June 2007

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So the people in charge of Aintree racecourse have built grandstands on top of Tates Corner on the old grand prix circuit, but should we be bothered? It was, after all, never one of the great tracks...
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Lewis Hamilton made history with a record-breaking run over the first three grands prix of his career. His third and two second places make him the first rookie to reach the podium in each of his...
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Motor racing enthusiasts in the north-west believe that new grandstands for the Aintree horse race course mean that racing can never now return to the scene of British Grand Prix races in the 1950s...
The Ferrari 312PB and the Alfa Romeo T33/3 that shared the podium at Daytona in 1972 will be back on the same grid this summer as a growing number of 3-litre sports-prototypes contest the World...
Several F1 cars returning to racing after decades away will headline the two major events that open the Masters Racing Series season.  Belgian racer Bernard de Dryver will bring the ex-Niki Lauda...
The FIA Historic Formula One Championship is the new name for the Thoroughbred Grand Prix Car Championship. The new name has been created with the agreement of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, and...
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We will be co-hosting a gala reception with Ferrari, Sotheby’s and RM at the Ferrari factory in Maranello on May 19 along with Motor Sport champagne sponsor, Jarvis of St. James. The gala celebrates...
Nigel Mansell will race a Ferrari once more when he joins Scuderia Ecosse for the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone on May 6, the opening round of the FIA GT Championship. 17 years after he raced for...
The biggest-ever gathering of Group C Porsches will be one of the major features at the Silverstone Classic on July 28/29, marking the 25th anniversary of the debut race of the Porsche 956. In May...
The third running of Tour Britannia has already attracted a record entry, even though the classic race and rally event is still four months away. The entry broke through the 60 mark at Easter, and...
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Ferrari grand prix cars spanning an era from Niki Lauda to Michael Schumacher will  perform at Silverstone on June 9/10 during the Ferrari Racing Days. The weekend is the UK focus of Ferrari’s 60th...
Mario Andretti will be reunited with the Ferrari 312B in which he scored his first grand prix victory during the GPlive event at Donington Park on May 19/20.  The American champion will demonstrate...
May 5/6 Brands Hatch Classic Sports Car Club race meeting www.motorsportvision.co.uk May 6 Curborough Vintage Sports Car Club sprint www.vscc.co.uk May 6/7 Donington Park Grand Prix Euroseries www....
An ex-John Surtees Cooper T51 F2 car was unveiled at Race Retro after a restoration by Bancroft Motor Services. FJ racer Nigel Bancroft is likely to share the car this season with owner Greg Corley....
OBITUARY Jeff Uren, 1925-2007 Uren, the second champion of the series which became the British Touring Car Championship, died in April As well as his 1959 success in a Ford Zephyr, Uren was a...
The fourth International Historic Motorsport Show, now titled Race Retro, enjoyed a record attendance as almost 25,000 people visited the three-day event. With a new date at the end of March, the...
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‘Spark of Genius’ banner unites ingenuity and talent at 2007 event Brooklands and Bonneville will be central themes at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 22-24. It’s 100 years since the first...
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1 Manometro Watch £1800 This handcrafted retro watch, created by the artist Giuliano Mazzuoli, features a high-precision Swiss movement. He was apparently inspired by a vintage car tyre pressure...
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The Grand Prix companion Alan Henry With the possible exceptions of caravan and lawnmower racing and Formula Talbot, almost all topics have now been covered in the field of motorsport literature. ...
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Alesi podium car – Plus a barn-find Bugatti Atalante, and a Le Mans Kremer-Porsche CK5 This month’s forthcoming auctions are full of interesting competition cars, ranging from a 1992 Formula 1...
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Letter of the month Play it again Sam Sir, As the current owner of Big Sam,  I was pleased to see your article in the May issue about Spike Anderson and the Samuri Zs.   The car in your photo of...
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Diesel dismay Le Mans legend Pescarolo says that the current regulations for the 24 Hours mean that petrol-powered entrants can’t race on equal terms The beauty of the Le Mans 24 Hours has always...
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Coach Work Just how relevant is personal driver coaching in Formula 1? Sir Jackie Stewart believes the benefits could be manifold but another former GP winner disagrees fundamentally Ever wondered...
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TVR - over and out? Amid rumours of a new Veyron-baiting supercar and a move from Blackpool to Florida, our man ponders the marque’s future and pays his respects to its past efforts. It’s been a riot...
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He had no prior interest in rallying, and didn’t enjoy having someone barking instructions at him, but Carlos Reutemann proved handy on the rough stuff In the 1960s, the worlds of international...
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Overshadowed as Villeneuve’s team-mate, Didier Pironi was turning into a great driver. But his mind games against Gilles and the tragic outcome did not make him popular… Twenty-five years have passed...
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In the 1970s, he reversed the house of Enzo’s flagging fortunes through sheer force of will. Just don’t expect ‘The Rat’ to be sentimental about it... Niki Lauda is a legend. There is no other word...
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Ferrari’s famous home has undergone several fundamental shifts recently, in terms of structure and practices. But, as Colin Goodwin discovers, these have not been entirely at the expense of tradition...
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As Ferrari's first turbocharged 1.5-litre grand prix car, the 126CK broke with marque tradition, but its two victories in 1981 were largely down to Gilles Villeneuve's genius behind the wheelWords:...
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There are few might-have-beens in this man’s distinguished career. But riding the Prancing Horse, then slipping off into sports cars might have been a mistake. Not a huge one – the lure of the red...
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Built to honour Ferrari’s Big 4-0, this adrenalin-charged device was the fastest production car of them all in 1987. But does it still stack up two decades on? When it came out in 1987, the F40 was ...
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It must be long gone, but in Turin’s Valentino Park there was a bench upon which once sat a desolate young Enzo Anselmo Ferrari. It was 1918, the year the Great War finished. Hard times across Europe...
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Porsche caught the sports car elite off-guard with its rule-stretching 917, but Ferrari soon responded with a blunt instruments of its own. Former pilots Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney relate their...
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The uniquely versatile Monte Carlo Rally winner, sports car ace and Formula 1 driver talks to Simon Taylor about life on and off track As the tired crews and battered cars rolled into Monaco at the...
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They got on famously at first, only for McLaren to favour the young pretender. Even so, John Watson is still in awe of former team-mate Alain Prost. Here ‘Wattie’ spills the beans on ‘the Professor’...
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Memories of a fast, successful, but frequently over-enthusiastic regular at the Brooklands Track, and his red Type 35 Bugatti ​ With the proximity of the Brooklands Centenary celebrations in June it...
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Apparently I was right to query how the Auto Union coming up for auction was known to be Nuvolari’s car! I have never attended an auction but I have two memories. The first was when Michael Sedgwick...
A VSCC lynchpin  The VSCC has sustained a grievous loss in the death of Arthur Jeddere-Fisher, who had such a prominent part in the club’s activities over so many years, from competing in his E-type...
ISBN: 0-9552485-0-7, 264 pages, Newlands Press, Hillcroft, Bighton Lane, Bishops Sutton, Alresford, Hants SO24 0AU, £35 inc P&P A number of books are starting to appear about speed trials and...
A recent TV appeal for donations by the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children has a 60 year-old motor racing connection, worth remembering by those who have forgotten it or never knew about it. ...

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