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MONACO MUSINGS 2012 : Roman Klemm
Roman looks back at the 2012 GP de Monaco Historique  Words and images by Roman Klemm Pushing Arturo Merzario along the pit lane…  Of course, my visit of Monaco Historique in 2012 again resulted into hundreds of unique experiences and impressions. But one of them was perhaps exceptional. My personal hero (from childhood, and in general) Arturo Merzario decided to take part in ...
 
THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING - Omnibus 7 : Peter Baker
The Scotts go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page With temperatures falling they left Yazd, the sun setting, hoping to cover the 20 miles to Kerman before dawn.  One thing was for sure, getting lost wasn’t going to be a problem, there was only one road, and that lay straight ahead, across the salt flats. Scottie ...
 
MONACO MUSINGS 2010 : Roman Klemm
Roman looks back at the 2010 GP De Monaco Historique  Words and images by Roman Klemm Teutonic Invasion It was in 2010 when the Monaco Historique was discovered by the PR department of VW-Porsche, and it could be to its advantage. The museum in Zuffenhausen, therefore, sent a transporter to the Cote d'Azur with some precious cargo: two pre-war ‘Silverfish’ Auto Unions. Even th...
 
THE RALLY OF THE VALES : Ken Davies
Ancient and Modern  Words by Ken Davies. Images: Speedsport, Photosport, Mike Carter and Ken Davies Part 1: 1955-1973 Conveniently situated at the southern fringe of the UK’s finest road rallying country, Swansea Motor Club (SMC) – formed 1924 – created a signature event, originally called Rally of the November Night 1955-57, although the 1956 event was cancelled due to S...
 
THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING - Omnibus 6 : Peter Baker
The Scotts go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Istanbul, one almighty market place, a heaving labyrinth of alleyways, where negotiation is an art form stretching back thousands of years and no tourist is allowed to leave empty-handed.  Every holidaying American or Western European is guaranteed to return home clutchi...
 
MONACO MUSINGS 2008: Roman Klemm
Roman looks back at the 2008 GP de Monaco Historique 2008  Words and images by Roman Klemm When a Skoda 1101 Sport thundered through Monte Carlo  At the Monaco Historique in 2008, there were not only top ‘human’ personalities, such as Brian Redman, Sir Stirling Moss, Nanni Galli and Jo Vonlanthen performing behind the ‘volants’, which would fascinate the fans, bu...
 
THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING - Omnibus 5 : Peter Baker
The Scots go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Things were moving fast.  Postcards from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott were always eagerly anticipated by inmates of Hadley Heath Convalescent Home, as well as various family members, including Robert’s uncle Peter, who, as you may recall, had a brother in Italy. Stanle...
 
MONACO MUSINGS 2006 : Roman Klemm
Roman looks back at the 2006 GP de Monaco Historique  Words and images by Roman Klemm A farewell to Phil Hill and Jean Sage Monaco Historique in 2006 was also a kind of farewell. Phil Hill, who was badly ill, came along for a last time, to take at least a look at his ‘beloved beasts’ on four wheels. And so, he watched all the precious exhibits passing by, silently hidden i...
 
THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING : Omnibus 4 : Peter Baker
The Scotts go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page With strong rumours of another clampdown, hundreds of Croats were queuing at the border south of Zadar, hoping to cross into Italy.  Things, however, were quite different in the opposite direction, where Mr. and Mrs. Scott seemed the only ones waiting to leave. Departin...
 
MONACO MUSINGS 2004 : Roman Klemm
Roman looks back at the 2004 GP de Monaco Historique  Words and images by Roman Klemm When Stirling Moss was still racing Phil Hill....  At the end of the last millennium, the Automobile Club de Monaco had an idea. What about making the Prince of Monaco, a long-time motoring fan, a special present? The Club simply created an event that would show a kind of look-back at the history o...
 
THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING - Omnibus 3 : Peter Baker
The Scotts go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Thankfully, in exchange for a handful of loose change, the boy on reception duty remembered the cars whereabouts, and led them back to Moretti Motors, where, after they rescued the Riley, for at least the first half-mile, he stood on the running board, waving to his friends. ...
 
THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING - Omnibus 2 : Peter Baker
The Scotts go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page The Bernese Oberland.  The part of Switzerland that appears on a million publicity posters around the world, from Japan to Victoria station, depicting steamships crossing lakes that mirror snow-capped mountains. And central, is always Interlaken, a colourful, spotlessly...
 
THE BEST QUALIFIER IN F1 HISTORY? : Ales Norsky
Who’s the best qualifier in F1 history?  Words by Ales Norsky When someone says Formula 1 qualifying, generally, two thoughts come to mind perhaps before any others; no one comes close to Ayrton Senna on raw qualifying speed, and the Formula 1 field today is much more closely matched than ever before. Well, I have decided to test these assumptions, but immediately I would run into a ...
 
LOCKDOWN DAY 278: NEW SERIAL - THE SCOTTS GO MOTORING - Omnibus 1 : Peter Baker
The Scotts go Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page November 1937 Robert Scott was not feeling well, and hadn’t been for the last two days, but he carried on regardless, convinced it was no more than a head cold. Then, later that morning at the bank, he collapsed. Someone telephoned for an ambulance, and before lunch Rob...
 
CHRISTMAS AT LOCKEN DOWN HOUSE HOTEL -Omnibus 3 : Peter Baker
Christmas at Locken Down House Hotel  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page The infamous Locken Down road rally was conceived after a night on the Baileys, by Paul Loveridge, Maurice Garot, John Brown and John Kiff, and was considered by survivors as being impossible, far-fetched and highly illegal. Mark Appleton even suggested it was ra...
 
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR VISITS CASTLE COMBE : Ken Davies
Top race and rally drivers, sublime weather, Mardi Gras atmosphere, FF jamboree and.… Smiley Miley!  Words by Ken Davies During its illustrious 70-year history, Castle Combe circuit has hosted several pivotal race meetings, including international F5000, Formula 3 and British GTs, but the 1970s in particular was a seminal era for motor racing and, on Saturday 10 July 1976, the high p...
 
CHRISTMAS AT LOCKEN DOWN HOUSE HOTEL -Omnibus 2 : Peter Baker
Christmas at Locken Down House Hotel  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page The black Humber, driven by P.C. Bob Clark, with Detective Inspector Steven Wilkins and Sergeant Perkins nodding off in the back, crunched across the gravel leading to Locken Down House Hotel. They pulled up outside the chateau-styled hotel to be greeted by tempo...
 
VISITING SCHNITZER MOTORSPORT AT FREILASSING : Roman Klemm
A last good bye to a legend  Words and images by Roman Klemm Whenever my trip led to the South Bavarian region around the small city of Freilassing, near Salzburg, I did not hesitate to visit Schnitzer Motorsport and its great showroom. Mid-December 2020 was probably the last time I would see the history of our sport there - ‘Schnitzer’.  To many motorsport fans all over th...
 
CHRISTMAS AT LOCKEN DOWN HOUSE HOTEL - Omnibus 1 : Peter Baker
Christmas at Locken Down House Hotel  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 1, 20 December 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Somewhere in the past: Captain Bill Pitt AFC, retriever by his side, was sitting, very comfortably thank you, in the back room of the village stores, wedged sofa-wise between his two favourite ladies, Miss Edith Porlock and po...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Competition and clutches  Words and images by Peter Baker In 1959, the Mini Seven at a smidgeon under £500 caused a sensation, and for thousands of families, it was their passport to independence.  But freedom came at a price.  As fast as BMC bolted them together, they fell apart.  And I know, because I was bought one. There were so many nuts, bolts and screws left unatt...