April 2018

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Lewis Hamilton has just returned from his longest break, from F1, in 10 years. Since his 2017 campaign ended at Abu Dhabi in November, he has been snowboarding in the USA (“It was icy in Colorado –...
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WEC is keen to indulge Toyota and its star F1 driver – but it's meeting hidden complications Fernando Alonso will race a Toyota TS050 Hybrid this year, and not just at the Le Mans 24 Hours. The...
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Nick Trott chats to the versatile Spaniard about the challenge of competing in different disciplines in 2018 – Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship. It’s late in the evening. Toyota has...
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Le Mans circuit to modify its famous Porsche curves The Porsche Curves stand up there with the Esses and Tertre Rouge, the Mulsanne Straight, and the right and the left-hander at Indianapolis as an...
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Can Formula 1 survive without Ferrari and Mercedes? Zak Brown, Mclaren's commercially savvy boss, thinks the sport has to take that risk The next few months are going to be crucial for F1’s future...
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Historic racing series have been enlisted to turbo charge contemporary events Period competition cars will feature prominently at two Grand Prix weekends this summer as Masters Historic Racing...
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Should classic car buyers rely on logbooks for authenticity? A former AC Cobra owner is suing the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency over his car’s apparent loss of value, after it was deemed to be...
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UK motor sport doesn't ever truly switch off. And if proof were needed... Circuit racing might grind almost to a halt beyond October, with a few honourable exceptions, but the ‘off-season’ contains...
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James King, once an F3 winner, now a historic front-runner “When I look back at 1977,” the American says with a smile, “F3 wins seemed to be shared out between several drivers. I’m not sure if...
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The 30th Manx Classic hillclimb continues a local tradition that dates back to the first Gordon Bennett trials in 1904 This three-day event, from April 26-28, consists of one sprint and two...
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Bigger battery, futuristic look – and halo Formula E’s season five car puts the series at a pivotal point. Gone is the first point of ridicule: the cars are now good for full races on one battery....
Electric racing's silent rise continues, as Electric GT nears It’s been a while coming, but the new Electric GT Series appears finally to be on its way to the race track. The series, which has no...
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Newcomer takes use of race-inspired technology to fresh levels Ferrari has unveiled its fastest ever V8-powered sports car. Called the Ferrari 488 Pista it is a heavily revised version of the...
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As the 2018 Formula 1 season gets underway, Ferrari's thoughts are turning succession plans Just as in a race when you are competing against a phantom – a driver many places separate from you but on...
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The likes of Elford, Gurney and Andretti were ever adaptable – versatility as an art form, if you like. Today, more drivers should take a leaf from Alonso’s book Fernando Alonso’s recent announcement...
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Valentino Rossi’s career has played out like a rollercoaster, so what are his most successful and least successful seasons? Valentino Rossi will commence his 19th season of premier-class Grand Prix...
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The likes of Elford, Gurney and Andretti were ever adaptable – versatility as an art form, if you like. Today, more drivers should take a leaf from Alonso’s book Fernando Alonso’s recent announcement...
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When I wrote my last book I said it was my last book. Well, this one is definitely my last one. Although there is just one in the pipeline…” That was Jonathan Wood, award-winning author of 35...
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Wolf at the door Your admirable pair of articles ‘From Russia with cash’ and ‘Winds of change at Williams’ (Motor Sport website) make the point about the long-term ownership of the team. Virginia...
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Porsche Club GB has joined forces with Motor Sport to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary at this year’s Hall of Fame awards. The only official Porsche Club operating in the UK, and with a...
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Keeping an eye on time: powerful players in the watch world HERMÉS Within the world of high horology, it is a pointed insult to use the term “fashion watch”. There are ever-growing hordes of people...
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In less than a month 20 drivers of 15 nationalities – including four world champions – will slide into the cockpit of their cars ready to do battle in the toughest, fastest, richest and most...
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Mercedes dominated 2017 and is tipped to do so again this season with its powerful triumvirate of driver, team boss and technical director. We caught up with each of them in turn Mercedes AMG F1’s ...
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Mercedes AMG F1’s technical director How much effect has the halo had? “The biggest job was trying to make sure that it fitted nicely on the chassis, that the chassis was strong enough to take the...
World champion 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 What’s been your role in the development of the new car? “I’m not in the engineers’ office, I’m not designing – my job is to explain weaknesses and put that into...
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How will the season play out? Here we tackle the big points of contention that will provide the answer Will we ever get used to the halo? Philosophically, the halo is a big thing. It’s more than just...
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World champion 1969, 1971, 1973 The thing that I, along with probably all racing enthusiasts, am looking forward to this year is seeing some closer racing. Whether we get it or not… well, we will...
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World champion 1978 It’s always suspenseful as to who’s done the best work off-season, how the fight will go between the usual suspects. There will be a lot of eyes on McLaren and whether they’ve...
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World champion 1979 Of course, the big question this year is going to be whether Ferrari will be able to challenge Mercedes. I think last year it could have done better and Sebastian made a few...
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World champion 1980 We need grid girls back – what a joke! If I could change one thing, it would be to reverse that decision. But on track, I’d be surprised if the status quo changed significantly....
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World champion 1996 Like many, I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how McLaren will perform with Renault power. Will it be the step forward for which everybody is hoping – and how will Fernando...
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2018 DRIVERS AND TEAMS The runners and riders for the coming season MERCEDES First team entry 1954. Races entered 168. Wins 76. FLs 56. Poles 88. Driver titles 6. Position last year 1st A bit like...
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Once a grass-roots staple, Special Saloon racing is flourishing again – and this year welcomes back a sponsor that first became involved in 1978. We reflect on the category’s genesis and its original...
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He might not be the most famous Porsche driver but Björn Waldegård can lay claim to being the most successful. His speciality was rallying, so what better way to remember him than to take one of his...
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Ron Gaudion spent only three seasons as a Jaguar race mechanic – but what seasons He’s no braggart, Ron Gaudion. If you had been team mechanic on Jaguar D-types for all three Le Mans victories you...
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Behind the fanfare at Daytona, the first chapter of a new story was just beginning: the return of Joest Fifty years ago Vic Elford was leading a trio of Porsche 907s across the line on Daytona’s...
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Many a prolific racing car manufacturer has vanished, but an Italian visionary has overseen his firm’s expansion in a shrinking market We are in the Osteria delle Vigne, a typical Italian family...
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The world felt like a bigger place in the early 1970s, but that didn’t deter Don Larsen... Writing from California, Don Larsen contacted Motor Sport to say he had several pictures “for possible...
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How did you get started in historic racing? As a business DK Engineering has been running historic cars for more than 40 years. My earliest memories are going to race meetings and rallies with my...
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The drivers to watch in 2018 Oliver Hart One of the younger generation of historic racers coming through the ranks, teenager Hart is remarkable to watch in the Cobra he often shares with his father...
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...Preparation specialist at Akron Sport How did you turn your racing background into a historic racing preparation business? My background is racing, generally. I’ve done quite a bit of historic...
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Get your diary ready – here are the historic racing events you want to make sure you attend at home and abroad May 11-13 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Like its illustrious counterpart at Le Mans,...
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These are the UK races and series that don't grab the headlines, but provide huge entertainment for the spectator and competitor alike HRDC Academy With regulations written with the specific aim of...
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Motor Sport has on its editorial team four people who regularly race historic (and modern) cars. Here are the items they have invested in personally and can’t live without – together with some sage...
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Alfa Romeo's first SUV has all the characteristics you would associate with the Italian company – good and bad The Stelvio Pass is rivalled only the Karussel at the Nürburgring and Laguna Seca’s...
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...but are 12 cylinders really necessary in a luxury limo?  This might seem a contentious thing to say but in my experience it is true: big 12-cylinder saloons are hardly ever as good as their more...
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Kia targets German establishment with a bold new saloon Who would have thought, even five years ago, that a Kia would have earned its place on these pages? The Korean duo of Kia and Hyundai have made...
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Muscular British classic that scored competition successes galore Big Healey – sounds like a character in a gangster film, no? Someone brawny, tough, determined. And there’s a lot in that. Donald...
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A US specialist dealing in the golden age of motoring Nick Soprano has been keeping the flame of vintage racers alive in New York state for almost four decades. The founder of Motor Classic &...
Jaguar unveils £1m continuation model in Paris Forget Brexit, the entente cordiale between Britain and France appears to be as warm as ever – among car enthusists at least. The latest sign of...
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The star cars from Retromobile in Paris An unpredictable Retromobile weekend in a snowy Paris in February saw some unexpected no-sales, a couple of model records and the unprecedented event at such a...
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Chairman and CEO Barrett Jackson Our bidders are as diverse as our docket – from pre-war classics to muscle cars. And 35 per cent of bidders at our Scottsdale sale were new, which we’re happy to see...
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A little longer, a lot lighter, and a leap forward What is LT? McLaren will hate us saying this, but it is their take on Porsche’s ‘RS’ philosophy – the name given to those road cars that are lighter...
Director of Tom Hartley, specialist in luxury and performance cars We’ve sold 20 or 25 675LTs here. Interestingly, it’s the car that seems to get the non-McLaren buyer into a McLaren. They look...
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Owner of Ascott Collection which sources, sells and races classic cars – even a 240T When you look at history the 240T was very competitive, and it still is: in Peter Auto’s Heritage Touring Car Cup...
The ‘flying brick’ that’s flying once again in historic racing The Volvo 240 is enjoying something of a renaissance in racing, not least because there are now so many series and championships in...
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Geoff Gordon’s freshly built historic Group 2 contender is now a complete, ready-to-race entity. Next stop: shakedown testing It was, I suppose, a slightly surreal feeling. The Alfa has been edging...
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A few tweaks are in train for the new season – such as new brakes and a rebuilt gearbox. Oh, and the heavy bit up front. Nick Trott takes up the story... I think we’re going to be late for the season...
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Restoration of an ex-Barrichello F1 car is nearing completion and owner Warren Stean is planning its first public demonstration I don’t quite yet have a fully rebuilt and dyno-tested engine, but the...
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  Rule Britannia: When British sports cars saved a nation John Nikas It’s hard to recall that this country once had a major car industry made up of British owned brands but as this book by a life-...
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After the race: Belgian duo who carefully replicate race liveries – and then mess them up Yes, these are real Porsche panels, and no, they haven’t come straight off the race track. They are the work...
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CMC: Marcus Nicholls explores the stunning models of a German/Chinese specialist CMC – Classic Model Cars – is a German/Chinese manufacturer that has produced exquisite high-end miniatures in metal...
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The Mallory paddock looks little different today – save for the absence of Formula 1 transporters. François Cevert was present to demonstrate a Tyrrell 006, part of a Ford Sport Day race meeting that...
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Remember when the F1 pits and paddock were more easily accessible to the public? That was the case for John Pearse at Silverstone in 1985 Send us your images If you have any images that might be...

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