January 2009

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Martin Brundle Multiple hot-rod winner Brundle has been one of the anchors of F1 TV coverage since 1997. His grid walkabout is a highlight, because as a Grand Prix driver and Le Mans winner himself...
We reflect upon the end of another season of Grand Prix racing, and the crowning of a new British World Champion, in this, our 1001st issue. But as usual we’re not content with looking back. Motor...
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Mike Hawthorn was crowned World Champion 50 years ago. As a successor, Lewis Hamilton couldn’t be more different. But have they anything in common? Exactly 50 years after Mike Hawthorn became Britain...
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Lewis pushed aside the question of ‘race’ as he returned to a rapturous welcome at McLaren’s Woking base, but it’s one that just won’t go away Just hours after Barack Obama crossed his own finish...
Senior McLaren personnel say that the sky is the limit for Lewis Hamilton now that the Briton has got his first World Championship under his belt. Having missed out by just a point in 2007, Hamilton...
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Ron Dennis has been lined up to deliver the 2009 Motorsport Safety Fund Watkins Lecture at the Autosport International show on January 9. The lecture at the NEC in Birmingham has become one of the...
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The Canadian Grand Prix has failed to reappear on the latest version of the 2009 Formula 1 calendar, despite attempts to revive the race. Bernie Ecclestone confirmed in Brazil that there was still a...
The ongoing discussions about cost reduction in Formula 1 do not appear to have led to many firm decisions for 2009 and beyond, despite the insistence of most team bosses that within the Formula One...
Force India is in a race against time to ready a car for 2009 after agreeing a deal to use Mercedes engines and gearboxes and a KERS system from McLaren. The team had an ongoing engine supply deal...
Mika Hakkinen has decided to begin a new career as a driver manager. The two-time Formula 1 World Champion has joined the ACES Management Group in order to find and help young driving talent. Having...
The question of Fernando Alonso’s future was finally resolved when Renault confirmed that the Spaniard will be staying with the team for the next two years. After opportunities with Ferrari and BMW...
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Reflections – Title decider had shades of Hawthorn vs Moss – Why standard engines have no place in F1 If the rain at Interlagos had kept from suddenly worsening for another half-minute or less,...
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The Surfers Paradise street race will become a round of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport next season. A1GP has taken over the event on Australia’s Gold Coast from the IRL Indycar Series, which was...
The new Formula Le Mans one-make racer ran for the first time in November. The Courage-ORECA FLM09, 20 of which will take to the Circuit de la Sarthe on the morning of the Le Mans 24 Hours, was given...
Mercedes touring car legend Bernd Schneider has called time on a professional racing career that includes a record five German DTM tin-top titles. The 44-year-old German confirmed his rumoured...
Toyota appears to be gearing up for a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Rumours that Toyota’s petrol-electric hybrid technology is already being run in an LMP1 test hack have not been denied by the...
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DTM Timo Scheider (Audi) wrapped up the championship with a win in the final race at Hockenheim, leaving him four points clear of second-placed Paul di Resta (Mercedes). WTCC Yvan Muller wrapped up...
It was often said in rally circles that Pat Moss was “one of the boys”. The truth was that she was actually better than most of the boys. An extremely talented horsewoman and member of the British...
The course of the World Rally Championship appears to be comprised of a succession of lurches interspersed with uncertainty. The introduction of a rotation principle for 2009 where 24 events are used...
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Sports car racing’s big challenge has always been to achieve a level playing field for both factory and independent teams, a rare balance no sanctioning body has ever been able to strike for anything...
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The most successful female racer in the US this past year was Hillary Will, who finished fourth in the NHRA’s Top Fuel championship. Will, 28, started drag racing in 2005 and moved into KB Racing’s...
The man of the year in NHRA drag racing was Tony Schumacher, who took a record fifth consecutive Top Fuel championship. Schumacher, who turns 39 on Christmas Day, drives for his father Don’s team...
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Please forgive the indulgence, but in a magazine sold during 2008 but dated 2009, it seems legitimate to take a look back over the cars that went on sale in the past 12 months. This is not a Top 10...
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More details are emerging about Aston’s million-pound One-77. It’s been known for a while that just 77 of the hand-built, carbon-fibre supercars will be made, but now we’re told it will be powered by...
What lies behind Porsche’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Volkswagen? Well, we know what lies around it, namely the wreckage of many hedge funds who’d short-sold VW stock only to see values...
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A moving tribute to Jenks Sir, I thought you all deserved the highest possible praise for a wonderful 1000th edition of Motor Sport. It’s absolutely superb – well done indeed! I was greatly moved by...
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No, you’re not seeing things: the classic Broadspeed Ford Capri written off in a huge crash at Silverstone in 1973 has been brought back to life By Ed Foster The words ‘replica’ and ‘recreation’ will...
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A British attempt to hit four-figure speeds on land has higher aims – to inspire a new generation of UK engineers and scientists By Gordon Cruickshank Acrazy target, 1000mph – but so was Mach 1 and...
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With Nigel Roebuck & Martin Brundle Lunch with Martin Brundle in an Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge, the plan to spend a relaxed couple of hours talking over the World Championship just past...
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After a difficult season Kimi Räikkönen gives a rare insight into what went wrong at Ferrari – and reveals why there was never any doubt about his staying By Adam Cooper Kimi Räikkönen remains...
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Other car makes fear the financial storm warnings, but thanks to its new California the sun still appears to be shining on Ferrari By Andrew Frankel Don’t let thoughts of a title won and lost in...
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Rondel Racing was a team to be reckoned with from the beginning, as Neil Trundle tells Rob Widdows Neil Trundle, the ‘del’ of Rondel Racing (the Ron half was a certain Mr Dennis), is into his fifth...
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‘Wattie’ was always quick on track, but he was no politician off it, which could be why he didn’t enjoy more success in F1 – and why he remains Britain’s most underrated GP driverBy Simon Taylor Here...
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As an IRL driver coach, Al Unser Jr has found a way to leave his problems behind and give something back to the sport in which he’s achieved so much By Gordon Kirby Through the height of CART’s...
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As the Second World War ended, so motor racing could start up again, with RAF pilot Tony Crook among its early pioneers By Martin Gurdon Childhood wishes drew Tony Crook to motor racing, and...
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Their clash in the 1992 BTCC finale is infamous; but now enough time has passed for John Cleland and Steve Soper to calmly relive the experience… By Paul Fearnley Two copper-bottomed tin-toppers, one...
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Around 50 crews, including some from across mainland Europe, will tackle the annual Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial. ‘Le-Jog’ will start from Land’s End on Saturday December 6,...
The major organisers of historic racing are planning for a 10 per cent reduction in activity in 2009 in the face of the global economic downturn. A cut-back in the number of race meetings and...
* Stephen Hepworth is trying to trace the early history of the V8-engined Cooper T43 that his late father David used to great effect in the early 1960s. The family recently bought the car back at...
To mark the mini’s 50th anniversary, a special Mini Cup will be run in historic rallying in 2009 with support from Paddy Hopkirk in a bid to get more of the cars back in action. Created by the...
The 1-litre Formula 3 Tecno owned and raced in period by Ronnie Peterson is due to return to the track in 2009 in the hands of veteran pilot Peter St Barbe. The chassis is thought to be the one used...
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Building on its first classic race weekend in 2008, Castle Combe has unveiled plans for a week of events in 2009. The new ‘Classic Week’ at the Wiltshire track will open on Saturday June 6 with the...
The HSCC plans to re-work the Derek Bell Trophy in 2009, switching the focus to historic Formula 5000 and F2 cars. As F5000 marks its 40th anniversary in Britain, five or six mainly double-header...
Italian racer Mauro Pane has been confirmed as FIA Historic Formula 1 Champion in his six-wheel Tyrrell P34. With a continuous run of seven class wins through the bulk of the season, Pane (left)...
A rare 1964 TVR 5000 has made what is thought to be the model’s UK race debut in the hands of former TVR boss Peter Wheeler. Discovered in a barn last year and since restored, the Ford V8-engined car...
Thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on participants in this year’s Brighton Veteran Car Run on the first Sunday in November. A healthy 420 of the 483 pre-1905 cars which started made the...
Le Mans winner Andy Wallace returned to his roots during the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone by racing a classic Formula Ford 1600. Back in 1980, Wallace won the Pre-74 FF1600 title in a Hawke...
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Mix classic cars with the return of Ferrari to Jarama, and you have the right ingredients for the second Martini Legends event By Damien Smith Jarama will always be Gilles Villeneuve’s circuit. A...
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After narrowly missing out in 2004, Ford WRC boss Malcolm Wilson dominated this year’s Roger Albert Clark Rally to honour his childhood hero By Paul Lawrence For one weekend, Ford’s world rally team...
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Times are hard and yet some auction houses are still achieving good sales. So what’s their secret? The annual RM Auctions sale at Battersea has become something of a stalwart in the motor sport...
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The latest setting for Cartier’s Concours d’Elegance was the Royal Western India Turf Club in Mumbai, where Cartier unveiled its inaugural Travel with Style, commemorating India’s automobile heritage...
RM Auctions’ second ‘Automobiles of London’ classic car sale landed on Battersea Park again and kicked off with a soirée on the eve of the sale, held in association with Sotheby’s. The theme of the...
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Aston Martin celebrated its 10th appearance in a James Bond film at Sketch restaurant in London. It all began when the now-iconic DB5 appeared in Goldfinger in 1964. The party was held in the same...
This year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run paid homage to the many early French cars that always star in this event. Participants lined up in London’s Regent Street prior to the 60-mile run from...
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Even if you struggle to master it on track, Eric Broadley’s classic ’60s sports-racer will win you over with its looks. Prepare to fall in love… By Richard Heseltine Point of view is the crux. It’s...
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Tony Bailey and Paul Skilleter Of all the people we feature in the magazine, Mike Hawthorn raises the most controversy, always bringing letters attacking or defending, so a huge biography of the man...
World Championship Sports Car Racing in Photographs, 1982-1992 János Wimpffen The fourth volume of Wimpffen’s photographic history of world sports cars charts the rise of Group C and its glory years...
Christopher Hilton This is the first English-language biography of Clay Regazzoni, which is surprising given how popular he was in the UK during the ’70s. But this engaging work makes up for the...
A photographic portrait Anthony Pritchard Packing an armoury of photos, some previously unpublished, this massive volume covers every race entered by the pre-war Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union teams....
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His cars were exotic rivals to the likes of Ferrari and Porsche, but Carlo Abarth himself was a man not to be trifled with Abarth cars have always been something of a Cinderella marque in my mind....
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Much fuss has been made – quite justifiably – in memory of Mike Hawthorn’s first British win in the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship, 50 years before Lewis Hamilton, whereas we all know this...
I recall once standing with Gordon Murray gazing in wonder at an Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta. We had ooh-ed and aah-ed at the highly supercharged straight-eight engine, and gloried in its classically...
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New enthusiasts often react with surprise as they begin to grasp the enormous breadth of motor racing which went on through the classic period of the 1950s. The World Championship Formula 1 and...
Shelsley Walsh is a splendidly enduring British institution, having first been used as a motor sporting venue as early as 1905, and still going strong today. The organising Midland Automobile Club...
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The wealthy race fan side-stepped the family business to make a name for himself in trials and on the track I do not know quite how Ken Hutchison acquired the finance to take up motoring sport but...
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By David Mason It’s astonishing, in view of the place Freddie Dixon holds in the history of successful motor cycle and car racing, and his many engineering projects, that we’ve had to wait so long...
A photo in a recent issue of the Alvis 12/50 Register’s magazine reminded me of the unfortunate accident to C M Harvey’s car in the 1926 JCC 200-mile race at Brooklands. Alvis had won this race in...
The unexpected victory of young Vettel in the Italian Grand Prix was a splendid change from Lewis Hamilton being the Formula 1 driver so often publicised. One must accept that Hamilton was fortunate...
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We have some of the best classic and modern race supercars on display at Autosport International Motor Sport is arranging a display of racing supercars at Autosport International at the NEC,...

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