April 2009

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Three cheers for Aston Martin Racing! In the same month that Mitsubishi pulled the plug on its long-running, fantastically successful Dakar rally raid programme because of economic hardship, Dr...
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There is promise and potential everywhere you look. The glass is half full at every team during pre-season testing before the Grand Prix grid lines up for the first race in a new season. This year...
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Honda’s Grand Prix team may have been at the bottom end of F1’s points standings last year, but it did top one league table – the amount of money spent per point scored. Honda’s total resources of $...
Veteran journalist Peter Windsor and former Ligier and Onyx engineer Ken Anderson are creating an American F1 team for 2010 under the banner USF1. They will build a car at a facility in Charlotte,...
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Reflections – Daytona, a track that knows how to treat its fans – Franchitti and Montoya on NASCAR’s challenge – Why Jimmie Johnson would love an F1 drive – Brian Redman honoured as ‘Grand Marshal’...
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The future of Croft race circuit in Yorkshire is in doubt following a landmark ruling in which a judge awarded damages to three local residents after complaints about excessive noise. The circuit’s...
Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg could become the next in a long line of rally drivers to race at Le Mans. The 2003 champion, who has formed his own rally team after Subaru withdrew from...
David Brabham will try to emulate older brother Geoff by winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in a Peugeot. Brabham was the surprise announcement when the Peugeot team launched its 2009 sports car campaign...
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Aston Martin Racing could field as many as three Gulf-liveried LMP1 prototypes in the Le Mans 24 Hours. AMR, which is run by Aston chairman David Richards’ Prodrive company, revealed that it had...
Britain’s Tom Boardman will race full-time in the World Touring Car Championship with the Spanish SUNRED SEAT team in 2009. The 25-year-old, who raced in the BTCC’s production class in 2001-03, is...
IndyCar racing will return to its turbocharged roots when new engine rules come into force in 2011 or 2012. The next generation of Indycars will be powered by four-cylinder single-turbo engines of...
Acura took the wraps off its radical new LMP1 challenger at Sebring at the end of January. The ARX-02a is an “attempt to exploit the advantages of a small, efficient normally aspirated engine”,...
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Californian company Mission Motors is claiming to be the first manufacturer selling a “no-compromise electric superbike”. The Mission One machine is on sale at $68,995, with deliveries due early...
Ex-British Formula 3 Champion Mike Conway is aiming to emulate the success of Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti in the IRL Indycar Series. Conway (left), who has raced in GP2 for the past two years,...
BTCC New team Tempus Sport tested James Thompson in a 2008-spec Chevrolet Lacetti at Estoril and has expressed interest in signing the Brit for this season. n BTC Racing has confirmed its withdrawal...
Teddy Mayer Teddy Mayer passed away at home in Surrey at the end of January. Mayer, 73, was a stalwart of McLaren Cars through most of the company’s first 20 years and spent the last 20 years of a...
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A ferocious last stint by Juan Pablo Montoya made for an enthralling final two hours to this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. After a magnificent duel Montoya’s Lexus-powered Riley Daytona Prototype...
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In Indycar racing the economic downturn has made a bad situation dire. Despite winning races recently Paul Tracy, Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay may all be without rides in 2009. Tracy (above,...
Bob Stallings owns both Gainsco Insurance and the Grand-Am team that bears his name. Stallings’s regular drivers are Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney (above), who claimed the 2007 title aboard a Pontiac-...
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Fifty years ago this month, a new small car was launched to the press. In the post-Suez era, the need for a compact and economical offering was seen as critical by both the British Government and BMC...
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It’s sad but understandable to see Honda’s love affair with sporting cars hit the rocks. First the F1 team goes, then the new NSX is canned and now I understand that the S2000 roadster won’t be...
If you attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2006, you may well have spotted a striking machine called the Hulme F1 in the supercar paddock. Then it was just a concept car and Goodwood an...
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British motor racing enthusiasts go into the new Formula 1 season basking in the glow of Lewis Hamilton’s number one plate. British motorcycle racing fans aren’t so lucky. The last man from these...
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The vicious economic climate is hurting MotoGP just like it is hurting Formula 1. The world’s premier bike racing series has already lost one of its lower-ranking teams to corporate belt-tightening...
Former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden is working to adapt his riding technique to Ducati’s fiery GP9 MotoGP bike, equipped with carbon-fibre chassis designed by ex-F1 engineer Alan Jenkins....
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Hamilton’s bedside manner Sir, I would strongly agree with Simon Houghton (Letters, February issue) in his surprise that Lewis Hamilton is considered to be arrogant. I have been a medical officer at...
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Sir Jackie Stewart – who was spot-on with his predictions for 2008 – once again shares his thoughts on the season ahead with Motor Sport, and explains why he thinks that Lewis Hamilton could be the...
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New-look cars, KERS, no testing… and plenty of overtaking. That’s what F1 2009 is set to bring By Adam Cooper Grand Prix racing has gone through some major winter rule changes before now, but rarely...
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He’s the racer-turned-team boss whose wheeling and dealing helped him scale the heights of Formula 1 – and bring a sense of fun to the grid It’s safe to assume that we will never again see the like...
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After four seasons away, Eddie Jordan will be a Grand Prix regular again his month’s Australian Grand Prix sees BBC TV’s first coverage of a Formula 1 race for 12 years, and Eddie Jordan will be...
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On looks alone the Lancia LC2 was a stunning sports car challenger to Porsche; in terms of results, it was an underachieverBy Gary Watkins Pole position by the better part of a second. Some early...
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A Lotus celebration in Norwich led to a few beers and trouble with the boss… Bob Dance talks to Rob Widdows Bob Dance is a man who has been central to the Lotus Grand Prix team story. He was there...
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And Reine Wisell could have been Peterson’s team-mate at Lotus. As it was, while ‘SuperSwede’ soared in F1, his countryman stalled There is precious little room in motor racing for ifs, buts and...
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Audi has fitted a Lamborghini V10 into its R8 and created a gem of a supercar Credit crunch or not, there seem to be no limits to Audi’s ambition. From being something of a bit player among premium...
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In the first of a new irregular series, we look back at a tragic start to a classic year of sports car racing By Doug Nye Franco Lini was the leading Italian racing photo-journalist of his day. He...
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In 1972 All American Racers’ Eagle became the first Indycar to smash the 200mph barrier, a highlight in a record-breaking year for a great car Indycar racing is always spectacular, but for many...
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A small team but a lot of manpower went into creating Peter Bryant’s unique titanium Can-Am car. If only the rewards had been more forthcoming… In racing, new ideas are high-risk. Get it right and...
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Nineteen years after he won the same event driving a Ford Sapphire Cosworth, Russell Brookes will contest the historic section of the 2009 Bulldog Rally in Steve Perez’s 1967 Porsche 911S. Brookes...
THE Three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins will be one of the star attractions at Race Retro on March 13-15 when he drives the Aston Martin V8 GT rally car built by David Appleby Engineering...
The Masters Racing Series has announced technical regulation changes for 2009 on a one-year trial basis. In response to competitor feedback, electronic ignition within the original distributor will...
Eight races at six events, including a race at Interlagos in Brazil, is the new slimmed down schedule for the 2009 FIA Historic Formula One Championship. HFO organisers have pared two race weekends...
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Ford’s lead WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen could go head to head with team boss Malcolm Wilson in Escort Mk2s in historic rallying this season. Hirvonen, normally found at the wheel of a Ford Focus World...
Just as it did 70 years earlier in 1939 before the outbreak of war, the Vintage Sports-Car Club will run the final race meeting at Donington Park before a major hiatus, this time the re-development...
British teenager Michael Lyons became one of the youngest ever winners of a Formula 5000 race when he claimed victory in a round of the New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series at Taupo Motorsport...
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has agreed to be patron for the Allard Chrysler dragster restoration project at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. The aim is to have the 1961 dragster running again...
Sports and GT rally cars from 1960 to the present day will be in action at the Rally Show at Chatsworth on June 6/7. While contemporary GT cars were a feature of the 2008 event, the inclusion of...
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Today’s manufacturers are working furiously on ‘new’ technologies – but we’ve been here before, as Rétromobile’s main theme proved The Paris Exposition Centre at Porte de Versailles opened its doors...
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On the 100th year anniversary of the Morgan car company, watchmaker Hublot has produced a special timepiece inspired by the AeroMax car. Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of Hublot, presented the aptly...
Jody Scheckter brought his 1979 World Championship-winning Ferrari 312T4, and one of his 1500-head of water buffalo, to the exclusive L’Anima Italian restaurant in the City of London last month to...
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Every year over 100,000 classic car enthusiasts pour into the Porte de Versailles in Paris for the Rétromobile show. February 6-8 marked the 34th edition of the event and the theme, ‘New energies are...
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Derek Bennett never was one to be consumed by low ambitions. An intuitive and hugely gifted engineer, nobody worked harder at Haslam’s Mill, Chorley Old Road, Bolton; Chevron’s spiritual home....
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This versatile veteran won as he pleased in the unique Chevron B5, and preferred BRM to BMW power… “I bought the car in early 1969; at that time it had an 1880cc BRM engine. Anyway, through [BRM...
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Ayrton Senna Memories and Mementoes from a life lived at full speed Christopher Hilton Written in conjunction with the Istituto Ayrton Senna fronted by the great Brazilian’s sister Vivienne, this is...
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Jackie Stewart’s 1968 German GP win impressed due to his pace but also his grim determination to race with a wrist injury There’s always ‘a reason why’, and – if one is that way adjusted – it’s...
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Speaking of Jim Clark reminds me of the day he made a mistake. Yes, really. It must have happened pretty often. Nobody is perfect. But in Jimmy’s case the shock of seeing him make a driving error led...
One of the most sensational of all motor sporting sights has always been the release of pent-up tension represented by the classic Le Mans-type run-and-jump start. But if the 24-hour race starts...
Don’t you just love politicians? While appreciating they have a tremendously exposed, difficult and demanding job to do, these too-often over-weeningly self-important, self-promoting (and variably...
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In the February issue I ran a photo from the 1972 Targa Florio showing a weird-looking little Italian sports-prototype which I thought was probably the world-famous Giliberti A112. Various...
On a freezing cold and drippy wet Sunday in January, the little Georgian market town of Farnham – on the Surrey-Hampshire border – is usually very quiet. For me it’s been home for 37 years, and the...
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In seven decades of road testing it was inevitable that WB would meet the odd policeman – professionally… Considering the big mileages I drove, it is not surprising that I had a few encounters with...
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In 2003 Tempus Publishing of Stroud published Mr Noel Stokoe’s My Car Was A Jowett. He had been press officer and libr arian of the Jowett Club since 1985 and after some memories of his Jowett...

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