August 2016

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Two of the world’s greatest 24-hour motor races in the space of a few weeks and the winners of both are decided on the last lap. We’re living through a remarkable era for endurance racing right now...
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Rossi coasts to victory,’ ran the front page headline in the Indianapolis Star the day after the 100th running of the 500, and that summed things up pretty well. For most of the race the former GP2...
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Bernie lands backing from a brewer... and gets it to promote F1 In Montréal Bernie Ecclestone presided over the launch of Heineken’s Formula 1 sponsorship. The Dutch beer giant, which has used its...
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Max Verstappen did more than break a few records when he won in Spain earlier this year. Potentially, he could inspire a revolution in the F1 driver market… but first it needs Ferrari to unlock the...
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Monaco, Canada & Europe It was as if the very tangibility of victory was making the Scuderia nervous, jumpy, trigger-happy. The way this played out at Monaco and Canada just increased the...
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A new turbo for improved harvesting was introduced by Honda at the Canadian Grand Prix. But the big turbo – outside the vee – is scheduled for next year. It’s finally been acknowledged that the small...
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Running parallel to the Caspian shore, is this the fastest F1 pit entry of all time? The speed trap is set just where the cars peel off from eighth gear, DRS flap open and 215mph. At about 150 metres...
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DRS wings set for Le Mans Privateers to get aero advantage to close gap to works LMP1 cars | BY Gary Watkins LMP1 privateers will be allowed a drag reduction system in 2018. Its introduction is among...
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Strategic gamble wins Indy 500 It was unfortunate that this year’s 100th running of the Indy 500 turned into a fuel-saving race, denying us a shoot-out among the remaining front-runners Josef...
Chris Meek He may have come to motor racing as a driver, but Chris Meek left his mark as the colourful owner and driving force behind Mallory Park race circuit. When track owner Grovewood Securities...
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The best we could have done Well that’s another Le Mans completed; my 14th time already. The week was pretty enjoyable from the driving seat. We ran well on the Wednesday night, got through a lot of...
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Teaching an old GOAT new tricks Valentino Rossi has a new employee this season: a rider coach. It’s entirely reasonable to wonder why the man considered by many to be the greatest motorcycle racer of...
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Hall of Fame set for action New Motor Sport feature adds zest to Race Retro | By Paul Lawrence Race Retro will be ‘powered by’ Motor Sport magazine when the international historic motor sport show...
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Maserati 250F Ian Wagstaff Another door-stop of a volume in the Porter Publishing Great Cars series, this one concerns a very special 250F. Yes, they all are, but chassis 2528 is one of the three...
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What do you drive? Oh, it’s an old Fiat… Not a winning drinks-party reply in the one-upmanship stakes – until you step outside, slip into a seductively curvaceous two-seater and disappear with a...
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Renault builds 275bhp Clio Spectacular concept car likely to become reality | By Andrew Frankel Renault has revealed what is likely to be the fastest front-wheel-drive road car in history. By...
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An everyday Ferrari? This one is getting perilously close… | by Joe Dunn There is something strangely old fashioned about the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso. Yes, beneath the skin it packs the sort of bleeding-...
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An important newcomer for a whole host of reasons | By Andrew Frankel It seems barely believable. In less than two years Aston Martin has gone from struggling also-ran, forced to trade once more on...
An important newcomer for a whole host of reasons | By Andrew Frankel It seems barely believable. In less than two years Aston Martin has gone from struggling also-ran, forced to trade once more on...
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The best yet, but perhaps not for every day When I was young a rather better resourced friend owned an original XR2 Ford Fiesta and, very kindly, let me skid about in it. Thirty-five years later I...
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Sporting gem gets extra sophistication It will be more than usually interesting to see how the market reacts to this new 570GT, for in many ways it is the boldest car the Woking manufacturer has yet...
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Extreme diet includes the removal of two seats The Ford on A previous page is not the only car this month to challenge the right of the Volkswagen Golf R to call itself the best fast hatchback. There...
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Formula 1 out of touch Whenever a tragedy such as the Orlando, Florida shooting takes place, it provides the opportunity for any civilised country to reflect on its policies and treatments of all...
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"I’m not saying it’s my best film, but it was certainly one of the most satisfactory films I’ve made because I’ve had a Walter Mitty idea all my life about what would have happened if I’d really been...
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...but James Garner could also have cut it as a racer Steve McQueen and Paul Newman tend to be talked up as being useful racers, but Garner was arguably as good… so long as he was competing off-road...
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Rush (2013) See past the fact that the plot is mostly bunkum, and some of the CGI is a bit shonky, and there’s much to like. Thor, sorry, Chris Hemsworth does an OK impersonation of James Hunt,...
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Time for Sylvester Stallone to avert his gaze... Red Line 7000 (1965) This crash-fest-cum-soap opera is conspicuously absent from many books on director Howard Hawks, and with good reason. Starring...
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It is often cited as a quirk of history that McLaren chose him ahead of Gilles Villeneuve for 1978, but people forget that Patrick Tambay was at the time regarded as a similarly hot property....
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New venue, new concept, live action for the first time…  There was much that was fresh, but in essence the 2016 Motor Sport Hall of Fame remained true to the founding principles of our exclusive club...
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Rallying has always been the bad boy of motor sport: less glamorous than Formula 1, more brash than touring cars and dirtier than sports cars. The drivers, likewise, revel in their outsider status...
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Emotions were running high. Even Derek Bell, genuine ‘national treasure’ and a man well used to being lauded for his achievements, choked for a moment as a he reflected on his favourite Le Mans...
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Porsche 962 & Hailwood Honda lead maiden Hall of Fame demos The one thing you can’t plan? The weather. A prolonged May downpour set in doubt some of the Hall of Fame demonstration runs, but the...
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The greatest motorcycle racer of all time? One of the greatest sportsmen of all time? When it comes to Valentino Rossi there’s a convincing argument in both cases.  What’s so astonishing about the...
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As a near-winner himself of the Indy 500 (“When my oil pump broke it was a terrible shock, and frankly the Scottish economy has never recovered…”), Jackie Stewart was well placed to outline why...
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Late in 2013 Sean Edwards was leading the Porsche Supercup by 18 points and, with one double-header remaining, appeared on course to take the title. During the break between the final two meetings,...
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“He would look after everyone in the paddock, whether they’d been up to some mischief or else simply had a headache. He was caring, compassionate and loved everyone in F1. We always knew he was there...
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The fruitful engineering talents of Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, the irrepressible spirit of Gilles Villeneuve or the pioneering medical work of Sid Watkins? Whichever way votes had been cast,...
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Renowned for his forthright speech and love of tea, this British engineer retired from Formula 1 with a long string of credits to his name If you spend 35 years in Formula 1, successively (and often...
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He’s won four 24-hour races, two of them on the Nordschleife. Simon Arron met the recent AMG Mercedes recruit His father is half-Greek, half-German, his mother British and for several years the...
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You don’t have to be signed by Ferrari to drive a Grand Prix car. Historic racing is booming, and for some it’s a boyhood dream come true Writer Rob Widdows | photographer Jayson Fong Would you like...
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Inspired by Ferrari, this New York racing fanatic collects famous cars and builds his own outside any known rulebook. It’s just not normal… Writer Damien Smith | photographer Hide Ishiura This wasn’t...
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Situated close to one of Europe’s finest cities, this pioneering track is now part of F1’s establishment Writer Peter Higham The Hungarian Grand Prix is now a popular summer fixture, but when the...
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When Anthony Davidson caught and passed Marc Lieb’s Porsche on the Mulsanne just before 11am, it appeared that Toyota was finally ready to lift the hex. The Japanese giant has been trying to win Le...
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Flat, but not broken Cholmondeley, June 10 & Oulton Park, June 11: Cheshire double-header highlights calendar congestion at its most extreme "Is it my imagination or have things become a little...
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Sixties swinger A car that looked like it had arrived from space – but there was a serious vision behind it "Can you call after my meditation class?” This is David Gittens, photographer, designer,...
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Motor sport takes off... No one wanted to build a race circuit after WWII, but redundant aerodromes dotted the country Before 1939 most significant British motor race meetings had been organised by...

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