August 2013

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He won as many World Championship Grands Prix as the great Alberto Ascari, and is only one short of Jack Brabham, Graham Hill and Emerson Fittipaldi. Behind him on the list are Mario Andretti, Carlos...
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Simon Arron covered several rounds of the 1983 British F3 Championship, but missed the Thruxton decider between A Senna and M Brundle. He and Brundle discussed the campaign when the latter was...
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F1 gears up for 21 racesEcclestone facing complex scheduling dilemma. By Adam Cooper Bernie Ecclestone is wrestling with the tricky job of finalising a 2014 Formula 1 calendar that could feature as...
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Nigel Snowdon This highly regarded photographer, who has died aged 79, was a familiar figure in international paddocks from the early1960s until the late 1980s. Snowdon was born in England but moved...
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New Porsche on trackFuture Le Mans contender tests at Weissach. By Gary Watkins Porsche's new LMP1 hybrid ran for the first time early in June. Built to challenge Audi and Toyota at Le Mans next...
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By Gordon Kirby Over the past 30 years Indycar racing has gone through a dizzying number of regimes and management teams. Most of these went badly and the debilitating effect of the 14-year CART/IRL...
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By Mat Oxley Le Mans is over for another year, but not for bike racers. Motorcycling's Le Mans 24 Hours happens on September 21 and 22. I've never been to the car event, but I imagine the two aren't...
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FoS lures major namesStars flock to 20th anniversary Goodwood. By Paul Laurence The presence of seven world Champions, seven Grand Prix teams and an assault on the 14-year-old hill record are key...
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By Rob Widdows I have recently had a timely fix of the Nordschleife in gratifyingly appalling weather. Thanks to BMW I had my first experience of the 24 Rennen at Nürburgring, a quite extraordinary...
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1922-2013 Former Ferrari and Maserati Grand Prix driver Jose Froilan Gonzalez died on June 15, aged 90. Together with Juan Manuel Fangio and Onofre MarimOn, he spearheaded Argentina's efforts in...
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Francois CevertPilote de legendeby Jacqueline Cevert-Beltoise/Johnny Rives Some worthwhile subjects have too much dedicated literature, others none at all. Once in a while, though, book-shaped...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, April 1951By Bill Boddy Factfile Production:1948-54 Power: 160bhp 0-60mph: 9sec Max speed: 120mph The car that began the Jaguar legend on...
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Meet the 205mph Aston MartinFour more cylinders embellish the Vantage with even greater vim. By Andrew Frankel It might be one of the older tricks in the book, but putting your largest, most powerful...
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It's very exciting to learn that Caterham is going back to its roots and will this autumn produce a simple, light and affordable Seven priced at less than £17,000. By my reckoning, that's more than £...
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It's this or a McLaren P1 hypercar...By Andrew Frankel Factfile Price: £37,845 Engine: 2.0 litres, four cylinders, turbocharged Power: 355bhp @6000rpm Torque: 332lb ft @2550-5000rpm Transmission:...
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Built in Crewe, but almost certainly bound for China... Factfile Price: £140,900 Engine: 6.0 litres, W12 Power: 616bhp @6000rpm Torque: 590lb @1700rpm Transmission: eight-speed automatic, four-wheel...
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Looks good on paper, but feels rather less so on the road Factfile Price: £38,770 Engine: 2.0 litres, four cylinders Power: 261bhp @6000rpm Torque: 258lb @2500-5000rpm Transmission: six-speed twin-...
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Potent package now available with a few added extras Factfile Price: £210,000 Engine: 6.0 litres, V12 Power: 563bhp @6700rpm Torque: 457lb ft @5500rpm Transmission: six-speed automatic, rear-wheel...
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Sir In the 1970s I recall being in the studio audience for a panel discussion about transport issues (maybe congestion in London, I don't remember precisely). James Hunt was on the panel of worthies...
I thought I'd take the time to say what a good time I had watching the DTM at Brands Hatch in May, a thoroughly fantastic series in a wonderful setting. The price was a fraction of what I'd expected...
Nigel Roebuck's recent memories of James Hunt reminded me that I once drove against the 1976 world champion. It was a banger race at Wimbledon Stadium in the late 1980s, one of the annual charity...
I was browsing the April 2013 issue of Motor Sport and your article on transporters brought back memories. The hospitality wagon on page 104 was sold to BMW by my ex-wife, Birdie, for £5000. She was...
Thank you so much for the Minardi interview in the June issue. In 1993 I was very impressed with Christian Fittipaldi's drives, so transferred my loyalty to Minardi and maintained it until the team...
Doug Nye's July story about Mike Spence's Enna swimming trip brought back memories of a similar incident that befell me in 2011, during a regional cross-country race here in Kwazulu Natal, South...
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Kudos on your recent article about the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours. Any article that celebrates an all-American triumph will resound in this household, especially when Messrs Gurney and Foyt are involved....
Nigel Roebuck's recent Reflections on the current direction of F1 encouraged me to air my thoughts. His concerns that the balance between sport and entertainment might be tipping overwhelmingly...
Following Doug Nye's article about water-fringed circuits in the July edition, I thought you might like to see a photo of Roy Salvadori's partly submerged Jaguar (below), taken at the Oulton Park...
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In June's 'Pack of Aces' article, Emanuele Pirro picked victory in 2006 as his favorite Le Mans experience. He related the story about his son giving him tiger ears to stick on his helmet, but he'd...
A few minutes ago I devoured Gordon Cruickshank's enthusiastic article about the Howmet Turbine. Of the two wins Gordon mentions, the more notable was undoubtedly the SCCA's Marlboro 300 at Upper...
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Analysing one Rosberg, relecting upon another and fond memories of a chat with Ferrari’s first World Championship Grand Prix winner González, recently departed If the recent form of Nico Rosberg has...
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The 1st World title 1963 The year of Profumo, great train robbers, ‘loveable mop tops’ – and the grassy knoll. In its midst, a quiet Scottish hill farmer delivered on all the promise that had been so...
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One Grand Prix winner snuggles into another David CouIthard gets to grips with the Lotus 25, a car synonymous with his compatriot Jim Clark. Within but a few laps of Silverstone, he's completely...
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More than 1000 cars are scheduled to race at one of Silverstone’s busiest events Jim Clark’s first championship year and the centenary of Aston Martin form twin flags that Silverstone’s enormous...
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Pity the poor historian… Even the best documented cars can throw up confusion and doubt when it comes to restoring them Writer Doug Nye For me, a whole bunch of trouble began on December 7 last. Rob...
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Three decades after tussling with Ayrton Senna for the British F3 title, Martin Brundle is reunited with the Ralt RT3 that played a pivotal role in his fledgling career Writer Simon Arron |...
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During a long and rewarding career in Formula 1, Jo Ramirez amassed an incredible collection of personal mementoes – something he wants his family to preserve for the benefit of future generations....
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Casey Stoner has left the arena that made him famous, but a competitive spark burns brightly still. He’s facing a fresh challenge on four wheels – and former F1 engineer John Russell is his guiding...
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He was already 31 when his career began in earnest, but a late start was no impediment for one of racing's true gents Writer Simon Taylor Analyse the human make-up of successful racing drivers, and...
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A Brabham BT52 is set to run again after BMW breathes fresh life into its sharp and shapely form Writer Alex Harmer When BMW sold its Formula 1 team back to Peter Sauber in late 2009, it was a poor...
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He was blessed with looks, charisma and speed and rivals thought the world of him. He won but a single World Championship Grand Prix, but there was more to Lorenzo Bandini than such simple statistics...
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When Paul Newman lured F1 champion Nigel Mansell to IndyCar 20 years ago, he promised an adventure. The resulting story was a scriptwriter’s dream Writer Gordon Kirby During the 1990s CART’s IndyCar...
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This year’s Indianapolis 500 was a fiercely competitive race with 14 drivers leading at least one lap and a long line of cars snaking along in pursuit of the leader. Polewinner Ed Carpenter led the...
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Before the start of the sixth Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Robbie Kerr had never seen the 1.2-mile course, had never driven a Radical and had never competed in a speed event. By the end of the...
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Volkswagen added victory on the Acropolis Rally – the WRC’s roughest and toughest event – to its impressive roster of wins at the start of June, but this time it wasn’t runaway championship leader...
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Heavy metal thunder Brands Hatch, June 9: muscle cars show their pulling power at American Speedfest There are probably better places to be than the A20 hard shoulder, fitting a spare wheel to your...
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Starting to make cents Making a living as a professional driver is ever more difficult in Europe, so Scot Robin Liddell opted to cast his net a little wider For the past five years there have been...
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Stars of the silver screen More than a decade after their 1955 Mille Miglia win, Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson became subjects of a BBC play... Thank heavens for enthusiasts, especially the ones...
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Memories of Sammy Davis One of Bentley’s celebrated Le Mans winners is known for on-track heroism, but he also went to La Sarthe during WWII Recently – in this 90th anniversary year of the Le Mans 24...

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