February 2014

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It’s become something of a running joke in these parts that editor-in-chief Nigel Roebuck doesn’t ‘do’ social media, particularly since he wrote about his reservations on our website a few months ago...
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F1 seeks new entrants Fresh interest sought as existing teams struggle, By Adam Cooper The FIA has laid the groundwork for new teams to enter the World Championship in 2015 by opening up a formal...
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Ken Gregory: 1926-2013 Ken Gregory, who has died aged 87, had a huge effect on motor racing during the 1950 and ’60s, and arguably beyond. Team manager, constructor, circuit director, club manager,...
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Grand Prix Zandvoort Mark Koense Some of the content will be familiar, following our extensive photographic preview in last November’s issue, but the finished product is perhaps even better than we’d...
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Ferrari looks at Le Mans Ferrari is evaluating the 2014 LMP1 World Endurance Championship rulebook and has not ruled out its first full-factory prototype campaign since 1973. The Italian...
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A distinguished career ends Five weeks after his terrible accident in Houston last October, Dario Franchitti was compelled to make the difficult decision to retire from racing because of fears that...
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An extract from the Frank Williams podcast Rob Widdows: Frank, if you went over to the Williams museum would there be one or maybe two cars in there that would make you pause, smile and… Frank...
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Small but perfectly formed Three decades ago, bike racing’s teeniest motorcycle World Championship was consigned to the dustbin of history. The 50cc series survived for 22 seasons, during which time...
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Mallory Park rescued New operator hands under-fire track a lifeline, By Paul Lawrence The new operator of Mallory Park has pledged to maintain a strong element of four-wheeled activity in the circuit...
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The 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s 1964 British Saloon Car Championship victory will be celebrated when the modern-day BTCC visits Knockhill, Fife, next August. Clark was the first of only three...
There will be a new look to the Autosport three-hour race at Snetterton in June, with only pre-66 GT cars eligible. Since its revival by the HSCC the race has been dominated by Chevron B8s, but a new...
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Ferrari DinoAn original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, September 1971 | by Denis Jenkinson Ever since I experienced the 904 Porsche, with its mid-engine layout, I was convinced that...
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RM Auctions/Sothebys @New York November 21 Art of the Automobile $62.8m sold in two hours 16 of 31 lots achieved over $1m 11 cars achieved world record prices, including: 1964 Ferrari 250LM, Class...
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Recovery position The past 12 months have been largely positive for the automotive industry, By Andrew Frankel So how was it for you? Certainly for most car manufacturers, 2013 was the best year to...
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Does the world need a GTI version of a car this brisk? It’s here anyway | by Andrew Frankel FACTFILE Price: £229,935 Engine: 6.2 litres, 8 cylinders Power: 620bhp @ 7400rpm Torque: 468lb ft @ 5000rpm...
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Grip to make you gasp – and a price to match FACTFILE Price: £97,000 Engine: 3.0 litres, six cylinders, turbocharged Power: 350bhp @ 6750 rpm Torque: 320lb ft @ 4250 rpm Transmission: Seven-speed...
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Good things come to those who wait – but not just yet FACTFILE Price: £tba Engine: 2.0 litres, four cylinders, turbocharged Power: 300bhp @ 6500rpm Torque: n/a Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-...
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Prodigious power doesn’t necessarily bring driver satisfaction FACTFILE Price: £83,495 Engine: 4.0 litres, 8 cylinders, turbocharged Power: 553bhp @ 5700rpm Torque: 516lb ft @ 1750rpm Transmission:...
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Memories of Henry Taylor It’s sad that Henry Taylor has died, but I have a good memory of him. In 1968, when the London-Sydney Marathon rally was announced, I was part of the Supersport rally team in...
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On the silliness of knee-jerk rule changes that fix non-existent problems, a Brawn-free future for Mercedes and Juan Pablo Montoya’s return to the single-seater mainstream As the Formula 1 Strategy...
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Ferrari will have two crowned champions at the helm when it wheels its cars to the grid for the 2014 Australian Grand Prix – a first in world championship terms since Italy 1953, when Alberto Ascari...
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…never did run smooth between garagista Enzo Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. Yet their turbulent partnership through the 1930s laid the bedrock of the Ferrari legendWriter Paul Fearnley A chill March day yet...
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The Motor Sport team shared responsibility for Formula 1 coverage last season. Here are some personal highlights of 19 Grands Prix won by five drivers on as many continents Nigel Roebuck“When I think...
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Father Jan didn’t quite crack F1, but his son might do just that after a meteoric rise. Next stop, McLaren... In December 1995 a cheeky kart racer named Lewis Hamilton introduced himself to Ron...
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This serial race winner and straight talker remained a factory driver for almost 20 years. No shortage of anecdotes here, then...Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Most of the best...
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Renowned for his expertise as both racing car restorer and driver, former F1 mechanic Simon Hadfield lives at the heart of Europe’s historic motor racing boomWriter Gordon Cruickshank, Photographer...
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Marc Márquez rewrote the rules of MotoGP technique last season and, in so doing, became the youngest premier-class champ in the sport’s history. What drives Spain’s latest bike-racing phenomenon?...
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FIA GT Series: Baku, Azerbaijan "It was not the easiest of weekends,” he confided while boarding the flight home. Stéphane Ratel is not only the master of his GT racing universe, but also a master of...
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Wales Rally GB, November 15-17: annual showpiece returns to its roots (and routes) Last month’s event report touched on the Wales Rally GB’s resurgent popularity, but skimped on some of the detail –...
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Oulton Park, November 23: rallying bathes in mellow fruitfulness Single-venue rallying is nothing new at Oulton Park, but it’s a relatively rare custom. The first such event I attended was the Ian...
Brands Hatch, November 10: if you thought the F1 rulebook was confusing… The Formula Vee Festival’s remit is plain enough, but there’s half a chance you won’t be familiar with the concept of the...
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Star by name but not in the event; this powerful machine didn’t live up to its maker’s expectations It’s a while since I squeezed between the gleaming pillars that mark the mouth of Queens Gate Place...
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There is always something to investigate at the annual NEC old car gathering Can’t say I found a show-stopping item at the NEC Classic Car Show this time, barring a concept car that won’t be built,...
What we’d blow the budget on this month FoskersFerrari F430 It’s hardly a classic yet, but as the latest refinement of Ferrari’s ‘junior’ line, the 430 is the sort of car you might keep for ever and...
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Lunchtime gathering uncovers an investment opportunity Anyone want to buy a car collection from the Spanish government? I was asked this across the table at this year’s Wimbledon classic car lunch,...
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Thoughts on the career of the late Ken Gregory, one of post-war British racing’s unsung heroes Early in 1951 Stirling Moss was eagerly awaiting completion of a frontier-technology 500cc Formula 3 car...
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Maserati’s century of life has created some magnificent cars, notably the 16-cylinders One of the most celebrated of all great Maserati designs is the Sedici Cilindri – the 16-cylinder – campaigned...

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