March 2014

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The outpouring of dismay and heartfelt sadness at the passing of John Button said so much. Jenson’s old man, who died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 70 on January 12, was a popular...
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As an admirer of Mark Webber, it made sense for editor-in-chief Nigel Roebuck to pay the Aussie a visit in the off-season to talk about the Grand Prix world he’s leaving behind and what awaits him at...
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As Michael Schumacher lies in hospital, we consider the qualities that make him so remarkable | By Mark Hughes Just as in April 1962, the motor racing world is on tenterhooks as a giant who once...
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Champion Scot to continue racing involvement | By Gary Watkins Allan McNish looks set to take a front-line sporting position with Audi Sport in the wake of his retirement from the cockpit. McNish,...
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has revealed that the Italian manufacturer will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in pursuit of outright victory “sooner or later”. Di Montezemolo further lifted...
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Less rubber, more spectacle Nigel Bennett enjoyed a long career designing Formula 1 and Indycars. Starting in the 1970s as an F1 Firestone tyre engineer, he worked at Lotus, Ensign (1981 Dutch GP,...
Ex-British Formula 3 Champion Marc Hynes is returning to the cockpit in this year’s British Touring Car Championship, after five years away. The 35-year-old, who has a driver development role at the...
* Frédéric Makowiecki has joined Porsche’s roster of factory GT drivers for 2014. The Frenchman, who raced for Aston Martin in the World Endurance Championship and for Honda in Super GT last year,...
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1936-2014 Racer and engine builder Brian Hart died in January, aged 77. Best known for the turbocharged four-cylinder engine that took Toleman into Formula 1 and earned Ayrton Senna three podium...
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1923-2013 He was larger than life in the term’s truest sense, a classic American salesman and huckster who made his fortune selling fuel additive STP to the masses. He was also a successful Indycar...
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Greg Mills An odd title for a motor racing book? Not really, once the context has been explained. When Jody Scheckter prepared to venture to Europe in 1971, South African racing mainstay Jackie...
John Minnis This ought to come with a magnifying glass. If you’ve any interest in maps, history or old photos, you’re going to find yourself poring over its pages, spotting tiny fascinating details...
Mark Hughes It’s all been written before, hasn’t it? Well, no, as it happens. The 1970 Formula 1 season is well documented as a landmark year in the history of motor sport, for reasons good – and...
Wallace Wyss It’s a recurring dream, surely, for even the most casual of petrolheads. You open the shed door, shift all the customary junk (garden fork, bird feeders, Flymo, sunloungers last used in...
1955-1973Ed Heuvink Beautiful rolling Sicilian countryside, crowds lining the sometimes single-lane roads and picturesque towns with names such as Campofelice and Cerda pronounced with a ‘th’ and a...
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Gordon Kirby on Chapman’s last Indycar, the Lotus 64 Despite Andy Granatelli’s STP team’s worries for the 1969 Indy 500 practice, Andretti was able to set the pace, substantially quicker than anyone...
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How will Cal fare on the Duke? In Germany last July, Cal Crutchlow came within 1.5 seconds of scoring Britain’s first premier-class motorcycle Grand Prix victory in more than 30 years. That result –...
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More than 40 years after Emerson Fittipaldi crashed the car heavily in qualifying at Zandvoort in 1973, the remains of Lotus 72 chassis 5 were shown at Autosport International. The chassis has lain...
The Vintage Sports-Car Club will mark the 80th year of both the club and the ERA marque with a race dedicated to ERAs during its annual Spring Start race meeting at Silverstone on April 12/13. It is...
The growing race series for Super Touring Cars of the 1990s will run alongside the modern BTCC this summer, with two races for the HSCC-run category on the Oulton Park support bill on June 7/8....
Motor Sport race to headline Donington Festival | By Paul Lawrence A special event for pre-war sports cars at the high-profile Donington Historic Festival (May 3-5) will celebrate the 90th year of...
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The future of Brighton Speed Trials remained in doubt as we went to press, after an attempt by Brighton and Hove City Council to stop the event. First run in 1905, the straight-line sprint along...
Formula 5000 cars will be a highlight of the second Thruxton Easter Revival Meeting (April 19/20). The 5-litre single-seaters from the late 1960s and early 1970s will feature in a double-header for...
* Classic 2-litre F3 cars from the 1970s and early 1980s will feature at the Silverstone Classic (July 25-27), with two races for the type of cars once raced by drivers such as Ayrton Senna and...
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Lancia Fulvia coupéAn original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, April 1966 | By Bill Boddy The latest model from Lancia of Turin, who have never made a really bad car, is the twin-cam...
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New name, new frame but V10 to remain | By Andrew Frankel A new named has joined those already born as Lamborghini ‘junior’ supercars. To Urraco, Silhouette, Jalpa and Gallardo we can now add Huracan...
Sales of British luxury automotive brands continue on their stellar upward trajectories. Last month I reported on the burgeoning fortunes of Land Rover and Jaguar, since when both Rolls-Royce and...
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Nissan has announced a new London taxi and it is based, let us not mince words here, on a van. Styled at Nissan’s European design centre in Paddington, it will go on sale at the end of this year...
Former Caterham boss Ansar Ali has launched his own car at the Autosport Show (above). Called the Zenos E10, it is an ultra-lightweight open two-seat sports car powered by a 200bhp Ford engine,...
BMW has released footage of a car that can perform elegant four-wheel drifts. No news there you might think: one of the delights of BMW’s dogged determination to remain a largely rear-wheel-drive...
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The future might just have arrived, courtesy of Munich’s technical wizards | By Andrew Frankel It is possible that right now you are wondering what on earth BMW is doing building an electric car with...
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It’s an RS, which is A Good Thing. It’s also an SUV, which isn’t Audi’s mainstream models are arranged much like school uniforms. As they grow larger so the uniforms change, but only subtly and never...
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It may reduce your tax bill, but you lose out in other ways Car manufacturers are fast learning the value of the word ‘hybrid’. People hear it, think of a Toyota Prius and automatically assume it...
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A real-world fuel saver in a performance wrapping You might think the same comments I applied to the Range Rover Hybrid on the previous page could apply to the new Porsche Panamera Hybrid, to wit...
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Thank you for the 20 greatest F1 Ferrari drivers of all time article in February. That Gilles Villeneuve was number one is true to those who have followed F1 all their lives. Why number one? Because...
I loved the Brabham cover shot for the December edition of your great magazine. It reminded me that, like all collections and passions in life, they have to start somewhere. My love for motor sport...
How upsetting that news of Allan McNish’s retirement comes so swiftly after his triumphs as champion WEC driver and Motor Sport guest editor. My father and I had the pleasure of taking in the 2007...
Your excellent February Ferrari edition mentions the works Ferraris coming to Oulton Park in 1968 for the Gold Cup. Attached is a photograph of the three Ferraris in the paddock. As you can see, it...
In 2010 I wrote in to criticise Michael Schumacher’s driving in the Hungarian GP and was lucky enough to receive a rather nice wristwatch for my troubles. In that letter I said that I didn’t think of...
As an observer at the US Grand Prix where François Cevert lost his life, I can confirm Denny Gioia’s memory of the helmetless driver. I was at the head of the pitlane when I saw Jackie Stewart...
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I was sitting on a sunny, hot, Thai beach thinking Christmas doesn’t get any better than this, when the ‘ether postman’ suddenly delivered the latest issue of Motor Sport. Wow. This is exactly what...
There’s something about drivers from relatively humble beginnings that means they never lose sight of the bigger picture, and I class Steve Soper as one of them. Open and honest, he never finds it...
I was sad to read the Bev Bond obituary in last month’s issue, but it brought back memories of his career in karting during the Sixties – something that provided the impetus for his subsequent...
Having read your online comments about the difficulties in publishing specialist magazines at this time (and some of the negative comments on the website), I’d like to offer my congratulations on the...
The picture of the editor in Panhard D1590 and your London-to-Brighton article brought back many memories. While studying automobile engineering at Loughborough College, I worked for four summers at...
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In the slipstream of his final Grand Prix season, Mark Webber sat down to discuss Formula 1 politics, Sebastian Vettel, Porsche, the idiocy of DRS and much else besides... A catch-up with Mark Webber...
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Rich in competition pedigree, even though it never raced, the Mercedes Uhlenhaut coupé has become one of the most fabled cars of all time. We were offered a stint at its helm – a rare but welcome...
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Phil Manzanera is best known as guitarist with pioneering 1970s rock band Roxy Music. As a boy, though, he was a privileged witness to the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix, when Juan Manuel Fangio found himself...
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A quiet superman who doesn’t brag about his 200 NASCAR wins, his seven championships or his charity work for disabled childrenWriter Simon Taylor | Photographer Jessica Milligan The great perk of...
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Successor to Sébastien Loeb: Anthony Peacock meets a man who isn’t daunted by the toughest job description in rallying If Kris Meeke didn’t have a future as a professional rally driver with Citroën...
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After eight seasons, 2.4-litre V8 F1 ended as it began, with a Renault-engined car taking the title. Renault Sport linchpins Rob White and Rémi Taffin discuss the passing of an eraWriter Simon Arron...
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Tiny V6? That isn’t the half of it. Six connected elements will contribute to the biggest F1 power shake-up in years. And don’t get us started on the aero…Writer Adam Cooper This season represents a...
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Bentley returns to racing this year, but its new GT3 has already created a stir on its competitive debutWriter: Rob Widdows The boys are back in town. Bentley’s new Continental GT3 racecar went up...
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Alan Mann Racing’s cars are famous for being cloaked in red and gold – but a strong association with Ford, now as in period, is equally symbolic. With the team on the verge of scaling back, we took a...
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California, USA After completing his maiden run at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the summation offered by 2012 World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff could be the most accurate description of the event...
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Birmingham NEC Celebrating the career of John Surtees, a fabulous collection of cars and motorcycles took centre stage as the Autosport International Show kicked off another racing season in the...
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MGJ Engineering Winter Stages, Brands Hatch, January 12: probably about time they brought back rallycross, too… For the most part, the southbound A20 could be negotiated with only one hand on the...
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2013 Winternationals, Chesterton Stadium, December 29: a little-known sporting outpost within a stone’s throw of Stoke There are no road signs to indicate the facility’s existence, but the size of...
Arron attended 52 events last season. Here are a few driving ambitions for 2014 Having averaged one event per weekend last season, the obvious target has to be an even better strike rate during the...
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Translating two dimensions into three takes skill, vision and sometimes educated guesswork Am on the trail of two Bentleys: one obliterated by war, the other present only in two dimensions. But there...
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What we’d blow the budget on this month William LoughranRolls-Royce Phantom II Impressive 1932 Freestone & Webb two-seat drophead with dickey on Continental chassis. Unusually well proportioned...
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Your car choice says a lot about you – whether it’s what you meant or not… We know people choose cars in order to convey a message about themselves, but your choice of transport also confers a degree...
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When Indy 500 entrant Andy Granatelli teamed up with Colin Chapman, sparks were inevitable Andy Granatelli’s death on December 29 closed a remarkable chapter in motor racing history. The 90-year-old’...
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How Jim Clark attempted to defeat London parking charges... until he was rumbled Witnessing an unseasonally bitter Christmas exchange between a disgruntled driver and an intransigent parking warden...

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