October 2013

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On the morning of qualifying at the Hungarian GP, Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt were all smiles when they shook hands for the cameras. As they did so, it was announced that the pair...
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Gordon Cruickshank and Simon Arron have known each other for more than 30 years, both having started their editorial careers amid the splendid pandemonium of Motor Sport's former home at Standard...
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Red Bull and rivals face development race dilemma A Fascinating second half of the 2013 F1 season is in prospect, with as much depending on what happens in Milton Keynes, Maranello, Enstone and...
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Winter races could carry brand outside US IndyCars could soon be racing in Asia, Latin America and other venues outside the championship's US heartland during the winter months. President of...
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Karl Heinz Kalbfell The architect of BMW's 1999 Le Mans victory and the German firm's return to Fl in 2000 has died following a crash in a classic motorcycle event at Brands Hatch. He was 63. Head of...
After a tough start to the IndyCar season, Chip Ganassi's team and Honda put themselves into contention for this year's championship by winning four races in a row in July and August. Scott Dixon got...
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By Trevor Legate/Kay Hafner It's beautifully produced, fabulously well printed and presented, and it's released in a limited edition of, significantly, 289. But the large number of photos and pages...
Paul Fearnley Ron Howard's Rush is notable by its absence here. No hint or acknowledgement of the movie's existence is made even on the dustjacket, despite the opportunistic timing of its publication...
Stefan Lewyckyj & Ian Doughty Whether you prefer a hard copy of a book or its digital equivalent, there’s no argument as to which has more scope for different types of content. This iBook on the...
John Havick Folk are swift to complain when post-race protests lace a Grand Prix paddock with doubt and delay confirmation of the result until long after the last spectators have left. Spare a...
Peter Higham It's increasingly rare to find books that break new ground — and this one would also likely break your foot, should ever you drop it. Split into three hefty volumes, containing about...
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Richard Noble on The start of the Thrust SSC Project “I was out on Bonneville with Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove. Breedlove told me that he was going to build his next car. When I came back to...
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There are many different ways to make a motorcycle go fast, but today’s most popular engine configurations are the inline four, the V4 and the vee-twin. There’s no doubt which is most common. Most...
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Minassian dominates Silverstone in rebuilt Jaguar After more than 20 years of inactivity, a 1991 Jaguar XJR-14 Group C car made a triumphant return to racing at the Silverstone Classic. Owned by Bob...
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On Easter Monday 1965 I sat in the Goodwood chicane grandstand and watched Jim Clark break the lap record as he tried to put some distance between his Lotus-Climax and Graham Hill's BRM. It was the...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, February 1951 by Bill Boddy Ever since we took a short run in one of last year's Le Mans Aston Martins we have been eager to road-test the...
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A summary of classic and racing auctions from around the world in numbers RM AuctionsMonterey August 16/17 27 cars sold for over $1M (£639,200) £17.6m The most road car ever sold at auction 1967...
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Murray's urban concept edges closer to reality It seems that ex-Formula 1 designer Gordon Murray's dream of seeing his T25 and T27 city cars in production is at last on its way to reality. He says...
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Refreshed and still the world's best executive express It has been said sufficiently often for it to have become generally accepted: sharks stopped evolving many millions of years ago. It is...
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A good car, but one which will exist in the shadow of the Fiesta ST Being a one-man band and having been unable to master the art of being in different places at the same time, sometimes I am already...
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Added frills fail to enhance standard thrills Good news: Toyota has released a performance upgrade package for its wondrous GT86 sports car that makes it even faster. Bad news: it does so by...
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Extra muscle for an already powerful physical presence When is a Porsche not a Porsche? When it is built on a Volkswagen platform and powered by an Audi engine, perhaps? But I’m not sure it actually...
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In connection with Doug Nye's article on the Aston Martin 214 coupes at the 1963 Goodwood TT (September issue), a few additional snippets. My father, Fred Harrison, was a member of Stuart Procter's...
Mike Doodson's article about Roy James sparked some memories from the 1960s and '70s. As a young teenager around the time of the great train robbery, I was shocked by the length of the term handed...
Last month's article on Roy James (September issue) brought a smile to my face and stirred memories of the 1976 Formula Ford season, when I met him on many occasions. This was my first full year in...
That was clearly an affectionate piece by Mike Doodson in the September issue on Great Train Robber Roy James, but I fear Mike's memory has failed him over the date of the 1963 Tourist Trophy. As...
With reference to the letter from Michael Cookson concerning Roy Salvadori's accident in the Oulton Park lake, I enclose a photo taken after one attempt to remove the car from deeper water. Marshals...
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I read Doug Nye's piece on Bob Robinson and was sorry to learn of his passing. He was very helpful to me over the years. When the Gemini FJ team folded at the end of 1963 (and my drive with it), I...
I read with interest (and sympathy) Ed Foster's September feature about the ups and downs of his Legends race at Le Mans this year, and how helpful everyone in the paddock was in getting him into the...
Doug Nye's memories of Innes Ireland reminded me of being in the paddock at Aintree for the GP in the early 1960s. Bruce McLaren was about to go out for practice when Innes, laughing his head off,...
I was very interested to read Brian Joscelyne's letter mentioning Lt Cmdr Robert Hichens (spelled without a 't') driving at Le Mans in 1939. 'Hitch' (spelled with a 't'!) had a remarkable war in...
As ever Simon Taylor fails to disappoint with his 'Lunch with...' series of interviews and the latest with Tyler Alexander was just as interesting. I was particularly interested in his reference to...
Thanks to Simon Taylor for a wonderful interview with Tyler Alexander in the September issue. So many modern motor sport fans have no idea not only who Tyler and his compatriots are, let alone their...
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Lewis Hamilton threatens to torpedo Red Bull's title ambitions, Ferrari's internal politics, the potential pitfalls of two-way radio and a Polanski documentary revisted In August 11 1991 Ayrton Senna...
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There are certain companies that immedately conjure a British way of life. Aston Martin is one of those. Redolent of polished wood, the scent of leather, of pulling up at polo match or cricket pitch...
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A devastating accident in a minor rally derailed Robert Kubica's promising Formula 1 career, but the Pole is fighting back to full fitness and underlining his versatility in the process By Robert...
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In the first of a new series, Simon Arron finds proof that it's possible to impress the wider world from the nether reaches of the Fl grid
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After several fruitless attempts to conquer the World Sports Car Championship, Alfa Romeo prospered with a cocktail of Italian flair and German methodology It arrives secreted within what can only be...
In the first of a new series, Simon Arron finds proof that it’s possible to impress the wider world from the nether reaches of the F1 grid Ferrarisé. It’s not a term you’ll find in any official...
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'Bookish', bespectacled Andrea de Adamich was studying law when he took up motor racing. A budding career ended abruptly at Silverstone 40 years ago, but today the pupil has turned teacher Late at...
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He's started more World Championship F1 races than any other driver, but his passion for the sport remains engagingly intact... What the history books tell you first about Rubens Barrichello are the...
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We reveal personal relics from the racing life of Luigi Musso, one of the ‘lost generation’ of ’50s Italian racers Many of you might remember the photographic feature we published on Alberto Ascari...
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Silverstone Classic With 1100 entries for 24 races, there is no doubting the scale of the Silverstone Classic. But this is an event that extends beyond simply a race meeting, with displays, live...
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Summer Knights VSCC Prescott, August 3-4: a superior strain of antiques roadshow Warning: traffic queues ahead…” It’s a sign of the kind you associate with the M6 rather than a Gloucestershire lane,...
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Silverstone Classic, July 26-27: a neophyte embraces Britain’s biggest bygone beano A minor landmark, this, for never before had I been able to attend the Silverstone Classic. Formula 1 has...
VSCC Mallory Park, July 21: the greatest contests aren’t always the most obvious Race Three: Vintage Racing Cars (VS CC Set 1) – 10 laps. It’s unlikely this will ever be cited alongside Le Mans 1967...
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An eye on the big picture Teams use various methods to make sure drivers remain in peak condition, but sometimes a little lateral thought is required Have you ever driven home one day, arrived and...
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Fan feedback sparks change of direction for Britain’s WRC showpiece The Wales Rally GB has a rocky history. It was first run in 1932 as the RAC Rally, with 341 starters, and there have been many...
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The legendary team chief had a fearsome reputation, but Doreen Green was better placed than most to judge his methods   One of my regular correspondents is Michael Green, whose late father Dick was...
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Brooklands record breaker poised for life overseas... unless new buyer steps forward Tim Birkin’s famous red single-seater Bentley will disappear overseas if £5.1m is not found by the end of October...
Tinker, racer, soldier, spy. There were few quiet moments in the world of St John Horsfall All these Aston celebrations made me think of a wonderful interview I did in 1998 with Ian Girling, St John...
Looks like my timing chain skipped a tooth last month, when my addled brain converted a trio of Sunbeam Tigers into Rapiers. For the record, it was three Tigers that finished second, third, and...
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With the passing of John Coombs, Britain has lost another prominent team patron from one of motor racing’s most celebrated eras When John ‘Noddy’ Coombs died in Monte Carlo on August 3, Bernie...
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Beaulieu offers UK enthusiasts another chance to appreciate speed-record talisman In the build-up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed I was as excited as I ever get by the prospect of seeing Sir...

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