April 2007

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We’ve been to France. Some of us to the wonderful Retromobile show; another party to photograph the F1 Renault which Fernando Alonso drove in his 2006 title season. That brought up a question of...
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A new company has taken a 150-year lease on Donington Park and vows to focus on the Collection and to support historic racing The new owner of Donington Park has pledged to keep historic racing as a...
A Porsche stand featuring live restorations is one of the stars of TechnoClassica Essen 2007, which is billed as the world's largest classic fair. The 20 halls boast contributions from over a dozen...
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Group B rally cars will take to the streets of Bradford City Centre on July 22 when cars from 'Slowly Sideways' take part in the 'Bradford Classic'. The cars will then run at speed over a Super-...
Racing will return to the Chimay street circuit in Belgium this year after local administrative issues were resolved. The annual Chimay race meeting, which dates back to before the Second World War,...
A new endurance race series for pre-1966 GTs and pre-1963 sports cars has been created by Flavien and Vanessa Marçais. It features three races in France in 2007, with an intended expansion into the...
Stephane Ratel’s SRO organisation is planning to bring the mighty GT1 cars back in to racing this season with a trial pair of races for cars running to period 1990s regulations. McLaren F1-GTRs and...
More than a decade after it last featured as a special stage on the Rally of Great Britain, Chatsworth in Derbyshire will again host rally cars when ‘Rally Show at Chatsworth’ is held on September 29...
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The new team behind the management of the Group C/GTP race series is confident it will secure bigger grids for the 2007 season as part of a three-year plan to move the sports-prototype cars to the...
Rally legends Stig Blomqvist (above) and Björn Waldegård are among early entries for the third East African Safari Classic Rally in December. The former World Rally Champions will team up with David...
A feature film is to be made based on the life story of the late Bruce McLaren, with filming set to start early in 2008.  Barrie Osborne, producer of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ will be the producer of...
Group B rally action and 450 stands at Stoneleigh show One of the biggest ever gatherings of Group B rally cars, many of them in action on a demonstration special stage, will feature at Race Retro,...
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The 60th anniversary of the first race for 500cc Formula 3 cars at Gransden Lodge in July 1947 will be celebrated by a special race on the Brands Hatch GP circuit during the Historic Superprix on...
A small mews street in London is currently the home of four ex-Schumacher F1 cars. The Jordan, two Benettons and an F2002 Ferrari are part of the stock of a new company, Cars International, which...
Organisers expect a dozen 1984-87 F1 cars for demonstration runs The organisers of the GPLive event at Donington Park in May are hoping to have a spread of F1 cars from the turbo era to take part in...
The entire 1000 yards of Shelsley Walsh will be resurfaced before the 2007 season, with work at the historic Worcestershire hillclimb venue scheduled for early April. For the first time since 1992...
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Former NASCAR Winston Cup champion Benny Parsons recently lost his battle against cancer, aged 66. The former taxi driver started racing in 1964, and his NASCAR title came at the expense of Richard...
The historic racing world was saddened to learn of the death of Gunnar Elmgren, until recently President of the FIA Historic Motorsport Commission. The Swede passed away aged 64, after an illness. ...
 …choose a historic racer An excellent place to start is with a sports-racing car: they are the perfect introduction as they are real racing cars but not as tricky and twitchy as single-seaters....
The passing of ‘Toulo’ de Graffenried has broken one of the few remaining links with the earliest post-war grands prix. The Swiss racer’s finest result was winning the 1949 British Grand Prix at...
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...plus beautiful badges and steering wheels with pedigree 1 Even hotter Clio Price: TBA Renault has produced a Formula 1-linked version of its quickest Clio. The new Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team...
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1 Mercedes 200 SEL £59.99 ready-made An evocative 1:18 scale Minichamps model of the 6.8-litre monster driven by Clemens Schickentanz and Hans Heyer to second overall and a class win in the 1971 Spa...
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Competitive historic racer stars at Bonhams’ Race Retro sale  1 Tasman Brabham Bonhams will put up a Brabham BT11A at its sale at Race Retro at Stoneleigh on March 24. The Tasman variant of the BT11...
Barons, collectors cars at Sandown Park. Tel: 08454 306 DVCA Vintage and classic ca at Henstridge Airfield, Somers Tel: 01963 363 353 Bonhams, competition cars and automobilia at Race Re Stoneleigh....
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Sir, The profile of Peter Collins was particularly poignant for me when I read how Enzo Ferrari described his “generosity of character”, something I can endorse from personal experience. As a boy in...
My memory of Peter Collins involves an 850cc Dyna Panhard, which had been brought over for him to drive in a Silverstone Touring car race. I remember my excitement when he drove my father’s highly...
Sir,  I very much enjoyed Simon Taylor’s report on his lunch with Mario Andretti and all the memories it generated.  This prompted an almost forgotten memory. Can I ask your readers if I was dreaming...
Sir, Looking at the picture on page 47 of February’s issue, Jean Rondeau’s eponymous M379 puts me in mind of the FIA’s much-vaunted ‘Centreline Downwash Generating Wing’, Formula 1’s alleged cure-all...
Sir, Michael MacDowel is right in his letter in the March issue to praise the late Victor Gauntlett for his fantastic effort in raising funds for Brooklands Museum’s purchase of the Napier-Railton,...
Sir, I greatly enjoyed your articles on Le Mans in the February issue. Gordon Spice reckons that Jean Rondeau was “a bit of a madster” – he was not the only one. Some buddies and I were at a loose...
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The 1970 Sebring 12-hour race is famous for Mario Andretti’s almost single–handed, last–ditch victory over Peter Revson and Steve McQueen’s Porsche. However, further down the finishing order there...
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I’m very happy finally to make it into the pages of Motor Sport, even if it is about 40 years later than I’d have liked. When I left school in the mid-sixties I was not very good at very much else...
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There is a select group of supremely talented grand prix drivers who never achieved the results they deserved at the top level. Is Mark Webber in danger of becoming the next on the list? Arthur Duray...
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It's got pedigree, enormous power and a truly exotic price tag, so it should provide a brilliant drive. Not so, says Frankel. It's flawed in concept and could have been so much better first book I...
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Nelson Piquet came to Europe desperate to reach Formula 1. Gritty determination took him to three world titles and brought him wealth and fame – but he would have done it for the sheer love of it,...
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Fernando Alonso drove this chassis in every race of 2006, on his way to double world championships for Renault. We analyse the attributes which made it a multiple winner  The 2006 world title-winning...
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Simon Taylor learns about life inside the Ferrari team, and why their engineering supremo cannot turn away from Formula 1 for long Photography: James Mitchell Among the avalanche of tributes to...
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A young David Coulthard was so focused on getting in to Formula 1 that he scarcely noticed the day and night he spent hammering around the Sarthe It is a little ironic that while Jacques Villeneuve...
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Bernie Ecclestone is capable of making startlingly accurate predictions of the future – so why did he tell Nigel Roebuck he didn’t believe in long-term planning? Long-term planning,” said Bernie...
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Viewed with suspicion by many Europeans, the Corvette is in fact highly capable. It sounds and looks fantastic, and it has a fine competition history Some cars command your attention for reasons that...
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AJ Foyt was not content with a mere two wins in the Indianapolis 500 and a string of USAC titles. He went back to Indy as a constructor and proceeded to add another pair of victories driving his own...
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One engine. One race. One win. Mario Illien talks about the push-rod engine that was developed in secret, produced more than 1000bhp and won the Indy 500 for Penske in 1994 For Penske Racing, 1994...
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He’s modest about his record, but most people would be delighted to count a Le Mans victory and a Can-Am championship on their CV "I was the nearly man,” he says with a smile I cannot precisely read...
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Aston Martin’s service operation is extraordinary in its size and scope. However old or young your Aston, Works Service will perform any job – as long as it’s appropriate… After-sales service is an...
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Bravery in a racing car does not necessarily translate into the bravery of the battlefield. In the case of Robert Benoist, William Grover (‘Williams’) and Jean-Pierre Wimille, it did. When Hitler...
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One of a pair of remarkable 28.3-litre four-cylinder racing Fiats built in 1910/1911, unseen since the 1920s, is being re-constructed  The most exciting vintage-world news is that Duncan Pittaway is...
Plans for the centenary of Brooklands Track in June are proceeding. On Saturday June 16 cars from before1920 will parade, and on the next day there is to be a similar display of those originating...
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RUMBLINGS Plans for the centenary of ooklands Track in June are .proceeding. On Saturday Jun 16 cars from before1920 will , pa rode, and on the next day There is to be a similar display of those...
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Have I told you the story of the lost aero-engined car? It began when Jenks wanted someone to make him a boat to use on the Aldershot canal. I went with him to a South Coast boat-builder. We were...
Older readers will remember the Maclure brothers who raced Rileys in the 1930s, especially Percy Maclure who was very prominent at Brooklands, notably when he won the 1938 JCC International Trophy...
Following the sad death of Tom Delaney who had been racing his Lea-Francis in vintage events at the age of 95, Tony Rolt has been elected a Vice-President of the Brooklands Society, the other Vice-...
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MEET US AT STONELEIGH ; Come and see us at Race Petro, the International Historic Motorsport Show, at Stoneleigh. It's a little later in the year than it has been in the past, running from March 23-...
MOTOR SPORT TRAVEL CLUB Motor Sport is arranging a programme of exclusive tours for readers to Formula 1 grands prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours and other selected events in 2007. For full details see page...
THE MOTOR SPORT COLLECTION LAPEL BADGE The Motor Sport lapel badge is based on a logo used on the cover of Motor Sport in the 1960s. The metal badge has a diameter of 25mm (one inch) and a butterfly...

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