekly feature today. He is perhaps the best known of those to grace those pages, leaving to take the post of Competition Manager to BMC in 1961. The succcesses recorded by the Big Healeys and shrill Mini...

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Sisters under the skin?

Life is never fair. Despite the fact that, for many years, they aimed at distinctly different markets, there has always been a tendency (conscious or not) to measure BMW's products against the corresponding model in the Mercedes-Benz range. Of course, BMW should take that as the ultimate compliment, even though it often means judging a relatively inexpensive car unfairly against a more costly...

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A test with Tyrrell

The first call was made to my brother Jim, He was asked if I might be interested in driving or racing a single seater. I'd driven a good race in an Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco at Goodwood and the track manager Robin Mackay had called Ken Tyrrell to suggest he have a look at this guy. Anyway, my brother told Ken that yes, I might be interested, though at that time I was more focused on my shooting...

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