July 2018

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Is there such a thing as a born racer? It’s a question that comes up from time to time at Motor Sport Towers and usually sparks an energetic discussion which goes on far longer than it should. My...
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His engines are short of power and his drivers have been undone by their own freedom to race. Delicate times, these, for Christian Horner... Christian Horner’s urbane, affable persona had for once...
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Rumour and gossip from the F1 paddock Liberty Media’s F1 marketing boss SEAN BRATCHES has been working hard on trying to inaugurate a MIAMI GRAND PRIX, from as early as next year, around a street...
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A rare error, but the answer is blowin’ in the wind Bright sun, strong wind. A classic combination for Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a place where everyone has recently completed multiple...
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There is a strong will to bring Formula E back to the UK... but not necessarily in London For Superprix read E-Prix. Motor racing could make a return to the streets of Birmingham as early as 2019,...
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It might be ungainly, but fuss is fading For all the furore, it was inevitable that the world would accept the halo pretty quickly. That’s because it’s human nature to stop complaining about the norm...
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Eligible cars are plentiful, but few compete The HSCC Super Touring Car Championship was one of the most eagerly anticipated historic racing developments when it expanded to formal championship...
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Porsche potential reduced to a mere parade With the excitement generated by the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919’s current world tour – and Neel Jani’s successful effort to beat Lewis Hamilton’s Formula...
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Touring cars, bikes, a dearth of Cortinas… and a sprinkling of poetry The British famously have a habit of banging on about the weather – but of late there has been good cause… BRANDS HATCH Three...
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Charles Barter has spent 25 seasons in the same Datsun For many years the family name was almost as synonymous with hillclimbing as Shelsley Walsh. “My brother Robert and I started at the beginning...
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V8 muscle, FF 1600 and hotdog-eating contests – the SpeedFest isn’t quite your typical race weekend The sixth American SpeedFest, on June 9/10, continues in the same spectacular vein as its forebears...
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Jaguar’s outgoing Formula E car to bid farewell at Shelsley Walsh Past meets present this August as Jaguar will be giving its I-TYPE 2 Formula E car a run up Shelsley Walsh with New Zealander Mitch...
Formula E battery tech brings Williams Queen’s Award Williams Advanced Engineering has been recognised for its development of the Formula E batteries by receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in...
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Rolls Royce claims top off-road ability in its gem of an SUV To gasps of shock and awe, Rolls-Royce has finally shown the world the SUV it has been threatening to introduce for the last three years....
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As Formula 1 awaits its next big regulation change for 2021, interim tweaks are on the horizon. In theory, the sport is on the correct path With a little bit of political horse-trading, the FIA has...
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Britain’s third-biggest spectator event takes place in another country. Why do enthusiasts cross the Channel in droves for it? What is it about Le Mans - that most French of races - that obsesses us...
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Intelligence has always been an important part of going fast, but never more so than in racing’s electronics age Knowledge is lap times. We all know that. There are two ways to gain this knowledge:...
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Playboy or professional? Investigating the track record of Woolf Barnato, high priest of the Bentley Boys In the run-up to this year’s Le Mans 24-Hour race the thought occurs that it marks the 90th...
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A concours Ford Zodiac, early Volkswagen Beetles and a £300 Rover 110. It’s amazing where the internet can lead… It was a spur of the moment choice. Being unexpectedly at a loose end on a sunny...
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Setting history straight As an owner and racer of Historic F3 and F2 Tecnos, at one time owning four, I devoured Doug Nye’s piece on Ronnie Peterson’s exploits in the famous SMOG F3 Tecno, which came...
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The British Superbike Championship is a byword for eye-catching average lap speeds – and never more so than at Thruxton – ADVERTISING FEATURE Motorcycle racing is not just part of the modern...
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Hill, Newey, Bell, Murray, McLaren and Porsche among the leading lights as Motor Sport prepares to pay tribute to bygone heroes A galaxy of stars is confirmed to attend this year’s Hall of Fame...
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From the Bentley Boys to Bell and Brundle, British racers have always loved Le Mans. And the class of 2018 looks like one of the strongest yet Le Mans has changed in many ways over its 90-odd years...
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Photographer Lyndon McNeil reveals how we managed to get the drivers together for a unique portrait If you thought herding cats was difficult, trying getting seven racing drivers from several...
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Former McLaren team-mates go head to head Two of the most popular Grand Prix drivers in recent years will both be making their Le Mans debuts this year – Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Alonso’s...
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Circuit length: 8.46 miles Race lap record: André Lotterer, Audi R18 e-tron quattro, 2015, 3min 17.475sec. Average speed: 154.385mph Qualifying lap record: Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota TS050 Hybrid, 2017...
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Once a year, over a long weekend in June, a north-western French city is transformed into a British suburb. It’s a tradition that stretches back several generations... and with good reason It was a...
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A Le Mans 24 Hours winner as recently as 2009, the Peugeot 908 HDI is now eligible for competition, but how will it cope in the rain? Of all the conditions in which to drive one of Peugeot Sport’s...
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Watch, listen and download absolutely free Good things come in threes... The Motor Sport podcast has been busy recently: six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx and 2017 Dakar winner and Segrave Trophy...
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One well-known driver still covets his local circuit, where he remembers halcyon days of a boyhood spent trackside. Writer: Tiff Needell My dad was a regular spectator at Brooklands before the war...
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Serial champion on two wheels and four, media analyst… and outqualified by himself while pretending to be Barry Sheene It’s a bright, breezy morning in London’s West End. Pedestrians zig-zag through...
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McLaren is floundering. But who is to blame and is there any way back to its past glories? It all began to unravel a long time ago for McLaren – in terms of it being a top-rank, title-contending F1...
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1995-97 McLaren partners with Mercedes-Benz and brings in David Coulthard (’96) alongside Mika Häkkinen. They struggle, but Adrian Newey joins in ’97 to ignite a hot streak for the Woking-based team...
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In this season’s issue: p104 Bremont Endurance fuses functionality with style p107 Richard Mille launches first joint watch venture with McLaren Automotive p108 Fabergé DTZ – a fresh twist on telling...
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Anyone over the age of 40 will remember when quartz watches were cutting- edge tech. If you were a child of the 1970s, your first watch may have been a wind-up Timex, before you were delighted to...
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The name Richard Mille is very well known, but not always terribly well understood. It gets in all the right places, thanks to partnerships with glamorous names in sports like F1, golf, athletics and...
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When you want to buy a high-quality watch, there are many companies – both from the old and the new school, that are more than happy to take your card details. There are many established firms that...
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CHRISTOPHER WARD The luxury watch industry has been slow to embrace online shopping. The thinking for many of the big-name firms was that spending a large amount of money on a watch is something that...
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PORSCHE DESIGN Sometimes it can sometimes be difficult to make your mark when you are born into a successful family business. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed Butzi, had big shoes to fill: his...
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RESERVOIR Watch companies love a bit of fanfare. Before you actually get to see a new watch, they like to indulge in a bit of pre-launch fluffing. You are encouraged to believe that the watch you are...
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TUDOR Tudor was created by Hans Wilsdorf as a brand that would give Rolex-level quality but at a more accessible price. The name reflected his anglophile leanings, having spent a few years living in...
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This month marks the latest running of the world’s most challenging hillclimb. But what does it take to conquer Pikes Peak? We asked former winners to explain how they did it. Writer: Clyde Brolin ...
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1916 The event was founded by Spencer Penrose (who also built the original Pikes Peak Highway itself) and first held in August 1916 – making it the second-oldest American motor sport event after the...
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From monster SUVs to all-electric supercars, big name manufacturers are scrambling to compete at this year’s Pikes Peak Although Pikes Peak is no longer topped with gravel, the challenge for 2018 is...
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Motorcycle board-track racing took America by storm in the early years of the 20th century. But it wasn’t long before the motordromes became known as murderdromes Jake De Rosier’s 998cc Indian is...
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Bentley’s cross-country express reaches greater heights – BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT – Here’s confidence for you: assemble a bunch of journalists at the bottom of the 8200ft Grössglockner Pass,...
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Out of Porsche’s recent horde of GT models, this one is special – PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS – Do you get confused by the sheer number of Porsche GT models that are produced? In the last three years alone...
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Morgan is phasing out the Plus 8 – but watch that space – MORGAN PLUS EIGHT 50TH ANNIVERSARY – It seems a funny way to celebrate but as soon as this run of half-century Plus Eights have been built,...
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They’re not cheap, but ex-GP cars are very definitely available Returning from this year’s Monaco Grand Prix Historique with absurd fantasies about buying an old-school Formula 1 car, I began...
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MLG brings together the best of Porsche and Rolex It has become a truism that classic automobiles and mechanical chronographs go together like a horse and carriage, so it’s little wonder that auction...
Martin Chisholm from Cotswold Collectors Cars Two years ago, long-established Cotswolds-based dealer Martin Chisholm bought RAF Bibury, a former Battle of Britain fighter base he has now transformed...
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Racing royalty and His Holiness command princely sums in Monaco May auctions The Bonhams Monaco sale coincides with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, and this year’s consignment lived up to the storied...
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Spokesman (and F1 champion), Lloyds Classic Car Auctions, Australia Australia is an untapped market for overseas buyers. Enthusiasts world-wide are noticing this market, with prices for European road...
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Why a leading French banker opted for a radical career change The late actor Steve McQueen’s oft-quoted remark that ‘racing is life – everything else is just waiting’ could well be applied to Xavier...
Racing cars are much more a passion than they are an investment The market for classic road cars is going down in several areas – but there’s a big difference with racing cars, because the people who...
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Built to win races – and the hearts of enthusiasts It was the same but different. When BMW revealed the first M3 in 1985 it was clearly derived from the compact 3-series saloon – it had to be to go...
Owner, Classic Heroes, BMW specialists You’re not buying a mega-fast car in an M3, you’re buying an amazing chassis with beautiful balance – it’s incredibly flattering. You feel like a touring car...
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Hero of a dramatic victory against the greats Straightforward, forgiving and successful – three words that sum up Ron Tauranac’s chassis designs in his Brabham era. That’s why the team, when not...
Partner, William I’Anson Ltd There’s always a demand for a car with an interesting background like this – Dave Morgan with a relatively small team went out and beat the world at Mallory Park that day...
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So much hope, so much expectation, so much promise… but motor racing has a habit of being cruel to its aficionados This was supposed to be a glorious send-off. Note use of the word ‘supposed’. Over...
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The finish line is in sight as the car gains made-to-measure dampers, while work continues on the period monochrome dash My Jordan-Peugeot is finally nearing completion, and we are now focused on the...
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A new season should always bring hope, but for Ed Foster it yielded mostly frustration The view from the outside of Graham Hill Bend at Brands Hatch is a great place to watch racing. I only know this...
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The Winning Formula Leadership, Strategy, Motivation, the F1 Way David Coulthard Formula 1 is unique among mainstream sports in that it is both an individual and team endeavour; it requires immense...
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Olivia Davis Who doesn’t want to deconstruct F1? This artist does it, in 2D If there’s one symbol of motor racing it’s the chequered flag, and it overlays much of Olivia Davis’s work. The Paris-born...
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BBurago Marcus Nicholls takes a look at a famous Italian die-cast maker BBurago is, or perhaps was, an enormously famous producer of die-cast metal model cars, turning them out by the thousands from...

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