• Quality grid at Dijon-Prenois

A European Odyssey, Part Two

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Part of a long-anticipated European/UK motorhome trip for me was to be able to finally see famous racetracks I had only ever read about. Our European adviser, Phil Foulkes from Clevedon, and our UK friends Robin and Sue Longdon had urged us to firstly come to Dijon-Prenois and share the weekend with them, as the [...]

  • Denny Hulme in the Istel Rover winning the 1985 Silverstone TT 3 Hour race with Jeff Allam

Allan Scott and TWR: Part Two – The Kiwi and Tom Walkinshaw

July 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At the end of Part One, Allan Scott had just joined Tom Walkinshaw Racing to work on that team’s Mazda RX‑7 racing rotary engines, and even at this early stage he had already learnt something about the manner in which Walkinshaw ran his team. Although Allan had been assured that he would be working on [...]

  • The 84G in Japan - it had been left to the mercy of the elements for 30+ years

Mazda and the Road to Le Mans

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In fact, you could argue that the Mazda rotary engine’s road to Le Mans actually began way back in 1967 when Takayoshi Ohashi – Mazda’s main Tokyo distributor – set up his own race team and tuning workshop. Calling his new firm ‘Mazda Sports Corner’, Ohashi ran cars both nationally and internationally. By 1982, Mazda [...]

Go Like Hell!

August 8th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

At 4pm on June 19 1966, two New Zealanders recorded one of the greatest sporting triumphs in the history of this country. Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon driving a Ford GT40 Mark II won the 34th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fifty years ago in this rugby-mad country, the event attracted [...]