May 2014

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We’ve been gratified by the overwhelmingly positive response to our Time for a Formula 1 Revolution cover story, run in the April issue. We published our framework for change on the conviction that...
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Cricket lover, walking encyclopaedia, former Motor Sport editor, professional Mancunian: Paul Fearnley is all of these and relishes a challenge. This month, his missions embraced the 1964 Indy 500,...
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Spectacle trumps soundWizards of OzAndretti's concorde offer Back in the day it was my invariable habit, for final qualifying at Monte Carlo, to position myself immediately behind the guardrail...
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Straight talkThe design details that separate Merc’s V6 turbo from the rest Do you want to know why the Mercedes W05 had one second per lap on the opposition in the season’s opening race? It’s been...
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Departed Mercedes-Benz team principal Ross Brawn analyses the key moments of a long, successful F1 career… and outlines the reasons for his decision to step down at the end of 2013 Ross Brawn and...
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Australia 1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W05 1hr 32min 58.710sec 2 Kevin Magnussen McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes 1hr 33min 25.487sec 3 Jenson Button McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes 1hr 33min 28.737sec Fastest lap: Nico...
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Le Mans king reins in hybrid targets | By Gary Watkins Audi has revealed that its new R18 e-tron quattro will race with just one energy-retrieval system and run in the lowest class of hybrid power in...
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Battersea Park is the latest site under consideration for London’s round of the FIA Formula E Championship in June 2015. The 200-acre site in the Borough of Wandsworth has been evaluated for its...
World Endurance Champion Allan McNish will have a multi-faceted role with Audi in his first season after retiring from the cockpit. McNish, who called time on his front-line driving career in...
When Mario Andretti turned pro Fifty years ago this month, Mario Andretti quit his day job to become a professional racing driver. Mario had built his reputation in the north-eastern USA throughout...
* The future of the Nürburgring has been saved after a new group took over the company that operates both the modern Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife. The Capricon Group, an automotive parts...
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1 – Life on the Limit Grand Prix racing has always had its darker side. While this excellent documentary doesn’t focus solely on the tragic, it is certainly a common theme. Overall, however, it goes...
The possibility of closed-roads motor sport in England, Wales and Scotland has taken a major step forward, with the announcement of a government consultation process. Most countries in Europe,...
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1941-2014 Gary Bettenhausen has passed away, aged 72. Bettenhausen won the USAC Sprint car championship in 1969 and ’71 and led most of the Indy 500 in 1972, driving a McLaren-Offy for Roger Penske,...
Racing driver and constructor Graham Warner died on March 8, aged 84. Born in Battersea on May 1 1929, the Londoner would devote his life to two great passions: aircraft and motor sport. After...
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Formula 1 season preview podcast Rob Widdows: Just returning to last month’s magazine and the Formula 1 Revolution. Do we honestly think that any of the ideas that we’ve put forward are likely to...
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A world champion of character Britain’s miserable lack of success in MotoGP has been well documented in these pages, our success in the second-division World Superbike series less so. We seem to be...
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Donington Festival growsMotor Sport Trophy a key cog in the 2014 line-up | by Paul Lawrence The 2014 Donington Historic Festival will be the biggest such event yet, with racing on each of its three...
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Respected writer and historian David McKinney has died following a lengthy period of illness. He was 68. Born in New Zealand, David had been based in Britain since the mid 1980s and contributed to a...
Erle Morley, who died in late February, shared many international rallying successes in the 1960s when co-driving for his brother Don. The Suffolk farmers rallied Austin Healey 3000s and MGBs on most...
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When they were newAn original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, February 1955 | by Bill Boddy To describe the TR2 as a very good car is to state the obvious, after the splendid showing...
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Eye-catching LamboHuracan steals the headlines at busy show | by Andrew Frankel At most motor shows, the search for a star is rarely difficult. Someone will pull a rabbit from a hat or unveil a car...
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Why the company’s latest missile is actually two cars in one | by Andrew Frankel McLaren says its P1 hypercar costs £866,000, but it doesn’t. The only way truly to understand its proposition is to...
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Elegance is now available with extra zip I’ve been waiting so long for Peugeot to produce a car worth driving that, a year or two back, I bought a 205 GTI. It reminded me of a time when seeing that...
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173mph and 53.3mpg... but possibly not at the same time Later this year BMW will launch its new M3, powered by a twin-turbo 3-litre straight six engine. With 425bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4.3sec, it’s...
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April fuel I’ve just been reading about your article in April’s issue on your ideas for shaking up the world of F1. I was particularly interested in the use of the word ‘punkish’ to describe what the...
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It was a tantalising prospect, if a little troubling for Ayrton Senna. How would the proven maestro handle a potential nemesis, fast emerging in the form of Michael Schumacher? Sadly, we’d never see...
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It was the kind of thing a team would nowadays doubtless suppress – an F1 star sneaking away to try his hand at rallying. But such things were possible in 1986, even when the driver was Ayrton Senna...
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A gutsy, talented racer whose story is rarely told, Roland Ratzenberger died while trying to qualify an uncompetitive car for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. More than just fast, he also oozed...
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Jim Clark had yet to etch his name on the broader racing conscience by the spring of 1959, but four victories in one afternoon were a hint of greatness to comeWriter: Richard Williams Its paintwork...
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The rear-engined revolution was in full swing at Indy by 1964, but the stars weren’t yet in alignment. Thus were the traditional roadsters permitted one final lap in the Brickyard’s spotlight......
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Jacky Ickx • Le Mans 24 Hours, 1969It might have been distinctive and spectacular, but the traditional Le Mans start had its critics. The time had come to take a stance...Writer: Simon Arron,...
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The Motor Sport 90th Anniversary Trophy will be a feature of the Donington Historic Festival in May. As the event approaches, we gathered a select group of eligible, inter-war carsWriter: Gordon...
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He’s raced, and talked, his way from the bottom to the top, and after 16 titles he is still drag racing’s most spectacular and celebrated performer Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Michael Rutt As...
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One of the sport’s forgotten stars is making a comeback, 15 years after winning the British F3 title. By Alex Harmer He was once regarded as a young driver of exceptional promise, part of Britain’s...
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Once a bright British prospect whose F1 career was equal parts bafflement and brevity, Justin Wilson has now spent more than a decade in America. He’s forged a fine reputation in his adopted home,...
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Florida, USA At the first time of asking, Chip Ganassi has added victory in the Sebring 12 Hours to his triumphs as an entrant in the other blue-riband American motor races — the Indy 500, Daytona...
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The statistics will relate that the 2014 Oris Rally Clásico was won by local hero Nadal Galiana in his tightly prepared Ford Escort, the Mallorcan beating the more powerful Porsche 911 RS of German...
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The 50th anniversary of Belfast-born Mini legend Paddy Hopkirk’s historic Monte Carlo Rally victory was appropriately celebrated in Northern Ireland. The 80-year-old, dubbed the ‘Belfast Boy’ by city...
Stoneleigh Park The Parisian Rétromobile has the flair, manufacturer support and big-budget displays, but our own International Historic Motorsport Show has a home-spun charm that is hard to match....
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Mallory Park, March 1: months of doubt finally subside as a grass-roots paradise is reborn The circuit had been open perhaps half an hour when we arrived, but space was already at a premium. By noon...
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Wrexham & Bala, February 28: a tribute to one of our sport’s unsung characters It was an association that began when my mate Phil offered David Winstanley a biscuit, while we were perched on the...
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Brands Hatch, March 8-9: mainland circuit racing resumes… on two wheels only It wasn’t always thus. The dawn of March was once a symbol of winter’s completion: time to don gloves, scarf and stout...
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This is no Bentley thoroughbred, but Crewe provided the inspiration... and a fair few parts Bentley has been offering up multiple versions of its Continental and Arnage models lately, but here’s one...
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What we’d blow the budget on this month Graeme HuntFiat 130 Coupé Not all 1970s Fiats have endured, but this is an immaculate example of one of the company’s finest style statements, with only 16,000...
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How to assess your fellow road users, a bygone system revisited Looking for some information among WB’s writings, I was tickled to come across his explanation of the Birkett Dicing Analysis, invented...
In 1914, a Sunbeam engineer became the first Brit to compete in the fledgling 500 If you followed F5000 in ITS early days, you might remember Ian Mitchell who raced a BRM P261 during the 1969 season...
What stirs air racers’ thoughts at 250mph? Laundry, apparently Heading the latest issue of the FJ Newsletter, which Duncan Rabagliati handed me at Race Retro, I was interested to see that the club is...
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The pioneering Brooklands spirit that served motorists and aviators so well Last half-term I took three of my grandchildren to the marvellous Brooklands Museum. Quite apart from seeing its cars –...
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How road and racing cars used to be built, a world away from CAD systems and wind tunnels The automobile per se is arguably the most transformative agent in modern history. In America the Revs...
How ingenuity turned an elderly Alfa Romeo into an unlikely, high-speed star of the 1930s Chris Staniland raced both motorcycles and cars while working as chief test pilot for Fairey Aviation. He...

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