December 2011

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As the boss of his own media agency, Anthony has come a long way in the past decade. This month we asked him to track back 10 years to celebrate the anniversary of Richard Burns' World Rally title,...
Charlie prepared for his cover shoot with our guest editor by watching some footage of him at the Nürburgring in the 1970s: "I was scared just watching it". Other recent commissions have involved...
Hang on! This bloke's usually on the left of this page... The editor has stepped back this month to offer Sir Jackie Stewart his chair, but it hasn't exactly been a month off. The WB Tribute Day at...
Road testing Ducati's 1198SP animal for us was a diversion from Mat's day job covering the MotoGP scene. But this month he's not happy: "I've asked my wife Debs to make me a black armband so I can...
Sir Jackie Stewart, Guest editor One of the most difficult aspects of my life has been my lack of education, due to not being identified as a dyslexic during my school years. Because of this I was...
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Sir Jackie Stewart There are bigger questions to be asked here about whether that number of cars of that speed and power should be allowed to race on an oval of that size, and also about the...
Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a massive 15-car accident on lap 13 of IndyCar's season-closing race, held on the high-banked Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16. Wheldon had...
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When he crashed to his death at Las Vegas in October, Dan Wheldon was enjoying a renaissance in his career. Wheldon had lost his job with Panther Racing near the end of last year and was without a...
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Toyota confirms Le Mans comeback Toyota will next year mount its first factory assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours since 1999 with a petrol-powered LMP1 hybrid (below). The Japanese manufacturer has been...
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A second World Championship for Sebastian Vettel moves the 24-year-old German into the elite group of drivers who have won titles twice in a row — although no one else has managed the feat at such a...
Just before the first Indian GP, Force India took on a major new investor in high-profile business conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar. Run by entrepreneur Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, the real estate...
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Rallying legends Bjӧrn Waldegӓrd and Stig Blomqvist will top a field of 50 classic rally cars for the fifth East African Safari Classic when the nine-day marathon starts in Nairobi on November 19....
Mercedes GP has boosted Michael Schumacher's hopes of a better season in 2012 by recruiting two former technical directors in Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa. Willis, who recently parted company with HRT...
The Peugeot and Audi turbodiesel EMP1 prototypes will be pegged back for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the new FIA World Endurance Championship next season. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which together...
A new one-make series devised to rekindle the spirit of the original Can-Am championship is being launched for next season in the US. The Unlimited Racing Championship's NuArt racer takes its styling...
An additional series of races has been announced for 2012 to mark the 50th anniversary of the MGB. Following on from the MG Car Club's plans to celebrate the model, the Historic Racing Drivers Club...
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Jean Alesi has confirmed his intention to return to the Indy 500, 11 years after retiring from Formula 1. The Grand Prix winner has talked of going to Indy since becoming a development consultant for...
Bob Berridge, the driving force behind the resurgence of the Group C/GTP racing series, believes a return to the support race slot for the Le Mans 24 Hours next June will be another major boost to...
The future of international rallying on the Isle of Man has been thrown into turmoil in recent weeks, culminating in the cancellation of the 2011 International Rally Isle of Man. First run in 1963,...
The new TC63 race series for pre-1963 historic touring cars made an encouraging debut at Snetterton in early October. Goodwood dramas reduced the field a little, but 17 cars started the half-hour...
An argument over the Resource Restriction Agreement is threatening the future of FOTA, the F1 teams' organisation. Some teams are convinced that Red Bull Racing is spending more than it is supposed...
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Brooklands, Surrey Brooklands on a sunny day: ERA and Bugatti engines snarling, Bentleys on the banking... For a few wonderful hours the sights, sounds and smells were those Bill Boddy would have...
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Road Atlanta, USA PEUGEOT MADE IT THREE WINS FROM three in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Road Atlanta in October. Franck Montagny, Stéphane Sarrazin and Alex Wurz sealed a series hat-trick for...
Spa Francorchamps, Belgium With seven Ford GT405 in the varied 100-car field, it was no surprise when one of their number won the Spa Classic Six Hours at the end of September. Sports car maestro...
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Chiswick, London "For me, driving on the M4 is more dangerous than driving at Le Mans," said Allan McNish as the constant stream of headlights lit up the motorway outside the quaffro rooms' giant...
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- A chasm of difference between McLaren's men - From the 'quiet Beatle' to the 'Maestro' of racers Talking points of the moment. Over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend one concerned the 2012 World...
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Someone who has spent his working life in the design and operation of exotic race cars, it surprises some that I have low interest in the cars I drive on the road. Due to the much greater number of...
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The first call was made to my brother Jim, He was asked if I might be interested in driving or racing a single seater. I'd driven a good race in an Ecurie Ecosse Cooper Monaco at Goodwood and the...
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There’s only one motorcycle racer who gets called ‘King’. Not the sport’s most successful racer Giacomo Agostini, nor its favourite darling Valentino Rossi. Motorcycling’s only sovereign racer is...
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Glen in the fall amid autumn leaves ablaze in red and yellow and the shriek of Formula 1 cars filling the air. For 20 years from 1961 (above) this was F1 's memorable end-of-season scene. The Glen...
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A real road hog Sir, Very good story from Rob Widdows on the Porsche Pink Pig (November issue). I was impressed to learn too that Herr Bischof is so articulate in English — an improvement from just...
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When Motor Sport asked me to become guest editor for an issue I was delighted to accept. To mark the occasion, we came up with some ideas that would allow me to talk about some of the people who have...
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”Imagine this: your greatest heroes and closest friends, both past and present, brough together around a dream dinner table letting the conversation – and stories – flow. Who would you chose? Well,...
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Ken Tyrrell was much more than just my team boss – he was a lifelong friend too, and one whom I never tire of talking about, as I recently told Nigel Roebuck When we speak of legendary partnerships...
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"They were the men who put me on the race track, and on whom I depended every time. Rob Widdows spoke to the Tyrrell faithful about our happy days racing together" Sir Jackie Stewart always cared for...
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Support systemF1 mechanics who fall on hard times can rely on a trust set up by JYS for help The Grand Prix Mechanics Trust (GPMT) was founded by Jackie Stewart in 1987 and is a charitable body that...
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”I'm often asked for my opinion on modern F1, in which Im still deeply involved. The greatest drivers question is a popular one, too. So here, for the record, are my verdicts on the stars on 2011 and...
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A 'You Were There' Special It's clear from these spots why our contributor fell in love with motor sport at Mont Tremblant Jim Blattman's love of all things automotive began when, as a 16-year-old...
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A prototype of the radical would be Indycar and 2012 Le Mans racer will soon take to the track. Its creator explains how it now could revolutionise motor sport and the automotive word beyond....
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As the son of a pre-war Auto Union ace, racing was in his blood. Today, ‘Junior’ is a cult hero in his own right It’s intriguing how often sons of racing drivers become racers themselves. In Formula...
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A seat in GP2 or GP3 is the closest you can get to F1 without actually being on the GP grid. But it can also be a case of so near and yet so far… This the final part of our series on motor racing's...
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ROMAIN GROSJEAN (GP2) He was Fernando Alonso's Renault team-mate in the second part of 2009 after Nelson Piquet was 'moved on', but with a best finish of 13th Grosjean was dropped in favour of Vitaly...
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Ten years ago the late Richard Burns became England's only World Rally Champion. He's not forgotten, as our very personal road trip showed In many ways, it feels like more than just 10 years have...
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The Richard Burns Foundation works in his honour to help other victims of brain illness and injury The Richard Burns Foundation was created after Richard's death to help those suffering from brain...
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Taming Ducati’s monstorous 1198SP is impossible. Our advice? Don’t fight it. Just go with the cacophnonous torrent... Like Lord Byron, Ducati's 1198SP is mad, bad and dangerous to know. It will have...
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Blkes were a way out of the war — but one genus made it a path to glory Until a USAF bombing raid flattened its factory in 1944 Ducati had manufactured electronic goods, but after the war the Ducati...
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With the predictability of leaves falling in autumn, no sooner has the Government announced that it is consulting on the wisdom of raising the motorway speed limit to 80mph than the self-styled road...
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Found myself tearing around the Lotus test track recently, for reasons that will become apparent in the New Year. But just to whet your appetite, it involved some black and gold livery and the...
This being the road car section of the magazine, I try hard to limit its racing car content even if I do fail sometimes. But what if you're racing a road car? Good enough for me. Besides, there's an...
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When I was a kid my favourite sports car wasn't a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Porsche. It was a Caterham. I was just seven when Colin Chapman sold the manufacturing rights for the Lotus Seven to one...
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Sadly it's been a while since I last drove a really amazing BMW. Some have been better than others the new One Series M Coupe for example but this marque that you could once expect to lead all others...
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There is a rule that says that no convertible can be as good as the coupe upon which it is based. And for obvious reasons too: chop the top off a monocoque and you'll add so much weight trying to...
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Why a 24-hour race at Silverstone triggered thoughts of a great man Turned up for my fourth Britcar 24-hour race at Silverstone with thoughts full of my third, four years ago, the car a GT3 Jaguar...
Depressing isn't it, to find the name of the world's greatest track appended to that of what is by some distance not the world's greatest hatch? What next? The Kia Picanto Nürburgring? The Tata Nano...
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You know you're doing well in the 'replica' car business when your client list included F1's top three teams Whatever your views are on replicas, sometimes you just have to admire the accuracy of...
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Wales Rally GB bosses are championing the return of old-style endurance events It is no secret that FIA president Jean Todt wants to reintroduce long-distance events to the World Rally Championship...
A day at the Ron Haslam Race School provides much-needed motorbike guidance When I was living in Milan six years ago I went into a scooter dealership and asked what size scooter I could buy with my...
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Former racer Win Percy is the man Lord March trusts to ensure Goodwood's historic meeting doesn't end in tears Goodwood Revival was as exciting as ever — and for some entrants, a damn sight too...
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"Dream workshop" could form hub for classic racing companies I felt a bit underdressed when I arrived at CKL's new Sussex base for its open day. Chris Keith-Lucas has been involved with Jaguars for...
Vintagecars.com WHAT'S YOUR HISTORY? We were four experienced coachbuilders and panelbeaters who had worked in the trade on some of the world's most important vehicles. In 2004 we decided to go out...
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News from the main auction houses around the world H&H SALE On September 21 H&H hosted a sale at the Imperial War Museum and sold various interesting lots. One of which was the ex-Hubert...
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FORMULA ONE AT WATKINS GLEN 20 YEARS OF THE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX 1961-1980 Michael Argetsinger Editor-in-chief Nigel Roebuck has always had a soft spot for Watkins Glen. "For me," he wrote in...
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The 1961 Monaco Grand Prix was a classic, but none of the racers pictured nee could get the better of 'Golden Boy' Moss ROBIN POWELL Isle of Wight man Mr Powell describes his trip to the 1961 Monaco...
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Privateer racer Dr Tony Goodwin didn’t let RAF Service stand the way of his racing exploits, as his new book recalls Back in the late 1960s and early '70s, I found that race reporting was great — if...
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Regular readers might recall an item in the October issue about one of the Brabham BT25 Indycar's tubs having been blown apart due to an inadvertent spark while being verified by the USAC Tech...
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Overall, Sebastian Vettel's second consecutive World Championship-winning season was rather less predictable than its outcome might suggest. Most races were quite close and exciting. They were, as Mr...
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French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, July 1, 1973 Roughly half the grid turned out for this photo op, including (from left) George Follmer, Wilson and Emerson Filtipaldi, Carlos Reutemann, Denny Hulme,...

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