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FORD'S FORGOTTEN FAILURE : Ken Davies
The Story of the 3L Sports Prototype  Words by Ken Davies. Images and captions courtesy Ford Press Office. The conception, birth and evolution of the Ford GT40 has been indelibly etched in motor racing history, but let’s take a moment to recall the main facts. Originally based on the Lola Mk6, the GT40 Mk I, II, and III versions of the all-conquering endurance racer were designed and b...
 
SPA SIX HOURS 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Whitewash for the GT40s  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  For me, missing the Six Hours weekend at Spa-Francorchamps would be like Christmas without a pantomime. And talking of pantomime, that pretty well sums up Goodwood Revival. Oh no it doesn’t. Oh yes it does. Be that as it may, it’s nice to be back at Spa, although, like most character tracks, I&...
 
TITANIC DEJA VU ULSTER 2018 : Beatty Crawford
A step back in history Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster took off from the moment participants entered the Porsche Centre in the Titanic Quarter on Friday evening, 31 August, the happy mood at the rally reunion, which brought together so many old friends and fabulous machinery, lasting until the final guest left in the early hours of Sunday morning, writes Beatty Crawford. Walter Rohrl and P...
 
GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around Goodwood  Words and images by Peter Baker I missed the sound of Merlin engines and the regular sight of Spitfires, etc. ducking and diving low across the circuit, as I did the moaning thrum of the slowly approaching Lancaster at tea-time. Flying of classic aeroplanes during the Revival, it seems, has now been deemed anti-social and thus banned by officialdom. And frankly, Go...
 
ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GRAND PRIX 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Zandvoort on a budget  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The circuit of Zandvoort lies almost within walking distance of Amsterdam, a capital well known for its persuasive and sometimes dubious evening activities, that in the past have led many a young, and not so young, aspiring driver astray. Indeed, to this very day, some have never been accounted for. Be that as it ...
 
ANOTHER REASON TO VISIT SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS : Roman Klemm
The secrets of Abbaye de Stavelot’s cellar  Words and images by Roman Klemm It is a rather long journey to Belgium’s Ardennes for me, and everybody who travels so far to witness racing on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit should not miss another highlight of the region that’s on offer, the Musee du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The original track, which was laid out in 1924 wa...
 
TEAM RETRO-SPEED AT OULTON PARK 2018 : Peter Baker
Team Retro-Speed features at Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting  Words and images by Peter Baker It was a great turnout for Team Retro-Speed at the 2018 Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting, organised by the Historic Sports Car Club, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Member Mike Dowd with Robert Salisbury had a class win sharing Robert’s Jaguar MkI in the rain-soaked Jaguar Classic Challenge, M...
 
VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE MALLORY PARK : Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Formula 3 (500s) joins VSCC at Mallory Park  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  After weeks, make that months, of almost unbroken sunshine, last weekend (11-12 August) the weather changed as the Vintage-Sports-Car Club held its 2018 Mallory Park meeting. But, although the sky threatened, in the end the rain only arrived thirty minutes after the last Formula Vintage...
 
BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB AT SILVERSTONE 2018 : Stuart Newman
More than just a race meeting  Words by Stuart Newman. Images by Oliver Flower, Phil Kroll, Peter de Rousset-Hall The Bentley Drivers Club’s popular annual race meeting once again saw another day of fantastic club racing at its very best at Silverstone on Saturday 4 August. Regarded by the Club as ‘more than just a race meeting’, it was the good old days revisited as membe...
 
VSCC VINTAGE PRESCOTT - EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS : Peter Baker
A very vintage Prescott with the VSCC  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The UK heat-wave continues with holiday makers who travelled to Spain and Portugal now wishing they had stayed home in the UK. Mind you, with the number of spectators at last weekend’s Prescott Speed Hill Climb (4/5 August) at a record level, not many of the absconding tourists were members o...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - HARRY FLATTERS STAGES 2018 : Phil Harris
Class win on our return to the BHRC  Words by Phil Harris  A very wet day on Sunday 29 July saw the Harris & Co-backed Mini Cooper make its debut on the 2018 FUCHS Lubricants MSA British Historic Rally Championship as we contested the Harry Flatters Stages rally. The pace on the event, which takes places over the Epynt military ranges in the Brecon Beacons, is always high over the ...
 
COPPA D'ORO DELLE DOLOMITI 2018 : Pierfranco Garcea
Second consecutive win for Belometti and Vavassori  Words and images from Pierfranco Garea The 2018 Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti has come to an end, with Andrea Belometti and Doriano Vavassori winning for the second year running, stealing the show this year in their 1929 Lancia Lambda Casaro and taking home the Ubi Trophy. Second place, after a good comeback, went to father-and-son Fra...
 
GEORGIA'S FIRST CLASSIC CAR RALLY : Peter Baker
Georgia on my mind  Words and images by Peter Baker Two hours into the five-hour flight heading east to Tbilisi and I’m thinking: What have I let myself in for? Georgia, after all, not only borders Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, but also enjoys a bit of a reputation in itself. Would I, for example, as with the Liege-Istanbul-Liege rally back in 1997, be driving through a coun...
 
ENNSTAL-CLASSIC 2018 : Roman Klemm
A trip to a glorious past with Merzario, Stuck, Audetto, Bell and Brabham  words and images by Roman Klemm 26th Ennstal Classic, 19-21 July 2018 The 26th Ennstal Classic, a three-day regularity rally for cars of all ages was once again an event full of superlatives. Almost 250 ‘diamonds’ of automotive history thundered through the picturesque Ennstal valley and the surrounding T...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - SILVERSTONE TO CADWELL PARK : Peter Baker
Rambling on from Silverstone Classic to VSCC Formula Vintage  Words and images by Peter Baker Optimistic purchase of a convertible at the beginning of the year may be partially responsible for this on-going, now rather boring heat-wave. Funny, but at the time, knowing my luck, I thought we may get the wettest summer on record. In the meantime, top-down motoring remains the order of the day. ...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - GOODWOOD FOS 2018 : Peter Baker
Rambling down to the Goodwood festivities  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  No doubt about it, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, celebrating its Silver Jubilee this year, was the best yet, helped no end by the extravagant Porsche 70th birthday party that pulled together a world beating collection of famous cars and drivers This ultra-professional turnout took plac...
 
DRM LEGENDS AT RED BULL RING : Roman Klemm
Even Bernie came to see Mateschitz´ show  Words and images by Roman Klemm ‘Mr. Red Bull’ Dietrich Mateschitz had greater ideas for ‘his’ 2018 Austrian Grand Prix than other promoters, offering the paying public much more than the well-known monotony consisting of F1, F2 and GP3. He again called on the greats of motor sport history to demonstrate some classic ...
 
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS - LE MANS CLASSIC : Peter Baker
Rambling through France via Le Mans Classic  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. One hundred and thirty-five thousand people attended Le Mans Classic 2018 and presumably, despite the non-stop heat, arrived back home satisfied that they had witnessed the best of today's historic motor sport. So well done Peter Auto on another great organisational job. Apart from one or two...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - NOSTALGIA AT NORISRING : Roman Klemm
Nostalgia at Norisring  Words and images by Roman Klemm Well, this year’s DTM/F3 event at Norising in Germany, on 23-24 June 2018, was not one of the most glorious. The whole weekend was overshadowed by politics and the pending future of DTM, but it was solved by Saturday, as Gerhard Berger announced the beginning of DTM‘s cooperation with Japanese Super-GT championship. The nu...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
SAABS on the streets of Sweden again  Words by Peter Baker  Over the years many motor manufacturers have had a crack at making aeroplanes. Ford and the magnificent Tri-Motor of 1925 immediately springs to mind, as does the series of jets produced by F.I.A.T, most famous being the potent sixties G 91 fighter. Even Ettore Bugatti before WW2 attempted to build a futuristic military aircraft...