May 2009

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Doug Nye is remarkably prescient in this month’s Motor Sport. When he filed his story about Formule Libre and mused how ‘run what you brung’ could find itself back in fashion in these straitened...
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F1 teams voluntarily running to a budget cap of £30 million in 2010 will be handed competitive advantages which will enable them to run at the same pace as existing teams. The plans, announced by the...
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Ross Brawn has admitted that the current structure of the Formula 1 team that now carries his name is only a “medium-term” solution, implying that it will need extra investment if it is to continue...
Dubai’s $360m Formula 1 theme park has been put on hold for economic reasons. The project, which is currently 50 per cent complete, is now scheduled to be finished in 2010. Tyler Alexander, one of...
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Reflections – Button’s patience finally rewarded in Melbourne – Bernie-and-Max react against FOTA uprising – Honda misses out as Brawn works his magic The weekend was summed up in a quiet moment...
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He’s approaching his ninth decade, but as the F1 impresario made plain when he talked to us, his drive and ambition are as urgent as ever By Joe Saward Bernie Ecclestone is doing very well for his...
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Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans 24 Hours project experienced highs and lows on its track debut. Two new Gulf-liveried Lola-Astons ran without major issues straight out of the box on the first morning...
Audi’s new turbodiesel R15 emulated its R8 and R10 prototype predecessors by notching up a debut victory in the Sebring 12 Hours. Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello claimed a narrow...
The Panoz marque is aiming to return to top-flight sports car racing with a new front-engined prototype. Marque founder Don Panoz (above), whose cars won eight American Le Mans Series races between...
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Endurance – that’s the theme at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 3-5. Not just long-distance racing but personal ‘grit’, as Lord March explained outside his house on a sunny Press Day, in...
Ex-Formula 1 driver Mika Salo’s full-time place in the Risi Competizione Ferrari ALMS line-up has been taken by Pierre Kaffer, who will share the team’s lead Ferrari 430 GT2 with Jaime Melo in the...
Silverstone could become the fastest track in the MotoGP World Championship following a £5 million refurbishment due for completion next spring. The investment is designed to make the venue more ’...
MotorSport Vision – the company headed by ex-Formula 2 champion Jonathan Palmer – launched the new F2 series at Brands Hatch, showing the new car to the public for the first time. As test driver...
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A new Formula 1 exhibition has been launched at the Science Museum in London. ‘Fast Forward: 20 ways F1 is changing the world’ illustrates how the sport’s manufacturers and researchers have made an...
MotoGP Kawasaki has reversed its decision to leave the series, announcing that it will run a single bike for ex-Ducati rider Marco Melandri. n British Eurosport has signed a deal with Dorna to...
Ever since the Audi Quattro brought turbocharging and 4WD to the World Rally Championship in 1981, that combination has dominated the sport. The World Rally Car was introduced in 1997 but it was soon...
Veteran TV anchorman Steve Rider will return to the British Touring Car Championship this year to front ITV’s expanded coverage. Rider, who previously hosted the channel’s Formula 1 show, returns to...
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The world began to change in NASCAR at the end of last season. More than 1000 jobs were lost as belts were tightened and five teams either merged or closed down. Petty Enterprises, NASCAR’s longest-...
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This year’s other top NASCAR title contender is Kyle Busch (above left) who won eight races last year, his first with Joe Gibbs’s three-car Toyota team. Fast and confident, Busch seemed at Daytona to...
Matt Kenseth’s victory in this year’s Daytona 500 was very fulfilling for both the driver and Jack Roush’s Roush Fenway Ford team. It was the first win at Daytona for the 2003 NASCAR champion and...
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The problem with motor shows,” said the jaded hack, “is they’ve lost their ability to spring a surprise.” He should have been on the Aston Martin stand on the second press day of the Geneva Motor...
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It seems that Mercedes has realised its future lies behind it, with the result that this all-new E-class is the most traditional feeling mid-sized Mercedes since the launch of the W124 a quarter of a...
To Zuffenhausen to drive a prototype of the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid around Stuttgart. There’s no denying how clever it is. With its supercharged 3-litre V6 motor giving 333bhp and working with a...
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Winning contributions Sir, Harold Ross, founding editor of The New Yorker, required two things of his contributors: their pieces must be interesting and well written. Most magazines and virtually all...
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Flavio Briatore has always run a tight ship at Renault, which is why he’s so pleased about the drive to cut costs in F1 By Nigel Roebuck It was going on 15 years ago that I first interviewed Flavio...
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As drivers they were worlds apart, but seasoned pro Damon Hill and feisty newcomer Jacques Villeneuve found common ground at Williams By Rob Widdows Damon Hill gives it to you straight. “I’m getting...
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Ford’s new front-wheel-drive Focus RS happily combines family hatchback sensibilities with sports car capabilities By Andrew Frankel This is a test I wasn’t meant to write. On the day Ford launched...
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Not every Ford to have worn the RS badge has been worthy of it Ford has been putting Rallye Sport badges on its road cars for nearly 40 years. Most, from the original 1970 twin-cam RS1600 to this...
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New power, new management, new livery – Vijay Mallya has pressed the reset button at Force India. Will this fresh start bring the results? By Rob Widdows These are tense times. There are just 18 days...
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A fire and an airport strike hampered Dan Gurney’s bid to race at Monaco ’68, as Jo Ramirez tells Rob Widdows Jo Ramirez is best known for his long stint at McLaren, in particular his role as team co...
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That he ran so many top-line drivers is proof of how successful a car entrant John Coombs was. Today, in his eighties, his enthusiasm for enjoying classic machinery still burns bright By Simon Taylor...
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Designed as a test track 100 years ago, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted its first race before a single brick had been laid By Donald Davidson It has been suggested – raising a few eyebrows in...
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Indy’s rich history is on show at the Speedway – at a bargain price So the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909 – but incredibly the first permanent building at the world’s greatest race...
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Twice a week a group of retired racers meet near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to talk old times and trade insults. Motor Sport secured an invite… By Robin Miller To the casual observer it is...
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Andretti od Rana boa< F1 team bd Two Amer-tan neroes Wtn '1 expehence nave we corned a new team's pans to joh tne gr1d n 2010 BY GORDON KIRBY onventional wisdom did say Ken Anderson and Peter...
BOBBY RAHAL HIS GRAND PRIX DRIVING CAREER amounted to just two starts for Wolf in 1978, but Rahal went on to a successful lndycar career, both behind the wheel and as a team owner. Then in 2002 he...
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Confidence was sky-high at Vapordyne HQ. With eccentric millionaire Bill Lear behind them they were sure they could win the Indy 500 – with a car driven by steam By Paul Fearnley Bill Lear was a yes-...
VARIO A\DRETT1 BEFORE HE WON THE 1978 WORLD Championship with Lotus, Andreffi found out just how hard it is for an American team to succeed in Fl. In the mid-1970s he plugged away with US team Vel's...
WHO ARE KEN ANDERSON AND PETER WINDSOR? KEN ANDERSON: TEAM PRINCIPAL Started his career as a shock absorber engineer, then became a race engineer and part of the design team at Penske's Indycar...
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A few years ago Ginetta was doggedly clinging on to survival; now this Yorkshire-based marque is producing cars capable of upsetting much grander rivals By Richard Heseltine Call it cynicism, call it...
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Bill Lear’s Indycar may have had its doubters, but Jackie Stewart was persuaded to take a look Nobody could accuse Lear of aiming low. His preferred Vapordyne drivers? Parnelli Jones and Jackie...
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A new electric car could form part of Ginetta’s plans to gain a foothold in the road car market It’s patently a question he’s been asked more than once. “Everyone thinks it’s f****** easy,” laughs...
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INDYCAR LEGEND Bobby Rahal will bring his Chevron B16 to Europe this summer and plans to run it in the World Sportscar Masters race at July’s Silverstone Classic. Rahal, now 55, also plans to compete...
The gap between the FIA Historic Formula One Championship and the Masters Racing Series will narrow further this year after the latter announced a three-date series of races for post-78 3-litre F1...
The Kop Hill climb, near Princes Risborough, will be celebrated in a two-day revival which will recreate competitive events held between 1910-25. Cars of the type that competed in period will take...
Former British Rally champions David Higgins and Gwyndaf Evans will both compete in historic rallying this season in Ford Escorts. Higgins has confirmed plans to run in six rounds of the Dunlop/...
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Rallying legend Rauno Aaltonen was the star of Race Retro, the historic motor sport show, when he threw an Aston Martin GT rally car around the live rally stage moments after showing his prowess at...
Formula 3 ace Bev Bond was reunited with his Lotus 59 from the 1970 season during Race Retro, when the Gold Leaf Team Lotus car was part of the HSCC’s display. James Wigmore now owns the 1-litre F3...
Mercedes-Benz has decided not to run the Double Twelve Brooklands Motoring Festival this year, citing the economic climate as a reason not to repeat the successful 2008 event. Organisers have put the...
The history of the Formula 5000 category in Britain will be celebrated at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on August 30/31, with event organisers issuing a call for all former F5000 racers to attend the...
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RM Auctions sold lots of cars at Amelia Island, but not all reached their estimates. It’s inevitable in a recession Back in 1996 Bill Warner of Road & Track magazine bent to the Florida motoring...
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Some great weather and some exceptional cars kept enthusiasts happy at the 2009 edition of Race Retro, at Stoneleigh, Warks. It was great to see Rauno Aaltonen reunited with his original 1964 Monte...
The 14th Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island proved as popular as ever, with an estimated 20,000 visitors. Mercedes-Benz commemorated the 75th anniversary of the famous Silver Arrows team at the...
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Fast-living enthusiasts of Mini, Lotus, Morgan, Fiat and other compact sportsters raced down to the first of this year’s 10 Goodwood Breakfast meetings. The run of events kicked off with ‘Mini...
To coincide with the Geneva Motor Show, leading figures from the world of automobile design were on hand to judge the Louis Vuitton Classic Awards 2008/09. Among others, Toyota design director Wahei...
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Successful on the stages, less so on track, the Big Healey nevertheless remains a British classic as it reaches its half-century By Richard Heseltine Its true meaning has been diluted over time...
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This rally czar gave modern rally weapons a fright with his Big Healey on the 1981 Himalayan Rally… “It had been a childhood dream to rally a Healey. My father used to run a garage on the A20 and the...
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The Brothers RodrIguez Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalon We had to measure it: 56mm thick. Yes, as chunky racing books go this is a monster. And given that the author began work on it in 1992, it’s...
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In the lean years following WWII ‘free formula racing’ helped to keep motor sport alive. The time is ripe for a renaissance… Free formula racing – Formule Libre – used to play an important role not...
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If it looks right, it’ll go right. How many times have we heard this truism over the years? Of course, it has not always been true. While such paragons of beauty as the Lotus 25, the Ferrari 312B,...
In 1948 British photographer George Monkhouse revisited the Mercedes-Benz plant at Stuttgart-Unterturkheim. It was his first trip to the place he had literally revered during the 1930s as the seat of...
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Aviation and motor sport have been inextricably linked since virtually the beginning. When Camille Jenatzy won the Gordon Bennett Trophy race for Mercedes in 1903, the Wright Brothers were fettling...
This is bound to upset some of the faithful, but I’m afraid I never quite ‘got’ the Gilles Villeneuve ‘thing’. You know, the adulation which dripped from every line of so many race reports during his...
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The creators of the miniscule Bedelia wanted to reduce the machine’s parking footprint – so they put the seats in line The Bedelia cyclecar, made in Paris from 1910, had an unusual layout with the...
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Years ago I was given an impressive ride in a schoolmaster’s 1½-litre side-valve sports two-seater Riley Redwing, made in Coventry up to 1920. But in 1927 the remarkable 1074cc Riley Nine with push-...
Sherlock Holmes remains the greatest fictional detective of them all, quoted frequently, even in a Times leader, in spite of the fascinating efforts of that Belgian crime-investigator and those...
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A letter from the grandson of E H Ware reminds me of Ware’s Brooklands racing with Morgan three-wheelers, and the accident he had in the 1924 JCC 200-mile race. During a pitstop Parry Thomas remarked...
Some recent correspondence has reminded me of how we ran the famous 1924 Grand Prix Sunbeam on the public road. The STD Register had been having its annual rally at Wolverhampton, where these cars...

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