Articles tagged Tony Rudd

Page 71 of March 1979 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, March 1979

Road test

The Lotus Esprit S2 Fast, fun and frenzied Since Colin Chapman first put spanner to nut in Hackney there have been few road cars available at any particular period in time to rival the Lotus for sheer exhilaration behind the wheel. The maestro's touch has inbred a unique agility of handling and performance in every road-going chassis. There have been inferior models, like the Renault-engined...

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Elite Reflections

New When my loan of the new Lotus Elite 503 ended (see last month's Motor Sport), Lotus suggested that instead of them collecting the car from me on a transporter, as is their usual practice, I should return it to them and at the same time take the opportunity to look around the Hethal factory, near Norwich. Even thick fog on the way to Norfolk didn't spoil the pleasure of driving what had...

Page 9 of April 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, April 2004

You were there

Another chapter in our series for amateur motor racing photographs contributed by our readers. This month's selection takes us to Thruxton, Oulton Park, Aintree and the Isle of Man Chris Beach never went to a race circuit without taking his camera after being inspired by the sights he saw at Oulton Park's Gold Cup meeting in 1959. His shot of David Piper's Lotus has a wonderful period feel and...

Page 9 of March 2004 archive issue thumbnail Page 9, March 2004

You were there

Another chapter in the series for amateur motor racing photographs contributed by our readers. This month's selection takes us to Le Mans, Silverstone, Sebring and Spa-Francorchamps. The Andrettis were unceremoniously slung out of the 1982 Le Mans just hours before the start -- because the oil cooler on Harley Cluxton's Mirage M12 GpC car was deemed to be in the wrong place. Mario and Michael...

Page 149 of July 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 149, July 2014

Something in the air

Once dismissed by Enzo Ferrari as a science for those who didn’t understand engines, aerodynamics proved to be manna for those who understood racing cars…Writer Adam Cooper This was a period of tumultuous change for Formula 1– and the greatest developments came in the field of aerodynamics. Just consider the arc of evolution between the Lotus 49B, which Emerson Fittipaldi raced at Brands Hatch in...

Page 138 of July 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 138, July 2014

One giant leap

The space race wasn’t limited to matters extra-terrestrial. Some of the technology was having a significant impact on race tracks around the worldWriter Paul Fearnley Jackie Stewart, his luxuriant hair and sideburns bang on-trend, won a thrilling 1969 British Grand Prix in a car devised by rocket scientists.  The next day, buzz-cut Neil Armstrong – keeper of a Chevy Corvette leased from 1960 Indy...

Page 36 of April 1983 archive issue thumbnail Page 36, April 1983

Peter Wright

As the 1983 Grand Prix season begins, we talk to Team Lotus's Director of Research and Development about life with Colin Chapman and prospects for the future without him The late Colin Chapman originally set up a research and engineering base in Ketteringham Hall, a tastefully converted former boys' school close to the Lotus Cars factory at Hethel, back in 1976. The dynamic, forward-thinking...

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The Constructors - Pilbeam

It's ironic that Britain's most successful manufacturer of hill climb cars, Pilbeam Racing Designs, is based in Lincolnshire on the edge of the Fens where the land is as flat as freshly-trowelled cement. It's a bit like finding a shipbuilder in the middle of the Sahara. In fact the firm is based at Bourne, home of BRM for whom Mike Pilbeam worked as a designer for some years, so the arrangement...

Page 54 of July 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 54, July 2010

"He could charm the birds from the trees"

Colin Chapman was a brilliant engineer and a shrewd businessman. But as a new book tells us, the Lotus boss knew how to get what he wanted from people, and it was one key to his successBy Karl Ludvigsen 'His persona is ebullient, buzzing, fast-moving, joke-cracking,’ wrote Robert Heller about Colin Chapman, ‘but for all that outwardness the personal armour is difficult to pierce and the man is...

Page 68 of November 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 68, November 1981

Number plates AXN 373

After Rolls-Royce Ltd. took over the old Bentley company in 1931 there was a slight pause before anyone knew quite what was going to happen. Then in 1933 the Derby firrn announced its new Bentley 3 1/2-litre, "The Silent Sports Car" in complete contrast to Bentleys from the old Cricklewood firm. The new Bentley was in effect a sports car designed around Rolls-Royce components with a cleverly...

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