December 2015

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Out the back at Thruxton no one could touch Justin,” says the familiar voice on the end of the phone line. “He had the ability to go from bump to bump without unsettling the car. If those US...
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Drivers who speak their mind are a breath of fresh air in a Formula 1 paddock that trades all too often in banalities. Seldom a shrinking violet, Fernando Alonso chose an interesting moment to...
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Nico Rosberg leads away at the start of the second modern Russian Grand Prix. The German started from pole, but throttle trouble forced him to retire and allowed Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to...
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In the slipstream of four straight world titles, the past 18 months have been difficult by Red Bull Racing’s customary standards. Amid the fug of political turmoil, however, Daniel Ricciardo has...
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At this stage of the season, with everything up at the Mercedes end of the grid funnelling down towards second consecutive championships, the real intrigue lay with the whole Red Bull operation. By...
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Chance can be a fine thing When manufacturers go racing they learn from other manufacturers; that’s half the point of the exercise. Often this knowledge is gained fairly, other times by more...
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Teams split on WEC future More powerful hybrid systems, and potentially more of them... The scope for green technology within the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class is set to be extended. The...
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Mission impossible? It was indeed After two and a half years as IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, Derrick Walker has resigned and hopes to return to the ranks of team owners with his...
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The battle to stay on terms with Porsche If there’s one country on the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar that most people look forward to visiting, it’s Japan. For me and several team-mates...
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Alain Prost Maurice Hamilton Hallelujah! Here’s a rare English biography of an unfathomably overlooked motor racing great, with committed input from the man himself.  And not before time. The cult of...
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GT40s for Goodwood New races dedicated to Ford GT40s, under 2-litre touring cars and 100-year-old Edwardian specials will be among the highlights at the 74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood next spring...
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VW’s future options It will be many years before the full ramifications of the Volkswagen emissions scandal are known and, even as I write, more than a month after the story first broke, fresh...
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Raging bull receives sufficient extra pep to challenge the prancing horse  | by Andrew Frankel There must have been at least a few times over the course of 53 years when Lamborghini has caused its...
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The Volkswagen Golf R is one of those machines beloved by lazy motoring journalists for the access it provides to a full range of automotive clichés. It’s the car both your head and heart would...
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Space is limited on these pages, which is why mid-life updates of even quite important cars sometimes fail to make the grade. But when that update is as extensive as this, the car to which it’s being...
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It is well known that next year Ford will launch a new Focus RS, the first with four-wheel drive. If the last is any guide at all, we can expect to be dazzled by it. In the meantime, Focus-focused...
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Right team, wrong venue Martin Brundle’s memories of racing with Stefan Bellof in their normally aspirated Tyrrells at Zandvoort in 1984 are incorrect – he must be thinking about a different circuit...
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A film about a film? That’s the premise of a new documentary, but many tales about Steve McQueen and Le Mans had still to be told. The executive producer, formerly of Motor Sport, tells us how it all...
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This rare 290MM had a relatively short racing life, but consider the stars who drove it. The Maestro was just the start There are several elements that gild the story of any competition car, which...
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Hardly a low-key figure himself, Birmingham’s F1 world champion recalls major racing personalities from ‘mesmerising’ Chapman to ‘eerie’ Enzo  The first surprise is that the Jersey taxi driver is...
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He returns to Mexico this month as an ambassador for the revived Grand Prix, but memories of the old one still haunt Emerson Fittipaldi. Brazilians playing to the crowd took on a whole new meaning in...
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There’s a rich trail of musicians in racing, but this may be the only one to have used a band’s huge fame to lever himself into Formula 1 | Writer ROB WIDDOWS Karl Edward Tommy Borgudd was born and...
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Widely respected for his work in all spheres of automotive design, he drives a tractor and a Citroën 2CV van... among other things Spend time with Professor Peter Stevens, and you learn a cornerstone...
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This year’s Henry Surtees Foundation karting challenge winner hopes to graduate to single-seaters, as he explained to Alex Harmer ith all the good work the Henry Surtees Foundation has been doing...
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Certina makes battle-ready sports watches that are perfectly suited to the WRC I’ve always personally held the view that the most skilled drivers are rally drivers, because they deal with asphalt,...
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An expert summary explaining the basic functions of a mechanical timepiece A traditional watch movement is a piece of precision-manufactured mechanical art; utmost accuracy is demanded of it, despite...
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Get your claws into a watch inspired by the Jaguar E-type The Henley-based brand Bremont has been making a very big noise since it was launched in 2002 by brothers Nick and Giles English. And in the...
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Latest in a series of watches paying homage to Nuvolari As epitaphs go, it is hard to beat. Pre-war Italian racing legend Tazio Nuvolari was described by no less an authority than Ferdinand Porsche...
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Shelby Daytona Coupé inspires fresh initiative  There are many watch brands associated with motor racing, but until recently Baume & Mercier was not one of them. If you are going to pick a car...
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Celebrated swiss manufacturer is making ever more watches with in-house movements Chopard has been sponsor and official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia since 1988, and every year makes a limited-...
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Rolex’s junior sIbling has cultivated its own band of devotees The Tudor brand was introduced in 1946 as a more affordable alternative to Rolex. It used a lot of its parent company’s design codes but...
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The upside of selling a personal collection It is history and personality that BRING auction lots their value. From prints to jewellery, cars to wine, it is the story behind the piece that connects...
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A splash of colour from the former East Germany The small Saxony town of Glashütte, just south of Dresden, is the birthplace of the German watchmaking industry. One of several watch brands still...
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Triple Eight Racing is one of the UK’s most prolific teams and earlier this year celebrated its 500th British Touring Car Championship start. It all began with a chance conversation at Brands Hatch…...
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Silverstone hosted the first world championship motor race and Vanwall became the inaugural world champion constructor in 1958, right? Wrong. One of those ‘facts’ is 4000 miles wide of the mark and...
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Recalling how American single-seater racing tore itself into two rival series | Writer Peter Higham The 2015 IndyCar Series was the 20th since Tony George introduced the Indy Racing League in 1996....
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At the start of the season, the British Touring Car Championship featured plenty of talking points. There was the equalisation of rear- and front-wheel-drive acceleration, an increase in success...
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Game, set and maths Snetterton, September 19 & 27: from ERFs to ERAs and Scanias to Austin 7s, opposites prove attractive t might just be the perfect commute – mile after mile through low-lying...
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Wireless words Hard to picture a race mechanic getting national airtime today, but the BBC was young in 1935…​ Something interesting popped into my mailbox recently – the script of a 1935 radio talk...
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The shape of things to go Today it is regarded as a prime racing icon, but the Shelby Daytona Coupé was at first unwanted and unloved I am happy to report that my team won the Goodwood Revival...

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