Daily Archives: September 1, 2001

Another Buttonwillow Bonanza

By Ken Smith Moss Motors returned for the sixth successive year to Buttonwillow Raceway to host their annual British Extravaganza May 5-6. The event was held in conjunction with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA). For $25 per person, attendees could enjoy a variety of competitive auto racing events. Entries this year were at an…

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The 1954 Alpine Rally

By Paul Richardson The international rallies in Europe in the ’50s were run over some of the most testing routes imaginable, especially the Criterium Des Alpes, commonly known as The Alpine. As its name implies, the rally was essentially contested over the high Alpine passes of central Europe and was generally regarded as the toughest…

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Mini in America

By Joy Keller Think back to America’s roads in the ’50s. Cities and towns were connected by long, straight stretches of highway. Detroit was cranking out hulking metal beasts that seemed to serve a single purpose: to take the American family to Grandma’s house on Sunday. It was a time for change, but American drivers…

The New Mini

Evolution of an automotive icon Only about 10,000 Minis made it to U.S. soil during its 41-year, 5.3 million production run. Nevertheless, it isn’t hard to find die-hard American enthusiasts who worship the bold little statement. Now comes news that those smashing little Mini Coopers—based in part on the John Cooper inspired Minis of old…

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Return to Le Mans

MG re-enters motorsports with the MG Lola EX257 MG has always enjoyed certain measures of racing success. It all began in 1922 when a 12 horsepower Cowley with lowered suspension won a gold medal in the Motor Cycling Club’s (MCC) Land’s End Trial. A variety of MGs have set motorsport milestones since then, including the…

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Greenwich 2001

A three-day festival of vintage cars, airplanes, and yachts By Harry Newton In only its sixth year, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance has become recognized by those whose opinions count as one of the major events of its type. All the ingredients were abundantly present, providing entrants, sponsors, and officials with a whirl of on- and…

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