September 2008

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Summer sensations What a summer of sport: two of the finest tennis players ever put on one of the great Wimbledon finals; a British rider wins four stages of the Tour de France; an ageing golf legend...
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Donington Park faces a race against time to have its rebuilt facilities ready to host the British Grand Prix in 2010. Circuit design guru Hermann Tilke has drawn up plans that include an extension to...
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The addition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the season closer is the only major change to the provisional 2009 Formula 1 calendar. All of the ’08 events have retained their places, including the...
Martin Brundle (BRDC vice-president) “If you look for the positives, it seems like there will be a GP, which was in doubt. The drivers will be disappointed, because they love Silverstone. I like...
Lewis Hamilton will visit Brands Hatch on August 31 for round eight of the DTM series, where he will drive demo laps in his McLaren F1 car. The British GP winner will also take part in an autograph...
The Australian Grand Prix has been saved after the Melbourne authorities agreed to start the race at 5pm in the future. Bernie Ecclestone had been looking for an even later start and had made it...
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BMW Sauber became the second team to run a KERS system on track when test driver Marko Asmer drove a modified F1.07 at Miramas just before the German GP. Christian Klien then gave the car a public...
David Coulthard will retire from Formula 1 racing after this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and will be replaced at Red Bull Racing in 2009 by Sebastian Vettel. Like Michael Schumacher, the Scot will...
Nelson Piquet may have saved his Formula 1 career with his opportunistic second place at Hockenheim – exactly 30 years after his father made his Grand Prix debut at the same venue. In Germany the...
A crucial meeting of F1 team principals was due to be held at Maranello on July 29, after Motor Sport closed for press. The meeting was in part a response to a letter issued by Max Mosley during the...
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Reflections – So, the British Grand Prix is saved. Or is it? – Lewis at Silverstone – a moment to savour – It’s time for Kimi to step up his game again He wasn’t to know it, but DC’s timing wasn’t...
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The on-off war between FIA president Max Mosley and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone reached a new peak at the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting when it was announced that Formula 2 will...
Wembley Stadium has hung on to the Race of Champions end-of-season shoot-out between some of the world’s top race and rally drivers. The stadium has been chosen to host the event for a second...
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The Acura Honda brand has scored its first outright American Le Mans Series win at only its 17th attempt. The Highcroft Acura driven by David Brabham and Scott Sharp claimed a last-gasp victory at...
Frank Biela’s Audi career appears to be at an end after 18 years. The multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner and touring car champion is not scheduled to race again for Audi this year, the German...
Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet is to return to racing in the Brazilian GT3 Cup. The 55-year-old, who hasn’t raced since early 2006, has bought a Ford GT for the series and is...
The FIA has stepped in to try to solve the problem that has led to six Le Mans-style prototypes taking off at high speed this year. Peter Wright, head of the FIA Safety Commission, brought together...
British Rally Champion Guy Wilks is trying to raise £2m to land a WRC drive with Subaru next year. The 27-year-old is urging investors and sponsors to make donations to his Back the Brit campaign via...
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David Brabham, the youngest son of three-times World Champion Jack, has been announced as a new Go Motorsport ambassador. Go Motorsport, the first centrally co-ordinated marketing campaign to...
NASCAR Casey Mears will move on from Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the year. Greg Biffle has signed a three-year extension with Roush Fenway Racing. Dario Franchitti has been left without a...
Bernard Cahier Renowned Formula 1 photographer Bernard Cahier has died aged 81. Between the photos of Bernard – which he started taking of F1 in 1952 – and his son Paul-Henri, the Cahiers have...
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We have a new riverside home and we’ll produce our 1000th issue this year – two great reasons to celebrate with our friends Motor racing royalty turned out in force for Motor Sport’s 1000th issue...
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Toyota: the cars in front Kyle Busch has emerged this year as the man to beat in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. The 23-year-old won five of the season’s first 16 NASCAR races and has taken a strong lead...
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Murray works his magic There are few better ways to obfuscate the truth than to throw a superlative at it. In public your claim appears unambiguous and explicit, in private it withstands no scrutiny...
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Sorry for Silverstone Sir, So Bernie has finally carried out his threat and Silverstone is no longer ‘the home of British motor sport’. What a sad and dirty tale of bullying and big business this has...
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Lewis celebrating his British GP win with the crowd at Goodwood was just one highlight of another superb Festival of Speed. Here follow some of the others Lord March couldn’t have asked for more....
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In a secret test session at Estoril, Nigel Mansell stepped back aboard a racing car to trade times with son Leo. Motor Sport got an exclusive view of the action By Rob Widdows You have heard of...
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High-speed flywheels are one promising system designers are pursuing to meet forthcoming Formula 1 energy recovery rules. Motor Sport looks at the options By Gordon Cruickshank As a PR challenge,...
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Fifty years on from his untimely death, Motor Sport looks back at the career of popular Englishman Peter Collins, who was more than just Hawthorn’s Mon Ami Mate By Nigel Roebuck Peter Collins was the...
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In racing your team-mate is usually your rival, but in sports cars you need to get along. Rarely has this worked better than in the case of Audi’s Le Mans winners – different men with a common goal...
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The story of the first Tyrrell was a cloak-and-dagger affair, as Neil Davis tells Rob Widdows Neil Davis was one of Ken Tyrrell’s most trusted and loyal employees, preferring to down tools rather...
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Lola’s founder and its saviour recall 50 years of entrepreneurial effort which has taken in almost every category of motor racing By Simon Taylor There are easier ways to make money than by building...
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Cars quicker than F1 machinery, star drivers, great races – American Formula 5000 had it all. Forty years on from its first season, we celebrate this powerhouse series By Gordon Kirby At Formula 5000...
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On the surface it’s just another 911. But in its 45th year, Porsche’s flagship has undergone an internal revolution By Andrew Frankel If the normal rules of car development applied to the Porsche 911...
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Clark, Brabham, Cosworth, Lotus… The Swinging Sixties was indeed a time of change, when F1’s non-championship races acted as both useful proving ground and talent nursery By Paul Fearnley Michael...
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When the 2008 CES Classic Marathon started in Ypres in June it marked 20 years since the first edition of the ground-breaking event. Created by Philip Young, the 1988 Pirelli Marathon, as it was,...
The 50th anniversary of the Lola marque will be one of the key features of the Oulton Park Gold Cup race meeting on August 24/25, with displays and demonstrations as well as awards for Lolas racing...
The 60th anniversary of the Jaguar XK will be marked in a two-day event at Goodwood on August 8/9 with classic Jaguars on track driven by Stirling Moss, Barrie Williams and Gary Pearson. ‘XK60’ will...
The British Historic Rally Championship will start in Wales in 2009 following confirmation that the Bulldog Rally will move to March 28 from its regular October date. The North Wales event will...
One of only two surviving De Tomaso 3-litre Formula 1 cars will return to racing this summer after running in public for the first time in 38 years during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The first of...
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A capacity entry of 80 cars and 40 motorbikes will contest the inaugural Cholmondeley Pageant of Power on August 9/10, competing on a 1.2-mile sprint course in the grounds of the Cheshire estate....
Seven former Grand Prix drivers will be on the grid for the Toyota ‘Race of Legends’, one of the star attractions in the Rolex Monterey Historic at Laguna Seca, California, on August 15-17. In an...
The ex-Whitney Straight/Prince Bira Maserati 8CM chassis 3011 will race in Britain for the first time in over 20 years at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September. Chris Jaques, who is related by...
A mighty Orwell Supersports field, topped by Manfred Freisinger in a very rare Porsche 917/10, will headline the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on August 9/10. In a field that includes...
The life of British Grand Prix and sports car racer Peter Collins will be celebrated at his home venue of Shelsley Walsh over the weekend of August 16/17. Alongside rounds of the British Hillclimb...
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There were star cars and drivers, but the Le Mans Classic also gave lesser-known machinery a chance to shine By David Addison Gulf Porsche 917, howling Matra 660, screaming Lola T280. All features of...
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Formula Junior’s Golden Jubilee celebrations reached their zenith at the HSCC’s Brands Hatch Historic Festival By Paul Lawrence When a grand total of 102 Formula Juniors took to the Brands Hatch...
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Cars are still selling but the Credit Crunch looms… The very first production D-type going under the hammer was always going to cause quite a stir, and sure enough the 1955 Jaguar D-type Sports...
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This ’60s learning tool for some of the biggest names in French rallying and racing has plenty of Gallic flair, but is hard to come by in its original form By Richard Heseltine Photos by Howard...
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917 Porsche Sketches of Success Reynald Hézard A book on the Porsche 917 has to do justice to what some believe is the greatest racing car ever built. A tall order. Happily, this new book from...
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On a wing and a prayer They weren’t always popular or especially safe, but for a while high-strutted wings were all the rage The extraordinary era of high-strutted wings on single-seat racing cars...
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A life in the fast lane Family wealth allowed Dick Shuttleworth to pursue his passion for racing and flying, while his adventurous streak occasionally led him into trouble with the law Richard...

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