October 2007

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Rob Widdows Rob was brought up on racing, being taken to Goodwood as a small child and devouring his father’s copies of Motor Sport. During a career in newspaper, radio and TV journalism he created...
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Is there a more overused, overworked noun in the English language than ‘hero’? To become a hero no longer requires the smallest act of heroism, you just need to be able to kick a ball around a pitch...
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Alonso might bale out of contract and seek return to Renault Fernando Alonso’s dissatisfaction with the situation at McLaren has led to discussions about a possible return to Renault, and fuelled...
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The future of Silverstone as a grand prix venue took a major step forward on July 30 when the members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club voted to press ahead with the £25 million project known as...
New street races in Singapore and Valencia have been confirmed on an 18-race 2008 F1 schedule put together by Bernie Ecclestone. Valencia (left) will host the European GP in late August, while...
The McLaren/Ferrari spy scandal will receive an examination by the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris on the Thursday of the Belgian GP meeting at Spa, creating a logistical headache for all the...
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Three-times Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais will move to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso next season, becoming the first Frenchman with a full-time seat since Olivier Panis in 2004. The Newman-Haas...
Brands Hatch will again host the final round of the 2007/08 season for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The 11-event season will start at Zandvoort in Holland on September 30 and conclude in Britain...
If you like your Formula 1 loud and up close, but most of all uninterrupted by advertisement breaks, F1inCinema is for you. This new service broke ground for the British Grand Prix, offering high-...
Torrential rain and flooding which hit Worcestershire on Friday July 20 led to a landslip at Shelsley Walsh and forced the postponement of the meeting planned to mark 60 years of the British...
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Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima has broken the 13-year-old record for the Pikes Peak hillclimb in his 993bhp Suzuki XL7 (left).  Tajima, the 57-year-old president of Suzuki Sport, is a Pikes Peak veteran...
This year’s Goodwood Revival features a Ladies’ Day on Saturday, September 1, when the most stylish and immaculately groomed lady will be presented with champagne and flowers.  More star drivers have...
The week-long Silver Fern Historic Rally in New Zealand will be run for the second time from October 16-23, 2008. The event will start in Christchurch and concentrate on gravel special stages in the...
Double FIA World Touring Car champion Andy Priaulx is looking for a pair of top results when the series visits Brands Hatch on September 21-23 as he bids to make it three WTCC titles in succession....
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The 60th anniversary of Silverstone’s first race meeting, the 1948 British Grand Prix, will be the key celebration at the 2008 Silverstone Classic, to be held from July 25-27, 2008.  This year’s...
Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore is set to become the new owner of Queens Park Rangers football club of the Coca-Cola Championship. Current QPR chairman Gianni Paladini said: “Mr Briatore wants to do...
Maserati is marking the 50th anniversary of the 1957 German Grand Prix by displaying the race-winning 250F at the Frankfurt motor show from September 13-23. Juan Manuel Fangio drove chassis 2529 to...
Fred Goddard (1941-2007) The death of Fred Goddard in a road accident in the US has robbed British motor racing of one of its real characters. The 66-year-old team owner and engineer started his...
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plus – 30/98 Vauxhall, BMW M1 Procar and Bernie’s collection Auction activity over the summer months has been lively and there’s much more to come as we move into autumn. The ex-John Miles/Graham...
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The article concerning the Bentley 8-litre (August) brought back memories for me. During the 1930s and '40s I lived around Welwyn, where there was a garage specialising in these big Bentleys, and I...
Sir, In your July auction pages you mention Frank Matich's Brabham BT7A, stating that he bought the car in 1964 and campaigned it in all the Tasman Series races through to 1969. This is incorrect. He...
Sir, Thank you for such a marvellous Ferrari edition. As I have been fortunate enough to have had some small contact with Ferrari, I truly appreciated every page. The commendatore actually gave me a...
Sir, I have just returned from three days at the Silverstone Classic. What a wonderful event with so many lovely and interesting cars. There was even a grand prix-winning 3-litre 1911 Delage! However...
Reading Bill Boddy's article on the Birkin Bentley (September) brought back some childhood memories. The headmaster of my junior school, Blakesley House in Worcester Park, was a keen motorist and...
Sir, First and foremost, I want to let you know how much I enjoy your magazine. It is unique in capturing motor racing subjects of interest old and new and I wish you continued success. Second, I...
Sir, Your August editorial laments the silence of the diesels at Le Mans and enthuses about the Aston Martin GT1 win. While it is great that someone cares about sports car racing, this is all wrong!...
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Sir, I read your ‘60 years of Ferrari’ issue with great interest, especially your feature on the F40 – my second-favourite Ferrari (after the 250SWB). Normally, I would unquestioningly accept the...
Sir, Your review of the latest version of the inimitable BMW M3 (September) caught my interest on a couple of counts. Firstly, like you, I do wonder why people purchase cars for which they can use...
Stuart Pettitt, who used to be a fire marshal at Silverstone, sent in this picture of Ayrton Senna looking distinctly underwhelmed by the battery-powered Sinclair C5. It was taken on Friday morning...
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Accidents have been around since racing began, but the BARC’s Chief Executive fears they are becoming endemic A great deal has been written, and said, in recent weeks about standards of driving in ...
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No-one likes racing in the wet, but there are some who shine when the heavens open. And one of them is a Brit Every era of grand prix racing produces its own wet weather aces. From Rudolf Caracciola...
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Audi’s S5 and R8 are giving it credibility as a maker of real driver’s cars. Soon even BMW should be worried In reviews of  cars here or in any other publication, the circumstances in which the...
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Legends The rain masters Wet tracks have allowed outrageously talented drivers like Moss and Villeneuve to demonstrate all their remarkable skill If ever you needed proof that grip is the enemy of...
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Rain. For most drivers it’s a nightmare: bad visibility, reduced grip, longer braking distances. The risks increase, and they’re unpredictable. Every cloud of spray could conceal a slow car or a lost...
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At Donington Park in 1993, the world witnessed one of the greatest wet weather drives the sport has ever seen. Ayrton Senna wasn’t bad either… By Rob Widdows The European Grand Prix at Donington Park...
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The personable Mexican looks back over 40 years of Formula 1 glories and struggles, friendships and tragedies By Simon Taylor The problem is, lunch isn’t long enough. Over 40 seasons, this man has...
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John Watson’s approach to racing was always well thought-out. Now his passion for fishing helps him reflect on life – and F1 By Rob Widdows Away from the pressures of grand prix racing, drivers are...
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It’s war between Ferrari and McLaren in 2007, but this rivalry goes back over three decades By Adam Cooper The ongoing spy scandal involving Nigel Stepney and Mike Coughlan provides a distracting...
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The United States Grand Prix is no more. It’s off the Formula 1 calendar for 2008 and a return looks dubious – unless Las Vegas steps up to the plate By David Phillips Did Lewis Hamilton win the...
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The onset of bad weather radically alters the demands made both on engineers in the pits and on the man on the track By Keith Howard Many a motor race has been turned into a seat-edge spectacle by a...
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There’s only one letter between them, but it makes one hell of a difference. Motor Sport celebrates the Alfa Romeo GTA and GTAm touring car greats before heading trackside  By Andrew Frankel Coppice...
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Rosie Bernard ran The Chatham in Monaco, haunt of racing drivers, rally men and sailors for decades This extract from her new book  recalls the glamorous days when no visit to Monaco was complete...
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Chalk-and-cheese drivers Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux complemented each other at Renault in an unusual Gallic collaboration | by Rob Widdows The man is dressed all in blue. Artisan smock top...
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AGS emerged from behind Henri Julien’s garage in the south of France, made the grade in Formula 2, flowered briefly in F1, and was gone By Johnny Tipler When the boules clack under the plane trees in...
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Taking a break from F1 and F2, Jochen Rindt sprang a surprise when he took on the tin-top big boys at Sebring in an Alfa GTA By Paul Hudson Unlikely results make any sport more interesting,...
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Getting an historic racer ready for competition is no mean feat. That’s where Hall & Hall comes in By Rob Widdows Like boy scouts, racing drivers need to be prepared. They know from experience...
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A huge crowd enjoyed a massive entry, great racing, and fascinating displays at Silverstone  By Paul Lawrence With a crowd of 40,000 fans and a massive field of over 600 entries for 22 races, the...
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50 years of Dodge muscle cars Peter Grist This covers a lot of ground in a relatively small space. It's all there from brief mention of the Dodge brothers' first steps producing bicycles and auto...
A photographic portrait Quentin Spurring/LAT/Nigel Roebuck An evocative collection of photos from the LAT archive of the great Gilles Villeneuve, including many from his early career in Formula...
Pioneer in pole-position Frank Wiesner Colin Goodwin highlighted the career of Porsche's Herbert Linge in the August issue, but five pages were never going to be enough to cover its sheer breadth....
The Schumacher era Dieter Streve-Mühlens/Rainer W Schlegelmilch Schlegelmilch's stunning photography is the heart and soul of this beautiful coffee-table tome covering Formula 1 in the years when...
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The greatest race of all? A gathering of two or more like-minded enthusiasts usually generates fierce debate about epic battles on the track. What’s your favourite? On a recent flight I fell into...
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Far more than just an elegant tourer, the B20 GT defines an era when the Italian marque was known for groundbreaking engineering and superior build quality By Richard Heseltine / Photography by...
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New life for FWD Alvis  One of the Coventry firm’s advanced front-wheel-drive racers is being reconstructed – with a few amendments Areconstruction of the No2 front-wheel-drive Alvis which competed...

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