December 2012

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next year, what happens in 2014 is the hot topic in motor sport circles right now. Major new regulations are due the season after next that will change the shape of Grand Prix and sports car racing....
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CONTRIBUTORS A Formula 1 engine on song is music to the ears of any enthusiast, which may be why as well as writing about our sport ADAM SWEETING also writes about musicians for the Daily Telegraph...
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Challenges await US GP The return of Fl to the United States after an absence of five years will be a major test both for the sport and for Bernie Ecclestone's ambitions in the country, not least...
Lauda central to Mercedes shake-up The poaching of Lewis Hamilton by Mercedes was a huge coup for Ross Brawn and his men, and it ensures that the team will be under intense media scrutiny in 2013 and...
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Jaguar seeks GT3 partners Jaguar is gearing up for a return to sports car racing with a car that could be built by Williams. The British manufacturer is evaluating an entry into the GT3 category with...
McLaren sets sights on Le Mans comeback McLaren is on course to reenter top-flight endurance racing next year with a version of its MP4-12C sports car eligible for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The British...
New York replaces Valencia in 2013 calendar The replacement of the European GP in Valencia with the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey is the biggest change on next year's provisional Fl schedule....
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Classics combine There will be a new look to classic rallying in 2013 after the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation and the Classic Rally Association announced a joint venture. Each organisation...
Reynolds takes title Julian Reynolds and codriver Patrick Walsh secured the British Historic Rally Championship title on the Colin McRae Stages after a stunning campaign in their Ford Escort Mkl. "It...
WRC rivals lament life without Loeb Sebastien Loeb secured his ninth and what is likely to be his final World Rally Championship crown in his native France in early October. Having dominated the...
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Hunter-Reay and Whincup join RoC roster 2012 IndyCar Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and triple V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup are the latest names to sign up for this year's Race of Champions. The...
Marathon to run in reverse The route for the 2014 Sydney-London Marathon Rally has been confirmed, with a daunting schedule of over 1700 miles of special stages in a total route of more than 7000...
Sebring dropped from WEC Next year's FIA World Endurance Championship will begin at Silverstone following the disappearance of the Sebring 12 Hours from the calendar. Sebring, which kicked off the...
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British historic rallying scene faces shake-up A new rally championship, run by the team behind the Roger Albert Clark Rally, will shake up the face of historic special stage rallying. The Roger...
BRM is Bourne again Thousands of spectators lined the streets of the small Lincolnshire town of Bourne in early October for BRM Day. The special day commemorated the 50th anniversary of BRM's success...
RAC Rally celebrated Two events that celebrate the history of the RAC Rally will take place during November and both events promise a strong and competitive entry. From November 9-11 the Rally of the...
Rallye des Alpes returns The Rallye des Alpes will return to the calendar again in 2013 after a year's sabbatical, starting from Lake Geneva on July 8. Five days of regularity rallying will await the...
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cLaren claims star billing in Paris The 2012 Paris Motorshow should be remembered for being the most 'real' show we have seen in a long time. From the new Renault Clio to the new Volkswagen Golf,...
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Ifs Motor Sport readers' favourite circuit and ifs Frankers too THE POLL ON THE MOTOR SPORT WEBSITE TO discover your favourite Grand Prix circuit of all time brings back memories of two trips I did...
Jaguar Land Rover firing on all cylinders It's not just the Range Rover that's keeping JLR busy. There's a new product offensive coming that seems certain to keep both Land Rover and Jaguar in the...
1 his is your co-pilot speaking... I've been for a ride in the new Range Rover. Not a drive (that comes next month), but enough time in the passenger seat to remind me how meaningless are such...
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Fu'i S eedwa , THERE WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE ON Kazuki Nakajima and the Toyota Racing team at theft home round of the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship. Company president Akio Toyoda headed...
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Spa Six Hours NEW ZEALANDERS ROGER WILLS and Brendon Hartley were the hares for most of the 20th Spa Six Hours, but Simon Hadfield's epic final stint in Leo Voyazides' sister Ford GT40 brought him...
VSCC Seaman Memorial Trophies Norfolk ODAY'S SNETTERTON CIRCUIT IS very different from the World War II Norfolk aerodrome on which motor sport made its debut in October 1951. The Vintage Sports Car...
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Ni e Roebuck REFLECTIONS A s ant case of over-snahng The de gntfu ncorrectness of Sd WatKns very Decei er, among the Christmas coif ds, one of those duplicated letters Alves. It is from a lady I do...
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s I was doing one of my periodic office clear-outs recently, for some reason I began to think about phone conversations — sitting in that chair, at that desk — down the years. My office sits at the...
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MEXICO EXPECTS Rob Widdows PEREZ IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN. PERHAPS NOT in Stevenage, from where a certain Mercedes-bound Formula 1 driver hails, but cedainly in Guadalajara, Mexico. This young man's...
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TWO-STROKE TERRORS Mat Oxley YEARS AGO A NEW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAVE bith to a crazy kind of tyre-shredding, piston-meting motorcycle. The Formula 750 series was designed to give the latest 750 four-...
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THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW w Gordon Kirby w YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE NASCAR INTRODUCED THE 'Car of Tomorrow'. The new car was safer and equalised the field a little more, but its spec nature robbed the...
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Lacking occasion Sir, I made my third visit to the Goodwood Revival on the Saturday of this year's event. I had not planned to attend this year with disposable income being less plentiful these days...
Remembering 'Prof Sir, This photo is a treasured memory from the Portugal GP in 1992. I first had dealings with Prof in early 1980 when I was at Motor Race Consultants. I did something dreadful to my...
McLaren's caring culture Sir, I read with interest your interview with Ron Dennis. My wife was his PA from 1987 to 2003 (he only needed one back then). Being an Fl fan I hoped to get the gossip but I...
Racing's debt to Watkins Sir, Professor Watkins influenced the development of Fl more than anyone save Enzo Ferrari and Bernie Ecclestone. He has taken far less out of the sport than either Enzo or...
Silver service Sir, Firstly, my congratulations on your coverage of the Goodwood Revival, with superb accompanying photographs. While thanking you for your kind words regarding the Silver Arrows pits...
Trophy tourists Sir, Nigel Roebuck revealed that back in the 1970s Niki Lauda traded one of his Formula 1 trophies for a year's free car washes at his local garage, much to the horror of Mario...
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Boddy of work Sir, It was with great interest I read the article on the late Bill Boddy's archive. Surely the time has arrived for the definitive biography to be written on him together with Denis...
Filching facts Sir, I was delighted to read Gordon Cruickshank's excellent article about the Filching museum, having only recently learned of its existence via the presence of the K3 Bluebird at the...
Goodwood's rallying call Sir, Twelve of us ex-Safari Rally competitors aged between 63 and 84, all passionate motor sport fans, attended our ninth Goodwood Revival this year and we unanimously agreed...
On podium fidgeting Sir, The GB Olympians and Paralympians seemed capable of standing still for 40 seconds during the National Anthem; why is it not possible for British Grand Prix drivers to manage...
Surprise package Sir, I opened the August issue of Motor Sport with my usual sense of anticipation, which dropped drastically when I saw a feature headed British Fl World Champions. I thought 'seen...
The cost of attendance Sir, Like Nigel Roebuck, I was at the 1955 Ou1ton Park Gold Cup meeting with my parents. Nigel mentioned the costs of attending meetings; things have changed somewhat. The Gold...
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The greatest racing car designer of his generation was curious: how would it feel it away from the drawing board and be let loose in two of his own creations spanning 20 years of Formula 1 evolution...
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\O HCD1S Andy Brown is a veteran of Leyton House and worked as engineer to Mauricio Gugelmin. Now a long-time Chip Ganassi R acing team member, he returned to Silverstone to watch Newey drive the...
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Before Leyton House and Formula 1, March sent its promising young designer to America. His four years in Indycar would offer the perfect engineering finishing school His designs would define the most...
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You gotta know when to fold Some Formu o 1 &Kers wa away from tne sport of tn6r own accord; otners are §mpy cast off. But wnat nappens next? BY ADAM SWEETING Damon Hill puts it, "everyone talks...
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Bentley will return to racing, but before it does, it needs to transform its heavy Continental Speed road car into a fast and competitive racer  By Rob Widdows Bentley is back. One of the most famous...
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Lunch with SIR JOHN WHITMORE In more ways than one, Sir John Whitmore is different. Since this monthly series began in Motor Sport six years ago I've been lucky enough to take some 80 motor sporting...
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Private VI A 'You fe There' sprK,ial ng gnored for dec.-s, tnese s des faces and cars Aft otter a rt Baxter has been a faithful Motor Sport reader, and pretty regular correspondent, since the 1950s,...
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TONY STEWART III eon The snort fuse can St spark up, but NASCAR's '21st Century AJ Hoyt' nos grown up Tocay, Tony Stewart s US roong's fastest-rsng tycoon Move over, Roger Pens BY GORDON KIRBY n his...
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BY ANDREW FRANKEI years ago Aston Martin produced the DB9, and around the world all those who'd yearned for an Aston Martin that was at last as good to drive as it sounded and looked, breathed a...
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AUDI RS4 BE WILLING TO WAGER fewer than one in 10 owners of the new Audi RS4 ever discover all there is to know about theft new car. I think most will think they've bought a good-looking, faintly...
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back to the last century. Look closer still and you'll see that even the wheelbase of the Vanquish is no different to that of a 2003 DB9. The charge therefore is that the Vanquish is not a new car...
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ALPINA B3 GT3 HAVE RARELY resonated with me. In theft desire to be different to the BMWs upon which they are based, they have often ended up as somewhat flawed and often contrived machines. When BMW...
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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 2.0 TDI SE TEPPING INTO A NEXT generation Golf is like slipping into an off e-peg suit and discovering fees like one tailored to our own specification in ermyn Street. It's brand ew,...
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L SYST f' \treisoB0000dnound towards goa successfu rocKet test ED FOSTER 1000mph on land — that's what the team behind the Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record car hopes to achieve in 2014. It's a...
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READY FOR A GIRO DI SIDMOUTH? A proposed change to the law could permit a slew of new closed-road events in the UK LOSING ROADS FOR MOTOR SPORT could boost Britain's economy, says the MSA, which...
THE LAIR OF T HFLAS \AS A cheery evening in the bar led to a challenge what would be the daffest racer? GORDON CRUICKSHANK I. ntrigued by anyone who can make a Nash Metropolitan go quite so fast in...
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CHEVRON GROWS A \EW WI \ G Long after the death of its founder, the racing marque adds another twist to its story HE COMPLEX HISTORY OF THE Chevron marque gained another wrinkle with the announcement...
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Around the houses NEWS FROM THE MAIN AUCTION HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD ARTCURIAL — There are plenty of 'interesting' fakes out there, but Artcurial is offering the chance to own an original 1976 Group...
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LAKESIDE THE EARLY YEARS by Richard Croston This is an enthusiast's account of the well-loved Lakeside circuit, just nodh of Brisbane. Conceived by local dairy farmer and racer Sid Sakzewski, it was...
MOTOR RACING THE PURSUIT OF VICTORY 1963-1972 by Steve Wyatt How many images are lost in motor racing fans' houses? Hundreds of thousands? Probably millions. Like the precursor to this book, Motor...
THE DUNBOYNE MOTOR RACES 1958-1967 by Robin McCullagh Even for the time, the road races that took pace on a fast triangular circuit around Dunboyne were outdated. Four deaths in three years in the...
TWR AND JAGUAR'S XJS INSIDE TOM WALKINSHAW'S GROUP A RACING TEAM by Allan Scott Aficionados of Tom Walkinshaw Racing will know Allan Scott as one of the team's earliest employees, becoming manager of...
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YOU WERE THERE Daytona, Watms Gen anc Crc JOHN GAUERKE Over 60 years John Gauerke has assembled a vast archive of photos right back to Indy in the 1940s. {1} 1969 US GP: Jackie Stewart practicing...
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TAILSOF THE UNEXPECTED Doug Nye Two photos dscoyered by chance In the archlye offer outlandsh examples of orgnal thInkIng much so many greybeards of the '70s and early '80s detested 'bloody...
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How Gurney got a grip on blister trouble MY BIG BROTHER, ROD, TAUGHT ME TO DRIVE IN A Standard Vanguard Mark I. He is eight years my senior and taught me Army-style, no compromise, no sympathy. One...
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New view of blighted Talbot racing history Doug Nye ONE OF THE FINEST MOTOR RACING BOOKS I HAVE read is 'Georges Roesch and The Invincible Talbots', written by the ate Anthony Blight. He had an...

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