March 2006

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Cream soup and toasts at Lyons Corner House When the victorious Bentley team sat down to their celebratory dinner after winning Le Mans in 1928, they must have had one eye on posterity; the assembled...
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Poll positions Thanks to all of you for a very interesting response to our 'Greatest Grand Prix' poll. Before the voting started we had no idea which race would come out on top — there were around 10...
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New Formula One season is impossible to call as field gets ready for opening round in Bahrain. Can Renault and McLaren hold off a new Ferrari challenge? GP battle set to begin Renault, McLaren-...
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Three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart has announced that he will not be seeking re-election as President of the British Racing Drivers' Club when his current reign runs out during the spring....
Cooper T72. Goodwood. 1964 by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Jim Russell opened a school at Magny-Cours, and I won a Cooper-BMC F3 car. I had to collect this car from England and said to John Cooper I would...
Nelson Piquet returned to the top step of the podium when he co-drove an Aston Martin DBR9 to victory in the Mil Milhas sportscar race at Interlagos. The Brazilian legend teamed up with his son...
Silverstone will host a round of the Grand Prix Masters series on August 13, meaning that Nigel Mansell will get the chance to return to the scene of his British Grand Prix wins in 1987 '91 and '92....
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British London-Sydney Marathon winner; American sportscar racing pioneer Colin Malkin This underappreciated rally star died in January aged 63. The eldest son of a Coventry motor dealer and rally...
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One week before the World Cup ski racers arrived. it was four-wheeled action on the ice. Rene de Boer issues a snow report Photography by Historic Ice Trophy The Austrian twin-village of Altenmarkt-...
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Ferrari enjoyed a walkover in the 1960 Italian GP when the British teams boycotted the banked Monza. And Richie Ginther proved his 'supernatural' powers Through the 1959 season John Cooper's little...
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Larry Perkins He arrived in Europe with a big reputation, shone briefly and then headed home to Australia to clean up in the Bathurst 1000. Perkins's first full season of racing was in Formula Vee in...
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Who is going to find the winning energy in F1's power cut? It's too close to call right now You've heard it many times before at this time of year, but as we head into what promises to be a...
40/30/20/10 years ago 1996 Ganassi Racing's Jimmy Vasser wins the opening round of the Indycar World Series at Homestead in his Reynard-Honda after early leader Paul Tracy retires. 1986 Spectator...
European GT Championship Unless you're a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR/934 fetishist, the chances are the European GT Championship of 1972-76 is not particularly high on your radar. But now European GTs...
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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33: the Development and Racing History by Peter Collins and Ed McDonough ISBN 1904788 718 published by Veloce. £39.99 About time. Porsche and Ferrari sports-prototypes have all had...
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Letter of the month British Racing Blue I was intrigued by the reference in your test of the Delage D6 (December 2005) to an apparent request by French race promoters that 'Pat' Garland should...
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Jazz at Brands, 1964 I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Brands Hatch on July 11, but it was more in keeping with a Bank Holiday meeting than a serious Grande Epreuve, and as for being the...
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He won in a car Jan Lammers thought too slow and could have been a rally star if he hadn't bid for the Land Speed Record. Just don't mention Roberto Moreno's grundies You were a winner in F3. Did you...
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The greatest grands prix as voted by MotorSport readers The best 20 races from the first century of grands prix. This is what you voted for… 20 1987 British GP In front of a wildly partisan crowd,...
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Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Fiat all owe Ninni Russo a great debt and he's still going strong. He talks to John Davenport To have seven World Rally Manufacturer titles on your CV of which six were in...
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Drivers who raced what you wouldn't expect them to... Jim Clark Ford Fairlane, American 500,1967 By Ed Heuvink After winning the Mexican Grand Prix in late October 1967, Jim Clark had some time on...
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Johnny Dumfries made it to F1 and won Le Mans before returning to his duties as the Marquess of Bute. He talks to Marquess, er, Marcus Simmons Tap the name 'Johnny Dumfries' into any internet search...
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For a brief period, national colours and sponsor logos were supplanted on the racetrack by high-speed art. Gordon Cruickshank turns art critic Car lovers sometimes insist that any beautiful...
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Keith Howard traces two separate approaches from when active suspension seemed the answer In 1987 both Lotus and Williams ran active suspension, starting a process that would end acrimoniously seven...
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Cooper thought he was the next F1 star: he could have become a hero with McLaren, Tyrrell or Penske... But Tim Mayer was killed just after his 26th birthday. Adam Cooper tells the story of a man who...
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The Singapore Grand Prix was a typical South-East Asian cocktail of single-seaters, sports and saloons on a challenging road circuit. Eli Solomon looks back Common myth has it that before the Sepang...
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OSCA was formed by the Maserati brothers to fight the company they gave their name to. Richard Heseltine tells the tale, and drives one The red sticker on the tacho is the telltale. Don't take it...
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A reader has asked me if I remember H C ‘Nobby' Spero. Yes, I certainly do: I saw him racing at Brooklands. He was a regular competitor with his Austin 7, and he used some rather unusual streamlining...
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A reader has an Amilcar C6 chassis and many parts which were once owned by Lord Ridley, who gave the Austin and MG camps a shock in 1921 when he raised the Class H 1km record to 105.92mph for the two...
Hearing that Tom Wheatcroft had written his autobiography, and having known him as a keen collector of historic racing cars from being taken to see the start of his now legendary Donington Grand Prix...
When I edited MotorSport our labrador was an occasional contributor. It began when we took her to a minor club race meeting when there was nothing in the programme saying 'no dogs'. Someone saw her...
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Sir Alastair Miller made his name as an enthusiastic Brooklands racer, but in 1922 his private affairs reached the newspapers. Bill Boddy explains why When I wrote about Sir Alastair Miller some time...
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Aston invitational for July Silverstone Classic to celebrate 50th anniversary of Aston Martin DBR1 sportscar Two packed Formula One grids and a celebration of the Aston Martin DBR1 will be the key...
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The life of Keith Duckworth OBE will be celebrated in a Memorial Service, to be held at 3pm on Thursday February 23 at All Saints' Church, George Row, Northampton. Along with his colleague Mike...
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Willie Green's decision to quit racing brings the curtain down on an amazing career spent almost entirely in a historical timewarp. By Paul Lawrence The 2005 Goodwood Revival meeting will sadly be...
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The Segrave Trophy is not as well-known now as it used to be, but it still recognises human courage and endeavour Henry O'Neal De Hane Segrave was one of those Boys' Own heroes who occur from time to...
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Mike Simpson was a 21-year-old photographic trainee when Kodak offered him a press pass for the 1967 British GP... Some things happen by chance – and this was one such.  Kodak had two press passes...

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