December 2010

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Vic Elford When the Editor was planning his trip to Sicily he rang Elford - former Targa winner, F1 pilot and all-round race and rally star – for some pointers. Afterwards Vic asked how it went. When...
Prancing Horses gallop apace through this issue! We carry a rare and exclusive interview with the man who hopes to become the next Ferrari Formula 1 World Champion, and there’s another with the last...
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Tony Fernandes will be forced to rebrand Lotus Racing under a new identity if he loses a bitter war with Group Lotus over the use of the famous name. The extraordinary fight between the two parties...
Lotus will in effect utilise the drivetrain of the 2009 Red Bull RB5 on next year’s car. Having already agreed to use Renault engines, Lotus has opted to source its gearboxes and hydraulic systems...
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• In the latest round of a legal dispute between Force India and its former sponsors Etihad and Aldar, the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision of the High Court, leaving the Abu Dhabi...
After several aborted attempts over the past 30 years Russia will finally host a Grand Prix, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The city is currently going through huge development in time for the...
Sergio Perez will become the first Mexican Formula 1 driver for three decades when he races for Sauber Motorsport next season. Currently lying second in the GP2 Series, Perez (above) is a protégé of...
Pedro de la Rosa says he's still chasing a race seat for 2011, despite the approach of his 40th birthday. Having been dropped by Sauber in September de la Rosa slipped straight into the Pirelli...
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REFLECTIONS - Why qualifying will be key for the world title - Watkins Glen, the true home of the US GP As I write, three of the 19 rounds of the 2010 World Championship remain, and Ferrari's Stefano...
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Lotus has lifted the lid off an ambitious and wide-ranging motor sport attack that will take it back to the Le Mans 24 Hours race on two fronts. The “360-degree programme”, announced ahead of the...
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BMW will make its long-awaited comeback to the DTM in 2012 with an all-new M3 challenger. The manufacturer, which last raced in the German-based touring car series 18 years ago, has been in open...
Motorcycling legend Mick Doohan will take on Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost in November as the Race of Champions stadium event heads to Germany for the first time. The five-time 500cc champion made...
The classic multi-discipline giro d’Italia tour is being brought back for next season after an absence of more than 20 years. The revived event, like the original in the 1970s and ’80s, will pit GT...
• Chevrolet Europe has become the first manufacturer to test a Global Race Engine on the track. Its new 1.6-litre turbo unit, built by factory Chevy squad RML, completed more than 600 miles at Jerez...
Indianapolis kicked off its centenary celebrations for the Indy 500 in October by gathering 33 winners of the great race for a special photo opportunity. The cars lined up in the traditional 11 rows...
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After Motor Sport’s revered continental correspondent Denis Jenkinson had to shave off his beard when Jochen Rindt won the 1969 US Grand Prix in a Lotus, it was a moment of great amusement for the...
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Nigel's Q&A Nigel Roebuck has stirred things up on the website this month in his Q&A column after Pat Kenny asked whether it would leave a bad taste if Alonso were to win the 2010 F1 title...
Lotus Grand Prix driver Trevor Taylor has died from cancer aged 73. At the peak of his career he was team-mate to Jim Clark, sharing one victory with him and on one occasion beating him in a non-...
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I am finally back home in the states after my travels through Europe in pursuit of what is supposed to be a hobby - my historic racing weekends at Silverstone, Goodwood and Spa. There were mixed...
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On the day before the Goodwood Revival I drove the short distance from home to the circuit where I have spent so many happy days over the past six decades. Madame Mégane knows the way too, her...
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In September Motorcycle Grand Prix racing endured its worst week in decades. Two riders died on consecutive weekends at the Indianapolis and San Marino Grands Prix. American Peter Lenz passed away...
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We saw Dario Franchitti at his best in 2010 as he chased down Will Power and beat the Australian to his second consecutive IndyCar title and third in four years. Franchitti qualified on the pole and...
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Medicine and duty Sir, I live in Thailand and I love watching motor sport here. Why? Because there’s clean racing and it’s a breath of fresh air seeing respectful driving. Why is this so? It’s...
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That’s what Bernie Ecclestone says of Fernando Alonso. In our exclusive interview, the bullish Spaniard reveals how he handles fame, Ferrari – and some fiery magic On the basis of cream rising to the...
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Aristocrat Vincenzo Florio created it, local hero Nino Vaccarella made it his own. Return to the roads of the Targa Florio today and the echoes they created live on – even above the bark of a modern...
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Vic Elford explains how he built his formidable sports car reputation in the Madonie road race 1967 After an initial approach to try to get them interested in rallying and a third place on the Tour...
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The Sicilian roads stirred Jenks’ blood on his trips to the Targa The Targa Florio is not so much a race as a state of mind, and a drive down through Southern Italy and along the fantastic northern...
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He drove for both Ferrari and McLaren in Formula 1, starred in Champ Car and won Le Mans. But for this cultured Swede, there’s more to life than motor racing He’s had a lifetime of racing whatever he...
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To mark Alfa Romeo’s centenary, the company offered us a mouth-watering menu. But the tastes would prove both sweet and sour… That day at Fiat’s old and once secret Balocco test track, they lined...
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Forget playing Wembley Arena – the stadium that Nick Mason loves best is in France, just outside a small town called Le Mans The door is open at the top of the metal staircase. Enter the large upper-...
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Pioneer aircraft were built using fabric and glue. But so is today’s high-tech racing machinery… Since McLaren revealed the MP4/1 in 1981, a racing car that doesn’t have a carbon-composite monocoque...
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Famed for his ‘Iceman’ persona, Kimi Räikkönen seems happy to have swapped F1 politics for the more relaxed setting of world rallying. Now there’s just that man Loeb to deal with… Day two of Rally...
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It’s 50 years since Erik Carlsson scored the first of three RAC victories for Saab – and he’s still loyal to the manufacturer now You have to feel for the kid, although judging by the age of the...
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It’s not often that the Brits get to upstage the entire motor industry at a foreign motorshow, but that’s precisely what happened in Paris at the end of September. The only question was whether it...
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904 and latest Toyota tech delights My month was dominated by an unforgettable European jaunt. First stop was Spa for the Six Hours meeting. Equipe Frankel was licking its wounds after the Revival...
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It is instructive to mark the arrival of Ferrari’s latest V8-powered, mid-engined two-seater by looking briefly back to its first. Some 35 years ago it was called the 308GTB and despite the fact that...
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How far can a brand be stretched before it snaps? BMW’s Mini may be about to find out. Its new Countryman is a let-down on almost every level. When BMW relaunched the brand in 2001, I joined the...
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Like the Mini Countryman Lexus's new CT200h, the self-styled ‘world’s first premium compact hybrid’, is also asking more questions than it answers. In essence it’s a Golf-sized Lexus running a...
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Of the time the ‘Ferrari spell’ was broken and reality set in with the 348tb If I try to recall my most formative experiences as a motoring journalist one I can remember very clearly was the moment I...
Occupation: Managing Director, Ariel Motor Company What is your greatest achievement?It has to be the success of the Ariel Atom. But designers are seldom happy with what they have achieved so the...
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It's not unusual for drag racers to contest several classes a year, as American ace Melanie Troxel explains It’s a shame that modern Formula 1 drivers don’t regularly race in other series. Some of...
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It was in the ambulance from the drag strip to the Santa Pod medical centre that I started to wonder how many other people had signed up for a motor sport passenger ride and ended up injured. Was...
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New chassis technology should help cut emissions As the powers that be clamp down on vehicle emissions manufacturers are looking down the barrel of massive changes in car design over the next 10...
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An F1 company has applied it expertise to two wheels At the start of October I took part in a cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Strange decision – I’m not a big...
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Glasgow's tradition of being a start point for the Monte Carlo Rally will be revived in January, though not for the IRC round. It’s the Monte Carlo Rally Historique, marking the 100th anniversary of...
• Japanese historic single-seater racer Katsu Kubota won the Historic Formula 2 Championship after a mighty season in the March 712 he runs from the Colin Bennett stable. Kubota, who also drives a...
The 50th anniversary of Saab’s first victory on the RAC Rally will be celebrated in November when a team of five historic rally cars tackle the Roger Albert Clark event. The 1960 RAC Rally marked...
A capacity entry of 550 cars manufactured before 1905 will take part in the 2011 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on November 7. The annual celebration of the Emancipation Run which took place on...
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Bentley Le Mans winner Guy Smith will contest the Roger Albert Clark Rally for the second time at the end of November when he joins his father Peter on the entry list for the four-day event through...
Former Grand Prix driver Ian Ashley will race a formula Atlantic March 79B in historic events in 2011 as he renews a partnership with Mike Smith, who was instrumental in Ashley’s career during the...
The ex-raymond Mays Bugatti Brescia Cordon Bleu has got to the top of Kop Hill at last. Having caused the end of speed events on public roads when it crashed there in 1925, the Brescia failed again...
Victory in the Flockhart Trophy for Duncan Ricketts in his E-type ERA in some of the worst conditions imaginable was the key feature of SeeRed, the VSCC’s annual race meeting at Donington Park. With...
David Stokes and Guy Weaver have won the MSA British Historic Rally Championship for the second time in four years with their Ford Escort Mk1, after fighting back from three non-finishes in the first...
The masters historic festival, featuring one day of racing on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit and two days on the Grand Prix circuit, will run over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 28-30 and continue in...
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After the downpour at Spa, Portugal’s historic festival offered the perfect finale to a busy season of racing What a way to end the season. Sunshine, blue skies, blue sea, blue-flag beaches, and a...
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The Minshaw E-type shared with Martin Stretton survived a typical Belgian deluge for victory in this year’s Spa Six Hours There isn’t anything very controversial to say about Belgium. Ask anyone what...
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NEWS FROM THE MAIN AUCTION HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD Historics at Brooklands Historics held its second sale on September 25 at the Brooklands Museum during which it sold some interesting cars including...
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JOCHEN RINDTUncrowned King - David Tremayne Tremayne’s expertly researched biography attests to our continuing interest in the Austrian champion’s life and career. Jochen Rindt’s death at Monza 40...
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Formula 5000 and sports cars are in the frame this month at two classic British tracks – Oulton Park and Thruxton KEITH LEWCOCK Historic motor sport fan Mr Lewcock had help getting these F5000 shots...
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In his book, designer Tony Southgate recalls how Michele Alboreto overcame electronic failure in a Ferrari at Sebring Tony Southgate’s long-awaited autobiography – From Drawing Board to Chequered...
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It’s amazing just how much detailed history has come down to us not necessarily recorded in any history book, but instead scribbled on scraps of paper, on the back of old photographs, or as a fleeting...
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One of the most cherished of all the volumes on my library shelves is a first-edition A Record of Motor Racing, published for the Royal Automobile Club by Reveirs Bros of Fetter Lane, London, in 1909...
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The name Brabazon is often associated with an aircraft that no-one bought, but this pioneer had much to boast of Lord Brabazon of Tara was a most remarkable man who had many interests and achieved...
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Some racing car owners used pet names for their cars, for which the BARC charged a fee. Selwyn Francis Edge, with his large stable of Napiers, was in the June meeting of 1908 the first entrant to...
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In 1946, through the generosity of Mr Forrest Lycett and the added support of Cecil Clutton I was able to acquire a 1913-14 long-wheelbase Hispano-Suiza, if I went and collected it from a distant...
The Brooklands circuit very quickly proved highly satisfactory for some of the purposes it was built for, such as testing cars, tyre trials, duration runs or just for unfettered speed. S F Edge was...
Rothwell of Oldham by John Warburton is a 103-page book covering the full story of the Rothwell family and their Oldham company which made sewing machines, bicycles, motor cycles and eventually cars...

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