February 2010

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Copse, Maggotts, Becketts, Hangar Straight, Stowe, Club, Abbey, Woodcote. Flat, fast and brutal (but I always preferred Brands when Grand Prix time came around). The old Silverstone represents...
If you’ve been a fixture in the Grand Prix paddock for as long as Alan has you will inevitably know everyone’s background – and that means the sport’s guiding lights as well as the drivers. That’s...
Indianapolis 500 winner, CART champion, Grand Prix driver and successful team owner – Rahal has seen racing from all angles on both sides of the Atlantic. Currently running GT-class BMWs in the ALMS...
ALMS driver Mowlem has a great record in sports and GT racing, but lately he’s been making an impact in Zytek’s hybrid-power LMP1 machine – which may be racing’s way forward. As well as running his...
Mike will be watching the new Lotus F1 team with a touch of insider interest – he worked for Team Lotus in the 1970s as the sport’s first full-time press officer (though it didn’t stop him writing...
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A new FORMULA 1 points system and ex-drivers joining the stewards rota were among the key changes voted for by the World Motor Sport Council in its first gathering under Jean Todt’s leadership in...
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Ross Brawn believes he is running a “model team for a new era” and that it will continue to be so in the wake of its takeover by Mercedes-Benz. Taking time out from a press conference to celebrate...
The Canadian and British GPs now have firm dates on the definitive 2010 F1 World Championship calendar issued by the FIA after the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monaco. Both races were...
* The FIA has granted Sauber an F1 entry for 2010, ending months of doubt over its future. The news came after BMW confirmed that the team had been sold back to Peter Sauber. The Swiss, who had...
The signing of Grand Prix winners Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen has given the new Lotus team a good chance of achieving its ambition of being the best of the Formula 1 newcomers in 2010. Trulli...
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Reflections– How McLaren lured Button away from Brawn– Rally switch might be the remaking of Räikkönen– Mercedes gets more say with team buyout– Outside influences to thank for Silverstone deal When...
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Richard Noble’s 1000mph Bloodhound project is on course for a 2011 record run, with a radical redesign, a new HQ, and a location for the supersonic record attempt. Bloodhound aims to smash the...
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Audi is the first manufacturer to sign up for the new Le Mans Intercontinental Cup for LMP1 prototypes that will include three enduros at the end of 2010. The German manufacturer has revealed an...
BMW has announced its intention to enter the Le Mans 24 Hours this year with its controversial V8-powered M3 GT2 contender. The German manufacturer wants to race the M3 that competed in the 2009...
The Rolex 24 hours kicks off the American racing season at Daytona at the end of January, two weeks before the 500. Chip Ganassi’s Grand-Am operation has been the team to beat in recent years,...
* John Britten (1931-2009), a key player in the rescue of four British tracks under the MotorSport Vision banner, has died aged 78. Britten was a business partner to Jonathan Palmer when MSV acquired...
F1 ace Kimi Räikkönen will make a sensational switch to the World Rally Championship this year in the Red Bull-backed Citroën Junior Team. The move is a coup for the WRC in the wake of a drop in...
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February 10, 2010 We admit it, the concept is hardly a new one. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the United States has been well established since the mid-1980s. They are popular in sporting arenas...
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Reliving past glories This is my first column for Motor Sport, and I’ll be back in this space every month in the coming year, which is great because I’ve been reading the magazine for as long as I...
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GM's charm offensive One of rather few thrills inherent in attending the Detroit Motorshow each year used to be wondering what stunt Bob Lutz would dream up to introduce a new car. Explosions were...
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Rossi: The greatest ever? There were groans of despair all along the pitlane when Valentino Rossi recently announced that he may stay in MotoGP for another four or five seasons. But if the MotoGP...
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Boss of the Oval Office The only problem Jimmie Johnson has is that he’s not popular with most NASCAR fans. Johnson is a humble fellow, a quiet Californian who speaks without any Southern twang and...
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Sir, I have just spent a good few minutes savouring the impeccable eulogy by Doug Nye to an unforgettable character. It surpassed what could reasonably be expected of anyone. It showed a real love of...
Sir, Nicholas Bird’s letter in the January issue suggests building a race circuit in a Disneyland-style theme park. Unfortunately he is over a decade late with this suggestion – the fledgling IRL...
Sir, Your excellent Track Visit to Ingliston (December issue) has stirred some personal memories from this venue, both as a young spectator and later an enthusiastic flag marshal from the mid-1970s...
Sir, Thank you for the Nigel Mansell interview (December issue), I enjoyed it very much. I still look on 1993 as the zenith of CART/Champ Car – Mansell, Emmo, Mario et al. But Nigel saying, “I’m not...
Sir, One Sunday afternoon in 1975 a friend and I drove to Donington Park to see just how close we were to having a racing circuit a few junctions down the M1. We had read all we could in the press...
Sir, I enjoyed reading about the Triumph TR2/3 in the January issue, especially the early history. Unfortunately, there is an error in the quote from Ken Richardson about the first competition...
Sir, I first met the late Tom Wheatcroft before he set up his marvellous Grand Prix Collection at Donington Park. He had begun to accumulate some rare Formula 1 cars in a garage behind his Leicester...
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Sir, Just a quick note to say very many thanks for the Grand Prix of Gibraltar CD – the best motor sport entertainment I have had this year. I knew of this by reputation but had never heard it until...
Sir, Now that the Formula 1 season is at an end, and with the prospect of more teams being on the grid next year, the question of points is perhaps something that needs to be revisited. Last year,...
Sir, I just wanted to say how wonderful it was to read in the December issue a letter relating to my truly remarkable and unflappable father! He also likes to think that age is no barrier, and proved...
Sir, Your piece about AVUS in the January issue (Doug Nye column) reminded me that during a holiday to Berlin in 2007 I visited the area of the old track. After some poking around I came across a...
The Motor Sport website is fast becoming one of the places to discuss motor racing past, present and future. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to comment on blogs, video and audio podcasts, read...
Sir, In the late 1950s I had a school friend in Newcastle-under-Lyme who had two older brothers and a father who were all car mad. One of the number of cars they had was a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr –...
Sir, A story authenticated by Road & Track magazine: at the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours Stirling Moss and Harry Schell drove a factory Maserati 300S. In the afternoon, Stirling was in the car when he...
Sir, Regarding Doug Nye’s story on the Pescara 4 Hours (December issue), I believe the correct spelling is ‘Bill Pinckney’ and ‘Mecha-Matic’. Bill died in a plane crash in Scotland some years ago. I...
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Only a small number of journalists were allowed into Ayrton Senna’s world. Here, one of the favoured few recalls his early friendship – and final falling out – with the great BrazilianBy Mike Doodson...
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This all-American racer was the final winning car built for the US team in Dorset. It wasn’t the most successful Penske, but its explosive acceleration still exhilaratesBy Andrew Frankel It takes...
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…And some of it’s due to Red Bull spotter Helmut Marko. But 40 years ago he was the one under the spotlight – until fate intervenedBy Alan Henry He might have turned into the best Formula 1 driver...
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He signed for one team but has ended up driving for another. Yet the Brawn name switch was no great surprise to Nico Rosberg, who had his fingers crossed about the three-pointed starBy Adam Cooper "...
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The talented South African remains the only woman ever to have won an F1 race. But she’s never thought of herself in those terms – she’s just a racing driverBy Simon Taylor Redoubtable females run...
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We’ve yet to discover what sort of FIA president Jean Todt will make, though he’d do well to consider his predecessor’s legacy…By Tony Dodgins "Those two have more front than Butch and Sundance…” It...
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Overseeing motor racing was only part of Mosley’s remit. Andrew Frankel discusses the major impact he had on improving road car safety standards By his own estimation, Max Mosley’s most important...
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Turning the Jaguar XKR road car into a GT3 racer involves an almost total reconstruction and plenty of track testing. Time to bring in an expert…By Johnny Mowlem Over the past few years a plethora of...
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In the Italian town he called home, a new exhibition pays tribute to Tazio Nuvolari’s skills at the wheel – and with a cameraBy Rob Widdows In this part of the world you can gaze up at the balcony...
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Porsche’s Sport Classic harks back to past glories. But it also shows what today’s 911 could be – with a little creative attentionBy Andrew Frankel A walk around the Porsche 911 Sport Classic is a...
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Built as a one-off special, this little Lotus Elan is a prime example of the late Ian Walker’s flawless presentation styleBy Richard Heseltine The death knell of anything cool is the moment it’s...
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Wine, a woman navigator and the song of a lotus twin-cam on empty roads I’ve been given the freedom of the road. In this new column I’ll be visiting places all over Britain and abroad where people...
Pioneering firm now wants to lead the way with hybrid racer From the Beaujolais Run it was a quick turnaround to visit engineering company Zytek, near Repton in Derbyshire. Most of you may know Zytek...
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Could you build a racing car in a year? This is how you learn Whereas the path to the pinnacle of motor sport for drivers may be clear – even if difficult and eye-wateringly expensive – the route for...
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Thirty years after its last race, Chevron B42 chassis 16 will be back in action next season in the experienced hands of Hugh Price in Historic Formula 2 races. Raced when new in 1978 by US driver...
The collapse of Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd has left a question mark over the future of the Donington Park Grand Prix Collection, the unrivalled gathering of racing cars assembled by the late Tom...
Plans for a new historic racing festival in the Middle East were dashed when the proposed Abu Dhabi Classic was postponed at very short notice. The event, scheduled for the end of January, had...
A race for NASCAR stock cars of the late 1960s and early ’70s will be a feature of the 2010 Monterey Historic Automobile Races taking place at Laguna Seca on August 12-15. The biggest historic racing...
Willie Green is aiming to make a racing comeback in 2010 more than four years after the accident at Goodwood that left him with serious leg injuries. Green, now 65, will partner racing newcomer...
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Group C cars will return to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit next season, with a pair of races over the weekend of July 31/August 1. The new date comes in place of a slot on the Silverstone...
Kenyan veteran Ian Duncan guided his Ford Mustang to an emphatic victory on the East African Safari Classic Rally, the toughest event on the historic rally schedule. After nine days of competition in...
Gwyndaf Evans completed his first season of historic rallying with an emphatic victory on the Roger Albert Clark Rally. Evans and co-driver John Millington, in a Ford Escort Mk2 run by Phil Mills’...
* Italy’s motor sport heritage will be the central theme of the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 2-4, under the heading of ‘Viva Veloce – The Passion for Speed’. Italian manufacturers, drivers...
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– Coys – Coys celebrated its 90th anniversary at its end of year sale at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster on December 1. On the Monday evening before the sale the anniversary celebrations...
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British Racing Drivers’ Club members who are planning to run this year’s London Marathon met for some socialising and training on December 5-6. Some 30 members of the BRDC Marathon Legends group...
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix team bosses Ross Brawn and Nick Fry were in Neuchâtel this month to celebrate the first year of their new partnership with Swiss watchmaker Graham-London. Eric Loth, CEO of...
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The works rallying career of the Stratos was short-lived but unforgettable. These days a few brave souls still rally this ‘museum piece’, for which fans are forever gratefulBy Richard Heseltine You...
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Andy DawsonThis all-rounder managed something works drivers never could – he won a UK rally in a Stratos… “It was quite simple, really. I was looking for a car and went to Graham Warner and asked if...
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Nearly an hour of quality colour film from this era is a real treat and there is great variety here, too. Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Crystal Palace are the scenes for Formula Junior...
The Rally HistoryJohn Davenport/Reinhard Klein It’s fair to say that the Audi Quattro is one of the most iconic and influential rally cars of all time. Such is its following, we’re sure many of you...
The First Le Mans BentleyClare Hay This lavish book began as private research for the owner of 3-litre no141. If you’re a Bentley person that tells you we’re talking about the first car to race at Le...
Adolfo Orsi, Raffaele Gazzi A compilation of auction results showing market trends, with most cars illustrated. Vital whether you’re buying or selling. Published by Historica Selecta srl, ISBN 978 88...
Everyone has their list of favourite racing cars, the ones they’d happily sell everything they own for just a few precious minutes behind the wheel of. Top of my list is a 1985 Porsche 956 in bright...
Edited by Martin Smith A selection of articles on all the major events in Formula 1 over the past 50 years, which makes for enjoyable reading. Expensive for what it is, but overall it’s worth it....
A terrific overview of last year’s Festival, presented by Steve Rider among others. This is of definite interest if you couldn’t make the event and may fill in some gaps even if you did. Endemol/BHP...
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Bathurst victor Win Percy received a hero’s welcome on a recent trip Down Under. Sure enough, an energetic drive followed… It’s more than six years now since a ghastly example of medical negligence...
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It’s hard to believe but it’s coming up for 30 years since Ferrari invested seriously in its first forced-induction Formula 1 programme after 1950, developing its 120-degree V6-cylinder 126C design....
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The late, much-missed Keith Duckworth of Cosworth engines fame was renowned for holding forth not merely upon engineering matters, but also upon any topic one might care to choose. Many of us came in...
New World Champion Jenson Button has always been praised for being a notably smooth driver, not only when he was bog-slow – as the average extremely smooth driver often is – but also when he was...
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A 1912 Lorraine-Dietrich that showed real staying power at Brooklands is being restored to running order The Brooklands Museum volunteers team are helping to return to full running order the 1912 15-...
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For many years the Austin 7 was the popular small car that was raced at Brooklands, its 747cc engine usually declared as 749cc presumably to cover any oversized engines which might have been used in...
One year after its 1928 founding, the British Racing Drivers’ Club organised the 500-Mile Race over Brooklands’ Outer Circuit. In the foreword to the programme, Earl Howe CBE VD remarked on the way...
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Oh for the days when the phrase ‘the open road’ truly applied – before speed limits, police traps and congested traffic. For example, in 1938 I was able to stop outside the entrance to the Houses of...
To report the motor race at Southport in 1936 (pictured) I was without a car until I hired one locally, but it ran so badly I promptly returned it. The replacement also ran badly, so I gave up and...

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