April 2016

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There’s something missing from this issue of Motor Sport, something to which I know many of you usually turn before anything else. But never fear: Nigel Roebuck’s Reflections will return. A sudden...
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You can read in the following pages our exclusive interview with Luca di Montezemolo, about his reflections on his two stints at Ferrari where he oversaw seven world championships for drivers and...
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“Apart from my family, Ferrari is – and will always be – the most important element of my life” In a rare – and exclusive – interview,  former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo outlines...
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The 67th world championship season is approaching. Time for a look, then, at the Formula 1 status quo and key factors that are most likely to shape the campaign ahead. Will Lewis Hamilton breeze to a...
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Bumper grid for Le Mans Expanded pits will allow the 24 Hours field to hit 60 cars this year, for the first time since 1955 | By Gary Watkins The grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours will hit 60 cars this...
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Ford shows GT's potential Ford’s new mid-engined GT car made its debut in this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and four of them will race at Le Mans in June. Chip Ganassi Racing is running two cars...
Michael MacDowel Popular competitor Michael MacDowel has died aged 83. He had a long career in the sport and was a double British hillclimb champion in the 1970s. MacDowel started racing sports cars...
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New rules… and a familiar face Major regulation rewrites usually upset the status quo in motor sports. Invariably one team correctly calculates the new way of the world and dominates as a result. It...
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The doors are open to the 2016 Motor Sport Hall of Fame – and it’s up to you to decide which great figures from the past and present pass through them to join our exclusive club for racing heroes For...
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The Rise and Fall of the French Alpine Rally Martin Pfundner To some of us there’s nothing more evocative than a photo of a car – even a sluggardly side-valve saloon – cresting a hard-won mountain...
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Goodwood’s star galaxy Mika Häkkinen and Ford GT40 among headline acts | By Paul Lawrence A guest appearance by Mika Häkkinen and an all-Ford GT40 race into the dusk are among the highlights of the...
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We’re a bit overwhelmed with James Bond right now, what with a new film and the Aston Martin DB10 created especially for it. Yet what many don’t realise is that an Aston only appeared in the seventh...
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Aston unveils DB11 Crucial newcomer gets 600bhp turbo V12 | by Andrew Frankel Aston Martin has unveiled the new DB11, by some margin its most important new car in more than a dozen years. Indeed you...
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The looks might be inelegant – and its name more so still – but the company’s first SUV is an engineering triumph  | by Andrew Frankel hy do they make it so difficult? Before you can settle into...
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The priciest car of its type, but by no means the best Porsche’s introduction of its second-generation 991-series 911 continues with models based on its four-wheel-drive architecture. The standard...
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A step in the right direction, but no more than that Not before time, Peugeot is throwing everything it has at the business of making its fast hatchbacks decent to drive once more, and there is no...
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Convincing in some ways, less so in others If you’re going to try to sell a car that’s at a statistical disadvantage, you’d better be very sure to have some stardust up your sleeve. Such is the case...
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The spirit of Swallow My thanks to Gordon Cruickshank for his fine review of the memorable Flywheel story. I covered the 1987 launch of the title for Motor Cycle News and the stories of the men who...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre If you want to buy a sports watch these days there are countless options, from cheap and chunky slabs of quartz-powered plastic to imposing pieces of mechanically powered carbon...
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This is the story of Mike Hailwood, European F2 champion, F1 podium finisher and one of the finest riders ever to grace a racing motorcycle  Read Mike the bike Read Mike the car  
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Ignore his privileged background. Good kit might have been readily available, but nobody could have extracted more from it...  | writer Mat Oxley Mike Hailwood has been dead more than three decades,...
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Two stabs at F1 yielded no victories, but don’t be fooled by the record books. Hailwood was good enough to win at racing’s top echelon | writer Paul Fearnley Mike Hailwood took easily to Formula 1....
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Colin Chapman’s drive for giant leaps sometimes faltered. As Goodwood assembles ground-effect cars for the 74th Members Meeting, we roll out the Lotus that dug a pit for itself – and kept digging...
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Ground-effect F1 to star at Goodwood’s spring opener  As radical in conception as it was in appearance, and let down only by the fact that it didn’t work terribly well, the adjacent Lotus 80 will be...
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At his career peak he created many NASCAR headlines. Nowadays he’s at the track to analyse major talking points on TV "When I first started out in NASCAR in the 1960s,” says Darrell Waltrip, “it was...
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Tough, pragmatic and thoughtful, Brian Redman is one of Britain’s greatest racing drivers. In this extract from his long-awaited memoirs he considers Spa, the pinnacle of road-racing where he took...
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Dad competed in F1 and brother Jolyon is on the cusp: the dynasty’s youngster spoke to Simon Arron about his goals...  It feels odd when a driver tells you he was a little too old to start karting,...
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Rally success earned the firm cult status, but that was a long time ago. Now Subaru has surprised its fans by launching a maiden British Touring Car Championship campaign | writer Simon Arron By...
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He forged his reputation as an engineer, but people tend to forget just how accomplished a driver Mike Parkes was. We look back on the man, and his time in the racing spotlight with Ferrari | Writer ...
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One team, several identities... but a Formula 1 institution has become Renault again | writer Peter Higham Now back in the guise of Renault, the Enstone-based team is entering its 36th season since...
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Winter wonderland Brands Hatch, January 31: mud, persistent drizzle, biting wind and a Ford Escort armada – welcome to the 21st century Standing to the outside of Druids, appreciating the protective...
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Innovation and escape Roger Nathan built and raced novel ply-framed cars in the ’60s – then gave up racing for the air  "I shouldn’t have been running a business, I should just have been racing.” The...
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How Brooke beat Brooks Chimay 1946: revisiting a landmark British victory that is all too often overlooked Conventional wisdom has it that when Tony Brooks’ works Connaught won the 1955 Syracuse...

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