January 2010

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Magazines are a constant tussle between writers with lots to say and editors with fixed space, so over-writing is considered a crime. But sometimes the goalposts move. Doug wrote much more than...
After months of poking fun at his various transport misadventures, we're now all rather jealous: Ed has a new roving commission, and the vehicle to match. All will be revealed next month... Meantime...
The first race reporting job for a young Watkins came at Monza in April 1990, the second round of that year's World Sports-Prototype Championship. It also marked the race debut of the Mercedes-Benz...
As a "recent import" from New Zealand, Greg admits to being more used to Fords and Holdens rather than beautiful historic racing cars. So he snapped up the chance to photograph the Sauber-Mercedes...
We look back on a remarkable season of Grand Prix racing in this issue. Take a moment to think about how much has changed in the past 12 months: Formula 1 continues to fascinate and infuriate in...
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Bridgestone’s decision not to re-apply for the exclusive Formula 1 tyre supply contract from 2011 has left the sport in a race to find an alternative candidate – one that can service a full grid in a...
Some 55 years after it withdrew from Grand Prix racing Mercedes-Benz will be back under its own name and running with a pure ‘Silver Arrows’ livery in 2010. After a false start with Sauber and 14...
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* Force India has been awarded around $4.8m in compensation following a legal action involving former sponsors Etihad and Aldar Properties, both of which are ultimately owned by the Abu Dhabi...
Bruno Senna will drive for the Campos Meta team in 2010, having signed a two-year deal with the Spanish outfit. He is the first driver to have been named by any of the four new teams due to enter...
Silverstone is forging ahead with ambitious circuit developments as it fights to maintain its status as a venue worthy of hosting Grands Prix. As Motor Sport closed for press, negotiations with...
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Reflections– Hello Abu Dhabi, goodbye Donington…– Bridgestone will be missed more than Toyota– What kind of president will Jean Todt make?– How Peter Ustinov created a comedy classic The Grand Prix...
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Maserati is on course to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours after an absence of 45 years, with its controversial MC12. The German Vitaphone Racing team, winner of nine FIA GT Championship titles in five...
The Race of Champions arrived at the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing (above) with an all-star cast of drivers, including World Champions past and present Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher,...
Construction of a new motor sport venue just three miles from the centre of Prague is due to start in 2010. The Sport Prague and Car Centrum will combine a short permanent track with a street circuit...
The importance of gentleman drivers in top-line sports car racing will be enshrined in the regulations of the Le Mans Series in Europe next season. The LMS is to mandate that each driver line-up in...
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* Tim Stock, the former Chief Executive of the BRSCC and a club racer of note in the 1970s, died at his home in Spain at the age of 65. Stock was also a director of Castle Combe Circuit Ltd. Also...
Sarah Moore, the winner of this year’s Ginetta Junior Championship, has been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. The 16-year-old had a stunning season in the British Touring...
Liverpool has claimed the 2009 Superleague Formula title after its driver Adrian Valles finished both the final two races of the season in the points. The one-time GP2 driver arrived at the final...
A relaunched one-make series is attempting to lift itself out of the plethora of international single-seater championships by offering a prize fund in excess of £1 million. Auto GP has grown out of...
Sébastien Loeb added a sixth World Rally Championship title to his bulging CV with victory on Rally GB. The Citroën driver’s 54th WRC event win propelled him to the championship ahead of Ford’s Mikko...
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The US ScenePrivateers keep ALMS afloat The American Le Mans Series suffered during 2009 from the loss of the factory Audi and Penske/Porsche teams, and at the end of the season Acura also departed...
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It’s been great to see some promising young American open-wheel talent emerge over the last few years. Alex Rossi, 18, won the 2008 Formula BMW Americas title and the BMW World Final, and was the top...
As this column closed for press, Jimmie Johnson was homing in on wrapping up his fourth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, an unprecedented achievement. Johnson scored his sixth win of the...
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Road carsClever money goes on iQ Publishing deadlines being what they are, the identity of this year’s European Car of the Year will be known to you as you read this, but not to me as I write it. So...
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This is my new favourite big-banger saloon. I change my mind about these more often than Chelsea changes managers – one minute I have eyes only for the BMW M5, then I’m swooning over the Jaguar XFR...
Many cars work better on paper than in the real world, and this is one. The Scirocco range is curious because you can’t just choose whichever best suits your budget or needs. The standard car, by...
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Sir, What more fitting memorial to the late Tom Wheatcroft could there be than to see the Donington Park circuit return to the control of more competent leaseholders who will return the circuit to...
Sir, The 2009 F1 season will no doubt be considered to have been the best for a number of years, no thanks to the ‘overtaking committee’ whose rule changes certainly stirred the pot to advantage, but...
Sir, Is it just me or does there appear to be a reluctance to ask the hard question regarding the ‘crash-gate’ affair? I have read widely on the issue, both in print media and on the internet, and...
Sir, It seems our fears for the future of the FIA were justified. “Jean Todt To Nominate Michael Schumacher As FIA Commissioner For F1” – doubtless to demonstrate How To Win Championships Fairly… How...
Sir, I cannot believe I will never hear again “what do you think of this, Tony?”. Tom’s incredible brain was always scheming – such drive and determination to achieve his goals. So much fun together...
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Sir, Why is it that when we have a new F1 venue, the talk is always of the architecture? I’ve been a life-long fan of motor sport yet am not particularly interested in the design of paddock buildings...
Sir, While always enjoying reading in Motor Sport about the ‘good old days’, I was a little confused after reading Mike Doodson’s otherwise excellent piece on the trials and tribulations of the early...
Sir, Several years ago I was travelling with Eric Adlington, one-time director of Temple Press Ltd, when he began telling me of his early career as advertising manager of The Aeroplane. On one...
Sir, It was interesting to read Nigel Roebuck’s ‘Reflections’ in the November edition relating to the integrity of modern Formula 1 drivers. It prompted me to recall the same writer’s article about...
Sir, Having enjoyed the December issue immensely on a round-trip train journey today, I feel moved to write in relation to the treatment of Piquet in this edition. The Editorial and the Nigel Roebuck...
Sir, A postscript on the brilliant way in which Jenson took the Championship: remember who won the Brazilian Grand Prix 2009 – Mark Webber. He drove a brilliant race, never put a wheel wrong and in...
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1922-2009Famed for his Grand Prix car collection and for reviving Donington Park, ‘Wheatie’ was a rough-diamond old soldier with a heart of pure goldBy Doug Nye So Wheatie has gone. We don’t have to...
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Ross BrawnHe’s been the driving force behind the most remarkable zero-to-hero tale in F1 history. Here he takes us through a momentous yearBy Nigel Roebuck At Interlagos it was typical of Ross Brawn...
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Nine months in F1From the glorious to the ghastly, we’ve witnessed it all in a turbulent season of F1. And the repercussions are still being felt…By Rob Widdows March When the teams arrived in...
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The push to passA bid to boost overtaking and the challenge of KERS tested F1’s design brains in 2009, with some unforeseen results…By Adam Cooper The package of rule changes brought in for 2009...
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Save of the CenturyHow did McLaren start the season with a car that was way off the pace and turn it into a winner? Some key players provide an insightBy Paul Fearnley Lewis Hamilton’s car-to-pit...
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Twenty years ago the marque teamed up with Sauber to produce the C11 – a car that ruled all and influenced a return to F1By Gary Watkins The first pure-bred Mercedes-Benz racer for 35 years. A World...
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Le Mans and Silverstone wins may not elude the C11 for much longer The Mercedes-Benz C11 could finally avenge its two most notable defeats in 2010, albeit in the historic Group C Racing series. The...
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Not many racing drivers have mixed competing in Grands Prix with sailing trips across the Atlantic. And that’s before you factor in this laid-back German’s sports car successesBy Simon Taylor For...
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This 127-corner, tree-lined German road was one of the great European hillclimb challenges. So it’s little wonder that it attracted some of motor racing’s great namesBy Ed Foster Freiburg-...
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Cosworth could supply a third of the F1 grid in 2010, after the FIA ruled that new teams must use its engine. Will this herald a new era of ‘garagistes’?By Rob Widdows The new boys are doing their...
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Noble is back with a 225mph car that has all the power of a Ferrari F40 or McLaren F1 – if not their cachet. Just be sure to turn down the wick if you drive one on a wet road…By Andrew Frankel Not...
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Indy 500, Monzanapolis and an F1 makeover – this car has a multiple history. Now the factory invites a GP driver to try it round Fiorano…By Damien Smith Alook of wonder has spread over the face of...
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The DTM has plenty going for it, but will a development freeze protect it against the economic draught?By Ed Foster The Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft was not a series known for standing still....
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Uncertainty over the short-term future of Donington Park is causing confusion for the 2010 historic and classic racing season in Britain. Leading organisers are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach, but...
Part of the route of the 1974 World Cup Rally will be retraced by a new event running in January 2011, the London–Cape Town Rally. The new event is the brainchild of prolific marathon rally organiser...
In true British tradition, weather was the defining factor of this year’s London to Brighton run. Despite torrential rain for most of the day, 375 of the 484 starters reached Madeira Drive by 4.30pm...
The Formula 5000 Surtees TS11 that US racer Sam Posey took to second place in the 1972/73 Tasman Series will return to New Zealand and Australia this winter for the F5000 Revival races. Now owned by...
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The grids for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Classic are over-subscribed following a positive response to the January event from the historic racing fraternity. Races for five grids, covering Grand Prix...
The ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49-R3, normally on show at the National Motor Museum, has been repaired after it was damaged at Silverstone in May. Rob Hall from Hall and Hall drove the car at a Mallory...
* The London-Casablanca historic rally was marred by the death of a competitor in November. Warren Chmura died when his 1967 Citroën ID19 left the road and slid 60ft down a grassy bank. The accident...
The Pre-63 GT initiative is set to grow into a three-race mini-series in 2010 following the success of the race held at the 2009 Silverstone Classic. Dates at Monza and Dijon in June are likely to be...
Former GT and sports car racer Bobby Verdon-Roe has clinched the 2009 FIA Historic Formula One Championship title at the wheel of the ex-James Hunt McLaren M26. Verdon-Roe (above), who is now...
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Around the houses – RM Auctions – The Automobiles Of London sale at Battersea Park was a strong sale for the Canadian firm, posting £11 million with 87 per cent of lots sold. Highlights of this sale...
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More than 13,000 eager fans attended the big ‘Powered by Mercedes-Benz Live’ event at Brooklands in November to celebrate the company’s successful year in motor sport. Formula 1 drivers both past...
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These cars took their occupants to many a (bumpy) victory on circuit and stage. And, unsurprisingly, the humble Triumph is still a popular choice for today’s club racersBy Richard Heseltine Somehow...
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Stuart TurnerThis journalist turned BMC and Ford competition chief found early fame as a championship-winning co-driver aboard a series of TRs “I think in motor sport terms the TR is every bit as...
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Back then… and back nowDerek Lawson ‘Back then… and back now’: an appropriate title considering Formula 5000’s huge success in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the sad demise of the 5-litre cars, and...
Collector’s Edition Filmed in 1968, this follows Chapman through that dramatic season. Perhaps because fame is still new, he talks frankly, laughing every time the interviewer calls him a millionaire...
Another wonderful, varied selection of films. We loved seeing John Cobb’s record-breaking attempts in the Napier-Railton, breathtaking scenery from the 1958 Alpine Rally, plus a special tribute to...
Lavish catalogue-cum-history of the outstanding Fred Simeone collection (www.simeonemuseum.org). Fred’s passion for originality shows in both book and cars, such as DBR1, Ford MkIV, and MM-winning...
Last Romantics in Formula 1Christopher Hilton It’s easy to forget how important the tiny Toleman team is in the landscape of modern F1. Rory Bryne, Pat Symonds, Ayrton Senna – they all cut their...
A great book laced with facsimiles of race literature from as far back as 1900. An interesting introduction to the world of F1 with chapters on Alfa, Ferrari, Moss and Senna among others. Published...
The Racing Life of Paul NewmanMatt Stone and Preston Lerner There are so many quotes from famous names in this book that describe Paul Newman, the racing driver. But my favourite comes from race...
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‘The Wall’ may be gone, but on a visit to AVUS the mere outline of the terrifyingly steep banking still impresses On a recent visit to Berlin I naturally made a point of visiting the old AVUS circuit...
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Racing car liveries are a subject worthy of a dedicated book, not least for some – ahem – infelicitous colour combinations adopted over recent decades. They range from the simply catastrophic – for...
When it comes to travelling very fast around the racing circuits of the 1930s, the Austro-Hungarian aerodynamicist Paul Jaray was a useful recruit for any manufacturer. I doubt he was quite in the...
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When Jenks landed a Grand Prix reporting contract, he needed a colleague in Fleet Street. In stepped WB… When Denis Jenkinson (Jenks, as we knew him) had established himself as the renowned reporter...
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Amongst the Brooklands competing cars which particularly interested me was A Whale’s single-seater Calthorpe, which in the early days had a 65x95mm (1261cc) four-cylinder engine and an exceedingly...
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When the Brooklands Society had cleared things up at Brooklands Track after the war it was impossible to once again complete the circuit because the Hennebique Bridge, part of the Members Banking...
After my mother died I was living with friends in West Norwood whose family included three boys. The eldest and I considered we should have a motorcycle so after work we hastened to Roland Smith’s in...

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