November 2013

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Formula 1 driver racing a six-year-old up and down a shoe shop – on a spacehopper. As sponsor PR stunts go it was certainly “memorable”, as Mark Webber put it with Saharan understatement. The Aussie...
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Simon Arron’s quest to rate paddock breakfasts across the UK continued with the office outing to Santa Pod (it’s on-brand – WB wrote about drag racing) before filing his tale of Derek Bennett and...
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...but what will the Finn’s return mean for Ferrari? Kimi Räikkönen is far from the first Ferrari driver to make a return trip to Maranello – the list includes such as José Froilán González, Alberto...
Daniel Ricciardo's move to Red Bull Racing is a chance of a lifetime for the Aussie to prove himself — but the pressure to perform will be immense, not least because the rule changes mean RBR might...
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The 2014 British Grand Prix was given a date of July 6 on a provisional Formula 1 calendar circulating during the recent Italian GP weekend, prior to ratification by the World Motor Sport Council at...
Former GP driver Tony Gaze died recently, aged 93. A decorated fighter pilot during WWII, Gaze took up motor racing in the late 1940s and was the first Australian to take part in a World Championship...
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Lease deal safeguards future of British GP’s home The British Racing Drivers' Club is set to hand over the running of Silverstone circuit on a long-term lease to an unspecified bidder — and details...
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There was lots of excitement and hope for the future of American sports car racing last winter after the merger was announced of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am series. The two had...
An Indycar race on the Indianapolis road course in May is among proposals for a second fixture at the Speedway next year. IndyCar tested the latest Dallara one-make racer on the 2.61-mile track in...
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Duke was at the cutting edge when video tape first brought international endurance racing within reach of almost anybody's living room — and remains so today. Its annual Le Mans recipe is familiar...
Rossellla & Paolo Simoncelli A fitting tribute to the late Marco Simoncelli this, with plenty of input from the likes of Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Simoncelli's team managers, mechanics,...
Rob Wells Politics don't usually figure so large in car books, but as this concerns a motoring life in Rhodesia before it became Mugabe's basket-case Zimbabwe it's unsurprisingly a significant...
Audi and Toyota have revealed contrasting strategies for energy-retrieval systems on their respective LMP1 challengers in next year’s World Endurance Championship. The new-for-2014 LMP1 energybased...
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Track design competition When we asked our readers to design a ‘proper track’ on Twitter we got some interesting ideas back: a street circuit drawn on a map of Rotterdam, several Frankenstein...
@Damien__Smith Good to read the BRDC has agreed a lease deal for industrial estate and land around circuit. Much-needed revenue... @Damien__Smith ...Which I hope they spend on improving and updating...
Lee McKenzie on Lewis Hamilton’s emotional Italian roller coaster Lewis Hamilton is very reactionary and, after writing off the championship to me on camera after the Italian Grand Prix, he has since...
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The Nissan ZEOD RC, which will fill the ‘experimental’ Garage 56 grid spot at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, will make its public debut during the weekend of the Fuji round of the World Endurance...
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Gordon KirbyJames Hunt’s American adventures At a Laguna Seca party James amiably quaffed a few beers and puffed away at a funny, hand-rolled California cigarette somebody had produced. In those days...
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...and changes his mind about Tyrrell's six-wheeler Jody Scheckter has been reunited with the car in which he became the only man to win a World Championship Grand Prix on six wheels. The South...
This, though, is not simply a Rush cash-in – it was taking shape before Ron Howard even started The superb feature documentary 1 will finally reach the big screen in October as part of the London...
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We are fans of the Isle of Man TT and love the event because it’s the essence of our sport: man and machine against the road. Martin Brundle perfectly summed up the world’s oldest motorcycle race...
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Jo Bonnier’s 1969 Lola T70 Mk3B will return to the track next season four decades after it last raced following a total restoration overseen by respected engineer Colin Bennett. Chassis SL76/143 was...
Dick Skipworth’s Ecurie Ecosse collection, one of the finest single-theme collections ever assembled, will be sold in December. His fleet celebrates the small but enthusiastic Scottish team that won...
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A summary of classic and racing auctions from around the world in numbers RM AuctionsBattersea Park September 8/9 120 cars sold for £21.1m including all four from the Laidlaw collection featured in...
Former F3 ace Bev Bond is planning to race in Historic Formula Ford next season – at the age of 75. The move forms part of his campaign to promote cancer awareness in men. Regarded as a rising star...
The Ford Escort Mk1 Hannu Mikkola used to win the 1000 Lakes rally in 1970 has made its competition return in the hands of its new owner. Steve Ward gave FEV 5H, the 1600cc twin-cam works car in...
Darlington-based Jimmy Blumer, who died in August aged 82, was a leading national racing driver in the 1950s and 1960s. He scored his biggest victory in 1962, when he shared an Equipe Endeavour...
A British Saloon Car Championship VW Golf raced by Richard Lloyd, John Morris and Alan Minshaw will return to the track next season, after Morris’s son Jim tracked it down to a lock-up garage in...
Desert warrior in village hall “Richard Noble is a legend. If only there were a few like him in government.” I quote from responses to our recent podcast with the man who, 30 years ago, became the...
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...and on and on. Not much can match Frankfurt Intentionally or otherwise, within most motor shows lurks a theme that journalists can pluck from the hundreds of new cars and use as a hook to start a...
Audi’s Quattro concept had been widely trailed long before the show, but I refuse to get excited about it. The last time Audi made such a concept, a potential successor to the short-wheelbase Audi...
Family and comrades assemble in Holland to commemorate Roger Williamson and Piers Courage The names of Piers Courage and Roger Williamson have always been linked in the minds of racing enthusiasts –...
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In Frankfurt few try to paddle hard against the tidal wave of German product, figuring there’s little point when the domestic manufacturers pre-book enough space to populate an entire motor show in...
Not to be outdone, Porsche showed the final production version of its 918 supercar and timed its arrival to announce that factory driver Marc Lieb had just lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6min...
Sadly it look as though my days of Ferrari ownership remain as far into the future as ever. At a suggested price of £205,000, Maranello’s new 458 Speciale is probably beyond most price bands. For...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, January 1964 Soon after that man Chapman had been signed on by British Ford, Dagenham announced the Lotus-Cortina, which was to have a 1½-...
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For me, attention was held most by a phenomenon outside the halls: there, platoons of electric BMW i3s silently swept weary journalists from one end of the complex to the other. This is not a new car...
Mercedes-Benz’s offerings might have been less eye-catching, but that was more than offset by their considerable advantage in being genuine. I’m not going to dwell on the little GLA crossover because...
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An other British manufacturer was also drawing unlikely amounts of attention and for all the right reasons. I think the steel wheels on the new Caterham 160 are just a little too spartan, but I like...
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Stupendously fast – but is it the 911 you want? I have driven at least one example of every Porsche 911 Turbo to go on sale since the car was first shown 40 years this month. This might sound like a...
There’s a surprise in the way this one goes Of all the car launches I wish I’d attended, I think Bentley’s introduction in 1982 of its then-new Mulsanne Turbo would have been the funniest. This, you...
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All the right ingredients but not enough flavour For some time I have been evangelical on the subject of progress made by Korean brands in recent years. The only reason hardly any of my outpourings...
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Four seats and every comfort. Is this the first hyper-saloon? You would think, would you not, that no Mercedes would be more powerful than the SLS supercar. It is the titan, the pinnacle of Mercedes...
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Your feature on Jock Horsfall brought back some sobering memories. My first visit to a motor sport event was at Silverstone in 1949, with a school friend. We were taken in a Riley saloon by his...
The result of this year's Goodwood TT Revival race reminded me of the May 1963 edition of Motor Sport — I spent all my pocket money on that very first purchase of your excellent magazine. The...
On the subject of the 3.8 Jaguar that ended up in the lake at Oulton Park, my late father-in-law purchased this car and used it as a road vehicle for some years around our town. One could hear his...
Reading the recent correspondence about Roy Salvadori investigating the lake at Oulton Park, he wasn't the only driver at the 1962 Gold Cup Touring Car race to have a 'pool' car. Alan Hutcheson was...
Someone has just given me your May issue — what a wonderful surprise to find the article on the last Targa Florio, mentioning our Lotus Europa. I was a Lotus dealer and we took a car off the floor,...
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Reading about Colin Elstrop in the article about the MGB in the Le Mans Legends race, I was reminded of a practical joke he once endured. I was an unknowing accomplice. My competition career...
I must take issue with Nigel Roebuck over his views on white lines. I believe they were first introduced at Le Mans to show drivers where the 'black stuff' ended and all sorts of problems — trees,...
It was good to see your recent photo of a Rover P6 racing at Silverstone, because this year is the model's 50th anniversary. The registration number, JXC 808D, is original and shows that it was an ex...
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Kimi's move to Ferrari recalls other feisty driver pairings; Shell film rekindles the bravery that the old Spa demanded, and Brundle goes back to the Fifties with boot polish For the majority of...
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The debonair Frenchman learned quickly as Jackie Stewart's understudy and was perfectly placed to become an F1 team leader. At Watkins Glen 40 years ago, however, fate intervened Jackie Stewart was...
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The wraps are off Formula E's all-new electric racing car. But will it shock or run out of charge when it hits city streets in 2014? "Everything is about to change," ran the (unintentionally)...
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The spirit of Bill Boddy was surely travelling with our two-man Bentley crew as they sprinted to John O'Groats and back At midnight on June 27, 1938, a 4¼-litre Derby Bentley eased away from...
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The press called him a tearaway, but those close to him saw a smooth, determined driver a natural, and a possible champion By reputation he was wild, but those who knew Chris Bristow believe his...
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Niki Lauda won the last Dutch Grand Prix, back in 1985. Local man Mark Koense has researched the host circuit’s history and these are a few pictorial highlights from his forthcoming book, Grand Prix...
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There are quick routes to the top... and then there's the Méthode Ogier. Simon Arron chats to the World Rally Championship leader Namesake Loeb might have broken most World Rally Championship records...
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Messenger boy, writer, editor, circuit boss, charity director, team manager, sponsorship hunter... meet a man of many partsWriter: Simon Taylor | Photographer: Charles Best Something a bit different...
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Derek Bennett didn’t plan to be a manufacturer, but when his Chevrons started winning, customers started ringing. Eighty years on from his birth, we recall an often overlooked talent Vittorio Jano,...
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Goodwood Revival Now 16 seasons old, the Goodwood Revival has become a celebration of the distinctive and the distinguished. Core themes in 2013 included the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s first...
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New Goodwood meeting promises even wider range – as long as you’re in the GRRC We’ve become used to the double highlight each year of the Festival of Speed and the Revival. But now in 2014 a third...
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Santa Pod, September 7: FIA European finals at the track of my tears The warnings are clear enough, but it’s easy to be distracted when you are standing behind a low concrete wall, a matter of feet...
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What we’d blow the budget on this month Ecurie BertelliAston Martin 1½-litre Le Mans The factory prototype four-seater, works demonstrator and Gordon Sutherland’s own car. Road-tested by The Motor in...
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HSCC Oulton Park, August 26: because it’s worth it… Journey time from Spa to the EuroTunnel? About three hours. Journey time from EuroTunnel slip road to passport control? About two. I have known it...
Shelsley Walsh, August 17: another of the planet’s essentials ticked off It has been operational for 108 years – more than twice as long as I have – but it still took more than half a century before...
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Clashing concours drew a cornucopia of classics to the capital. Time for a quick flit betwixt the two, then London was packed with impressive cars in September, when two major concours coincided....
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Legendary technical writer John Bolster was full of tales – and some of them were clean Recently I had a chance to chat to rally organiser and raconteur Jim Gavin – material for a future column – and...
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Retracing the route of a Grand Prix that never happened lights, camera, fiction What, you don’t remember the Salisbury Grand Prix? You lot are meant to be the best-informed enthusiasts any magazine...
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One of Britain’s most famous old racing names has a new owner – and they’re on a crusade to eliminate bygone deceits In August, a quite surprising e-mail was sent to assorted luminaries involved with...
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Is this where motor racing’s first fatality occurred, during a French road race 115 years ago? Motoring through France recently, my wife and I stopped in Périgueux, where I recalled a local landmark...

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