August 2010

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Simon Taylor We like 'off the wall' stories, and you couldn't get a more literal example than the GP car Simon drove for this issue. Actually, he drove it 40 years ago and it's been hanging around...
Overheard a journalist at Le Mans talking about the reaction he got when he phoned a prominent British national newspaper to ask them what they needed from this year's 24 Hours. The answer? "Sorry....
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Support for KERS return The Formula 1 Teams have agreed in principle to bring back KERS in 2011, after a gentleman's agreement between them ensured it was dropped for this season. The Kinetic Energy...
There is unlikely to be much movement at the top end of the Formula 1 driver market for 2011 after Mark Webber and Felipe Massa extended their current deals, filling in the last remaining blanks...
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Force India and Lotus Racing are involved in a tussle in the civil courts over alleged misappropriation of intellectual property, relating to work conducted in the Aerolab wind tunnel facility that...
As Motor Sport went to press Pirelli was expected to finally be confirmed as the official Formula 1 tyre supplier for 2011 and beyond. The teams long ago agreed in principle to go with the Italian...
The US Grand Prix is set to return at a permanent track in the booming Texan city of Austin in 2012. The man behind the project is Tavo Hellmund, a 44-year-old who briefly competed in British Formula...
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Driver’s eye view of Silverstone Former F1 driver and sports car ace Anthony Davidson has been exploring the new twists and turns at the British Grand Prix venue "I think the new Silverstone will be...
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The Grand Prix track may be set in asphalt, but the results of other work at Slyerstone won't be seen untll 2011 This is very much an interim year for the British Grand Prix, as visitors will...
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The British Grand Prix marks the halfway stage in the 2010 Formula 1 season, and even without that little statistic it will be an important race for McLaren. Despite having a car that was unable to...
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REFLECTIONS Oh Canada! F1 return welcomed on all sides A roar of V8 power in tribute to Bruce McLaren Red Bull spin can't disguise driver favouritism Everyone agreed it was a delight to be back in...
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On Saturday night at the Circuit de la Sarthe thousands of Brits turned away from the motor race in front of them to watch England's World Cup campaign get off to a faltering start against the USA....
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Jaguar may not have shone in the main race but Justn Law kept his nose clean for a Group C win in an XJR-9 Justin Law won an incident-packed Group C race, aboard a Jaguar XJR-9, on the morning of the...
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The new-for-2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup will expand to become a World Championship in all but name with the Le Mans 24 Hours at its centre next year. The Intercontinental Cup, which begins with...
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The future of Donington Park as a race circuit now looks secure following the collapse of plans to turn it into the home of the British Grand Prix. After months of speculation the lease for the venue...
June 2 marked the 40th anniversary of Bruce McLaren's fatal testing crash in a McLaren Can-Am car at Goodwood. In memory of the company's founder, staff staged a minute's silence at the McLaren...
• The traditional Le Mans Test Day will return to the calendar next season after an absence of two years. The event, cancelled for 2009 after the economic crisis hit, will take place in late April or...
Aston Martin Racing is planning to build six new open-top LMP1 prototypes over the next two years. AMR is aiming to replace its existing Lola-based coupe with a car designed in-house at the Prodrive-...
US car maker Panoz has launched a revolutionary road car with which it aims to take on Porsche, Ferrari and Chevrolet at Le Mans in 2011. The new Panoz Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans is a very low-volume...
MotoGP King Valentino Rossi has vowed that he will continue racing motorcycles despite suffering the first serious injury of his career at the Italian Grand Prix in June. The nine-time World Champion...
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The month of May. A phrase that means a lot to the racing fraternity here in the USA. It means the Indianapolis 500 and, for me, the first event in our new Legends of Motorsports series of historic...
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One of sadly many conundrums I have failed to unravel in all the years doing this job is the reluctance of those who make high-performance cars to fit said machines with fuel tanks commensurate to...
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This year Suzuki becomes the third Japanese factory (after Honda and Yamaha) to celebrate half a century in Grand Prix racing. The smallest of the Japanese marques hasn't had a happy time of late,...
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He's a fine fellow Dario Franchitti, and a great racing driver who stands out as being Indycar's biggest star. Dario's role was underlined as he scored a masterful victory in this May's 94th...
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Seeing red over 'green F1' Sir, Three of the best brains in motor sport sit down to speculate on the Formula 1 car of the future and all they can come up with is the need to be 'green' (Shaping the...
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My wait to see Indy winner Sir, Congratulations to Motor Sport and Gordon Cruickshank on his story of the Lotus-Ford 38 in your July issue. It was in 1965, not '66, that one of them was driven by Jim...
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Drivers knew the risks associated with motor racing in 1970 - but some were not prepared to accept them any more "I think," said Jacky Ickx, "that in those days not winning was not so crucial, not...
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The final months of Jochen Rindt's life were a mix of great success on track and personal tragedy, as explained in a new book on F1's only posthumous World Champion It was the Dutch Grand Prix at...
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It's spent decades hanging on a wall, but now the first-ever March Grand Prix car is to run again - 40 years after one lucky journalist got to test drive it at Silverstone... It was like bumping into...
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The Mexican's too-brief career reached a high at Spa and Brands in 1970 I met Pedro Rodriguez de la Vega just once, although I watched him with huge enthusiasm from the spectator areas for the last...
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When the lairy 917 was built the GT40 still ruled at Le Mans. Drivers Richard Attwood and Jackie Oliver recall how Porsche inherited Ford's crown In the late 1960s, the Commission Sportive...
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Movie star and motor sport fan Steve McQueen went to every effort on set of his homage to Le Mans. But the results fell short for some who witnessed his efforts Le Mans was the movie Steve McQueen...
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It started in London, ran through Europe and the Americas, and Finland was the top scorer. The 1970 World Cup Rally was a daunting event that could never be repeated today In the summer of 1970,...
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The budget was huge, the organisation immense. Anthony Howard was the man charged by the Daily Mirror with turning rally bulletins into news Once upon a time, Fleet Street thrived amid rivers of...
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He started out as a racing driver, but it’s as a businessman that Penske has really achieved results. And such is the pace of life for this 73-year-old that he only had time for coffee and a...
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Clever rule-reading plus IImor's super secret engine helped Roger Penske's savvy team dominate Indy in '94 - but it turned out to be a one-off opportunity The impossible dream for any engine builder...
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Being let loose on the Mille Miglia with one of Mercedes' greatest assets was an honour if slightly blush-making Fifty-four years ago I first saw a picture of Mercedes' 300SLR Coupe. I thought then...
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A museum dedcated to the great German F1 driver is like no other you will have visited... Museums — usually informative (well, hopefully), often fascinating, and sometimes eccentric. And occasionally...
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Bentley's all-new Mulsanne is a car that upholds the vision of the company's famed founder Call it an historical nicety, but it's easy to see why Bentley is placing such importance on the assertion...
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Contest is helping more young people to gain a foothold in motor sport Formula Student is fast becoming one of the ways to get engineering experience in motor sport. Nowadays, it doesn't matter to...
How far can a car travel on one litre of fuel? Now it's almost 5000kms! On the subject of innovation, A record has been smashed in the Shell Eco-marathon Europe. In 2005 the ETH Zurich team managed...
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New car is just as thrilling as its predecessor - But there's a waiting list to buy one Last year our art editor Damon Cogman and I were lucky enough to be lent an Audi R8 V10 to go to the...
Enduro outing proved profitable for young Brit Oliver Jarvis has never made a secret of the fact that he wants to race at Le Mans. When I met up with him last year at the Brands Hatch DTM race he was...
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Firm wants to use machines to help youngsters into racing New simulator experience has opened in Horley, near Gatwick Airport. A few months ago On the Road I went to try an ex-Formula 1 simulator...
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John Grant says that he is lucky to be alive after one of the biggest accidents in recent seasons of historic racing. His McLaren M8C Can-Am car speared off the track at Brands Hatch after suffering...
One of the three Napiers which took part in the first competition event at Brooklands returned to action during the Double Twelve event in June, nearly 103 years after its debut at the venue. The...
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Richard Attwood will reprise his 1970 Le Mans win by driving a Porsche 917 in this year’s Le Mans Classic (July 9-11). Forty years on from taking Porsche’s first victory in the 24-hour enduro with...
Brooklands track echoed once more to competition engines in June when the museum and the VSCC hosted the third Double Twelve festival. Large crowds watched Chris Jaques tackle a series of driving...
The cooper bobtail campaigned in 1958 by American Lance Reventlow has been raced in Europe for the first time by new owner Jeremy Cooke. The Cooper was the last car of the Bobtail era and was raced...
For the first time in history all three Morgan SLRs raced together, in the GT and Sports Car Cup at Silverstone in May. Morgan enthusiasts Keith Ahlers, John Emberson and Simon Orebi-Gann now own the...
• After 12 years out of racing, Mike Freeman, 67, will return to drive a Brabham BT14 in the Classic Racing Car Championship. The Gloucestershire driver, who raced Ford Escort Mexicos in the early...
After a lengthy rebuild, the ex-Jean-Pierre Osella FA1 Grand Prix car returned to racing at the recent Masters Festival at Brands Hatch. Frank Lyons added the Osella to his stable several years ago,...
Thirty-four years after Rupert Keegan raced it on his way to the British Formula 3 title, his March 743 has returned to competition in the hands of Simon Hadfield. Hadfield bought the car from Keegan...
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Mario Andretti was the star guest as Motor Sport columnist Bobby Rahal launched his historic racing series in the US With Lotus as the theme , Mario Andretti was the perfect figure to wave the green...
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Bill Coombs and Simon Hadfield led the Masters winners on Brands Hatch’s famous GP loop The annual Masters Festival at Brands Hatch delivered a fine weekend of racing, marred only by the shocking...
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Cars raced through Liverpool’s Albert Dock watched by cheering crowds during a clever preview of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Arriving at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool, you might be forgiven for...
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NEWS FROM THE MAIN AUCTION HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD Gooding and Company The auction firm has confirmed a few more interesting cars for its Pebble Beach sale on August 14/15. An ex-Moss/Behra/Taruffi...
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Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart was in good form at the launch of his new book Collage, held at the Caledonian Club in London on May 28. Collage, Jackie Stewart’s Grand Prix...
Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines Ltd was honoured by the Royal Automobile Club on June 1 by becoming the latest recipient of the Dewar Trophy, the annual award to mark ‘British technical...
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Recognised as the world’s first credible Japanese sports car, the durable 240Z is still sought after, even if the period PVC trim is looking a little passé… By any rational criteria it looked...
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This touring car legend got a career leg-up after being picked to drive a ModSports Z. And it all began with Motor Sport. “I’ve always liked Healeys and used to rally a 100/6. The 240Z had the same...
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LE MANS 1960-1969 THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST MOTOR RACE - QUENTIN SPURRING Author Spurring’s opening assertion that the 1960s saw the making of the Le Mans 24 Hours is amply borne...
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Motor racing historian Mr Wilkins took all but one of this first page of pictures at the 1972 Monaco GP. “The rain started 10 minutes before the race,” he recalls. “I bought a Marlboro cap to shelter...
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A chance to co-pilot one of Mercedes’ finest in the Mille Miglia Retro revealed some unexpected delights – and dangers… Navigating the Mercedes-Benz SSK at dusk during the recent Mille Miglia Retro...
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Air-Commodore Rodwell Banks was a considerable figure in engine development history. From 1927-31, working first for Anglo-American Oil, then the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation, he became the fuel...
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Almost snuffed out by the war, Volkswagen recovered to become a major player. Bill Boddy was invited to one milestone event After World War II some folk thought I had connections with the enemy...
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Lady racing drivers became a fairly notable aspect of Brooklands during the post-war years. One of the more prominent was Mrs Kaye Petre, who first appeared in the 1930s driving a Daytona Wolseley...
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One of the motoring events that I always particularly enjoyed was the Brighton Run for veteran cars. I first went on this personally in 1936 as passenger on Richard Nashe’s 1900 Peugeot, having been...
When my friend Tom Lush and I ran Austin Sevens I recall some amusing episodes with them. On one occasion I went to see him and parked behind his Austin 7 in the quiet road where he lived. He asked...

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