May 2017

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It’s Sunday lunchtime at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting. The rain has held off, but a freezing wind bites into every exposed piece of flesh. My lips turn blue and fingers fall numb. But no matter, I’m...
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With Silverstone’s opener starting this month, here’s how things are poised in the wake of Audi’s exit  Audi has departed, leaving Toyota as the only rival to Porsche’s supremacy at the front of the...
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Olympian winners compete together at Classic At least five Olympic gold medallists will make their race debuts in the celebrity event at the Silverstone Classic in July. Six-time cycling gold...
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Patrick Nève The first driver signed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering, Patrick Nève has died aged 67. Nève worked at the Jim Russell Racing School before winning the 1974 STP FF1600 title. In F3 he...
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Major car changes – yet the results aren’t what we expected New Formula 1 cars, with bigger wings, more powerful diffusers and wider tyres front and rear. Most teams reckoned they had 35 per cent...
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Lewis Hamilton arrived in Melbourne adamant that Ferrari had the fastest car. Yes, he was relieved that the awkward balance his Mercedes had displayed at Barcelona under the new FIA suspension ruling...
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We understand that McLaren management has looked very hard at whether it would be possible to exit its contract with Honda, in order to take on a supply of customer Mercedes engines for the balance...
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Turns 11 & 12, Albert Park For the first few minutes, standing adjacent to the approach of the fast Turn 11-12 left-right sweep – seventh gear in the best cars – it’s like watching in wide screen...
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Nostalgia. We all love it. Can’t get enough of it, in fact. At least if the worldwide explosion of Goodwood-inspired retrospective events is anything to go by. These and the transformation of classic...
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Sixty years ago, the eighth season of the FIA’s Formula 1 world championship started with a race whose runners, riders and results seemed to confirm the well established order of Continental...
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Grand Prix motorcycling has known few riders as wild as Wayne Gardner, who gave Australia its first premier-class world title 30 years ago this summer. Gardner won the 500cc championship when 500 two...
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Door handles. That was one of the notable upgrades when Triumph decided the TR3 deserved some extra appeal. In those less demanding times when canvas roofs were as common as steel and heaters were...
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McLaren’s star car outshines its rivals We are used to car manufacturers saving their best stuff for the Geneva show in March. They might produce concepts in Shanghai or Beijing, make important...
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The GTS is the Goldilocks 911, taking the best that the range has to offer and ditching the worst No one manages a model’s passage through life better than Porsche. You might think the various...
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How do you improve on the brilliant GT86? With difficulty, as this mid-life facelift proves Not before time, Toyota’s broadly acclaimed GT86 coupé has been given some mid-life attention. But while it...
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The best Vanquish yet? Perhaps so, but there are better Aston alternatives It has got there. Aston’s doughty old V12 has finally been coaxed and cajoled into giving 100bhp for each litre of its...
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The numbers are good, the manner of its delivery rather less so  For people who want a compact sporting saloon but are either unable or choose not to go the whole hog, there is a strong seam of...
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The truly great John Surtees I first saw John Surtees at Brands Hatch in 1954 on the REG and his pair of Nortons. That year he competed in 66 races, winning 54 of them. On two wheels he was equal to...
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Crashed and Byrned – 2017 updated edition Tommy Byrne & Mark Hughes Try and buy a second-hand copy of this book – which was originally published in 2008 – on eBay or Amazon and it will cost you...
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Thirty years after it burst onto the scene, Ford’s Sierra RS Cosworth remains one of the most thrilling tin-top racers of all time It’s July 1988 and I’m at Brands Hatch, waiting impatiently between...
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It was a rush job, putting it mildly. Demand from teams wishing to convert race Cosworths to RS500 specification was overwhelming and the process couldn’t start until Ford had built all 500 and had...
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In essence the RS500 was a road car – and originals remained that way. The racers, then, weren’t all they seemed    Here’s a question to furrow the brow of even the most ardent fan of late 1980s tin-...
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The Sierra Cosworth was more than just a race car. For a period of time, it was THE car – for better or for worse. Big mobile phones, big shoulder pads, big hair, big city bonuses, big coke...
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We’ve crunched some numbers to reveal why a Ford saloon could justifiably stake a claim to the title What is the greatest racing car of all time? It’s a simple question but the answer is anything but...
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Freddie Spencer Motorcycle Grand Prix champion  During the 1983 British GP at Silverstone I was struggling. I couldn’t get within a second of Kenny [Roberts] and was pushing my Honda NS500 to its...
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A few of Denis Jenkinson’s period observations “Surtees took second, almost unnoticed as he had driven such a smooth and unspectacular race. It put many accepted stars to shame.” From August  1960,...
“Coming down into Bumenville I kept a wide line, went back onto a more traditional line and took the lead. And that was it. Afterwards the mechanics were all very enthusiastic, and there was a very...
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Aston Martin’s all-conquering GTE is a one-way ticket to exhilaration – just make sure you have your braking boots on Chassis #004, or the ‘Dane Train’ as it’s known to the Aston Martin Racing team...
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Rider, driver, team owner, fund-raiser, dad: John Surtees’ remarkable life was covered  in glory and touched by tragedy Back in 1996 I stood with John Surtees above the Albert Park pits in Melbourne...
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In his first major interview since taking over as director of motor sports, Ross Brawn spells out his vision for the future of Formula 1 Ross Brawn, architect of multiple world championships at...
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Its time in the world championship spotlight was brief but spectacular, with nine wins from 28 starts H aving entered a series of Ferraris as Thinwall Specials to promote and test his bearings, Guy...
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Japan’s Super Formula is becoming a breeding ground for the next generation of Grand Prix stars – but making the grade will never be easy  Cast your mind back to the early 1990s. McLaren and Williams...
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Few careers in any domain are as durable as this. It began more than 50 years ago in the rear seat of a Mk1 Ford Cortina… and he’s still going strong G iven that he was versed in the fastidiously...
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Before the first flag fell at the Members’ Meeting there was a frenzy of preparation. We visited one prep firm as the big day approached Every race preparation firm goes into overdrive as the season’...
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Longridge, 1976-77: Remembering one of Britain’s least likely racing circuits, often overlooked but unforgettable if you were there "While British racing circuits have been closing down, a group in...
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Brands Hatch, March 4: The domestic clubbie season commences on two wheels As I peel from the deserted A20 through Brands Hatch’s main gate, Radio 5 Live is discussing England’s ‘expected’ victory...
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Our Live Stage and extensive displays were a big hit as Race Retro kick-started the season    Some of my ‘business’ trips produce great driving – Goodwood away from Revival days, Silverstone before...
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A generous bequest will turn a unique Ferrari into a project that could save lives Another trip to the RAC, WHERE H&H Auctions held a reception about a wonderful bequest involving a Ferrari....
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How a top-line racer came to grief during the 1913 French Grand Prix Motoring around on what we used to call The Continent – you know, as in “Fog in Channel, Continent cut off” – my Irascible of...
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Similar accidents, dramatically different outcomes Motoring through Italy, we once found another motor racing roadside memorial, at Alessandria. An imposing edifice (above), it reflected the wealthy...
Why Formula 1’s sleek modern world is all the poorer for the absence of makeweight teams Right now we are poised to see the first season of what is hopefully a very new kind of Formula 1 racing. Can’...

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