November 2009

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This month’s magazine reflects the best and worst of Nelson Piquet Sr. Our cover story, on BMW’s peaks-and-troughs record in Formula 1, presents Piquet the driver, a man determined to unleash the...
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The decision by the World Motor Sport Council to ban Flavio Briatore has ended the career of one of the most colourful personalities Grand Prix racing has ever seen. It was the inevitable conclusion...
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Nico Rosberg looks increasingly likely to move to Brawn next year as Mercedes involvement makes the hiring of a German driver more attractive. Rubens Barrichello has been linked with a move to...
The Lotus name will return to Formula 1 next year, courtesy of a consortium of Malaysian interests. The FIA awarded the new operation the 13th place on the grid after Sauber’s failure to sign the new...
A new race in South Korea has joined the 2010 F1 World Championship schedule, which has been boosted to 19 events with the return of Canada. South Korea had a place on the calendar as long ago as...
Four years after buying the team BMW has sold Sauber to Qadbak Investments, a Swiss-based foundation with Qatari connections which was recently involved in the purchase of Notts County Football Club...
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Bernie Ecclestone has given his support to former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt in this month’s election of a new president for the sport’s governing body, the FIA. Todt is in the running against...
The future of the British Grand Prix was expected to be decided as Motor Sport closed for press as Donington Park reached its deadline to secure the £80 million it needs to make modifications in...
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Reflections – Why Singapore saga is no surprise in today’s ‘sport’ – No one had a way with words quite like Frank… A busy time it’s been in Formula 1, with three races – Valencia, Spa, Monza – in...
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The design of the first true Aston Martin prototype for more than 20 years is under way. Aston Martin Racing, which this year ran a factory programme with highly-modified Lola coupés, has been...
Ousted Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Sébastien Bourdais made a winning return to racing in the Superleague Formula motor sport-meets-football series. The Frenchman was called up by the Sevilla team...
Petrol-powered prototypes look unlikely to be able to race on equal terms with the turbodiesel Audis and Peugeots in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, despite another attempt to create a level playing...
Three-time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx was due to race the new BMW M3 GT2 for the first time at Petit Le Mans in September. The Brit shared a Rahal Letterman Racing entry with Bill...
The racing career of the Maserati MC12 has been extended for one season to encompass the first year of the FIA GT1 World Championship. The V12-engined supercar, which has won three FIA GT...
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Points as of September 21, 2009 1. Jenson Button Formula 1 225pts 2. Ryan Briscoe IRL/Grand-Am 198pts Both Briscoe and Dario Franchitti have one IRL race remaining before the October 31 cut-off date...
Points as of September 21, 2009 1. Colin Turkington BTCC 201pts The only Silver Star-qualifying races left in the BTCC are the rounds at Brands Hatch on October 4. As you can see there’s not much...
Frank Gardner Frank Gardner, who has died at home in Australia aged 78, was tough, determined and hugely skilful in the cockpit. Out of it, his down-to-earth approach to life was reflected in a...
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Gil aims to go out in glory Gil de Ferran drives his last race, at Laguna Seca, on October 11 and hopes to retire as this year’s American Le Mans Series champion. Aboard de Ferran Motorsports’ Acura...
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MP4 looks like fun, not folly There will be those who’ll look upon the new McLaren MP4-12C as an act of purest folly. They will point to McLaren’s first road car, the F1, and observe that despite...
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Ivy’s charm offensive Sir, Your piece on Bill Ivy (October issue) reminded me of a distant memory from my youth. In 1969 I was a 14-year-old schoolboy waiting for a bus outside the Adelphi cinema in...
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Piques & troughs BMW is quitting F1, its title ambitions in tatters. The same thing could have happened in the 1980s, but for an inspired Nelson Piquet and the stunning Brabham BT52 By Mike...
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Only at the Goodwood Revival does a perfect period atmosphere combine with great racing, beautiful cars and a sense of fun We say it every year, but there is nothing like the Goodwood Revival. There...
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Bat and ball fun at the revival The Goodwood Revival ball has become a social highlight of the motor racing season, and this year it more than lived up to its star-studded reputation. A Spanish ‘...
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This individualist has achieved more than seems possible during a remarkable motor sport career. What follows is just a taster – the rest he is busy crafting into a long-awaited autobiography By...
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Hermann Tilke has faced criticism over his F1 circuit designs, but he’s often been confined by rules and budgets. And then came Abu Dhabi… By Adam Sweeting For the 17th and final Grand Prix of 2009,...
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Aston Martin owner David Brown drove this DB2 to work every day – after it had finished third at Le Mans and won its class in the Mille Miglia. And nobody’s messed with it since By Ed Foster The...
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Mario Andretti was just happy to survive the ‘widow-maker’ world of sprint cars. But it was his early life on dirt that made him the great F1 champion he became By Nigel Roebuck Back in the days of...
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The Lamborghini Murciélago SV is the last supercar of its kind. We can only hope that its successor retains at least some of the madness By Andrew Frankel Were this SV model just another iteration of...
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For two years, either side of World War I, France’s second city hosted the prestigious GP. But first Mercedes and then Alfa Romeo dashed all hopes of a home win By Chris Willows It was the race every...
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Dick Bennetts’ West Surrey Racing team has shunned the bright lights of F1. The boss is far happier applying his renowned engineering skills to the BTCC By Rob Widdows Dick Bennetts has been around...
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Boley Pittard was a racer renowned for his vibrant character as much as his driving skill. But in a deadly era of the sport, he was never to fulfil his potential By Paul Fearnley He was running wild...
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Former Le Mans racer John Sheldon clinched the Classic Endurance Racing title in the Silverstone final after a perfect season in his Chevron B16. The scoring system favoured the overall winning cars...
Racing veterans Ray Mallock and Frank Sytner made their Formula Ford 1600 comebacks at the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting in August – four decades after they last raced in the category. Mallock has...
The last Mercedes W154 to be built was driven on track for the first time in 70 years, ahead of the Lime Rock Vintage meeting on September 4-7. This particular W154 was the 15th and last to be built...
The Foskers family celebrated 40 years of service and restoration of Ferraris in August with a garden party in the grounds of Ightham Warren in Kent, featuring a stunning collection of 70 cars. Peter...
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Just as it had run the final race meeting on the original Donington Park track in August 1939, the Vintage Sports-Car Club organised the last meeting on the current circuit ahead of its proposed re-...
An unraced Lola T310 Can-Am car is set to compete soon in the hands of owner Vic Nutter, nearly 38 years after it featured in the 1972 Earls Court Motor Show and was then shipped to Australia....
Race organisers Flavien and Vanessa Marcais have announced a new series focusing on pre-74 Italian sports-prototype and GT cars for next year. The Italian Historic Car Cup will be open to cars from...
Former World Rally Championship contender Harri Rovanperä made his historic rallying debut when he contested the Tour of Flanders in an Opel Ascona. Rovanperä tackled the Belgian asphalt event at the...
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Celebrations for the Mini and F5000 were among the highlights of this year’s Oulton Park Gold Cup By Paul Lawrence The Oulton Park Gold Cup is now firmly established as the biggest historic racing...
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Long-time Tour Britannia fan Nick Whale was a popular winner, with son Harry helping steer their Porsche 911RS to victory By Paul Lawrence The fifth running of Tour Britannia was every bit as good as...
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News from the main auction houses around the world – Bonhams – Bonhams raised over £3.87 million at its Goodwood Revival sale on September 18 with over 85 per cent of cars sold by lot. While the...
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This Anglo-American beauty was built to humble Ferrari at Le Mans. Which it did – eventually, and in a rather different form By Richard Heseltine Like all well-worn accounts it’s probably only half...
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1965: Jim Clark & Team Lotus The UK Races William Taylor & Peter Darley 1965 was a magical year for Lotus. Two F1 titles and Indianapolis were the pinnacles, but the Norfolk marque also...
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The mystery machines Questions of authenticity at Monterey led our writer to query the cause of Ken Miles’ tragic crash in the Ford J-Car At Quail Lodge, Carmel, over the Monterey Historics weekend,...
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The Aeroplane man with a love for cars C G Grey was editor of The Aeroplane for nearly three decades. His approach to the job impressed a young Bill Boddy Years ago, when I lived in West Norwood, I...

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