February 2013

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Jody Scheckter, Guest Editor As I say elsewhere in this issue, the urge to drive Formula 1 cars did not disappear the moment I retired from motor racing at the end of 1980. It was a gradual process...
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Ken Tyrrell with a cup of tea, listening to a Test match... That was one unlikely memory stirred in Nigel Roebuck's mind in Texas! Nigel loves US racing and while there are places he would happily...
Damien Smith, Editor On a recent trip to Maranello, I took a welcome diversion into Modena on the way back to Bologna airport. I'd heard great things about the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, which opened...
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Fresh talent ready to start Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutiérrez look set to be the star rookies of 2013 after being promoted to race seats at Williams and Sauber respectively. Managed by Mika...
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Early bath for Palmer's F2 The Formula 2 series, which has been run by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision enterprise since 2009, will not continue into the final year of its contract with the FIA....
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'Other' Austin F1 race blooms A grid of 30 1966-83 Formula 1 cars from the Historic Grand Prix group proved a popular support to the revival of the United States GP at the Circuit of the Americas in...
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Rakish BMW goes it alone BMW has released images of its new 4-series concept. 4-series? That's the new name for what has always in the past been known as the 3-series coupe, and while BMW is calling...
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Roger Albert Clark Rally: Dalby to Kershope, GB For two and a half days, Martin McCormack and Steve Bannister enacted a ferocious baffle for the 2012 Roger Albert Clark Rally and McCormack won by...
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Reflections - Formula 1 receives warm welcome in Texas - Fate gives Vettel a helping hand... or two - NASCAR promoter Smith requires maths lesson * Over the years veteran US race promoter Bruton...
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Rob Widdows, Dispatches Do you know this bloke Richard Noble?" Says the news editor. "Yes," I say, "he's about to go for a new Land Speed Record and "Yeah, we know. We need you to get out there and...
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Mat Oxley, On two wheels Unless Audi works some instant magic at Ducati, the contest for the 2013 MotoGP crown will be a straight duel between Honda and Yamaha. The precedent is no less than the past...
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Gordon Kirby, The US scene The Rolex 24 hours at Daytona kicks off the American racing season. Coming in the middle of the norhern hemisphere's winter, Daytona's long-distance grind attracts drivers...
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Dirty talk Sir, What a charmless swipe from Sebastian Vettel, alleging "dirty tricks" by his rivals — by which he is presumably referring to Ferrari's grid strategy in the US and its deliberate...
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Guest Editorial Special It's more than 30 years since I walked away from Formula 1. I've lived at least two more lives since my racing days, and today I'm more interested in the price of eggs than...
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"For a single decade, racing was my life. During my years in the cockpit I built friendships and rivalries with flamboyant drivers, eccentric team owners - and the odd character who was almost as...
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Silverware doesn't mean much to me but the cars I raced through the '70s do. They are prized relics of my old life and each has a story of its own. They're not a bad investment, either By Damien...
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"After my difficult final year in Formula 1, I quit the sport for good. But the influence of what I'd learnt in my competitive life would often echo as I built new businesses far away from the race...
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The most exciting Grand Prix season in recent memory? There's certainly an argument for it. As teams struggled to get their heads around the narrow performance window of Pirelli's tyres, we watched a...
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There have been doubts about whether America would embrace Austin's Grand Prix - but it sure did... By Adam Sweeting Will Ferrell's NASCAR movie Talledega Nights featured Sacha Baron Cohen as gay...
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He accepted that he wouldn't make it to F1 early on, but since then he's claimed five ALMS titles and four class victories at Le Mans By Simon Taylor Formula 1 is naturally the summit of every young...
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Rumours, gossip and bribes clouded the hunt for a treasure lost behind the Iron Curtain since WW11. But what a treasure - a genuine Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz By Doug Nye Settle down now, this is...
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The high-tide of Mercedes Grand Prix cars had their final race overshadowed by the declaration of war Fifty years before the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu's Rumania, the fiffh birthday of Peter...
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BMW's K1600 GT SE has air conditioning, a hi-fi system, heated seats and sports bike grunt. Martin Brundle calls his "a missile". Is it time to let go the belief that motorcycling has to be painful...
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Factfile Engine: 5.0 litres, eight cylinders, petrol, supercharged Top speed: 140mph Price: £98.395 Power: 503bhp at 6000rpm Fuel/CO2: 20.5mpg, 322g/kmwww.landrover.com Why is it that no rival car...
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Factfile Engine: 2.2 litres, four cylinders, turbocharged Top speed: 140mph Price: £36,440 Power: 197bhp at 4000rpm Fuel/CO2: 55.5mpg, 135g/km www.jaguar.co.uk   I am rarely less than impressed by...
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Factfile Engine: 2.2 litres, four cylinders, turbocharged Top speed: 146mph Price: £49,360 Power: 201bhp at 3800rpm Fuel/CO2: 53.32, 139g/kmwww.mercedes-benz.co.uk I'd like to say that the CLS...
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Factfile Engine: 3.0 litres, six cylinders, turbocharged Top speed: 155mph Price: £29,995 Power: 315bhp at 5800rpm Fuel/CO2: 35.3mpg, 188g/kmwww.bmw.co.uk Don't be fooled by the name: the BMW M135i...
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Hewland Engineering has undergone a huge amount of reinvestment thanks to the son of its founder in order to pave the way for a brighter future By Ed Foster "When my Dad started the company in 1957...
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An evening spent in the company of David Piper and Richard Attwood reminded us just how far we have come in Just when Formula 1 was returning from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, I hosted an event at Dick...
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Brake manufacturer AP Racing doesn't shout about its success in Formula 1 and beyond. But the technology behind its ground-breaking stopping power has a wider relevance, for the benefit of us all...
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An enthusiastic customer aims to build on Crossle's 55-year history in the racing business By Gordon Cruickshank What's the oldest racing car builder in the UK? Award yourself a holiday in Barbados...
There's room for imagination to flourish even when history didn't quite get there... Some car projects take a bit longer than intended, but a 73-year delay? That's the gap between Jean Bugath's plans...
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Sometimes patience and diplomacy are the keys to clinching the deal You search for an AC to buy - and then three come along at once. That's what faced AC enthusiast Kevin Kivlochan, who has landed an...
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News from the main auction houses around the world — Bonhams — The beginning of the year is always a busy time for auctions, with Scottsdale sales running from January 15-20. Bonhams is holding its...
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50 Years of Formula 1 photography & sports-car racing 1962-1973 By Rainer Schlegelmilch You wait this long for a Rainer Schlegelmilch book to come along, and then... The German photographer...
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Secrets and surprises in this month's pick: a high-security blanket at Brands, plus a star in a reasonably fast kart... Roger Taylor By chance Roger caught Niki Lauda testing the secret Brabham fan...
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Too long in the tooth for the track, a squadron of Alfetta engines found a new arena of combat By Doug Nye When Denis Jenkinson died in 1996 I fell heir to his archive (he always did have a wicked...
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By Doug Nye In 1987 I found myself seated on one side of an imposing desk in a spacious, but modestly furnished, office at Maranello. Seated at one end of the desk was the genial and ever-helpful Dr...

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