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UNIQUE TRIUMPH SPORTS CAR FOR BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM : Dorothy
Record-breaking Triumph TR2 prototype for museum  Dorothy endorses the BMM The British Motor Museum has acquired a unique Triumph TR2 prototype sports car with the help of a £250K National Heritage Memorial Fund grant. One of only three prototypes, this record-breaking Triumph is the only one known to survive. In May 1953, during speed trials at Jabbeke in Belgium, this car rea...
 
MARIO ANDRETTI - Part Two : Ales Norsky and Patrick O'Brien
Mario Andretti at 80 – Part Two of Two  Story by Ales Norsky and Patrick O'Brien. Images by Roman Klemm. Click to view special Gallery. For 1980, Mario appeared to have lost some spark, enduring the endless travel schedule. He was now forty and had 20 plus years racing career behind him. In Formula 1, he continued with Lotus, which was back with new Lotus 81 Ford and a new sponsor, Ess...
 
THE TRABANT : Joan Williamson
Eastern Europe’s answer to the Austin Allegro (only worse) By Joan Williamson When in Budapest in 2011, we came across an original communist classic parked up in a side street. This was none other than a Trabant in the usual signature, dishwater-beige livery. The owner obviously thought it to be his pride and joy, since close observation of the sparse interior showed it to be equipped with...
 
ANDY WALLACE INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Silk Cut’s big cat trainer  Interview and images by Ken Davies From an interview in 2016 with Andy Wallace – 1988 Le Mans winner After four hard years of trying, Jaguar finally achieved their objective in 1988 and scored a hard-fought win in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours race and, in doing so, beat the might of Porsche’s factory team, complete with the well-developed e...
 
MOTORSPORT POST WWII : Peter Baker
BRM’s success comes at Goodwood  By Peter Baker With World War II over, if not forgotten, by the end of 1948/49 motor sport in the UK, nay across Europe, had already begun its bounce back. Quick off the mark came Italy with the Mille Miglia, run in June 1947 and attracting 155 teams, and taking advantage of the free fuel and tyres. Winner Emilio Romano was driving an Alfa Romeo. In J...
 
JORDAN DEMPSEY INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews Jordan Dempsey  Images from the Jordan Dempsey archive The anatomy of a Walter Hayes Trophy winner More often than not, the offspring of racing drivers follow the family inclination into the sport and Jordan Dempsey, from Mullingar, County Westmeath in idyllic central Ireland, is a perfect example of this phenomena. But perhaps it’s not so surprising that Jordan...
 
MOTORSPORT SERIES : Peter Baker
April 1949  Compiled by Peter Baker.  News Motorsport will get underway at the new Silverstone circuit with the Vintage Sports-Car Club preparing to hold a series of speed trials on 23 April, followed by a full race meeting on 2 July. Unfortunately, owing to the open nature of the new track, spectators are discouraged. It is hoped this situation is resolved before the British Grand Prix ...
 
THE MG MAESTRO CHALLENGE : Ken Davies
An opportunity to play it again Maestro....  Words and images from Ken Davies During the 1970s and ‘80s, one-make racing series were a popular part of motor manufacturers’ marketing strategy, successfully used to promote chosen models. Among these were Ford Escort Mexico, Renault 5, Honda CRX, Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, and even Porsche 924 and BWW M1 supercar championships. These be...
 
FIRE AT THE PALACE! : Ken Davies
Heroic marshal rushes to the scene  By Ken Davies An experienced motor racing marshal recollects an incident which, although featuring as UK front-page news, he modestly considers was all part of his normal day’s duties.The enigmatic American, Nobel prize-winning author, adventurer, sportsman and daredevil, Ernest Hemingway once sagely proclaimed: “Auto racing, bullfighting a...
 
ALUN MORGAN - A REMARKABLE LIFE IN MOTORSPORT : Ken Davies
Alun Morgan 1942-2020  Appreciation and images by Ken Davies Motorsport lost a great ambassador on Saturday 29 February when Alun Morgan passed away after a long illness. Widely known within the Welsh motorsport community, Alun had spent a remarkable lifetime in the sport. David Alun Thomas Morgan was born in Gorslas, Carmarthenshire and after LLandybie Secondary Modern School, went to Amma...
 
MARIO ANDRETTI - Part One : Ales Norsky and Patrick O'Brien
Mario Andretti at 80 – Part One of Two  Story by Ales Norsky and Patrick O'Brien. Images by Roman Klemm. Cick to view special Gallery.  Mario Gabriele Andretti, the race car driver. Born in 1940 in the medieval Italian town of Montona (now Montovun, Croatia), his already war-tainted world changed dramatically when, after the war, the town and its vicinity fell under the control of ...
 
HRCR TRAINING DAY 2020 : Dorothy
Rally training for beginners and novices  Dorothy endorses HRCR Training Day The Historic Rally Car Register Beginners and Novices Training Day, in conjunction with Loughborough Car Club’s Easylarity event, takes place over the weekend 23-24 May 2020.Based at the Scalford Country House Hotel in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, attendees will receive an introduction into historic rallying...
 
GASOLINE TALK : Roman Klemm
That's how Steve McQueen's Le Mans movie was shot  Words and images by Roman Klemm On 13 February 2020, Achim Althammer (founder of the Revival Rossfeldrennen) and Hans-Peter Porsche held another successful ‘Benzingesprache‘ (Gasoline Talk) event in Porsche‘s Traumwerk Museum. This time the theme of the lecture and discussion was ‘McQueen's Le Mans 1970 film’. ...
 
23RD RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE - A Personal Perspective: Peter Barker
High hopes  Words by Peter Barker. Images by Peter Barker and Nicolas Nogue It all started so well: new car, new team and new decade but things didn’t go to plan for team 247 during the 23rd Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique which ran from 31 January to 5 February 2020. RMCH is competitive rally that celebrates the history of the Monte-Carlo Rally as run between 1955 and 1979. Any model ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Fabulous Fulvias  Words by Peter Baker Without doubt the most competitive and enjoyable rally car I have ever owned was my black Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF. Being front-wheel-drive in many ways it handled like a Mini, but being longer and wider with bigger wheels and tyres the car always responded to sudden changes of direction with added maturity. It was never just understeer and then bang. Inst...
 
GARY CRITCHER'S PODCASTS : Dorothy
The Mechanic’s Gallon  Dorothy endorses Gary’s podcasts Gary Critcher came across the phrase ‘the mechanic’s gallon’ some while ago and recalls: “Lotus in the sixties was trying to save weight and make the car as light as possible, including putting as much fuel in the car at the start of the race so that it lasted JUST to the end. This generally worked b...
 
CONCEPT CARS : Peter Collins
Ray of Light?  Words and image by Peter Collins This car, the 1968 Bizzarrini Manta, was not only one of the last, whilst the company was still in existence, to bear the model’s name at a motor show but, as a beacon to the future, was the car Giorgetto Giugiaro decided to display to publicise the debut of his new design consultancy Italdesign, based in Moncalieri, Turin. For the firs...
 
REFLECTIONS FROM THE NEC - Purely Personal : Ken Davies
Purely personal reflections from the NEC  Words and images by Ken Davies Autosport International, the four-day motor sport extravaganza that includes a two-day trade show and a two-day public show, held its 29th visit to Birmingham’s easy-to-reach NEC on 9-12 January 2020, where the theme was ‘Celebrating 70-years of Autosport’. It’s an enviable fact that, ever sinc...
 
CARS - AT THE V&A MUSEUM? : Ken Davies
Homage to the motor car  Words and images by Ken Davies How do you spend a free afternoon in rainy London? Currently, that’s an easy question to answer especially if you’re close to the Cromwell Road where, the delightfully epochal V&A Museum is celebrating the automobile’s iconic – and often controversial – status in today’s world with a modern and i...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Not just for royalty  Words by Peter Baker I’ve bought another car. Nothing new in that, I hear you say, you’ve been opening Baker Street using the same boring sentence for the last fifteen years. True, although in my defence, this latest purchase brings with it an interesting back-story. In 1954 the Monte-Carlo Rally peaked in popularity, attracting over 400 entries from 21 na...