February 2009

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Eoin Young Readers may know Eoin as much for his book-selling adverts in the back of this magazine as for his long career reporting racing. Now back in his native New Zealand, Eoin lived here for...
This time last year the world of Grand Prix racing was reeling from the damage caused by spy scandals and obscene $100 million fines. McLaren and Ferrari, Formula 1’s top teams, had seemingly reached...
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The FIA claims that a package of changes announced on December 12 will reduce Formula 1 costs by as much as 30 per cent in 2009. More measures for 2010 – including a ban on refuelling which would...
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Rubens Barrichello proved he is still as motivated as ever by winning the televised charity karting event organised by Felipe Massa (left) in Brazil at the start of December. An impressive entry...
The FIA is taking a close look at Bernie Ecclestone’s controversial proposal to replace the current Formula 1 points system with Olympic-style medals. His idea is that the driver with the most wins...
Honda’s withdrawal from F1 has sent shockwaves through the sport, and left Ross Brawn and Nick Fry scrambling to find a new team owner before the start of the season. Coming 40 years after Honda...
* The FIA has agreed to allow Renault to make some modifications to its engine in order to bring it in line with its rivals. Team boss Flavio Briatore had pointed out that other manufacturers made a...
Lewis Hamilton has been awarded the Segrave Trophy for his record-breaking debut Formula 1 season in 2007. The trophy, which was presented by Sir Stirling Moss (above), is awarded to a Brit for...
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Gerhard Berger has given up his 50 per cent shareholding in Scuderia Toro Rosso and will no longer be involved in the team that performed so well in 2008. It’s the second time since he retired from...
The new look of the Formula 1 cars of 2009 has drawn widespread criticism – but team engineers hope that improved overtaking opportunities will help us get used to the unwieldy appearance of the...
Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber missed the last test sessions of the season after breaking his leg in a road accident in Tasmania. The Aussie was taking part in his own Pure Tasmania Challenge charity...
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Reflections – F1 in crisis – but it need not have come to this – Surtees’s GP assessment still resonates today On Wednesday, December 3, I was due to attend Honda’s traditional end-of-season lunch,...
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Ford’s famous Blue Oval badge will return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2009 after an absence of seven seasons. Veteran entrant Mike Earle’s Arena Motorsport International team has said...
Audi’s new R15 turbo-diesel prototype will race just twice in 2009 following news that the German manufacturer has withdrawn from the Le Mans series in both America and Europe. Audi announced that it...
Penske will remain with Porsche despite coming to the end of its stint as the German manufacturer’s RS Spyder development team in the American Le Mans Series. That programme, which started in 2004,...
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* Red Bull’s sponsorship umbrella is opening out into Jonathan Palmer’s new-for-2009 F2 series this season. The Austrian-based drinks company is placing former Formula Renault 3.5 drivers Robert...
A new circuit around a volcanic lake in Argentina has been hailed as a modern classic. The Circuito Internacional Potrero de los Funes was universally praised by drivers in both the FIA GT...
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The Earl of March has announced the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed’s theme. The July 3-5 event will celebrate ‘True Grit – Epic Feats of Endurance’ and will reflect on some of the drivers and riders...
On January 22, it will be 50 years since the road crash which claimed the life of Britain’s first World Champion racing driver, Mike Hawthorn, ironically after he had retired from competition. In...
MotoGP Toni Elias has had a screw removed from his femur, while Sete Gibernau has undergone collar bone surgery and John Hopkins has had supportive plates removed from his left leg. All the...
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The atmosphere was sombre as Jimmie Johnson wrapped up his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. There were cheers for a hard-fought title...
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In our 1000th issue (December 2008) I lamented the disappearance of US drivers and teams from Europe and international racing in general. But even as that issue of Motor Sport rolled off the press a...
Through the final half-dozen NASCAR Sprint Cup races of 2008, Jimmie Johnson’s biggest challengers were the Roush Fenway Fords driven by Carl Edwards (above) and Greg Biffle. Jack Roush’s operation...
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At times as bad as these, it is important to keep a level head and, if you are a captain of our rapidly imploding industry, watch very carefully the words that come out of it. You can bet that, now...
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A year ago I brought news of the Farbio GTS, a great-looking British sports car with a fantastic chassis but an engine that could handle more than the 262bhp it offered. Now it has been supercharged...
After the comparative disappointment of the new 911, it’s good to spend a couple of days being enchanted by a new Porsche again. The Cayman has always been Porsche’s slowest-selling mainstream model...
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Norton is back, and not for the first time. The grand old name of motorcycling – grander than Triumph, older than Harley – has been bought and sold, traded and raided by corporate thugs and asset...
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Difficult to believe, but BMW has never seriously contested a motorcycle road-racing World Championship. Its greatest bike racing days were in the 1930s, some years before a motorcycling world series...
Valentino Rossi has had a busy few weeks of hopping back and forth between two wheels and four. In between having another go in a Ferrari F1 car (just for fun, he insisted) and driving a Ford Focus...
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If you can’t say something nice… Sir, Here we go again… We get a sporting hero, something akin to hen’s teeth in these islands, and what do we do? Denigrate them. The haughty tone of John Fyfe’s...
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The modern-day Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is one of many evolutions born from the original RSR. So has the offspring retained many of its grandfather’s traits? Time to find out… By Ed Foster The Porsche...
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Formula 1 is facing the biggest financial storm in its history. The sport must adjust, or face being washed away By Joe Saward There is no doubt that history will recall recent events in the...
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Twelve years after it lost out to ITV, the BBC has won back the contract to screen F1. That was the easy part – now it has to win over GP fans and casual observers alike… By Adam Sweeting In 1976,...
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Not content with a fifth WRC crown, Sébastien Loeb beat a star line-up to win his third Race of Champions at Wembley By Ed Foster Stunt riders and drivers, Formula 1, WRC, NASCAR, touring and sports...
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Designer Tony Southgate insists the troubled endurance racer could have brought success back to Ford in the mid-1980s By Keith Howard During the 1960s and ’70s, Ford of Europe built itself an...
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For the past five years Sébastien Loeb has totally dominated world rallying. But beyond that he is arguably today’s best all-round driver. Here’s why By Rob Widdows We are sitting in the lobby of the...
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Rudolf Caracciola’s trophies are on display in Indianapolis. So how did his silverware end up so far from Germany? By Eoin Young About the last thing you’d expect to see in the Indianapolis Speedway...
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He is the farmer turned privateer racer who spent years touring Europe, and winning in a succession of great sports cars. Today 'Piper green' Ferraris still grace historic events In motor sport these...
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The re-match: in May last year Derek talked about Eddie (left). Now the racing boot is on the other foot By Nigel Roebuck Cheever and Warwick…Warwick and Cheever… For several years, back in the 1980s...
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Despite an indifferent first season, Nelson Piquet has another chance to show if he has his father’s abilities By Adam Cooper For much of 2008 the future of Fernando Alonso was a major subject of...
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For 50 years Leslie Marr has been best known as a painter. But before that he bought himself a Connaught and went racing By Paul Fearnley Nursing a bruised face – and a consoling beer – while...
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* After a two-month delay, Steven Smith and John Nichols have been confirmed as winners of the 2008 Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship title. Their Porsche 911 was initially denied...
There will be new organisers behind the Silverstone Classic for 2009 following confirmation that this year’s event will be managed by Racing at Silverstone Ltd, a new company created by the backers...
The Vintage Sports Car Club has unveiled the biggest ever evolution of the club’s annual race programme for 2009. In order to encourage more regular competition between cars of a similar performance...
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The huge Mercedes 300SE of John Bateson and Mark I’Anson won the eighth running of the Rally of the Tests, the three-day event that recreates the RAC Rallies of the 1950s and early ’60s. In one of...
As the Mini reaches its 50th birthday in 2009, the heritage of the model in motor sport will be a key feature of Race Retro, the Historic Motorsport Show, which runs from March 13-15 at Stoneleigh...
The cars and drivers that have dominated the first 30 years of the World Rally Championship will be celebrated during the Chatsworth Rally Show at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire over the weekend of...
Tour Britannia will break new ground in 2009 when it moves into Yorkshire for the first time. Running from September 7-9 the classic race and rally tour will start at Silverstone on Monday, head...
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The first MS650 is sure to draw buyers to France next month, while online auctions are also a big pull Every year Porte de Versailles in Paris fills with thousands of classic car enthusiasts for...
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown expressed the nation’s pride in new World Champion Lewis Hamilton when he presented the McLaren ace with one of five awards during the British Racing Drivers’ Club lunch...
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It was flares ’til dawn when a host of racing drivers and team members attended Porsche team Jota Sport’s 1976 Formula 1-themed party to celebrate a fantastic 2008 season. It was a chance for Jota to...
Jaguar celebrated 60 years of the XK engine alongside other marques including Morgan and Aston Martin on this year’s Hackett Beaujolais Run. A send-off party was held at Hackett’s London flagship...
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Some people look down their noses at this prolific sports racer, but they shouldn’t: the evergreen MGB has always been a useful track tool By Richard Heseltine Oh, how we scoffed. When the last MGB...
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Vision Express founder Dean Butler has put his fortune to good use – with a collection of classic cars and a restoration business in Cincinnati By Damien Smith The directions were excellent, and it’s...
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Bentley Speed Six Clare Hay It’s large, lavish, limited in numbers and extremely expensive, so it ought to be good… Certainly, if you want the entire story of the Speed Six team cars, Clare Hay is...
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Forty-two years ago the fourth string to Col Hoare’s Le Mans bow carried off an unexpected trophy – and is still flying his colours I will admit it – bawling around the Adelaide Hills in the ex-...
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Colonel Hoare was an ex-Army motor trader of the old school, regarded very much at the time – by his social equals – as “a proper chap”, and by his employees with a mixture of respect and something...
When Bonhams & Goodman sold the John Dawson-Damer Collection recently in Sydney, I spent much time poring over the star lot, his beloved Lotus 25. Its landmark monocoque chassis construction...
We often recall Denis Jenkinson as the standard-setting racing writer. He had his own exemplar – ‘Grande Vitesse’ of The Motor magazine, otherwise Rodney Lewis de Burgh Walkerley. Born in 1905,...
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Sorting through more Sicilian Targa Florio photos the other day a rich seam of Italian national specials came to the surface. One of the more sanitary-looking of these now long forgotten...
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Aluminium-skinned 1960s-style monocoque chassis structures were pretty demanding things to make – and particularly to make straight. Past Team Lotus mechanic Cedric Selzer recalls one in particular...
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GET Eyston OBE, MC, was known as ‘The Record Man’, but deserves to be remembered also for his track racing George Edward Thomas Eyston was born in 1897 at the Manor House in Brampton, Oxfordshire,...
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The Zborowski Inheritance by David Paine David says he wrote this history of the Zborowski family, from Poland in 1638 to England in the 1920s, back in the 1960s; he also had an article in Lord...
Last August a fine memorial of polished black granite weighing 1¼ tons was unveiled by the Mayor of Ards, Jim Fletcher, to commemorate the famous TT sports car races held in Ireland from 1928 to 1936...
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The forgotten Bentley Boy, by Geoffrey O’Connell This is a welcome account of this racing driver, his friends, and his racing career. He counts as a ‘Bentley Boy’ on account of having driven in the...

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