February 2006

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Italian Paolo d'Alessio, an occasional MotorSport contributor, is a man of many talents: cutaway artist, technical journalist, racing car livery designer, architect... and stamp collector! Here Paolo...
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The perfect pitch Sounds I enjoyed as the kid of an indulgent father in the 1970s: David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, The Clash, XTC (Swindon's finest!)... and, of course, the Cosworth DFV.   I never met Keith...
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The Andretti family name will return to the Indianapolis 500 driver line-up this year — with Michael and son Marco competing. Michael Andretti retired from driving after the 2003 Judy 500 and watched...
Audi bids to make more Le Mans 24 Hours history with its new R10 prototype but German make admits its going to be tough to emulate the outgoing R8 Audi has finally come clean on motorsport's worst-...
British star Gary Paffett has taken a step closer to becoming a grand prix driver after joining McLaren for 2006. Paffett, who won last year's DTM touring car title for Mercedes, has quit the tin-top...
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Reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso has kickstarted potentially the craziest silly season of all time by switching from Renault to McLaren for the 2007 Formula One campaign. The Spaniard will...
Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and BAR-Honda driver Jenson Button received Gold Stars from Sir Jackie Stewart at the BRDC Awards ceremony at Silverstone. Wheldon earned his for his 2005 Indy win...
Mallock Mk29, Donington Park,1991 by Jamie Davies I was in my final year of karting and was already planning on racing in Formula Vauxhall Junior the following season. I'd signed up with Terry...
Former grand prix driver Aguri Suzuki's dream of entering Formula One as a team boss is alive again after his plan received approval from the existing 10 squads. Suzuki's Super Agurl operation missed...
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Keith Duckworth As the genius behind the era-defining Cosworth DFV engine, this design deity cast a long shadow over motorsport. Paul Fearnley pays tribute Formula One marched to a new tune at...
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The old stars couldn't stop Rob Collinge from taking his second East African Safari Classic win. By Franca Davenport "It may have been two days shorter, but this was a longer, harder road to victory...
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The F1 stars travelled from Watkins Glen to Fuji for an lndycar race in 1966 and had a riotous time watching the American aces drive and drink... For some reason quirky races — oneoffs, like the...
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Richard Longman Long after the Mini's major tin-top triumphs of the 1960s, this former Downton Engineering apprentice maintained the enduring tiddler's relevance in the BSCC into the late '70s....
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Michelin has pulled out of F1, but this may give us a fairer picture of who is performing When the FIA first confirmed its intention to have a single Formula One tyre supplier from 2008, it clearly...
40/30/20/10 years ago 1996 Tommi Mäkinen wins the Swedish Rally aboard his Mitsubishi Lancer, but Carlos Sainz provides a stern challenge to finish just 23sec adrift in Escort. 1986 It's a close...
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Thunder in the Park: the Story of Tom Wheatcroft and Donington Park by Tom Wheatcroft with Mike Cable ISBN 0-9542860-5-7 published by Live Wire Books. £20 (£25 by post). Available only from Donington...
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Letter of the month Willie Green retires Sir, What can I say other than thank you to everyone for all the fun and excitement I have had in motorsport during the past 45 years? And to all the unpaid...
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Spa, 1983 While at the fantastic motor racing facility at Nivelles-Baulers I was weeping into my Stella Artois with the genial rally giant Erik Carlsson when he said, "I'm told this circuit is very...
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Bobby Rahal He won at Indy but had to turn down a Le Mans drive with Sauber. He doesn't care if he's underrated but does promise not to be another overprotective 'race car dad' Your father was a...
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He's won Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring and rues the passing of Group C. Andy Wallace tells Rich Heseltine why 800bhp is best “The problem with modern sportscar racing", muses Andy Wallace, "is that...
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Vittorio Brambilla was nicknamed 'The Monza Gorilla' by the rest of the racing world, but he was much better than most people gave him credit for. Paul Fearnley unravels the truth on the Italian He'd...
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No orange McLarens, no Denny Hulme... Gary Watkins looks back at Can-Am's second coming Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Bobby Rahal, Jacky Ickx, Al Unser (Senior and Junior), Patrick Tambay, Danny Sullivan...
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Lancia battled Peugeot in the final year of Group B in the WRC. Keith Howard examines the technology If 1994 was F1's annus horribilis, for world championship rallying it was 1986. On the Portuguese...
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Hermann Lang was Mercedes working-class hero who conquered the prejudice of his team-mates to become the fastest driver in the world. Then war broke out. Mark Hughes looks back at a disrupted career...
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There were bridges, level-crossings, sheer drops and punch-ups in parc ferme. Yet everyone who raced at this Portuguese road circuit came away enamoured. Richard Heseltine recounts its story Period...
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The Swedish Rally started as a summer event held in 24-hour daylight. John Davenport looks at how it evolved into the classic snow rally Think of the Swedish Rally and the first images that come to...
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Christabel Carlisle opened the eyes of the men in the '60s thanks to her exploits in saloon and sportscars. She looks back with Gordon Cruickshank It's an exclusive club, Ecurie Cod Fillet: it has...
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Having been impressed by our dash in a 3.0 CSL BMW, covering 10 European capitals in four days in a trouble-free journey of 3789 miles, much of it conducted at well over 100mph (MotorSport, January...
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This is rather complicated, because there were the Rochet-Schneiders produced at Le Havre and, in the Edwardian period, the Theophile-Schneiders made at Besancon. Both makes appeared at Brooklands,...
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I do my best to answer the various queries which readers send me, but there is one of my own which has troubled me for a long time. It concerns the provenance and fate of a rather unusual Frazer Nash...
The Malvern 'Christmas Lights' celebration had a display of Malvern-built cars, from early three-wheelers to the latest model, in Church Street, which was closed for the occasion. It almost makes me...
My comments about bogus versus genuine sportscars having caused some interest. I propose to return to the subject, or as l am no longer the Editor, to ask if I may add a little more? I may have...
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In spite of my allegiance to Brooklands I am prepared to admit that track racing, whether there or at Indianapolis, Monza or Montlhéry, did not compare with the great road races. Nevertheless, the...
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The month in historic motorsport Palmer to restore RAM Circuit boss promises to revive his early 'confidence shattering' grand prix racer Jonathan Palmer has bought the RAM grand prix car he raced in...
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Reigning British Historic Rally champions Steven Smith and John Nichols are stepping up to a post-historic category Porsche 911 for the 2006 season. The 3-litre car is being built up by XS Racing and...
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Escort service lifts Porsche driver Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship Going into the final stage of the season, the 2005 Armajaro MSA British Historic Rally Championship was still to...
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Stoking the fire again David Stokes has made a big impact on his rallying return in historics. He tells Paul Lawrence why he came back and why it had to be with a Ford Escort The scene is a downhill...
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MAWP looks forward to seeing a BRM race again in Monaco while eagerly awaiting a trip to New Zealand for F5000 fun Stockbridge: Nobody loves an underdog like the British do, and by the end of the...
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Car people meeting at a nice pub goes back to the dawn of motoring. Despite breathalysers, it still happens today You can't stop people having fun with cars. During WWII, when there was no motorsport...

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