October 2016

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News of Chris Amon’s passing filtered through from New Zealand on the morning of August 3. From the moment I read Mark Hughes’s text message, my daily trudge on the commuter train felt a little...
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Chris Amon has passed away, aged 73, after an extended fight with cancer.  Never have statistics lied more diabolically in summarising a Formula 1 career. His time in Grand Prix racing spanned 1963-...
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Predictably just about all the obituaries began with the easy cliché line: ‘Chris Amon, widely regarded as the greatest driver never to win a Grand Prix…’ It belongs with, ‘Stirling Moss, the...
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Why has the recently postponed cockpit halo proven to be so much more emotive for fans than pretty much all previous safety advances in Formula 1? There’s probably a ‘last straw’ element to it, but...
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Here we are still talking about Kimi Räikkönen’s Formula 1 career in the present tense, a decade-and-a-half since he was a bare rookie fresh out of just one season of car racing, in Formula Renault....
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Back in 2007 at the Hungaroring Fernando Alonso (initially) cost Lewis Hamilton a shot at pole position by infamously waiting in the pitlane with the other McLaren stacked up behind him, just long...
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Turn 5, Hungaroring They’ve re-surfaced the Hungaroring and normally that would mean a reduction in grip. The smooth surface would ordinarily mean less for the rubber to grab hold of and the oily...
Ferrari and its technical director James Allison officially parted company between the Hungarian and German Grands Prix. Allison – who lost his wife to meningitis earlier this year – wished to spend...
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All change in North America ...but will new-look endurance races attract sufficient support?  | By Gary Watkins The top flight of North American sports car racing will undergo a revolution next...
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A golden year for Penske In its 50th season Roger Penske’s team looks likely to win its 14th IndyCar championship. With four races to go Team Penske ran one-two-three in the championship with Simon...
John Blunsden Popular motor racing publisher and motoring journalist John Blunsden has died at the age of 86, after a long illness. Owner of Motor Racing Publications, John produced some 250 books...
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For many, Jack Sears will be remembered as the first British Saloon Car champion back in 1958. But Sears, who died in August, will also be remembered as a talented sports and GT racer, and one of...
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No need for motor sport in the Olympics   I read something the other day that suggested the Olympic Games should include motor sport. Frankly, I think that’s a daft idea. There are so many amazing...
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Neurons win out over digits A decade after Formula 1 switched to A single-spec ECU, MotoGP has gone the same way. Rights holder Dorna introduced the same-for-all Magneti Marelli kit following lengthy...
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TT stars set for Goodwood McGuinness and Dunlop face Revival showdown | By Paul Lawrence Two of the biggest stars of motorcycle road racing, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop, will go head-to-head...
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My Life at the Wheel John Fitzpatrick Custom dictates that the worthiest books often fail to attract the audience they deserve – and one suspects this might fall into just such a category....
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With Porsche and Aston Martin both offering low-line four-seaters with exceptional performance, it’s easy to forget that we’ve been here before. The super-sports four-seater surfaces at regular...
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Nissan eyes electric future Will BladeGlider be the shape of things to come? | By Andrew Frankel Recently the Olympic Games have provided a golden opportunity for manufacturers to display their wares...
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Excellent – if you’re the right sort of person for it  This is the curious story of a Fiat that was meant to be an Alfa Romeo, but which is in fact and for the most part a Mazda. The Italians are no...
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More of everything – including calm, poise and ability Everything about the new Jaguar F-type SVR seems to shout ‘more’. There’s more power from its 5-litre supercharged V8 motor – a further 25bhp to...
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The finest small sports hatch – but not the best value I love the Ford Fiesta ST. Among small, affordable hot hatches it is in a league of its own. At least to me. I love its size, its look, its...
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Compelling to drive, this is finally a car to shade the BMW M4  Were this merely a coupé version of the Mercedes-AMG already seen in saloon and estate form, it would probably not have earned its...
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Chris Amon It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Chris Amon from cancer just recently. Many of us will have memories of Chris as a great driver among a generation of great...
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Surtees Foundation named as charity partner The Henry Surtees Foundation, created by his father in honour of the racer who lost his life at Brands Hatch in 2009, will be the official charity partner...
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Alex Zanardi should have died when he lost his legs in an Indycar crash. Instead, it was the beginning of a new life for a wonderfully engaging man. His high-energy story is one of speed, gruesome...
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The Scot knew him as an Indycar rival, then as a friend “I first became aware of Alex Zanardi when he was on the cover of a karting magazine. He obviously had a good trajectory – but after Formula 1...
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Runner-up in the 1991 FIA F3000 Championship, Alex Zanardi made his F1 debut for Jordan in the season’s final three Grands Prix. It marked the start of a faltering F1 career with Minardi and Lotus,...
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Two top-line racers without a ride in the 1973 Sebring 12 Hours persuaded a privateer to lend them his Porsche 911 RSR. It led to a remarkable victory. Now we test this very special car Years ago I...
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For his final lunch, Simon breaks bread with Sir Jackie Stewart, a giant of the sport – triple world champion, F1 team owner and businessman par excellence By almost any measure, Jackie Stewart was...
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After 125 ‘Lunch with’ interviews, Simon Taylor is hanging up his… knife and fork. He reflects on 10 memorable years and an incredible body of work Last week, in Jackie Stewart’s conservatory, I...
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Sam Smith meets a former single-seater racer who has found instant success in the World Endurance Championship What a difference a year has made for Gustavo Menezes. In the summer of 2015 he was, by...
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To us, Jack Brabham was the driver who won a world title in a car bearing his own name. To his son, he was just The Old Man. Now, 50 years after that landmark success, David Brabham pays tribute to...
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It may be your own moniker but that doesn’t mean you own it Quite a bit, if you ask David Brabham. His battle to gain back control of the family name, from a business point of view, was perhaps the...
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First raced in 1936 by Dick Seaman, this Aston Martin has a sumptuous pedigree and continues to compete with distinction It’s not red, can’t fly and doesn’t breathe fire, but ever since one-time...
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He beat Lewis Hamilton, was tipped for F1 – then fell hard into obscurity. Now Colin Brown is back from the brink… Every January, some of Europe’s best amateur karters descend on Milton Keynes for...
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There were smiles aplenty on Saturday morning as glorious sunshine welcomed visitors to Silverstone for the 26th running of the Classic. As one person remarked: “the event is now older than some of...
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Our man fields a Triumph in a spirited tin-top tussle   It took a while but no-one watching the bulging grid of 45 cars entered for the Motor Racing Legends’ Historic Touring Car Challenge at the...
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Tight course, curry sauce Wiscombe Park, July 30: Devon is notorious for its narrow lanes, but with careful planning they can be put to competitive use My journey began in 2016, at the Silverstone...
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Minuscule motoring Hidden in a Kent farm is a reminder that cars were once a luxury not everyone could afford Tripping over private collections that don’t shout their presence is one of the delights...
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A season to forget After a triumphant 1935, Mercedes-Benz dropped the ball – and Auto Union grabbed it Eighty years ago, as the Grand Prix racing season of 1936 approached its conclusion, it was very...

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