January 2008

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Our man in Argentina. Tony’s grandad worked for Fiat in the UK and tested Felice Nazzaro’s car at Brooklands in 1908. Tony cut his spectating teeth on the Argentine Temporadas and saw his first GP in...
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A Briton based in west-coast USA, Howard was editor of Motor, then US correspondent for Autocar. We sent him to Daytona, for Brian Redman’s Rennsport Reunion, the huge celebration of all things...
An accomplished club racer as well as a journalist who has covered motor racing for several decades, Pye’s profound knowledge of race chassis means that he is a consultant to the MSA on...
A lifelong motor racing enthusiast, the prolific Mr Widdows developed his taste for the sport on visits to Goodwood as a child and by perusing his father’s copies of Motor Sport. His journalistic...
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It seems my comments about those that bend or break the rules in historic racing have struck some kind of chord. At the prize-giving dinner for the RAC Woodcote Trophy last month, I was surprised by...
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The master tactician of Ferrari’s success is charged with hoisting Honda towards the front of the Formula 1 grid Honda has pulled off a coup by hiring Ross Brawn as team principal. The former Ferrari...
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Fernando Alonso continues to hold the key to unlocking the F1 driver market, as the Spaniard has yet to confirm his plans for 2008. At the start of November McLaren announced the not unexpected news...
Lewis Hamilton has decided that he has to move to Switzerland in order to find anonymity and privacy. He said that he realised while he was progressing through GP2 in 2006 that there were things that...
Michael Schumacher tested a Ducati MotoGP bike at Mugello in 2005 and was about 15 seconds off the pace. Disappointed, he recently decided to give it another go in Valencia where he was only five...
Renault’s future in F1 could be affected by the outcome of a World Motor Sport Council investigation into the team’s own spy scandal in Monaco on December 6. Many observers believe that it will be...
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The 2007 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run attracted the second-largest entry of pre-1905 cars in its 111-year history, the largest being in 1996 for its Centenary Run. The field included 106...
Jo Ramirez came home an impressive first in class and 26th overall in the 2007 Carrera Panamericana. Co-driven by Alberto Cruz, their Volvo beat a host of Porsches and a couple of Karman Ghias in the...
Pedro Lamy and Stéphane Sarrazin sealed the Le Mans Series drivers’ title at Interlagos on Saturday, November 10. They steered their Peugeot 908 HDi FAP to second place in the Mil Milhas endurance...
Andy Priaulx won his third World Touring Car Championship in a row after taking victory in the second race at Macau, the last race of the season. He arrived at the weekend chasing the championship...
The circuit at Angelsey has been reconfigured and new facilities added, with the aid of £1.4 million in European Union Objective 1 funding. The new circuit, constructed by Jones Brothers of Ruthin,...
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Ford will be the featured marque at the fifth RaceRetro, the International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park from March 14-16, 2008. A display of Ford rally cars from the ’50s to today,...
An on-line petition has been launched in a bid to earn John Surtees a knighthood. The 73-year-old racing legend remains the only man ever to win World Championships on two and four wheels, and fan...
Veteran racer Josh Sadler was one of the drivers to clinch an HSCC title when the club’s racing season wrapped up at Silverstone in October. Sadler, who raced Clubmans cars with Harvey Postlethwaite...
The Masters Racing Series is set to grow to as many as 12 race series in 2008, with a number of new categories being introduced. Most significant is for sports-prototypes of the 1970s, to be known as...
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Alan Hutcheson, who raced saloons ranging from a Riley 1.5 to Ford Galaxie against the likes of Graham Hill and Jack Sears, has died at his home near Marbella in Spain. Alan was best known for when...
Accomplished racer Robert ‘Bob’ Holbert died on Monday November 12. He was 84. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Holbert became a Porsche dealer in 1954 and went on to find great success aboard 550...
BP Ultimate is to sponsor the 2008 HSCC Classic Formula 3 Championship. BP was a major sponsor of the British F3 Championship in the 1970s and ’80s as well as supporting the F3 campaigns of Nelson...
The 2008 historic racing calendar has started to take shape following confirmation of the dates for the two Goodwood events. The 16th Festival of Speed will run from July 11-13, the weekend after the...
Heikki Kovalainen completed the New York Marathon in three hours, 36 minutes and 56 seconds. GP2 driver Lucas di Grassi finished in 4848th position compared to Heikki’s 5370th. Alex Zanardi finished...
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Bernie’s Mercedes-Benz makes mega bucks as market booms Speculation was rife recently that the market for historic cars was going to come to a grisly end, with machines with strong race pedigrees...
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The spying game Sir, Peter Ray’s letter and photograph in the December issue made me wonder: does an organisation like McLaren – all things considered – really need access to another team’s knowledge...
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Guest column Jackie Stewart I have long believed that Grand Prix mechanics are the only real professionals in the sport. If you think about it, most of their lives have been dedicated to the sport...
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Diesel beats hybrid Even in the insanely busy world of those who report on the car industry for a living, there is the occasional quiet month. Spaces appear in the schedule of new car launches and...
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Audi is one of a number of manufacturers queuing up to embrace hybrid technology and, as is usually the case with its show cars, the Metroproject is a thinly disguised prototype of a production model...
I can’t let the month pass without mention of the latest product from those wacky folk from Mercedes’s Maybach brand. Officially this ‘Landaulet’ is a mere concept, though unofficially Mercedes staff...
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In Formula 1 the world can change in a weekend. A struggling team is suddenly a potential contender, while a double World Champion has trouble finding an empty seat By Nigel Roebuck Once the season...
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F1 Champion Mika Häkkinen is retiring from racing – but it might not be final… Meanwhile he talks about Lewis, Kimi and Schuey By Rob Widdows He is the most successful racing driver to be powered by...
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Big, brawny and tough, José Froilán González beat compatriot Fangio to bag Ferrari’s first GP – and he’s still involved with cars By Tony Watson He’s one of Argentina’s living motor racing legends –...
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Mix historic Ferraris, racing Ferraris, Grand Prix Ferraris, world champions and a beautiful track for a perfect celebration By Rob Widdows Once a year a swooping, sweeping circuit in a Tuscan valley...
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Lotus designer Len Terry tells Doug Nye about extra-orbital activities Racing people might be sharply focused, but work hard, play hard has always been the order of the day. Talking recently with Len...
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Carbon and computers are today’s tools, but at Renault F1 the men who wield them have the same skills as ever By Rob Widdows Oxfordshire is motor racing country. Three of the 11 teams on the Grand...
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One of Formula 1’s greatest innovators is still finding new engineering challenges By Simon Taylor A genius, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is someone “possessing exceptional intellectual or...
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Friends as well as rivals, the wry Austrian, Gerhard Berger and volatile Frenchman, Jean Alesi found time for some fun during their pairings at Ferrari and Benetton Gerhard Berger chose Jean Alesi...
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These 1970s Formula 3 cars helped three drivers to F1 and two to World Championships. They still stir the blood today By Marcus Pye Formula 3, Formula 2, Formula 1. The career racing driver’s...
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What it lacks in glamour, Hickory Motor Speedway more than compensates for with history By Chris Romano It’s a rough little joint, the Hickory Motor Speedway. Not a lot different from countless other...
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Mike Costin tells the story of the engine on which the success of Cosworth was founded, both technically and financially By Keith Howard Formula 1’s most famous engine – the Cosworth DFV – might...
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A product of expedience, Porsche’s 936 won Le Mans three times. Strange, then, that it isn’t more revered… By Gary Watkins Think of your favourite Porsche Le Mans racer. Many would plump for the 917...
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This year’s Rennsport Reunion at Daytona was a celebration of Porsche racers, featuring the largest gathering of the 917 witnessed since its heyday By Howard Walker They are all here. The Pink Pig....
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Despite an inauspicious last-place finish in a humble DKW, Jim Clark’s career was in the ascendancy By David Ross Odd-looking and totally out of place in an event for sports-racing cars the DKW...
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The Biography Frank Worrall Yet another biography of our Stevenage-born, now Swiss-based hero, Herr Hamilton, which is going to struggle to compete against his autobiography, My Story. No one is...
A Photographic Portrait Photographs by LAT Words by Mike Doodson This group of over 250 photos is introduced by Mike Doodson and covers the whole of Nigel’s career. Divided into seven sections, from...
1960-69 Paul Parker Parker’s latest work is this stunning selection of photographs from 1960s sports car racing. Each year is introduced with 500 words chronicling where the dominance lay that season...
The ‘Soundtrack’ to Motor Racing’s Formative Years This CD charts the history of motor racing from 1900 through to the late 1920s, with engine noises. Lord Montagu provides an extremely technical...
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The quality of the design and build of this classic 1980s Q-car still shines through and its Cosworth-developed 16-valve engine is a star turn You can’t say that Daimler-Benz has never made a bad car...
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A recent conversation with Tony Brooks highlighted the gulf in pay between then and now – the chances of a driver surviving a crash are higher, too Stirling Moss has always been a fan of his former...
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Riding mechanics were remarkable men, until racing regulations banned them “with a great saving of life”. Stanley Mann, the Bentley authority and dealer, is a fount of terrific anecdotes, and one of...
After donkey’s years of squirrelling material away it sometimes comes as a real surprise to unearth something quite forgotten. This happened when I found the Fiches des Characteristiques de la...
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A Wolseley Moth replica is welcome because the originals have disappeared It may be apparent that I am not in favour of replicas of cars which are in single or considerable numbers. But when all...
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It was interesting to discover in the Daily Mail’s TV supplement that a motor racing item was involved, previewing the BBC2 programme History Detectives. A lady had found a photograph (below) of her...
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Before WW1 they were not called sports cars, but in Europe the Prince Henry Vauxhalls and Austro-Daimlers, the London-Edinburgh Rolls-Royces, the Shelsley Crossley and the Alfonso Hispano-Suiza, as...

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