November 2010

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Recording the audio podcasts which run on our website (www.motorsportmagazine.com) is always a highlight here at Lots Road. Early on, Jody Scheckter joined us for one in the cavernous empty office...
Anthony Rowlinson Anthony’s years in F1 must have affected his genes – his baby daughter calms down when racing comes on TV. However, Anthony insists her habit of squealing when Seb Vettel is in shot...
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The World Motor Sport Council’s ruling on the Hockenheim team orders controversy saw Ferrari and Fernando Alonso walk away unbloodied, and left the rest of the Formula 1 paddock scratching its...
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The design for the Austin circuit, scheduled to host the United States GP in 2012, borrows its inspiration from some of the most exciting F1 venues – including Silverstone. Promoter Tavo Hellmund...
Nick Heidfeld was due to return to Formula 1 action at the Singapore Grand Prix after Motor Sport closed for press, replacing Pedro de la Rosa as team-mate to impressive rookie Kamui Kobayashi....
• In light of Lewis Hamilton’s ‘hooning’ saga in Melbourne, the FIA is to keep a close eye on any indiscretions by F1 drivers on public roads. Henceforth superlicence holders must have a valid road...
The Indian Grand Prix has been given an October date in a 2011 Formula 1 calendar that includes a record 20 events. As usual, the race is subject to the successful homologation of the Tilke-designed...
The FIA is to push ahead with plans to issue licences to key members of F1 team staff, so as to avoid the problems that occurred after its botched attempt to ban Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from...
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REFLECTIONS A revelation from Rubens, and a Monza masterclass When the Wood Brothers went to Indianapolis… A Grand Prix driver doesn’t often come out with something that takes your breath away in...
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The first Aston Martin Le Mans contender designed from the ground up in more than 50 years will be on the grid at the Circuit de la Sarthe next June. Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing has given the...
Nissan could become the next manufacturer to join the DTM. The Japanese brand has admitted to having talks with the DTM-organising ITR body. However, it stressed that it had made no decisions about...
The Wolf name made famous by Jody Scheckter in Formula 1 in 1977 is on course to return to international motor sport in 2012. The owners of the rights to the Wolf trademark have commissioned the...
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• Audi has said its participation in next year’s new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup does not preclude a return to the American Le Mans Series, in which it raced full-time from 2000-08. Marque motor...
Ralph Broad, who has died after a long illness, made his name in the 1960s and ’70s through his Broadspeed race team and tuning firm. Broadspeed Mini Coopers were regular class winners, often with...
One of the most influential names in recent British motor sport history is making a comeback. Adrian Reynard is launching a road-legal racer with an ‘open source’ business model and a plan to...
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There's not an event in the world that comes remotely close to the Goodwood Revival (above). A lot of people have tried, and there are some other great events, but England is the only place where you...
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They said it was better than sex; that I should prepare to get grubby. They said there would be more overtaking than I’d seen all season. They were wrong, and they were right. This was a step into...
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Rivers of ink have flowed in the Italian press since Ducati announced its two-year deal with MotoGP darling Valentino Rossi. One newspaper went so far as to suggest that the Pope might consider...
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Indycar fans hoped that July's selection of a new formula for 2012 by series boss Randy Bernard’s ‘Iconic’ committee would provide American open-wheel racing with a clear and exciting new direction,...
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Tyre stop ruined nail-biter Sir, I can’t help but reflect on what a stunning race to the flag we might have witnessed at Monza if not for the mandatory tyre stop rule. We had a classic situation of a...
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When Stirling Moss raced the four-wheel-drive Ferguson to Gold Cup glory, it seemed the future was here… Almost half a century later, we reunite man and machine at the scene Okay. But please ask the...
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Jenks admired the P99 ahead of its British Empire Trophy debut This interesting newcomer was built and looked after by Ferguson Research Ltd, and entered by the RRC Walker Racing Team, being painted...
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Stirling Moss’s race return gave this year’s Oulton Park Gold Cup retro extra pulling power The presence of Sir Stirling Moss capped the biggest and best Oulton Park Gold Cup retro meeting to date,...
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Teatime in McLaren’s paddock palace, The Brand Centre. ‘Team Button’ – father John and manager Richard Goddard – are having a natter. They might be talking business, but just as likely they’re...
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Tom Kristensen starred on his racing debut at this year’s Revival, there were tributes to John Surtees and BRM, plus a supermarket like no other… Just when you think the Revival can’t offer anything...
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He was shot down over Germany in WWII, received a kiss from Evita for winning the Argentine GP – in fact, over 93 years, there isn’t much this American hasn’t done Even if John Fitch had never sat in...
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In 1952 Mercedes scored a one-two in the fearsome Carrera Panamericana with the 300SL Gullwing. Its new successor proved just as capable on the still-daunting highway Karl Kling was rocketing towards...
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The Maestro always admired Alfa Romeo’s 159, which brought him his first World Championship. Today just three survive – and we had the honour of driving one They called it ‘Alfetta’ – the little Alfa...
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Interviews with the great Juan Manuel Fangio were a rare treat, so our Editor-in-Chief wasted no time in getting to London in 1979 when the five-time World Champion was in townBy Nigel Roebuck I have...
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From touring cars to paddock hospitality, Ray Mallock’s company is well established in the sport. But the boss still harbours Le Mans ambitions… There’s sentiment in all of us, but in top-flight...
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Battling rule-makers as well as rivals, F1 teams are as inventive as ever; you just can’t always see it Colin Chapman, who always sought ‘the next big thing’, would have hated today’s rule-bound...
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As enthusiasts we are used to scare stories that appear to threaten our enjoyment of motoring. If it’s not traffic levels, it’s traffic cameras or simply the fear that the venal and lazy ‘speed kills...
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Renault gives Dacia Duster new polish In this line of business you're asked to name your favourite car on an almost daily basis, and it’s a very easy question to answer. Of those on sale it’s the...
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Call me a sentimental old goat, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Alpina. For a start, I’ve rarely driven one of Burkard Bovensiepen’s tuned BMWs and not liked it. But Alpina is also a proper brand...
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The called Amedee Gordini ‘The Sorcerer’, and as someone who has once too often come off second-best to a Gordini which was older, smaller and less powerful than the car I was racing at the time, I...
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Aside from that mid-engined marvel the R8, it remains a sadly rare experience to be able to heap praise on the dynamic abilities of a new sporting Audi. They’ve tended to be cars set up to be too...
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Of the time I blew up two Jaguar prototypes – though luckily no permanent damage was done With apologies to Oscar Wilde, to blow up one E-type prototype may be regarded as a misfortune. To blow up...
Occupation: Director of Design, Jaguar What is your greatest achievement? Bringing Jaguar Design back to its rightful place. I have other favourite achievements such as the Vanquish and DB9, but this...
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Digital Technology is now being used to great effect in the repair of classic racers At the Goodwood Revival we witnessed some of the most expensive historic racers in the world going head to head –...
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Preparation firm has a deal to tempt historic rally drivers The Porsche VW and Audi specialist Francis Thuthill Ltd has announced a new concept for historic rallying. A few weeks ago I was invited to...
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This is club racing at its best, as motor sport found out when invited to join the line-up You could be forgiven for thinking that you’re competing in the LMP1 class at Le Mans after seeing ‘spare...
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Bev Bond made a racing comeback at the Oulton Park Gold Cup when he drove the Gold Leaf-liveried Lotus 59 that he campaigned in Formula 3 in 1970. Bond, now 72 years old, was invited to drive his...
• Derek Boyd, winner of the 1977 Ulster Rally, has returned to the event to drive a Ford Escort Mk1 for the first time in over 30 years. Boyd first competed on the Circuit of Ulster in 1961 as a 17-...
More than 5000 visitors to the Royal Hospital Chelsea made the inaugural Chelsea Auto Legends a great success, as 50 cars from the 90-year history of the Le Mans 24 Hours went on show. Such was the...
Formula 1 cars from the last three decades will be a special feature of the VSCC’s SeeRed race weekend at Donington Park (October 2/3). Demonstration runs organised by David McLaughlin of FORCE F1...
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Former Grand Prix driver Ian Ashley will race a Formula Atlantic March 79B in historic events in 2011 as he renews a partnership with Mike Smith, who was instrumental in Ashley’s career during the...
Billy Coleman, Russell Brookes and Jimmy McRae – three legends of 1970s and ’80s Irish rallying – will be back in action for the Halloween Historic Stages in Ireland on Sunday October 31. The Carrick...
The FIA European Sportscar Championship of the 1970s will be recreated in 2011 after the Historic Sports Car Club announced plans to run a new pan-European series for 2-litre sports-racing cars built...
The first major historic victory for an Opel Transeurope marked the 2010 Historic Tour of Flanders, as the Belgian and British historic rally championships came together. Gunter Monnens and Frédéric...
Trevor Twaites, who died in September at the age of 66 after an illness, was one of Britain’s leading sports car racers of the 1960s and early ’70s. Born in Dewsbury, Twaites started competing aged...
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Its British GP dramas behind it, a revitalised Donington Park reopened for racing with the Masters series providing the action Kevin Wheatcroft’s re-enaction of his much-missed father Tom’s re-...
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This year’s Tour Britannia followed an acclaimed new route that took in Aintree and Anglesey, with Porsche ace Sean Lockyear leading the way For the sixth time, competitors judged Britain’s only...
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NEWS FROM THE MAIN AUCTION HOUSES AROUND THE WORLD Bonhams Bonhams has had a busy couple of months with sales at Beaulieu, Reims and Goodwood. The annual Revival auction is a highlight of the company...
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PORSCHE 956SKETCHES OF PERFORMANCES - Reynald Hézard and David Legangneux Completists, form an orderly queue. Yes, plenty has been written about the sports car that defined 1980s endurance racing, but...
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This month, readers transport us to Detroit and Silverstone for Grand Prix action. We also feature Aston Martin in the 1950s at Le Mans and, er, Seaford ANDREW COSTIN-HURLEY These shots of ’50s Aston...
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The Tour de France Automobile lured drivers from all disciplines – including a future FIA president – as well as some unique cars Over recent years, it occurs to me that the finest pound-for-pound...
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Motor racing rewards have varied immensely over the century-plus since it all began. But don’t think that commercial pressures are necessarily very different today from what they were 100 years ago....
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Right-ho, it’s politically incorrect time. I think it was Mel Brooks who asked, ‘Who won the beauty prize at the Polish picnic?’ - followed up instantly by the answer ‘Nobody’. He obviously hadn’t...
Incredible though it might seem to the greyer fraternity among our readership, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Colin Chapman’s first rear-engined racing car, the Lotus 18. Innes Ireland stood...
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Today we may be able to take our cars under the Channel, but there used to be a high-speed aerial alternative I have pleasant but distant recollections of days when in 1961 I was able to enjoy...
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The well-known Goodwood circuit originated in 1948 on September 18 as an experiment because Brooklands had been ruined by the wartime damage inflicted by military vehicles, and Donington was still an...
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Always in the pursuit of more information or pictures of Brooklands I was put in touch with the wife of an ex-Vickers worker and went to visit her. While she made a cup of tea I noticed on her...
In the past economy runs, in which the results depended on fuel consumption, were part of the competition scene. Fuel tanks were sealed and consumption checked at the end of a suitably testing long...
On my way to the Motor Sport office I used to drive along the Embankment. One day I encountered a stationary steam tractor and took a photograph of it. The driver called out that if I was interested...

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