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Mercedosaurus Rex at Indianapolic Park
Part 18: The 1995 '500' - Did the Mercedosaurus bite its masters after all?

What's in the past is seldom set in concrete. History never stops developing. That's why regular 8W visitors may have noticed several recent updates to our Penske PC23-265E pages. Fresh insights supplied by new books from author Jade Gurss and former Penske designer Nigel Bennett, and additional information from former Penske engineer Nigel Beresford have since led to the definitive debunking of the persistent myth that Mercedes' one-off 1994 Indy 500 engine helped mask an inherent deficiency in the car's chassis design which consequently led to Penske's downfall in 1995. Henri Greuter now presents conclusive proof that this was not the case. In a substantial addition to Part 18 of his acclaimed series he will show that Penske's shocking 1995 Indy form had different reasons after all.

Emerson Fittipaldi, 1995 Indianapolis 500 practice, May 15, 1995


2014 Spa Six Hours report
Tropical Spa… but in the rainy season!

Martin Stretton, Ford GT40, 2014 Spa Six Hours

It’s almost a law of nature. If it rains at Goodwood, the sun will be out in full force at Spa – and vice versa. So when the 2014 Revival was graced with three days of Indian summer weather it was almost inevitable that conditions at Spa would be the reverse. And so it turned out. On the Saturday night of the Spa Six Hours the Ardennes were treated to thunderstorms of tropical proportions, and the race had to be red-flagged ten minutes from the end. Martin Stretton and Diogo Ferrão came through the deluge for a popular win, but the rain lashed down so hard that they were only able to pick up their trophies the following morning. Spraying the bubbly would have gone completely unnoticed in the monsoon that even to Francorchamps’ high standards was unprecedented.


2014 Goodwood Revival report
Being part of it

This time around there were no big announcements like in the last two years, such as the Silver Arrows performing a race enactment or the return of the night race. However, the 2014 edition of the Goodwood Revival had plenty of smaller surprises in store. The BRM Type 15 out on track, a huge collection of Maserati 250Fs in a recreation of the Monza paddock, the Rover-BRM turbine car as a part of the tribute to Jackie Stewart. Add some very interesting one-off races to that – such as the all-Jaguar D-type and XKSS Lavant Cup, or the Shelby Cup this time catering to all sorts of American Ford V8 variants – and those who decided that they’d seen it and done it were wronged again. And then the weather was nice, too.

Connaught A-type, 2014 Goodwood Revival


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