August 2018

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"He would say that, wouldn’t he?” This was the obvious response to Jonathan Palmer’s assertion that UK motor sport was in rude health and on a sound financial footing when asked about it at this...
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Electronic wizardy sparks FIA technical investigation into Ferrari's unique energy recovery system There had been murmurings about Ferrari’s ers system all year, but in Baku the FIA had resolved to...
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Rumour and gossip from the F1 paddock HONDA’S Montréal engine upgrade was very successful, an extra 27bhp putting it approximately on par with the Renault, even after the latter’s upgrade. It is...
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The Williams team's 2018 struggles are all too obvious... As they exit the Monaco tunnel, the piercing Mediterranean daylight means there’s nowhere to hide. They’ve just been through the tunnel’s...
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Did IndyCar get its sums wrong with its new aero kit? It's a hot topic in the States They call it the greatest race on earth, but after the 2018 Indianapolis 500 the fans — and the drivers — had a...
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Motor racing finally returns to Switzerland The Zurich E-Prix will remembered for much more than the end of reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi’s absence from the winner’s circle. It also...
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There is no full revival as yet, but a Brands Hatch trial could lead to bigger things Perhaps the last piece in the British historic racing puzzle, Formula Atlantic was primed for revival shortly...
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Why Derek Bell withdrew from the Le Mans Classic The driving standards debate rears its divisive head in almost every tier of motor racing, from junior single-seaters to Formula 1, but in the world...
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Bygone whimsy in the shadow of the Prince's Palace... and East Midlands Airport One of these events is an intriguing biennial, where the terminally peckish can feast on fresh croissants while the...
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A distinctive racer in more ways than one The hue is perhaps best described as British Racing Jade – and has been prominent since Ian Jacobs took up racing in 1979. “There were about 12 MG Midgets in...
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With more than 1000 race entries, vast car club displays, music and more, its appeal endures... The Silverstone Classic always attracts a sprawling collection of desirable racing machinery, with a...
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T Zero, MotoE makes for high-profile electric two-wheeled racing As in the four-wheeled world, electric racing is coming to ’bikes. The TT has embraced the format in recent years with its TT Zero...
Ducati's working on new tech that could save hundreds of lives Unified electronics and rider aids have provided one of the biggest shake-ups in recent years in MotoGP. Teams have invested millions of...
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Alfa plans for new coupé and supercar to take on German rivals Alfa Romeo is to receive the biggest transformation to its brand and model line-up in its history, according to Fiat Chrysler...
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It is not yet clear who will supply Formula 1 tyres beyond the end of 2019, but there are rather more pressing problems to address We are not interested in extending just for one year and would only...
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Citroën has dropped Kris Meeke from its World Rally Championship roster... but its decision flies in the face of our sport's very essence It’s little more than a month since Citroën Racing dumped its...
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Sport is war without the shooting, wrote George Orwell. MotoGP paddock perennial Carlo Pernat is the living emodiment of Orwell's words MotoGP’s most famous septuagenarian is Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of...
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A double triumph for Australian drivers reminds us what true world class is - in the face of whatever fate throws up It was nice to appreciate there was something really to savour from this year’s...
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Reporting to headquarters to review the troops - of concours cars gathered in the City. Plus memories of TVR in the very old days The Honourable Artillery Company – you can tell by its name that it’s...
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I would walk 500 miles I’ve just got back from attending my second Indianapolis 500. The cars look and sound great, the drivers are engaging, the event is geared up for the fans and it’s affordable....
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LACO German watch makers A. Lange and Sohne and Laco are well known for having produced watches for pilots and navigators during the 1940s (no prizes for guessing which side). Examples of those large...
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As Silverstone approaches its anniversary, we take a blast down memory lane with some of those who helped cement its place in motor sport history "Welcome to Snitterfield, home of British motor...
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RAC International Grand Prix, October 2 1948 Murray Walker was present at Silverstone's first meeting 70 years ago... and witnessed the birth of the circuit Murray Walker had already started...
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RAC British Grand Prix, July 16 1956 Denis Jenkinson, Motor Sport's celebrated GP reporter, on the epic 1956 race in which British drivers challenged the old world order Maybe it was the lingering...
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RAC British Grand Prix, July 19 1969 Sir Jackie Stewart on one of the most memorable British Grands Prix ever The pattern was set. Jochen Rindt and Jackie Stewart, said Jenks in Motor Sport, were “...
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John Player Grand Prix, July 19 1975 John Watson recalls how the weather wreaked havoc.... on a track that had been modified to reduce the likelihood of chaos During the build-up the focus had been...
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Shell Oils British Grand Prix, July 12 1987 Nigel Mansell recalls an epic chase to victory on an afternoon that raised 'Mansell mania' to a whole new level He’d won at the circuit in Formula Ford...
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British Grand Prix, July 16 1995 Johnny Herbert explains how he won his first GP by fighting through the pain barrier The carnival mood was standard, the tension a reflection of the times. It was...
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Foster’s British Grand Prix, April 23 2000 David Coulthard remembers his second home win on a race weekend blighted by biblical downpours Silverstone’s inaugural world championship race had taken...
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British Grand Prix, July 5 2015 Lewis Hamilton recalls a tense victory at his home race in treacherously wet conditions This was the race at which Hamilton – after undercutting his way past the fast...
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Three modern racers slip out of their comfort zones to get a taste of Silverstone's early days as a Grand Prix circuit The faces are familiar, the décor anything but. Deep-pile Nomex has been cast...
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If you name a car after one of the most revered drivers in history, it needs to be good. Brilliant, in fact. So is the much-hyped McLaren Senna up to the task? There can’t be a name that writes a...
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Recognised across the rally world, number plate NUB120 became synonymous with Jaguar triumphs. We talk to the woman who guided a famous car to victory in the mountains There aren’t so many number...
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This Norwegian champion has displayed some pretty fancy footwork over the years - and not only on the pedals of his WRC mounts Petter Solberg has been invited to take part in Norway’s Strictly Come...
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In the end Toyota scored a straightforward victory, but in its slipstream the 86th running of the 24 Hours was as ripe as ever with intrigue Fuel shortages reportedly across France, a plucky band of...
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Calm aggression set him apart when he entered F1, aged 17, but Max Verstappen has lately made headlines for other reasons Form is temporary, class is permanent. But there was something not gelling...
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A galaxy of stars gathered at the Royal Automobile Club to celebrate some of the greatest names in motor sport The crowd outside the immaculate grounds of the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park...
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With half the driveshafts Audi's sportster comes alive Cars tend to follow a certain pattern through their lives. As times goes by, demand for more of everything - more power, more comfort, more...
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Stuttgart's mid-size SUV is impressive but hardly a thrill One day, the SUV bubble will burst. I remain sure of this today despite the fact it’s a prediction I first started making over 15 years ago...
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If you want a modern Bugatti but can't stretch to a Veyron, an EB110 might be just the ticket Few would deny that VW has done great things since acquiring Bugatti, first with the Veyron and now the...
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Well-known firm still doing brisk business after 70 years The name of Duncan Hamilton will be familiar to anyone with an appreciation of motor racing’s 1950s ‘golden era’, not least because the...
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Shelby's snakes star, but European exotics carry the biggest price tags in Bonhams' Greenwich sale The private collection of Carroll Shelby took $2,177,240 at Bonhams’ Greenwich Concours D’Élégance...
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Pebble Beach will reverberate to the sound of a multi-million pound competition car line-up August means just one thing in classic car circles – that it’s time for the Pebble Beach Concours....
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American muscle with an accent you can hear a mile off The muscle car phenomenon has gone through waves and troughs since the 1960s, but the song remained the same: mid-size, affordable, two seats,...
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Still going strong more than 30 years after its introduction Austin Mini Metro – favourite of retired couples, first-time drivers... and aspiring rally stars. For under its armour of bulging arches,...
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There's more to restoring an old F1 car than getting it race ready - you also need to source spares as Warren Stean has discovered It will be full steam ahead with the final assembly of the Jordan...
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Nigel Medcalf of Moto Historics recalls his most memorable restoration and a Ford with a bit of history This restoration took place about a year ago, but I always remember it because of the lengths...
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Jonny Scott-Nelson of Austin Healey specialist Murray Scott-Nelson remembers an unusual restoration of a British classic We restored a rare 100/6, one of the early six-cylinder cars made at...
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Speed The One Genuinely Modern Pleasure Mat Oxley What do Aldous Huxley, Lawrence of Arabia, Richard III and James Joyce have in common? They all appear in the first few pages of this remarkable new...
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Depicting the inner workngs of cars is what gives this artist his motivation Peter Hutton has been drawing cars since the 105E Anglia was new – he drew the launch ads. But it hasn’t been cars all the...
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Marcus Nicholls takes a look at a top-end Japanese model manufacturer The Japanese collectable model car producer Make Up was established by Mr Hideyuki Uemoto in 1978, from an apartment room in...

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