April 2010

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With his Formula 1 credentials confirmed by long stretches on both Autosport and F1 Racing, Rowlinson is currently often seen in Grand Prix paddocks assembling stories for The Red Bulletin, the...
Mark’s day job is in films, but as he was born in earshot of Brands Hatch, racing was bound to get him. An early memory is of waiting at Pilgrim’s Drop for his hero Carlos Pace’s Brabham to appear....
When not travelling around the world on photoshoots, only a proportion of which are about cars, Mitch enjoys sampling fine English ale and working on his collection of classic cars. Current projects...
As head of the motoring section of the major Italian paper La Gazzetto della Sport, Pino has been reporting on the Grand Prix circus since 1974. This makes him well placed to offer us the Latin...
A motor racing book with a difference has struck a chord as we edge closer to the most anticipated Formula 1 season for years. It’s called Overdrive: Formula 1 in the Zone and it’s different because...
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The Virgin and Lotus teams showed that they mean business when they joined the established runners for testing at Jerez in February. Inevitably both suffered teething problems and languished at the...
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Former Midland, Spyker and Force India team principal Colin Kolles has taken up a similar role with Campos Meta after brokering a rescue package for the beleaguered new team. Founder Adrian Campos...
Bernie Ecclestone has stated that Formula 1 will have 20 Grands Prix on its calendar – more than ever before – in 2013, when a race through the streets of Rome makes its debut. “Rome is due to come...
* Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and Kiwi Brendon Hartley will share the reserve driver roles for RBR and Toro Rosso this season. British F3 champ Ricciardo impressed when...
Just six weeks before the start of the 2010 Formula 1 season the FIA confirmed a further change to the points system, after consulting with teams. The governing body hopes to encourage overtaking by...
Vitaly Petrov is confident that he can make a good impression on his Formula 1 baptism with Renault this year, despite his lack of mileage. The Russian (left) had not driven an F1 car until after he...
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Reflections– Montoya and Michelin deserved more in F1– Daytona: from the 24 Hours to the 500– Why ‘Quick Vic’ loved the Porsche 917 You know,” mused Vic Elford, “for years I worked for Skip Barber,...
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Design concepts for the IRL’s new Indycar formula for 2012 were revealed in February by Dallara, Lola, Swift and Delta Wing. The concepts put forward by Dallara, Lola and Swift are straightforward...
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Former Super Aguri grand prix driver Anthony Davidson will race for Peugeot in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The 30-year-old has signed up for a short programme of races with the French team...
Two Gulf-liveried Aston Martin Racing coupés will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. AMR has put together a programme comprising the Sebring and Long Beach American Le Mans Series races and the...
* Former Grand Prix racer Takuma Sato will move into the IRL IndyCar Series in 2010. The Japanese has signed to drive a Dallara-Honda for the KV Racing squad after a successful test at Sebring in...
Jamie McMurray’s surprise win in NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 means Chip Ganassi joins Roger Penske as the only other team owner to win each of the Daytona 500, Indy 500 and Daytona 24 Hours...
A new hybrid Porsche 911 built for the Nürburgring 24 Hours could hint at the German firm’s future plans for a return to the prototype ranks. Based on the GT3-RSR, the 911 GT3-R Hybrid utilises the...
The Daytona 24 Hours has produced another thrilling finish. The Brumos-run Action Express Riley-Porsche driven by Ryan Dalziel, Mike Rockenfeller, João Barbosa and Terry Borcheller triumphed by just...
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A raft of top-line drivers, including Peter Dumbreck, Karl Wendlinger, Darren Turner and Oliver Gavin, have signed up for the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship. Ex-DTM racer Dumbreck (right) and...
* A ‘Save Donington’ day has been organised at the circuit for March 7. The public show of support for the beleaguered track, which is in need of repair work following its failed GP bid, is the...
Mini is on the brink of announcing its return to frontline rallying, with a World Championship assault planned for 2011 based on the new four-wheel-drive Countryman. Prodrive, which oversaw Subaru’s...
Kimi Räikkönen’s world rally debut in his Citroën C4 got off to an adventurous start in Sweden, with the Finn showing breathtaking pace but also his inexperience on what was only his sixth-ever rally...
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Racing lifeThe IRL plays away This month I’d like to look ahead to the new Indycar season which starts in mid-March with a new race in São Paulo, at least that’s the plan – I hear there’s still a lot...
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Road carsToyota's sticky situation I’m not sure I’ve known the motor industry in more volatile mood. Who would have thought two years ago that Porsche would lose its independence to become just...
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MotoGPThe word on the street MotoGP has been going through tough times lately. At some of last year’s races the grid numbered just 16 riders, which makes for a sparse charge into the first turn....
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The US sceneDelta-winged wonder The sharpest observation about the Delta Wing Indycar concept described on page 24 in this issue was made by veteran Indycar engineer and Andretti Autosports technical...
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Sir, In Lunch With Robin Herd (March issue), Robin tells of Ronnie Peterson wanting to leave Lotus and return to March. There was a rather amusing side to that story. In December 1975 Alan Henry and...
Sir, I see from your advertising pages that an ex-Surtees 1962 F1 Lola is described as a Grand Prix winner, but this is incorrect as the F1 race it won was a non-championship event at Mallory Park...
Sir, I have usually found Motor Sport (which I have been reading since 1926!) to be the most accurate motoring paper, but there is a slight error in the excellent and nostalgic article on the 1949...
Sir, The entry sheets for the 1973-76 Tour of Britain may have “read like a roll-call of the great and the good” but on the ’75 Tour, starting 78th out of 85, was an unknown 22-year-old who couldn’t...
Sir, Contrary to Nigel Roebuck’s belief, the 1962 Aintree 200 was won by Jim Clark in a Lotus 24 (the revolutionary 25 did not appear until the Dutch GP), while the 1963 event was not the last time...
Sir, While I’m flattered, not to say embarrassed, by Robin Herd’s reference to me in Simon Taylor’s excellent Lunch With, I’m provoked to write to you about a couple of other items in yet another...
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Sir, I can still remember the excitement that I felt in June 1966 when I first witnessed the start of a Le Mans 24 Hours race, so it is inevitable that most present-day spectators would like to see...
Sir, Lotus – Britain’s own Ferrari? No, they were much better! Good luck to Mike Gascoyne et al. Ian Mann, Divonne les Bains, France
Sir, Regarding the John Player dinner (Letters, March), Eoin Young has dined out on this one at my expense for many years, but it would be best if the whole story were told. I arranged the dinner...
Sir, As historic race organisers, I suspect we at Masters are not alone in being much struck by the mysterious advertisement in the last issue of Motor Sport, apparently aimed at warning off...
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Our inaugural Hall of Fame event attracted an array of stars to the Roundhouse in London for an evening that none of us will forget It never crossed my mind, watching Jim Morrison and The Doors play...
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By Nigel Roebuck Apparently not. Although Formula 1 history shows it is invariably better to travel than to arrive, there could – should – be four ultra-competitive teams this year. And although we...
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For his German fans, F1 is Michael Schumacher. But amid the huge excitement at his return, the man himself is taking a measured approach to racing a Grand Prix car once moreBy Adam Cooper On a Friday...
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When Schumacher announced his return to F1 with Mercedes, there were shouts of ‘traitor’ in ItalyBy Pino Allievi Fifteen thousand e-mails in a few hours, expressing happiness, disappointment,...
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A rare collection of talents, sporting and technical, has been assembled for the 2010 Formula 1 season. We explore whether this just might be the greatest grid in historyBy Anthony Rowlinson Briefly...
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So Lewis thinks this season will be the best? Perhaps, but first you must consider what has gone beforeBy Rob Widdows Lewis Hamilton says he’s looking forward to his most exciting season ever in...
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With the ban on refuelling for 2010, fast tyre changes once again become key – and could be the deciding factor in a Grand PrixBy Adam Cooper Take a look through the 2010 FIA Sporting Regulations and...
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The BBC returned to host coverage of Formula 1 in 2009 – to largely glowing reviews. Now it’s got to do it all over again, but this time the team knows how to deliverBy Rob Widdows Bring back Murray...
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He never earned the Grand Prix wins he deserved, but the man once dubbed Britain’s next World Champion isn’t worried. He loves life just as it isBy Simon Taylor Twenty-five years ago Formula 1...
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Restored to title-winning form after his frustrating sojourn into NASCAR, Dario Franchitti plans to make his Indycar career last as long as possibleBy Damien Smith Formula 1 used to be like this, I’m...
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One of the great motor racing photographers, Louis Klemantaski got closer to the action than mostBy Eoin Young Dapper, with a neat goatee, a bow tie and a twinkling smile, the late Louis Klemantaski...
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Aston hopes its new four-seat Rapide will become a staple of its range, but this is a car best suited to a sedate paceBy Andrew Frankel Like an ultra-talented but hellraising movie star from an era...
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In a lifetime at the drawing board Tony Southgate built many race winners. His new book relates his times at many teams; but here he recounts his first year with Don Nichols – The Shadow… Tony...
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This French resort bears little sign of the Grand Prix it hosted in 1936, when Giuseppe Farina cemented his ‘hard man’ reputationBy Mark Braddel Between the wars, dozens of race tracks sprang to life...
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Prodrive’s simulator is used to test car parts as well as young drivers So how much can Formula 1 teams actually achieve on their simulators? It’s always been a closely-guarded secret, but after a...
From humble start this firm has cornered the F1 market XTrac started making gearboxes in the early 1980s for the then-new Group A rally cars from a lock-up behind a Chinese restaurant in Wokingham....
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Wiring harness firm also has a handle on tyre temperatures The time and effort that goes into building an F1 car is mind-boggling. A recent trip to BERU f1systems in Norfolk only confirmed this, when...
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The long-term future of the Brooklands Museum has been assured after land owner Japan Tobacco International gifted the freehold of the 30-acre site to the museum’s governing trust. The welcomed move...
After an absence of a decade, motor sport will return to Crystal Palace with a two-day sprint event over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 30/31. Organised by Sevenoaks and DMC, with the support of the...
The 75th anniversary of Lagonda’s greatest moment in racing will be celebrated at Oulton Park in August, when the ‘Great Lagonda Race’ will be held to commemorate 75 years since the marque won the Le...
A new event, using the final mile of the TT course through the streets of Douglas, will be the opening competition on the 2010 Manx Classic. Three speed events on the closed public roads of the Isle...
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A new sprint event will mark the 55th anniversary of the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree. For the first time since the full Grand Prix circuit closed for racing in 1964, the section of track in...
Obituary Although he never raced, Alan Putt, who has died after a short illness aged 73, was a key person in the growth of historic motor sport in Europe. He was the original moving force behind the...
A team of Saab rallying enthusiasts will mark the 50th anniversary of Eric Carlsson’s victory on the RAC Rally by entering a team of Saabs on the Roger Albert Clark Rally in November. The 1960 win...
* The Historic Sports Car Club has secured a date on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit to cap its 2010 calendar. As well as headline events at the Brands Hatch GP and Oulton Park International...
Lister will be a featured marque at Race Retro to mark the launch of a new book on the company by Paul Skilleter. Brian Lister, the man who created the marque in 1954, will be on hand along with a...
The Lotus 49 that Jim Clark drove to victory in the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix will return to racing this season in the hands of American Chris MacAllister. The car is currently being rebuilt by Classic...
A slight reduction in the number of tickets to be sold and an extension to the popular Woodcote Corner grandstand are the major changes for spectators planning to visit this year’s Goodwood Revival,...
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Formula 5000 is hugely popular once again in New Zealand, but as the annual Tasman Cup Revival proves its appeal stretches around the worldBy Marcus Pye Contrary to popular belief, New Zealand no...
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ReportSome 400 Formula 5000 competitors took part in the first races at New Zealand’s newest circuit, which has a flavour of Brands Hatch The new FIA-spec Hampton Downs venue, situated midway between...
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– Bonhams – First RM Auctions sold the Aston Martin DB2 works car (VMF 64) that Motor Sport featured in the November 2009 issue, and now Bonhams is selling its sister car, VMF 65. The factory racer...
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Lotus came a step closer to ending 16 years away from the Formula 1 grid with the launch of its 2010 challenger at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. Lotus Racing’s T127 certainly looks quick...
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It wasn’t exactly the most fleet-looking Ferrari, but the Daytona was quick, and it proved a real heavy-hitter for years on track. Today, it’s still terrorising historic grids By Richard Heseltine...
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Willie GreenThis evergreen all-rounder made his Le Mans debut in a Daytona but has mixed feelings about its worth as a racing car… “I first drove the JCB Daytona in the 1973 Le Mans four-hour race,...
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The Extraordinary Story of Formula OneCharles Jennings Most motor sport books, especially F1-biased, are usually serious affairs, full of facts and figures to challenge the most ardent fan. The...
Ed McDonough & Peter Collins A comprehensive little book on some superb Ferrari sports cars. Full results and plenty of interesting images make this a very useful reference book. Published by...
Ed McDonough If only books could reproduce the noise some cars made… The first English book to cover these cars in detail is a great read. Published by Veloce, ISBN 978 1 845842 61 1, £15.99
An adventure into Formula One during the 1.5 litre eraJorg-Thomas Fodisch, Jost Nesshover, Michael Behrndt and Rainer Rossbach The Porsche 718 and 804 are arguably the last fully-German cars to grace...
Produced and edited by Bill Grauer and Barrett Clark All recorded in 1956 with Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby and the Marquis de Portago. Some absolutely great listening. www.acerecords....
The Complete History of Types and ModelsJurgen Barth & Gustav Busing Fearsomely detailed file of everything the firm has produced so far, updated to 2009. And Barth is not only an in-house expert...
A personal photographic record of motor racing in the 1950s and 1960sKeith Duerden & Robert Barker Duerden snapped Moss in his second event, but as a professional photographer in other fields...
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The 1956 Silverstone May Meeting saw an on-track tussle end in a costly Jaguar/Aston Martin pile-up So what’s it worth then? This must be the most asked question whenever Joe Public sees a classic...
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At this time of year not only are the Formula 1 teams testing as intensively as they can before the seasonal bar is lowered upon them, but the airfreight arrangements are in place and aircraft and...
Back in 1973, James Hunt was perhaps the sensation of the Formula 1 season for his exploits in Alexander Hesketh’s virgin-white March. This combination of man and motor car finished sixth in the...
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The Group C years of endurance racing through the 1980s were packed with interest for anyone who likes proper racing – rather than mere 90-minute sprints. The designs of car competing under that...
When I wrote a tribute to the late Frank Gardner in these pages I made mention of his uncle, Hope Bartlett, who had starred at the short-lived, high-banked Maroubra Speedway in Sydney, Australia,...
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Our Founder Editor witnessed the start of the big Napier’s record career with John Cobb, which went far beyond Brooklands Motoring historian Graeme Simpson has triggered some memories by sending me a...
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I first saw the BRM (British Racing Motors), this most exciting racing car, in December 1949 at Bourne, Lincolnshire, when it was unveiled to the press and distinguished visitors and demonstrated by...
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The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust has published Alex Moulton – from Bristol to Bradford-on-Avon. This 319-page book covers the lifetime in engineering by the well-known Alex Moulton. This is a...
The Jowett Car Club plans an International Centenary Rally over the Bank Holiday, May 28-31. Two of the first Jowetts should be attending. It’s hoped that 150 cars will make this the largest...
In the days when Rolls-Royce was making its famous Silver Ghost, unkind people were apt to say that its quiet running was achieved only by using a larger engine operating below its power capacity....
During the war, with Brooklands closed for racing, some members of the British Motorcycle Racing Club had meetings at the Hand and Spear Hotel, which was situated quite close to the old Track at the...

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