October 2009

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I’m delighted to have been invited to be the guest editor of Motor Sport this month – motor racing has been my life, and remains so to this day. I’m still racing my own Osca, because I still enjoy it...
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BMW’s shock decision to withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of this season has left Peter Sauber fighting to secure a future for the team he founded, and which he thought was in safe hands when he...
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Renault’s sacking of Nelson Piquet means that the Brazilian follows Sébastien Bourdais in being dropped for performance reasons in the middle of his second season. In the past a similar fate has...
Months and even years of debate and argument came to an end when the new Concorde Agreement was signed in August. Max Mosley had been waiting for the teams to come up with their own ‘resource...
Ari Vatanen has revealed that a Spaniard, a Singaporean and a German will be his three main prospective cabinet members who will join him in his fight for the FIA presidency. Should Vatanen beat Jean...
Michael Schumacher’s decision to cancel his Formula 1 comeback came as a massive disappointment to the motor sporting world, and not least to the thousands of fans who had hurriedly booked tickets...
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Reflections – Moss and Jenks’s record average speed run – An F1 deal, Schuey, and a pain in the neck… – Reasons for BMW to follow Honda out of F1 ’ll tell you something amazing,” said Stirling Moss...
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The two prototype classes will be combined for next year’s American Le Mans Series. Championship bosses have revealed that they will tinker with the rules to ensure parity of performance between...
Gil de Ferran is calling time on a driving career that has encompassed two Champ Car titles and victory in the 2003 Indy 500. De Ferran ended a four-year absence from the cockpit last season after...
A new era began for Corvette Racing at Mid-Ohio when the new GT2 class Chevrolet made its long-awaited debut in the American Le Mans Series. The new car replaces Corvette Racing’s long-serving GT1...
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Three-time grand prix winner Johnny Herbert will contest the final three rounds of this year’s British Touring Car Championship with the Dynamics Honda team. Herbert, who has most recently raced in...
A Lamborghini Murciélago has become the third car to be developed for the new-for-2010 FIA GT1 World Championship. The German Reiter Engineering team unveiled its Murciélago R-SV at the Spa 24 Hours...
The 2010 IRL IndyCar Series will feature more road course events than ovals for the first time in the championship’s history. The addition of a street venue in Brazil, yet to be decided, and Barber...
Harry Kallström Six-time Swedish Rally Champion Harry Kallström rose so quickly to fame he was nicknamed ‘Sputnik’, after the Russian satellite launched the year he won his first rally. He drove a VW...
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UK businessman Graham Sharp is helping to sustain the careers of several selected British racing drivers through the Racing Steps Foundation. Oliver Turvey, the best known of the five drivers chosen...
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Rules row shifts to ovals The battle for this year’s IRL IndyCar Series title is strictly between Ganassi Racing and Team Penske, and as the season settled into its second half it looked like Chip’s...
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Few were in Ivy's league Forty summers ago, Britain lost one of its greatest exponents of two- and four-wheel motor sport. If Billy Ivy hadn’t been killed in practice for the 1969 East German...
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So is the future electric? Right now we exist in a strange hiatus between the car’s past and its future. You might say that statement could apply equally to any moment in time but this is different....
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Passion versus profit Sir, What great news – yet another passionless manufacturer is leaving Formula 1. They’re all the same. They want a slice of the global advertising exposure and then, surprise...
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Motor Sport is proud to sponsor this year’s Goodwood Revival, especially as it pays tribute to a special octogenarian… By Ed Foster Only a few weeks ago we were writing the Festival of Speed review,...
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I’ve always said I’m glad I raced in my era. Wonderful cars and wonderful characters, too. With that in mind, the Motor Sport team drew up a list of names, places and machines, then fired them at me...
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If you know nothing about anything, those are the only two jobs available, and after my crash I didn’t want to be either. Simon Taylor came to ask me how I’ve earned a crust since 1962 On the...
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In my era we raced more than one type of car in more than one championship – and sometimes on the same day! It was a lot different from the challenge that today’s Grand Prix drivers face. In my new...
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"It’s often been said that I was the first professional racing driver, so it’s fitting that I had the first professional driver manager. Gordon Cruickshank spoke to Ken Gregory about our partnership...
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"When the makers of Roary the Racing Car asked me to narrate this very popular children’s television show, I didn’t realise I’d gain so many new young fans!" If you don’t have children aged six or...
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If Max Mosley has his way then Jean Todt will be the new FIA president, and yet former World Rally Champion and MEP Ari Vatanen thinks he can spoil their party By Adam Cooper Spend just a few minutes...
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He’d have liked ‘sensible’ Damon Hill’s Formula 1 career, but Julian reckons he wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun along the way… By Simon Taylor It’s a common complaint that today’s professional...
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Convertibles can disappoint when compared to their coupé cousins, but not this Alfa Romeo 8C Spider – it has performance as well as looks By Andrew Frankel There are few rarer breeds of car than...
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This mountain course in the Colorado Rockies has been testing drivers for almost a century. But this year’s competition was perhaps the last before it is changed forever By Keith Mainland The Pikes...
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In Maurice Hamilton’s new book, Williams, a host of characters tell the story of this great team. Here, they recall a dominant year for Mansell and the FW14B f ever a car was made for Nigel Mansell,...
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Former Safari Rally winner and multiple Kenyan National champion Ian Duncan has entered this year’s East African Safari Classic Rally in a 1967 Ford Mustang. Duncan, who won the Safari in a Toyota...
The 2010 New Zealand Silver Fern Rally will run from November 14-20, starting in Christchurch and covering 650 stage miles. The later date is designed to fit in with historic race meetings, while to...
Racing cars will return to the famous Crystal Palace circuit in May 2010 if organisers can secure the funding for work on the track surface and safety barriers. Providing backing can be found,...
Alfa Romeo will be the featured marque for the 2010 edition of Race Retro, the international historic motor sport show. The event will be held from March 12-14 retaining the same venue of Stoneleigh...
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The British Racing Drivers’ Club has revamped its website, with improved news and information for both members and non-members. As well as driver profiles, the new site will detail the success of...
The Lotus 25 which Jim Clark drove to seven Grand Prix victories on his way to winning the 1963 World Championship will race for the first time in decades this summer after selling for close to US $1...
The Bentley Drivers’ Club staged the biggest gathering of Talbot team cars since the 1930s at its recent Silverstone meeting, including five of the seven cars raced and all four 1931 cars. “It was a...
The 50th running of the Tour of Flanders Rally will be celebrated by the Autoclub Midden Vlaanderen on September 11-13, starting with a 10-mile special stage on the Friday evening. Breaking with...
Three drivers went to hospital after two major accidents in the Historic Formula Ford 1600 Championship round at Mallory Park. Title contenders Westie Mitchell and Amanda Whittaker were both detained...
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The Monterey Historics festival paid tribute to Porsche this year with racing at Laguna Seca. Fittingly, Brian Redman was among the winners By Gordon Kirby No fewer than 400 cars competed in this...
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A thrilling World Sportscar Masters battle and a wealth of other track action helped this year’s Silverstone Classic live up to its name By Paul Lawrence Though under a new management regime, the...
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News from the main auction houses around the world – RM Auctions – Although total sales for RM’s Monterey auction exceeded £20.8 million and 80 per cent of the lots sold, some of the ‘star’ cars...
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Perfection on the peninsula The historic festival on the Monterey Peninsula began with the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours and concluded at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, with so much packed in...
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The quintessential Jaguar – it looked the part, it had the performance and it spawned the C and D-types. Needless to say, the XK120’s legacy lives on By Richard Heseltine Time spent away from racing...
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Races, Faces, Places The motor racing photography of Michael Cooper Paul Parker Michael Cooper, who died in 2005, was one of racing’s great snappers, and this large volume offers a healthy serving of...
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Stirling’s finest drive? Aye! Britain’s favourite racer overcame gearbox woes and a scratched cornea to score the first major win for a rear-engined car As Stirling Moss’s 80th birthday is upon us (...
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Hann’s solo efforts Brooklands racer Tommy Hann’s self-made specials weren’t quite the race winners he boasted about In 1932 Tommy Hann announced that he was making a return to motor racing so I went...

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