November 2008

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He was born in 1987. Startling when you see it in print, isn’t it? But at 21 years, two months and 11 days old, and with just 22 GP starts to his name, there was very little that could be described...
Simon Taylor Given the number of events Simon runs his ‘Stovebolt Special’ HWM in, we’re lucky he can fit in the odd trip to meet another motor sport name for one of his famous Lunches. But after...
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Sebastian Vettel’s astonishing victory for Scuderia Toro Rosso in the Italian Grand Prix has rewritten the history books – and marked the young German as an obvious future target for top Formula 1...
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The latest financial results for Formula 1’s commercial rights holder show it may need a hefty boost to motor through the economic downturn. F1’s revenues are mainly comprised of broadcasting rights...
We generally read about governments groaning because of the cost of the fees to host Grands Prix and maintain the circuits. However, the latest data from Renault F1 title partner ING and F1 industry...
* Richard Branson made a rare F1 appearance at Monza, as a guest of Force India. But it was nothing to do with a shared passion for F1 with fellow airline owner and team boss Vijay Mallya. In fact he...
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1927-2008 Phil Hill was a racing driver in spite of himself, an introspective man who before a race would pace up and down, chain-smoking. Put him in a racing car, though, and the nerves were gone,...
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Reflections– Rising star Vettel shows shades of Prost– Spa penalty protest brings no surprises– The legacy left by American champ Phil Hill– Bernie’s tribute to his friend Stuart Lewis-Evans Leaving...
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Audi drivers Alexandre Prémat and Mike Rockenfeller joined a select group who have triumphed in a major international championship without winning a race when they took the Le Mans Series title at...
Honda has yet to commit to taking its new LMP1 prototype to the Le Mans 24 Hours. American Honda revealed at the end of August that it will take the Acura brand into the premier prototype class in...
* Former Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti will return to the IRL Indycar Series in 2009 after a disappointing attempt to break into the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 35-year-old Scot will join Chip Ganassi...
The scream of V10 and V12 prototype engines will disappear from the Le Mans 24 Hours when new engine rules come into force in 2011. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which sets the regulations for Le...
Peugeot has unveiled a diesel-electric hybrid that offers a clue to its future plans in sports cars. The hybrid version of its turbo-diesel LMP1 coupé, the 908HY, was demonstrated at the Silverstone...
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A major French club is expected to join the new ‘motorsport-meets-football’ Superleague Formula, which began at Donington in September. Liverpool also confirmed its participation. Over the six-...
MotoGP Kawasaki has announced it will run a third factory bike next year. A Spanish team, headed by 125cc team boss Jorge Martinez, is reportedly running the 800cc machine. * After a lacklustre year...
Ex-F2 Champion Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision organisation has won the contract to revive the F2 category – with a car designed by the team with which he made his grand prix debut. Palmer...
Peter Bolton, the former Le Mans racer and a BRDC life member, died in late August at the age of 88. Bolton raced at Le Mans 10 times in the late 1950s and early 1960s for AC and Triumph, and also...
SEAT has called time on its involvement in British motorsport, cancelling its British Touring Car Championship programme. SEAT UK announced the end of its participation in the BTCC in mid-September,...
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Scott Dixon was the man to beat in Indycars this year. Dixon won six races, led an IRL record 899 laps, and was on top of the championship all summer after winning the 92nd Indianapolis 500 at the...
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Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing has had a tough 2008. After winning four consecutive Champ Car titles, the team has struggled in making the eleventh-hour switch to the IRL. Minimal testing, a serious...
Dario Franchitti returns to the IRL next year as Scott Dixon’s team-mate in Chip Ganassi’s squad. Franchitti left the IRL at the end of 2007 to try NASCAR with Ganassi (above), but he struggled and...
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You may have heard already that Aston Martin is planning to relaunch Lagonda. It won’t simply be the name of a new model such as the infamous Aston Martin Lagonda of the 1970s and ’80s, but once more...
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Forgive the self-indulgence but I’ve just notched up 20 years of driving and writing about cars, and nothing I’ve driven of late has made me feel every minute of it more than this renewed Lamborghini...
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What would Jenks say? Sir, Since I was old enough to stand I have been a Ferrari fan and never a fan of McLaren. While I am a tifoso, I feel that after the arrival of Schumacher, Brawn etc, the...
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David Coulthard wasn’t pulling any punches when he met with our writer, but then the Scot has had to fight for recognition throughout his career. Yet he leaves Formula 1 happy with his achievements...
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The sun shone, the racing ran from dawn till dusk, and people dressed up and played their part. The 10th anniversary Goodwood Revival was indeed a special occasionBy Rob Widdows All arms and elbows,...
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The Goodwood Revival may be best known for the racing on offer, but if you take a step back from the circuit, there’s a whole host of events to immerse yourself in, as Motor Sport found out. Kicking...
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During the week leading up to the Goodwood Revival, a host of celebrities attended the TAG Heuer photo exhibition of British Formula 1 drivers. TAG ambassador Lewis Hamilton, Damon Hill OBE and Sir...
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In 1955 the Jaguar D-type, Ferrari 750 Monza and Aston Martin DB3S all contested the Goodwood Nine Hours. But which is best? It’s a tough choiceBy Andrew Frankel As the crowds arrived at Goodwood on...
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When Vijay Mallya docked at Valencia for the European GP, it provided an opportunity to find out how Formula 1’s newest team boss is faringBy Rob Widdows An ancient Indian proverb warns that, when an...
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Gunnar Nilsson relied on his precocious talent to get to F1. But when he contracted cancer, he relied on motor racing friends for support as he battled the disease By Chris Witty Photo: Motorsport...
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After his horrific crash at Brands, Johnny used humour to get through the pain and carry on racing. But he’s not bitter about what might have been – he just wants to come back in the next life as...
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Casablanca – the sunlit scene of Britain’s first World Championship was darkened by tragic eventsBy Nigel Roebuck Bernie Ecclestone recently said that, for him, the World Champion each year should be...
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Jimmy McRae never really carved out an international rally career – but he didn’t need to when the competition was so good at homeBy John Davenport To successfully take up rallying after the first...
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Motor Sport’s editor Damien Smith experiences the highs and lows of rallying after being persuaded to turn novice co-driver for Tony Jardine Co-drive? Who wants to co-drive? If you want to go...
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Bo’ness hillclimb in central Scotland held its first event in 42 years during August. Once a staple of the British championship the narrow course, which squeezes between stone buildings, opened in...
A rare De Tomaso Pantera has returned to competition in the UK in the hands of Robert Hartley after being restored by Simon Hadfield. The 1972 Le Mans racer is thought to be the only Pantera built to...
* Event organiser Fred Gallagher has pledged to continue building Tour Britannia in 2009 and is considering a route taking in new venues for the fifth running of the race and rally tour. “We’re...
Louise Collins, wife of the late Peter Collins, was a special guest at Shelsley Walsh for the hillclimb’s celebration of her husband’s life in August. The demonstrations marked the 50th anniversary...
Nearly two decades after it won the Wheatcroft Gold Cup in the hands of Jochen Mass and Jean-Louis Schlesser, the ‘Silver Arrows’ Sauber Mercedes C9 will return to Donington Park (October 4/5) to...
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The contest for the FIA Historic Formula One Championship is set to go down to the wire in an Iberian double-header, as races at Estoril in Portugal and Jarama in Spain run on back-to-back weekends...
Organisers of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Kyalami Nine-Hour race in South Africa are hoping to attract international entries to the recreation of the race on November 22. The entire...
Jimmy McRae will lead four British crews in the top 10 starters for the second running of the Silver Fern Rally in New Zealand. The quartet of Ford Escorts will take on the best of the Kiwi crews...
two Lola T70 continuation models made a joint US debut in September at the Zippo Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. The latest T70 Spyder model was just readied in time to be flown to the US, where...
The Vintage Sports Car Club is organising a ladies-only race for its Spring Start meeting at Silverstone in April 2009. Designed to show just how many women compete within the club, the one-off race...
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The annual Tour Britannia event is loved by competitors – it just needs more of themBy Paul Lawrence After three days of competition on the fourth running of Tour Britannia, the Porsche 911 of Sean...
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Brabham and March were victorious on the Masters Racing Series’ first visit to Magny-CoursBy Paul Lawrence Six different non-Cosworth Grand Prix engines running in one event marked the first Masters...
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Threatened by developers, the historic Reims circuit hosted a defiant celebration of its great pastBy Simon Taylor Between 1925 and 1969, the high-speed triangle of public roads west of the champagne...
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Where better to toast Lola’s 50th anniversary than at the Oulton Park Gold Cup? Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams led the celebration paradeBy Paul Lawrence The 50th anniversary of Lola and the world debut of...
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Times are hard, but racing memorabilia is still selling Even in these troubled times, auction records are still broken on a weekly basis. In fact, an auction hardly passes without a press release...
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With Formula Junior regaining popularity, now’s the time to invest in one of Colin Chapman’s creations. Which type will you go for?By Richard Heseltine It always was a catchy title. Fifty years young...
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Shelby Cars in DetailCars of the Shelby American CollectionFrank Barrett and Boyd Jaynes This glossy and eye-wateringly expensive book on the cars in the Shelby American Collection is both a useful...
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Being a World Champion racing driver was only one attribute of a widely talented and inquisitive man Having followed the late Phil Hill’s racing career since I was a kid, and having been privileged...
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Mr Bernard Charles Ecclestone has many claims to fame – not least as a serial Formula 1 team owner. His earliest foray was in part with his great friend – and brilliant driver at the time – Stuart...
Gazing at a Porsche 908/3 recently reminded me of just how far Porsche’s engineering team under the uncompromising direction of Ferdinand Piech were prepared to go in paring weight and package size...
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It just isn’t sensible to leave brick-built walls lying around in the middle of a motor race circuit. As Molesworth would have put it “…as everbody kno”. But the self-evident hazards of such an...
Nicknames seem to have become obsolescent in modern-era motor racing. Perhaps it was the wartime service background of so many past heroes which sparked the nickname habit. Physical traits had...
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Most of us have a ‘fantasy garage’ in our minds, but some people are able to fill that garage for real Motor museums are of great importance for a number of reasons and this country is fortunate in...
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Number four in the Riley Register series of histories and profiles is The Riley Imp by John Gathercole. There can be no more complete coverage than this. The author, a C of E clergyman who retired...
The Private Life of the FreikaiserwagenBy Rob and Hugh Dunsterville One of the outstanding amateur-built specials of pre-war times was the Freikaiserwagen, which also raced from 1947-50 when it...
Those interested in the rarer makes of car will be glad to know that in spite of only 15 Rover-based Marauders (above) being made by the Dorridge firm from 1950-52, seven of the remaining examples...
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I have always had great respect for the two Wolseley Moths which competed so successfully for so many years at Brooklands, and was pleased when Mr End produced a very good replica of one after the...
The impressive annual Triple-M Register 2007 Yearbook, covering the overhead-camshaft MGs, is now available for £9 inc postage, from Peter Hemmings, Folly Farm, Thornford Road, Headley, Berks RG19...
A Century of the Model T in BritainBy Martin Riley, Bruce Lilleker and Neil Tuckett This one-model book about one of the most famous cars is a truly remarkable and welcome account of the Model T Ford...

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