June 2006

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Well, here it is. Since late 2004, when the cover of Motor Sport was changed from its traditional green to red, it's been pretty frustrating in this office. While many people have been kind enough to...
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No other magazine can boast such a long and unbroken involvement in covering competitive automotive endeavour as Motor Sport. And, 82 years on, you can expect a lot more from the green 'unWords:...
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News, views & comment Record breakingJCB bids to take diesel mark up to 300mphBamford signs up the world's first supersonic driver, Andy Green Land Speed Record holder Andy Green will return to...
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There's a new BRDC president Rebels fail in no-confidence motion against the board Damon Hill has been chosen to succeed fellow former World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart as the president of the...
Former World Champion and latter-day Grand Prix Masters hero Nigel Mansell has been lined up for this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Mansell will drive up the Sussex hill on July 7-9 in a 1982...
Schumacher's pole record Michael Schumacher finally broke Ayrton Senna's record for grand prix pole positions at the San Marino GP. One day after claiming his 56th pole, the German took victory at...
Another win for 1992 champ Nigel Mansell made it two out of two in the Grand Prix Masters series when he triumphed at the recently constructed Losail circuit in Qatar (below). The Briton was the only...
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The ex-Jochen Rindt Cooper T86B has been superbly restored by McDonald Race Engineering for Ben Liebert and ran for the first time at Donington recently (above). After being raced by Rindt and Jacky...
Commemoration race at Silverstone Neil Corner's Griffiths Formula win in a D-type to be honoured The 40th anniversary of the Historic Sports Car Club will be celebrated during a two-day race meeting...
The biggest 3-litre F1 field ever! Looking for just one excuse to attend the Monaco Historic GP on May 20/21? Here's the extraordinary list of entries, split into two races. Amon: Peter Williams (...
Mike Wrigley has acquired an ex-Ronnie Peterson March 711 (similar to above) and will race the car at the Monaco Historic GP meeting. The car was previously owned by Martin Carter and has not raced...
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A race to recall an often overlooked era of F2 history is being arranged for the Brands Hatch GP circuit on June 3/4. The race, organised by the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association, will be...
Power to exeeed the F1 grid... Sports-racers and GTs to entertain the masses at Silverstone Pre-74 Sports Racing and GT cars will feature at the British Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone after...
The Willment Racing Lotus Elan 26R raced by John Miles in 1966 competed for the first time in Europe for over 30 years when new owner Pat Thomas contested the opening Heritage GT round of the season...
Motor Sport's choice... May 20/21 Monte Carlo (MC) Monaco Historic GP www.acm.mc May 20/21 Silverstone HSCC 40th anniversary. Tickets: £12. Tel: 01327 857271; www.silverstone-circuit.co.uk May 27/28...
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The producer of some of the most iconic racing images died in April. Famed for his work on the Targa Florio and other 'classic' tracks, he was one of the top photographers of the 1950s-70s and...
This famed Ford GT40 and McLaren sportscar racer has died, aged 85. As a team owner, he ran the short-lived Jordan-BRM F1 project and owned a Lola T332 F5000 car, raced with success by Tony Trimmer....
John Davenport pays tribute to an East African hero who was first a Safari-winning legend, then a consummate politician The king of the Safari Rally died in a London hospital in mid-April. Five times...
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Modern classics... All the stuff you want and all the stuff you'll need. Motor Sport rounds up the latest motoring-related must-haves As post-modernism irrevocably heads towards post-post-modernism,...
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This month's lots... Le Mans posters, Aston Martin grand prix cars and Group 5 BMW DRM cars – all the stuff we love Despite the doom mongers' predictions that the global historic car market is...
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Looking back at the career of Elio de Angelis, the popular Italianwho became synonymous with Lotus but was needlessly killed in a testing accident with Brabham 20 years ago When Ayrton Senna and...
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Guest column Motorcycle and F1 World Champion Surtees runs Britain's A1 GP team. He tells Motor Sport about his hopes for a new British hero and how champions don't just happen... In some ways...
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Ridiculously fast and a car to admire, but is there charisma to match supercars from Ferrari or McLaren? In a new column, former Motor Sport editor Andrew Frankel assesses the Bugatti Veyron Before...
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The big interview Things Alan learned when he sat down with Sir Jackie at the Australian GP: that Cevert would have won the '74 title; that Button is the new Amon; and a masterclass in racing...
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Andretti at Le Mans Mario Andrelti has tried nine times to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. He isn't racing this year, but he still wants to go back even when he's 92... 1966 There was an ulterior motive...
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Grand designs 1988 was Jaguar's third attempt at lifting the biggest prize in sportscar racing; the rival Porsche was ageing, but quite capable of winning. Both camps recall an epic battleWords:...
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Few events celebrate automotive perfection in quite the same way as this Concorso d'Eleganza. Motor Sport was thereWords: Richard Heseltine. Photography: Ian Fraser Don't mention the war, mention BMW...
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The president of the FIA involves himself in all types of motorsport, and historic racing is not immune from his influence. He believes genuine racing cars are too precious to be raced... Words:...
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It's been out of sight for 30 years – hanging on a wall. Now one of only four examples of Maserati's exquisite little 4CM voiturette has reappeared. Its story is intertwined with one of motor racing'...
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Targa Florio Sicily looks beautiful, but it's a bit quiet, isn't it? Not this month, as the centenary of the Targa Florio, one of the world's most celebrated races, shatters the peace By the time you...
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What happens where and whenMay 16-22 Historic Car Regularity Starts from Palermo on May 17. Visits Agrigento and Siracusa on 18th, Modica and Floriopoli on 19th. Cars run on the Madonie circuit on...
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Formula Junior is in a renaissance as a historic category, 45 years after its heyday. But can Motor Sport do a 130mph lap average?Words: Marcus Simmons. Photography: Andrew Ferraro/LAT What is it...
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What championships are there? Millers Oils Historic Formula Junior Championship (UK); FIA Lurani Trophy (Europe); Scuderia Madunina (Italy) – plus non-championship races. What's the class structure?...
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It was just as you'd expect: the first time the Brazilian sat in a sportscar he was right on the pace. He could have had a works Porsche drive, if he'd wanted... Words: Gary Watkins. Photography: LAT...
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Bill Boddy You didn't have to pay a 'fortune' for an Alfa when there were other Italian cars around Italian cars have long been attractive to drivers who like fast cars which handle well and reflect...
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This year's 68th Sunbeam MCC Epsom-Brighton Pioneer Run for pre-1915 motorcycles went off well. It was nice to see that four of the 297 riders were on pre-1900 machines and that there were only 18...
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Forgotten race track Race circuits which have ceased to be used have historical fascination. A Motor Sport reader, Leigh Trevail, became interested in the one at Fersfield on the Norfolk-Sussex...
More Citroëns. The Victoria Hotel at Slap Roake, Cambodia is using an 11.4 tourer and (below) a pre-war saloon. The Brooklands Society's Reunion is on June 25. Among Brooklands' one-make days at the...
Front-wheel-drive layout was revolutionary in 1934; Delaney's proposed race version would have been a two-seater Traction Avant A piece of untold motor racing history concerning Tom Delaney, who...
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Officially honoured as the 'Southern Most in Love with Chevrons', Pye evokes memories of a B21/B19 and drives a B8. And he looks back on a sub-40-second F1 lap Malllory Park: Half a century of car...
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VSCC kicks off 2006 racing season with traditional Spring Start opener at Silverstone Trans-Atlantic racer Mark Gillies starred with a brace of race wins when the VSCC's 2006 race programme burst...
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Rory Farrell Jnr took a fine win in the opening URS Classic Formula Ford 1600 race in his Crosslé 45F. He qualified fifth, but a demon start from the Northern Irishman put him into contention, and...
David Howard continued his impressive start to the Classic Touring Car Racing Club season by adding a win and a second at Mallory Park. Howard romped his potent Jaguar XJ12 to victory in the Classic...
A thoroughly entertaining 40-minute race got the Heritage GT season off to a good start at Oulton Park, with victory going to David Yates and Graham Scarborough in their Ford Mustang. For much of the...
Lotus 27 driver Michael Hibberd won both legs of the opening round of the FIA Lurani Trophy series when Formula Junior topped the bill at Brands Hatch on Easter Saturday. The first race was a cracker...
Silverstone, April 81950s Sports Racing Cars1 Tony Bianchi (Farrellac Allard); 2 Barry Cannel! (Willment-Climax); 3 Jamie McIntyre (Rejo Mk4); 4 Mark Gillies (Maserati Tipo 61); 5 Stephen Gibson (...
David Clark may have topped the Sebring Salute race at Brands Hatch two days earlier, but at Castle Combe on Easter Monday Shaun Lynn powered his GT40 to victory in conditions that suited the Ford...
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Gearbox problems fail to prevent Classic Racing Cars win in ex-Watson Brabham Taking time out from fettling F1 cars ahead of the Monaco Historic GP, Matthew Watts made it two wins from two starts in...
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Jim Clark Meeting, HockenheimGläsel boosts TGP title defence as Piper and Hoffmann split Supersports glory Defending champion Christian Gläsel's FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix victory gave German...
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After finding success as a driver, James Watt turned his attention to race preparation. He hasn't looked back since. Motor Sport pays him a visitWords: Richard Heseltine. Photography: Phil Starling...
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He claims to be a poor salesman, yet Gregor Fisken has built up a successful historic racing car business. It must be down to his enthusiasm and passion. Words: Gavin Ireland. Photography: Duncan...
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The 2003 Sebring 12 Hours was Gregor Fisken's debut at the top level of international sportscar racing and he has since contested the Le Mans 24 Hours on two occasions, with plans to return to La...
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Pushing a Mini uphill to win the Euro Rally title and waking up inches from falling down a mountain. But restaurant owners beware: laminate your menus to stop suspension redesigns As an engineer, did...
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Trevor Legate. ISBN 0-9551020-1-4. Published by Touchstone Books. £30.00 Unless you've just returned from a 10-year mission to seek out new galaxies, you'll probably be aware that the centenary of...
by Scott Thomson. ISBN 1-877338-71-0. Available from www.steeleroberts.co,nzPublished by Steele Roberts, NZ $54.99 So, a book about Ron Roycroft... Yes, I said 'who?' But the foreword is by Chris...
by Michael Argetsinger. ISBN 1-893618-54-4. Published by David Bull, £29.99 Kudos to David Bull for publishing this thumping 400-page hardback. Hansgen may be largely forgotten in Europe, but this...
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Sir, Since it's OK for Gordon Cruickshank to play art critic, I reckon that means it's all right for me to do the same. I recall those BMW Art Cars and thinking that it was a neat idea, and that the...
Sir Once I knew that the May edition of Motor Sport was to contain an article on the Brabham-Repcos, I looked forward to the issue with greater than usual anticipation. However, the real treat was...
Sir, A nice article on Clay Regazzoni. I remember Niki Lauda and Clay walking very comfortably to their cars, side by side, all smiles and chatting, before the 1975 Belgian GP commenced. The outcome...
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Sir, The birds are singing, the buds are bursting forth at last, we're running at Brands and for once the brakes are holding up, HM the Queen (and Sir Jack) are still going strong at 80, and Motor...
Sir, It was pleasing to see p85 of April's Motor Sport dedicated to advice for readers thinking of participating. This page is headed 'Get Involved in Historic Racing'. Unfortunately, vehicles...
Sir, In the March issue of Motor Sport Nigel Roebuck discusses the Monza 1960 F1 race and the rear-engined GP Ferraris. He states about the 246P that Ginther raced in Monaco: "Neither Hill nor...
Sir, I'd like to congratulate you on your news report on Valentino Rossi's F1 test in your April issue. I've been surprised by the lack of interest by other car magazines in Rossi's performances in...

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