May 2010

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Quitting a bank to become a racing journo was a risk Eoin never regretted. Closely involved with Bruce McLaren and the F1 scene from 1961 on, he has been a reporter, consultant, diarist and racing...
As we celebrate 60 years of the Formula 1 World Championship, once again we note there is nothing new under the sun. Even Grand Prix racing – somewhat ironically in an age where television audiences...
Not at all put off by the Editor’s experience, Maurice recently entered the Sunseeker rally as co-driver to Tony Jardine – and they won their class. But, as Maurice, a regular in the seat, was honest...
After his Daytona excursion last month it was back to the Grand Prix mill for Nigel, with Damon Hill popping into the office to record one of our very popular podcasts (go to the website to listen)...
Practically born and bred in Standard House, the one-time home of Motoring News and Motor Sport, Simon rose to be Editor of both those esteemed organs before realising that the hot seat ties you down...
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Some four and half months into the job, FIA president Jean Todt hosted his first open press conference on the subject of Formula 1 at the Bahrain Grand Prix. And as if to emphasise that this is...
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Bernie Ecclestone has reiterated that he never expected US F1 to make the 2010 grid, and added that Formula One Management has the right to take legal action against the team for its failure to...
* Bernie Ecclestone confirmed to the World Motor Sport Council in Bahrain that plans for an Indian Grand Prix in Delhi are on schedule, with a first race likely in 2011. Ecclestone intends to have a...
Alain Prost took on the role of fourth FIA Steward at the Bahrain Grand Prix in the first step of the governing body’s push towards providing more balanced decisions. An ex-F1 driver will join the...
The HRT team beat the odds to make it to the Bahrain GP – despite having barely three weeks to complete its Dallara-built cars and get them to the Middle East. Ex-Spyker and Force India boss Colin...
Formula 1 teams have rushed into creating their own versions of McLaren’s controversial ‘F-duct’ system after it secured FIA approval. The duct – located on the chassis above the driver’s legs –...
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Reflections– How politics have conspired to spoil our sport– It’s too soon to write off Schuey and Jenson– Shame the former champions weren’t racing…– B?C?Ecclestone and the 107 per cent rule Sorry...
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Ni e Roebuck n the Friday afternoon in Bahrain Monsieur Todt took part in a long press conference, in the course of which he spoke at one point of reviving the '107 per cent rule', which required, in...
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“I have been dreaming about these cars since I was a teenager,” said FIA president Jean Todt at the launch of the new GT1 sports car series. “We have all dreamt about these beautiful cars and I am...
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This is the car with which Audi will attempt to regain its Le Mans 24 Hours crown from Peugeot in June. The heavily reworked front-end aerodynamics of the R15 are a result of rule changes at the end...
Sports car star Darren Turner will race three types of Aston Martin in 2010. The Aston works driver, a double GT1 class winner at Le Mans with the marque, was due to combine racing a DBR9 in the GT1...
* British sports car stalwarts Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter will team up in this year’s GT1 World Championship, sharing the second Nissan GT-R run by the new British Sumo Power squad. *...
McLaren Automotive is to create a £40 million ‘Production Centre’ where the company’s new range of high-performance cars will be built. The MP4-12C will go on sale this spring in 19 countries around...
Peugeot has become the first French manufacturer to win the Sebring 12 Hours in the event’s 58-year history. The victory was also the first by a non-German manufacturer since Ferrari scored the last...
The introduction of the new FIA European GT2 Championship has been postponed for 2010. The series, which would have run on the same bill as some GT1 World Championship events, suffered a lack of...
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Motor racing lost one of its best-loved team owners of the 1960s and ’70s with the recent death of Alan McKechnie at the age of 72. Although confined to a wheelchair for 50 years, McKechnie supported...
Johnny Herbert will contest his first full season in Europe since 2004 in the Superstars touring car championship. Herbert will race a Chevrolet Lumina CR8 in the Italian-based series for V8 saloons...
On the weekend that the Lotus name returned to F1, Group Lotus confirmed it would also be heading back to the Indianapolis 500 – as predicted by Motor Sport (March). The traditional green and yellow...
Podcasts The Motor Sport site features our latest podcast this month, starring Damon Hill who popped into our office. Damon is renowned for being articulate and outspoken, and he didn’t disappoint,...
The formula that gave the world Gilles Villeneuve has been put on ice after four decades of continuous history. The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda, a direct descendent of the Formula Atlantic...
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We're heading for the month of May, And here IN the USA that means only one thing in motor racing terms – the Indianapolis 500. OK, we no longer have three solid weeks of qualifying, but this is...
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Every year on the eve of the Geneva Motorshow Volkswagen has a little pre-show bash. Well, not that little to be honest. As befitting a car company now rated the largest in the world by vehicle...
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I beat Damon Hill once. This was way back in the early 1980s when we were both trying to make our names as bike racers. Damon grew up dreaming of being a Grand Prix motorcycle racer – he wanted to be...
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If there’s an essential art to stock car racing it’s using the fender. Seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt was a master of the art, winning quite a few races over the years by employing the...
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Time to clip wings? Sir, Having just watched the boredom that was the Bahrain Grand Prix I now realise that, like MPs and their expenses, Formula 1 just does not ‘get it’. Wings are things that...
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1950-2010 Sixty years ago, the first official Formula 1 World Championship race took place at Silverstone on May 13, 1950. This year Silverstone is on the calendar again, but the cars and drivers it...
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Italian pride shines bright at the start of a new World Championship, but 10 years later the British turn F1 on its head – and back to frontBy Doug Nye GiovanBattista Guidotti was a jovial, charming...
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Clark and Lotus define an era of brilliant innovation and driving skill. But it is also a deadly decade, prompting Stewart to begin his safety crusadeBy Eoin Young Formula 1 changed forever during...
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Bahrain’s sheikhs made way for a different kind of royalty at the season-opening Grand Prix, as 18 World Champions turned out for a special diamond anniversaryBy Simon Arron March 10 2010, Bahrain,...
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New ideas proliferate on track but the driver toll continues. Tyrrell is blue riband, Lotus goes black and gold and Hunt hits his purple patchBy Alan Henry There was a certain contradictory symbolism...
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When two tribes go to war… it’s Senna vs Prost, Mansell vs Piquet as the superpowers turn the wick up on their turbo missilesBy Nigel Roebuck It was the era of Margaret Thatcher, relished by some,...
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His Formula 1 career lasted a remarkable 17 seasons, during which there were some dark moments but also six well-deserved wins. And through it all, Patrese emerged as one of the good guysBy Simon...
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An era of collisions, whether on track, as Senna and Schumacher come through, or in boardrooms as Max and Bernie carve up the sportBy Maurice Hamilton May 1, 1994. This date whacked an unsuspecting...
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Schumacher and Ferrari domination gives way to a new generation of hotshoes, all set against a backdrop of political strifeBy Adam Cooper It would probably be fair to describe the 2000s as a decade...
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Competitively priced, good-looking and with plenty of legroom, the new ‘baby’ Rolls continues a grand traditionBy Andrew Frankel When I read the specification sheet of the Rolls-Royce Ghost and heard...
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Rigorous training days mean british marshals are the best around It’s no secret how highly regarded British marshals are around the world. A group was flown out to Abu Dhabi to oversee the inaugural...
Driving day numbers are down, but there’s no need to worry A company that relies heavily on corporate customers can’t have found the past two years easy. With this in mind, I was keen to ask Jonathan...
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Follow in the tyre grooves of prost and muller... for a price The Andros Trophy may be familiar to many, but this French national ice racing series doesn’t always get a lot of coverage. It’s been...
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The 50th anniversary of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will be celebrated during the annual HSCC Historic Superprix on July 3/4. Widely regarded as one of the most challenging and spectacular...
Some 375 cars are expected to take part in the Mille Miglia retro on May 6-8, a regularity rally reliving the famous Italian road race. The 2010 route will take in the famous Futa and Raticosa...
Bruno Thiry’s decision to source an early Audi Quattro for the 52nd Boucles de Spa proved wise when he swept to victory on the biggest historic rally in Europe. Snow and ice greeted a star-studded...
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Forty years after he competed in the last 1-litre Formula 3 race at Monaco, 72-year-old Frenchman René Liggonet will be on the grid for the 2010 race in the same Chevron B15. The 1-litre F3 event,...
* Group B rally cars will be in action on the Isle of Man in July with a demonstration event running alongside the Rally Isle of Man. The Group B cars will run ahead of the main field on many of the...
The Italian Historic Car Cup has taken over the World Sportscar Masters’ prominent Saturday evening slot for this year’s Silverstone Classic. “We expect the race to be heavily over-subscribed,” said...
Formula 1, Le Mans and supercars will be in action on the evening of Tuesday May 25 during the inaugural Liverpool Pageant of Power. A street demonstration, which will run on a course along the...
Three generations of the Minshaw family could be competing together this summer if 19-year-old Jack joins his father Jon and grandfather Alan in historic racing. Jon and Alan Minshaw have recently...
The organisers of 54° South, a month-long motoring adventure running the length of South America, claim it will be the most extraordinary journey in the world. The tour, for classic cars and 4x4s, is...
More than 100 cars from the VSCC will take part in the Brooklands Speed Trials on Saturday June 5, competing on the Mercedes-Benz World Handling Circuit adjacent to the Brooklands Museum site. The...
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Alfa’s centenary and the 40th anniversary of the World Cup Rally were celebrated both on and off-stage at Race RetroBy Paul Lawrence The seventh annual International Historic Motor Sport Show, Race...
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News from the main auction houses around the world – RM Auctions – More lots have been added to RM’s Monaco sale, including the one-of-a-kind 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia ‘Büegelfalte’. It was built as...
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There was an air of excitement this year at Race Retro, the historic motor sport show at Stoneleigh Park, as it was the first opportunity for many of the clubs and competitors to catch up and discuss...
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This bat-winged brute made as big an impact on the street as it did on track and stage, but it took some manhandling…By Richard Heseltine Despite all the focus groups and Blue Sky Thinking...
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Stuart Codling with commentary by Gordon Murray Whether you agree that these cars are works of art or not, the studio shots are quite simply stunning. Murray’s input is also very interesting....
Enrico Mapelli English version of a look at Ferrari’s winners. It could have been better translated as some of it is hard to understand, but overall it’s a good read. Published by Giorgio Nada...
Brian Lister and the cars from CambridgePaul Skilleter In technical terms this book much augments Robert Edwards’ Archie and the Listers, with comprehensive details of the cars, describing how the...
A driving lifePhil Hill When Phil Hill died we lost not only a champion driver but a thoughtful engineer, an erudite writer and a talented photographer. His qualities leap out from this book, a...
Garth Stein Enzo the dog is the eloquent storyteller of this moving novel, and his life philosophy is guided by his racing driver master, Denny. Enzo prefers Senna’s emotion and daring to Fittipaldi’...
David Tremayne A very in-depth look at how a Formula 1 car is built and works. Certainly worth reading if you’re an enthusiast of the toil that goes on away from the race track. Published by Haynes,...
South Africa’s forgotten Grand Prix aceGreg Mills South Africa isn’t blessed with a huge history of international motor sport success, but for a short while in the early ’60s it had a young hero in...
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In a patchy season BRM scored one memorable win, bringing hints of rule-bending. But the facts are there, if you want to look… My friend Simon Taylor’s Lunch With Robin Herd, the ‘h’ of March cars,...
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This year marks the 60th anniversary of not only the Formula 1 World Championship – introduced in 1950 – but also of 500cc “poor man’s motor racing” receiving full recognition from the FIA as ‘...
Racing on public roads, although an endangered species, at least survives for motorcycles on the Isle of Man and in Ireland. In continental Europe it’s pretty much confined these days to Spa and...
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Grand Prix reporting today always involves flying, but when Bill Boddy was doing it pre-war that was rare – and risky When I was Editor of Motor Sport we used charter aeroplanes to cover post-war...
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From 1921-1938 the BARC introduced a 120mph badge, the first of which was won by K Lee Guinness in a Sunbeam. Then in 1928 a pendant was added to the badge to indicate those who achieved a lap...
News is to hand that the unique 1918 Hall car (above) is being restored in the Netherlands by Ton van Heesch. He reports that the body is nearly restored and that the chassis and eight-cylinder...
The VSCC’s first 2010 race meeting is scheduled for Saturday April 24 at Silverstone, followed by Oulton Park on May 22, Cadwell Park on June 19, Pembrey on July 25, Mallory Park on August 22,...
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After Mr Locke King had seen a continental motor race he returned to his Weybridge estate with the idea of having a motor race track there, so that the British motor industry, faced with a public...

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