August 2011

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Anthony Peacock Now running a motor spot media agency, Anthony contributes to newspapers and magazines here and abroad as well as writing fictional shot stories. He lists James Hunt as his lifestyle...
One major racing crash, one minor scooter off, one blown-up press car and a broken Lotus – its been a quiet time for the John Noakes of Motor Sport. Still, an impressive overnight sprint from the TT...
Mat Oxley Mat is described elsewhere as being "MotoGP's race track Roffweiler" for his incisive reporting of two-wheel action but he's always very well behaved when he comes to the office. For a...
Rob Widdows For years Rob has trekked the tracks with either pen and notebook or camera and microphone. His broadcasting background made him a natural to host our Senna film evening, and he steers...
Todt's first blot in office What a month in motor sport. First, the centennial Indianapolis 500 offered a climax that would surely make our May issue 'most dramatic finishes' story were we to run it...
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Profit swell makes racing hot proper Since April rumours have been circulating that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation media empire and Exor, an investment fund which ultimately owns a stake in...
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Lotus ace guides us round Silverstone Heikki Kovalainen is currently fighting to make it out of Q1 with Team Lotus, but back in 2008 he took pole position for the British Grand Prix with McLaren....
Red Bull set to lose out in engine mapping ban The FIA's clampdown on the use of engine mapping in conjunction with blown diffusers could see a shift in the balance of power among Formula l's top...
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Is Bernie toying with Todt? The Bahrain Grand Prix saga has left us questioning the balance of power between Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone and the teams, represented by FOTA — and the FIA president...
Ruling favours Team Lotus Team Lotus came out on top when Justice Peter Smith issued his judgement on the fight for the use of the Lotus name in Grand Prix racing. While Group Lotus won on several...
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Delta Wing to race at Le Mans The radical Delta Wing conceived as the nextgeneration Indycar will race at Le Mans next year. A two-seater version of the car, overlooked for a new Dallara when IndyCar...
Toyota weighs up hybrid attack Toyota has tested a hybrid-equipped LMP1 prototype built to 2011 rules as it evaluates a Le Mans 24 Hours comeback. The car giant has been looking at a return to Le...
World enduro title is back Long-distance sports car racing will have a World Championship next season for the first time since 1992. The Intercontinental Le Mans Cup has been granted world status for...
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Spike' Winter A talented engineer whose brains Keith Duckworth was wont to pick, John 'Spike' Winter has died, aged 84. After an RAF training, Winter joined Frazer Nash and became mechanic to...
Famous E-type to star at show The competitive debut of the restored Lindner/Nocker low-drag lightweight Jaguar E-type will be the highlight of the fourth Cholmondeley Pageant of Power on July 16/17....
Moss ends racing career Sir Stirling Moss has finally hung up his helmet after more than 60 years of motor racing. The 81-year-old made the decision in characteristic fashion following a qualifying...
Pete Lovely A long-time fixture at Laguna Seca, having won the first race there in a Testa Rossa in 1957, Pete Lovely died in May at the age of 85. His lengthy career covered sports cars, including...
Porsche pair rule Britannia A superbly measured drive, blending good pace on track and in the stages, netted victory on the seventh Tour Britannia for John Clark and Emma-Jane Gilbart-Smith in their...
Strong field for Mille gli a The latest retro Mille Miglia was hailed a huge success after over 350 historic cars retraced the famous race route from Brescia to Rome and back again. While Giordano...
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The 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours was one of the most exciting races at La Sarthe for many years. The winning Audi R18 of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer crossed the line a mere 13.854...
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Grand Prix de Pau Historique Pau, France AFTER A YEAR OFF, THE STREETS OF Pau have once again echoed to the sound of racing cars. On May 14/15, a week before the Grand Prix Modeme, over 700 historic...
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Crystal Palace Sprint Crystal Palace, ondon CRYSTAL PALACE HAS ALWAYS HAD a touch of mystique once the epitome of Victorian splendour and to local residents more than just a park in which to have a...
Masters Historic Festival THE ANNUAL MASTERS HISTORIC Festival at Brands Hatch was a truly mixed bag, with some good grids and tremendous racing countered by some worryingly small grids. Star drivers...
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Roebuck REFLECTIONS me A faces tne fa out after Ba nrdn dsgrace So wnat was troub Hg LeWs h Vonte Caro? nless private jets are part of your life, travel, as we know, becomes a little more unpalatable...
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Fl SHOULD LEAD THE WAY Patrick Head THERE HAS BEEN RECENT PRESS ON THE PROPOSED NEW Formula 1 chassis rules for 2013 to go with the already FIAapproved engine/driveline rules. These laffer rules...
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Jo always kept the balance between the two sides of the garage, cracking jokes in both corners. When relations between Ayrton and I deteriorated Jo remained completely impartial, never taking sides,...
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WHO IS WITHOUT SIN? Mat Oxley IHAVE BEEN READING KEITH RICHARDS' AUTOBIOGRAPHY, AND an excellent work it is. Large tracts of the tome deal with his time as a heroin addict, during which he brought...
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A BIT OF INDY MAGIC Gordon Kirby THE WEATHER WAS GLORIOUSLY HOT FOR THIS YEAR'S 100TH anniversary running of the Indianapolis 500. After days of rain and uncommonly cool, overcast skies, the sun and...
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Don't get chippy! Sir, While I was aware that McLaren Electronic Systems supplied the standard chip in Formula 1 I hadn't realised they had fitted one on Lewis Hamilton's shoulder... Stanley Sweet,...
Double fault Sir, The driving of Lewis Hamilton is becoming more and more dangerous. He was at fault in Monaco and again in Canada. If the management at McLaren, i.e. Martin Whitmarsh, keep condoning...
Number crunching Sir, As much as I enjoyed Nigel Roebuck's writing about the start of his career as an F1 journalist (June issue) I must correct him about something. Nigel wrote that 300,000 people...
Mind management Sir, Based on Lewis Hamilton's performances this year, especially at Monaco and Montreal, it seems that he needs to put his show business aspirations on hold and find a manager who is...
Music to your ears Sir, Who can forget the ground shaking on the inside of Paddock Bend at Brands Hatch and the vertical wall of black smoke coming off the back of the turbo cars on a qualifying run...
Quiet contemplation Sir, You asked for letters on noise: here's one that may disappoint — I'm with the man from Audi (June issue). Variety is key — I love the fast but quiet cars but I'd hate to see...
Robbed of a classic finish Sir, I have just watched the Monaco Grand Prix, and after seeing Sebastian Vettel disappear into the distance I assumed that the result would probably be a foregone...
Seeing the light Sir, Since Formula 1 drivers claim not to be able to see very much in their mirrors (e.g. Button and Hamilton in Canada) is it not time that they were mandated of a larger size? In...
Time for gardening leave? Sir, After watching Lewis Hamilton's interview with the BBC after Monaco, I was reminded of Jackie Stewart's interview of Ayrton Senna where he brought up the fact that...
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A better Senna film? Sir, As you might expect, I was thrilled at the prospect of watching the much-feted film Senna and was fortunate enough to attend a press screening before the UK official release...
Fakers beware Sir, All true enthusiasts will echo Doug Nye's condemnation of the fakers and false modifiers of historic racing cars. But when Doug says "Most of them know who they are", surely he...
No to News Corp Sir, What a disaster it will be if Rupert Murdoch gets his hands on Formula 1. I have not spectated at a Grand Prix for some time now, as I cannot justify the high entry charges. If...
Not Silverstone as we know it Sir, I visited Silverstone with a group of friends and relatives to watch the FIA GT1 World Championship round. Although the grids were small the racing was excellent,...
Running order Sir, Thanks for a marvellous July issue, particularly the stunning Le Mans colour photos. The parting shot of the 1973 Monaco GP brought back fond memories, although I'd like to point...
Worth the toil for Toleman Sir, I've just read Nigel Roebuck's article on Ayrton Senna (July issue) which unleashed a flood of memories. I worked for Brian Hart from 1973 to 2000 and remember the...
Yellow streak Sir, After receiving your July issue and reading about Tony Fernandes taking over Caterham, I want to point out that I was the first Lotus owner with a yellow line on the beautiful...
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ilverstone ou feel it whe the crows • ehind Who better to cast their views on the Formula 1 season to date and the upcoming British Grand Prix than three former home-grown winners of the race (one a...
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JOHN WATS° 'WAlTIE' SCORES THE FIRST GRAND PRIX WIN for a British driver in four years affer a race of high attrition. The McLaren driver passes Rene Arnoux's ailing Renault with less than 10 laps to...
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HILL COLLIDES WITH SCHUMACHER WHILE challenging for the lead, leaving Herbert's Benetton and David Coulthard's Williams to fight for the win. Coulthard is penalised for speeding in the pitlane and...
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Like his father, Tim enjoyed his time as a racing driver before turning his talents to team management. He went on to take the helm at BRM in the days of Pedro, Jo and Niki | By Simon Taylor Tim...
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It’s 25 years since rallying star Henri Toivonen and co-driver Sergio Cresto perished at an innocuous-looking turn on the Mediterranean isle. Today, fans and competitors still stop to pay their...
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Rising star wins revitalised rally, while crews take time to honour Toivonen This year’s Tour de Corse, 25 years after Toivonen’s death, was significant in more ways than one. Not only did its...
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RECOVE RIVE RY Under Lawrence TomlInson s leadershp GI-nett' has found new purpose Gineffa became well-known for its racers in the 1960s and '70s but struggled to maintain a solid commercial basis...
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Our guide to the myriad single-seater series open to young drivers continues with a look at Formula Ford – breeding ground for F1 winners By Ed Foster Formula Ford is close to the roots of the tall,...
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Norton has stuck with push rod technology for its revival and can't build enough of its retro street racer OBY MAT OXLEY orton is 109 years old this year and remains one of motorcycling's most...
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VICTO A D AFTE Proud of much race success Noon then faded to respond to foregn rivals Norton's rich history of racing success ensured it remained Britain's grandest motorcycling marque long after it...
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Andrew Frankel 1 andled with care, the internet is a wonderful thing. How else would 500,000 people and counting have been able to see almost immediately Mark Higgins pull off the greatest save I've...
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NO AMOUNT OF PEUGEOT PLANNING COULD DENY AUDI EXCELLENT DINNER AT THE RAC to wish Peugeot bonne chance at Le Mans. Stung by the freak engine failures that robbed it of an apparent certain win last...
SAAB IN HOT WATER -AND NEW 9-4X DOESN'T HELP I FEAR THE SITUATION FACING Saab may become irretrievable. I'd flown to Washington to drive its new 9-4X crossover and talk to chairman Victor Muller, but...
TWIZY WHIZZY BUT SALES MIGHT NOT BE BUSY... FINALLY DROVE A RENAULT Twizy this month and it was as good as I'd hoped. The tandem electric two-seater was quick enough for urban streets, preposterously...
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years ago Porsche produced the first completely new 911 in what was then already a 35-year-old career. The new car, code-named 996, was a very different kind of device, sufficiently so that, because...
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BMW 1-SERIES M COUPE THERE'S LOTS TO DISLIKE here, from the terrible looks to its terrible name. BMW should just have called it the M1 and worn the carping from those saying it was a poor substitute...
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JAGUAR XKR-S I'LL ADMIT I WAS ONE OF those who thought that, in broad terms, the faster, more powerful and sporting Jaguars became, the beffer they would be. The new XKR-S proves both me and the...
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AND THAT REIN 4rINDII ME. Would a reunion with Ferrari's F40 be worth the wait, or just result in disappointment? In my limited experience, meeting up with old flames is an overrated pastime. The...
ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE S LIKE THE JAGUAR, THE Aston Vantage S is another rapid British coupe offering an upgrade that appears not to justify the hike in price. After all, for the extra £11,600 Aston...
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SER10S 3T SERIOUS RISK TOO A RIDE IN THE MR2 CHAIVDIONSHID DROVED THRILLING UNTIL THE ACTION GOT TOO HOT is the maddest thing I've ever done," said a fellow Toyota MR2 racer at Brands Hatch after the...
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LESSONS I BEHAVICD New drmng standards adveor alms to clean up BTCC raang "WHEN DRIVERS ARRIVE IN THE BRITISH Touring Car Championship they suddenly think they have a licence to push and shove," says...
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GP BAC< R'S LE VA\S RUNAROUND WATCH COMPANY BOSS RICHARD MLLE HAS A PASSION FOR CARS PAU, FRANCE A IMF S YOU CAN READ ON PAGE 23, the Historic Grand Prix at Pau was a huge success. I was kindly...
THE PEOPLE WHO HELP RACING TO GO GLOBAL HOW ONE COMPANY HELPS KEEP THE ILMC SERIES IN THE AIR AND ON TRACK CHEDBURGH, SUFFOLK N MARCH 19, 53 CARS LINED UP on the grid at the Sebring 12 Hours. On May...
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Around the houses NEWS FROM THE MAIN AUCTION HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD RM AUCTIONS — "Over £20.2 million achieved in two hours at RM's debut sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este," read the...
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GRA\ D P 1. RENAISSANCE 2. ROSEMEYER! Mark Van Oppen Picture books in Motor Sport'? Surely not. Yet this 'graphic novel' of motor racing, set in the 1930s, has real visual appeal. Whether or not you...
RO\ oLL \ u RBU RC \G FASZINATION NORDSCHLEIFE by Ferdi Kroling 8c Gregor Messer For those of us lucky enough to have witnessed the 'Green Hell' at first hand, it's a place that oozes history, danger...
JO RG LO \ZO THE NEW KING OF MOTOGP by Jorge Lorenzo The idea of a pictorial review of a racer's career is not exactly original. Some might even think it self-indulgent, especially given the title...
PORSC E AT LVA\S by Glen Smote SIXTY YEARS OF PORSCHE PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD'S GREATEST MOTOR RACE Is there really any room on the already sagging shelf of Porsche motor racing books? This new...
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nternatona 7a-mu stars of he future a 3000 was a ways a provng ground for 71 's ere, some of hem are put to he test at Pau DAVID & HELEN GILLESPIE-PECK Dordogne resident Helen sent in husband...
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INDY'S FORGOTTEN BRITISH WINNER Doug Nye Dan Wheldon's latest Indy vIctory adds to BrIta'n's roll of honour. But UK Speedway success began wIth 'the other Darlo' In 1916 got up in the marbles and...
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"Both out of their tiny minds..." The recent Law Courts spat between Group Lotus and Tony Fernandes's current Lotus Racing operation has been covered very extensively in the specialist media. I was...
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PUBLISHING WAS IN THE BLOOD The loss of his father altered WB's youthful life, but his passion for cars and racing quickly saw him find his metier Bill Boddy y father, William Arthur Boddy, was...
The founding fathers of the vintage passion The Vintage Sports Car Club is a highly efficient yet fun-loving organisation which has achieved a high reputation in the motoring world without taking...

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