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Another amazing experience at Retromobile 7-11 February

Another amazing experience at Retromobile 7-11 February

Another amazing experience at Retromobile 7-11 February. Once again, we were extremely privileged to attend as guests on the stand of Lukas Hüni, surrounded by a truly incredible collection of cars. A very august setting for our display of books! A highlight was definitely sharing space with the subject of our latest ‘Great Cars’ book, a wonderful Alfa Romeo Monza. Author Mick Walsh certainly seemed very happy to be in the driving seat. The Monza drew a considerable amount of attention, with visits from Alain de Cadenet, former owner James Lindsay and current owner Roderick Jack. The photograph below shows...

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For the Shelby Cobra, thank Chevy’s Corvette - and diseased chickens

For the Shelby Cobra, thank Chevy’s Corvette - and diseased chickens

“When I first saw the Shelby Cobra,” said Dan Gurney in recollection of a day at Riverside Raceway, California, in spring 1963, “it looked almost laughable. Here was a British sports car with pre-World War II design features that had received a California hot-rod makeover.” And when Gurney got behind the wheel of the Cobra, it seemed to him even more unorthodox. On Sicilian mountain roads in the Targa Florio, he said, it “was like riding a bull . . . a belching, bucking, vibrating brute of a machine.” But here’s the rub: “Once you tamed the beast,” Gurney said,...

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Let's not forget Stirling Moss was also a star of the stage

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Let's not forget Stirling Moss was also a star of the stage

Stirling Moss, rally driver. That’s not a phrase you’ll find easily, if at all, in recent media reports announcing the retirement from public life of our favourite English knight. Yet any pieced-together picture of Stirling’s career must show rallying for the jigsaw to be complete. News stories of Stirling’s retirement have contained accolades aplenty for the best Formula 1 driver never to win the World Championship, scoring 16 Grand Prix victories from 66 starts. Praise for his giant-slaying victory in the 1961 Monaco and German Grands Prix, peddling a privateer Lotus 18 so hard it defeated the factory-entered ‘shark-nose’ Ferraris....

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Sir Stirling Moss retires after seven decades of public life

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Sir Stirling Moss retires after seven decades of public life

  I have just heard the news that Sir Stirling has decided to fully retire. My immediate reaction is that few people, if anyone ever, have deserved retirement more than Stirling. Full of energy until his illness a year ago, he has rarely relaxed for more than a few minutes. Even in his 80s, he would be emailing at six in the morning and still at his desk at seven in the evening. I had the great honour to write four books with Stirling and we became close friends. Spending time with him only enhanced my admiration and adoration for...

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Tazio Nuvolari and the Alfa Romeo Monza: when two legends collided

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Tazio Nuvolari and the Alfa Romeo Monza: when two legends collided

Tazio Nuvolari, the racing driver acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as the greatest he had ever seen, said that he expected to die at the wheel of a car. Nuvolari had the disadvantage of being short and skinny in an era of big and heavy racing machines bereft of power steering, but overcame his lack of strength by steering the car on the throttle, a cornering technique which made him one of the earliest exponents - if not perhaps, as Ferrari later claimed, the originator - of the four-wheel-drift. This flamboyant driving style thrilled onlookers but appeared to put Nuvolari at...

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