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November 2014

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Lewis Hamilton vs Nico Rosberg is great box office, offering Formula 1 a much-needed narrative at a time when it is clamouring to engage with a global audience that’s shrinking alarmingly. But the...
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Born close to London but based in Belgium, Adam Cooper isn’t quite as itinerant as Jonathan Williams, the unsung former Ferrari driver to whom he pays affectionate tribute on page 98. James Mitchell...
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A sense of perspective The Ferrari conundrum Farewell to a friend Back in 1964 three British drivers – Jim Clark, Graham Hill, John Surtees – went to the final Grand Prix, in Mexico, to settle the...
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Twenty-three years on and Ferrari’s saviour Luca di Montezemolo has left the building, with more than a little urging by his Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne. It’s a move that probably has much to do with...
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Racing folk are aware of his existence, but less sure about the precise role Piero Ferrari plays in the globally famous company established by his father Enzo. Would it surprise you to know he’s been...
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Belgium & Italy Rd 12 Spa-Francorchamps, Aug 24 2014 1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RB10 1hr 24min 36.556sec 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1hr 24min 39.939sec 3 Valtteri Bottas Williams FW36 1hr 25min...
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The electric age dawns Prost/Heidfeld shunt provides talking point in China | By Gary Watkins The new FIA Formula E Championship hit the headlines at the first time of asking in Beijing. The...
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Full power, brittle calendar... After knocking on the door for five years, Will Power (above) has at last won the IndyCar title. The Australian looked a likely champion in 2010, ’11 and ’12, only to...
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Talented racing car designer Len Terry has died after a short illness, at the age of 90. Though involved with some 29 different organisations in his career, two marques in particular stand out –...
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The founder of the world’s longest-established racing car-building firm died on August 31. He was 83. The Scotland-born, County Tyrone-raised farmer turned car builder initially found fame on two...
Jonathan Williams A prolific F3 and F2 competitor during the 1960s, this Cairo-born Englishman has passed away aged 71. Although he scored a number of significant victories in junior categories, his...
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In Swedish, “björn” means “bear”. And in many ways that suited Björn Waldegård, whose physique – especially in his later years – was a stark contrast to the whippet-like stance that typifies the...
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Hidden Glory, The Story of the Crosslé Car Company Alan Tyndall Other volume racing car manufacturers have cultivated higher profiles – March, Lola, Van Diemen and Reynard, to name but four – but one...
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“It was dangerous but great” Lately there has been much talk about safety in MotoGP. Even before Andrea Iannone’s Ducati reached 224mph during June’s Italian Grand Prix, the people in charge had...
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F3 back at Goodwood 1-litre screamers to return in 2015 | by Paul Lawrence For the first time since it originally closed in 1966, Goodwood is to host a race for 1-litre Formula 3 ‘screamers’. The...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, August 1961 | by Michael Tee Introduced in 1953 the AC Ace was the first post-war British sports car to feature all-independent suspension...
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Merc targets the 911 AMG GT set for UK sales from April | by Andrew Frankel There will be a few sleepless nights across town in Stuttgart, for Mercedes-Benz has released the first details of the new...
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Fast and fruity, but not without flaws | by Andrew Frankel You might not have heard of Andy Palmer and, were it not my business to know of such people, I might not either. After all, who but an...
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Meet the 180mph dog-carrier that’s blessed with many other fine features The market’s constant craving for more of everything has resulted in Jaguar introducing this Sportbrake XFR-S, a car with the...
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Swift and sophisticated, the best in breed has just got better There’s a smattering of smoke and mirrors surrounding this new Porsche Boxster GTS. On the face of it, it’s a new top-of-the-range...
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Has Merc finally matched the 3-series? For Mercedes-Benz, this is as important as it gets. Despite the superstardom of its globally dominant, wildly profitable S-class limousine and a brand-new...
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Letter of the month Jack the gentleman I had the humbling experience of Jack Brabham’s no-nonsense approach to racing car preparation; it was a wake-up call at the time. In 1988 I was involved with...
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Motor Sport was offered an exclusive opportunity to try Audi’s 2014 Le Mans-winning R18. Your chauffeur? Harry Tincknell, who scored an eye-catching class victory on his Sarthe debut Writer: Sam...
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It seems so improbable: a century has elapsed since Alfieri Maserati set up shop in Bologna, initially carrying out general engineering work and perfecting his own brand of spark plugs. Scroll...
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Some young drivers have an open cheque book, others an open mind. Simon Arron speaks to one of the latter You wait decades for a promising young driver to come along, and then… More than 40 years...
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He started only one GP, but had a better track record than the wider world appreciated. This is our tribute to the unconventional Jonathan Williams, who always knew there was more to life than racing...
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He reached Formula 3, stepped back to Renault Clios and then went on to conquer Indianapolis... via an argument or two with Tom Walkinshaw Writer: Simon Taylor, Photographer: James Mitchell Every...
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US Grand Prix, Sebring, December 1959 Brabham. Moss. Brooks. Formula 1’s first American venture featured a three-way title fight that ended in unconventional fashion Writer Simon Arron, Illustrator...
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As a new circuit in Wales awaits the go-ahead, we investigate the challenges of shaping a new track Writer Gordon Cruickshank Dragonflies. That’s the latest snag to get in the way of a £300m race...
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You always know what you’re going to get at the Goodwood Revival. The set dressing, the clothes, the cars, the smiling drivers… it’s the same every time. So how come it still manages to surprise and...
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The name resonates still, but there were mumblings about the content – both within the press room and from the spectator banks. When the Gold Cup was conceived, 60 years ago, it was a non-...
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Circuit Park Zandvoort’s third Historic Grand Prix event, on August 29-31, attracted a record 50,000 spectators and featured not only the cream of Europe’s racing championships but also competitors...
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Mersey Beaucoup Aintree, August 9: the British Grand Prix has long been absent, but racing exists still. Not a lot of people know that… It is 20 years since I was in the area and precisely 32 since...
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Bespoke wheels It began as a schoolboy sketch; now one man’s highly personal mod-saloon hits the road Ian Callum is used to watching another striking new model from Jaguar appear from under a dust...
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More vintage, less whine There was a time when being Formula 1 world champion seemed to mean so much more than today When I was first hooked on motor racing, what turned out to be a life-changing...

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