March 2013

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Damien Smith, Editor They only let us hear it as a simulated lap of Monza, but as sales jobs go the men at Mercedes pulled out the stops to convince us that Formula 1 isn't about to be muted when its...
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We rate our photographers less on the goods they produce when the sun is shining than on how they cope when the circs are against them. Matt Howell is used to sunny climes for much of his glossy...
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Key F1 staff leave posts Norbert Haug's departure from Mercedes-Benz marks the end of an era for the German manufacturer, and emphasises that Niki Lauda has become a major player for the Stuttgart...
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Audi snaps up di Grassi Former Grand Prix driver Lucas di Grassi has landed an Audi drive for 2013, following his starring performance on his debut with the German manufacturer at last year's Sao...
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Needell back to his roots Tiff Needell is gearing up to return to where it all began for him by racing a Lotus 69 Formula Ford, the type in which he made his name in the early 1970s after winning the...
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Alex Moulton CBE One of a few engineers to become a household name, Dr Alex Moulton, who has died aged 92, was known to the public for his revolutionary small-wheeled bicycles, but his greatest...
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Convertible Bentley can top 200mph Bentley has shown its fastest open car ever at the Detroit motor show. The new Continental GTC Speed is propelled by a 616bhp version of its evergreen 6-litre W12...
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Autosport International: The NEC, Birmingham When exactly is it too late to stop wishing friends and colleagues 'happy new year' each January? In the motor racing world, it seems the end of the...
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Reflections – The strengths and weaknesses of F1's top three – A trip back in time, the heights of luxury in 1968 * Early in the New Year there appeared an interview with Red Bull's Helmut Marko. It...
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By Rob Widdows To borrow a phrase from NASA, we are in the midst of the 'launch-and-test' phase. This is the time when the curtains are drawn back on a new racing season and a series of underwhelming...
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By Mat Oxley MotoGP has lost two of its most exciting exponents in the last year and a half: Marco Simoncelli to a fatal accident and Casey Stoner to a desire to spend more time at home with his...
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Gordon Kirby Brad Keselowski surprised many people with his powerful run to last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski won the championship in only his third full season in the Cup series...
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A long way from Holmes Sir, With regard to Snetterton and the AD016 (Austin 1100) race, I was there taking photos. The cars that were loaded back onto the transporters afterwards were not the same...
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Sir, I was interested to read about the Nash Metropolitan at Goodwood. For another reason why this model is famous in motor sport history, read about Stuart Lewis-Evans going down to the 1957 Pescara...
Sir, With reference to Gordon Cruickshank's article 'Revive, Recreate' ( Jan 2013), the debate regarding how far to go when restoring or simply maintaining a historic car will surely never achieve...
Sir, Further to Doug Nye's mention of Alfa Romeoengined boats, I recently discovered a book about the wartime bomband mine-defusing exploits of my uncle, Commander Edward Woolley, GM and Bar. Veteran...
Sir, Peter Wright (Letters, January 2013) makes the case for the Balance of Performance approach to racing, which, as he says, has become the norm. I'm afraid much has been lost by that approach. It...
Sir, In December 2012, I visited the Hotel Panamerica, Buenos Aires, to see a Juan Manual Fangio exhibition that had cars, trophies, gloves and one of the great man's helmets. Currently Argentina and...
Sir, As we move from reviewing the last season to previewing the next, I think we must consider again whether motor sport's association with Bahrain is appropriate. Although it has slipped from the...
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A keen collector craved a Ford GT40, but passion sometimes knows no bounds By Andrew Frankel Their names are 3707 Zenith Blue & 3957 Tangerine and on their own are just a couple of colours. But...
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...or how the schedule might look if it were driven by sport rather than commerce By Nigel Roebuck Many years ago I asked Frank Williams if he still considered Formula 1 a sport, and he paused before...
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World Champions are accustomed to lucrative contract extensions, but fate decreed otherwise for WTCC king Rob Huff. He had to seek a new job... By Rob Widdows It is a good name, is it not? Rob Huff....
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The March 701 tends not to be regarded as a Formula 1 classic, but for a newcomer's first effort it achieved a great deal - and in short time, too By Andrew Frankel How difficult is it to win in...
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Renowned transport specialist opens new car and bike storage facility close to Silverstone Circuit2Circuit provides a comprehensive range of covered car transport delivered with exceptional service....
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It's green on the outside - and the same applies beneath the skin. Meet Drayson Racing's potent, pioneering sports car By Ed Foster Lord Drayson couldn't wipe the smile off his face. He'd just got...
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Spared the tight regulation that governs most race series, the electric Lola is a showcase for free thinking BATTERY The Nanophosphate® lithium ion battery has an energy capacity of 30kWh, and where...
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Innovator, improviser, impecunious... The founder of a famous British racing institution has been all three, but right now he's flying high once again By Simon Taylor Motor racing is dangerous: it's...
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The Dakar Rally offers the toughest of challenges, but prior to 2013 there had never been an entry quite like Race2Recovery. These are remarkable people, who refuse to allow life-changing injuries...
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One team's initiative provided the trigger for a spectacular Indycar success story - and a ground-breaking British designer was close to the project's heart By Gordon Kirby He would become a Formula...
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Factfile Engine: 2.0 litres, four cylinders, petrol, normally aspirated Top speed: 130mph Price: £27,995 Power: 180bhp at 7300rpm Fuel/CO2: n/awww.caterham.co.uk Every year has its commemorations,...
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Factfile Engine: 2.5 litres, four cylinders, turbocharged Top speed: 158mph Price: £27,995 Power: 300bhp at 6000rpm Fuel/CO2: 26.9mpg, 243g/kmwww.subaru.co.uk If you've always had a passing fancy for...
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Factfile Engine: 4.4 litres, eight cylinders, turbocharged Top speed: 135mph Price: £94,695 Power: 339bhp at 3500rpm Fuel/CO2: 32.5mpg, 229g/kmwww.landrover.com Predictably it turns out that the V8...
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Can it really be 10 years since the DB9 was launched? I remember my first drive like it was 10 days ago, sharing the car with the inestimable Gavin Green, charging up and down the Col de Vence just...
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First challenge for McLaren's latest signing Sergio Pérez - balancing jet lag and press grillings By Ed Foster This is unusual for a McLaren driver: Sergio Perez is running late. He flew in from...
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RAM may be a new team in GT, but it boasts years of experience in everything up to Formula 1 There's a new kid on the block in international GT racing. We say new, but really it's an experienced kid...
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As the FIA and ACO draft new GT rules, the debate over penalising success continues Would Bentley's new racing Continental be able to compete with Ferrari's 458 or McLaren's MP4-12C without the...
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Welcome to a time ripe with risk, when stunts were tackled with vim rather than parachutes Some 30 years ago, having taken a design degree but been hijacked onto this venerable organ, I used to hang...
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They don't make racers like Ian Burgess nowadays - but even in period he was a case apart Looking through some of our readers' contributions for forthcoming You Were There pages (a feature,...
How three future pillars of the automotive industry led a budding young writer astray Thinking back to those RCA days reminds me of a personal record, one of which I should be ashamed. And I am....
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Murray Walker and Sir Stirling Moss confirmed as special guests for Race Retro's 10th birthday celebrations Motor sport legends Sir Stirling Moss and Murray Walker, the Lotus 25 with which Jim Clark...
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News from the main auction houses around the world — Artcurial — Retromobile is once again upon us and Artcurial will be holding its annual sale on Friday February 8. The 'Star of the Show' label...
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Some added detail to demystify the wartime whereabouts of motor racing's most charismatic fleet In our story about the Collier Collection's Mercedes-Benz W154 last month, I mentioned its wartime...
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From the sublime to the ahem not quite so stupendous, I have just fallen heir to a fascinating little cache of early Cooper photographs. Among them are some shots of one of John and Charlie Cooper's...
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One of the most capable and influential racing 'mechanics' (an inadequate term) that I recall from my reporting days around the teams was Don Beresford of McLaren. He worked at Frazer Nash, Aston...
At Christmas a landmark was passed and I feel it should not pass unrecorded. For the hostilities', artist Michael Turner published his 50th annual set of Christmas cards. His first set in 1963...

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