May 2008

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David Tremayne David’s links with this magazine go a long way back, to the Teesdale days when he was executive editor both of Motor Sport and Motorsport News (when it was Motoring News). Now a...
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Jimmy Clark died before I was born. To me, he’s only ever been an image in magazines, in books and on television screens. And yet as an impressionable racing-mad kid, devouring anything I could find...
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The new world of Grand Prix racing without driver aids such as traction control and engine braking received a universal thumbs up after the season-opening race in Melbourne. Although the tricky...
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Ron Dennis has insisted suggestions that he will take a step back from running McLaren are wide of the mark, and that he will continue in his current role. In recent years Dennis has delegated more...
The sporting group of Deloitte has calculated that individual Grands Prix are the world’s highest revenue-generating annual events. The company says that in 2007 each GP had an average revenue of $...
Although he didn’t go to the Australian GP, Bernie Ecclestone caused a stir by insisting that the event become a night race in the future in order to appease European TV viewers. The local promoters...
Motor sport made a rare appearance in the House of Lords in March during a debate on the UK’s position as an industry leader. Lord Astor, president of the Motorsport Industry Association, warned the...
The revised Formula 1 qualifying system attracted favourable comment in Australia, and looks set to provide a more interesting television spectacle for the rest of the year. The top 10 Q3 session has...
The Super Aguri team announced just before the Australian Grand Prix that it has been sold to the Magma Group, the automotive consultancy run by former Ford Europe boss Martin Leach. Super Aguri has...
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Reflections – Hamilton and McLaren’s show of strength – Why Bernie is the only one who won’t miss Indy – Hunt’s secret Ferrari deal – and why it went wrong – Redman – still the most underrated driver...
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A new British project is aiming to go to the Le Mans 24 Hours with the greenest car ever to compete at La Sarthe. ECO Racing, which shelved the debut of its new turbo-diesel Radical LMP1 in the...
Three-time grand prix winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen is lining up a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin. Frentzen, who hasn’t raced since bowing out of the DTM at the end of 2006, tested...
Dallara’s new Daytona Prototype has had its first test in South Carolina. Max Angelelli drove SunTrust’s Pontiac-powered DP-01 and said it was ”the most neutral handling new car I’ve driven”. This...
MotoGP hosted the FIRST night-time World Championship Grand Prix in Qatar on March 9, six months before Formula 1’s first floodlit race in Singapore. The 5.4 million-watt lighting rig that...
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Audi is on course to race its R8 supercar in the near future. A senior member of the board has admitted that it has competition plans for the 4.2-litre V8 car that takes its name from Audi’s five-...
A1GP Duncan Tappy, the reigning Formula Renault UK Champion, has been signed by Team Great Britain as the rookie test driver for practice sessions. NASCAR The Auto Club 500 at Fontana was delayed...
Peugeot outpaced Audi in the first dress rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours, but neither had the reliability to run through the Sebring 12 Hours in March. That allowed Porsche (above) to take its...
Tony George’s OFFER OF cash incentives to persuade Champ Car teams to join the unified Indycar series has not been enough to lure some of the top outfits. Indianapolis boss George has struck a deal...
Canadian Champ Car veteran Paul Tracy is contemplating a switch to sports car racing or Australian V8 touring cars following Gerald Forsythe’s decision to snub the unified Indycar series. Tracy, 39,...
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Toyota has scored its first win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup after entering the series at the start of last year. Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart, both driving Toyota Camrys, finished one-two at the Atlanta...
Marco Andretti has made his sports car debut in his father’s team, in a race his grandfather won three times. The 21-year-old drove for Andretti Green Racing, co-owned by Michael Andretti, in the...
Paul Frère, who has died aged 91, was the most accomplished journalist racing driver since Sammy Davis. As well as technical writing and road and track testing, Frère was a Grand Prix driver and...
The FIA has promised “total transparency” as it seeks equivalency between diesel and petrol power in the World Touring Car Championship. A meeting was called ahead of round two of the championship...
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The US Scene As everyone knows, Indycar racing is trying to pull itself together under the banner of Tony George’s Indy Racing League. A bitter 12-year civil war has come to an end, and it’s...
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Drag racing legend John Force and his team had a terrible 2007 season. Force’s protégé Eric Medlen was killed in a testing accident early in the year, then in the fall Force crashed heavily during a...
With Indy 500 winners Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish among the rookies competing in NASCAR this year, it’s tough for an unknown to get attention. But keep an eye on Mike McDowell. Star Mazda...
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Road cars Reality check on 4WD I don’t take it personally, but despite spending most of my life testing cars, disappointingly few of my friends want my advice about which one they should buy. Many...
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Everyone I have spoken to about the Audi RS6 Avant seems enthralled. It’s not hard to see why when you’re dealing with a great-looking car, with all the practicality of any Audi estate which packs a...
It may no longer be called the Amazon, but do not mistake this all-new Land Cruiser for any other bearing the same name. For while the normal Land Cruiser is old, slow and of no great interest any...
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Don’t ruin Australia’s day Sir, So now we know. No matter that the Australians possess some of the finest and best-loved Grand Prix circuits in the world – and beautiful daylight to illuminate them....
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It was his character as much as his skill behind the wheel that made Jim Clark the drivers' driver By Nigel Roebuck I was at Brands Hatch when I heard about Jimmy. The first hour or so of the BOAC...
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As an outsider in a “flimsy car” he did more than just beat the Americans in their own Brickyard; he won their respect too By Robin Miller He was the face of the radical movement that changed open-...
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At a time when racing fatalities were by no means uncommon, Jim Clark’s death caused the biggest shock of all. Derek Bell, Max Mosley and Jackie Stewart recall that fateful day at Hockenheim By David...
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Jim Clark wasn’t just a master behind the wheel, his chief mechanic tells Rob Widdows Jim Endruweit was Jim Clark’s chief mechanic. Life in the Grand Prix pitlane doesn’t get much better than that....
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Now in its third year, the A1GP series has a lucrative Ferrari supply deal as well as grand expansion plans By Rob Widdows The helicopter came in low over the Indian Ocean, skimming the beaches known...
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From World Champion racing driver, to million-dollar businessman, to his current guise as an award-winning organic farmer: all his life, Jody Scheckter has been driven to succeed By Simon Taylor If...
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Right now it’s a stunning one-off concept car, but Aston Martin has a chance to turn the V12 Vantage RS into its best ever road car By Andrew Frankel To the driver of the Aston Martin DBR9 Le Mans...
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Mazda employed a clever fuel economy plan to overcome Le Mans disappointment and be the first Japanese manufacturer to win at La Sarthe By Keith Howard As the 1980s drew to a close, a betting man...
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NASCAR is huge in America and recently it’s attracted an influx of single-seater drivers. But it’s also a notoriously difficult form of racing to master, as some are finding to their cost By Gordon...
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Nuvolari’s victory over the Silver Arrows in the 1935 German GP is known as one of his greatest drives. For years rumour suggested that Alfa Romeo had fitted a bigger engine, diminishing the scale of...
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This was something of a love-hate relationship. In sports cars they were firm friends (well, most of the time) but in Formula 1 at Arrows their rivalry turned sour By Rob Widdows This one starts with...
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first RAC Grand Prix at Silverstone, July’s Silverstone Classic will feature a re-creation of the 1948 grid. Organisers are working to locate the original...
The McLaren M23 that was given to Denny Hulme by the team when he retired from Grand Prix racing will compete in Europe this summer for the first time in over 30 years. Now restored and raced by New...
In what is thought to be a European first for a classic meeting, the entire race programme at the Silverstone Classic will be broadcast live on Motors TV. Coverage will start at 9am each day,...
The 50th anniversary of Lola Cars will be marked with special events during two major UK historic race meetings this year. In the Masters Festival at Brands Hatch (May 24-26) Lola will back two...
Charles Gillett has won the 2007 Motor Sport Brooklands Trophy for his performances at VSCC race meetings last year. The award, conceived by Bill Boddy in 1950 to commemorate racing at Brooklands,...
Some of rallying’s greats could take part in the McRae Stages Rally in Scotland on September 27 to honour the memory of Colin McRae, who died in a helicopter crash in 2007. The McRae family has long...
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Lewis Hamilton and Sir Stirling Moss will be the star attractions at this year’s Brooklands Motoring Festival, ‘The Double Twelve’, running on June 28/29. The event is based around a Concours d’...
Sir Stirling Moss will compete in the five-day Tour Auto classic race and rally tour in France, driving a full-race MGB from Brown & Gammons in the event which starts in Paris on April 15. “We...
One of the most famous of all pre-war racing cars will return to Donington Park this spring to take pride of place at a silver edition of the Vintage Sports Car Club’s annual ‘See Red’ race meeting....
For the first time in over 30 years, former World Rally Champion Björn Waldegård returned to competition in a Lancia Stratos during the opening round of the MSA British Historic Rally Championship....
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Live rally action adds excitement to packed Race Retro historic motor sport exhibition By Paul Lawrence "It is my first time here at this event. It’s fantastic to see all these cars again,” said...
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Phillip Island’s popular Historics meeting is a relaxed precursor to the Australian GP, albeit with some serious celebrating included this year By Simon Taylor The Phillip Island Historics meeting,...
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Magic numbers Certain figures are forever associated with star drivers It is interesting what a famous number or logo can do to a product. The likes of Gilles Villeneuve, Richard Petty, Barry Sheene...
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It was the car that put Jaguar on the map internationally with a new benchmark of performance for price. It was also a car of stunning beauty, and it’s still turning heads today By Richard Heseltine...
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Chequered Conflict The inside story on two explosive F1 world championships Maurice Hamilton Fascinating, horrible, thrilling, crazy, disturbing and unmissable: that was Grand Prix 2007. It’s a...
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Ford and BRM’s alpine quest These two companies came close to scoring a much sought-after win with Vic Elford on the 1965 Alpine Rally, before disaster struck on the final stage Back in the 1960s...
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“I laid The first tyre tracks at Prescott” Our founder editor was the first man to try out the famous hillclimb, which left him with an unfair advantage… It will soon be time to enjoy again meetings...

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