June 2012

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PATRIC< HEAD ON BCD„TSEN WHHoms engneer recalls he d Iver s three Grand Prlx vons "Thierry was a very smooth and stylish driver, a quiet man, not that forceful, and a very gentlemanly person who...
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On the Friday ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix a collective groan rose from the Motor Sport office: Jean Todt had confirmed that the Bahrain Grand Prix was on. Wrong decision, we thought, and most of...
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CONTRIBUTORS DOUG NYE has been extra busy recently, setting up the sensational Silver Arrows demo-race for Goodwood Revival, filming for a possible TV history of motor racing, and preparing a huge...
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With its novel side exhaust consigned to history the former Renault team, that we now know as Lotus, has made a huge step forward this year, and has a package that could give Kimi Räikkönen a genuine...
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Nico Rosberg’s victory in the Chinese GP put a renewed focus on Mercedes GP’s so-called Double DRS system, which gives the W03 an advantage in qualifying. At the start of the Shanghai weekend the...
The ongoing management shuffle at Williams Grand Prix Holdings took an unexpected turn when Adam Parr resigned from his role as chairman – just days after Sir Frank Williams had reiterated in the...
Susie Wolff has joined Williams as a development driver, and the Mercedes DTM veteran will undertake some aerodynamic running – as well as a full test – in the current car, the FW34. The former Susie...
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The future of group Lotus has been thrown into doubt following the sale of its parent company proton. It is understood that proton’s, and therefore Lotus’, new owner DrB-Hicom is conducting a full-...
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Chrysler is to take on Ferrari, Porsche and Chevrolet with the new-generation Dodge Viper in the American Le Mans Series. The US manufacturer announced the race programme when it launched the road-...
Nine-time motorbike world champion Valentino Rossi made his second international race start on four wheels at the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza in April. The Italian, who...
The race debut of the all-new Toyota TS030 Hybrid has been delayed until the Le Mans 24 Hours following a major accident in testing. The petrol-electric LMP1 coupe had been due to race for the first...
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The European debut of the unique Veskanda Group C car will be one of the features of the second Donington Historic Festival (May 5/6). The Chevrolet-powered car raced in the World Championship round...
Honda is set to pitch the new generation NSX against Chrysler in the GTE class. Honda Performance Development, American Honda’s competition arm, has revealed that it will be developing the new petrol...
Peter Gethin, who died last year, will be remembered at Silverstone in both May and July this year. At the Silverstone Classic (July 2022), the new Formula 2/ Formula 5000 races will run for the...
Over 250 of the world’s most celebrated racing cars will take on the Monte Carlo street circuit during the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix Historique on May 11-13. The cream of historic racers packs out the...
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Alain Prost will take top billing when he makes his first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 28-July 1. The four-time World Champion and more recently ice racing star, drove for...
Both Tour Britannia and the Roger Albert Clark Rally will run with condensed routes in 2012, aimed at reducing costs for competitors while retaining the unique challenge of the two disparate events....
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This team owner, who made a memorable impact on British saloon and sports car racing with his red and gold Fords throughout the 1960s, died in April aged 75. After early outings in the 1950s driving...
Bill Stone, who has died after a long illness, was an accomplished racer but he will be best remembered as the irst employee at March, Reynard and British American Racing. Kiwi Stone raced in the...
Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche has died at the age of 76. The eldest son of Ferry and grandson of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, he was born in 1935. Butzi, as he was known, joined the...
The designer of the 1959 Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 has died at the age of 85. Cutting became chief designer at Aston’s competitions department from 1955 and drew the DBR1 almost single-handed...
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This year’s 38th running of the Long Beach Grand Prix produced victories for Team Penske and Will Power in Sunday’s IndyCar race and for Greg Pickett’s HPD ARX-03a driven in Saturday’s ALMS race by...
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By Nigel Roebuck For Rosberg, China win could be the first of many Jean-Pierre Beltoise’s only F1 victory, 40 years on During his very irst Grand Prix, at Bahrain in 2006, Nico Rosberg – then just 20...
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Ni e Roebuck I ast month, in writing about Gilles Villeneuve, I railed against the statisticians in our sport — those whose opinions are shaped, more than anything else, by numbers. Through the...
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Formula 1 returns to Estoril! How about that for a headline? As with all good headlines, it is the smaller print that tells the real story. And this is a story that will interest anyone who loves...
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This year MotoGP has some new Technical rules written to encourage smaller engineering outits to create cheaper machines. The idea of these CRT bikes (for claiming rule Team) is to help free MotoGP...
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A highlight of this year’s Le Mans 24 hours will be the competition debut of the Nissan-powered Delta Wing that will start the race from a special 56th grid position for experimental or technically...
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Sir, A most interesting review of the truly extraordinary Gilles Villeneuve; coming from a race school background myself what he had to say about the influence of aerodynamics on the sport was...
Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed the May issue and the marking of the tragic day in 1982 when we lost Gilles. While Nigel Roebuck's feelings for Gilles are well documented, I was fascinated to read the...
Sir, Just received my April copy of Motor Sport and was delighted and surprised to read about Mike Thackwell. It's been years since I had heard or read anything about him. I do remember the white 'T...
Sir, A few years ago at Goodwood I found myself at lunch in the same sponsor's box as Alan Jones; being rather above his fighting weight, he apparently hadn't squeezed into his FW07 for the...
Sir, I read the article on Mike Thackwell with great interest, and it brought back fond memories of the trip I made with Mike from Montreal to Watkins Glen. Mike, myself, Bob Skene and Harry Mendel...
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Alan Mann Sir, I have just read about Alan Mann's death, and I would ask you to pass on my condolences to his family and friends. I never had a great association with him — our only race together was...
Sir, I was fascinated by Simon Taylor's visit to the proposed race circuit in Derbyshire, but when I drive it I find the long straight, the A515, very boring, especially at today's speed limits....
Sir, Just wanted to thank Motor Sport for making the magazine available on the iPad. As I've gotten older my eyesight is not what it used to be, but with the iPad's ability to resize the page...
Sir, I have just received the May issue of Motor Sport. Good as ever, and the iPad facility is a really excellent innovation. Could I correct a couple of errors in your Race Retro report? Peter...
Sir, For a number of years I had been needing an excuse to stop at Remagen on the Rhine and see what history remained of a favourite son of theirs, Rudi Caracciola. Located on the Rhine in a picture-...
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50 years ago a new order broke through to challenge Formula 1’s established stars. Jim Clark and Graham Hill, with an innovative Lotus and a BRM finally delivering on its promise, took centre stage...
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Owen racing organisation BRM versus Team Lotus For the two drivers who battled out the 1962 Formula 1 World Championship to its nail-biting last-round conclusion, the year had started very...
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Stirling Moss, racing a Formula 1 Ferrari in Rob Walker’s colours? The events at Goodwood on April 23, 1962 robbed us of a truly fascinating possibility Anyone can tell you that a Formula 1 Ferrari...
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Sports car racing could be on the verge of something that Formula 1 has so far failed to do: offering engineers a fascinatingly open-ended platform to explore the new generation of fuel-efficient...
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With its harbourside setting and aura of glamour, the Principality’s Grand Prix Historique is unmatched The first Monaco GP was run on April 14, 1929 so that the Principality could establish an event...
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He’s one of the most successful designers of all, with Grand Prix, Indy 500 and multiple Le Mans winners to his credit. And when he retired, he went racing… It’s progressively harder these days for...
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Ferrari’s Dino-badged ‘F2 sports car’ fired Col Ronnie Hoare’s enthusiasm, but this battle was lost before it began Nissan has one. Toyota has one. Mercedes has one. Sub-brands, we call them now,...
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Thierry Boutsen spent 10 years as a Grand Prix driver. But today, jet power dominates over downforce for a man who beat Ayrton Senna When compiling a list of famous Belgians, I think instantly of...
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Some call him the most under-rated British driver of all. Stirling Moss considered him one of his toughest rivals. Now Tony Brooks has written his autobiography, and we are proud to present this...
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owned by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, a former racing driver, team manager and President of the BARC. It was known as RAF Westhampnett, was an ancillary to the main Fighter Command station at...
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Scotland’s greatest race team lives again, and the target is a return to Le Mans. But first Ecurie Ecosse must prove itself with this BMW Z4 Ecurie Ecosse, the Scottish team with the French name, is...
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It’s not just the Eurozone that’s trying to get used to a two-speed Europe. The European car industry is in very much the same boat. On the one hand you have the premium German brands such as BMW,...
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Took the Turbo to Silverstone to attend the media day for the British GT series. Also managed a few laps in one of the very fastest cars out there, a tale you can read elsewhere in this issue (p108...
As ever the Porsche cars GB press 911 Turbo came wearing the 911 HUL plate. This is so famous among 911 bores (among whose number I count myself) that people come up to you and tell tales of the...
At the grassier end of the racing spectrum, I stood in the rain at Castle Combe on Easter Monday to watch my 16-year-old nephew make his race debut. Having never raced so much as a kart before and...
Spent some of the month careening around the place in a Porsche 911 Turbo. I have never liked forced-induction 911s as much as their cheaper, lighter, better sounding, more responsive normally...
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There was a time when it appeared BMW could do no wrong. In fact for most of the past 25 years, most of its cars have led most of the classes in which they have competed. But recently it has come...
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I was fascInated to discover that the new Volkswagen Beetle, while perhaps not quite so terrible as its predecessor, is still by a comfortable margin the worst car VW makes. We’re only in the spring...
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While the news wires continue to be dominated by electric cars, plug-in hybrids and range extenders, out there in the real world it is the small diesel that continues to prove itself the most...
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Saab’s end brings back memories of a record-breaking run The recent sad demise of Saab reminds me of happier times testing these once eclectic and interesting cars latterly made tedious and...
Hyundai is a company that is fascinating to me. Bigger than Ford, there’s probably not a brand in the land that’s tried harder to haul its products out of the mire and into respectability over the...
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The new Ron Howard Formula 1 movie Rush is using replica cars for filming, but for Mirage Engineering it's not been an easy task to make them I’m not making a documentary, I’m making a drama,”...
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The government has recognised the UK motor sport industry’s plans to boost the number of young engineers From June 30 to July 8 this year the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Motorsport...
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Jaime Alguersuari, dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of 2011, has opted to ‘stay in F1’ by becoming a commentator When Jamie Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi were dropped by Red Bull’s ‘development...
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Britain’s car industry was once a byword for dispute; our Latin cousins were more laid-back Writing about Ferrari elsewhere in this issue I mention industrial unrest. When I visited Ferrari in the...
It can be hard work having fun, as a group of historic kart enthusiasts have found We’ve seen it before: you own a historic machine, you want to preserve but also race it, you can’t compete without...
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Interesting slant on marque revivals with the recent news that Atalanta, which built handsome sporting cars before WWII, is being restarted. Normally this sort of resuscitation involves pure...
Robn LacKtrd Engineenng WHAT'S YOUR HISTORY? I started the business in the mid-1980s, but I'd been in motor sport since the 1970s, racing in Special Saloons with an Anglia, Escort and a Fiat 850...
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NEWS FROM THE MAIN AUCTION HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS In its Spring Sale on May 16, Silverstone Auctions will offer a key part of Formula l's rich history for sale. Alongside Ayrton...
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by Guido Schittone Part biography, part corporate brochure, part homage to the corner of rural Italy where Dallara is based, Guido Schittone’s dual-language tome is an interesting oddity. It begins...
The World Championship Story Race-by-Race: 1950-2011by Roger Smith This collection of memories, interviews and experiences – first published in 2008 – is a feast of biking stories on characters such...
Twenty years of top bike racing tales from the world's maddest motorsportMat Oxley This collection of memories, interviews and experiences – first published in 2008 – is a feast of biking stories on...
Poetry in Motion It’s been long awaited, this autobiography of the man Moss would have in his ideal team, yet Brooks has extraordinary recall not only of his own races but also what everyone else was...
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The famous 1908 Itala, liberated from decay in a pub shed in the 1930s by an RAF pilot, comes up for auction in its 104th year On Sunday, May 17,1936 the infant Vintage Sports Car Club ran a speed...
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Amongst long-term racing journalists, very few ever set out to be nasty or unkind. We do, however, try to tell it the way it was…or the way that available evidence indicates it was. occasionally this...
Sifting through some nutsy-boltsy happy snaps recently I came across something I had long forgotten. I’d taken the shot of a 1994 McLaren-Peugeot, one of the largely unloved MP4/9 cars campaigned by...

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