February 2018

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This issue cannot go to print without mention of Bette Hill, who has died aged 91. An extraordinary woman, of whom son Damon said ‘survived F1, the Blitz, me, Graham Hill…’ Bette was a beguiling mix...
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WTCC axed to accommodate new-look premier global saloon series The FIA World Touring Car Championship is no more. In name at least. A series than began its modern history in 2005 will become known...
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Porsche has quit LMP1, but is ramping up its GT assault We know that there will be no Porsches racing in the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship, but don’t doubt the German manufacturer’s...
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Haas has fared better than other recent Formula 1 newcomers, but do its performances deter or encourage would-be entrants? Haas took eighth place in the championship for constructors in 2017, just as...
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British team shares victory in the world’s toughest classic rally An arranged tie brought the 2017 East African Safari Classic to an unlikely finish after a typically demanding nine-day rally across...
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Report on spectator deaths recommends changes UK rallying has given a generally favourable response to the official investigation into the spectator deaths on 2013 Snowman and 2014 Jim Clark Rallies...
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Is the British GP the finest race on the Northants/Bucks border? Not necessarily The wall of spray remained intense all the way from London’s western fringe to junction 10 of the M40 and beyond. It...
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He has become almost as integral a part of Formula Ford racing as the Kent engine. Stuart Kestenbaum, 68, made his debut in the category during the summer of 1983 and has been present almost ever...
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STICKING POINTS Ground-effect cars in Race Retro spotlight as legends of stage and track gather for popular historic showpiece Race Retro kicks off the 2018 historic motor sport calendar in style,...
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SUZI PERRY Confirmed for Motor Sport Hall of Fame The 2018 Motor Sport Hall of Fame will be hosted by Suzi Perry, one of the most accomplished and passionate broadcasters on British television. Perry...
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More tracks to come, with packed virtual paddocks One of the main complaints about GT Sport was the lack of cars and tracks. And that has now been rectified. From November many players will have seen...
Google and Red Bull are bringing high-octane racing closer than ever – inches from your face This new Red Bull and Google partnership is not for those with a fear of flying: the two giants are going...
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McLaren launches ultimate track-day special Unveiled – McLaren’s fastest road car yet. And they’ve given it the name of the fastest driver ever to race for its Formula 1 team. The McLaren Senna is...
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What could’ve been one of the greatest sporting comebacks ever, in Robert Kubica’s push to return to F1, may have foundered The dream of Robert Kubica’s comeback has been dashed against the...
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Should recently built ‘classic’ cars be permitted to race at historic events? Join us for a stroll through a well-trodden minefield... In the often snooty world of classic cars it’s almost...
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The dystopian movie Rollerball, an orgy of over-corporatised, violent sport, was set in 2018. Obviously, it could never happen for real… The year 2018 is a cultural milestone in motorcycle sport,...
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You can’t help but buy into the romance of Alfa Romeo, even if the first one you bought blew up on the M1 within 24 hours of purchase Someone who lives in the next street to mine has just taken...
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Ford has a reputation as a 1960s sports car racing giant, thanks to its four Le Mans victories. But the Blue Oval wasn’t always successful… Shivering here in my workroom, late November, reminds me...
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An exhibition on Ferrari you won’t want to miss, a chance to build your own aircraft – nearly – and an unforgettable main-road moment Anniversary years can wear you out. Everyone from bloggers to...
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Blasts from the past Dickie Meaden’s piece in the January issue, about time-travelling to the past, evoked a few fond memories for an old man. He’s right about the Targa Florio. I was determined to...
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KEEPING AN EYE ON TIME Powerful players in the watch world IWC James Bond has worn some lovely watches on screen over the years, from Sean Connery’s Rolexes through to Daniel Craig’s Omegas. Possibly...
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He was a rally driver and a world champion. He was a renegade and a chancer. And to millions around the world he was an inspiration and a hero. Colin Steele McRae died 10 years ago, but over the next...
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A celebration of Colin McRae’s life attracted a galaxy of stars. We asked them how they remembered the man and the legend To some observers the World Rally Championship has lost its way in recent...
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When he was still cutting his teeth on the Scottish club scene, Colin made an impression on those who watched him  Even as a teenager, McRae’s talent shone through and many who saw his early drives...
The son of five-time British rally champion Jimmy McRae, Colin entered his first rally as soon as legally able to drive and made his world championship debut on the 1987 Swedish. His battered Sierra...
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WRC driver Kris Meeke takes the wheel of McRae’s 2003 Citroën Xsara and remembers his mentor and friend People associate Colin McRae with Subaru, understandably. But he also drove for Citroën in the...
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Rarely has a WRC season delivered as much drama and scandal as 1995. And Colin McRae was at the centre of it all It was all about Colin McRae v Carlos Sainz. As team-mates, Subaru expected – or...
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Rally champion who started late yet became a national star – not to mention passing on his natural skills to two rallying sons. Collectively they won eight British titles Scotland might be one of the...
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Porsche’s first ground-effect racer, the 956, set the endurance standard for much of the Eighties, and its influence resonates still. We take a look beneath its skin Endurance racing has seen several...
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A retrospective show celebrating a lifetime of car design proves that even at 71, Gordon Murray remains as innovative as ever When Gordon Murray decided that his 50 years in cars was worth...
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In early December Gordon Murray sat down with the editorial team of Motor Sport to record a talk show at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall. Over the course of an hour the celebrated designer...
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The Daytona Classic 24 Hour is a world away from its European counterparts – and all the more terrifying for it When it comes to iconic motor sport venues the Daytona International Motor Speedway is...
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First run in 2014, the Classic 24 is back after a one-year sabbatical. The entry was slightly down, the quality high... Defining ‘classic’ has long been open to interpretation – and Daytona’s take on...
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Adrian Newey is arguably the greatest technical director of his generation. But his passion for motor sport started with plastic kits. Here he explains where it all began and discusses his greatest...
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From March to Red Bull via Williams and McLaren, a sprinkling of ideas that set Newey apart from his contemporaries March 881 vee-shaped chassis The Leyton House March 881 was by far the most...
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Editor Nick Trott experiences the highs and lows (and everything in between) in the inaugural, and brilliantly eccentric, Equipe Classic Relay "What’s the water temperature?” asks Nick Crewsdon,...
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While GT3 is now very much targeted at the sports car racing elite, its junior sibling provides serious performance for the slightly less committed. And Mercedes has just stepped into the GT4 arena...
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GT4’s extended footprint covers many marques... and several continents For anyone wanting to race in GT4, the range of choices available is pretty daunting and that’s just deciding on the car. You...
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Mobile home provides perfect accommodation – even at a blustery Welsh race circuit – MERCEDES-BENZ MARCO POLO – Regulars will already have read on these pages of the adventures enjoyed by editor Nick...
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One Marco Polo had a very hard time in 2017. Blame Motor Sport... A number of air-cooled fans may disagree with this, but the ubiquitous early VW camper van does a disservice to the genre. Indeed, if...
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A potentially good car wrong-footed by rubber choice – BMW M4 CS – One thing I enjoy about BMW’s current range of M cars is that you never quite know what you’re going to get. It makes life less easy...
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Shedding size but not weight, the E-Pace trails its sibling – JAGUAR E-PACE 2.0 HSE – As we know, appearances can be deceptive and, in the case of the Jaguar E-Pace, my strong sense is that Jaguar...
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An underrated classic from Maranello As a new generation of buyers progresses from modern supercars and eyes the attractions – physical and fiscal – of ’50s and ’60s Ferraris, the hunt goes on for...
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The ex-photographer who became a prestige car dealer A prime location, a star-studded client base and back catalogue of sales comprising some of the rarest, most exotic and valuable Ferraris in the...
Charity aims to attract young people to the classic car world Forget the housing ladder, young engineers now need help to get them on the classic car ladder. The value of many historic vehicles has...
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Bruce Canepa and the love of making classic cars you can enjoy every day For all the gleaming facilities, incredible array of road and race cars and the 70 people employed to prepare, restore and...
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Forget all those galleries and gardens; it’s the Rétromobile show that draws our crowd The French capital is the only place to be in February, both for the unmatched Rétromobile gathering (February...
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From 300 and 190 to the Pagoda that merged the best of both... Mercedes was already well into its post-war resurgence by the time the 300SL Gullwing arrived in 1954, but few vehicles more neatly...
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New dedicated race series set to make early 2.0-litre 911s even more attractive There are plenty of reasons to race an early 2.0-litre, short-wheelbase Porsche 911. And with an all-new 2.0L Cup for...
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Warren Stean’s gearbox required fresh internals, but there was a solution. Stoke-on-Trent isn’t renowned as an F1 hotbed… My Jordan-Peugeot 195 was sold to me with its original gearbox casing and...
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An over-exuberant manoeuvre threatens the entire race weekend just as the team hits its stride. Nick Trott takes up the story… “You need to see the clerk of the course,” explained co-driver and BRX...
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Night races are on the menu for Geoff Gordon next season. His Alfa’s dashboard is now in place – but the lights? Things have moved on apace since last I wrote about the Alfasud’s progress. The car...
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How To Build A Car Adrian Newey Understanding Formula 1’s technical nuances, of which there are many, tends to be reserved for those in a very high-walled club, but here Newey lets us inside. The...
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Julian Thompson When your day job is designing cars, what about your hobby? When you look at one of Julian Thompson’s Lotus Elise prints, you’re getting something special. Because Julian is one of...
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Amalgam Marcus Nicholls explores the large-scale world of a Bristol based model maker My first encounter with Amalgam cars came during visits to the model shop ‘St Martins Accessories’ in London’s...
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Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Pedro Rodríguez (BRM P153) all but skims the photographers’ toes at La Source during the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix, with Chris Amon (March 701) in hot pursuit. The Mexican...
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Three images from as many contributors who weren’t merely ‘there’ but had the privilege of getting closer than would nowadays be possible Send us your images If you have any images that might be...

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