June 2009

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October 1997, the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. The final is minutes away when Matt James from Motoring News introduces me to a freckle-faced young lad standing quietly beside him. It’s that...
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The outcome of the 2009 formula 1 World Championship depends on how quickly and effectively the traditional front-running teams can develop and introduce double diffusers as they attempt to rein in...
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Just before the Chinese Grand Prix Ron Dennis announced that he is to completely relinquish his involvement in Formula 1 to focus on running the newly-created McLaren Automotive, which is expected to...
Despite Eddie Jordan’s efforts behind a drum kit and Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay’s groupie-ish devotion to all things Ferrari, Formula 1 could never claim to be dripping with rock ‘n’ roll attitude....
F1 teams are finding it hard to justify the use of KERS, because of packaging and reliability compromises. For the Chinese GP both Ferrari and Renault dropped their energy recovery systems, leaving...
Adrian Newey became a Grand Prix winner with a fourth F1 team when Sebastian Vettel led home Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber in China. Newey had previously tasted success with Williams, McLaren...
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Reflections – Button feel-good factor lost in diffuser row – Why Lewis should share in McLaren’s shame – A childhood trip to Aintree and glory for Behra What a pity it is, in these early races of...
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The annual Race of Champions has been moved from Wembley – its home for the past two years – to Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium (left), which hosted the 2008 Olympics. Instead of the usual weekend...
Wales Rally GB is under threat after the Welsh Assembly Government served notice of its funding agreement with International Motor Sports Limited, even though the deal runs until 2011. IMS, the World...
Jaguar is set to end its long absence from the Le Mans 24 Hours next season. A Jag will grace the grid at La Sarthe for the first time since 1995 if the plans of Paul Gentilozzi’s Rocketsports squad...
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Porsche factory drivers Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard have completed the driver line-up for Audi’s three-car attack on the Le Mans 24 Hours. The move reflects Porsche’s increasing influence over...
Lloyd Ruby The enduring photo of Lloyd Ruby, who has died in Texas aged 81, is a painful one that encapsulates his career. It’s 1969 and he’s standing in the pits while fuel gushes out of his car....
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The British Racing Drivers’ Club Gold Star is historically a coveted prize for the best British and Commonwealth racing drivers who compete around the globe. It remains so to this day – just ask...
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There is no question that Audi and now Peugeot have attracted broader interest beyond the motor sport community to Le Mans and sports car racing as a whole in recent years. Their respective R10 and...
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With both of Audi’s LMP1 cars and the Penske/Porsche P2 team pulling out of this year’s ALMS, the American sports car series faces a tough season. Acura’s two new ARX-02a P1s and Rob Dyson’s Lola-...
Following the collapse of CART or Champ Car, America’s open-wheel ladder system – Atlantic, Star Mazda and Skip Barber National – runs primarily these days with the ALMS. All three series are...
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These are not words I thought I’d ever read myself writing, but thank heaven for the fickle finger of fashion. Went up to London last week to see a chum and was driven from South Kensington to...
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To a frozen lake in the far north of Sweden to meet up with Saab’s new 9-3X crossover estate and Per Eklund, the man charged with demonstrating it to me. Rally fans will know Eklund well, not just...
Honda is marketing its new Insight as the first truly affordable hybrid to reach the market, and with prices starting at just over £15,000, some £3000 less than the cheapest Toyota Prius, you can see...
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The world of motor sport changed forever half a century ago this June. And yet Honda’s arrival at the 1959 Isle of Man TT wasn’t met with foreboding by the European racing industry, rather it was...
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The new 600cc four-stroke Moto2 World Championship, due to replace the current 250cc two-stroke series, could give British riders a much better chance of breaking into MotoGP. For many years the UK...
MotoGP has banned the use of kinetic energy recovery systems, deciding the green technology would be too costly to develop in these straitened times. Although KERS isn’t currently used by any MotoGP...
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Shame on you, Lewis Sir, I’ve followed the debates on these pages on the merits or otherwise of Lewis Hamilton and for the first time I feel the need to put pen to paper. I so wanted to be able to...
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Aston Martin returns to Le Mans this year hoping for a victory against the odds. Much as it did in 1959… By Rob Widdows Only mad dogs, Englishmen and Aston Martin go out in the midst of a recession...
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Aston got its LMP1 campaign off to the best possible start with a win Aston Martin, on its Le Mans Series debut with the new LMP1 challenger, took an impressive victory in the Catalunya 1000Kms race...
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In the second of our occasional series, we remember how Aston Martin blazed a trail to sports car world title glory By Doug Nye We will soon see the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin becoming the...
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Audi’s new R15 turbodiesel has already taken up the R10’s winning ways, but is it enough to beat Peugeot at Le Mans? By Gordon Kirby Audi’s debut win at Sebring in March with its all-new R15 Le Mans...
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Audi’s new turbodiesel is an all-round improvement on the R10 The new Audi has a longer wheelbase and its front-to-rear weight balance is much more equal than the tail-heavy R10. At 5.5 litres the...
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The Maserati 250F is rightly regarded as one of the greatest Grand Prix cars, so the chance to drive Stirling Moss’s 1956 Monaco GP winner was the fulfilment of a dream By Andrew Frankel Though I...
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Tracing the history of any 250F requires some detective work There is a quip that goes, ‘of the 26 250Fs originally built, around 35 survive’. And not without reason. Tracing the history of any 250F...
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An impressive victory for Moss and Maserati at Monza ’56 Moss started lap 45 with his normal lead, but rounding the Lesmo turns his engine cut as he ran out of fuel. He coasted on and by sheer good...
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Formula 2 is back as a low-budget championship capable of eclipsing current F1 feeder series GP2 By Ed Foster To do a full season of GP2 – the established feeder series for Formula 1 – you need to...
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This Essex lad is more proud of his record as an F1 team owner than of his achievements behind the wheel. But those were varied and significant, too By Simon Taylor The sharp, punchy little guy from...
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Jaguar has mated a great engine with a solid chassis to produce one of the quickest sporting saloons around By Andrew Frankel Driving a new Jaguar XFR is like being in the studio at the exact moment...
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The Brawn GP story is a modern F1 fairytale, but Ross & Co are still seeking their happy ever after By Adam Cooper It was about an hour after the end of the Australian Grand Prix that Jenson...
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George Lucas’s 1973 breakthrough film was based on the exploits of West Coast sports racer Allen Grant, for whom the movie mogul once acted as crew chief By Richard Heseltine Where were you in ’62?’...
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Tobacco, beer and avoiding exercise – essential driver training in the 1960s when Gordon Spice began his racing career. In the next 23 years he became a colourful fixture on UK circuits and abroad,...
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Trialling – bouncing a vintage car up a country hill to score points – is a great motor sport tradition which continues to thrive within the VSCC By Damien Smith Last year you might remember I...
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Ford GT40 chassis 1085 took to a race circuit for the first time ever at Donington Park in April, when owner Jonathan Turner drove the car 40 years after the chassis was produced. The 1969 chassis,...
Peter Meyrick will contest both the Historic F1 Championship and Grand Prix Masters races this season after adding the ex-Marc Surer Arrows A5 to his stable. Meyrick will race his March 761 in GPM...
Racing at Donington Park was suspended for a month from early April after work ahead of the planned 2010 British Grand Prix left the circuit without a 2009 track licence. But the Masters Racing...
An ex-Jim Clark Lotus 30 will compete in Sports-Racing Masters events this season in the hands of Paul Whight. He hopes to use the 1965 car more regularly in 2009, having only raced it twice at...
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The rebirth of Formula 5000 took another major step in late March when the final round of the New Zealand F5000 Tasman Revival Cup was held as a support race to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne...
The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust is changing its name to Jaguar Heritage and is due to sell 43 cars from the collection at auction. The reason for the name change is to forge a closer relationship...
Two rare sports-racing cars from different eras broke cover at the Masters pre-season test day at Donington after complete rebuilds. David Wenman has had the unique 1958 Selway sports-racer (left,...
The reunion of three famous Super Saloon cars of the 1970s will be a feature of the second Cholmondeley Pageant of Power over the weekend of July 18/19. The entry for the speed event in the grounds...
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How do you guarantee success at an auction during a recession? Bring out the big guns from Maranello… RM Auctions has a strong sales record at the annual ‘Ferrari Leggenda e Passione’ event in...
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Even with all the hullabaloo surrounding the RM auction in Italy, certain other cars coming up for auction have still managed to grab a few headlines. Mecum is selling the 1938 Indy Blue Crown...
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Lunch with Johnny Herbert was an entertaining affair at the Lloyd’s Motor Club in the City of London. He enthralled 84 club members and guests with anecdotes about his racing career at Benetton with...
Apreview of the film Morgan – 100 Not Out was held at the St James Hotel to celebrate a British century in car making. The film tells the story of 100 years of Morgan Cars, which are still being...
Arbuthnot Latham & Co is a different kind of bank which has a keen interest in motor sport. For years it has looked after the banking for historic racing series, and the financial affairs of...
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Driven in its era by some of racing’s great names, this classic lightweight Lotus is a car that is seriously gaining in value By Richard Heseltine It may have a consecrated place in the hearts of all...
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The Chequered Flag boss and Gemini founder was the first man to race an Elan and he didn’t much care for it. Well, not at first anyway… “The standard Elan wasn’t a good track car until we started...
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Porsche 908 The Long Distance Runner Jörg Thomas Födisch/Jost Neßhöver/Dieter Roßbach/Rainer Roßbach/Harold Schwarz You could fill a library with Porsche books, but not so many focus on the 908,...
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Frustrated by a lack of turbo power, Patrick Head & Co tried an extra driven axle for the FW08 instead. And it looked quick… Back in 1980-81 Renault and Ferrari put the turbocharged writing on...
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Model makers often write asking if we have photos of this or that – mostly obscure liveries or specs of popular racing car subjects. Just recently I came across evidence of a very rare Matra...
Watching Jenson Button, Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock blinking in the floodlights at the rain-truncated Malaysian GP’s dusky podium ceremony simply reminded me of the distinctly unchoreographed ‘podia...
In the 1968 Targa Florio, British owner-driver Paul Vestey ran his recently-acquired ex-Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 250LM. It had been the second of Maranello Concessionaires’ two 250LMs –...
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Bernie Ecclestone is a hard man. Such is conventional wisdom. Over the years one has heard so many anecdotes and experienced so much to confirm that view. He has described himself as being “an...
Mercedes-Benz’s historic car section has found itself in a pickle in recent months, trying to identify the precise shade of bright blue which was worn by its works team’s famous high-speed...
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The link between Mercedes and Brooklands goes a good deal further back than the firm’s acquisition of the circuit In view of the extent to which the Mercedes-Benz World has extended Brooklands since...
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Having enthused last month over Morgans racing flat out at Brooklands it may seem droll that I have owned only one such three-wheeler, a 1925 Family model (RK 9975), which differed from the 1921...
Apart from the usual attendance at the forthcoming Brooklands Reunion on July 26, pre-war Ford cars will be welcome, especially Model-Ts, in order to recall the Ford gymkhana of 1939 and not...
When using the Kingston Bypass I used to call in at the HRG works (Halford, Robins & Godfrey) to collect a road-test HRG, or the Alta factory (Jeffery Taylor) to see what Alta was doing. On one...

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