June 2017

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For the first time in a long while, key figures in Formula 1 are asking ‘what if?’ and ‘why not?’ – questions shamefully ignored by the sport for too long.   “What if F1 had a non-championship Race...
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The 2017 WEC season began with an intriguing race in Northamptonshire Porsche almost pulled off a shock victory in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone. Shock might...
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Competitive closed roads A British Grand Prix in London probably remains a long way off, as does a Formula E fixture on the capital’s streets. But new legislation came into force in April and paves...
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The Silverstone Classic is the largest historic racing event of its type and this year’s extravaganza could be the best yet The dark days of winter are over and across the country owners of historic...
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Ex-Bonnier Can-Am car set for Euro comeback  The ex-Jo Bonnier McLaren M6B will race in Europe this season, marking only the second time that it has raced outside North America in almost half a...
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If you go down to the woods today… you will find some disgruntled historic rally competitors. Tension has flared between the historic rally community and the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the sport...
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Sébastien Ogier could have walked away from the WRC but a Brit persuaded the flying Frenchman to stay. And together they mean business  It may not have been the daredevil drive that rally drivers...
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Chateau Impney will on July 7/8 mark the 50th anniversary of the venue’s final event during its original period of operation. This year’s hillclimb will be the third since its revival in 2015. The...
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Fernando Alonso’s ambition is behind his Indy 500 decision Fernando Alonso’s jettisoning of the Monaco Grand Prix in favour of contesting the Indy 500 in a McLaren-entered Andretti Autosport car...
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With time to reflect upon his first race for Mercedes a couple of weeks earlier, Valtteri Bottas approached the double-header Shanghai/Bahrain races with a much fuller understanding of the scale of...
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The paradox of historic racing What do you love about historic racing? Is it the history? Or is it the racing? Sorry if this sounds like a trick question. It’s not meant to be, but it is a conundrum...
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Bring back circuits with character In a blur of orange, black and pink, a trio of cars headed towards Albert Park’s Turn One at 200mph, three abreast. Fernando Alonso, who had come out of the final...
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MotoGP aero: 'the game has just started' For more than half a century, aerodynamics has been the most unexplored area of motorcycle racing technology. During the 1950s many Grand Prix constructors...
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After eight months and over 21,000 votes, we present your shortlist... FORMULA 1 Mike Costin & Keith Duckworth Thanks to their Cosworth DFV engine, Costin and Duckworth are two of the most...
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Star lot @ Sotheby's 1928 Mercedes 680S Torpedo Avant-Garde { Villa Erba, Lake Como, May 27 } Thought to be the only survivor of three short-screen cars built by the stylish Parisian coachbuilder; 6....
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Fans of British classics can soon drive their dream Two new and very different ‘recreations’ were announced this month from two very different companies. The first came from Jaguar, which announced...
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Even taking its flaws into account, the latest car from the disruptive tech giant is a game-changing machine  Forgive the intrusion of a seven-seat SUV onto these pages this month; were the car in...
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A rogue team at the sober German firm seems to have created an Audi that’s actually good to drive  I’m confused. For years we have been able to count on most ‘normal’ Audis to be as good to look at...
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This car is a rare thing: a convertible that’s more dynamic on the road than the coupé I liked the Mercedes-AMG GT when it came out: as a better looking, cut-price SLS what was not to enjoy, save the...
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This circuit-focused McLaren will keep drivers on the edge of their seats – literally You know it’s time to go on a diet when you turn down the opportunity to do a solo 800-mile drive in a McLaren...
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Lies, damn lies and RStatistics It was an absolute pleasure to read about the 30th anniversary of the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 in May’s edition of Motor Sport – I can’t believe it was that long ago...
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A Big Ask: The Story of Ford’s Triumphant Return to Le Mans David Phillips Ford split fans’ opinion in 2016 by turning up in GT racing with a car that, on the road at least, existed only on paper....
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KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TIME: POWERFUL PLAYERS IN THE WATCH WORLD A. Lange & Söhne  What is the most powerful car you can buy? Any self-respecting enthusiast should manage a decent stab at an...
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Some have gone down in history, others are burned on the memories of those who witnessed them. Here we celebrate racing’s defining moments. Juan Manuel Fangio CAR Maserati 250F DATE August 4, 1957...
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Drivers at the absolute limit say they experience a strange sensation on their way to perfection – but what is it? David Brabham remembers asking his dad Jack what it takes to be a truly great racer...
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It is one of the most legendary laps ever completed and regarded as unbeatable. With the help of a high-tech simulator, we decided to have a go  If you’re a connoisseur of commitment or a buff of the...
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A series of high-profile changes at Ferrari led some to fear the team might implode. But as the first races of 2017 show, nothing could be further from the truth When James Allison, the Scuderia’s...
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A cult Eighties racer nicknamed the Flying Brick is set to land on Europe’s racetracks once again No matter which way you look at a Volvo 240, nothing about it screams ‘racing car’ – and there’s no...
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A successful sports car driver of the 1960s comes face to face with one of his landmark cars… for the first time in almost half a century Silverstone has always felt rather cold and blustery at the...
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Bathurst’s reputation was forged by an annual saloon car showpiece, but since 2011 it has also been home to an evolving GT classic In a different era, on a different continent at a different time of...
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How GT3 conquered the world and tempted in vital manufacturers While the very top of the sports cars pyramid scrabbles around insisting everything is fine, despite one of its three manufacturers...
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Driver, team owner and son of a famous father, Paul Stewart quit the sport in his prime. He tells us what he learnt along the way and why he has no regrets I first met Paul Stewart in March, 2000. We...
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Wimbledon Stadium has closed its doors for the last time, marking the end of oval racing in the capital. Motor Sport was there to witness the end of an era photographers Lyndon McNeil & Chris...
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There are 250,000 completely different experiences at Le Mans every year: the world’s greatest race can be one man’s festival on wheels and another’s corporate entertainment platform. You can do it...
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Dan Gurney’s All-American marque, which triumphed in Formula 1, at Indianapolis and in USAC and IMSA Motor Sport Hall of Fame inductee Dan Gurney enjoyed a spectacular eight days some 50 years ago...
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September 24, 1960: Oulton Park’s Gold Cup meeting attracted a top-class entry and James Edwards, 19, was there to watch  There were nine Grands Prix on the world championship calendar in 1960, plus...
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Blyton Park, March 12: Traditional entertainment in remotest Lincs – at the 101st motor sport venue the author reckons he has visited…  Ignoring the sat-nav, which seemed determined to guide me into...
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How an airy art exhibition can help make sense of F1 car design Being intrigued by the invitation, I stopped off in Pimlico for an art exhibition – a lot of hot air. Except that this was ‘virtual air...
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John Surtees’s life contained enough to stories to fill a book – and then some Sometimes whatever one may write about a topic it never feels adequate. The geographic confines of a magazine page, and...
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A fourth Indy 500 win for the American came with the help of British engineering oing into the month of May it’s approaching Indianapolis 500 time again. Thirty years ago, in 1987, Al Unser achieved...

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