April 2008

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We don’t know the real Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso, do we? The two World Champions, who will soon be lining up on the grid for a brand new Grand Prix season, have much in common, not least...
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To no one’s great surprise Ferrari and McLaren have been the teams to beat through Formula 1 winter testing, but any real comparison was made difficult by the fact that the two teams avoided each...
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No fewer than four teams could be fighting for the ‘best of the rest’ mantle this season, but for Honda the nightmare is not quite over BMW Sauber, expected by many to be nearer the front this year,...
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone continues to pressure the BRDC over the future of the British Grand Prix, saying that if an agreement is not reached there will be no race after 2009 – the last to...
If the 1970s was your decade, you can relive the best of that era’s Formula 1 battles on ESPN Classic. From March 31, the channel is showing a nightly one-hour episode from the Brunswick Films...
The FIA is to launch an anti-racism scheme after Spanish fans taunted Lewis Hamilton in testing at Barcelona. In the wake of the anti-McLaren feeling stirred up by the country’s media, some fans...
* Former Ferrari mechanic Nigel Stepney will meet with the FIA to offer his explanation of last year’s spy controversy. He has recently accepted a job at Gigawave, an on-board camera company, as...
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Reflections – Why team-mates rarely co-exist in harmony – Max Mosley’s “last big project” in Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone was ever to the point. “I remember years ago, when Senna and Berger were team-...
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After 12 years of losing fans, sponsors and credibility, open-wheel racing in America has finally regained some semblance of common sense. Along with solidarity. There will be one series and one...
Christian Klien will take time out from Formula 1 testing duties with BMW to race for Peugeot at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The 25-year-old Austrian was the surprise announcement when Peugeot revealed...
Toyota narrowly missed out on a historic victory in the Daytona 500 after Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch were beaten to the line by the Dodge Chargers of Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. Newman’s victory...
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Aston Martin’s bid to win the Le Mans 24 Hours outright for the first time since 1959 has begun. The new Aston-engined Lola coupé to be run by Prodrive, the British marque’s motorsport partner, hit...
BMW will return to sports car racing in the American Le Mans Series with a car based on this GT2 M3 concept shown at the Chicago Auto Show. Rahal Letterman Racing was announced as BMW’s partner for...
MotoGP Dani Pedrosa fractured his hand after crashing in the first pre-season test at Sepang but will return for Jerez. A1GP Christian Vietoris became the youngest-ever winner at Taupo, aged 18...
Ousted Toyota Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher has signed a deal with Mercedes to join a long line of ex-Grand Prix stars who have raced in the DTM. The 32-year-old will follow Hans Stuck, Keke...
Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is starting his own kart team. KSM Motorsport takes its name from the initials of its three founders: Peter Kaiser, Schumacher and Thomas Muchow...
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* Afzal Kahn of Kahn Design has bought the ‘F1’ licence plate for £440,625, beating the previous record amount of £331,000 when Bonhams auctioned ‘M1’ in July 2006. * A new facility in the USA...
Anders Olofsson, who has died suddenly at the age of 55, didn’t shout about his talents behind the wheel. That goes some way to explaining why the achievements of this quietly-spoken Swede have often...
One of the best-loved and universally well-regarded managers on the rally scene, Peter Ashcroft was born in Preston, Lancashire and, after a spell at Gilbey Engineering, joined Ford’s motor sport...
(Major Anthony Peter Roylance Rolt, MC) Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Grand Prix driver, decorated war veteran and true gentleman, Tony Rolt has died aged 89. Before the outbreak of WWII, Rolt was one of...
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The IRL IndyCar Series and the Champ Car World Series have finally ended the most sad and damaging chapter in US racing history. Finally a unified series is a reality. Just as Motor Sport closed for...
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For people in my business, worrying about Aston Martin used to be a way of life. Through the late ’80s and early ’90s its product lurched from bad, past awful to the point when I drove the Virage...
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The rest of this page may have convinced you I have a less than healthy obsession with expensive, powerful cars and you’d not be far wrong. But I also love small, light, simple and cheap cars so long...
I spent a morning earlier this month at Goodwood poring over the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé and found myself coveting it like no Rolls since the Ghost. It’s the best proportioned of the now three-...
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Sir, The success of Lewis Hamilton has given rise to some letters suggesting a considerable lack of objectivity. Last season we saw the rise of an exceptional talent in Hamilton, whether he was in...
Sir, I was intrigued to read Doug Nye’s item about Malcolm Sears. I thought I was the only one who remembered that V8 Tiger and its intrepid driver, whom I always think of with great affection as he...
Sir, Four years ago the Football Association fined their Spanish equivalent for appalling acts of racism during an international football contest. Recently we saw Lewis Hamilton racially abused by a...
Sir, Andrew Frankel just doesn’t get it. The whole point of the Reventon is not about increasing your visibility, but decreasing it. Imagine the consternation of the County Mounty, parked beside the...
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Sir, I have been researching Stutz – The English Side and have discovered that some 400 of these cars were imported and sold by Warwick Wright Ltd in the period 1926-34, of which there are just five...
Sir, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Dean. As a 15-year-old, I would pedal 25 miles to the then fairly new Croft Autodrome. I didn’t have much pocket money and survived on the odd Motor...
Sir, I particularly enjoyed Richard Heseltine’s feature on Marcos cars in your February edition as it brought back happy memories for me. As a 20-year-old art student at Loughborough Training College...
Sir, There was much discussion recently about the size of the fine (US$100 million) imposed on McLaren following the ‘Spygate’ affair. Many viewed this fine as an enormous sum of money to expect the...
Sir, Thank you for your Prost on Senna article (March) which I read with considerable interest as these two protagonists raced together in what I personally consider to be a true golden age of...
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F1 season 2008 Will Hamilton be champion? Can anyone really stop Ferrari? Will Alonso take Renault back to the top? Nigel Roebuck is your guide as he talks to Jackie Stewart about the season ahead,...
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The nickname says it all about his reputation as a businessman, but before all that Roger Penske was quite a racerBy Gordon Kirby At a time before his name came to represent both the best in American...
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Former Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran is returning to the city of his greatest triumph to become a sports car team boss – and he’s been lured back into the cockpit, too. By Robin Miller During...
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The new Bentley Brooklands offers a superb ride for its weight – just expect to join a long waiting list for one. By Andrew Frankel One of the things that Bentley has been able to do in the past 10...
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Williams’ favourite son on dodgy campers, nightmare bosses and gelling with Frank and Patrick. By Simon Taylor Scroll down the roster of drivers who won a single World Championship – names like James...
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Not many people get to see this collection, so when Indy hero Parnelli Jones invited us in we couldn’t resist. By Ian Wagstaff Vel Miletich, long-time business partner of archetypal Indy 500 winner...
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Jody Scheckter hadn’t ever banked on driving a Tyrrell 'five-wheeler', as Roy Topp tells Rob Widdows Footballer, cricketer, motorcycle scrambler, blacksmith, master welder and racing mechanic, that’s...
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Motor Sport couldn’t help but delve into a new book by Chas Parker on the history of the Kent circuit. Here we present an extract from the 1950s, when the grass track was paved over, Druids corner...
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By John Davenport. The 1990s boom years of the World Rally Championship have become a distant memory. Some say it has lost its way, with one dominant driver, rules confusion and media apathy As it...
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We all know what happened to BMW and Williams when they collaborated in F1. Yet conversely, in the case of Le Mans, success came quickly. By Keith Howard Before Williams and BMW tied the knot in...
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The Ferrari 312B2 that Jacky Ickx took to victory in the 1972 German Grand Prix is set to return to racing this spring, hopefully at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. The 3-litre, flat 12-engined car...
* Two sections of the Isle of Man’s TT course will feature in the 2008 Manx Classic, where a range of classic cars will compete in three hillclimbs on closed public roads. The April 17-19 event...
In a bid to strengthen grids, the Group C/GTP racing calendar has been pared to just four events in 2008 by new series organiser Charlie Agg. The cars will race at Spa in May, Le Mans in June, the...
Over 20,000 fans of classic and historic motor sport are expected to visit Race Retro, the fifth annual International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, from March 14-16. The...
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Former Monte Carlo Rally winner Jean-Claude Andruet got back behind the wheel of a Renault Alpine A110 for the annual Historic Ice Trophy held at Altenmarkt, Austria, in January. The double French...
The destiny of the Formula 5000 Trans Tasman Revival Series will be decided during the annual Phillip Island Classic meeting at the Melbourne circuit in Australia on March 8/9. After four recent...
Mar 8/9 British Historic Rally Championship, Nottinghamshire. The Clipstone forest complex hosts the opening BHRC round. Admission car parking £5. www.robinhoodforestrally.co.uk Mar 9 Formula Junior...
* The Pembrey circuit in South Wales will have a festival of historic racing for the first time on July 12/13 when the Historic Sports Car Club runs a two-day event. The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy,...
Pre-1966 American touring and GT cars running to FIA Appendix K regulations will have their own pilot race series in France this year, before a planned expansion into other European countries in 2009...
World Rally CHAMPIONS STIG Blomqvist and Björn Waldegård will contest the Robin Hood Rally on March 8/9, the opening round of the British Historic Rally Championship. Blomqvist will drive a Ford...
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For some, the Monte retro rally was a test of navigation; for others, a chance to reawaken the fire of the old days. By Johnny Tipler There were three sorts of competitors on the 2008 Monte Carlo...
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Bonhams’ first Rétromobile auction was a £7m success As any car enthusiast will tell you, Rétromobile is the classic car world’s answer to Ascot, Henley, Cowes week or Wimbledon. A place where hours...
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With the 288, Ferrari embraced new technology to produce a supercar that sadly never raced but fully deserves its GTO moniker By Richard Heseltine / photography by Peter Spinney Inwardly rebutting...
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Group B The rise and fall of rallying’s wildest cars John Davenport and Reinhard Klein Group B was killed off by the people who run Formula 1. That’s the view of admired rally snapper Reinhard Klein...
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When the British contingent found a unique way to deal with the arctic conditions of the 1947 Swedish Grand Prix, their rivals cried foul play Odd-ball motor races – unusual events that feature...
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As long as I’ve known anything about ‘proper’ racing cars I’ve been a confirmed Delage fan. My one-time editor on Motor Racing magazine – 1966-68 – was the great Cyril Posthumus, a wonderful man, a...
Just occasionally we manage to turn up a photograph which simply breathes the spirit of an age of racing; Formula 1 cars yumping at the Nürburgring, Fangio’s millimetre-perfect judgement skimming the...
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The renowned aero-engine designer gave the works teams of the 1920s a run for their money with his own long-distance racer It was excellent that the famous Halford Special was at last year’s...

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