July 2006

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We asked for your opinions, and you responded. And frankly we were surprised: Max Mosley's inflammatory remarks in last month's issue about the sport we all love seemed to cause less stir among you...
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New F1 teamRichards to set up team to run in 2008 world championship David Richards is set to return to Formula One in 2008 with a new Prodrive team. The former BAR and Benetton team boss's pitch for...
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MEP to Combe Ari Vatanen will be the star guest at Rallyday 2006 at Castle Combe on July 22 when the 25th anniversary of his World Rally Championship victory will be celebrated. Vatanen, now a member...
Tour improved Fred Gallagher finds six new venues to challenge competitors More competitive sections, fewer road miles, and races at four venues are on the finalised schedule for the second running...
The un-raced Cosworth 4WD Formula One car made a rare trip away from the Donington Grand Prix Collection to go on show at Brands Hatch during the opening meeting of the Grand Prix Masters season. The...
A new series of endurance races for pre-1955 sportscars has been created by Motor Racing Legends. The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy is supported by dealer and racer Gregor Fisken and is a...
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Festival fever hits Northants Racing Aston Martins from 50 years apart to fly the flag as the featured marque on a packed race card Over 500 competitors and 22 races will make the Silverstone Classic...
A new classic rally for pre-1981 cars will pit crews against the worst of the British winter weather in February 2007. Created by Simon Rossiter of Classic Rally Tours, the HRCR Winter Classic Trophy...
Brandsmeister is back with a bang Single-seater star's race return follows Motor Sport feature Former F3 champion and Maki F1 hero Tony Trimmer returned to racing big-bangers, after a four year lay-...
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June 16/17 Le Mans (F) Le Mans 24 Hours, plus Le Mans Legends classic sportscar races www.lemans.org – www.motorracinglegends.com June 16-18 Misano ( I ) Round three of TGP Championship tgpf1.com...
The next generation... US legend Mario Andretti unites with son and grandson on track Three generations of the Andretti family took to the Brickyard in Indycars of two eras just after the track...
Barry Mulholland The man who co-drove Bruce McPhee to Holden's first victory In Australia's 'Great Race', the Bathurst 1000, died recently. Barry Mulholland was definitely the number two driver to...
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Monaco Historique Monte Carlo historic gathering warms up the circuit for following weekend's grand prix Monaco's glossy biennial historic meeting drew bigger than ever crowds and a packed entry for...
Uphill March The March 742 used by Jimmy Mieusset to win the 1974 European HilIclimb title has returned to racing in the hands of John Timoney after a lengthy rebuild. It will be raced in Derek Bell...
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Drivers' desirable From sublime domestic fittings to classy wristwear, plus a chance to win a dream toy 1 Pininfarina VenusPrice: Dependent on spec Venus is the latest in a series of beautiful...
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This month's lots Connery's signature is worth a mint while McQueen's 'bikes are up for grabs... Hard to believe that celebrity endorsement can really make that much difference to an auction price,...
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Sir, No doubt the interview with Max Mosley and his views on historic motor sport will raise hackles. The question of 'replicas', facsimiles in Max's more correct terminology, has been with us for...
Sir, I thought Simon Taylor's interview with Max Mosley most interesting. If MM has his way there are some sinister undercurrents looming for a part of the motoring scene which is currently un-...
Sir, Thanks so much for Paul Fearnley's outstanding feature story on the glory years of Brabham-Repco in your May issue. As with virtually every one of your issues, it brought back a flood of...
Sir, How grateful we should be for Max Mosley's wise attempts to stop historic racing cars being damaged at the hands of irresponsible owners who thoughtlessly choose to use them as... umm......
Sir, The contents and layout of the new issue are just perfect, especially the two articles on Jackie Stewart and Max Mosley. I could not agree more with Max that real pieces of motorsport history...
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Sir, Your article on the McLaren M16 in the May issue reminds me of the very favourable early impression it made upon at least one of the drivers. I had been at university with Mark Donohue and spent...
Sir, Unlike some of your correspondents I really cannot get too upset about the colour of the magazine masthead. I welcome the return to the familiar green but am much more concerned about the...
Sir, Your May edition refers to the Biondetti Special. This calls for a gentle correction, as there were in fact two Biondetti Specials, both of which still exist. Both have participated in recent...
Howden Ganley: leading international racing driver, race car constructor, team owner, team manager, mechanic, instructor, journalist, former BRDC director, chairman of Maidenhead Golf Club... Add to...
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Sir, The magazine is now almost perfect: a distinctive, patriotic cover, great articles and photography, clear layout and legible text. Just one thing — please don't run great photos like that of Sir...
Sir In my view, the revamp of Motor Sport is generally excellent, as is the thinking behind it. My one criticism concerns the perverse proportioning of some of the photography. The LAT photographic...
Sir, How absolutely wonderful to have the old lady resplendent in BRG again — my faith is restored. Can we have the money back that we paid for all those improperly-dressed issues? I love the...
Sir, Your revised format is absolutely fabulous, an example to other publications of what honing for 82 years can achieve. It is close to perfection and I am so smitten that my wife's subscription to...
Sir, Congratulations to all concerned with the production of the new 'old-look' magazine. When I opened the packaging on the latest edition it was like bumping into an old friend, albeit a smarter...
Sir, I've just received my June issue. Congratulations — this new-look magazine looks top quality both externally and internally. Some recent previous copies of your magazine caused me concern as I...
Sir, I've just received my June edition and am taking up your invitation to offer my comments. Firstly the colour of the cover: well, at least you've got that right. I think I preferred the previous...
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Dispelling myths with Sir Stirling. The British legend says that he doesn't reckon bravery played much of a role in his success, and that his impetuous nature may well have saved his life Probably...
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Guest column The former GP racer, Le Mans winner and ITV F1 pundit on how driver management works, how it can help a young driver's career and why it's more than just a business to him The impetus to...
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Andrew Frankel A run at Fiorano in the new wonder car from the Prancing Horse, It proves much more impressive than the 612 Scaglietti, not to mention the poor-performing AF Fettucine... Any...
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Careless playboy, or dedicated professional who deserves his title? The public image is the one that has lasted. James Hunt and the Hesketh team, daring the establishment to take offence. Parties,...
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When the inspirational leader who drove the team died, McLaren could have spun into the ground. Instead it regrouped and vindicated his vision and his faith Words: Paul Fearnley. Photography: Alex P...
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A black art if ever there was one, the use of carbon and carbon composite materials propelled F1 technology ahead in one huge leap. But the early stages weren't easy... Words: Keith Howard....
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Following in the wheel tracks of Franco Cortese, Motor Sport tackled the 2006 Mille Miglia in a C-type Words: Tim Watson. Photography: Tom Horsfall It's a warm spring evening in Northern Italy....
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Mansell and Mika, Parnelli and Petty, Rauno and Rosberg; this year's Festival of Speed, on July 7-9, promises to be the best yet. And 100 years of grand prix racing is just the start of it... Words:...
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It’s 100 years since the first grand prix was held, on the roads near Le Mans, in 1906. It was won by a Renault, so we just had to drive the course in a Clio V6 To paraphrase Pete Townshend, this...
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Two big events at the Circuit de la Sarthe: first the prototypes and GTs will battle it out in the 24 Hours; then the old stagers – cars and drivers! – are at play... Do not be alarmed! Some of you...
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The circle is neatly completed as Renault — and its industry soulmate Michelin — carry the champion's number one in Formula One this season. For it was exactly 100 years ago that they carved out the...
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The chairman of Bonhams not only auctions cars, but races them too. He's a firm believer that the track is the right environment for historic racing cars Words: Simon Taylor. Photography: James...
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So you think you can tell heaven from hell? For the Pink Floyd drummer, his collection of30 cars is a celestial paradise. And who are we to argue? You’ll all wish you were here… Words: Andrew Frankel...
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Was spurning Ferrari as a teenage race prodigy. Still driving hard as he nears the Big 5-0, Eddie Cheever has had plenty of time to rue the decision Words: Gary Watkins Eddie Cheever is the oldest...
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Busman's holiday Part of a sportscar line-up that would nowadays cost a fortune, the Canadian made an instant impression at Mine. He may yet make it to Le Mans, too Words: Adam Cooper. Photography: i...
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Bill Boddy There were two Gallic options for those seeking top-quality motoring after WW1. One is still remembered, one not... Soon after the horrors of WW1 ended in 1918, the profiteers and...
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Vintage: lunch I hope it does not sound invidious but as the older cars have been encouraged to show themselves in use, I cannot resist telling you how a few enthusiasts met recently for old times'...
It is March 1927. A 14-year-old boy has just seen the afternoon paper. His mother enters with tea things. "What's the matter?" she asks her son. "You have gone quite pale." "Parry Thomas has been...
Formula One The edict that the ideal racing car would blow up as it crossed the finishing line was obviously an exaggeration. But it might be thought that such cars might be designed unhampered by...
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Pye is seduced by daintiness over muscle in Germany, and survives a Brands Hatch rainstorm to boost the image of a long-gone marque Hockenheim: The first round of the Orwell Supersports Cup...
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May 20th/21st Stretton and Dayton beat harbour dramasSix-wheel Tyrrell overcomes practice accident to win while Duncan Dayton scores double victories Two dramatic, accident strewn 3-litre F1 races...
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May 13/14 Spa From a disappointing 17-car grid, Italian Stefano Rosina (right) had a straightforward race to victory in the Classic Endurance Racing opener. Starting his heavily-campaigned Lola...
Joaquin Folch scored a dominant home victory at Barcelona in the TGP event supporting the Spanish GP. Held late in Saturday afternoon, the race attracted a great deal of attention from current...
April 25th-29 France For the sixth time, Hans Hugenholtz clinched overall victory on the Tour Auto Lissac as crews worked their way from Paris to Cannes in four days packed with races and rally...
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May 6/7Brands hero storms field with F5000 Lola while Amon shows pace but fragility in GPM encounter The return to racing of the unique Amon F101 and the spectacle of Tony Trimmer reunited with his...
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A near capacity grid of 'Oldies but Goldies' was the star attraction as 50 years of racing at Mallory Park was celebrated. The 45-minute mini-enduro, with an optional two-driver format for pre-60...
Clive Wood won the second Classic FF2000 round from a capacity grid at Thruxton (right). Racing his Van Diemen RF82 on home ground, the former F3 racer saw off the challenge of young pretender Oliver...
Carl Gray started the new VSCC hillclimb season just as he finished the 2005 edition, by taking another overall FTD in his 1.1-litre Hardy Special. Just as he had at Loton Park the previous autumn,...
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A wet and greasy Donington Park hosted the second round of the BRDC Historic Sports Car Championship and that suited Gary Pearson perfectly as the nicely-balanced handling of his faithful Lister-...
May 20th/21st `Whizzo' makes Jaguar sing in the rainVeteran showman gives a master class of car control during rain sodden HSCC birthday bash The spring weather did its best to wreck the HSCC's 40th...
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Graham Scarborough drove a mighty race in David Yates' brutish Ford Mustang to win the first of the Heritage GT races at Donington Park. Major handling woes in qualifying left Scarborough well down...
Oliver Bryant's prodigious racing schedule for 2006 took in three wins in three different cars during the Top Hat weekend at Donington Park. In the Sebring Salute race, he saw off the challenge of...
Marking 30 years of VSCC racing at Cadwell Park, a day of good grids and entertaining racing made up for wet weather at the daunting Lincolnshire venue. In the Shuttleworth and Nuffield Trophies...
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Restorative powers New technologies combine with old-fashioned hand skills in a firm which will tackle almost anything built after the Fifties. As long as it's a sportscar... Words: Gordon...
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After spending 40 years selling exotic road and racing cars, HWM boss Anthony Posner remains as enthusiastic about the business as ever Words: Richard Heseltine. Photography: Charlie Hopkinson Tt was...
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Paramount Ranch rememberedby Art Evans. ISBN 0-9705073-7-2. Published by Photo Data Research. £22.99 Subtitled 'a Scrapbook', this cheerful assemblage relates the history of one of the first purpose-...

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