January 2018

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“I looked down at my leg,” explains former paratrooper Andy Jones, “and saw an exhaust manifold sticking out of it. Around it were some other wounds. Four pieces of shrapnel, nuts and bolts, had gone...
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Hamilton adds another world title to his record as seats and engines are swapped for 2018 The title battle had already collapsed, along with Ferrari’s reliability implosion, as we got to the final...
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New rules shake-up could see LMP1 cars with road car styling Full-house racing prototypes that could have more than a passing resemblance to a McLaren P1 or perhaps a Porsche 918 Spyder are likely...
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The Japanese firm keeps fans guessing on several fronts Toyota salvaged something from a season of underachievement in the World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain. The completion of an end-of-...
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Potent newcomer targets 911 Turbo… and even McLaren The new Aston Martin Vantage has been unveiled. Higher in power and price, and equipped with an aggressive new look designed to put an ocean of...
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Is the WRC calendar too tame? Plus, Evans shows his potential With Christmas approaching, there’s never been a better time to talk about Turkey. The country that is, rather than the bird for which...
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Historic show returns for 2018, again in association with Motor Sport The story of ground effects and the dramatic race cars it spawned will be a core theme of Race Retro 2018, when the...
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Opinion from the world of historic motor sport The launch of the Masters Endurance Legends series – for cars up to 2011 – has polarised opinion in historic racing. In the eyes of the FIA, historic...
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Gran Turismo is back – at last There’s something pleasingly familiar about Gran Turismo. From the historical load video to the unmistakable ‘bong’ that celebrates every button selection, you’re...
A Norfolk firm has devised a sim with potential uses that extend far beyond mere motor racing Here’s a different take on simulators. The limitation of most is the driver – the one uncontrollable...
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Few circuits offer as sumptuous an array of showdowns as Brands Hatch It might have staged its most recent Formula 1 race more than 30 years ago, but as a consequence it hasn’t been obliged to...
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A prominent campaigner at Vintage Sports-Car Club events, Christopher Mann is most closely associated with Alfa Romeos – something that extends to the dawn of his racing career. “I’ve been lucky to...
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PLUM PUDDING RACES Boxing Day meetings have become increasingly scarce, but Mallory Park continues to maintain a noble tradition Motor sport was once almost as much a part of Boxing Day as live...
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Voting is now open for the Motor Sport Hall of Fame, with a new racing car category pitting the most dominant machines from Formula 1, rallying and endurance racing against each other for a spot in...
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The on-track power struggle was one of F1’s main talking points in 2017, but an equally critical confrontation is now brewing behind the scenes Here it begins, the battle that was always coming –...
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The past might be forever out of reach, but its essence is still out there – so long as you know where to look One of my favourite regulars in this magazine has long been You Were There, where you...
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The 2017 season was Valentino Rossi’s worst with Yamaha. What was the problem, old age or bike trouble? Books can be dangerous things, especially rulebooks. Just ask Valentino Rossi. In 2017 the...
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Lewis Hamilton has been in the news for his tax affairs as well as his racecraft, but does he deserve the criticism he has received? I remember the sense of disappointment on learning from a story...
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Against the backdrop of a brewing row about future Formula 1 regulations, here’s how Grand Prix racing looked almost 60 years ago. Plus ça change... Here we go again. Any combination of big-time...
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There’s a busy timetable during London Motor Week – but first there are hard choices to be made for the RAC Motoring Book of the Year It’s never easy deciding the ‘best’ in any disparate group,...
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Making plans for Nigel I have enjoyed the recent series of technical retrospectives. The underlying reasons for a car’s speed are always interesting. Nigel Rees’s sidebar article on the 1930s Auto...
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KEEPING AN EYE ON TIME Powerful players in the watch world H. MOSER & CIE H. Moser & Cie is based in Schaffhausen on the banks of the river Rhine and is very proudly Swiss. Last winter it...
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When he retired from Formula 1 last year many thought they had seen the last of the 2009 world champion, but as he reveals in our exclusive interview, Jenson Button isn’t ready to hang up his racing...
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In an extract from his new book, Jenson Button describes the moment he knew what he would do with his life ‘The racing line’, we call it. The fastest way around a corner. So, say, if the corner is a...
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Nick Trott tracks down the F1 driver and discovers a secret Porsche geek Where is Jenson? Where has he gone? We need him for photography, but after two hours of book signing he’s disappeared. We’re...
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Bruno Junqueira once faced Jenson Button in a Williams F1 shoot-out. Button got the nod – just – at the dawn of a fruitful career; Junqueira never would grace a GP grid, but harbours absolutely no...
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The Spanish rule MotoGP and in Marc Márquez have a genius that can live up to the country’s bygone legends. It’s time for fans to rejoice Spanish riders dominate MotoGP. They’ve done so for quite a...
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Eight of the most dominant Spanish motorcycle riders ever to grace the discipline ANGEL NIETO Got his first job aged 12, working in a Madrid bike shop. Admitted he wasn’t good with the spanners, but...
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The Spanish never truly embraced F1 until Fernando Alonso broke cover. Their love affair with motorcycle racing runs rather deeper... photographer Václav Duška America once hosted three F1 Grands...
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He was part of the 1960s jet-set, rubbing shoulders with Clark, Moss and Stewart before becoming a manufacturer. Despite all that, he only ever regarded racing as a hobby Riverside, California, 1964...
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We explore the technical reasons behind the failure of four-wheel-drive F1 cars in 1969 – and consider whether it could have a place in the future of Grand Prix racing WRITER Nigel Rees Towards the...
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A successful first test of the Bloodhound land speed record car did more than prove that 1000mph is within sight – it re-affirmed faith in home-grown engineering WRITER Simon de Burton According to...
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1 Bloodhound reached 210mph in 8sec at Newquay. By way of comparison, the Bugatti Chiron takes 13.1sec to reach 186mph. 2 If Bloodhound does achieve 1000mph, it will represent the largest margin by...
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Why analogue dials will be vital When Andy Green eventually attempts to take Bloodhound to a four-figure speed in 2020, he is expected to experience a force of 2.5g as Bloodhound travels from...
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Not clones, not replicas – these two E-types have parallel and equally compelling histories Rather like today’s superstar footballers and musicians – so famous they’re known only by their first...
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The 2017 season had it all – new cars, new faces and new owners. But for Lewis Hamilton it was business as usual. Here he takes us through his epic title winning championship. A watershed season,...
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THE 2017 GENERATION OF CARS “They brought exactly what I expected in that the racing was worse. But in terms of driving they’ve been a big step in the right direction, more enjoyable. Another step...
The top five drivers from the 2017 Formula 1 season #1 Lewis Hamilton This was the most impressive of Hamilton’s titles, the one where he most consistently accessed extraordinary levels of...
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Every year the Race of Remembrance commemorates the sacrifices made by service personnel and their families. Motor Sport shared a Mazda MX-5 with two ex-servicemen making their racing debuts Yes,...
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Aston Martin is gearing up for a fresh assault on Le Mans with its all-new Vantage GTE It may seem strange to suggest that a marque basking in the glory of a class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours...
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Despite a forthcoming F1 partnership, WEC and GT remain at Aston’s core Aston Martin may be beginning a partnership with Red Bull Racing in Formula 1 and it may have talked up the possibility of...
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Aston Martin’s troubled relationship with Le Mans has come to reflect the very essence of Britain’s famous marque Aston Martin at Le Mans is a précis of Aston Martin, the saga. As much chequered past...
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Porsche’s GT2 RS is perhaps the greatest 911 you can buy – just watch out for the sting in its tail – Porsche 911 GT2 RS – So fast is the pace of change among ultra-fast road cars at present that...
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A four-pot F-type sticks in the craw but is it as bad as it sounds? – Jaguar F-Type 2.0 i4 – I don’t know why I dislike the idea of a four-cylinder Jaguar F-type. Four-cylinder Jaguars are not news...
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The Lexus LC500 is beautiful to behold but spoiled by a lack of polish – Lexus LC500 – Sometimes it takes a little time for a car to worm its way into your affections. Others find a way of grabbing...
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Applying a traditional approach to a parallel universe You can’t drive it on the road and you can’t race it. What, then, is the point of the Aston Martin Vulcan? There must be one, given that both...
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Three generations of expertise in one family business The knowledge required to work on pre-war Bugatti Grand Prix and road cars is not something you can master in a day – indeed the Dutton family...
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With 3D scanning to replicate the missing rear window It’s not easy finding the correct parts for a car which qualifies for OAP status – but if it’s a one-off design hand-beaten into shape by a...
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Nicholas Mee & Co quits London to keep up with demand from abroad After joining the business in 1976, rising to sales director at the flagship Knightsbridge dealership and then going it alone in...
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Michael Schumacher Grand Prix car lifts the bar for modern F1 Michael Schumacher’s 2001 Monaco GP-winning car set a world record for a modern-era Ferrari of $7.5m in November – and confirmed a shift...
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The DB5 is a classic without Bond’s help, but it doesn’t do any harm Q’s handover of the Aston Martin DB5 to Sean Connery’s 007 in Goldfinger marks perhaps the most successful piece of automotive...
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A cocktail of ample power and elegant simplicity No car epitomises the idealised vision of British classic motoring better than an Austin-Healey. It is a vision of string-backed driving gloves for...
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A maiden solo race in Norfolk almost ends in disaster for Nick Trott as he continues his budding competition career If you read my report last month, you will know that my trip to Snetterton in the...
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Hi-tech components will allow Warren Stean to run his Formula 1 car with a skeleton crew, compared to the army of technicians required in period This car is really starting to come together and we...
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This month Geoff Gordon had hoped to chat about his rebuilt Group 2 car firing up for the first time. It will have done so by the time you read this… The big moment is more or less upon us. The ’Sud...
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Formula Art David Johnson has captured some of Formula 1’s most memorable Grand Prix races. His passion can be seen within his work as he strives to record the atmosphere and excitement of a race...
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Inside Track Phil Hill: His Story, His Photography With Doug Nye & Steve Dawson It’s been a long time coming, but this huge two-volume work centred around the personal photographs of world...
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Geoff Bolam If you need your car door repainted, look no further Aston Martins are a bit pricey now, but you could always buy a DB4 door and hang it on the wall. Because if Geoff Bolam has painted it...
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Belkits Marcus Nicholls examines fine Belgian rally car kits Rally car kits in 1:24 scale were a staple of Tamiya’s catalogue for many years, covering a wide range from 1960s Monte Carlo Mini Coopers...
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If David Corbishley’s name sounds familiar, so it should: the New Jersey resident has featured in this column previously. This month we present his photos from the 1974 US GP at Watkins Glen...

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