Articles tagged Volker Weidler

Page 78 of November 2008 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, November 2008

Lunch with... Johnny Herbert

After his horrific crash at Brands, Johnny used humour to get through the pain and carry on racing. But he’s not bitter about what might have been – he just wants to come back in the next life as Schuey! By Simon Taylor Think of Johnny Herbert and you think of the ever-cheerful, cheeky little guy from Romford, whose irreverent humour and constant teasing brought welcome relief to the increasingly...

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Formula 3000

Red flags, black marks TS Eliot once contended that "April is the cruellest month". He was wrong. August is worse. For the European Formula 3000 Championship, August 1988 was the blackest period since records began in March 1985. There were two races. Both were in Britain, both were a complete farce, and a total of four drivers were taken to hospital, two with serious injuries. Indeed, the latest...

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Fears Of A Clown

One of the old guard who should move over for youth, or the finest unfulfilled talent of his generation? Mark Skewis takes a look at Johnny Herbert's F1 career. Of the ridiculously small percentage of racing drivers who make it to Formula One, precious few ever win a Grand Prix: fewer still get to achieve that feat in front of their home crowd. Which was why, when Johnny Herbert crossed the...

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Lone Survivor

There may have been the odd sports car race back in 1953 that didn't have a Porsche in the entry list, but to all intents and purposes the Stuttgart firm has been the backbone of endurance racing for the past 38 years. Without the German cars endurance racing is like an Italian breakfast roll, all crust and nothing inside, as we realised at Monza on April 26. Let that not detract in any way from...

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Junior showtime

As one Mercedes graduate was crowned at Aida, a possible heir to his throne made his debut The Pacific Grand Prix saw a former Mercedes junior crowned world champion for the second year in succession. It also marked the debut of a current junior who many people tip one day to emulate that feat. Brought in by McLaren when appendicitis ruled Mika Hakkinen out of the race, Jan Magnussen looked, as...

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A lasting impression

Want to know what the Mazda sounds like? Just ask its Le Mans-winning pilot Johnny Herbert Mazda might be protective of its Le Mans winner, but that didn’t stop Johnny Herbert rediscovering its limits with a 20th anniversary blast at the Circuit de la Sarthe last June. Herbert even got into the spirit by recreating the famous post-race photo of him sprawled over the rear bodywork in exhaustion....

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Showdown in Hockenheim

As a circuit the Hockenheimring will never replace the old Nürburgring, where the German Grand Prix was held for so many years, but it has developed a sort of negative character of its own. While the twisty bit inside the huge stadium is not as exciting as Mallory Park or the Club Circuit at Brands Hatch, the long curving sections out to the Ostkurve and back are fast, making for an average speed...

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Mazda 787B

Mazda employed a clever fuel economy plan to overcome Le Mans disappointment and be the first Japanese manufacturer to win at La Sarthe By Keith Howard As the 1980s drew to a close, a betting man would have laid money on either Toyota or Nissan being the first Japanese car maker to win at Le Mans. Mazda was in the frame too, but a second-string player. When it tried to up its game for 1990,...

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WSC -- Le Mans 24 Hours

The writing was on the wall. Thousands of British enthusiasts made the ritual visit to the famous Restaurant des Hunaudieres, to find that this bastion of French cuisine, right alongside the fastest Part of the Le Mans circuit, had a new sign over the door: Shanghai les 24-Heures. The Orientals had arrived, and by Sunday evening they'd conquered. Mercedes were the pace-makers, running in...

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Nissan takes charge

The Japanese advanced on Le Mans, scaled the walls and conquered the 24 Hours. After that, Daytona was a doddle! Nissan's NISMO team ran a comprehensive test on the steep, 220 mph bankings last year but withdrew their entries on account of the Gulf war. All the data was checked exhaustively and the R91CP was perfectly prepared for this year's race, enabling the all-Japanese crew to dominate the...

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