AU­GUST 2005 (IS­SUE 137)

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My third and fi­nal Au­gust is­sue is from 2005, a few months be­fore I handed over to cur­rent ed­i­tor Steve Ben­nett. Not much about Le Mans this time – mainly be­cause there had been no top-level fac­tory en­try since the glory days of 1998 – but we did pre­view the 2006-sea­son Amer­i­can Le Mans Series (or ALMS) car, sug­gest­ing that it might later form the ba­sis for a chal­lenger at the French cir­cuit.

Plenty of event cov­er­age, though. The Good­wood Fes­ti­val, of course, this year mark­ing Honda’s four decades of GP suc­cess, but at the same time giv­ing Stuttgart plenty of scope to show­case its own sport­ing achieve­ments from that and ear­lier pe­ri­ods. Peter Morgan – he was a busy chap for us back then! – re­ported on the Gais­berg Ren­nen on the streets of Salzburg, and it must have been dur­ing that same trip that he took in a gather­ing at Zell am See to cel­e­brate the 70th birthday of F A (Butzi) Porsche, now sadly de­ceased, of course. The same trip, in a 997 Car­rera ‘S’ Cabrio, also gave Peter, to­gether with pho­tog­ra­pher John Col­ley, a chance to ‘do’ the fa­mous Gross­glock­ner Pass, repris­ing some clas­sic black-and-white photos of Fer­di­nand and Louise Porsche taken there way back in the 1930s. Won­der­ful stuff!

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