March 2018

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The old press office at Brands Hatch was situated on the outside of the start/finish straight, which as you might be aware isn’t a straight at all. It’s not level either, with various degrees of...
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Ambitious Leeds firm aims to be in a position to challenge for victory at Le Mans Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson made some bold claims on the launch of his firm’s new LMP1 contender. “Our target is...
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Germany’s premier tin-tops are returning to Kent There is a 2018 date that every British motor sport fan should block out. It’s August 12, when the DTM will be visiting Brands Hatch. Or more...
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Did Williams simply opt for the biggest pot of gold when finalising its 2018 driver line-up? The truth is rather more complex than that A very delicate balancing of a uniquely vulnerable team’s books...
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Special events commemorate half a century of Ford's competitive stalwart Three events in September will celebrate 50 years of the Ford Escort and its enduring popularity in both rallying and racing....
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Is a pre '66 Porsche series a step in the right direction? One-make racing is largely a feature of modern motor sport, with hordes of identical cars providing close, action-packed competition on what...
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Le Mans in June? A British winter? Racing beyond dusk always has a certain ambience Winter clubbies might not have the clout of yore, when the televised BBC Grandstand Formula Ford 2000 Championship...
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Historic F1 champ Nick Padmore’s ideal racer? A Mini In a contemporary context his name is linked with success in powerful old cars. Nick Padmore is a multiple champion in the FIA Historic F1 series...
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Testing times Get a first look at the 2018 Formula 1 cars, now equipped with the mandatory halo device, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Williams recruits Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin will...
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A galaxy of stars from racing’s past and present is set to descend on Race Retro, which takes place on February 23-25, as Britain’s leading historic motor sport show opens its doors. Most of the...
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Introducing the racing game packed with wistful nostalgia It’s easy to forget in this modern world of gaming that they are indeed that: games. The fun, it could be argued, is being lost in the quest...
Growing interest could mean racing's next big thing is drones There’s big money in drones. Some 1.5 million of them were expected to be sold over Christmas in the UK alone, according to the Civil...
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All-new G-Wagen looks back four decades for image Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a brand new G-wagon looking almost indistinguishable from the car that’s been on sale for almost 40 years. Different in...
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Lewis Hamilton was at his best in 2017... for the very reason that Toto Wolff believes the Mercedes F1 team fell short of peak performance Stability versus response has long been a racing driver’s...
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The knowledge that there is a vulnerable human at the heart of the machine is crucial to the appeal of motor racing. Let's not lose it This year modern Formula 1 embraces the controversial ‘halo’...
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Rider feel and chassis flex are two of the most important factors in getting a rider around a racetrack as fast as possible Japanese manufacturers have won the last 10 MotoGP world championships, but...
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The Mini team's disqualification from the 1966 Monte Carlo rally is a yarn well known, but there was almost a repeat two years later It might not surprise regular readers to hear that I am quite a...
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Attending a 'drive in' at a shrine to vintage Bentleys, and recalling perhaps the briefest ever works rally drive – in a tiger enclosure A sunny Sunday and a motoring invitation – perfect for...
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Dan Gurney I first met Dan at his All-American Racers HQ in Santa Ana when I was introduced by Sue Weaver, a long-standing friend from his racing days. With me being a pilot and motorcyclist, and Dan...
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Powerful players in the watch world ROGER DUBUIS I clearly recall the first time I saw a Lamborghini close up. It was an orange Diablo parked on Guildford High Street in the early 1990s. I knew what...
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The 1980s will go down in motor sport history as the most power-crazed decade of all time. For that reason it holds a special place in the hearts of many fans who revere its 1000bhp+ F1 qualifying...
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A combustible mix of politics and potency turbocharged an unforgettable racing decade If the first Grand Prix of the 1980s in Buenos Aires fought for newspaper space with international darts from...
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Mad Grand Prix machines, outrageous parties and the birth of superbike racing... the 1980s were gloriously unsustainable That the 1980s was a decade of excess should come as no surprise, because the...
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Group C was a party and everyone was invited, making it one of the great eras of sports car racing What is the greatest era of sports car racing? Many would plump for the seasons covered by the short...
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You can’t touch rallying in the 1980s for pure adrenaline, excitement and big-spending teams Group B was so synonymous with rallying in the 1980s that if you squint carefully you’ll find the front...
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No other decade matches the 1980s for visceral excitement, but it was a bloated era, a time of excess, and the repercussions continue to resonate today The turn of the 1980s was nothing like what...
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If you had to pick a single year in motor sport as the best ever, what would it be? One man thinks he has the answer Here’s a question that is guaranteed to cause an argument: what was the greatest...
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Two rivals brought to perfect pitch in a year-long manufacturer arms race. We let loose in Ford’s secret weapon, and ask what made it great For many - myself included - the battle for supremacy...
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Our technical analysis tracks down which compromises are due to the architecture and which come down to set-up Subtle they were not – bewinged saloon cars with wheel arches on steroids, big fat...
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Legendary designers Adrian Newey and Gordon Murray will attend the Motor Sport Hall of Fame. The pair will be joined by 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Richard Attwood. Broadcaster Suzi Perry – a...
The Motor Sport Hall of Fame has teamed up with official charity partner Mission Motorsport to celebrate the greatest names in motor racing and raise awareness of the charity’s efforts to use motor...
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Hall of Fame partner Christopher Ward announces winners of ‘Need for Speed’ competition, supporting British grass-roots motor sport contenders Christopher Ward, the Motor Sport Hall of Fame’s...
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Driver, constructor, innovator, winner… and he even played cricket. A man of rare versatility and charm, Dan Gurney passed away recently at the age of 86 The Ferrari flashed its lights and the Ford...
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The motor sport fraternity pays tribute to Dan Gurney Dario Franchitti, triple Indianapolis 500 winner “Rest in peace, Dan. We’ll never see your like again. With humility, grace, charm and humour,...
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Located in the eastern Caribbean, this popular holiday island is evolving its own distinctively themed Festival of Speed The recipe was unusual: a blend of air displays, a Force India show car, races...
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After 15 seasons in Formula 1, 11 GP wins and a close encounter with the world title, the popular Brazilian seeks a change in a new arena Its streets are notoriously congested during Grand Prix...
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The world felt like a bigger place in the early 1970s, but that didn’t deter Don Larsen... Writing from California, Don Larsen contacted Motor Sport to say he had several pictures “for possible...
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Meet the man who has been painting crash helmets for 40 years, working with more than 60 GP drivers and thousands of others Artistry on a racetrack. Traditionally it’s associated with such as Juan...
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A moribund marque comes triumphantly back to life to kick-start a French halo brand –  Alpine A110 – You have to be so careful in this game. Four years ago I travelled to Italy to drive the new Alfa-...
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First Mercedes-powered Aston offers a taste of the future – Aston Martin DB11 V8 – Since the war, how many engines has Aston Martin designed from scratch by itself? I count two. The sixes used up...
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...but you can’t yet make full use of Audi’s latest technology – Audi A8 50 TDi – Did you know there are five levels of automotive autonomy? Bear with me because these days this stuff is important....
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A 1980s rally car that has never been raced or, indeed, rallied The timewarp car is, for many, the holy grail of classic motoring – and yet at the same time presents one of the greatest dilemmas. The...
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The specialist who has built more SS100s than Jaguar Spiralling values of many iconic classics – and the fact they’re being tucked away as investments rather than driven – makes any stigma about...
Plans announced for Jim Clark anniversary celebrations Is it really 50 years? This year marks the half-centenary of the death of Jim Clark, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the most fondly...
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How a childhood love of Jaguars became a lifelong obsession The timeless appeal of classic Jaguars is one that extends far beyond English soil. And over in Holland one specialist made it his life’s...
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Arizona’s Collector Car Week draws buyers and sellers out west In the chill of a British winter, the January round of auctions around Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona always seems a tempting...
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Ferrari glamour for a Fiat price tag … for now Glamorous convertible body by Pininfarina. Engine by Ferrari. Built on the Maranello production line. And yours for a relatively modest six-figure sum....
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Classic British sports car with genuine competition pedigree You might consider the MGA little more than a pretty face, but the story behind those timeless looks reveals perhaps unexpected...
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Alfa racer Geoff Gordon’s new project is now but a few decals away from completion, though testing will have to wait… It’s hard to describe the feeling when a ‘new’ racing car fires up for the first...
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Time to put the MGB away and start saving up for the 2018 campaign? Not exactly, as Nick Trott explains The winter season. As many club racers will know, this is a quiet time – where the car is...
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Spares for a mid-1990s Peugeot F1 engine are easier to find than you might imagine –and Warren Stean’s V10 is edging ever close to a dyno The engine is the final part of my Jordan puzzle and has been...
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In The Zone: How Champions Think and Win Big Clyde Brolin We’ve all had it: that feeling while watching a race, or a match that one of the competitors is operating on an entirely different plane...
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Ilya Avakov From combines to classics: product designer moves onto cars Ilya Avakov’s highly rendered illustrations bear the stamp of the industrial designer – striking angles, slashes of colour,...
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Flying Ford Marcus Nicholls on a 1:24 replica of Timo Mäkinen’s Escort RS1600 Last May we lost Timo Mäkinen, truly one of the greatest drivers of all time and the original Flying Finn. He was perhaps...
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the USAC IndyCar championship’s UK double-header, at Silverstone and Brands Hatch. AJ Foyt pits to refuel his trusty Coyote en route to winning the first of...
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In 1961 Paul Meis was based in Germany with the US Army. Cue a trip to the Nürburgring with Retina IIIc camera and borrowed 85mm lens... Send us your images If you have any images that might be...

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