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  • Thruxton 1984 Johnny Dumfries
    April 15, 2021 Porter Press

    Johnny Dumfries 1958-2021

    Above: Johnny hustling the Formula 3 Team BP Ralt RT3/83 to victory at Thruxton in 1984. (Steve Rendle) Sadly, last month we lost another popular motorsport figure – Johnny Dumfries, probably best known for co-driving Jaguar’s XJR-9LM to victory at Le...

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  • Ralph Broad image
    August 25, 2020 Porter Press

    Ralph Broad, The Wizard of Brum - Part 2

    Read Part 1 first During this time, a young Formula Ford driver called Andy Rouse asked Broad for an engine for his Dulon; he came away with both an engine and a job as a Broadspeed mechanic to pay for...

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  • August 5, 2020 Porter Press

    Ralph Broad, The Wizard of Brum - Part 1

    The Mini was not only a style icon; it provided some of the best racing of the 1960s: ask anyone who followed the sport in those days. Reputations were made behind the wheels of the little buzz-boxes: John Fitzpatrick and...

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  • Actor & racing driver
    June 25, 2020 Porter Press

    Butch Cassidy the Race Driver - Part 2

    By Mark Cole Click here for 'Butch Cassidy the Race Driver - Part 1' Being disenchanted with Haas, in 1981, on Green’s advice, Paul Newman (PLN) switched to March-Chevrolet, and Teo Fabi took four wins and again Newman Racing finished...

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  • Paul Newman actor an racing driver
    June 11, 2020 Porter Press

    Butch Cassidy the Race Driver - Part 1

    Mark Cole looks back at the career of PLN Butch Cassidy came late to motor racing. He was, along with Steve McQueen, Hollywood’s top-grossing movie actor during the 1960s and 1970s. But unlike McQueen, Paul Newman had given little thought...

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  • Grand Prix movie with James Garner
    May 13, 2020 Porter Press

    Maverick The Car Thief - Part 2, by Mark Cole

    Read Maverick The Car Thief - Part 1 Mark Cole continues his fascinating story of actor James Garner and the making of the iconic motor racing movie - Grand Prix  Frankenheimer’s filming at Monaco concluded with a spectacular set-piece crash between...

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  • Author Mark Cole in his Jim Russell Lotus 31, Snetterton 1966
    May 1, 2020 Porter Press

    Maverick The Car Thief - Part 1

    Mark Cole on actor/racer James Garner and the making of the the iconic motor racing movie - Grand Prix Hollywood actor James Garner had always been one of my boyhood heroes through his Maverick TV series, then later as Pete...

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