February 2008

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Last month, outgoing editor-in-chief Andrew Frankel signed off on this page by saying the future of Motor Sport has never looked brighter. Now the torch has been passed to me to uphold the values,...
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Renault was found guilty of possessing McLaren data but has avoided punishment, while McLaren’s trials continue The Formula 1 spy scandal is set to rumble on after FIA president Max Mosley scheduled...
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Fernando Alonso was finally confirmed as a Renault driver for 2008 just four days after the team escaped any censure from the WMSC in the spy affair. Team and driver had been unable to commit to each...
Jackie Stewart has launched a stinging attack on the way the FIA governs the sport, questioning the scope of the role of the president. Although Stewart didn’t name Max Mosley in his speech at the...
Astrict clampdown on wind tunnel usage was at the heart of a comprehensive package of cost-cutting measures for 2008 outlined by Max Mosley at the World Motor Sport Council in December. The details...
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* Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves recently won America’s most popular TV show, Dancing with the Stars. Hélio beat Spice Girl Mel B in the final in front of 22.8 million viewers...
Michael Schumacher continues to insist that he has no desire to race a Grand Prix car again, despite his astonishing speed on his return to testing with Scuderia Ferrari. After a brief demo run at...
It was a case of back to the future in post-season Formula 1 testing as drivers prepared for 2008 by running without traction control, while at the same time experimenting with Bridgestone slick...
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1926-2007 Art Arfons was famous for his ‘scrapyard approach’ to land-speed record-breaking. When others spent $250,000 on a car, he managed to beat their speeds by spending as little as $10,000. His...
1940-2007 With the death of Tony Fall, rallying has to mourn one of its most versatile and charming characters as well as a raconteur who enlivened many a gathering. At the age of 67, Tony was doing...
The Brooklands Motoring Festival is to feature a competition named after the famous Double Twelve meetings run by the Junior Car Club from 1929. The event, on June 28-29, will combine a Concours d’...
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For the first time in its 58-year history, the Castle Combe circuit will host a two-day historic racing festival in 2008 when the weekend of August 2/3 is turned over to classic action. The new event...
The short-lived Grand Prix Masters race series for ex-Formula 1 stars seems to be at an end after the company behind the series was officially wound up in London’s High Court. Chassis supplier Delta...
* To cope with overflowing Formula Junior grids in Britain, the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association is creating a new ‘Junior Junior’ series for 2008, the category’s 50th anniversary season...
Eight former winners of Britain’s biggest rally were present when the 2007 Wales Rally GB celebrated the 75th anniversary of the event formerly known as the RAC Rally. Three winning drivers and five...
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Sometimes you can’t predict what sole-survivors will sell for When extremely rare cars come up for auction, it is usually quite hard to put an estimate on them. The final price is decided more by how...
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An opportunity taken Sir, I am disappointed at the amount of correspondence you have received criticising Lewis Hamilton and ITV’s Grand Prix coverage. Lewis was given an opportunity many years ago...
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Marathon effort in New York I had the opportunity to compete in a new form of racing in November at the New York City Marathon. Along with Boston, Chicago, Berlin and London, the New York marathon is...
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By the time you read this, but not as I write, it is possible you will already know the identity of Jaguar and Land-Rover’s new owners. If not, the announcement is but weeks away. For a while, the...
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The recent and very sad death of Marcos Cars prompted me to wonder what its former boss, Chris Marsh, had been up to. I knew he’d been involved in the Invicta project but for the past two or three...
Are any of you as annoyed as me at the new Vauxhall Astra VXR Nürburgring Edition? You might think it has 500bhp, race suspension and a full aero package to help it tame the world’s most challenging...
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…but some are more equal than others. How the Renault verdict has cast even more of a shadow over Formula 1 By Nigel Roebuck One Formula 1 luminary said it reminded him of the Simpson verdict. “It...
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It’s a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in July, 2010. The Red Arrows scream down out of a brilliant blue sky in a climactic bomb-burst manoeuvre before streaking away over the treetops of the...
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This year will mark the 50th running of the Daytona 500, a race that has grown beyond even the ambitions of its founder and promoter ‘Big Bill’ France. By Gordon Kirby Through most of 1958, ‘Big Bill...
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Richard Petty is rightfully known as the ‘king’, even if he is best known for the Daytona 500 he didn’t win By Nigel Roebuck It was not the way Richard Petty would have wished to take his leave of...
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For better or worse, stock car racing’s unloved ‘spec car’ has arrived By Gordon Kirby Over the course of last season, NASCAR phased in a new standard ‘spec’ car, called, to amusement from some...
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Britain’s busiest 1950s racing driver remembers the battles and the parties By Simon Taylor When I was first taken, as a small boy in the 1950s, to Goodwood, Silverstone and Castle Combe, Stirling...
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Billionaire Vijay Mallya has injected some much-needed cash and passion into his new Force India team in a determined effort to achieve success in F1 By Rob Widdows Vijay Mallya is very much the...
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What better way to explore the remains of Phillip Island’s giant rectangular Grand Prix venue than in a 1928 Lombard which once raced there by Jim Scaysbrook Victoria, in the 1920s, was about as...
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You can be a champion in Formula 3 and a top runner in F2, but that doesn’t ensure success in Formula 1… By Rob Widdows Tim Schenken is an ancient pilot – and proud of it. A big wheel in Australian...
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Peter bryant reminds us why finishing a Grand Prix is only half the battle Erstwhile Shadow designer Peter Bryant is a fount of fascinating tales, and fondly recalls his days as a Taylor &...
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The angular new body and quadrupled price of Lamborghini’s amazing Reventón barely make sense – yet all 20 are already sold By Andrew Frankel What you are looking at here, and for reasons I shall...
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After three years of being the sole driver at Ligier, Laffite was suddenly faced with an equally fast Frenchman By Rob Widdows My God, I had so many! Which one will I choose, huh?” Jacques Laffite is...
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The great Björn Waldegård claimed his fifth Safari rally success on his first visit to the Classic event By John Davenport With almost baffling ease, the great Björn Waldegård won his fifth Safari...
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When 59 teams left Great Britain in a quest to be the first to taste the latest Beaujolais Nouveau, Motor Sport joined them in an Aston Martin By Ed Foster There is something weird and wonderful...
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The cockney F1 mechanic who designed and built america’s best Can-Am cars Peter Bryant If Pete Bryant’s memoirs are anything to go by, racing mechanics three or four decades back had a riotous time....
In a bid to save us covering a Lewis Hamilton book every month from now until the summer, here they are all together... You may find this hard to believe, but as Motor Sport went to press there were...
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The Essential Book of Car Facts and Trivia Giles Chapman If you have ever wondered which the best taxi ride in the world is or how old you have to be to drive in Ethiopia (a rather dangerous 14 years...
Richard Meaden This glossy hardback, written by motoring journalist Richard Meaden, is divided into six main sections covering road races, road circuits, rallies, Grand Prix circuits, hillclimbs and...
Memories of the Fifties Art Evans Art Evans’ latest overview of US sports car racing is extremely thorough and covers 74 models, with drivers describing their personal experiences with the car in...
The inside story Mike Morton This is very much a personal story written by a sometime racer who spent 23 years project managing, planning and implementing the hottest of hot Blue Oval projects. Some...
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Although an instant success on the track, the Marcos had a far from trouble-free upbringing By Richard Heseltine / Photography by Howard Simmons As bad an idea as it so often is to judge a book by...
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A return to the Classic Adelaide Rally provided the perfect opportunity to explore the circuits that historically hosted the Australian Grand Prix As I write I’m sitting here with heavy eyelids,...
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One of the more startling sights of the last Goodwood Revival Meeting was Richard Butterfield’s majestic Willment-liveried Ford Galaxie cavorting about on its own oil and coolant in Woodcote Corner,...
From time to time I’ve been asked by fans of Grand Prix Legends – the computer race driving game – if I have any details of modern-era Formula 1 car technical set-ups. I was able to supply some data...
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Now popular in VSCC trials, the Model A Ford was one of the most eagerly-awaited cars Although the Austin 7 once predominated as the most popular car for VSCC trials, recently the A and B Fords have...
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The man who set a new record for the fastest speed-limit transgression caught on camera has been released from prison. The Porsche 911 driver admitted to doing 172mph on a 70mph section of the A420...
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The most prolific car in vintage events is the original Austin 7, which says much for the good quality of Lord Austin’s £165 baby from its appearance in 1922. It was soon establishing a noteworthy...
Kenny Baird I remember reporting on Bo’ness with my boss, Mr Wesley Tee. He owned Motor Sport and I was his editor. I was alarmed at how dangerously close to the course he stood, but it produced...
Bugatti Owners' Club It is good that recently books have been published on the history of the Shelsley Walsh, South Harting and Bo’ness speed hillclimbs, and that another, about Prescott, has joined...
Trial and sprint successes The popular VSCC Welsh Trial in October had a very healthy entry. The Presteigne Trophy was won by Keith Dobson's Austin 7, the Smatcher Trophy by David Leigh's Frazer Nash...

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