February 2012

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There’s nothing slick about Donington Park. Jonathan Palmer would blanch at the potholes and the peeling paintwork, and it’s difficult to imagine Silverstone having to employ extra security to keep a...
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As Patrick Head changes direction to concentrate on Williams’ expanding hybrid technology business, we bid farewell to our star columnist, but look forward to a Williams special in the next issue. We...
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BMW has poached Audi’s reigning DTM champion driver Martin Tomczyk for next season. The 30-year-old German has left Audi after 11 seasons. Tomczyk won the title in 2011 after being demoted from the...
For 2012, the FIA aims to make safety car restarts more exciting by removing lapped cars from the leading group. These will be allowed to unlap themselves and join the back of the queue before...
Can Kimi Räikkönen still cut it in Formula 1 when he returns with Lotus in 2012? That’s the inevitable question as we enter a season that will see a remarkable six World Champions on the grid. When...
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Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Martin Brundle will end a decade-long absence at the French enduro to share a car with son Alex in 2012. The Brundles will join up in a Zytek-Nissan Z11SN LMP2...
The US Grand Prix in Austin has remained on the 2012 calendar after the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) agreed a last-minute deal with Bernie Ecclestone. The original contract for the race was held by...
The 2012 Formula 1 grid was still taking shape as Motor Sport went to press, but it was already clear that several regulars from the past season will be without jobs. Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil...
After a break of 45 years, the island of Nassau in the Bahamas reverberated with the wail of racing engines at the start of December, as a group of classic racers took to the street circuit in the...
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The E-type Challenge, created in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar classic, will, against initial expectations, continue in 2012 when the HSCC hosts E-type races at a series of high-...
McLaren and its Formula 1 engine supplier Mercedes-Benz will go head to head in the 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship. Two frontrunners in the World Championship will run the respective GT3 cars...
Nelson Piquet took a step back in time at the Brazilian Grand Prix meeting when he had a run in a Brabham BT49 to mark the 30th anniversary of his first World Championship. Not usually known as the...
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The 50th anniversary of the AC Cobra will be marked at the 2012 Goodwood Revival with a race dedicated to 30 examples of the Anglo-American sports car. Goodwood organisers are promising the finest...
The future of the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) is in doubt after Ferrari, Red Bull and Sauber all signalled their intention to leave. With HRT having departed in 2010 only eight teams are now...
Displays celebrating the career of Ayrton Senna, six decades of Formula 3 and 30 years of Group C racing will be key elements of the 2012 Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC from January...
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The first details of the 2012 Silverstone Classic (July 20-22) have been unveiled, with grids set to include Grand Prix Masters and the Historic Grand Prix Car Association along with Group C as...
The oldest surviving Indy 500 winner has passed away, aged 83. Jim Rathmann won the great race in 1960 to add to his Race of Two Worlds victory at Monza in 1958. Rathmann broke the winning streak of...
The 2012 Masters Historic Racing calendar will take in Europe’s three biggest historic festivals as well as a new event at Zandvoort and two Masters Festivals in the UK. While several low-key dates...
Organisers of the second Eifel Rallye Festival are aiming for the world’s biggest gathering of ex-works machinery, including Group B cars, for the event in Germany’s Eifel Mountains on July 26-28....
Former commercial director of Williams F1 and a motor racing personality for the past half century, Sheridan Thynne died suddenly while on holiday with his wife in Egypt. He was 72. Thynne discovered...
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Peter Gethin, who has died aged 71 after a long illness, is best remembered for his dramatic BRM victory in the 1971 Italian Grand Prix. But he was also a versatile and successful racer in F5000,...
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Mombasa, Kenya Wet weather on a Safari Rally is seldom welcomed by the competitors, whose vocabulary will quickly include such phrases as ‘mud holes’, ‘black cotton’ and ‘flash floods’. The winner of...
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Helmsley & Carlisle, UK Ultimately, Gwyndaf Evans and John Millington scored a resounding victory on the 2011 Roger Albert Clark Rally, but that does not tell the full story of the eighth running...
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Düsseldorf, Germany With the ink on his new Volkswagen World Rally Championship contract barely dry, Sébastien Ogier held off Audi legend Tom Kristensen in the final to claim victory in the 2011 Race...
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Hot on the heels of his stunning win in the Race of Champions, Motor Sport caught up with French rising star Sébastien Ogier in Germany and talked to him about his surprise switch to World Rally...
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Reflections – The return of Räikkönen, the decline of Massa – How the party turned sour for Ireland at Lotus Save that the order was different – and unique in 2011 – with Mark Webber winning and...
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In my final column for Motor Sport, I turn to a painful subject: the performance of Williams F1 in the 2011 World Championship. It is seven years since we won our last Grand Prix – in Brazil in 2004...
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Monday night in Milton Keynes. Cold, dark, neon lights and roundabouts as far as the eye can see. Doesn’t sound too promising, does it? But it was an uplifting night. The motor racing community had...
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John Barnard has always been fascinated by motorcycles. So when he was offered the chance to become chief engineer at the Banbury-based Team Roberts MotoGP outfit, he couldn’t resist. The very...
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Tony Stewart put on a superb show in the closing rounds of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. In the first 26 of 36 races he had failed to win, publicly criticising his team and crew chief...
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Sir, The article on the new Delta Wing design from Ben Bowlby in the December issue made me smile and at the same time feel very pleased that Ben has finally been recognised as the iconic designer...
Sir, I wholeheartedly agree with Dr Hambridge’s sentiments on Bahrain expressed in December’s Letters. The FIA should not award rounds of its most prestigious series (first Formula 1 and even more...
Sir, December’s Motor Sport was absolutely brilliant with Sir Jackie Stewart as guest editor and Simon Taylor outdoing himself again in Lunch With Hans Stuck. Having had the fortune to grow up at the...
Sir, Speaking as a Mk1 hippie and lifelong gearhead, I would like to reply to self-described “grumpy old man” S Campbell’s jeremiad as printed in the December issue (Letters). Sir, hippies existed...
Sir, For several years now I have been researching the life and times of the late John Taylor, who perished in the 1966 German Grand Prix. I have been working in close collaboration with John’s widow...
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Sir, It was sad to hear of the passing of Martin Hines. My little story begins with our epic trip to the Danish Grand Prix at Jyllandsringen in the summer of 1980. We boarded the ferry at Harwich...
Sir, In reference to Mr Holt-Chasteauneuf’s letter (January), of course the Goodwood Revival cannot recreate the “camaraderie and atmosphere” of the original meetings (of which I attended several on...
Sir, With regards to the Delta Wing article, the first question that springs to mind is how on earth is it going to generate any decent cornering force given the extremely narrow front track coupled...
Sir, I offer this succinct critical review of your track test of the 1991 Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B (January issue): Sam Hancock, not a lucky bugger – a lucky b****** more like! As I read the piece...
Sir, I very much enjoyed the Private View feature on Mont Tremblant (December), as I was there as well. The 1966 Can-Am race was my first visit to ‘Le Circuit’ but certainly not my last. After the...
Sir, I received the November issue and, as usual, went straight to Nigel Roebuck’s Reflections and spotted the photo of Eau Rouge at Spa. This was especially apposite as I had not long returned home...
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Vettel’s brilliance, Button’s rise at McLaren and Alonso’s never-say-die spirit… Those were the topics served up for starters when Motor Sport met for lunch and a post-F1 season chat David Coulthard...
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If Jenson Button justified his move to McLaren in 2010, last season he went some way to making the team his own Looking back, it seems ludicrous that the end of 2008 saw Jenson Button facing the...
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Florida’s sports car classic celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Out of some great finishes during that half-century, we pick 10 stand-out races The origins of the Daytona 24 Hours can be found...
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Derek Bell Bell’s name will forever be associated with Le Mans, but his record at Daytona during the peak of his sports car career is phenomenal. In eight starts in the 1980s, he claimed three...
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Always feisty and competitive, Maria Teresa de Filippis was the first woman to make a Grand Prix grid. And the determination the Maestro saw then is still evident today By Rob Widdows I have recently...
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At one time Colin Chapman’s deputy, Costin is famed for his engine business with Keith Duckworth. And when it came to product testing, he was handy at the wheel By Simon Taylor The first seeds of...
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His career was confined to the 1960s but what an era it was, with Alan Mann acting as a lynchpin in Ford’s competition drive By Richard Heseltine It holds true in broad outline that the closer you...
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By Andrew Frankel I’m sitting here looking at a list of 35 newly designed cars from which I am required to put forward seven as my candidates for the 2012 European Car of the Year award. The winner...
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To Sir Stirling Moss’s charity dinner at Lord’s, where the only journos in the room were our own Simon Taylor who was compere for the evening, and your correspondent who had blagged a ticket as a ‘...
Two motor shows on either side of the Pacific this month, both supporting my view that this form of exhibition is an anachronism with less and less relevance to the modern world. Before 24-hour...
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I wonder if there is a single motoring journalist who has visited the launch of three new Porsche 911s. It doesn’t seem like much of a claim for people who earn their living this way, but it is. I’ve...
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This is the car that was meant to be the true spiritual successor to the original Mini, a car so radical and successful in its layout and design it would change the way small cars were built. Except...
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When Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand was launched all its established European rivals must have been quivering at the prospect. The LS400 set new standards of ride and refinement not just for that type...
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As Goodwood plans its 20th Festival of Speed, it’s worth recalling the first event Magazine publishing schedules being what they are, you may be reading this in 2011, but as its time on the shelves...
It’s been a while since Jaguar’s XJ220 debacle, but those involved at the time will never forget it. In 1988 Jaguar showed a very beautiful concept car powered by a 48-valve V12 motor driving all...
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Motor racing’s next generation includes a couple of famous monikers While Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button were busy hammering around Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena for the Race of...
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Team boss knows what to look for in young drivers Some of you may remember that in the January 2011 issue I talked to Trevor Carlin about Carlin Motorsport. The team – which competes in British F3,...
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John Wayland’s electric car isn’t some sedate runabout, but a racer capable of 0-60mph in 1.8 seconds Electric-powered vehicles have their critics. For many people, they’re just not powerful enough....
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From the fog of a winter’s day emerged a surprising haul of historic vehicles Who’d have thought one London village concealed so many classic vehicles? When my neighbour Tony Covill organised a lunch...
A historic race series supported by a mainstream manufacturer? There’s value in history Awards evenings abound as the season runs down but those for historic racing don’t often resonate outside our...
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Hardy Hall Restorations What’s your history? I started the firm in 1999 after a 15-year career in motor racing which culminated in rebuilding a six-wheel Tyrrell. During that time I built and...
A family hoard hidden away on an airfield for years is finally coming to light I see that Bonhams is selling 50 motorcycles from the private and little-known Du Pont car and ’bike museum. Years ago I...
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News from the main auction houses around the world Scottsdale Car Week is upon us once again and with it come five American sales from five different auction houses. Gooding and Company Not many...
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Alan Carter Light in the darkness The truth about Mal, Kenny and me A brutally personal account of motorcycle racer Alan Carter that, while lacking the polish of some autobiographies, provides an...
Archie Frazer-Nash ...Engineer Trevor Tarring and Mark Joseland This first biography of a famous name, begun by Joseland and completed by Tarring, tells us that the GN and Frazer Nash cars are only a...
Aston Martin Ulster Alan Archer Surely unsurpassable story of Aston’s greatest racer, packed with detail, photos, period reports and results plus individual histories of all 29 Ulsters. Usual superb...
Autocourse (e-Book edition) A detailed record of the 1971 season For Motor Sport loyalists this will be familiar territory. Our own archive discs, which for anyone with a computer opened up quick and...
Donald Campbell Bluebird and the final record attempt Neil Sheppard There have been many accounts about Donald Campbell and his doomed water speed record attempt, but few delve so deep into this epic...
In the name of glory – 1976 The greatest ever sporting duel Tom Rubython The greatest ever sporting duel? That’s debatable, but James Hunt and Niki Lauda’s fight for the 1976 World Championship...
Ten thousand miles against the clock Philip Young and Gerard Brown Hefty review of the 2010 Peking-Paris. There are some fantastic photos and it’s actually a good read – rare for an event review…...
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Motor Sport articles prompted two readers to share their memories with us, while our third contributor has enjoyed some classic Indianapolis 500s Graham Potter Graham was a keen fan at the 1977...
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The Frenchman’s demands at Reims ’58 prompted team-mate Harry Schell to pen a furious (and somewhat muddled) missive to BRM’s boss I have never particularly rated top-class racing drivers as being...
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The annual London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run, for vehicles manufactured no later than 1904, is – so far as I am concerned – something of an acquired taste. I had done two Runs before, the last...
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During his archive movie film researches, my motorfilms.com colleague David Weguelin once found fabulous footage of Fangio’s great drive in the 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, one sequence...
The success of the Senna movie seems to have sparked something of a feeding frenzy among Hollywood industry moguls. Suddenly motor racing appears to have become one of moviedom’s favoured themes with...

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