November 2012

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Matters of Moment taste for rallying clearly remains despite his accident, and certainly the World Rally Championship would welcome him with relish if he chose to pursue a comeback career on the...
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The man who did more for modern motor racing than any other has left us. Professor Sid Watkins died at the King Edward VII Hospital in London on September 12, at the age of 84. It is relatively rare...
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Double Indycar champion, Formula 1 racer and now a Paralympic medal-winner – two golds and a silver: is there anything Alex Zanardi cannot do? He conquered the hand-cycling course at Brands Hatch at...
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The one-race suspension handed to Romain Grosjean after the Belgian GP has put a renewed focus on driver discipline at the top level of the sport – and indeed in the junior formulae. Grosjean’s ban...
More than 40 Porsche 911 Carrera RS and RSRs assembled at Hedingham Castle in Essex in September to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Stuttgart’s most legendary models. The impressive line-up...
The 2012 season is far from over and yet attention is already turning to 2014 and the return of the turbo to Grand Prix racing. And for most teams in the pitlane, the question of how much a supply of...
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Brooklands will reverberate to the sound of modern race engines on Sunday October 14 during the second Autumn Motorsport Festival at the historic venue. Competition machines from all eras will be in...
The Magny-Cours and Paul Ricard circuits are both bidding to revive the French Grand Prix in 2013. They have each presented their case to the French motor sport federation, the FFSA, which has been...
Hyundai will return to the World Rally Championship in 2014, it will reveal at the Paris Motorshow at the end of September. The South Korean firm will compete with its i20 model, developed by and...
Fernando Alonso’s escape in the first-corner accident at the Belgian GP provided a reminder that, despite all the safety improvements initiated in large part by the late Sid Watkins, drivers’ heads...
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Despite being badly damaged in a catastrophic workshop fire, two significant Formula 5000s – the ex-Peter Gethin Chevron B24 and the ex-Sam Posey Surtees TS11 – will be rebuilt, according to their...
American sports car racing will be unified for the first time since 1997 when the American Le Mans Series and the Grand American Road Racing Association’s series merge in 2014. The historic move...
A new entry-level single-seater series has been launched for 2013 by Jonathan Palmer’s Motor Sport Vision group and the British Racing Drivers’ Club. Formula 4 is conceived as the first rung on the...
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Several significant dates for the 2013 historic motor sport season have been confirmed, including Race Retro, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on February 22-24. Guests at the Stoneleigh...
The Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame will step up a gear in 2013. The annual event, which honours the great names of our sport both past and present, will be held at the Royal Opera House in Covent...
The future of the FIA Historic Formula One Championship has come under the spotlight after series organisers were forced to cancel the round at Jarama in late September due to a lack of entries. The...
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Not wishing to be outdone by outsiders on home turf, Peugeot is preparing a plethora of products for the Paris Motorshow, almost all aimed at convincing a sceptical world that it’s back in the...
The Internet has changed many things in the world of cars, but few more than the attitude of car makers towards their customers. Twenty years ago all you needed was a big name, a load of dealers and...
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Taking hold of the reins at ‘historic racing only’ Motor Sport This year marks the 15th anniversary of the relaunch of Motor Sport by its then-new proprietor, Haymarket Publishing. I remember it well...
If we’re still in recession, it appears no one’s told the UK’s car makers who produced 120,000 cars in July alone, an increase of 22 per cent over the same month in 2011 and the 13th consecutive...
On the eve of the Paris Motorshow (Sept 29-Oct 14), the new Range Rover has been grabbing most of the headlines. This is the car that’s been dragging Land Rover steadily upmarket for the past 42...
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Sixty years after Alberto Ascari headed a Ferrari 1-2-3 in the inaugural World Championship Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, the wonderful seaside circuit’s first Historic GP event brought happy...
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James Dodd was peerless at the annual Oulton Park Gold Cup historic festival, winning in three very different sports-racing cars. With car club gatherings, rally demonstrations and track parades, the...
The 22nd Raid Suisse-Paris, one of Europe’s biggest classic car rallies, took place over three days at the end of August. More than 60 cars lined up for the traditional Concours d’Elegance curtain-...
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Reflections – Hamilton’s dilemma: McLaren or Mercedes? – Why Monza’s atmosphere still thrills 42 years on – In response to Grosjean misconduct at Spa – Hero Gurney honoured at Goodwood Revival Ah,...
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You will find Burpham in the Domesday Book. But this may be the first time you have read about this tiny village on the banks of the River Arun in Sussex in a motor racing magazine. It won’t be the...
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In a few weeks Casey Stoner is due to ride the final race of his career. The Australian rider's decision to quit while at the top of the sport still seems surprising five months after he made the...
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It’s difficult to think of Simon Pagenaud as a rookie, given how long he’s been knocking around Indycar racing. The Frenchman was a promising 21-year-old with a background in Formula Renault when he...
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The principle of penalising Sir, I wonder how the principled Ron Dennis has reacted to Lewis Hamilton wilfully broadcasting vital technical secrets of the McLaren team. Surely Dennis’ instinct must...
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What we're all talking about @ www.motorsportmagazine.com Today, if someone ‘tweets’ most people will now immediately think of social website Twitter rather than the noise a songbird makes. It’s a...
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Dan Gurney, a special race for AC Cobras, and demonstrations of Ferrari 250GTOs and potent pre-war Silver Arrows was the heady brew that awaited us at Goodwood in September for the 15th Revival...
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Ambition, focus and an abiding passion for detail has helped the McLaren Group’s executive chairman build a high-tech empire that extends far beyond racing By Simon Taylor Where better to have lunch...
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A quick test for you: without hesitating to think about it, which driver do you most associate with McLaren? Depending on your age, you might say Lewis Hamilton or Mika Häkkinen, James Hunt or even...
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At least that’s McLaren’s ambition, as the project to turn its latest road car to pacesetter on the track steps up a gear By Rob Widdows The McLaren MP4-12C GT3 is a beautiful racing car. In Gulf...
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John Surtees believes the motor racing ladder has too many rungs, and high costs make it too slippery. Time for change, he argues, to promote real talent instead of drivers with the deepest pockets...
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Formula 1 is poised to return to America after a five-year absence, but more than three decades have passed since the United States Grand Prix last took place at its spiritual home, Watkins Glen. It...
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The material amassed over 80 years by Bill Boddy forms a fascinating, jumbled archive of motoring’s past By Gordon Cruickshank It is more than a year since our Founder Editor Bill Boddy died, at the...
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Modern race tracks are too easy, so says Darren Turner. Aston Martin’s GT ace prefers his racing with an edge, just like it used to beBy Damien Smith Darren Turner isn’t like most modern racing...
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In engineering terms the motor industry is standing on the edge of a precipice. The ground is already crumbling away beneath its weight and soon it will give way altogether. But, for once, this is a...
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BMW’s first hybrid to go on sale in the UK is essentially a 535i to which a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor have been fitted. It raises power from 302 to 335bhp, but also increases weight...
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I am aware that I have already raved about the new Boxster on these pages, but at the launch the only available cars were Boxster S models, most with Porsche’s PDK transmission. Now I have driven the...
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After last month’s F12, here comes another Ferrari to reinforce the impression that Maranello has never been more on top of its game than right now. Indeed I think the early 1970s, when the career...
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Fitness first Drivers can burn over 1200 calories every hour they spend racing. That’s more than some people get through in a day, which is why the condition of the driver is as important as the...
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Campbells and oddballs Deep in the grounds of an ancient Sussex house is a unique memorabilia collection I like a jumble. Show me a collection bursting at the seams and I’m entranced. So for me a day...
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News from the main auction houses around the world – Bonhams – At the Goodwood Revival auction on September 15 many cars came in bang on pre-sale estimates, but some exceeded expectations. One such,...
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By Anthony Pritchard If success were measured in column inches, BRM’s sophisticated, unreliable, ingenious, overdue flag-waver would be king of the hill instead of the most famous flop in racing....
The Man and His Cars by Julian Balme If you’re getting sick of the politics of modern motor sport, why not take a look back at one of the most likeable men in post-war racing? ‘Walker the Talker’ not...
1970 onwards (all marks) Owners’ Workshop Manual What better way to forget the recent troubles for the Lotus name in Formula 1 than to pour over every detail of the Lotus 72? It’s one of Colin...
By Marshall Curry This documentary made by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry follows the fortunes of three children as they compete on the US national karting scene. This is NASCAR territory,...
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Shaking the trees at Oulton Park In 1958 Peter Collins and Tony Brooks gave young fans a breathtaking glimpse of the pre-war era While the sight of the ‘Silver Arrows’ at the Goodwood Revival Meeting...

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