July 2014

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"In introducing a new journal, it is usual to commence with a word of apology.” These are the first, typically peculiar words to appear in this periodical. I’m not sure I entirely agree with that...
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Warring team-mates, matters acoustic, Senna and Ferrari When Jochen Rindt’s Lotus crashed massively at Montjuich in 1969, he was extraordinarily fortunate to escape with relatively light injuries....
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F1 cost row Structural change in Formula 1 is on the horizon. As the cost/income equation continues to get wildly out of kilter, there are smoke signals suggesting both a legal challenge and that the...
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Ferrari once boasted the greatest team in Formula 1 history, but those glory days are long past. Worst of all, its long fall from the top was entirely self-inflicted Ferrari’s new team principal sat...
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SpainRd 5 Catalunya, May 11 2014 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 – 1hr 39min 42.743sec2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 – 1hr 39min 43.828sec3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RB10 – 1hr 40min 06.810sec Fastest...
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Nissan ZEOD on targetLe Mans racer poised to fulfil electric dreams, by Gary Watkins Nissan’s radical ZEOD RC Le Mans 24 Hours racer is on course to complete the first all-electric lap of the Circuit...
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Theory of evolution This year’s inaugural Tudor United SportsCar championship – a merger of the Grand-Am and ALMS – is at the beginning of a new road to discovering the future of American sports car...
Nigel Stepney, who has been credited with playing a key role in the successes of Ferrari during the 2000s, has died at the age of 55 after a road traffic accident. The Briton, who later achieved...
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Hard Luck LloydJohn Lingle Lloyd Ruby’s Indycar career didn’t boast the results his talent and determination warranted, with only seven wins to his name. Much of that was down to luck and...
A  J  Watson, constructor of Offenhauser-powered Indy 500 ‘roadsters’ in the 1950s and ’60s, has died aged 90. During that time his cars dominated the Indy 500, winning six times. Chief mechanic on...
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Podcast extract from James Weaver on the 1986 Le Mans 24 Hours “I was driving for Richard Lloyd, who was running the Liqui Moly Porsche 956 for Mauro Baldi, Price Cobb and Rob Dyson. He was also...
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Always chasing the next buzz Guy Martin isn’t your average motorcycle racer. He might be a pro, but is anything but full-time, splitting his year mostly between his other somewhat contrasting jobs –...
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Record Fiat back on trackRare old-timer to tackle Goodwood hill this summer | by Paul Lawrence More than a century after it last ran in anger, a rare Fiat S76 will be one of the stars of the...
Race engineer and GT40 expert John Etheridge has died aged 73. A vital part of Aston Martin’s race crew with DP212 and 214, he was head-hunted by John Wyer to build and run GT40s at FAV, and was much...
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Classic carsOur very first road test, taken from Motor Sport, July 1924 | by 'FULL THROTTLE'* The sporting car, as a class, has characteristically more distinction than that possessed by touring...
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Maserati targets 911Alfieri to go head to head with Porsche talisman | by Andrew Frankel Maserati boss Harald Wester has confirmed than its stunning Alfieri concept, revealed at this year’s Geneva...
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Unforgettable. The only way to describe Maranello’s astonishing automotive achievement | by Andrew Frankel You always crest the blind rise that leads onto the famous bridge at Ferrari’s Fiorano test...
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Powerhouse of the future now a practical reality Despite the fact that battery-powered electric cars have existed for almost as long as the car itself, we are no closer to knowing what part of the...
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Raising the roof with no effort needed It’s been 20 years since Porsche last sold a 911 Targa. I know there have been cars in that period that have used the name, but they’ve been no more than 911s...
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Letter of the month Trying to tackle the wrong problem I read with interest of the idea to end the World Endurance Championship season at Le Mans. I fully understand the thinking, as the remainder of...
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Celebrating nine decades with the world's oldest and best motor racing magazine ‘From Brooklands to Bernie, Blower Bentleys to blown diffusers’ reads our cover tagline this month. Motor Sport really...
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The first-ever permanent race track was built in Surrey – but did Brooklands rest too long on its laurels?Writer Gordon Cruickshank The Brooklands Gazette. That’s how our life started out, at a time...
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Behind the shock and awe of era-defining Silver Arrows domination, tension festered in the wake of the Führer’s decision to split state funding between Mercedes and the new Auto UnionWriter Doug Nye...
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Necessity rendered this one of the briefest ‘decades’ in the annals of motor sport, yet it would also be one of the most pivotal in Britain as the business found its future directionWriter Simon...
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Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari flew the flag for Italy with elegant style – and success. How they did it, so rapidly after the ravages of war, is a remarkable tale grounded in politics and...
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In our 90th birthday issue we depart from routine to reminisce with some of the people who have kept the title aliveWriter Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell The remarkable event that we...
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The space race wasn’t limited to matters extra-terrestrial. Some of the technology was having a significant impact on race tracks around the worldWriter Paul Fearnley Jackie Stewart, his luxuriant...
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Once dismissed by Enzo Ferrari as a science for those who didn’t understand engines, aerodynamics proved to be manna for those who understood racing cars…Writer Adam Cooper This was a period of...
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Power was king, but its generation was often more subtle than the wider world appreciated. Irrespective of methodology, the spectacle was absolute Writer Simon Arron Portugal, 1984. It is early...
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Huge advances in safety corresponded with real-world political and financial machinations that would change motor racing forever. And it can all be traced back to one terrible Sunday afternoon Writer...
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Rose-tinted spectacles are a wonderful invention, but they don’t always focus accurately. Modern life, then, is not necessarily rubbish… Writer Andrew Frankel Although it probably didn’t seem so at...
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The Bradford lad who took an early decision to target a career in America – a move that has served him well. By Gordon Kirby Jack Hawksworth has enjoyed a rapid rise in America, winning the Star...
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Steve McQueen – Le Mans, 1970 For Steve McQueen, making a film of the Le Mans race was a passion. And passion can tempt you into taking risks Writer Gordon Cruickshank, Illustrator Guy Allen Le Mans...
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What is it about Monaco? The high-rise apartments have trashed the old Victorian elegance, the streets and traffic are brain-fryingly chaotic and the almost palpable smell of money leaves a vulgar...
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The fourth Donington Historic Festival featured a weekend of stand-out races, topped by Simon Hadfield’s Gentleman Drivers’ victory over Olly Bryant in a mesmerising AC Cobra shoot-out. Feature races...
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The spectator banks were bustling rather than brimming, but the sense of occasion was tangible as Brands Hatch played host to the Blancpain Sprint Series, its first major sports car international for...
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The taste of good heights Oulton Park, April 21 & Thruxton, May 4: British motor sport’s twin peaks… but could they be made better yet? Both paddocks were rammed, ditto many of the spectator...
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Astons in the blood A trip to Surrey uncovers a cache of Britain's finest, and a man with a fund of knowledge I’ve read about Aston expert Richard Williams over the years but hadn’t met him until a...
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In Jarrot's slipstream Retracing the route of the Circuit des Ardennes, where British pioneers made their names London’s first Chinese restaurant, it appears, was opened in 1907. Now park that...

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