April 2014

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Towards the end of our audio podcast recording with Gordon Murray, the former Brabham designer said the last of many things that had resonance – particularly in light of the magazine (this one) we...
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We launch our new Formula 1 section this month, courtesy of Grand Prix editor Mark Hughes, who’s already proved a popular addition to our website. For Mark, and all of us at Motor Sport, the new...
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>>Straight-talkin’ Petty >>Prost on the present >>Double points farce A step into the obscene?The F1 field heads for Turn One at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi in 2013. When the sport...
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Straight TalkMcLaren, the FIA or more fishing? What will Ross Brawn do next? The Formula 1 landscape remains pockmarked from the skirmishes years ago between two men: Max Mosley and Ron Dennis, each...
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The future of Formula 1 has never been more uncertain. Here, Motor Sport presents its vision of how Grand Prix racing can be reborn. It’s radical – but echoes of the past are clear Greed has damaged...
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With the news that Ron Dennis has recaptured control of the McLaren F1 team – after five years away – it’s timely to recall just how he surrendered that position in the first place. The tale is a...
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Christian soldiers onward America’s Tudor United SportsCar series made its debut with this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January. The race was the first of 12 rounds in the inaugural TUSC...
* Caterham withdrew its Le Mans 24 Hours entry soon after announcing its plans to return to the LMP2 category with the Greaves Zytek team. Caterham pulled the plug on its programme, which included an...
Returning Le Mans king opts for hybrid V4 power | By Gary Watkins Porsche has finally disclosed technical details of its 2014 World Endurance Championship challenger and confirmed two of the worst-...
Teams competing in the new-for-2014, all-electric FIA Formula E Championship will be based at a purpose-built series HQ at Donington Park. A bespoke 44,000sq ft state-of-the-art facility (above) is...
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Nissan has announced that its new ZEOD RC Le Mans racer will be powered by an engine small enough to fit in an overhead locker on any commercial airline. The ultra-compact 1.5-litre three-cylinder...
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Tony Crook, who has died shortly before his 94th birthday, was an automotive polymath. He was a racing driver of great talent, scoring 370 wins and places between 1946 and 1955. He was also a shrewd...
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Gordon Murray on F1 changes and what he’d do if he was in charge. “I don’t really like the direction F1 is taking at the moment; I think it’s quite false in some areas. I can understand completely...
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2013-2014Edited by Tony Dodgins Good old Autocourse. What would we do without it? As a review of the season past, with its heavy emphasis on Formula 1, there really is nothing like the big book –...
The True Story DVD Whatever you thought about Ron Howard’s Rush it certainly wasn’t an accurate depiction of the 1976 F1 season, but that was to be expected. Condensing all that happened that year...
Owners’ Workshop ManualIan Wagstaff By now calling these historical diversions ‘owners’ manuals is an old joke, but the format works well, offering more technical information on the subject vehicle...
Donald Farr With a foreword written by Edsel B Ford II, and an author who has worked on Mustang Monthly for 30 years, this book was always going to paint a rosy picture of the machine that created...
Terry O’Neill The perception was perhaps frivolous, the intent anything but. This was a race meeting in sunny climes, beyond the end of the mainstream seasons in Europe and North America, but it...
Personal Images and Insights from the Stars of Formula 1 Books about Formula 1 tend to be 10 a penny, but this is one of the most intriguing for some time – and it’s all in a good cause. Drivers,...
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Angles of attack The new MotoGP season kicks off under Qatar’s entirely fatuous floodlights on March 23 and some people are already inscribing Marc Márquez’s name on the 2014 World Championship...
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F1 turbos primed for spectacular high-speed demo | By Paul Lawrence Goodwood’s 72nd Members’ Meeting will include the biggest gathering of historic turbocharged Formula 1 cars for nearly 30 years....
The famous Clermont-Ferrand road circuit at Charade, once home to the French Grand Prix, will be celebrated in demonstration runs over the weekend of June 21/22. The Take Action for Charade movement...
The 50th anniversary of Brands Hatch’s first British GP (above) will be marked during the Masters Festival over the weekend of May 24/25, when the Masters FIA Historic Formula One Championship is...
* Timeless rockers Status Quo will play an outdoor concert on the opening day of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power on Friday June 13. The seventh running of the three-day event will celebrate Italian...
The Donington Historic Festival (May 3-5) and Silverstone Classic (July 25-27) will both mark the centenary of the Maserati marque this year, with a special all-Maserati race at Donington topping the...
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Current British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan will race an Austin A40 this season, when he partners father Mike in Touring Greats races that don’t clash with his BTCC title defence. Mike bought...
The famous Willhire 24 Hours of the 1980s and early 1990s will be recalled at Donington Park on October 18, with a two-hour race into the night for production sports and touring cars. Britain’s first...
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Morgan 4/4An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, May 1963 | By Michael Tee the other cars in this series of sub-£700 sports car road tests are in the 1100cc category, but the...
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US show provides hints of an industrial upturn | By Andrew Frankel This year’s Detroit Motor Show was not only its usual eclectic, important self, but also managed to strike a chord of optimism –...
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Aston Martin has issued a recall notice affecting more than 17,000 cars built since 2007, including every left-hand-drive example constructed in this time and all right-hand-drive cars built since...
Ferrari will unveil the second generation of its California convertible at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Called the California T, it combines looks clearly derived from the F12 flagship with a new...
McLaren's road car division is pressing ahead at maximum pace to fill out its ranges and meet its stated aim of selling around 5000 cars per year by the middle of the decade. First into the...
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Newcomer differs significantly from its forebear, which isn’t necessarily a good thing... | By Andrew Frankel It might seem a strange thing to say about a car whose success has outstripped by far the...
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A splendid car, but tread carefully if you happen to be in Nevada... The man was polite but insistent. He guarded the gate to Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park and we weren’t going to be permitted...
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Stunning to behold, but less so to drive You could right now be running away with the idea that the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante must be the greatest Aston of the modern era. After all, the car is...
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Added poise and punch sharpen Crewe’s capable cruiser If there has been one constant refrain from customer to company in the decade since the new generation of VW-financed Bentley models went on sale...
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Memorable John Button What a shame… and what a shock to be informed of John Button’s passing in your editorial. Having seen or heard nothing in the media, my wife and I were taken aback, since we...
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Brabham history goes online In late 2012 David Brabham – son of 2011 inductee Sir Jack – won back the rights to the Brabham trademark after a seven-year legal battle in the German courts. He has now...
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Motor Sport’s new Grand Prix editor Mark Hughes has just published F1 Retro 1970, a season review ripe with fresh detail and perspective. Here are a few edited highlights Business as usual for a...
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This ever-determined, hard-charging Indycar driver didn’t always mind his Ps and Qs but invariably gave his all in the cockpit Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Michael McNamara These days your...
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Forty years have passed since the sport lost one of its most misunderstood – and underrated – talentsWriter Andrew Frankel I’d known about the autobiography of Peter Revson for years, but never felt...
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Our fifth annual awards night drew star names to London as four more racing heroes were honoured with membership to our club for the best of the best Passers-by could tell that something a bit...
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Simon Arron talks to a driver with feet on the ground, mind on the podium The distinction is subtle. Nick Tandy’s recent GT conquest in the Daytona 24 Hours was his first in a factory Porsche, but...
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He’s not yet a fully fledged endurance aristocrat, but Oliver Jarvis – Audi Sport’s foremost British racer in the post-Allan McNish era – is forging a solid reputationWriter: Simon Arron It’s a tale...
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It’s 6.30am and I’ve just woken up face down on the hot Tarmac in the pitlane of the Potrero de los Funes circuit in San Luis, Argentina. I can hear trucks moving and so scramble from my one-man tent...
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The ingredients? A treacherous Donington Park, the latest GT3 racer from a small, ambitious company and a 6ft 7in writer who is too tall for the cabin. That didn’t work, but the car does…Writer Ed...
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Florida, USA Gear selection bothers were a nuisance, a spurious late-race caution period rather more so. Action Express Racing looked to have this year’s Rolex 24 – the 52nd Daytona 24 Hours – firmly...
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Following the barely melted tyre tracks of mid-January’s WRC event, the ACO’s Monte Carlo Rallye Historique used most of the same stages a few days later to test the mettle of historic cars and their...
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Fresh from the co-driver’s seat, a first-hand account of an unexpectedly tough challenge As I stood with driver Rick Pearson on the side of a lonely mountain in the Alpes Maritimes, in the pitch...
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Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 23-26: a heritage stage for America’s brave new world Night has long since fallen when first I pass the scaffold tubes that sketch the Daytona International Speedway’s...
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Paris Rétromobile, February 5-6: an F1 car for one third the price of a Citroën? It’s where silly and sumptuous collide The frantic whistling reflects the local gendarmes’ attempts to exert control...
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Meet a man who has opened borders, closed Tower Bridge and practically created a whole sport I used to think it was a long drive to Oulton Park. I’m put to shame by Philip Young, who recently spent...
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What we’d blow the budget on this month Legends RacingMcLaren M4A F2 Delivered new to the well-known Chequered Flag team for the 1968 F2 season for Rob Widdows (not our RW!); retains its Cosworth FVA...
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Film and fiction mix with brake fluid as murder comes to Worcestershire Shocking case of sabotage at Shelsley Walsh recently – brake lines cut, car in flames, someone biffed on the head with a hammer...
Is your classic car ready for an April outing? A brief early warning about Drive It Day on April 27, when we must extract our classics from the garage and take to the road, whether to Gaydon, NMM,...
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Formula 1 pay cheques are staggering – but it’s not as if drivers are in short supply… Kimi Räikkönen famously encountered stormy waters late last year, when his ‘Lotus’ team’s payments dried up. The...
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Harvey Postlethwaite was in jokey mood after his Hesketh 308’s first race win It’s 40 years since Dr Harvey Postlethwaite created the first Hesketh 308 Formula 1 car for James Hunt. It was built in...
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A last gasp for Britain’s premier engine maker – and it went almost unheard The late, great Frank Gardner famously likened turbocharged racing engines to sounding “like ducks farting through long...

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