December 2014

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The Jules Bianchi tragedy has overshadowed everything in motor racing during the past month. In this issue both Mark Hughes and Nigel Roebuck offer perspective on the accident at Suzuka and its...
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The Bianchi accident, Montjuich Park 1975, Vettel and Alonso In the hours following Jules Bianchi’s accident, several moments and conversations came back to me, one of them with Martin Brundle at...
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The Bianchi accident Jules Bianchi was engrossed in a long-running battle with Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham at Suzuka. Both were driving exceptionally well in low-grip conditions in cars with very...
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Our man gets beneath the skin of this year’s Formula 1 cars, pinpoints the key differences between the three engine manufacturers’ approaches… and explains exactly why the Mercedes V6 has won the...
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Singapore, Japan & Russia Rd 14 Marina Bay, September 21, 2014 1 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 2hr 00min 04.795sec 2 Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull RB10 – 2hr 00min 18.329sec 3 Daniel Ricciardo – ...
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Brabham back on track Legendary team to return… in sports car racing | By Gary Watkins Ambitious plans to relaunch Brabham have been unveiled by David Brabham, youngest son of three-time world...
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Gordon Kirby As history proves, it’s very difficult to stay on top over a sustained period of time in motor racing. Few teams last many years, in fact, and even the most established and well financed...
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British youngster takes another Henry Surtees Foundation success at Buckmore Park | by Alex Harmer The best way for a driver to make his or her mark on an event is to keep winning it, and 19-year-...
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Mat Oxley If William Hogarth were alive and interested in motor sport, he wouldn’t have to look very far for a subject for a modern-day Rake’s Progress. Anthony Gobert was a young Australian...
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Sadly, the history books will relate only that Andrea de Cesaris took part in 208 Grands Prix without a single victory – an unenviable record that stands to this day. What the history books will not...
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Road Motor sport cinema is presently all the rage – the BBC even has a 1970s F1 drama brewing – but it’s unlikely that much will ever match this for power and raw emotion. Narrated by Liam Neeson,...
Sports car racer Dr Dick Thompson died on September 14, aged 94. The Washington-born driver made his debut aboard an MG TD in the inaugural Sebring 12 Hours, with Bill Kinchloe in 1952. Thompson then...
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Combe Classic is big hit Next year’s event already at the planning stage | by Paul Lawrence The Castle Combe Autumn Classic has been hailed as one of the best events at the Wiltshire track for many...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, November 1956 | by Bill Boddy Mr David Brown deserves the appreciation of enthusiasts for having catered for the continuity of two famous...
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Lost tango in Paris French showcase lacks a little of its usual fizz | by Andrew Frankel I’d like to tell you that this year’s biennial visit to the Paris Motor Show produced the usual wall-to-wall...
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A wonderful V8 soundtrack, plus complementary chassis balance | by Andrew Frankel It’s been more than 60 years since Chevrolet first named a car after a fast, small military boat, a period during...
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A likely best-seller, stripped of its soul The Porsche Cayenne. When it was launched towards the start of the century, I said I wished it had never been built. I acknowledge now what I failed to see...
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Banking system attracts yet more critics… What do I remember about two days and 600 fast miles in this new Mercedes-Benz S-class coupé? Is it the car’s really rather fetching appearance or the...
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More power does not mean less grip I’ve always loved Ariel, the car and, now, motorcycle company. From its very start at the turn of the century, I was impressed by the bravery of Simon Saunders and...
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Letter of the month Limiting factor The Japanese Grand Prix accident involving Jules Bianchi has raised many suggestions, ranging from stricter flag-waving to closed cockpits. The latter option, I...
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Synonymous with Gulf, GT40s, 917s and Le Mans wins, JW Automotive is a racing legend. We spoke to director John Horsman about life under ‘Death Ray’ John Wyer and the racing heritage underpinning the...
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His track record spoke volumes for his potential and there were many who placed great faith in Stefano Modena, a young Italian who preferred to eschew the spotlight. When he reached Formula 1,...
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The distinctive Gooda Special Bentley proved to be a crowd favourite when it raced at Goodwood last March – and it’s every bit as engaging behind the wheel as it is to behold Writer: Richard...
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The son of a famous father is now making his mark on world rallying’s highest stage. Alex Harmer spoke to him It’s been more than 10 years since British drivers appeared near the top of the World...
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He rose from cleaner to team manager at McLaren, walked out on Bernie Ecclestone and then found a way to fund a passion for fine cars Writer: Simon Taylor | Photographer: James Mitchell Spending a...
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During his time in F1 Alastair Caldwell used to pit his wits against Ferrari. Now he’s using an ex-Scuderia treasure in classic events… Writer: Rob Widdows This rally might appear to be a bunch of...
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John Hogan has worked out of the limelight during his 40 years in Formula 1. But as the sponsor man from Marlboro, he wielded great power within the sport he loved Writer: Damien Smith, Photographer...
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{RAC Grand Prix de l'Europe, Silverstone, May 1950} There were some notable guests among the estimated 150,000 crowd as international motor racing moved into a bold new era Writer: Simon Arron,...
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A 'You were there' special Colour photography has existed since the 19th century, but it remained a relative rarity on spectator terraces of the 1960s... For all that it might have been scarce,...
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Timing is everything Split-second accuracy is fundamental to both motor sport and the finely honed world of watchmaking, so it’s hardly surprising that the two are highly complementary. For many...
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This ex-Jim Clark Lister is still going strong after a long and busy life – and Motor Sport was offered a chance to put it through its paces at Goodwood Writer: Paul Parker, Photographer: Stuart...
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BTCC Brands Hatch The crowd at Brands Hatch experienced something unusual during the BTCC finale: it wasn’t raining. Well, not for the first few hours, anyway. Not since 2011 had there been a dry...
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Possibly the only man with both F1 and Mallory Park media passes. Next stop..? Channel hopping Brands Hatch, September 27-28: a little French dressing adds a great deal of flavour Our sport often...
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Man behind the Legends A day with Duncan Wiltshire, organiser of the prestigious Le Mans support event On the morning of the most famous race in the world, there’s a highly prestigious historic event...
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The Italian job offer Tony Vandervell chose to pass on this chance to buy a novel Grand Prix project that made big claims I could hardly believe my eyes. Flicking idly through an old Vanwall...

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