December 2007

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More to come Few true fans of Formula 1 will disagree that the sport has been more than usually watchable this year. We have looked on with awe as a young man rose from relative obscurity to become a...
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Shock for McLaren duo as Räikkönen leap-frogs both to take a well deserved World Championship Lewis Hamilton’s bid to become the youngest F1 champion of all time and the first rookie title winner...
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Just as British race fans inevitably leap to the defence of Silverstone as an iconic cornerstone of the country’s motorsporting bedrock, so Brazilian fans revere the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace at...
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More than 20,000 fans of Colin McRae flooded the streets of Lanark on September 30 to pay their respects at his memorial service. Some 750 family members and friends filled St. Nicholas’ Church,...
Charles March, the Earl of March and Kinrara, has been presented with the Motorsport Industry Association’s award for ‘the Most Outstanding Contribution’ to the motor sport industry. Lord March is...
Kazuki Nakajima became the latest second-generation driver to start an F1 race when he took over Alex Wurz’s Williams seat at the Brazilian GP. His appearance alongside Nico Rosberg echoed the...
Prodrive’s plans to enter the Formula 1 World Championship in 2008 remain in limbo after negotiations to use McLaren customer cars broke down in mid-October. McLaren has always said that it would...
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Timo Glock claimed the 2007 GP2 title at the last race of the season in Valencia. The German led from lights to flag and ended up four points ahead of closest rival Lucas di Grassi. Glock races for...
Lancastrian racer Steve Hartley completed back-to-back Historic F1 titles when he clinched the 2007 FIA championship during the ninth and final race of the season at Dijon-Prenois in France. Hartley...
On the weekend of October 13/14 the streets around Montjuich Park were closed and the old track was restored to working order for the ‘Martini Legends’ celebrations. Emerson Fittipaldi got back...
David Piper and Mike Knight have unveiled plans for the 11th International Springbok Trophy, running in South Africa in February 2008. The twin events will be at the tour’s traditional venues of...
The 2007 Race of Champions will take place at Wembley Stadium on December 16. So far Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Heikki Kovalainen, Marcus Grönholm, Sébastien Bourdais and...
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Big names will appear at the 2007 Motor Sport Business Forum on December 5/6 at the Grimaldi Conference and Exhibition Centre in Monaco. Speakers include Max Mosley, BMW Motorsport director Mario...
The Chevron B38 in which Elio de Angelis won the 1978 Monaco F3 race will return to the tracks in 2008 in the hands of Classic F3 racer Paul Smith. Chassis 001 is thought to have been un-raced for 30...
The Masters and Top Hat historic racing group has launched three new series for 2008. Masters ’70s prototypes, Masters ’70s Group 2 saloons and Masters ’60s GP cars will all be included in next year’...
1929-2007 Bill Blydenstein, the famous Vauxhall tuning and cylinder head expert, died on September 11 aged 78. The Dutch-born aeronautical engineer started his racing career in 1958 in a Borgward...
Vila Real promoter Francisco Santos is planning a major historic race meeting on the street circuit in the north of Portugal in 2008, after racing returned in a successful national meeting this...
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Bugatti rarity Type 30 goes under the hammer in London London will be hosting various auctions in early December, starting with Bonhams’ sale of collectors’ cars and automobilia at Olympia on...
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Jo is the genuine article Sir, I was pleased to read the ‘Lunch with…’ article on Jo Ramirez in the October issue, and thought I would share some details of my only meeting with him, which happened...
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Guest column Fun, with a serious message Back in 1988, when Fredrik Johnsson and I started the whole Race of Champions event, we had no idea what a big thing it would become. I hadn’t done world...
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Road cars Ultimate track day machines It is unlikely you’d be reading this if you had not first been enthralled by the battles fought out between Ferrari and Porsche over the years and decades on...
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For most of the F1 year four drivers wrangled over the title chase – including spectacular newcomer Lewis Hamilton. But even Hollywood couldn’t have scripted the finale… By Nigel Roebuck After...
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Jacky Ickx was blindingly quick in the wet and a man who raced purely for the satisfaction of winning. Although he has long since retired from racing, he never forgets the passion of the fans and all...
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That’s the mantra of the 92 men who work into the night at every Grand Prix to get the Renault team onto the grid. We went to China to see what the TV cameras don’t show By Rob Widdows In the People’...
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The Brazilian star looks back on two championship-winning careers, in Formula 1 and CART racing By Simon Taylor The Hamilton phenomenon has rewritten the Formula 1 record books. But Lewis’s meteoric...
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Jack Lewis shot to F1 in no time, but his star shone only momentarily as he and racing parted company By Paul Fearnley There are racing drivers who do not look like racing drivers – for example,...
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The phrase 'friends and rivals' was rarely more apposite: Black Jack was a good mate, a fine engineer and a tough fighter By Rob Widdows Roy Salvadori chose Jack Brabham unhesitatingly as his subject...
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There was nothing conventional about the way American racer and Land Speed Record chaser Mickey Thompson lived – or died By Richard Heseltine In life, it was all too tricky to distinguish between the...
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In the cockpit of the groundbreaking car that took Alain Prost to within a whisker of Renault’s first ever Formula 1 title By Pascal Dro Remember when the highest echelon of French sports heroes...
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Mechanical valve closure has many benefits – and it helped long-time proponent Ducati win the MotoGP championship By Keith Howard In most internal combustion engines the valves are opened by direct...
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With the 8C, Alfa hasn’t just revived its core values, it has done so in dramatic fashion with a supercar of real breeding By Andrew Frankel The corner was slow and unremarkable. A constant radius,...
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A defection of star drivers and dwindling audiences have dealt a huge blow to both premier US open-wheel series By Gordon Kirby Often these days I cast my mind back to an Autosport Awards dinner...
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When the chance to drive a Jaguar XKR at Silverstone in the Britcar 24 Hours came our way, it wasn’t hard to say yes By Andrew Frankel You may be forgiven for not knowing that a Jaguar E-type entered...
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Aftershave sponsorship landed single-seat specialist Chip Ganassi a drive for Sauber at Le Mans in 1987 – but it soon evaporated… By Gary Watkins Chip Ganassi wasn’t an obvious candidate for a pseudo...
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This year's Spa Six Hours allowed those present to immerse themselves in some fine historic racing By Marcus Pye Hallowed Francorchamps, home of motor racing in Belgium since 1924, is somewhere...
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Ferrari Grand Prix Moments Jesse Alexander With over 1500 results coming up for ‘Ferrari’ on Amazon, it hardly needs explaining that the market for books on the famous make is somewhat competitive....
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When racing went Caracas Maserati was on the verge of a world title – and total financial meltdown. A dramatic race in Venezuela cost it the former and guaranteed the latter If you thought the recent...
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The car that started the trend for homologation specials and managed to make Ford look cool By Richard Heseltine / Photography by Marc Wright Of course, if you’re going to make an emotional...
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The American Rolls-Royces R-R’s early Stateside history is intriguing and its reputation disputed I have no compunction about discussing Rolls-Royces, those ‘Best Cars in the World’, in Motor Sport,...

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