July 2017

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I sit down to write this just after hearing the terrible news that Nicky Hayden has died. We’ve run out of time this month for an obituary, but this issue cannot close without a few words about the ‘...
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McLaren hopes to uncover the stars of tomorrow through virtual racing – but will they cut it in the real world?  McLaren’s offer of a role as a Formula 1 simulator driver to the winner of a new...
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Blancpain GT series poised for another close season, despite Huracán drivers’ early pace Austria’s Grasser Lamborghini team is on a roll in the Blancpain GT Series (BGTS). Victory in the Silverstone...
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Sue Darbyshire gets back behind the wheel of her Morgan after horror crash  Eight months after being injured when her three-wheeled Morgan rolled during a race at Mallory Park, one of Britain’s top...
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An inspector calls Like naughty schoolboys scrambling to take advantage of a no-questions-asked amnesty on the return of contraband, historic racers have quietly been un-modifying their cars for the...
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Sir John Whitmore British motor racing has lost one of its most distinguished competitors with the passing of Sir John Whitmore. He died on April 28, aged 79. Commencing his career as plain John...
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Double world champion Carlos Sainz turned up to watch Rally Portugal – and take on a Peugeot 208 R5  Rally Portugal had some pleasing statistical symmetry. Not only was the event 50 years old, but...
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The Green Hell welcomes its 10th decade with a special Eifelrennen event on June 16-18 – an unfortunate clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours. Those choosing the Eifel mountains over north-western France...
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Sheene Suzuki to star in HoF demo Barry Sheene’s 1976 world championship-winning Texaco-Heron Suzuki RG500 will be in action at the Hall of Fame awards evening on June 7. The famous bike will be...
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Two-way tussle F1 2017 continues to be a fight between two teams: Ferrari and Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton took the spoils in Russia and Spain – the former scoring his first GP win –...
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“I’ve no idea,” answered Red Bull’s Christian Horner at the Russian Grand Prix when asked how much quicker the Adrian Newey-revised RB13, set for introduction at the Spanish race two weeks later,...
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One of the many upsides of racing old cars in the UK and Europe is that you sometimes get to do so at old circuits. Much like the machinery, they are throwbacks to another era. Typically charming,...
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Bang in the middle of the Summer of Love, Dan Gurney enjoyed the biggest week of his life. As the hippies gathered in Haight Ashbury, the 36-year-old Korean war veteran won a remarkable double: the...
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There has been great excitement in the motor sport world following the news that race events can be staged on public roads. However, it’s worth remembering that the Isle of Man TT, first staged 110...
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Key highlights at classic and racing auctions from around the world  STAR LOT @ MOSSGREEN 1977 Holden Torana A9X { Mossgreen, Sydney, May 28 } Built for Indy racers Johnny Rutherford and Janet...
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Porsche talisman reaches production landmark | BY ANDREW FRANKEL It’s taken more than half a century, but the one millionth Porsche 911 has rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. Painted in...
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Its performance is otherworldly, which means you’ll struggle to make full use of it in the real world | BY ANDREW FRANKEL When you slam shut that extraordinary door for the last time, walk away, have...
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Much better than before, though a little family heritage has been lost Driving the new Discovery is like meeting a school friend you’ve not seen for years. But he’s no longer the jeans and T-shirt...
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Three of the best In June’s edition Mark Hughes wrote about Fernando Alonso hoping to complete the Triple Crown of motor racing by winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours...
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Rudolf Uhlenhaut Father of the Mercedes 300SL Wolfgang Scheller & Thomas Pollak As architect of the Mercedes W125 and W154 Grand Prix racers, as well as the 300SL referenced in the title (and the...
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Working on the moon Special edition watch that celebrates a lunar mission When Commander Dave Scott went to the moon onboard Apollo 15 in 1971 he took two wristwatches: his NASA-issued Omega...
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Racing a GT40 is the stuff of boyhood dreams for many; putting it on pole at Spa with a Formula 1 star as co-driver is something else completely It’s one of those moments that happens in a flash, but...
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How a little-known enthusiast engineered an unlikely return to GT racing for a disinterested blue oval There’s an often-overlooked footnote in Ford’s supposed 50-year absence from Le Mans, one that...
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How Motor Sport reported what many regard as the endurance classic's apotheosis After the usual problems arising from scrutineering, such as insufficient rear vision in the mirrors on the Fords, too...
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The Ford GT40 was built to beat Ferrari. It succeeded. Its modern equivalent did the same 50 years later. What, if anything, do father and son have in common? The Ford GT and GT40 scored their...
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Ford’s Le Mans winner finally materialises without racing numbers on its flanks Whatever its strengths and weaknesses – and it has plenty of both – the Ford GT is above all a curious kind of supercar...
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"Talent? That's not enough. They need to be desperate." Dr Helmut Marko, the man behind Red Bull's ruthlessly efficient junior programme, explains what he looks for in young drivers The public...
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He might be the best bike racer of all time, but he’s much more than that: ‘King’ Kenny worked tirelessly with car people to make his sport ever better Most race fans would argue that Valentino Rossi...
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Known as ‘The King’, he retired 25 years ago but still holds many records writer PETER HIGHAM NASCAR legend Richard Petty turns 80 on July 2. The son of three-time champion Lee Petty, ‘The King’ won...
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On the anniversary of a spectacular accident  in his Lola T70 Spyder, Dutchman Michiel Smits returned to Goodwood to race it once again The 2016 Bruce McLaren Trophy was less than a lap old when the...
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The Tamiya Plastic Model Company is universally recognised for its accurate scale replicas and has inspired countless car designers and racing fans If you are interested in motor sport, then you...
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As Donington celebrates the ruby anniversary of  its rebirth, we meet some of those who helped  get it through good years and bad Forty years. That is the milestone Donington Park circuit celebrates...
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Autumn in upstate New York has always been a time to savour – particularly when the United States GP visited Watkins Glen  Customarily it takes only a few minutes to stitch together the key elements...
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From Abu Dhabi to Zolder via Interlagos, Jerez and, obviously, Oulton Park. Where next..?   FLIGHT PATH IS THE RIGHT PATH Ashley, Cheshire, April 30: After much of its 2016 season was washed out, the...
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One wheel in the past: searching out what’s new in the old car world FAST AND CURIOUS An aviation visit turns into another car-fest at a Farnborough museum  Like I said last month, cars follow me...
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ONE-SEASON WONDER Smarting from defeat by Auto Union, the Daimler-Benz board invested in an all-new design  Eighty years ago – in the early-summer of 1937 – the single-season racing car design that...
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Kiwi who competed in F1 from 1971 to 1974, twice finishing fourth for BRM. He was later co-founder of customer racing car manufacturer Tiga When did you first read Motor Sport? In 1955 when it took...

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