January 2007

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Formula 1’s most successful driver ever has climbed from the cockpit of his Ferrari 248, removed his HANS device, hung up his overalls and – rather than preparing a new fitness regime for the winter...
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Planning for the past A raft of new proposals may affect historic events and car eligibility The role of the FIA in historic motorsport may change dramatically following the final report of one of...
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1997 challenger to be revised for 2007 record run Serial adventurer Steve Fossett has announced his intention to break the Land Speed Record in 2007 after buying Craig Breedlove’s unsuccessful ’97...
Mercedes-Benz marked the opening of its new facility at Brooklands with the return of the ‘Blitzen Benz’ record car which last ran at the venue in 1922. Sir Stirling Moss and Jochen Mass were on hand...
Patrick Watts and Elgan Davies clinched the MSA British Historic Rally Championship on the final round in Somerset, despite retiring their Sunbeam Tiger. However, with the Porsche 911 of defending...
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Mario Andretti has been honoured by Italy, his birthplace, with the title of Commendatore, the Italian equivalent of a knighthood. This is the highest civilian honour awarded by the Italian...
Motor Sport readers wishing to visit the Autosport International Show before the doors open to the public can take advantage of a special ticket offer. Holders of Gold Cards can enter the show at...
Motor Sport and Historic Motor Racing News, the specialist title for competitors in historic racing, are teaming up. HMRN will now be based in Motor Sport’s offices, but both titles will remain...
Motor Sport in a bind Motor Sport binders are now available. The new items have been designed to fit in with the styles of former binders. Each fits 12 issues, and is available for £12.99, including...
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Race Retro is the new short title for the International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park in March. For the fourth running of the event, the organisers have introduced the new title along...
...get started in motorsport. In the first of a new series, we profile the Speedwprks Ginette Scholarship Want to go motor racing? Well you'll need lots of money, a car, a mechanic, a sponsor, a race...
The death of John Hopwood has robbed British rallying of one of its most endearing characters. As a navigator in the 1950s and '60s, John sat alongside many of the top names in British rallying. He...
Your chance to win a sprint drive in a Caterham Drivers will have a chance to take part in a driving school day at Shelsley Walsh for the first time in 2007. The Midland Automobile Club (MAC) has...
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Motor Sport is gathering an array of Le Mans cars for January’s Autosport International. Here’s just a taster of what’s in store... Every summer, on a weekend in mid-June, the faithful gather at sea...
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M Bonte, F Hurel and J-L Ribemon Only 2500 copies of the ACO’s new book have been printed. It marks the centenary of the Club and is a two-volume history in English in a slip-case. There’s a lot of...
Peter Mcfadden Another in Veloce’s ‘Those were the days…’ series. It’s a fun read, too, even if the text amounts to little more than extended captions. There are a few cracking images. We were...
Vic Elford About time. A major gap in motorsport bios has been plugged by David Bull, with the versatile Elford relating his life story in an engaging manner. In addition to his more exalted...
Francois Hurel Revised, and now in English, this is a cracking effort by the prolific Hurel who is rapidly becoming an authority on Le Mans. Concentrating on Porsches that ran in the premier category...
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Latin marques head the run-up to New Year 1. Cunningham Coupe  Previously, Bonhams' Gstaad sale has majored on Ferraris, but this year's has broadened to embrace some memorable racing Maseratis....
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Letter of the month So much for commitment... Sir, I was amused to read in your Jim Clark tribute the section on the Lotus 30/40 and your assertion that Colin Chapman was totally committed to that...
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In front of a huge and partisan crowd on a hot July 1958 day at Silverstone, Peter Collins scored a faultless victory in the British Grand Prix ahead of his ‘Mon Ami Mate’ Mike Hawthorn. After...
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Guest column – Sir Jackie Stewart It's been more than six months since Sir Jackie Stewart resigned as president of the BRDC. Motor Sport asked him for his thoughts about the Club and the British GP....
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Team spirit Some pits vibrate to loud music and friendly jokes, and some to corporate brand-pushing. But it's the internal sense of purpose which really matters Back in 1983 when Alain Prost lost...
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Lotus Elise  A former Lotus owner himself, Frankel recalls what drew him to the marque in the first place, explains why an Elise is more involving than a Veyron and ponders the firm’s future. Very...
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It’s a decade since a Briton took the Formula 1 world championship. Simon Taylor sits down with that man as he reflects on a hard-fought career Photography: James Bareham Ten years on from that cold...
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Losing a friend to the dangers of motor racing is tough, but taking on a hero's mantle and trying to rebuild a team in mourning is an almost superhuman task By Nigel Roebuck In a few months’ time...
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From Jalopies to stock cars, Baja to the Brickyard, Parnelli Jones could drive anything, anywhere. Pete Lyons catches up with a US motorsport colossus Say the name, and even after all these years it...
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It dominated touring car racing in the '70s and remains one of the most charismatic cars ever to come out of Germany. All hail the 'Batmobile'.  Words: Richard Heseltine, Photography: Ian Dawson...
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Much more than just another transport vehicle, the Ecurie Ecosse transporter became as famous as the cars – and drivers – it carried. And it’s still playing the same role 50 years on. Words: Gordon...
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From the white heat of technology to the white-out of a Finnish winter, the Formula 1 champion could hardly have had a more challenging contrast  Writer: Anthony Peacock Rovaniemi, a small town right...
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From hillclimbing 212s to running sports-prototypes at Le Mans, few are better versed at restoring and race preparing Ferraris than this Cotswolds concern  Words: Rob Widdows. Photography: LAT...
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Michael Schumacher’s decision on whether to retire, and when to do it, became a media circus. Was it always this way with the great drivers? Rob Widdows followed the legend through his last racing...
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Medieval stonework reverberates to racing exhausts as a French hill town is briefly turned over to the internal combustion engine Words and photography: Roger Moss It's not every day that you see a...
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It was a decade of staggering power peaks followed by fierce rule changes to cut speeds; despite that, lap times soon began to fall again Words: Mark Hughes. Photography: LAT 1985 Lotus 97T Index...
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Porsche and success in endurance events seem intertwined. Not so in rallying, claims John Davenport Photography: McKlein A magician by the name of Antony Noghes once conjured a race track from the...
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Twin peak revs An instrumental query over some early racing car dashboards I have been rereading Rex Hays’ book Vanishing Litres (MacGibbon & Kee, 1956), and one item puzzles me. The maker of...

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