March 2015

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Following Derek Warwick’s impassioned plea to Bernie Ecclestone on behalf of Silverstone and the British Grand Prix, as reported here last month, I met the boss of the Bahrain circuit at the...
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A conversation with Raymond Mays, BRM’s soulful V16 As I write it is January 8, and that has a particular resonance for me as it was on this day that my mother died young in 1980. My wife broke the...
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Mercedes would be justified in believing otherwise, but allowing Formula 1 engines to be modified during the year (a belated concession, in Honda’s case) – as opposed to having to race whatever they...
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By any index the sport’s costs have spiralled unceasingly – and it’s killing the small teams. Just how did we get here? The leading players might be immune for now, but there’s no disguising the...
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Priaulx back in BTCC Triple world champ lands plum West Surrey BMW seat | By Gary Watkins Tin-top great Andy Priaulx will return to the British Touring Car Championship in 2015, after an absence of...
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Gordon Kirby Through his driving career, most of us thought successful team ownership might be the last thing Michael Andretti would do after racing, but he surprised us. Michael hung up his helmet a...
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France has lost one of its foremost racing personalities with the passing of Jean-Pierre Beltoise. The 77-year-old died in a Dakar hospital on January 5, after suffering a double stroke. Born in the...
Brian Lister, who has died aged 88, took the name of his family engineering firm to worldwide fame through motor racing. A pragmatist more than an innovator, Lister designed and built very rapid...
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Jim Clark Racing Hero Graham Gauld A tome of such heft befits only drivers of a particular stature – and Jim Clark fits that template. The author has penned previous Clark biographies, but nothing on...
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Mat Oxley Valentino Rossi contests his 20th season of Grand Prix racing this year. The Italian made his world championship debut in 1996, when not yet an adult, and now a middle-aged man he is still...
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Vatanen back in action Finnish hero to drive at Race Retro | by Paul Lawrence The 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen will be the major star guest at Race Retro (February 21/22), when he is...
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Dream garage For sale at William Loughran Preston, Lancashire. www.williamloughran.co.uk Don’t get muddled between the new Phantom and the New Phantom. The first is today’s offering with BMW...
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Ford steals the show Shock all-new GT to recall Le Mans glories | by Andrew Frankel On the surface, it seemed a mistake to be getting on the plane. I’d gone to the Detroit Motor Show last year after...
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Second sports offering proves a heavy-hitter | by Andrew Frankel Drove an LFA the other day. You remember: Lexus’ V10-powered two-seat supercar designed to prove that when it came to such things, it...
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A fine first stab at front-wheel drive Taboos are there to be broken. Porsches were always to be powered by air-cooled engines located behind their drivers, until it became convenient to use water-...
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Sharp handling diluted by the passage of time Seven years after its launch, the Volkswagen Scirocco has finally received some revisions. While amounting to no more than the usual nip here and tuck...
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Another fine chassis, but that on its own is no longer enough When the history of the Ford Motor Company is written, the year 1993 will stand alongside 1908 (introduction of the Model T) and 1966 (...
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Kyalami eye witness I have seen various claims about drivers being first to reach the scene of Peter Revson’s fatal accident at Kyalami. Alastair Caldwell (December) stated that it was Denny Hulme....
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Keeping an eye on the time: new releases and bygone classics by Richard Holt IWC To a person of the digital age, the phrase ‘annual calendar’ doesn’t necessarily sound very impressive. A calendar...
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These are not the most famous racing Jaguars, but a V12 quartet maintained the company’s competition heritage between headline Le Mans victories of the 1950s and 1980s Writer Andrew Frankel |...
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The Dutchman’s single-seater career petered out in the wake of much early promise, but he went on to enjoy great success in other spheres Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell Whoever...
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New London Classic Car show proves an instant hit… and triggers plans for future expansion Writer Gordon Cruickshank Famous names, fabulous cars and Motor Sport’s spectacular Hall of Fame display...
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McLaren has several promising juniors on its books – and one of them stumbled upon racing by chance. Adam Cooper met him It’s been a while since Belgium had a front-running F1 driver – indeed 25...
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Basil Davenport beat serious pre-war hillclimb rivals in a series of skimpy home-built V-twins – and most famous of these was ‘Spider’ Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Howard Simmons It’s always...
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Cosworth might not currently supply F1 engines, but it doesn’t need its name on a cam cover to remain involved at the sport’s top tier. The firm’s influence – and rich heritage – extend as broadly as...
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The wider motor sport community doesn’t always give drag racing the recognition it deserves, but for more than 40 years Don Garlits has been a household name in his native America Writer Rob Widdows...
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Birmingham NEC Over the past 25 years Autosport International has established itself as the industry’s annual kick-starter, marking the transition between last season and next. It’s a place to get...
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Charity begins close to home Barking, December 7: Johnny Herbert celebrates 20 years of raising money for worthwhile causes Several miles east of London’s hub, just beyond a crest, the posted limit...
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Family planning The cute baby that might have joined a fresh model range from one of our quirkier marques There’s a division over the Reliant name. The wider world will think of the Robin and its...
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None but the brave The Mille Miglia’s heroes are fondly remembered, but it’s worth adding a little context to their commitment This year marks the 60th anniversary of Stirling Moss and Denis...

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