January 2016

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The blustering wind and rain of Storm Abigail whipped around the six men as they mounted the impromptu podium in front of a bleak seascape. They huddled close on the three simple boxes dropped on the...
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Former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is now CEO of Ben Ainslie Racing. He has maintained a dignified silence since he left Formula 1 at the start of 2014, but was happy to chat to Nigel...
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Lewis Hamilton celebrates a hard-earned victory at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, the win ensuring the Englishman claimed a third F1 world championship. A late mistake by team-mate Nico...
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A new drama is brewing in F1 over a lower-cost alternative to expensive hybrid engines. But will it boil over into a crisis? There is a fight for control of F1 playing out, with Bernie Ecclestone...
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USA, Mexico & Brazil “It’s competition and in competition that’s how it is,” answered Lewis Hamilton when asked about sporting etiquette. “You always get one who is more aggressive than the other...
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MotoGP's bad blood Bitter rivalry and seething hatred are nothing new in motorcycle racing. In the 1950s some riders had a nasty habit of spitting at their goggled opponents during races. In the...
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Perfection for Porsche Aero upgrades and more hybrid punch were too much for Audi  | By Gary Watkins Porsche turned the World Endurance Championship order on its head to claim the manufacturers’...
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The sweet scent of success The 2015 campaign has been good for Chip Ganassi’s race teams. Scott Dixon scooped the Indycar title away from Juan Pablo Montoya and Penske at the final race of the season...
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Well done Porsche… but Audi will be back There are only 1700km between the Shanghai Audi International Circuit and Fuji International Speedway, and yet in many respects they’re worlds apart. While...
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Porsche 917 Archive and Works Catalogue 1968-1975 Walter Näher Yet another book about the 917? Yes. Just another book about the 917? No. First published a few years ago in the creator’s native German...
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Californian invasion  West Coast Specials set for Trans-Atlantic challenge A group of American racing sports cars from the late 1940s and early 1950s could be in action in Europe next summer in a new...
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Oh, to be a glamorous cinema hero, tanned and handsome, traversing the Alps in an open sports car… What matter if Edward Fox is playing a paid murderer, this scene in the...
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More scandal for VW If you thought it couldn’t get worse, think again I was not anticipating the need to write much more about the Volkswagen emissions scandal this month. Sure, there would have been...
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The latest variation on a familiar theme is very impressive, but lacks excitement There is no car more often unfairly pre-judged than a new 911. This should not come as a surprise, for Porsche has...
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Plenty of improvements, but are they enough? Lotus, it seems, is turning itself around. It’s a slow process, but under the so far steady hand of Jean-Marc Gales – a man whose history in the Peugeot/...
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Up there with the best in class, but you have to look closely to see why There is no class of car evolving or improving more rapidly than the compact premium saloon and its derivatives. In the past...
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Attraction of sophistication lost to compromise Two variations on a similar theme here, first the Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, which is new mainly in name (it’s a revised version of the ML-class off-roader...
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Stouthearted fellow Thank you for the wonderful articles on my boyhood hero Graham Hill. I attended the 1969 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; I was thrilled to see Jochen’s first GP win, not to mention...
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Keeping an eye on the time: new releases in the watch world Eterna Eterna has been around for almost 160 years, which places it firmly among the elder statesmen of Swiss watchmaking. It offers a...
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Dario Franchitti has achieved a lifetime ambition: to own a car raced by his hero Jim Clark. And in this Lotus Cortina, he’s bought a certified winner Writer: Damien Smith, photographer Dominic...
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Once considered a wayward talent, this young Yorkshireman is now Formula Renault 3.5 champion. Simon Arron met him His grandfather rallied, his uncle and father dabbled with karts. It was somehow...
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The 1954 Carrera Panamericana would be the last road race of its kind, the final episode in one of the sport’s most perilous and challenging chapters Writer & photographer Boyd Harnell  A white...
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After more than 40 years of ownership, a former racing driver is parting with a much loved and highly original Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Writer: Simon Arron | Photographer: Howard Simmons He’d...
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He won major rallies as a driver, oversaw several successful world championship campaigns and even dabbled in F3... with a factory Lotus Writer: Simon Taylor | Photographer: James Mitchell Andrew...
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The old Jim Russell Racing School launched some of the very best careers. Now rebranded as Simraceway and based in Californian wine country, it is looking to do things a little differently Writer: Ed...
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Carved into the lush hills outside Portimao in southern Portugal, the spectacular Autódromo Internacional Algarve has provided an imposing challenge to end the European historic racing season since...
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The 2015 Rally of the Tests fully lived up to the event’s reputation of being one of the toughest rallies of the genre and it took the combined talents of Howard Warren and Iain Tullie to clinch...
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Autumn almanac Brands Hatch October 17-18 & 24-25: annual finale for one of Britain’s best inventions and a new dawn for an old favourite The seasonal aroma was both familiar and distinctive....
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Illuminating manuscripts Delving into Bill Boddy’s notebooks from the 1920s on shows his sheer love of detail When I wrote about the sale of Bill Boddy’s archive in November 2012, I hoped that...
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Not so grand tourers Goodwood gave saloon racing a slow start, but soon proved thrills also come in small packages I am no fan of saloon car racing – why order pot-noodle when prime steak’s...

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