August 2008

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What chance a home win at the British Grand Prix? Will Ferrari hold the upper hand around Silverstone’s fast sweeps as it did last year? Will the British summer offer us a scorcher or a stinker?...
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The feared exodus of sponsors from Formula 1 following the FIA’s vote of confidence in Max Mosley looks unlikely to happen, but the long-term repercussions remain a concern. F1 is home to over 300...
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Robert Kubica’s historic win in the Canadian Grand Prix has blown the World Championship battle wide open. Although BMW Sauber doesn’t have the quickest car this season, the Pole’s consistent scoring...
The power struggle at the heart of Formula 1 came into focus when talk of a breakaway from the FIA surfaced in Montréal. With Max Mosley having survived a vote of no confidence just a few days before...
Lewis Hamilton spent the break between the Monaco and Canada GPs on holiday in Los Angeles with his old F3 pal Adrian Sutil. Hamilton attended the MTV Awards ceremony, but spent much of his time...
The Max Mosley sex scandal will take on a new dimension when legal proceedings kick off in London on July 7. Mosley is suing News Group Newspapers, owners of the News of the World, for breach of...
The controversial system of closing the pitlane during safety car periods could come to an end if the FIA adopts an alternative that is being trialled by the Formula 1 teams. The system was...
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Jenson Button expects an update package to help propel Honda up the grid at Silverstone. The team will introduce its last major upgrade at the British GP before its R&D focus switches to 2009 car...
Lewis Hamilton says he is determined to win the British Grand Prix and make up for a frustrating debut appearance in front of home fans last year. In the 2007 event Hamilton took pole, but he...
We asked Lewis Hamilton’s race engineer Phil Prew to give us the inside line “Silverstone is becoming increasingly unique in its set-up. It is characterised by its high-speed corners, and that leads...
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Reflections – Mosley wins, but F1 could be the loser – Brundle’s assessment of the season so far – Kubica sparks memories of old-style Monaco The effects of ‘Whippergate’ smoulder on, and threaten at...
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When a heartbroken Allan McNish was asked why he kept coming back to Le Mans after his car retired from a dominant lead on Sunday morning last year, he replied in a low voice, looking directly into...
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The family of the late, great David Leslie invite his friends and admirers to attend a Memorial Celebration of his life to be held at the BRDC Farm at Silverstone Circuit on Thursday, July 24,...
From August 8-10 Jaguar will be celebrating the diamond anniversary of the XK Sports and the XK engine, which powered such cars as the E-type, MkII Saloons and XJ6s. The event will be held at...
Ove Andersson Some things are harder to write than most, and this is one of them. I first met Ove on the Acropolis Rally in 1964 when he drove a two-stroke Saab 96 to 10th place. He drove the car...
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The new ’Powered by Ferrari’ A1GP racer has hit the track less than five months after work started on the design. The second-generation A1GP one-make car, which is powered by a Ferrari V8 based on...
For the first time in over 10 years, a contemporary Formula 1 car has been driven around Brands Hatch. Ex-F3 Champion and BAR tester Marc Hynes drove the 2004 Jaguar R5 – in which Mark Webber scored...
The French racing car constructor Mygale has broken Dallara’s stranglehold on the British Formula 3 Championship. Two wins for the Mygale M-08 design at Snetterton in June were the first for a car...
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The latest in a long line of Subaru World Rally Cars made an impressive debut on the Acropolis Rally in Greece in June. The new WRC2008 finished second in the hands of Petter Solberg and Phil Mills.
NASCAR Kasey Kahne took back-to-back wins at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, with victory in the All-Star Challenge and the Coca Cola 600. Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race. Busch won his fourth Sprint Cup...
Penske Racing has another reason to celebrate during its successful 2008 season – it has now notched up 300 victories. Ryan Briscoe’s maiden IRL IndyCar Series win at Milwaukee in June (above) marked...
The manufacturer that helped launch the careers of future motor sport legends Michael Schumacher, Tom Kristensen and Bernd Schneider is back among the winners in Formula 3. In June, Volkswagen scored...
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Star drivers from every category of racing are heading to Goodwood By Ed Foster It has been confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will lead the star drivers at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. ‘Mr...
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Lay your cards on the table The big news at this year’s 92nd Indy 500 was the creation of an industry ‘round table’ convened for the IRL by retired Ford racing executive Neil Ressler’s consulting...
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Who’ll buy this beauty? Times change. This week a press release landed not on my doormat but, as they all do these days, in my ‘Inbox’. It was entitled ‘Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo test-...
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Dealing with the pain Rostrum or hospital!” The bike racer’s on-the-grid battle cry is only half a joke. Motorcycle racing is dangerous, everyone knows that. Just ask Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha’s...
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Witness to Irwin’s crash Sir, I was interested and delighted to read that Chris Irwin had recently attended the Thruxton 40th anniversary meeting. The article quotes him saying, “How the accident...
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The Jaguar C-type was the car that pioneered disc brake technology in 1952, when a young Stirling Moss was its driver. We reunited them at SilverstoneBy Andrew Frankel The true value of most great...
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Braking news Jaguar, Dunlop and the development of the disc brake When Moss won at Reims, the disc brake was already almost half a century old, as patent applications for just such a device, dated in...
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Massive computing power allows a British company to streamline and test cars before they’re built, and even drive them virtually By Gordon Cruickshank Success has been heading Acura’s way in the ALMS...
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Forty years ago it was the first McLaren F1 car to score a World Championship win. In an extract from a new official book, McLaren – The Cars 1964-2008 by William Taylor, we look at M7A’s early days...
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The 1982 Word Champion puts his success down to hard work rather than talent, but there's been plenty of that in evidence too By Simon Taylor According to Keke Rosberg, getting to the top in Formula...
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MG’s final and quickest Land Speed Record car, dubbed the Roaring Raindrop, combined other-worldly looks with a supercharged engine By Keith Howard When talk turns to the golden age of British Land...
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SEAT’s diesel has risen to the fore in this year’s World Touring Car Championship, to the consternation of its petrol-powered rivals. And the battle’s coming to Britain soon By Rob Widdows The...
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What’s it like to step up from a junior racing car to your very first test in Formula 1? It’s an experience that cannot be forgotten – by even the most experienced Grand Prix driver By Alistair...
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From title shootouts to pitstop trauma, ex-arrows man David Lowe has seen it all. He spoke to Rob Widdows David ‘Dorky’ Lowe lived in the paddocks and pitlanes for more than 20 years. Why ‘Dorky’? “I...
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BMW has created a new class of car with its X6 – the first ‘Sports Activity Coupé’. But who asked for it? And will the niche outlast the product? By Andrew Frankel Just occasionally and even in these...
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Away from the limelight of the World Championship, these races sometimes ran at unusual venues, with drivers determined to gain recognition. In the first of a series, we pick out some great and...
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The six Tourist Trophy races run on the famous Dundrod circuit in Northern Ireland in the 1950s will be marked by a special demonstration during the Ulster Grand Prix motorcycle event in mid-August....
Tony Dron celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first ever race by contesting the Gentleman Drivers’ event at Brands Hatch in May, finishing fourth in a Jaguar E-type with John Young. Dron first...
As part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Lola, the first sub-60 second lap of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit by a sports car was re-created during the Masters Festival in May. Rob Hall drove...
Four of the greatest Rally drivers will honour the memory of Colin McRae by contesting the McRae Stages in September at the wheel of Ford Escort Mk2s. Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola and...
Jaguar ‘E2A’, the prototype racer that provided the link between the D-type and E-type, is expected to sell for over £3.5million when auctioned in California in August. The semi-monocoque car was...
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The Ferrari 312B2 that Jacky Ickx used to win the 1972 German GP returned to racing in May, driven by James Hanson in the Grand Prix Masters event at Brands Hatch. Not raced since the ’70s, the...
One of the biggest entries of classic and historic racing cars ever will be the major feature of this year’s Silverstone Classic on July 25-27. Nearly 700 cars and approaching 900 drivers will...
There can be no stronger link between an individual car and venue than that connecting ERA R4D and Shelsley Walsh, and the 73-year association will be renewed on July 6 during the annual MAC/VSCC...
The rebirth of the BRDC Historic Sports Car Series was a feature of the VSCC’s See Red meeting at Donington Park, as a 28-strong field of 1950s sports-racing cars contested the first of four mini-...
Three hundred and twenty cars from between 1923 and 1979 will celebrate the heritage of Le Mans during the fourth Le Mans Classic on July 11-13. The field is split into six age-based groups which...
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A Silk Cut Jaguar tasted victory at Le Mans again this year as the Group C series put on a spectacle ahead of the 24 Hours by Damien Smith Twenty years on from one of the most famous victories in the...
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Anderstorp was filled once more with the sound of Formula 1 cars in a Historic Grand Prix to celebrate the memory of ‘Superswede’ By Rob Widdows They were dark days. A chill wind stirred the forests...
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The Masters racers had to contend with typical British weather at Brands For the second time in a month the British weather delivered its worst upon the Masters Racing Series. What should have been a...
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DJ Chris Evans’ £5.6m bid for a piece of Hollywood As the glitterati of the classic car world gathered for the RM Legende e Passione auction at Maranello in May, very few of them could have foreseen...
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This early road-going Ferrari is a tricky beast to handle but impressive for one built in the Scuderia’s formative years By Richard Heseltine Photos by Neil Godwin-Stubbert Oh the humanity. It was a...
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From the Fells to Ferrari The Official Biography of Cliff Allison Graham Gauld Once Tony Brunskill decided not to complete his biography of Cliff Allison, Graham Gauld – after being gently prompted...
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Mr cool and the gang At a time when ‘John Steed’ was the epitome of cool, GP drivers actually travelled to races together One former World Champion allowed himself a grumpy old men-style grumble....
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Barnato at Brooklands Woolf Barnato’s achievements with Bentleys are well documented; what’s less well known is the wide range of makes he drove at the Surrey autodrome Woolf Barnato was one of the...

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