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Articles by Henry Hope-Frost

Grand Prix Gold: Adelaide 1985

A quick scan through 60 seasons of world championship Formula 1 statistics – there are 820 races to choose from – reveals very few grands prix have taken place in November. Between 1950, when the …

Fever machines: Tyrrell P34 ‘six-wheeler’

Everyone has a shortlist of favourite competition cars – evocative machines that capture the imagination, stir the soul or bring back certain memories. Is it the way they look or the way they go? Invariably, …

Classic circuits: Nurburgring Nordschleife

Hatzenbach, Flugplatz, Adenau, Bergwerk, Karussell, Wippermann, Pflanzgarten. Names that for over 80 years have put the fear of God into the very bravest of single-seater, sportscar and touring car aces. Yet these famous corners form …

Miami IMSA ’84: Jaguar’s first one-two

The second round of America’s prestigious sportscar championship for 1984 sticks in the memory. Firstly, former double Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi would be on the grid for the IMSA Camel GT Championship qualifier …

RAC Rally 1989: Pentti’s last-gasp win

The death of Pentti Airikkala reminded me of the time I cheered him on to an historic and hugely popular maiden world championship rally victory in one of the sport’s toughest events: the Lombard RAC …

1979: Brock blitzes Bathurst

As aficionados of Australian touring car racing prepare for this weekend’s blue riband event, the Bathurst 1000 enduro at Mount Panorama, I am reminded of the great Peter Brock. It’s just over three years since …

The birth of Formula 3000

Sunday March 24 1985 marked an important milestone in international single-seater motorsport. Converging on celebrated grand prix venue Silverstone were 17 drivers keen to boost their reputations as they fought to reach the final rung …

Goodwood Revival – the insider’s view

“The fact that I had a shunt here is incidental. It has always been such a friendly, social place. Actually there is nowhere else with atmosphere like it.”
Sir Stirling Moss perfectly summed up the feelings …