November 2018

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What does the future hold for motor sport? It is a question that we have attempted to answer in this month’s magazine, with features on esports, essays on an alternative fuel-powered endurance racing...
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He discovered on the morning of the Italian Grand Prix that he woudn't have a Ferrari race seat in 2019, but Kimi Räikkönen's desire to race reamins unchanged. Ditto his personality... BELGIUM, ITALY...
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Trackside View – Liège, Spa-Francorchamps The first few minutes at one of the world’s greatest venues Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen look so at home in these early moments of the Spa weekend,...
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With Mercedes quitting and Audi making threats, a third brand must be found The DTM stands on the cusp of a great new era in which multiple manufacturers from around the world slug it out on the...
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Sponsor issues, Manor out and no-shows. What next? The sorry story of Ginetta’s involvement in the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship ‘superseason’ has taken another twist with the revelation that...
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Historic racing heads hit out at congested calendar and saturation of series Historic Sports Car Club CEO Grahame White may be stepping down at the end of this year, but he has a lot to say about the...
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What once was a true highlight now needs a fresh focus Oulton Park Gold Cup. The name resonates still, as do many of those to have been engraved on its flanks: Moss, Brabham, Clark, Stewart, Surtees...
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Fuel scams, level crossings and one of the UK's freshest racing initiatives Three round trips and another 970 miles covered in a 14-year-old Fiat… all worth it for some very fine breakfasts and even...
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Steven Dailly, the BMW racer aiming to climb the ladder How far does he drive each year for racing’s sake? “Probably 10,000 miles,” Steven Dailly says, “maybe more.” When you’re based in East Lothian...
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Clubs, displays, buying and advice are all on offer at the NEC Billed as the world’s biggest gathering of classic cars, the NEC and its sprawling floor space plays host to the Classic Motor Show on...
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Project chiefs confirm yet another change of direction The Perrinn prototype programme has been through many guises over the past few years. First it was a straight, new-for-2014 LMP1 car. Then a fan...
Manufacturers given more time to gear up for battery power The plug has been pulled – temporarily at least – on the World Rallycross Championship’s much-vaunted switch from petrol power to electric...
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Aston Martin pledges to continue with its continuations Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer has confirmed the company intends to create a new ‘heritage’ model every year in future. Following the success...
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We're racing into an age of technical and design overhaul for Formula 1, but can Liberty Media build a platform strong enough to support it? You know how it is with landscapes; they stay the same for...
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Lewis Hamilton's Singapore GP pole lap was mesmerising, but Karun Chandhok was the architect of even greater visual drama at Goodwood Advances in technology are often blamed for spoiling the...
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Motorcycling hero Kevin Schwantz won his only world title 25 years ago. Only recently did he reveal how he did it depsite serious injury Kevin Schwantz is one of motorcycle Grand Prix racing’s all-...
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Tackling North Wales by Lancia Stratos and RAF Hercules (sort of...) before pondering Formula 1's current passing problem I had been to Machynlleth in North Wales before, back in the late 1970s. I...
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Exploring how one small British racing team balances options, budgets and expectations on the international circuit Most prep shops I visit have Bugatti sumps and Zoller blowers on their workbenches...
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Nothing changes No doubt other readers have had the same thought, but one sentence from a recent letter – “This era of subservient team-mates is not racing, it’s manipulation of the outcome to favour...
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Powerful players in the watch world OMOLOGATO There’s no doubt that the internet has turbocharged the world of business start-ups across the board, but it seems to have proved especially useful to...
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The Kinrara Trophy is fast gaining a cult following at Goodwood. And for your first appearance in the race, what could be better than an early – and very original – Jagaur E-type? Of the many pinch-...
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The opener for this year’s Goodwood Revival featured perhaps the most valuable grid ever assembled, racing flat out into the sunset GRAND TOTAL: £119.75m* It’s an odd feeling, getting a sort of snow-...
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Esports has become so big, not even Formula 1 can ignore it any more but is it really the future of motor sport? That Formula 1 launched its bigger and better esports series in a part-converted...
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Racing in the real world is changing fast. New concept images give a glimpse at Formula 1’s future, and we predict what could happen in other disciplines The revolution won’t be televised. It will be...
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Ask Chase Carey about his vision for the sport a decade from now, and he’s reluctant to look that far down the line. “I operate in three-year cycles. I don’t like to get too far out there. The sport...
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A dwindling pool of manufacturers at the pinnacle of the World Endurance Championship has forced the rule makers to backtrack on technology. But the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the WEC promoter and...
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The MotoGP world championship is in such a good place at the moment that the only sensible way forward is to leave it completely alone. Over the past decade or so rights-holder Dorna has tweaked the...
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Sebastian Priaulx is a teenage Formula 4 driver with a bright future, but how would he cope with a classic Lotus Cortina formerly raced by Jim Clark? There’s a momentary pause. What was a jovial,...
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A fatal design flaw that led to three spectacular accidents scuppered the Silver Arrows' attempt to win Le Mans almost 20 years ago, leaving the team so badly bruised it has never returned. It is an...
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The death of Sergio Marchionne has left a void that is being filled by three powerful players, each with their own agenda and support base. The question is: which one will ultimately prevail in the...
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Eighty years ago this month Tazio Nuvolari competed in his first major race on the British mainland. It proved to be a unique experience for all who were there He was, according to Ferdinand Porsche...
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The Nürburgring 24 Hours has grown in stature from a club event to one of the world's most prestigious endurance races "It’s not been the best of years overall, but, hey – we won the Nürburgring 24...
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Arguably America's greatest motorcycle racer, Spencer made plenty of history during his brief Grand Prix career and still has an unusual angle on a rider's psyche In August 1983 Freddie Spencer...
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They say that if you live long enough you’ll come back into fashion second time around, and nowhere is that more true than in the world of hand-crafted excellence. Millennial hipsters may have...
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McLaren's 600LT is more than a small upgrade, just don't expect a 'road' test Turn four at the Hungaroring is one of the trickier corners. At least that’s how I consoled myself as I bounced the...
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It looks a little softer than its forebear, but don't be fooled by appearances When we pass through a golden era, I’ve often wondered just how aware of it we are at the time. When I watched Porsches...
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BMW's new hybrid drop-top has appeal, but can it match its coupé sibling? It is perhaps indicative of how conservative the top of the market remains, and how resistant to change and nervous it feels...
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Aston Martin's beautiful DB4 GT is always a rarity, particularly in this instance Few would argue that the Aston Martin DB4 GT is one of the best looking, best performing and most desirable classic...
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Classic cars, racing replicas and potent new off-roaders Car showrooms don’t come much grander than the one you’ll find at Kaaimans – it’s part of 300-year-old Tollerton Hall, a 20,000 square foot...
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Bonham's Goodwood sale shows there's no decline in racing car interest Goodwood Revival showed its dapper droves of spectators that historic racing cars deserve their attention, and Bonhams’ auction...
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The King of Cool's most famous motorcycle could break new ground when it goes on sale this month Mention Steve McQueen in the same breath as movies about racing and most people’s thoughts turn to the...
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Coventry's second attempt at a super saloon defined the genre What was in the air at Browns Lane in the 1950s? From that dull-sounding address issued some of the great cars of the era – curvaceous D-...
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From Brussels to Monaco, via Hollywood, this GT is unique This may be the only car named for its height – 40 inches. (The follow up was called the GT70, but no, it wasn’t 5ft 10in tall.) In any case...
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Grahame Goudie's iconic Alan Mann racing saloon is edging ever closer to completion The best laid plans, and all that…  Given the leisurely pace at which XOO 346F’s restoration began – and several...
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Neil Twyman recounts the quest to reunite prototype bodywork with a suitable chassis in order to preserve a piece of Ferrari history This was a project that I had to make happen. I acquired a set of...
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Steve Archer at Smart Automotive has just finished a full restoration of an Alfa that's become a family heirloom We’ve just completed a really nice restoration and upgrade of an Alfa GT Junior. It...
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Jaguar E-type Factory and Private Competition Cars Peter Griffiths It would be oh so easy to tar this review with ‘Oh no, not another Jaguar E-type book…’ Surely in the history of motoring books,...
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Featured artist - Jeremy Dickinson Want your lavishly restored classic made into a play-worn toy? This is your man Classic car collectors pay large sums to have their precious metal returned to new-...
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Marcus Nicholls takes a look at a highly respected British manufacturer If you have ever dipped a toe into the highly addictive world of 1:43 collectable car kits and finished models, chances are you...
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Vic Elford gets a mixed reception from spectators on the Targa Florio. Elford shared his Porsche 908/03 with Gerard Larrousse, however the pair failed to finish after Elford hit a rock and shattered...
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Superior access, no security screens, no pristine uniforms, oodles of camaraderie: Peter Robinson was a privileged F1 witness at 1960s Silverstone

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