December 2018

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With Lewis Hamilton on the verge of a fifth world championship it seems strange to think that only a year ago rumour was rife that he was contemplating retirement from Formula 1. The reasons behind...
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...and we're not talking about Kimi Räikkönen. Removing a few 'upgrades' has helped to restore the team's early season vim - albeit a little too late RUSSIAN, JAPANESE AND UNITED STATES GP "In the...
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TRACKSIDE VIEW 'S' CURVES, SUZUKA Red Bull’s RB14 and the art of balance The Red Bull RB14 doesn’t seem to know that Suzuka’s Turn Four is a corner. Pretty much everyone is flat into it these days,...
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Results don't suggest a shift in the WEC's balance of power, but things are changing Toyota gave the World Endurance Championship a present in the run-up to the Fuji round in October. It agreed to a...
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DTM gets a Merc replacement, in a roundabout way... Aston Martin saves the DTM. It would have been easy to reach that conclusion when it was announced, in October, that the British marque will be on...
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Driver threatens to quit after chaos at the Goodwood Revival meeting One of motor sport’s biggest names has threatened to hang up his helmet after a spat with officials at this year’s Goodwood...
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Estoril Classics Week is a new, and growing, attraction Estoril Classics Week fits in oh-so-well to the historic racing calendar, making full use of Cascais’s stunning weather with a small handful of...
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The HSCC pays tribute to one of the nation's race and rally staples It was launched as Ford’s ‘small family car’, a replacement for the angular Anglia, but soon morphed into something else altogether...
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Paul and Andrew Lovett, devotees of all things quirky Readers of a certain age might recall Martin Kent’s Sunbeam Rapier Fastback – actually a rebodied Gordon Keeble with 5.7-litre V8 – which graced...
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Another reason to visit the culturally rich Belgian capital The fourth edition of Belgium’s classic car show, Interclassics Brussels, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the World’s Fair that was held...
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A history of the irregular Le Mans entry While LM PH2G, or the technology within, is hoped to be on the main Le Mans grid in 2024, the recent addition of Garage 56 has been celebrating technological...
A vision of the future, as the ACO tries to clean up its output Hydrogen power has taken another step closer to becoming the next big innovation pioneered at Le Mans. A car that emits just water...
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New 1035bhp hybrid Speedtail edges close to Bugatti Chiron territory McLaren has launched its fastest car to date. It’s called Speedtail and will reach at least 250mph, just 11mph below the top...
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Lewis Hamilton went into the final three Grands Prix needing only one seventh place to secure the title, but his year hasn’t been as comfortable as that sounds "The 2007 me would have been nowhere...
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Clean, hard racing is a treat for the watching public and also has an unseen benefit – the powerful bond it forges between drivers It is perhaps inevitable that as motor sport fans we are drawn to...
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The centenary of the Great War’s conclusion is a good time to remember a British fighter ace who went on to become the world’s fastest motorcyclist Eleven o’clock on November 11 heralds 100 years...
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The Donington Collection has been one of motor racing’s heritage landmarks, but its doors are now closing for the final time The sad news that the Donington Collection museum would be closing its...
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Exploring the skillset needed for historic regularity rallies, before taking the plunge with a refresher driving test At my age, when I can recall the late Bronze era better than what I wrote in...
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East, west, home's best It’s become a British trait to complain and Silverstone gets its fair share, particularly on social media. I have just returned from the Singapore GP and other than the night...
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In 1981 a young Brazilian arrived in the UK, straight out of karting. He spoke barely any English and carried little money. Who would have thought that boy formerly known as Da Silva would grow into...
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In 1981, Da Silva wound up in Attleborough with no contract, just the hope of landing a break. Van Diemen founder Ralph Firman gave him a shot, and has just finished restoring Senna’s first title...
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Ayrton Senna’s 1983 F3 tussle with Martin Brundle is part of British racing folklore, but he made his debut in the category at the end of the previous season - a pivotal moment that we can now re-...
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Senna began his 1983 British F3 campaign with nine straight victories. F1 powerhouse Williams soon invited him to test an FW08C and Motor Sport completes the trilogy by testing one of those, too Fast...
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Uprated car, more power, revised format, fresh drivers: here’s all you need to know ahead of the start of season five of the evolving all-electric series The pimply, headstrong teenager that had...
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Jaguar’s new I-Pace eTrophy will form the undercard at Formula E events next season, but is the new challenger up to the task? – James Mills It was Bob Tasca, a friend of Carroll Shelby, who coined...
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He might be an individual of precious few words, in public at least, but Kimi Räikkönen’s new authorised biography extends to more than 300 pages. Here, the writer offers an insight into the project’...
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Kimi on the F1 world – from The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen, published by Simon & Schuster Kimi Räikkönen is famous for his reticence. Silence wasn’t invented by the Finns, yet all the same they have...
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…and Motor Sport’s historic racer can’t wait for a new one to start afresh. Here are edited highlights of the campaign just past I’m not sure about you, but with winter upon us and most of the sport’...
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Toto Wolff didn’t seek increased influence in the politically charged Formula 1 paddock, but circumstance thrust it upon him. His present situation has caused him to think differently about the sport...
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Motor Sport magazine hosted its first-ever reader track day at Thruxton recently. Here are some highlights The tread on my Dunlops told the whole story. They arrived at Thruxton with suitable depth;...
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After the loss of Ratzenberger and Senna, the Portuguese star was lucky to escape his own terrifying F1 accident, and has since forged a successful career in sportscar racing It is remarkable to...
After the loss of Ratzenberger and Senna, the Portuguese star was lucky to escape his own terrifying F1 accident, and has since forged a successful career in sportscar racing It is remarkable to...
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Fifty-seven years ago, Dan Gurney brought a monster Chevrolet to the UK to fight the dominant Jaguars. It came agonisingly close to scoring an upset… before it was banned The large steering wheel on...
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It is worth noting at this juncture that I am not an expert on classic cars, writes Ed Foster, let alone big American muscle machines from the early 1960s. It made the decision to buy Gurney’s Impala...
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You couldn’t say ‘RS Panels’ is a famous name; it’s one of those monikers you often see mentioned in restoration stories without knowing much more about it. Yet quite quietly the Nuneaton outfit has...
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In this season’s issue: p.118 Singer Reimagined, latest releases from former rock guitarist’s brand p.120 Rolex ‘Pepsi’ returns p.122 Bremont’s Supersonic, fashioned from bits of recycled Concorde  p...
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It might be conceptually similar to its forebears, but the latest Ariel Atom 4 heralds a radical step forward Production of this new Atom 4 doesn’t start until the New Year, by which time Ariel will...
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The old G-wagon’s quirks masked its shortcomings. Can the new one improve? Earlier this year, for reasons that need not delay us here, I spent a few months blundering about in the old Mercedes-Benz G...
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Range Rover Sport goes hybrid, but our man prefers the diesel Land Rover is asking a lot of customers interested in buying this plug-in hybrid Range Rover Sport – and I’m not just talking about a £70...
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Demand is presently high for rally cars, particularly those with significant provenance A few issues ago we were planning to feature the ex-Richard Burns Subaru Impreza on these pages, the very car...
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A touch quicker than creator Alec Issigonis intended... Few things make a better basis for a Q-car than the humble Morris Minor – and few Minors would have much chance against this one. It’s on offer...
If you are planning a visit to the superb world of historic motoring that is Bicester Heritage, set aside time to drop in on James Mitchell at Pendine. He specialises in cars dating from the post-war...
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Ali and McQueen connections help drive up historic car auction prices on both sides of the Atlantic On the Belgian coast, bidders at Bonhams’ Zoute Sale (October 4-7) had a ringside seat as Muhammad...
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The main thrust of the sales season might be over, but plenty of things have still caught Max Girardo’s eye While the world is rejoicing over pumpkin spiced lattés, changing of the leaves and knitted...
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Globally celebrated conductor’s old Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing rediscovered in California Fans of classical music will recognise the name of Herbert von Karajan, the celebrated principal conductor of...
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Conceived by a privateer, the MGB GT V8 is an unsung ’70s hero The venerable MGB GT was a ground-breaking car in many respects and, despite selling in vast numbers within the UK, never quite drew the...
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Jowett Jupiter R1: sole survivor of Yorkshire ambition Horses for courses. An old saying, but relevant to cars as well. Take Jowett, pride of Yorkshire until its demise in the rationed Fifties. From...

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