December 2017

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A spark plug. A lowly spark plug. A link in the technical chain that, through its evolution, should be the most dependable of all. Its role is to make fire. The role of fire is to generate motion....
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After two races the Italian team’s challenge appears terminally damaged Singapore had been disastrous of course, both for Sebastian Vettel/Ferrari and the championship itself. A non-score with Vettel...
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Formula E’s rapid growth has attracted a wealth of talent to the series Andre Lotterer was a bit sniffy about Formula E when the championship first started in 2014. A driver enjoying the thrill of...
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Jaguar is set to join the support bill at Formula E next year Formula E will finally have a proper support series for season five in 2018/19. And about time, too. Jaguar has stepped up to the plate...
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Morris and Parfitt retain points lead to clinch GT title at Donington Park Bentley claimed its first British GT Championship title at Donington Park, Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jr holding their...
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Vacuum company plans to clean up with battery-powered car News that Dyson is to produce a brand new all-electric car by 2020 has been greeted by a wide range of reactions, from qualified approval to...
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The multiple champion's wish to stay with M-Sport faces financial hurdles Strange how one weekend in motor sport – even separated by a continent and eight hours of time difference – can define the...
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Newer sports-prototypes set to breathe fresh life into twilight fixture Sports-prototypes and GT racing cars from as recently as the 2011 season will give the Silverstone Classic a very different...
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Opinion from the world of historic motor sport The entire future of our industry could hang in the balance following a ruling by the European Court in 2014 that might leave motor sport uninsurable....
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Pretender to the rally game crowns Colin McRae Rally is still the yardstick for rally games, right? Twenty years ago it had millions transfixed for hours, and reinforced the legend of the great Scot...
The motor sport of the future, or a gimmick? Roborace gets serious The start was inauspicious: a Ginetta-based mule crashed on its public debut. Since then things have certainly progressed for...
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Extra pep for the Gold Cup with vintage whimsy and MGBs out in force The memory remains vivid and I suspect ever will: drenched clothes, irreparably soggy programme (replaced about 40 years later,...
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Brands Hatch, August, 1965. Jim Clark’s works Cortina reappears from the circuit’s woodland loop. “He clipped the Clearways kerb and rose up on two wheels,” says Rod Birley. “I turned to my dad and...
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Rally of the tests: a genuine blast from the past The highways and byways of North Yorkshire will be buzzing to the sound of more than 100 classic cars this month, as one of Britain’s most...
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The Motor Sport Hall of Fame returns for its glittering annual showpiece on June 4 at Woodcote Park, which means it’s now over to you. This is your opportunity to ensure your motor sport hero joins...
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The whole of Formula 1 benefits from Daniel Ricciardo’s friendly persona, but critics and rivals should beware of underestimating the Australian The toothy smiles and the jokes, the overwhelming...
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Motor sport’s knack for innovation is being throttled down to ‘one solution fits all’, and it’s not good for the sport’s DNA “The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds,” said the...
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MotoGP riders sometimes seem superhuman – rising from their hospital beds to make a Lazarus-like comeback – but are they really? Valentino Rossi’s recent comeback from a broken leg is already the...
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A chance encounter with a French automotive museum in which British flops are displayed alongside curios and aristocrats I really wasn’t on the lookout for cars. But while meandering around the...
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It’s two decades since Brawn, Byrne and Todt fired up a Ferrari steamroller – and 103 years since ‘Australia’s Brooklands’ opened for business As Ferrari’s Formula 1 world championship challenge was...
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Viva Salmone! That mock-Italian moniker followed Mike Salmon through a racing life full of great cars – and great stories Not every story you work on comes to fruition, and it’s easy to find, among...
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Outing Formula 1 Editor Nick Trott’s Matters of Moment piece in the November edition was absolutely spot-on with regard to fans getting more chances to see F1 cars on track, whether at race meetings...
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A year after he was ousted, Bernie Ecclestone looks back on his F1 reign and reveals why he doesn’t go to races any more, what he really thinks of the new owners and why he wouldn’t buy a Tesla The...
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...a team that established Bernie in F1 Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac formed Motor Racing Developments while the former was still racing for Cooper in Formula 1. The first car, the Formula Junior...
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This year’s duel between Lewis and Sebastian has been a long time coming. But what makes the two most successful drivers of the current era tick? Their Formula 1 careers run broadly in parallel....
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Their performances are similar, but the outstanding Formula 1 cars of 2017 followed very different routes to the same destination The competitive timbre of the 2017 season has been very different...
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Low rake means less variation in the aero platform across different ride heights. The aero platform does not therefore need to be held by the suspension in such a narrow window. This has allowed the...
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The high-rake Ferrari SF70H – compact, conceptually simple but with lots of trick detail – was a classic Rory Byrne type of car. The radiator openings are uniquely high-set, allowing much of the...
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Colin Chapman’s reputation as an innovative genius endures, but some of his cars performed less well than others. The imperfect 10 was one such, but modern thinking has eliminated some of its design...
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It doesn’t look like the BMW 635s that raced in Europe, but this Australian Black Beauty was a crowd favourite when it faced the home-grown V8s Black and gold. With the possible exception of pale...
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Tim Reid went to school within earshot of Silverstone – very handy for a young enthusiast “I could hear cars testing through the classroom window,” writes London-based Tim. “Whenever the noise...
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World rally champion, failed FIA presidential candidate, successful European politician... the France-based Finn is a man of many parts “Life without sideways is monotonous,” shouts Ari Vatanen as...
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The Penske PC22 was designed to lap Indianapolis at 220-odd mph, among other things, yet one has recently been active within the statelier confines of Prescott and Goodwood… By tradition, this is the...
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The Autumn Classic concluded the local hillclimb season with a cocktail of US muscle and traditional British whimsy Given the theme of the weekend, it was a little odd to walk into the paddock on...
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Timing is everything Reservoir The classic analogue watch face has existed for hundreds of years. The earliest clock faces – which appeared more than half a millennium ago – had just an hour hand,...
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End of the line for Vauxhall’s traditional performance yardstick A big Holden masquerading as a Vauxhall has been such a long-time presence in back-of-mag listings that I must have subconsciously...
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Upgraded Lambo is a car for driving, not posing Ageing curmudgeon that I am, I always approach cars like this new Lamborghini Huracán Performante with a degree of healthy scepticism. In my experience...
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Not quite, but the Velar is the marque’s sportiest model yet – Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE D300 – It was, I guess, inevitable. While every manufacturer seems hell bent on invading Land Rover’s...
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Race-ready Aston Martin Vantage GT2 is your ticket to Le Mans Little wonder GT racing has been enjoying such a revival in recent years – the cars look spectacular and sound great, while...
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Demand for the best cars remains strong despite a dip After a somewhat febrile period are values of classic road and racing cars cooling, or even starting to drop? Research from specialist finance...
London’s only Morgan dealer proves location counts If the rolling Malvern Hills are the ideal setting for appreciating Morgan’s quintessentially English identity, it seems a cobbled mews...
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Not far from New York is a haven for Continental classics The Californian classic car scene dominates our European view of the American car world but it’s worth remembering the Stateside awakening to...
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After a post-Monterey pause, sales of classic road and racing cars are hotting up again Following the jamboree of Pebble Beach and the various gatherings around Monterey in August there was, as...
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A taste of the dark side with Ferrari’s 430 Scuderia Abbreviated nicknames for cars aren’t always attractive, but in the case of this silver-on-black 430 Scuderia the colloquial ‘Scud’ seems an...
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Your fast track to a factory racing Porsche Factory-built customer race cars have been core to Porsche’s business from the very start. Many dream about competing in something 911-based, but the...
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Component testing is vital, but some parts can’t be tested. Warren Stean opted for new, and replaceable, made-to-measure alternatives When I finally took the plunge and started down the path to...
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In an ideal world Geoff Gordon’s restored ’Sud would have raced by now, but motor sport is very rarely straightforward I guess the reality of the situation dawned just after the Raceworks Motorsport...
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A messy debut at Silverstone, and a chance to live out a dream at Snetterton. Or is that nightmare, Nick Trott? So how did we fare on our race debut at a Classic and Sports Car Club meeting at...
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Ferrari: Race to Immortality The deadliest decade in motor racing history Ferrari: Race to Immortality Racing fans as well as admirers of the sport’s great team owners have been spoiled over the past...
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Old boards and cheap paints make for unusually rich results It takes a special eye to see beauty in a grubby electric drill or a worn hacksaw. Yet alongside images of vintage drag bikes or dirt-track...
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Marcus Nicholls examines some esoteric models from Diecasm’s Automodello line Most of us love the famous and successful marques, but a significant contingent appreciate more unusual vehicles. For a...
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Resident in Auckland, New Zealand, since the late 1960s, David Greeney was raised in Liverpool and had a camera to hand when his local track Aintree hosted major motor races

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