April 2013

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Damien Smith, Editor Function is always the priority when it comes to the Motor Sports Association. You only have to visit the British governing body's base to understand this. No austere building in...
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Andrew Frankel usually doesn't need much encouragement to get behind the wheel of fast racing cars but the idea of driving Trevor Willis's 500bhp hillclimber up a frozen Shelsley Walsh had him...
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New kids on the block The late confirmations of Giedo Van der Garde and Luiz Razia by Caterham and Marussia respectively have ensured that the Australian GP will feature a bumper crop of at least...
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Senna swaps F1 for GT seat Aston Martin has pulled off a coup by signing Bruno Senna for its 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign. The nephew of three-time Formula 1 world champion Ayrton...
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F3 Trophy race revived A landmark race in the acceptance of the 500cc Formula 3 category as a serious racing class will be revived at Silverstone in April. A modern-day version of the 100-mile...
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The legendary Californian race car engineer and fabricator has died, aged 92. He had worked on race cars for more than 65 years and until shortly before his death was still at his bench every day, at...
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A glimpse of the future Bentley and Rolls-Royce have been in a playful mood this month as they drip feed the media coy images of their newest products — or at least parts of them. First to produce a...
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Daytona 24 Hours: Florida, USA Chip Ganassi's Grand-Am team has taken willful possession of Daytona's Rolex 24 Hours in recent years. Ganassi's team has won five of the last eight 24-hour races at...
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REFLECTIONS - Conflicts and contrasts at Daytona - Brundle's grand day out at Fiorano - The other type of launch control * There may be a better pla than Florida to be in January, but if so I have...
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By Rob Widdows "Hello". Big smile. "You here for race? You like the play casino, have night with me?" She is very good looking, designed in a wind tunnel, alluring in that Oriental way so many...
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By Mat Oxley It would be wrong to publish a tribute to Barry Sheene without talking some more about King Kenny Roberts. The careers of the Cockney and the Californian were inextricably entwined...
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By Gordon Kirby Next year, Grand-Am and the alms with come together. Everyone hopes for the best from the merger but at a track like Laguna Seca, for example, an LMP2 car is five seconds faster than...
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The Scheckter effect Sir, I enjoyed the recent issue with Jody Scheckter as guest editor. In 1988, at a David Bowie concert in Atlanta, I happened to notice Jody standing outside the venue. I had...
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Barry Sheene was the cheeky Londoner who brought sex, drugs and rock and roll to motorcycle racing. A decade after his death, we assess the 1976 and 1977 500cc World Champion's merits as a racer By...
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— Insight — The Unforgettable Race The 1979 British GP is etched in motorcycling folklore. The leaders were almost inseparable throughout... and remained so at the finishing line Sheene's duel with...
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— Insight — Sheene proved a natural fit for Australian TV A man like Barry Sheene was never going to disappear into obscurity after hanging up his leathers. Not surprisingly, his first thought was to...
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— Insight — Sheene tested a fair few racing cars, F1 chassis among them, but his career on four wheels proved both fleeting and patchy By Richard Heseltine Viewed through the cold gaze of the sceptic...
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Regulatory stability dictates that cars will not change greatly this season, but other aspects of the sport's fabric look very different. The challenge, though, remains the same: Can anybody prevent...
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F1 folk were surprised McLaren didn't sign him, but many believe Ferrari will. Meet Nico Hulkenberg, who has won titles at every stage of his career... bar one By Simon Arron Act one, Scene two :...
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The Formula 1 calendar becomes ever more cosmopolitan, yet its farthest extremes might be more accessible than you'd imagine... By Simon Arron "You want what?" From the look on our interpreter's face...
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A 'You were There' speciaI An audience at the Palace, from back when F2 mattered enough for Ferrari to send a works team We've stretched the definition of the word 'amateur' slightly to let us use...
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During 33 years and more than a quarter of a million 100mph miles, this dedicated team player helped make Jaguar great By Simon Taylor Marque loyalty is an old-fashioned concept these days. A driver...
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It seemed simple: set the fastest ever speed for an F1 car, at the spiritual home of straight-line record breaking. Honda achieved its aim - but no one had predicted it would take two years instead...
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Restoring the Bonneville record car presented an unusual set of problems for Dawn Treader Even years after the record run at Bonneville, the Honda RA106 was still suffering from the salt, which was...
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For some, what's in the paddock is as interesting as what's in the pits. Especially the race car transporters... By Gordon Cruickshank It doesn't matter which form of racing you are involved in,...
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Formula 1 tends to hog the headlines but you'll find parallel ingenuity elsewhere within our sport, and its provenance might just surprise you By Andrew Frankel We've all done it: imagined racing...
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Sometimes you forget. This was one of those occasions. The last time I drove an Ariel Atom was to record some acceleration times for a national newspaper. It must have been at least five years ago....
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Twin peaks: GT86 is already terrific, but new Subaru version just shades it Factfile Engine: 2,0 litres, four cylinders Top speed: 140mph Price: £24,995 Power: 197bhp at 7000rpm Fuel/CO2: 36 2mpg,...
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Factfile Engine: 3.0 litres, six cylinders, supercharged Top speed: 155mph Price: £65,365 Power: 340bhp at 6500rpm Fuel/CO2: 29.4mpg, 224g/kmwww.jaguar.com * This is an XJ with a supercharged 3-litre...
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Factfile Engine: 3.8 litres, six cylinders, normally aspirated Top speed: 185mph Price: £87,959 Power: 397bhp at 7400rpm Fuel/CO2: 28.5mpg, 234g/kmwww.porsche.co.uk * What is it that makes people...
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He didn't collect any titles on his way up, but Marussia's British rookie glows with confidence With Ed Foster Despite a six-hour, subzero game of golf two days prior to our chat Max Chilton is...
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Lamborghini is building a new GT3 car to take on Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche, but is also looking to the Grand-Am Championship in 2014 Should you measure a race category's success by how many...
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Nick Tandy is the latest driver to be signed by Porsche's works team. He's the only Brit to have won the German Carrera Cup, but this was still an unexpected announcement... As a 16-year-old Nick...
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Parisian winter exposition assembles an impressive array of wings, wheels and props Transport of all hues turns up at Retromobile, the annual Paris extravaganza. Greeting visitors this year was the...
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WHAT WE'D BLOW THE BUDGET ON THIS MONTH DREAV GARAG ANDY GILBERG ROYALE RP20 There's only one of these. With its 2-litre Cosworth BDG ifs eligible for F2 and Atlantic events, and it beat a Libre...
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News from the main auction houses around the world —RM Auctions — The Canadian auction house's Villa d'Este sale on May 25 is fast approaching and one of the great racing Ferrari sports cars will be...
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Fond recollections of a popular team owner, whose forthright personality was recently captured in print By Doug Nye When great racing team patrons and entrants are mentioned, the names of Ken Tyrrell...
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Mann's memories reminded me of a couple of typical Graham Hill stories. As the Le Mans-type starting echelon was being arranged at Sebring in 1966, Graham and Jackie Stewart were to share one of Alan...
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All great racers demand the best. Compromise isn't within their dictionary. Graham Hill was one of the most pernickety and demanding drivers any team could run. Mechanics and engineers alike brim...
In recent weeks I have spent much time trying to re-address research upon a very important group of racing cars. There comes a point, after reviewing literally hundreds of photographs and thousands...

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