Articles tagged Watson

Page 50 of July 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 50, July 2014

Obituary – A  J  Watson

A  J  Watson, constructor of Offenhauser-powered Indy 500 ‘roadsters’ in the 1950s and ’60s, has died aged 90. During that time his cars dominated the Indy 500, winning six times. Chief mechanic on Bob Sweikert’s victorious Kurtis in 1955, he did the same job on his own winning cars with Pat Flaherty in ’56 and Rodger Ward in 1959 and ’62. Jim Rathmann (1960), Parnelli Jones (’63) and A J Foyt (’...

Page 70 of March 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, March 1980

The Brazilian Grand Prix

Arnoux's first victory  Sao Paulo, January 27th Few of those who were critical of the decision to hold this year's Brazilian Grand Prix there would deny that Sao Paulo's superb 4.946 mile Interlagos circuit is one of the very best in the world. It winds its way through some fairly mundane surroundings in the Sao Paulo suburbs, but it is a most exacting facility which challenges driving skill...

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The greatest consulting detective and the Grand Prix Austins

Sherlock Holmes remains the greatest fictional detective of them all, quoted frequently, even in a Times leader, in spite of the fascinating efforts of that Belgian crime-investigator and those others who flit across the TV screens. When Holmes’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died, his sons did not want Holmes stories to continue. But this lasted for a short time only and now pastiches appear in...

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The Seven wonders

Lord Austin spent a lot of money building racing versions of his cars, especially the exotic twin-cam. Did he get a good return on his investment, asks Bill Boddy? Great Britain did not rank very highly in the construction of racing cars for international events before the First World War, the exceptions being Sunbeam and Napier, with Weigel having a short-term try. However, we must not overlook...

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The German Grand Prix

A popular win Hockenheimring, August 8th THE great concrete stadium that forms the major part of the Hockenheimring is not the most pleasant place even when the sun is shining so when the skies are grey, and threatening rain, it is truly forbidding. The only spark of imagination in the place as far as the drivers were concerned was the very fast Ost – Kurve at the far end of the circuit, which...

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Electric accomplishment

The urge to build and improve electric cars is breaking out again, under environmental pressures. If the government continues the present new war on drivers, speed may soon be regarded as so criminal that pootling along at milk-float pace until the batteries give out will be avidly encouraged by politicians. Somehow. I cannot see myself ever commuting in an electric vehicle. However, to mark this...

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A Remarkable Document

There has come in to my possession a most interesting book, which, when it was published, was delightfully (if that is the right word) libellous, being an anonymous attack on the British Motor Trade at a time when some of its constituents were intent on stopping the import of American cars into this country, yet were themselves selling makes of Continental and American origin. What makes this...

Page 48 of October 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 48, October 1972

Singer sequel

The article last May headed "The Adventure of the Ill-Fated Singers" ended with the admission that I had been foiled in trying to locate three racing Singer Nines alleged to have gone to earth in a barn somewhere near the South Coast. However, "Dr. Watson" was promised that there might well be a sequel to the case of the missing Singers and meantime much interesting correspondence came in, from...

Page 62 of October 1998 archive issue thumbnail Page 62, October 1998

Dire straights...

…and the corners weren’t much better either. While we like to celebrate the great race tracks in history, some haven’t always met with universal approval. Adam Cooper recalls the stinkers A few months ago I was heading along the Brussels ring road when an exit sign caught my attention. It bore a name with special historical significance, and it wasn't Waterloo. No, this was the way to Nivelles,...

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