June 2014

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A few days before the big sports car season-opener at Silverstone, newly retired Allan McNish was in London to accept the Segrave Trophy at the Royal Automobile Club. The citation read: ‘First Briton...
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>> The Red Bull dynamic >> F1's nice guys lose out >> Changing times As the 1982 Swiss Grand Prix (at Dijon…) entered its final minutes, Williams team manager Peter Collins started...
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Honour still exists in the F1 paddock – but is not always rewarded Something was always going to happen once Luca di Montezemelo arrived in Bahrain full of show, pomp and pronouncements – and was...
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The backstory behind the three-pointed star’s dominance in Formula 1 is a fascinating one – and will make uncomfortable reading for its rivals at Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren For Mercedes there was...
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Malaysia, Bahrain and China Formula 1 left its muted hybrid trail through the early-season far stretches of the globe: amid the rubber plantations of Malaysia, the oil-producing region of the Gulf...
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American 16-year-old Matt McMurry is on course to break Pedro Rodriguez’s record as the youngest driver to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours. McMurry, who has been racing since 2012, competed in...
Generous prize fund attracts quality entryBy Gary Watkins The two series that carry the Blancpain name arrive in the UK for races at Brands Hatch and Silverstone in May, at the beginning of a new era...
The World Endurance Championship could become a winter series, climaxing with the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. The bold initiative has been put forward by the WEC organiser and series promoter...
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Peugeot has released the first images of the machine with which it will next year try to emulate its 1987-1990 Dakar Rally successes. Technical details of the two-wheel-drive 2008 DKR, whose roster...
Safety means consistency Former team owner Derrick Walker is in his second season as IndyCar’s president of competition and operations. Under his direction IndyCar has seen detail safety improvements...
Record-breaking Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has revealed a three-year plan to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, starting with an attack on this year’s British GT Championship. The former track cyclist, who...
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Giorgio Pianta, who has died at the age of 78, was always dubbed Lancia test driver, but his role within Fiat’s competitions depart was more important than that and led to him being given control of...
Ayrton SennaMaurice Hamilton On the 20th anniversary of his death, we have two new Ayrton Senna books to file on an already sagging shelf. This one has the official blessing of McLaren, the team with...
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Denial would be pointless. The passing silver projectile looks like a conventional racing car, but sounds like something from Scalextric’s yet-to-be-announced 1:1 range. We’re at Issoire, France, the...
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Remembering an original thinker Seven decades ago a farmer's son from County Down changed the course of motorcycle racing history. Rex McCandless was a self-taught engineer with a brilliant, creative...
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Villeneuve T5 set to appear in Canadian showpieceBy Paul Lawrence The global historic F1 car movement has received another major boost with news that the four-event Masters HGP series will open with...
The era when Group B rally cars moved into rallycross will be celebrated during the UK’s first round of the new FIA World Rallycross Championship, which takes place at Lydden Hill on May 24/25. When...
Two of Britain's race tracks will celebrate major anniversaries this summer as Croft hits 50 and Cadwell Park marks 80 years since its first competitive event. Croft Autodrome hosted its first...
Although plans last summer for a dedicated rally for Group B machinery of the 1980s fell through, the Rallying with Group B movement has arranged for a group of up to 15 cars to run ahead of the main...
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The promoters of the Silverstone Classic (July 25-27) are aiming to establish a record for the greatest number of F1 cars on track together. The target for the planned track parade on the Sunday is...
Sunderland will be the host city for the 2014 Roger Albert Clark Rally (November 28-30), as the event moves north for the biggest shake-up in its 10-year history. With the rally start, finish and HQ...
VSCC racer Garry Whyte died and two other drivers were hospitalised as a result of two separate accidents during the club’s annual Spring Start meeting at Silverstone. Whyte was running second in...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, November 1963By Bill Boddy Motor Sport certainly has waited a very long time to report on any Alfa Romeo, although I believe we did road-...
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Disco name to spread Extra models will extend scope of Land Rover | By Andrew Frankel Land Rover has of late spent so much time, money and energy on the Range Rover and its Evoque and Range Rover...
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In a market sector it can’t ignore, Stuttgart has built a sure seller – but no star | By Andrew Frankel Attributes of no practical value are rarely desirable in a car. There are exceptions of course...
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Finally, it’s a good month if there’s an R in it I have never seen the point of VW’s frequent attempts to out-GTI the Golf GTI. Whether it was the last-generation Golf R or the earlier R32s, they’ve...
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A pointer to the future, but needs sharpening It’s taken a while for the penny to drop, but Maserati’s bosses at Fiat now recognise the company couldn’t credibly continue as an ultra-low volume...
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Octagon-badged hatch boasts more facets than you’d expect Slowly and out of the ashes of BMW’s disastrous acquisition of Rover, small octagons are starting to appear. MG, the marque that apparently...
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Called to account Mark Hughes’ April column sums up brilliantly what us long-term addicts could not have done so pointedly. That having been said, we the spectators/paying public, have long been...
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Audi has ruled for 14 years, but for many Porsche is still the true king of Le Mans. Now – finally – it returns. Racing’s most anticipated comeback is on Writer Gary Watkins It started off as a...
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Synonymous with Audi’s success in touring car and endurance racing, he’ll be chasing the company’s 13th Le Mans win in 15 years this June Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Being a...
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For the past decade, Aston Martin Racing has been a fan favourite at Le Mans. As founder David Richards and driver Darren Turner tell us, those 10 years are just the beginning Writer Damien Smith Ten...
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Intended purely for racing Down Under, this Lotus 49 suddenly found itself carrying the world champion’s Grand Prix hopes at Silverstone Writer Gordon Cruickshank, photographer Simon Clay It can’t be...
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The Hesketh 308 gave James Hunt his maiden Formula 1 victory – and in the least likely of circumstances, at the 1974 International Trophy. The car was recently restored, prior to sale; Motor Sport...
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Jack Fairman, Nürburgring, 1959 Ditched, and with no help in sight, ‘Jolly’ Jack Fairman had it all to do if Aston – and Stirling – were not to lose the gruelling Nürburgring classic… Writer Gordon...
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By 1982 the Porsche 935 was at the end of its competitive life in Europe, but the Americans kept finding ways to make it ever faster. JLP-4 became its apotheosis Writer Mauro Borella When Porsche...
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Sam Smith meets a new racing breed – a driver who’s fast, versatile... and fascinated by a potentially electric future It was Patrick Head who once said that racing drivers are like light bulbs. “You...
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The most famous Lister still in existence is going under the hammer. Motor Sport was offered the privilege of time at its helm Writer Andrew Frankel | Photographer James Lipman It wasn’t the thought...
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Saturday morning, 7am. Goodwood is resplendent in sunshine as the early birds wander through the main gate. The pale blue banners embellished by ‘72’ are assiduously non-Revival spec, but the Sussex...
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“I tell you what,” said Mark Webber with a smile. “We’re going to have some good races this year.” His first taste of the World Endurance Championship had been the tonic he’d hoped for after the...
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John Cleland wins a touring car race in a Vauxhall Vectra. Tiff Needell scores a dramatic Formula Ford victory in a Lotus 69… the very same chassis in which he notched up his first such success, and...
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As Formula 1 fans discussed the merits of their sport’s new sound and quality, the FIA Masters Historic F1 Championship blasted into life with a 31-car grid in Barcelona – and it produced some...
The spectacle of 10 ERAs celebrating 80 years of the revered marque was a highlight of the annual VSCC Spring Start race meeting at Silverstone. Mark Gillies, working as hard as ever at the wheel of...
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Back to the future Goodwood, March 29/30: the 72nd running of an old favourite proves genuinely innovative… It wasn’t quite how Goodwood felt during the 1980s, when it was a sleepy test venue that...
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Air power in action How Justin Maeers and his GN special lifted the Motor Sport Brooklands Trophy If on your way to a VSCC meeting you’re overtaken in a blast of noise by a spindly pointy-tailed...
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Sydney's opera horse Problems with a 4wd Ferguson trigger memories of bygone engineering complexity Late on the Saturday night at Goodwood’s ‘72’ meeting, I was walking through the paddock when I...

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