October 2017

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Nico Rosberg has a mischievous side. I don’t think it came across when he raced – but then how much of a driver’s personality do we really see in this age of media control and message management? Now...
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Why the Hungarian GP was a pivotal moment for the 2018 driver market Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen each took one for their teams in Budapest, though in slightly different circumstances. The...
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Sound and sight drives home the power unleashed here Cradled within the verdant valley, we look down from the exit of Turn Four to a low horizon of black, where the tracks crests a rise and where all...
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Decision to quit ‘P1 for Formula E has sent shock waves through racing “Precipitous.” That was how the World Endurance Championship described Porsche’s withdrawal from the LMP1 ranks. Feelings were...
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German manufacturer wins its fourth Spa 24 Hours Audi claimed a fourth victory in the Spa 24 Hours GT3 blue riband by a scant 11 seconds in July, at the end of a closely fought race in which the top...
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The opulent new Phantom is a masterpiece in more ways than one Rolls-Royce has unveiled the eighth generation of its Phantom flagship, which will go on sale early in 2018, almost 15 years after its...
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Silly seasons are by no means exclusive to the Formula 1 paddock There’s one thing the top three finishers had in common on the recent Rallye Deutschland – a curious amalgam of three national rallies...
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Jonathan Kennard impressed in an Arrows on his Classic debut A new rising star of Historic Formula 1 announced himself to the world at the Silverstone Classic, when Jonathan Kennard took an Arrows A3...
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Games makers have starting tapping into an infinite resource to get an edge on rivals: the drivers The line between ‘game’ and ‘sim’ is becoming ever more blurred. Home set-ups aren’t a world away...
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From Aintree to Zolder, he’s visited almost a complete A-Z of venues. Where next? It still takes me by surprise almost every time I go. Snetterton used to be one of the least accessible circuits on...
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F1 has been careful to avoid manufacturer domination for the past few decades, but that’s been allowed to slide – and therein dangers lie I’ve been alternating recently between covering current...
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Track day specialist RSR offers the chance to sample the Belgian circuit’s greatest corners with four autumn dates Hone your driving skills this autumn at the legendary Circuit de Spa-...
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Electric racing is a fine idea, in keeping with the zeitgeist, but it’s time to draw inspiration from history to make it truly relevant Change. Along with death, taxes and yet more Ed Sheeran...
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For years Andrea Dovizioso has been the thinking man’s racer. He’s now using brains rather than bravado to challenge for the title Many fans of motorcycle racing consider their heroes to be 21st-...
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McLaren remains in a trough, having not recorded a podium finish since Australia 2014, but lately there have been flickers of genuine hope The party thrown by the team in the Hungaroring paddock...
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How Eric Broadley helped develop the Ford GT40... from behind the wheel – and why McLaren needs to send its Formula 1 cars for a respray At the Goodwood Revival a special feature will commemorate...
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Phoenix sights: an enjoyable pub lunch with a vintage flavour, topped off with encountering a historic Alfa Romeo with Brooklands honours There’s a place I pass from time to time and always say ‘...
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Alfas still going strong I write to ask you to correct an inaccuracy in your otherwise excellent Pescara report, which gave great prominence to the magnificent Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio model...
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Powerful players in the watch world CARTIER The pocket watch has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in recent years, often finding a home nestled in the tweed waistcoat of a man...
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Fifty years on from McLaren’s first Can-Am Challenge title, Motor Sport was privileged to test the very car that carried the team’s founder to that landmark success: M6A-1 So here it sits. McLaren...
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Those who knew Bruce McLaren speak of him only in warm tones – and one of Motor Sport’s regular contributors understands why. He was lucky enough to work with him in period Back in the late 1950s...
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A few months on from his shock retirement, Nico Rosberg has no regrets. The 2016 world champion loves his new life – and relishes watching his former rivals in action on TV He looks the same as he...
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Nico Rosberg won’t be short of inspiration when it comes to deciding what to do next Robert Benoist, who won all four major Grands Prix in 1927, was left without a job when Delage withdrew from...
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He was sacked from a £10-per-week job – by his own father – and never saw the point of gyms, but that didn’t prevent him standing on the podium at Le Mans For a driver who claims motor racing was...
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Every summer drag racing celebrates its heritage at the venue that introduced the sport to the UK 51 years ago: Santa Pod Racing purists have a tendency to be slightly sniffy about drag racing. How...
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...or simply a case of arrested development? In the first of a three-part series, we focus on cars that perform better in historic racing today than ever they did in period. To kick things off, we...
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We look back at the career of Gerry Birrell, one of British racing’s great lost hopes – and watch his daughter drive a car raced by the father she never knew Rouen, France, June 23, 1973. Jochen Mass...
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One of Ferrari’s most prolific test drivers, Andrea Bertolini is entrusted to shake down the Scuderia’s most prized racing cars. We watched him sample number 400 at Fiorano You walk to the Fiorano...
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What does it take to prepare a Goodwood Revival winner? We took a look at JD Classics’ E-type, which has won the RAC TT Celebration for the past two years You have to see it to not believe it. JD...
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Mazda-based Fiat 124 Spider assumes yet another identity, but can it live up to a fine pedigree? I have for some time been a little saddened to see what Fiat has been doing with its Abarth sub-brand...
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Aston Martin adds sparkle to an old favourite   What does AMR mean to you? Aston Martin will presumably be hoping very much it will conjure images of the 1989 Group C AMR1 prototype, whose lack of...
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A fresh start for Stuttgart’s most profitable invention Increasingly these days, manufacturers grow impatient waiting to show their wares at the next motor show, not least because they’ll have to...
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1984 Norisring Trophy-winning Porsche on the market – choose your livery Some traditionalists may bemoan the arrival of gaudy sponsors’ colour schemes. For those who’ve grown up with their racing...
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Why driving and owning the original BMW M3 is a joy If you’ve always wanted an E30 M3 the chances are you’re now kicking yourself. Five years ago you could have picked up a scratty but...
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Top British classic car dealer to open showroom on the West Coast   Perhaps the much talked about softening in the classic car market isn’t quite as pronounced as some would have you believe. Take a...
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A record breaking McLaren and Aston kept the British end up in America   It’s easy to become figure-blind in Monterey. With eight-digit sums being thrust about, you may find yourself describing...
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It’s 13 years old but this Mercedes is topical in used car circles. Here’s why Mercedes dumps DTM... and all to ease its conscience and promote the firm’s caring side in Formula E. But, well, in...
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A fun roadster and an affordable basis for building your own racing car The attractions: the Mazda MX-5 is cheap to buy and run and there are plenty to choose from. Here we’re concentrating on the...
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Month by month we’ll be following a racing car’s rebirth. Here, 1990s F1 aficionado Warren Stean documents the first steps of a V10 adventure I’ve done a bit of racing in Caterhams, Porsches and...
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Follow the adventures of Nick Trott and Ed Foster as they prepare Ed’s MGB for a season of historic racing It seemed so easy, so serendipitous. I wanted to race again after a 10-year break and Ed...
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Geoff Gordon’s quest to find a car that combined a passion for Alfa Romeo with Group 2 eligibility My cars are prepared by Raceworks Motorsport, near Royston, and the team was running some of its...
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FORD GT Then and Now Adrian Streather Ford GT, Then and Now comes across a little awkwardly as the car’s third iteration is midway through its sophomore racing season and isn’t mentioned in this...
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It’s unlikely you’ve seen car art at this scale, but then we’re aware of no other artist that uses Post-it pads as their canvas. Doug Breuninger, as you may have guessed, is not your ordinary...
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Japanese model manufacturer Ebbro might not be familiar to many UK fans, but over the last few years it has been forging quite a reputation with a superb range of classic 1:20 Lotus and McLaren kits...

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