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#1 roundel

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:52

I am trying to find out more about Nicah Cabral. He was a Porugese driver active in the early 1970`s mostly in Portugal but also in Angola.
Does anyone know if he is still around. I am restoring an old Schnitzer BMW 2800CS Group 2 that he used to race.

Any help much appreciated , Alex

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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:56

Would ths be Mário Veloso de Araújo Cabral, nicknamed 'Nicha', the F1 driver? If so there's a bit of info in these two rather ancient threads:

Nicha Cabral

Mario Araujo de Cabral : help !

and there are a couple of mentions in this thread:

Angola GP

If you have more specific details on when he raced your BMW you can probably find some results on Frank de Jong's touring car racing site:

http://www.touringcarracing.net/

According to Richard Jenkins's Where Are They Now site Cabral was living in Lisbon in 2010.



#3 Jean L

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:13



http://oestadodasart...cha-cabral.html

#4 roundel

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 18:17

Thanks for the leads. Yes Mario and Nicha are the same person.

I was put in touch with the person who wrote his biography so I hope that will lead to direct contact with him.

Sounds like he had an interesting life.....
Alex

#5 Doug Nye

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 21:26

The luckless M.A. Cabral is vividly remembered by Jack Brabham as the man whose Cooper-Maserati impeded his works Cooper-Climax by moving across his line and causing his enormous accident at Monsanto Park in Lisbon during the 1959 Portuguese GP. He always recalls that the ambulance ride to hospital was far more terrifying than the accident itself - which had been merely frightening - but he certainly was not very impressed by backmarker Cabral's driving... I fear the poor chap was probably fairly blameless, he'd just zigged when Jack hoped he'd zag...

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#6 Gabrci

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 22:11

He is still around, you can find a few recent photos of him. Mr. Theo Huschek, MT de Filippis' husband and CIAPGP organizer (not sure of his exact role) tells me that he hardly ever responds to any correspondance, even to them. You can find some interviews with him though where he speaks quite openly and honestly amongst others of his homosexuality.

#7 roundel

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 21:54

He is still around, you can find a few recent photos of him. Mr. Theo Huschek, MT de Filippis' husband and CIAPGP organizer (not sure of his exact role) tells me that he hardly ever responds to any correspondance, even to them. You can find some interviews with him though where he speaks quite openly and honestly amongst others of his homosexuality.


Thanks for your help. I hope to be able to speak to him quite soon. We will see. Alex