December 2008

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“Here’s to infuriating, prejudiced, opinionated, obstinate, out-of-date, idiosyncratic… irascible, outspoken, Blimpish, honest, incorruptible, cynical, naïve, occasionally amusing, and always...
Here is an astonishing statistic: of our 1000 issues, Bill Boddy has been directly involved in almost 900 of them. Freelance contributor from 1930, Editor for the remarkable span of 1936 to 1991 and...
We lost Jenks in 1996, but his influence still permeates the magazine. Joining us after the war, he rapidly became racing's most informed observer touring Europe all season in his Porsche. He knew...
Not many journalists are allowed to get close to the mercurial Valentino Rossi, current idol of MotoGP bike racing. A bike racer himself, Mat is one of the few who can. With three books on the...
Mike's association with Motor Sport goes back to the 1960s, when he was Assistant Editor. After a stint as Editor of Motoring News he became Press Manager of Porsche Cars GB, confirming a fascination...
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The new Abu Dhabi Grand Prix circuit promises to set new standards that will put even more pressure not just on struggling traditional circuits, but anyone else planning to build a Formula 1 venue in...
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The final gaps in the 2009 F1 entry list will be plugged when Fernando Alonso finally confirms his plans after the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Spaniard told Motor Sport: “I know what to do 99 per cent...
The 2009 F1 calendar remains in a state of flux after financial issues forced both the Canadian and French GPs to be dropped. In October the FIA issued a revised calendar that did not include Canada...
Bernie Ecclestone has expressed concern over the number of driver penalties metered out at Grands Prix. “We must be careful we don’t punish every little thing, otherwise the drivers will lose the...
Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone have reacted to the current global economic crisis by insisting that ways be found to substantially reduce the costs of competing in F1. Mosley showed he meant...
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Reflections – Some light relief at the Singapore Grand Prix – Strange tactics employed by F1’s stewards – A good time to remember the inspiring Jenks It is a fact that the race was brought to life by...
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Former Grand Prix driver Christijan Albers has been given a tryout for a full-time Audi sports car drive next season. The Dutchman, who returned to the DTM this year after a three-year sojourn in...
Allan McNish anchored a recovery drive at Petit Le Mans in October that deserves comparison with the great sports car comebacks of all time. The Audi star and team-mates Rinaldo Capello and Emanuele...
BMW and SEAT have reached an agreement that should see both return to the World Touring Car Championship in 2009. An impasse over petrol-diesel equivalency had cast a cloud over the series’ future,...
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Williams design legend Patrick Head is leading the team creating the Formula 2 spec car that will reintroduce the category to contemporary motor sport next year. Former F2 champion Jonathan Palmer,...
Lola ended a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with a street demonstration through its home town of Huntingdon on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October – and the event certainly caught the...
Iconic British motorcycle brand Norton is returning home after 15 years of US ownership. Stuart Garner, a UK businessman, has bought the trademarks and development work to Norton, Manx, Atlas,...
Michael Schumacher’s motorcycle racing career continues to arouse respect and bewilderment. The seven-time Formula 1 World Champion recently tested with the number one Honda World Superbike team,...
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Pat Moss As Motor Sport closed for press, news broke that Pat Moss, former rally star and sister of Stirling, had died. See next month’s issue for a full obituary. Goodwood Provisional dates for the...
Paul Newman was a very rare man. One of Hollywood’s biggest stars through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, Newman was also renowned as an honest gentleman of few words and a philanthropist who founded the...
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Driven to race far from home Phil Hill’s passing near the end of the summer got me thinking about the great era of motor racing that his career straddled, and the large role played in the sport in...
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The shape of things to come A thousand issues ago, just as the first edition of The Brooklands Gazette was being set in the presses, so too was an Austin Seven being built at Longbridge that, many...
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The dirt track tradition It sounds like someone has just unbolted the Gates of Hades. A deep and mournful groan reverberates through the darkness pockmarked by a hundred spotlights. The groan becomes...
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America deserta Sir, These are depressing times, particularly here in North America. We’re in the midst of a global economic crisis, and to add to the collective gloom fans of motor sport seem to be...
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Beyond the obvious parallels – both McLaren drivers, both arguably the best of their generation – the young Briton feels he has a special bond with the great Brazilian By Nigel Roebuck "This place,”...
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His first love is bikes, but Valentino Rossi is a racer at heart, which is why he still plans to switch to four wheels one dayBy Mat Oxley If Valentino Rossi's father had been less unlucky as a...
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In 60 years the Stuttgart firm has produced some glorious cars. Picking the 10 best models would be tricky enough, but the 10 best individual chassis? Time to turn to a true Porsche expert… By...
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After a tough season Frank Williams and Patrick Head weren’t in the mood to celebrate the team’s 500th GP. So we got some of their drivers to toast them instead By Rob Widdows & Adam Cooper...
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Foreword by Sir Stirling Moss Motor Sport is an institution. Now it’s celebrating its 1000th issue, and I reckon I must have read at least 750 of them. When I started racing more than 60 years ago, I...
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By Bill Boddy I knew nothing of Denis Jenkinson until I published a letter from him in Motor Sport, but when we met at the RAE during the war, he as an engineer and me as a writer of instructional...
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He was lauded as Motor Sport’s Continental Correspondent, but before that Jenks was one of Britain’s first racing World Champions as sidecar passenger to the great Eric Oliver By Doug Nye Nine long...
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Everyone remembers Jenks’ epic Mille Miglia story from 1955. But when he rejoined Moss for 1957, his report was slightly shorter… Our starting time was 5.37am and our number 537, the last car to...
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For years Motor Sport’s home was a seedy block on the edge of the City, where integrity flourished among intrigue and slapstick By Gordon Cruickshank After 27 years with Motor Sport, you might expect...
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His efforts have helped to transform safety in Formula 1, to the benefit of us all. Through almost three decades ‘Prof’ came to be loved by the drivers, and none more so than Senna By Simon Taylor In...
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It’s pure motor sport entertainment – drivers from different disciplines tearing round Wembley stadium to find out who is the best. And this year the Race of Champions celebrates its 20th anniversary...
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The Nissan GT-R has made a deep impression in Britain this year. But with so much praise to live up to, does this bargain supercar meet expectations? By Andrew Frankel There is huge pressure among...
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Gian Paolo Dallara and new business partner Andrea Pontremoli are the men behind the world’s most successful yet understated racing car builder By Damien Smith Varano de’ Melegari is a small ‘...
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Almost exactly 35 years to the day after the tragic accident that claimed the life of François Cevert, American racer Ryan Delane honoured the memory of the French driver by racing a Tyrrell 006 in...
More races for 1-litre Formula 3 cars are planned in Britain next season as the HSCC seeks to expand the Peter Hanson Trophy into a three-event mini-series. Races at Silverstone and Brands Hatch are...
Patrick Watts will return to racing in 2009 to campaign a Ford Mustang in Top Hat Masters races. The former BTCC ace has spent the past four seasons in historic rallying in a Sunbeam Tiger and will...
The Grand Prix de Pau Historique is set to regain its former glory thanks to a new promoter. Local organising club the ACO Basco Bernais has signed up Patrick Peter’s experienced company, Peter Auto...
Star names in the world of historic navigational rallying are due to compete in the eighth running of the Rally of the Tests, which sets off from Bournemouth on November 20. The four-day route takes...
Starting on November 3 in Jerez, the 10th running OF the Tour of Spain will take crews via overnight halts in Jerez, Marbella and Granada before finishing at Malaga on November 7. The route will...
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Two of the people most closely associated with the late Colin McRae’s rallying career will take part in the fifth Roger Albert Clark Rally in mid-November. Malcolm Wilson, team boss of Ford’s World...
Group C racing will again feature at just four events next season, with double-header race weekends making up a schedule that does not include a race at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Having organised the...
Former racing machinery will feature prominently in the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday November 2, including the 1902 Napier – the first British car to score an international...
The selection process for entries in the Mille Miglia Retro will be even more rigorous for 2009 following an announcement from the organisers that mechanical and bodywork changes will come under...
Fifty-four years after he won the Sebring 12 Hours in an OSCA, Sir Stirling Moss took his own version to a class victory in the one-hour Woodcote Trophy race at Spa. Moss, sharing the drive with...
The International Historic Motor Sport Show, Race Retro, will run under new ownership in 2009 after founder Ian Williamson sold the three-day event to Live Promotions Events Ltd. “Race Retro will be...
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The young Nissan driver was a double winner at Donington as a revitalised Group C wrapped up a successful season By Paul Lawrence The final pair of races this year in Group C headlined the last major...
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The driving challenge at Spa is huge, as some found to their cost in this year’s Six Hours. But the rewards are far-reaching By David Addison When a race offers 94 starters, you know you’re somewhere...
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Crunch time Some auction houses are denying any knock-on effects from the credit crunch, but they do exist Is the credit crunch only affecting the affordable cars market? Or are its effects being...
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The stars come out at night The regular Red Bull Grand Prix party was hotly anticipated in Singapore, and not just because it was taking place over the weekend of the first Formula 1 night race. The...
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This piece of American muscle hopped across the Pond to duff up British saloon cars in the early ’70s. And it’s still throwing its weight around in today’s historic series By Richard Heseltine The...
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Cars Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything Stephen Bayley Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not a book about cars in the strictest sense. If you’re interested in horsepower and...
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Heroes of the Revival The Goodwood meeting was packed with stars, but this trio’s presence was particularly appreciated As far as I’m concerned there were three real heroes of the recent Goodwood...

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