May 2012

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As we mark 30 years since the death of Gilles Villeneuve, the driver who for some of us personifies more than any other what a true racing hero should be, I can't help wondering what the little man...
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Having lunch with racing's great personalities is hardly a chore for Simon Taylor, but he particularly enjoyed catching up with two old friends for a rare dual interview this month. He's known Chris...
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An F1 season rarely starts without controversy as the teams push the boundaries of the rules and in turn become agitated if they don't like a piece of technology that they see on another car. They...
Plans for Bernie Ecclestone to float part of the F1 business on the Singapore Stock Exchange have emerged. The offering is linked to suggestions that Ferrari and Red Bull are already committed to the...
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Richard Seaman is the latest name to join a long list of legendary racing drivers whose stories are potentially being turned into movies. Provisionally titled Silver Arrows, the Seaman project is...
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Audi drivers Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello claimed a third Sebring 12 Hours together on the return of long-distance world championship sports car racing. The Audi trio followed up...
Nissan has stepped up to provide the engine and backing for the experimental Delta Wing that will race at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16/17. The Japanese manufacturer commissioned Ray...
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Although largely overlooked by the major historic festivals, the 50th anniversary of the Lotus Elan will be marked by the Classic Sports Car Club at two events this summer. First introduced by Colin...
Masters Historic Racing and the Canadian American Challenge Cup are combining two modest grids to promote a four-event series for Can-Am and Interserie sports-racing cars. The Can-Am Interserie...
The return to racing of veteran historic competitor Frank Sytner after he suffered a major heart attack at the 2011 event will be the big story of this year's Donington Historic Festival (May 5/6)....
Double Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel will take his Goodwood bow this summer, spearheading the 20th Festival of Speed's main theme of 'Young Guns — Born to Win'. Lotus, which celebrates...
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The 50th birthday of the AC Cobra will be celebrated at this year's Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (June 15-17) with a special 'Cobras at the Castle' display. The organisers of the Cheshire event are...
The racing heritage of Crystal Palace will be celebrated again at the end of May with a sprint event in the grounds of the London parkland, taking in some of the original race track. The event on May...
Following the record-breaking grid of 52 Jaguar E-types at last year's Silverstone Classic, the organisers of the E-type Challenge are hoping to fill the grid to capacity with 58 cars in July. The...
The 2012 edition of Tour Britannia will start with a new prologue stage on the evening of Wednesday June 6 ahead of the three-day classic race and rally tour. Competitors will tackle a three-quarter...
Formula 1 cars of the 1970s and early '80s will race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this summer (July 6-8) following confirmation that the FTA Historic Formula One series will run a support...
André Lotterer, winner at Le Mans last year with Audi, made his rallying debut in the Boucles de Spa when he drove a Porsche 911SC in the colours of the Belgian Zolder circuit. Despite his lack of...
The Grand Prix entrant whose Trojan company manufactured McLaren sports cars and single-seaters under licence, has died aged 82. Peter Agg moved from the family wine business into importing scooters...
This race promoter, who has died at the age of 59, was arguably the second most important name in the postwar history of Donington Park after Tom Wheatcroft. A former journalist, who rose to become...
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On February 16 at London's Roundhouse, the 16 members of the Motor Sport Hall of Fame became 20. Colin McRae, Giacomo Agostini, John Surtees and Adrian Newey were all honoured on the night and joined...
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The International Historic Motor Show, better known as Race Retro, is now firmly established as the kick-off point for the new historic season. The 2012 edition had much to admire, both static and on...
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This year's Daytona 500 was an epic, delayed by rain for a day and a half and finally run on a Monday evening. Just before the 400-mile mark a bizarre accident occurred under a yellow flag when Juan...
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Reflections— Prost like-Button leaves Hamilton shaken— Villeneuve's fear of falling out a window... The opening round of the 2012 World Championship, in Australia, rather put me in mind of the 1988...
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One look at the grid in Melbourne and you are reminded that Formula 1 is now exclusively underpinned by the financial elite. Just a dozen teams kept afloat by corporations, or emerging nations, who...
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Can an extra 200cc of swept volume and softer tyre casings transform a race series? That's what MotoGP is about to find out. In its original four-stroke 990cc format MotoGP was a glorious spectacle...
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Change is coming to NASCAR. Electronic fuel injection has arrived this season, replacing the traditional four-barrel carburettor while the introduction of ECUs has brought the thin edge of the...
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Don't blame the bean counters Sir, As both a motor sport enthusiast and a chartered accountant I must object to the comments made by editor Damien Smith regarding Peugeot's withdrawal from the WEC...
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With the death of Gilles Villeneuve Grand Prix racing will not be the same. It will still go on and one day another star will appear and shine brightly, but until that day something has gone out of...
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Raw, youthful Gilles Villeneuve set sail in North America's single-seater shallows. It was a tough voyage that would lead him directly to the shores of F1By Gordon Kirby Back in 1973, Gilles...
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In the motorcycle racing record books, no one can touch Italian legend Giacomo Agostini. On the night when he took his place in our Hall of Fame, we quizzed him on his amazing career — in the back of...
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He keeps retiring, but Klaus Ludwig just can't stop racing. Motor Sport has an appointment in a van with the tin-top legend — and then teams up to go racing By Andrew Frankel It's October at the...
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To highlight its Classic department, Mercedes decided to go racing — slowly. In a vast Fintail... The idea was simple and came from the mind of Michael Bock, head of Mercedes-Benz's Classic...
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It was the nearest England ever got to hosting a true road race. Sixty years on we visit Derbyshire to try out a track that might have beenBy Simon Taylor Imagine Jaguar D-types, Ferrari Monzas,...
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Little Teo Fabi had an inner steel that made him tougher than he looked. Which was just as well for an Indycar and F1 ace who was dogged by bad luck By Paul Fearnley Only four Indianapolis 500...
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One was a popular saloon and sports car racer, the other a highly respected team manager. And as friends from their teens, their careers often wove togetherBy Simon Taylor I'm in a village pub,...
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US stock car racing boomed thanks to NASCAR. But its roots were planted in unlikely territory: California dirtBy Jonathan Ingram Many claims have been made about the location of the first race in...
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So it's happened. Bentley's much-threatened SUV finally broke cover at the Geneva Motorshow and if its first job was to grab as many headlines as possible, it succeeded beyond every imaginable...
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Tempted by an Exquisitely Restored E-Type This month saw a couple of wonderful steps into Jaguar history. First was a trip to see Henry Pearman at Eagle, the man who'll take a rusty old E-type and...
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Here's progress for you. When the Porsche Boxster was launched in 1996, the quickest normally aspirated Porsche you could buy was the RS version of the last of the aircooled 911s — the famed 993RS,...
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How many really good MGs have there been? There were many before the war, from the pretty little PB to the giant-slaying K3, and a few after, like the TC. Unquestionably the MGB was in touch with its...
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A while ago I inadvertently stated a small war of words when a story broke saying that BMW's titanic new diesel-powered M550d was going to be sold over here. All I did was tweet my enthusiasm for the...
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Why looking fondly on past racing glories doesn't ring Jacky Ickx's bell One of the most wonderful aspects of this job is that just occasionally the most prosaic circumstances can suddenly turn into...
It's not clear why it has taken Morgan more than a decade to marry the classic looks of the original Plus to the bonded aluminium structure of the startlingly ugly Aero 8, but I am glad they've...
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Sky's investment in Formula 1 has opened up plenty of viewing options to subscribers, but it comes at a cost to the broadcaster — and to us So what does everyone think of Sky's Formula 1 coverage so...
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Aston Martin is looking to put the LMP1 programme of 2011 behind it with an assault on the GTE title Before Aston Martin departed for the start of its new GT World Endurance Championship campaign,...
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As the second Donington Historic Festival approaches the organisers are keen to build on the success of last year After the debacle of the British Grand Prix project, the 2011 Donington Historic...
A new TV documentary captures the ferocity and danger of one of rallying's most extreme eras If you picked up this issue early enough you might be able to catch the screening of Madness on Wheels on...
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A club with a difference aims to put the fun back into historics — and tempt out some 'new' machinery How many race series could you list? Don't start, I only have two pages. But I still hear owners...
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What's your history? I'm an engineering graduate from the 1960s, my first job being in product engineering with Chrysler and then Ford Australia where I experienced at first and the awesome GTHO...
Premier VSCC contest winner enjoys the fruits of a successful season of bare-bones racing One of my appointments at the Race Retro exhibition (see also p22) was to watch the VSCC Motor Sport...
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Gooding and Company Very often 'star lots' fail to sell. There's sometimes too much hype surrounding the car in question and potential buyers are scared off with high estimates. Gooding didn't suffer...
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Jenks & The BodThe Odd Couple of Motor Sport The odd couple of motor sport this DVD is headed, and it couldn't be more true. The interlinked lives of The Bod and Jenks — Bill Boddy and Denis...
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A compelling new book by Louis Stanley's stepdaughter unveils hitherto secret evidence of the BRM man's origins... and makes other, damning accusations I must be honest. I used to detest Louis...
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Back in the 1980s I was occasionally asked to buy classic and competition cars on behalf of the wealthy Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi. His pink Italya Trading sponsorship livery became quite...

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