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  • ethanol-petrol mixture
    May 26, 2020 Porter Press

    Première Night - part 3, by Serge Vanbockryck

    Biofuel and Ground Effects The mid-’70s were not only marked by technical innovations, but also by the first global oil crisis. The Western world suddenly realised it was too dependent on oil and soon the search for alternative fuels was...

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  • 49th 500 Indianapolis Speedway Race
    May 26, 2020 Porter Press

    BRP's Indianapolis Swan Song - Part 4

    Monday, May 31, 1965 was a beautiful day. The temperature was in the high 70s, the sky was almost clear and there was just a faint breeze. Indianapolis owner, Tony Hulman issued his familiar command, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’. Thirty-one...

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  • funny car names
    May 14, 2020 Porter Press

    The Richard Heseltine Column - What's In A Name?

    By Richard Heseltine What’s in a name? Rather a lot as it happens. Automobile manufacturers blow millions on think tanks brimmed with chin-stroking thesaurus-wielders but to what end? All they do is raid the cliché cupboard or invent some spellcheck-bothering,...

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

    Maverick The Car Thief - Part 2, by Mark Cole

    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 the BRM teammates, Stoddart hitting a cliff...

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  • Photo of Sir Stirling Moss
    May 13, 2020 Porter Press

    Fast-Feed-Back!

    From Alain de Cadenet Dear Philip, Good story by Chas Parker on Rodriguez in the wet Brands 1000Kms. Pedro gave a master class to one and all that afternoon. When the Sifferts, Redmans, Elfords and Ickxs are astounded by a...

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  • Indianapolis qualifying 1965
    May 13, 2020 Porter Press

    BRP’s Indianapolis Swan Song - Part 3

    The two cars had already arrived in the US less the engines. On arrival at Indianapolis airport, they were towed by rope to the team’s garage at the track. Masten Gregory’s team found digs for George Woodward and Jim Chapman...

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  • Japanese Sigma Team
    May 13, 2020 Porter Press

    Première Night - part 2, by Serge Vanbockryck

    Monocoques and wings Defeated in 1952 by a lack of reliability, rather than Mercedes speed,  Jaguar returned with a vengeance in 1953 and with the next big thing in auto racing: the three British Green C-types were now equipped with...

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  • 1970 BOAC 1000 kms
    May 1, 2020 Porter Press

    A Very Brave Little Driver

    By Chas Parker April 12 this year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most outstanding displays of wet-weather driving ever seen. Chas Parker recalls the 1970 BOAC 1000 kms. A blue car pierces its way out of the...

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