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Back Issue – May 2017


In 1954, on the advice of Max Hoffman, Porsche introduced a low-cost, stripped-down version of the 356 for the US market. This budget model is now one of the most collectible of all early Porsches, as long-term owner Delwyn Mallett explains in Speedster: ‘The Poor Man’s Porsche’ / The 1902 Circuit des Ardennes was the first race to be held on a closed circuit. It was an instant hit and was held each year until 1907. Nick Jonckheere digs into the history of the event that put Belgium on the international motor racing map / In his heyday, Howard A ‘Dutch’ Darrin was one of the most talented car body designers around. Richard Langworth  remembers his old friend, in Memories of Dutch, and looks back at his successful career / The 1938 Vanden Plas pillarless coupé was perhaps the most elegant Alvis Speed 25 produced. Matthew Bell recounts the history of this variant and takes a run in one of two surviving examples in his article Airline Alvis / There was much more to Delaney Gallay then just radiators, as Giles Chapman discovered when he chanced upon the company’s extensive archive after the death of Tom Delaney. He reveals all in Delaney diversity / In this month’s Back on the Road, Michael Ware visits a 1933 Riley Nine Monaco


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