November 2016

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I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I am close to Chase Carey, the luxuriously moustachioed new boss of Formula 1, but I did share an elevator with him once.  His appearance at the offices of News...
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CVC. The initials stand for Citicorp Venture Capital, and CVC Capital Partners – founded in 1981 – was originally its European arm. Through the last 10 years, I have in idle moments considered...
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First off, a note of caution. Although Liberty Media has made the initial purchase that makes it F1’s controlling shareholder in a $4.4 billion deal, much of the payment has been made in the form of...
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Despite being a world champion, Jenson Button is a misunderstood racer. But as these 10 great cameos demonstrate, at his best there was simply no one else like him  Jenson Button’s talent is one of...
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Belgium, Italy & Singapore Max Verstappen was just doing what comes naturally, but at Spa he became the lightning rod for two unrelated but very pertinent F1 issues: economics and safety. The...
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Monza has agreed a new three-year deal for the Italian Grand Prix, but it can’t be inked yet because of legal processes as F1 goes through its ownership change. There could yet also be a legal...
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The smell of cut grass up at Ascari this Friday morning, the Indian summer showing no sign of relenting, sun rapidly burning through the morning haze to lend its favour to one of the most evocative...
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Life, Liberty and the pursuit of F1 For years many of us have worried about Formula 1’s future after it was sold by Bernie Ecclestone and CVC Capital Partners. Most people expected the worst possible...
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The electric racing series gears up for its third season  | By Gary Watkins Time is running out for major car makers wanting to join the Formula E grid, according to series founder Alejandro Agag...
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Riddle me this: what’s first in Mexico and pretty in pink? Before we went to Mexico City for the World Endurance Championship round I was excited to go to a new location (for me) for the first time...
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Forty years ago: MV’s last hurrah MotoGP four-strokes were introduced in 2002 to replace the 500cc two-strokes that had dominated GP racing since the ’70s. To make sure the four-strokes were...
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Group B in the spotlight Classic era to be celebrated during Wales Rally GB | By Paul Lawrence Three decades after the Lombard RAC Rally marked the final European WRC event for Group B cars, the...
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Damon Hill – Watching the Wheels, An Autobiography John Lennon’s posthumously released song Watching the Wheels was his way of describing the world’s failure to comprehend how one of the most famous...
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That Bertone managed to squeeze four seats (all right, the rear is a little cramped) into such an elegant coupé form as the Giulia Sprint GT is a mark of typical Italian skill. And being from the...
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Diesels set to disappear? New tests could change face of European motoring | By Andrew Frankel The long-predicted death of diesel as a fuel for production cars appears to have been hastened by the...
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Italian company sheds a few pounds… in both senses of the term | By Andrew Frankel My time with the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 580-2 (or Huracán RWD as the company refers to it on its own...
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Three-pointed star reintroduces drop-top limo after 45 years Rule one for those looking to enter a class for the first time: find a gap in the market and occupy it. Now, this generation of S-class...
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A step forward isn’t always a step far enough It is fair to say the RenaultSport Clio 200 did not receive the rapturous press reception its creators coveted. Used to a uniformly rich diet of purple...
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Fulfils a specific niche, but it might be best to buy a diesel Appending an acronym as sporting in sound and intention as ‘GTE’ to a Passat might be seen by some as akin to putting chilli sauce on...
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Rio grandee Thank you for the excellent article on Alex Zanardi in your last issue, a fitting piece from the departing Damien Smith. Having just learnt that Zanardi has won yet another Paralympic...
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Next year’s Hall of Fame event will feature a live auction courtesy of H&H Classics, allowing guests and attendees to bid for a variety of historic race cars. It is the first time that the event...
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Goodwood Motor Circuit has been active for as long in its second life as it was in its first. We look back across two different eras and speak to those who’ve known the venue both then and now | ...
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He was the golden boy of racing whose career never matched its early promise: there were mistakes, he says, but no regrets Jacques Villeneuve has experienced one of the most unusual careers in the...
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Best known for his pursuit of TT victories on the Isle of Man, one of Britain’s most celebrated racing motorcyclists last month set his eyes on a new target in a very different environment writer Guy...
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From the salt flats of Bonneville to the grippy asphalt of Santa Pod – and an unlikely contender in the race to become the world’s fastest street-legal electric vehicle   writer Jonny smith |...
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He shared beers with Jim Clark and the Porsche 917’s maiden race victory with Jo Siffert, but slipped away from motor racing to embrace conventional civilian life. Kurt Ahrens remains one of our...
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Simon Arron meets a driver who converted a passion for gaming into a works Honda drive in the World Touring Car Championship "Give me your wallets…” As first encounters with drivers go, this ranks...
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Down the years I’ve been lucky enough to find myself behind the wheel of some immortal racing cars, like the Vanwall, the Lancia D50 and the Maserati 250F. I’ve driven Edwardian road-race leviathans...
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This year, for the first time, there are four sons of ex-GP drivers on the Formula 1 grid  writer Peter Higham When Jacques Villeneuve made his Formula 1 debut in the 1996 Australian Grand Prix he...
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This was the dream scenario for SRO and MSV, organisers of British GT and BRDC British F3: an alliterative final round title decider at Donington Park. Back on tour together after a year’s hiatus,...
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Salon Privé, which was celebrating its second year at Blenheim Palace and 11th year in total, once more provided an enjoyably eclectic slice of supercar exotica to the genteel backdrop of Sir John...
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Past and presence Thruxton, August 14: An object lesson in contemporary diversity… and preserving the soul of the Seventies​ The media’s sense of perspective seemed somewhat skewed as I headed in a...
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Count Z’s evil plans Known for his racy life, 1920s racer Louis Zborowski has now been implicated in a dastardly plot If you were making a silent thriller about an evil count tying the heroine to a...
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The hills come alive Subscription TV may be a modern feature, but it can open unexpected doors to the past  It was a Saturday in September, the weekend before the Goodwood Revival Meeting. It was...

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