July 2009

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You’d almost think Max Mosley wants to drive the manufacturer teams out of Formula 1, wouldn’t you? They’re arrogant, selfish, faceless corporations with a simple agenda to sell more road cars, and...
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Max Mosley: “We must get the costs down quickly, before we lose a lot of teams, before the big manufacturers pull out. And that’s really our job to do that. It will be very difficult to improve on a...
John Howett (Toyota): “We have saved huge costs through FOTA’s activities. We’ve saved 35-40 per cent already, and I believe the show is as good as it’s ever been. It’s not only about costs, it’s...
Plans for a ‘two-tier’ rules system in Grand Prix racing from next season have been shelved – but only if the existing teams race under the cost cap championed by FIA president Max Mosley. As Motor...
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Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed to Motor Sport that he is in talks with a movie studio about a big-screen film following the sport from its beginnings to the present day. “We’ve been...
BMW has delayed the introduction of its revised aero package – including a double diffuser – until the Turkish GP on June 7. The team has modified its KERS system to incorporate a new sidepod design...
Donington Park’s plans to host the British Grand Prix have been given a double fillip. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone announced that he was willing to delay the first British GP at Donington by a year...
US F1 team leading light Ken Anderson insists that his project is on schedule, and that it is not being affected by the cost cap debate. Anderson, who has put the team together with journalist and...
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Reflections – Ferrari’s starring role in FIA/FOTA rules row – Did Jean Todt help to keep Mosley in power? – The Old Man knew how to get his way in F1… – Recalling Silverstone’s earliest Grands Prix...
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Petrol teams seek priority Top petrol prototype teams were still lobbying for rule changes to bring them closer to the all-conquering turbodiesels in the Le Mans 24 Hours as Motor Sport closed for...
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A proposal for a ‘world engine’ to be used across a range of categories has been put forward by the FIA. Motor sport’s governing body has distributed a working document to manufacturers, promoting...
Russia will host a round of the WTCC in 2010. An agreement is in place between the Russian motor sport federation and the series organiser for an event in August at a new street circuit in either...
A new racing event called ‘The Circuit’ has been launched in aid of the NSPCC’s Child’s Voice Appeal by Pink Floyd drummer and motor racing fan Nick Mason and ex-F1 driver Mark Blundell. ‘The...
Portugal is to stage the first Race of Champions Regional Final at the home of FC Porto. With an increasing number of countries wanting to enter the Nations Cup in Beijing, organisers of the event...
Former grand prix drivers Jos Verstappen and Anthony Davidson will drive for Aston Martin Racing in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Verstappen, Davidson and the rising British sports car driver Stuart...
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Points as at May 13, 2009. 1. Adam Carroll A1GP 174pts After a stellar performance in the last round of the A1GP Championship at Brands Hatch, where the Irishman notched up pole position and two race...
Points as at May 13, 2009. 1. Matt Neal BTCC 75pts 2. Colin Turkington BTCC 69pts After two weekends and six races for BTCC competitors, the table looks almost like a grid for the touring car series...
A new electric bike has been built to prove alternative power can still offer two-wheeled speed and enjoyment. The TTX01, the prototype for the TTXGP alternative-power race to be held at the Isle of...
Tony Marsh Few drivers have succeeded in as many avenues of motor sport as Tony Marsh, who has died aged 77. He started in the early 1950s doing trials in the winter and hillclimbs in the summer, and...
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Steve Hallam spent a total of 27 years in Formula 1 – 10 years with Lotus and 17 with McLaren. He engineered Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet at Lotus, and ran Gerhard Berger, Senna,...
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One of the highlights of this year’s 35th Long Beach Grand Prix weekend was the Road Racing Drivers’ Club’s dinner with Dan Gurney. A full house of 250 guests turned out to honour Dan, and RRDC...
Many NASCAR pundits picked Kyle Busch to win this year’s Sprint Cup title. Busch won eight races in 2008 and has won in all three NASCAR divisions this year, but has yet to show, at the time of...
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Like almost all of us, I know someone who has just lost their job to this hideous recession. Twenty years service, a new BMW 5-series company car every other year and the right to sleep peacefully...
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I wonder what Carlo Abarth would have made of the most recent Fiat 500 to bear his name? I loved the looks and the power of the 160bhp £16,105 Esseesse version I tried and most of all I appreciated...
I should be more ashamed at having enjoyed a few days at the wheel of one of the most unforgivable cars on sale. This 6-litre, 500bhp Audi Q7 V12 TDI that, with just a few extras, costs £104,000 as...
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Hostess with the most stress! Sir, Doug Nye’s piece in the May issue brought back some vivid and often happy memories. I worked for John Webb during 1961, basically running his Webbair operation. As...
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Sally Swart, Jim Clark's girlfriend durig the peak years of his Grand Prix career, recalls her time with the quiet ScotBy Ian Wagstaff A couple of evenings before this year's Long Beach Grand Prix...
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A personal guide by the Earl of March As you read this, there are five weeks to go until the 2009 Festival of Speed. It seems only last week that we did the last one. But it always seems to feel like...
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As the British circuit prepares to host possibly its final Grand Prix, our editor-in-chief recalls some of its best F1 races Say what you will about Tony Blair, it was during his watch that the...
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In 1969 four-wheel drive was supposed to be the next big thing in F1. But the theory proved hard to put into practice By Paul Fearnley Silverstone shimmered under a mid-July sun, yet Formula 1’s new...
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A chance to test drive the Cosworth 4WD at Silverstone proved challenging – and sticks in the memory almost 40 years on by Eoin Young Forty years on, the memory grows no fonder. Mike Costin, now aged...
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When part of Bernie Ecclestone’s prized racing car collection went on show in Bahrain it attracted royalty, rock stars and, of course, a few well-known drivers By Rob Widdows Everybody knows that...
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Visually the latest 911 GT3 is similar to its predecessor, but a host of subtle changes make for a superior car by Andrew Frankel Some insight into the minds of those who created this new Porsche 911...
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At 18 McNish was hailed as the next Jackie Stewart; by 24 his single-seater career was in the doldrums. But the little Scot never gives up, and now a third Le Mans win beckons By Simon Taylor When...
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Cutting-edge materials and advanced technology allowed the Peugeot lion to leave its mark on the biggest endurance prize of all – Le Mans By Christophe Wilmart In 1988 Jean Todt was a happy man. As...
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Not yet. Peugeot’s 908 HDi has failed to win Le Mans – so far Peugeot’s return to the Le Mans 24 Hours was the news every sports car fan had been waiting for. Audi, for so long the dominant force at...
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Cancelled races, recession, swine flu… all have affected A1GP, the unique World Cup of Motor Sport. But none of this, it seems, will halt its progress by Rob Widdows The Irish commentator was beside...
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The Aintree Circuit Club, which has been in continuous operation since 1954, is being re-launched at a meeting on June 9 at 7.30pm in The Aintree Suite at The Park Hotel, Liverpool. Club president...
The Connaught which Leslie Marr drove in Grands Prix in 1952-53 finally returned to racing in the VSCC meeting at Silverstone when new owner Grant Clearwater concluded a 10-year journey to return the...
Murray Walker will celebrate 60 years of commentating at Silverstone during this July’s Silverstone Classic. Murray’s first commentary for the BBC was at the 1949 British GP and, to mark his...
The Lotus 11 owned and driven by Grand Prix racer Alan Stacey in 1957 returned to the track after 40 years in a lock-up garage when new owner Malcolm Ricketts tested it at Silverstone. “This is a bit...
Former World Rally champion Björn Waldegård will head the entry list for the fourth East African Safari Classic Rally when the 2600-mile event starts in Mombasa on November 22. The five-times winner...
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Former single-seater ace Neil Cunningham will achieve a lifetime ambition at Monza in early June when he races a Group C sports car for the first time. Although he has driven nearly 90 racing cars,...
The ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49-R3, normally on show at the National Motor Museum, was damaged during the press day for the Silverstone Classic. Museum manager Doug Hill was driving the 1967 car during...
Three months ahead of his 80th birthday, Sir Stirling Moss will return to Le Mans in mid-June to race his Osca FS 372 in the Le Mans Legends race that supports the 24-hour marathon. The Legends race...
Two rare Formula Junior racing cars have been back on track this season, including a 1960 front-engined Bandini. The car (left, above) is one of only six remaining examples of the nine built in...
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The VSCC has a more structured race programme in this, its 75th season, leading to bumper grids for its well-attended Spring Start meeting at Silverstone By Paul Lawrence In one of the Vintage Sports...
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Sean Walker overcame more powerful F5000 machinery in his March F2 to score a pair of wins in the HSCC opener at Silverstone By Paul Lawrence In a fitting salute to his late father Ian, who died over...
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RM Auctions At its 2009 Ferrari sale at Maranello, RM managed to sell 75 per cent of the cars at auction, totalling an impressive £18.5 million. The star lot was the 1957 250 Testa Rossa that became...
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Motor Sport welcomed Gordon Spice and many of his friends to our Chelsea offices in May to celebrate the launch of the four-time Group C2 World Sports Car Champion’s colourful autobiography. Life of...
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Ford’s Mustang, its fastest-selling car since the Model A, still leads the field in historic events around the world By Richard Heseltine The Mustang represented the high watermark of 1960s marketing...
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Roy Pierpoint This amiable all-rounder won the 1965 British Saloon Car title with V8 power and still prefers the Mustang to other Detroit iron “I got into Mustangs through Alan Mann. We ran a garage...
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Stealing Speed The Biggest Spy Scandal in Motorsport History Mat Oxley Stealing Speed is the terrific true story of how the infant Japanese motorcycle company Suzuki stole former Nazi rocket...
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An opportunity to run an Auto Union V12 at the French circuit triggered a nostalgia trip Iguess it happens to all enthusiasts. When you have a memory jam-packed with motor sporting stories, sights...
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If ever anybody tells you that nothing about modern motor racing is “the way it used to be”, ignore them. For manufacturers, the commercial imperatives of modern racing are no different from the way...
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Proper racing drivers are often characterised by psychologists as being ‘high-attainment individuals’. That doesn’t always make them likeable, truthful, straightforward or honest enough for Rover...
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Not the famous author but his two sons. Both were keen drivers and competed in a variety of arenas in the 1930s Ithink Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories, came only once to...
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The other day when I was checking a fact in the 1980 Guinness Book of Car Facts and Feats I noted that the longest record of editorial service on a motoring paper was given as that of Charles Faroux...
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The Labour Government is proposing to reduce the speed limit from 60 to 50mph on many roads. I am aware that it believes that anyone doing around 100mph is the equivalent of someone carrying a knife...
In 1933 I heard that at McEvoy’s works in Derby there was a mysterious Bugatti with chain final drive languishing there which they had no time to restore. To investigate I went in Mr J D Aylard’s...
The Vintage Sports-Car Club’s 2009 fixture list includes race meetings at Oulton Park, Mallory Park and Donington circuits, with a ladies’ race at the last named venue. This reminds me of how...

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