June 2008

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On June 3 the FIA General Assembly will meet in Paris to decide by ‘secret vote’ whether its president Max Mosley is fit to hold office following revelations in a British tabloid newspaper concerning...
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Max Mosley continues to insist he should be allowed to complete his term as FIA president and will fight for his career right up until June 3, when the governing body’s General Assembly is due to...
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BMW Sauber’s first ever pole position in Bahrain was further evidence that the team will play a key role in the battle for the 2008 World Championship. While it may be too early to suggest the Swiss-...
* The Singapore GP organisers have announced that they will use ‘digi-flag’ displays which will be more visible at night. The electronic flag displays, which will be used alongside the flags...
Michael Schumacher has demonstrated that he still has a taste for speed by embarking on a busy schedule of two-wheeled activities, while denying that he’s serious about a new career. Schumacher has...
Michael Schumacher is the latest driver to voice his concerns over the tyre warmer ban that is due to come into force in Formula 1 at the start of 2009. The former World Champion has joined GPDA...
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Reflections – Why Mosley is wrong to hang on as FIA president – Memories of Max’s predecessor – the late Balestre Recently it has become very fashionable in the mainstream press to denigrate Formula...
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David Leslie David Leslie was an up-and-coming single-seater driver who dominated the Formula Ford 2000 and Atlantic races I watched as a child. He was a sports car and touring car front-liner during...
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Lord March was in fine form as he entertained guests at the Goodwood Press Day in April, outlining the 2008 event theme of ‘Hawthorn to Hamilton – Britain’s Love Affair with World Motor Sport’....
Forty years on from the accident that ended his racing career, Chris Irwin made a very rare appearance at a race meeting when he took part in the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Thruxton...
IRL The series has announced a new multi-year sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola. It has also introduced a new style of ‘knock-out’ qualifying for road races. Cars will be divided into two groups, with...
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The BRDC has launched a new Superstars scheme to further the careers of young British drivers. The 14 chosen drivers, who were introduced to the media by Damon Hill and former BTCC champion Tim...
Plans for the next generation of Le Mans prototypes to take their styling cues from road-going sports cars appear to have been abandoned. The future of the LMP1 division is for “real prototypes”,...
The new factory-backed Aston Martin-powered Lola coupé looks set to bury the memories of the last time the two companies teamed up at Le Mans.  A pair of Lola-Aston T70 MkIIIs hit engine problems and...
A new single-seater series aiming to link motor sport and association football will kick off at Donington Park later this year, with teams racing in the colours of various football teams. The race at...
Ex-Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will get his eye in for the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Spa 1000Km.  Villeneuve, who is returning to the French enduro with Peugeot, has been called up to...
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Fighting fit in the ALMS As spec-car racing has swept across America and the world, infecting every corner of the sport, the American Le Mans Series stands out as a breath of fresh air. The ALMS has...
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Fuelling, the debate Perhaps the most impressive thing I have seen from a car manufacturer of late is Honda’s decision to put its FCX fuel cell car into production. It means Honda is the first car...
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Staying wired for safety Poorer and more dangerous, you might say MotoGP is like Formula 1 racing in the ‘good old days’. But while motorcycling’s biggest world championship offers neither F1’s...
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Rough justice? Sir, Like so many I could not help but laugh when the news about Max Mosley surfaced. I felt it represented a form of rough justice in view of the draconian fine levied on McLaren and...
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The traumas of 2007 have failed to kill the passion that Ron Dennis still has for McLaren and for Formula 1 By Rob Widdows Remarkable man, this Ron Dennis. He’s been through the wringer, and come out...
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Physical disability was no barrier to racing success for Archie Scott Brown, one of the best-loved drivers in a golden age of motor sport By Nigel Roebuck Of late much has been written about Jimmy...
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Nimbler than a Testa Rossa, and almost as quick, Ferrari’s 246 Sport Dino is a delicate jewel. We took one for a little exercise and fell in love By Colin Goodwin Once, when a new Dodge Viper was...
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He didn’t achieve the results that his enormous talent merited, but no matter: F1’s ‘unluckiest driver’ is just glad to have lived to tell the taleBy Simon Taylor Today’s media like to give our...
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Forget Monaco – the setting for this year’s F1 business forum was the desert kingdom of Bahrain, a sure sign of motor sport’s growing love affair with the Middle East By Rob Widdows In the sweltering...
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Toro Rosso is up for sale, but buying a piece of the F1 action requires far more than just money. Still, there are rewards to be had  By David Tremayne F1 team for sale: it’s not exactly a new...
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The joy of David purley’s first F1 finish in the new lec car wasn’t shared by Niki Lauda. By Rob Widdows Martin Dixon has been working in the pitlanes of this world since he was a teenager. He...
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F1 success was slow to come, but in F2 the spectacular Jochen Rindt set the benchmark – even for Clark and Stewart By Paul Fearnley It was the ‘Summer of Shove’ – for Jim Clark at least. All-of-a-...
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Some of the Austrian’s rivals turned out to mark a milestone in the Hampshire track’s history. F2 was, of course, on the bill By Paul Lawrence April 1968: the sport was reeling from the death of Jim...
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The season was over, yet the title of first British saloon champion still lay vacant… Two men buckled up to sort it out  By Gordon Cruickshank For the Silverstone Classic meeting in July the...
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In an extract from a new book by Gordon Kirby, Rick Mears recalls his promising Formula 1 tests with Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team, and why he rejected a Grand Prix deal to stay in CART His place...
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The wonders of modern technology have been used to recreate the world’s first purpose-built track. So would you drive it in a 1933 Napier Railton, or a 1996 McLaren F1? By Ed Foster On October 7,...
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The global celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Formula Junior will be capped by a record entry for the Brands Hatch meeting on June 28, when over 100 cars are expected to take part in three...
Rally cars will once again feature in the Silverstone Classic after an absence of nearly a decade when a live stage is created at the Becketts end of the National Straight. The demonstration runs...
* The Historic Sports Car Club has announced it’s creating a new ’80s Road Sports category for 2009. Building on the success of its Historic (1947-1969) and ’70s (1970-1979) categories, the club has...
American James King will realise a life ambition by racing a Lotus 72 in a selection of classic events in Europe this summer, including the Monaco Historic GP. King raced F2 and F3 in Europe in the...
A brand new event at a stately home in Cheshire promises to bring a flavour of the Goodwood Festival of Speed to the North West when the first Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is held over the weekend...
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The return to Europe of the ex-Denis Hulme McLaren M23 will be one of the highlights of the Masters Festival at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on May 25/26. Now owned and raced by New Zealander...
The Mille Miglia regularity tour will take to the course of the famous Italian road race on May 15-18, with a capacity entry selected from over 1700 applications. Crews will tackle 49 tests over a...
With more than 70 3-litre Formula 1 cars entered across two races, the Monaco Grand Prix Historique (May 10/11) will be the biggest event of the European historic racing season. Favourite for at...
The crowded European historic racing calendar has taken a heavy toll on the Grand Prix Historique de Pau this year, with the May 24/25 event missing out on the high-profile races that usually mark...
Demo runs by the Mercedes 154 and the Seaman Trophy races will headline the Vintage Sports-Car Club meeting at Donington on May 31/June 1. Having moved from its regular September date, the SeeRed...
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Some newcomers to the historic racing grid provided a highlight of the Grande Passione event at Donington Park By Paul Lawrence The passion and brio of historic racers shone through the cold, damp...
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This rare Bugatti should be driven, not stored away We recently received an e-mail about a barn find near Sintra in Portugal. Apparently this has been circulating for a while, but the story went as...
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When it proved too hefty as a racer, the SS was transformed into a luxurious and distinctive grand tourer whose performance belies its age By Richard Heseltine, Photography by Howard Simmons Every...
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‘Whizzo’ The motor sporting life of Barrie Williams Paul Lawrence Anyone who’s either spectated or competed in British club racing over the past 40 years can’t help but know the name Barrie ‘Whizzo’...
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Paperwork that is a joy The race records of teams like Cooper Cars are as good as any photograph when it comes to providing a fascinating look at the Grands Prix of yesterday I couldn’t help but...
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Fanning the flames of hispano history Our founder editor once owned a 1914 Alphonso Hispano-Suiza which gave him more than a little trouble. But he was sorry to see it go, especially when it later...

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