July 2008

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Before you go any further, please be warned: there’s a quote in this issue that might seriously damage your health. It could cause choking, stammering and fitful bouts of rage. It could also result...
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Rubens Barrichello celebrated his 257th Grand Prix in Turkey, establishing a new record for the greatest number of starts. Riccardo Patrese, who established the previous record when he competed in...
Formula 1 teams have asked the FIA to slow down a proposed expansion of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems after the technology is introduced to the sport in 2009. FIA president Max Mosley has...
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Team principals discussed the Mosley scandal with Bernie Ecclestone at the Spanish GP. A majority was in favour of a joint letter expressing the teams’ displeasure, but Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro...
Super Aguri closed its doors on May 6, just a few days before it was due to compete in the Turkish GP. The collapse of the team part-way through its third season left Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson...
Your views on Mosley’s future, from the Motor Sport website “With his actions being made public they have caused embarrassment to all motor sport bodies worldwide, and he has brought the sport into...
The Grand Prix Ball is due to take place the night before the British Grand Prix on July 5, and many of the drivers (Jarno Trulli, David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella have been confirmed so far...
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Reflections – Lord March’s memories of Goodwood – The strategy behind Hamilton’s “best race” – Why Bernie wants more points for winners The Speedway Motel. For years, before I finally went to...
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Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s place in the Aston Martin Racing Le Mans squad has finally been firmed up. Karl Wendlinger and Andrea Piccini join Frentzen in the 007 DBR9, while Darren Turner, Antonio...
The General Motors brand, which has raced at Le Mans since 2000, and its long-term motor sport partner Pratt & Miller have abandoned plans to build a car to the evo prototype formula announced at...
The problem that has resulted in four sports-prototypes going airborne in high-speed accidents so far this season will not go away. That’s the view of a majority of leading sports car designers and...
Audi is still favourite to win this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, according to Peugeot team manager Serge Saulnier. “We are starting with the assumption that we will be chasing Audi,” said Saulnier,...
Audi has admitted that it has started work on a successor to its double Le Mans-winning R10 TDi turbo-diesel. But Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich says a decision to push the green light on the car...
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After a 20-year absence, Alpina has announced its return to international motor sport. The German manufacturer, which is best known for its high-performance versions of BMWs, is going to race a car...
The remaining assets of Champ Car are due to be auctioned off on June 3 in Indianapolis. Gallivan Auctioneers of Indiana has been charged with the liquidation. The sale will include pace cars, race...
A1GP appears to be sticking to its promise that its new ‘Powered by Ferrari’ chassis will resemble the car Michael Schumacher used to win the 2004 Formula 1 World Championship. The first image of the...
Palmer Sport has updated much of its TRACK DAY line-up and has added a new slicks and wings single-seater, which is powered by a 300bhp Jaguar V6. We visited the track day enterprise at Bedford...
Amanda Stretton will become the first British woman to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours this month since Juliette Slaughter raced a Lola T294 in 1978. Stretton is teaming up with her husband Bob...
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IRL Pacific Coast Motorsports, the former Champ Car team, will start competing in the IRL IndyCar Series from the Indianapolis 500 onwards, with driver Mario Dominguez. Dan Wheldon took advantage of...
Cameron Argetsinger The man who created the Watkins Glen race track has died, aged 87. In 1948 as a young law student and racing enthusiast he persuaded the sleepy town in New York State to allow a...
Motor sport legend John Surtees has put his name behind the first Chinese factory to enter Grand Prix motorcycling.Surtees, 74, the only man to win motorcycle and Formula 1 car world titles, is team...
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Goodbye to turbo power As the Champ Cars pulled into the pits at the end of this year’s Long Beach GP and the whine from their turbo Cosworth engines fell silent, a 40-year era in American racing...
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Black box vs common sense? Car engineers are a particular bunch – believe me, I’ve met a few. They live in a world outside our own, where language has evolved to such a level that the usual...
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Don’t print this letter Sir, At last, somebody says it as it is. I agreed with every word of your piece on Max Mosley (June issue) and I’m sure that you will have very many letters and e-mails of...
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The big battle in sports car racing this year is between two teams with the quietest cars on the grid. Audi and Peugeot are competing to see who has the best turbo-diesel – and the main prize is, of...
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As the organisers say, it’s much more than just a hillclimb. The theme this year is ‘Hawthorn to Hamilton – Britain’s love affair with World Motor Sport’. In these pages, we present Doug Nye’s...
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There’s a date to fix, cars and drivers to find, F1 stars to lure… Not surprisingly it takes a dedicated team of enthusiasts to bring Goodwood’s Festival of Speed to life By Rob Widdows To find out...
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Damon Hill’s turbulent relationship with Williams led to him losing his drive on the brink of becoming World Champion. The men at the heart of this tale talk candidly for the first time about what...
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Yes, Lance Macklin lived a varied life – and mischief was never far away. But that didn’t stop Moss and Salvadori respecting his ability, as ex-GP driver Howden Ganley explains ”All my life I’ve...
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Inspired by team owner Dan Gurney, CART rose to become a powerful series that even Bernie Ecclestone feared. Sadly, its downfall was equally as spectacular By Robin Miller In 1978, Indycar racing was...
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Just staging an F1 street race, let alone running it at night, is a mammoth task. But that is Singapore’s challenge this September, and it seems that all is going to plan By Adam Cooper In recent...
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The former Lotus team boss remembers the early days with Chapman, his struggles with Senna, and a certain ‘uncouth Brummie’… By Simon Taylor At its zenith, Lotus was Formula 1’s most consistently...
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Fifty years ago the Race of Two Worlds was billed as a contest between the leading F1 and Indy stars of the day around Monza’s fierce banking. In truth the event was a one-man race By Robin Miller It...
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The Ferrari 312 raced during 1968 by Chris Amon returned to racing after a gap of 39 years when new owner Jean-Francois Decaux contested the Monaco Historic Grand Prix in the pre-wing car. The London...
A series of demonstration events for Grand Prix cars from 1988-98, some in European city centres, is the new project from David and Lorina McLaughlin at FORCE (Formula One Race Car Entrants). The...
Roger Etcell, the man behind Silverstone Classic, has pledged to make it the best motoring festival in the world and to attract 90,000 visitors to the Northamptonshire track during the three-day...
Willie Green will be in charge of selecting entries for the annual ‘Circuit des Remparts’ race meeting at Angoulême in France on September 20/21. Races will include pre-war sports, 1950s sports cars...
Former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen is the latest star name confirmed for the Rally Show at Chatsworth on the weekend of June 7/8. Vatanen, now an MEP, will be present on Saturday as the event...
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The life of Mike Hawthorn, Britain’s first World Champion, will be celebrated at Oulton Park on Saturday June 14 in the annual VSCC Hawthorn Memorial meeting. To mark the 50th anniversary of Hawthorn...
Heikki Kovalainen will join McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Brooklands ‘Double 12’ Festival on June 28/29, a week before the British GP, along with Sir Stirling Moss. A 2008 McLaren F1 car...
The ‘Silver Arrow’ Mercedes C9 Group C car that took five victories in the 1989 World Sportscar Championship in the hands of Jochen Mass and Jean-Louis Schlesser will head a field of over 30 cars for...
Two events this summer will commemorate David Leslie, who died in the Biggin Hill air crash on March 30. During the Knockhill Classic Speedfair on June 7/8, a ‘driver of the day’ award in his name...
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The Grand Prix Historique provides more track action than modern-day F1 can usually muster, although there were some causes for concern By Simon Taylor Cynics say the Monaco Grand Prix now provides...
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Large crowds and fierce racing helped to ensure the success of the VSCC’s season-opening Spring Start meeting By Paul Lawrence Even though some of the grids were disappointing, typical bravado from...
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You can go gently or you can go for it; either way a five-day bash from Paris to Marseilles is a tough test for a classic car By Johnny Tipler The 17th Tour Auto Lissac in mid-April involved 220...
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1961 McLaren Cooper going under the hammer It was on May 19 1957 at the Monaco Grand Prix that Cooper, the small family firm started by Charles and John Cooper, began to change the face of Formula 1...
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It screams ’70s cool and corners on rails – it’s just a shame about the gearbox. But this Porsche/VW love child wasn’t so well received at its birth By Richard Hesletine Photography by Matthew Howell...
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Murray Walker scrapbook Murray Walker and Philip Porter After the success of The Stirling Moss Scrapbook 1929-1954, which we hailed as “never less than interesting and frequently fascinating” in our...
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A pitlane fire and a telegram to Hitler When the unlucky von Brauchitsch retired from the 1938 German GP, letting Briton Dick Seaman through to win, the official report to ‘My Führer’ had to be...
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The taxi that wasn’t… From undertakers’ car to parade float to would-be taxi, WB’s Delaunay-Belleville enjoyed a varied life – even if it left him out in the cold From Edwardian times this make, from...

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