February 2017

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Readers of this magazine may be familiar with the names of Paul and Barbara Karassik. The intrepid pair made something of a name for themselves by tirelessly trekking across the former Soviet Union...
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Putting the world to rights with Martin Brundle Of course I’m a bit jaundiced about him at the moment – about racing drivers in general, in fact. One of the reasons for this team’s success over the...
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How life after Rosberg affects Mercedes... and Williams Nico Rosberg’s sudden retirement as world champion (putting him in company with Mike Hawthorn, Jackie Stewart and Alain Prost) has changed F1’s...
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Nico Rosberg won’t be the only significant absentee from Mercedes technical briefings in 2017. Paddy Lowe is also poised to move on as part of a major technical shuffle within F1 Paddy Lowe is an...
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A sports car superteam Porsche announce its new driver line-up for 2017 A desire to add to his tally of Le Mans 24 Hours victories and a love of sports car racing motivated long-time Audi driver...
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Time for America to sharpen up In recent years major league American motor racing has suffered a precipitous decline in crowds and TV ratings. NASCAR of course is by far the most popular and...
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Pain in Bahrain, but a strong 2016 The last race of the season in Bahrain didn’t quite go to plan… Jonny Adam joined me in the Aston Martin, fresh from his British GT Championship win. It all started...
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Motorcycling's need for speed If Guy Martin had become the world’s fastest motorcyclist last September he would have been the first man in six years to break the land-speed record. Long ago things...
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Ferrari 250 GTO The autobiography of 4153 GT Keith Bluemel This fine series would not be complete without one of the very few cars that deserves the overused epithet ‘icon’. The Ferrari 250 GTO is...
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All change... thanks to F1 GP calendar shuffle has knock-on effect for fixtures The change of date for the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone has had a significant impact on major historic events...
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Ford GT40 “Is it a real one?” The question everyone who turns up in a GT40 dreads. A supercar sensation when launched, a ground-breaking racing car and finally (after some development) a Le Mans...
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New from Newport Pagnell Aston to build 25 new DB4GT lightweights Aston Martin is to produce a series of 25 brand-new ‘continuation’ DB4GTs at a cost of £1.5 million each. By the time the news of the...
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The company that built the 250F, arguably the most elegant Grand Prix car of all time, has just launched its first off-roader Slithering down the muddy slope, feet off pedals, feeling sensors issuing...
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Bad news for rivals: the bar has just been raised for very hot hatches Those who read these pages a couple of months back may remember me extolling the virtues of the new BMW M2 and comparing...
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Drop-tops often have drawbacks, but here's an exception I used to giggle at people who drove convertible mid-engined Ferraris, figuring no one who bought one ever did so other than to be noticed. Why...
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Estate cars were once the Swedish firm's forte, but is that still the case? Last month I put the new Mercedes-Benz E-class estate through its paces on this page, and now it’s time to do the same with...
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Hamilton not thinking Lewis Hamilton may be an instinctive racer but he isn’t a smart one. If he had used his Abu Dhabi race tactics in Mexico and Brazil he could have gone into the last race with a...
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Keeping an eye on the time: powerful players in the watch world H Moser & Cie The 19th-century watchmaker Heinrich Moser first found success selling Swiss watches to wealthy Russians in St...
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The original - and one of the very best Jim Clark's 1965 World Championship Lotus 33 breaks cover after four decades preserved in secrecy From February 24-26, the Race Retro exhibition at Stoneleigh...
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Having been stored for many years, Lotus 33 R11 is poised for a sympathetic restoration I have known R11’s owner for well over 30 years. He is an absolutely dyed-in-the-wool racing enthusiast with a...
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It’s almost that time of year again: Race Retro, Britain’s biggest celebration of historic motor sport roars back into life on February 24-26. And this year’s show, celebrating its 15th anniversary,...
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Power to the people Ever wondered how it feels to handle 560bhp on the loose? World rallycross champion EKS RX's Audi S1 provided the answer With the anti-lag system activated, the EKS Audi S1...
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Roger Penske turns 80 this month, and the team he has run for 50 years remains at the top of North American motor racing. Simon Pagenaud’s 2016 IndyCar title was Team Penske’s 14th at that level with...
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Rising from nowhere to Formula 1 in the blink of an eye, he had the potential to become one of motor sport's all-time greats. But... Tommy Byrne, retired racing driver and reformed hell-raiser asks...
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What to watch in 2017, where to see it and when: here are our highlights for the year ahead - now all you need to do is get there February 24-26 Race Retro Are we plugging Race Retro because Motor...
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Famous name, forgotten racer A male American sports hero and female TV personality, Caitlyn Jenner looks back on time spent as a leading light on the US racing scene Today, Caitlyn Jenner is best...
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15-year-old karter claims victory in an event run by an old master - and it might pitch him into the big time. Motor sport has a happy knack of giving drivers unexpected opportunities just when they...
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Sonic boom It is more than 40 years since Ferrari had factory representation in top-line sports-prototype racing, but for eight seasons privateers did the marque proud with the overlooked - and very...
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All things light and beautiful Lips and fingers are turning blue, much like the air. It’s cold, it’s early and we’re stuck in a 4mph car-conga. Coulsdon in Surrey during rush hour is not the ideal...
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Best saved until last Silverstone, November 5-6: familiar old names grace one of British motor racing's annual highlights The M1 might have been closed, but the M40 and A43 were quiet and free-...
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Carbs and canapes A party at Gregor Fisken's was also a chance to inspect a British record holder I’ve been passing under this elaborate stone archway at intervals for 30 years. It leads to...
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Cadging for cash The GP giant that refused to race for peanuts - and the way F1 finances have soared... On March 1, 1956, John Morgan – who was both General Secretary of the British Automobile Racing...

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