January 2014

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When this magazine’s regular editor and I met up in America for a road trip (you can read the details on page 67), it was fittingly in the wake of one of the big turning points of a season in which...
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Australian racing journalist Michael Stahl has written for many home and US titles – and has a four-lane slot track in his garage, making us all jealous. Living in Sydney he was well placed to visit...
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Ecclestone's future hangs on court verdict F1 tsar could be driven from his sport as London tribunal assesses conflicting evidence I By Christian Sylt Bernie Ecclestone's future as Formula 1’s boss...
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All-rounder Henry Taylor has died in France, aged 80. Entering racing via F3 in 1954, he won the Autosport championship in '55. Over the next three years he proved fast in a D-type Jaguar and...
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Blancpain set for Brands International sports cars return to familiar terrain, By Gary Watkins Top-line international sports car racing will return to Brands Hatch for the first time in almost 20...
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Former sports car racer and entrant Simon Phillips has died at the age of 79. Phillips contested the Le Mans 24 Hours five times between 1976 and '82. He had a best finish of seventh in the last of...
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1967 Chris Amon, Scuderia Ferrari and a Year of Living Dangerously, By John Julian Decent books about Chris Amon are a scarce breed, so this adds welcome bookshelf diversity for a reasonable price....
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University kart champ beats several fancied rivals... and sets his sights on a career in sports cars | by Alex Harmer John Surtees’s opinions about racing’s convoluted nursery slopes are well known...
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Guest editor Allan McNish on loud F1 cars and changing attitudes among younger generations Allan McNish: I remember Senna testing at Silverstone in the McLaren in 1989. Hearing that V10 screaming...
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MotoGP's new direction Next year MotoGP takes the next step towards achieving its avowed intention of filling the grid with (roughly) equal machinery. Following the recent introduction of low-cost,...
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New chapters of history HSCC confirms extra race dates for 2014 season, By Paul Lawrence The Historic Sports Car Club has revealed a 2014 programme that continues the steady growth started four years...
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Best known as a major importer of British and other European cars to the USA, Norwegian-born Kjell Qvale, who has died aged 94, was involved in many racing enterprises, including the famous concours...
Interlagos and its many charms “In qualifying you had to take it flat. If you stayed on the road, and the lap was good, you were on pole. If you left the track there you were dead. Simple as that.”...
One of the leading national drivers of the 1970s has died after a short illness, aged 83. The Londoner first raced in the ’50s and later drove for the works Gemini Formula Junior team. His...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, October 1961 | by Bill Boddy Down the years it has always been fun to own a ear with a larger engine than normal for its size or weight,...
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Mini, Merc, BMW and Jag prepare their menus | by Andrew Frankel Every year at about this time the motoring media fills up with stories about cars that will go on sale in the year to come and explains...
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Buoyed by the recent announcement of a ‘technical partnership’ with Mercedes’ in-house tuning division AMG, Aston Martin appears keen to expand the scope of its products, and in both directions. The...
Charles Morgan has lost his appeal against dismissal from the company that bears his name, so while he continues to own 30 per cent of Morgan shares and is still a beneficiary of the trust that owns...
Can you have too much of a good thing? Yes, according to Andy Palmer, sales and marketing boss of Red Bull sponsor Infiniti, responding to a question asked by Autocar about Sebastian Vettel...
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Weissach faced a difficult brief but has come up with clever answers | by Andrew Frankel Factfile £100,540 Engine: 3.8 litres, 6 cylinders Power: 475bhp 8250rpm Torque: 324Ib ft @ 62500rpm...
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Startling to behold – and a real taste of the future Factfile £92,000 Engine: 0.8 litres, 2 cylinders, turbocharged Power: 67bhp n/a rpm Torque: 89Ib ft @ n/a rpm Transmission: seven-speed automatic...
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Ignore the tax disc and plates: it’s a racing car Factfile £49,995 Engine: 2.0 litres, 4 cylinders, supercharged Power: 311bhp 7700rpm Torque: 219Ib ft @7350rpm Transmission: six-speed sequential,...
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Sumptuous speed from a limousine that's remarkably light on its feet Factfile £119,565 Engine: 5.5 litres, 8 cylinders, turbocharged Power: 585bhp 5500rpm Torque: 663Ib ft @ 2650rpm Transmission:...
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A life on the ocean wave? An interesting article by Damien Smith last month – I’d forgotten David Richards was a maritime anorak. I watched the 2013 America’s Cup and you raised an intriguing thought...
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Will the new F1 regulations destabilise Red Bull? When will one of the top teams see sense and sign Nico Hülkenberg? And has F1’s safety crusade taken a step too far? It is the evening of Sunday,...
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Guest Editor... And 2013 World Champion, Allan McNish: "I'm delighted to be guest editor of Motor Sport this month especially in the wake of our title success in the World Endurance Championship. In...
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"It hardly seems possible that I've been racing cars for more than 25 years and karts for a few seasons before that. I've met some great people and driven some wonderful machinery along the way, but...
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Lewis Hamilton was roundly criticised when he announced that he was leaving McLaren, the team that had moulded him since his early teens, to join rival Mercedes. The change has been beneficial,...
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Formula 1's most coveted spare seat has passed from one Australian to another. How is Daniel Ricciardo likely to fare at Red Bull? We asked some of those who know him best Writer, Simon Arron Serial...
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Ron Tauranac’s racing cars won championships at almost every level – including Formula 1. We tracked down a no-nonsense engineer whose designs blended speed and efficiency with common sense Writer...
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He never raced in F1 but achieved great success in America, and remains one of the foremost Brazilian racers of his generation.Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell There’s a history of...
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A 'You were there' special That prime non-championship Formula 1 race, the Oulton Park Gold Cup, is the venue for Neil Dockray's striking driver portraits You won't nowadays find many people who...
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The Mark Webber-backed teenager who hopes to become the first F1 Kiwi since the mid-Eighties. Simon Arron spoke to him Blink and you might have missed Mike Thackwell’s Formula 1 career. Despite the...
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The old adage that 'nice guys finish last' isn't strictly true, but they rarely finish first. To succeed in motor sport at a high level requires steel-plated self-belief. That and a certain clear-...
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Wales Rally GB Not so much an event of the month, this, as one of the finest of 2013. Its success, though, was founded on the clamour surrounding the stages rather than anything that happened within...
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Brands Hatch, October 26-27: some fresh pep for an old favourite. It was the first time in years that I'd attended the once-compulsory Formula Ford Festival, my appetite having been sapped by the...
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Silverstone, November 2-3: a nice warm feeling, despite the biting breeze. From the revitalised formula Ford Festival to its natural successor... First run in 2001, the Walter Hayes Trophy espouses...
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Brands Hatch, October 19-20: a sumptuous stage for the BSB showdown. Bikes are Mat Oxley's territory and will not become a regular part of this column (despite the evidence of two consecutive issues...
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A car in disguise and a crash that never happened – time to send for the little Belgian detective You've seen Bullitt; you've seen Ronin. But we all know that the best car chase ever filmed comes in...
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Dated and implausible, perhaps but a 90-year-old tale of early racing has its own charms. I'm a sucker for a dirigible. Or an air-yacht, or a steam submarine, or an invincible battle tank, if it...
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Reeling from realising he's been at it for half a century, Doug recalls some significant people and cars who helped shape his career. I am writing this on November 3, 2013, which in my little world...
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... but talk to the chassis designer before you begin building him a Formula 1 engine. Back in the early 1980s, John Barnard established himself as the dominant design leader within Formula 1. His...
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This was one mighty attractive model that Doug was delighted to meet... Junk mail on the internet is a pain, but just occasionally it throws up something of real interest. I began spitting blood when...

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