September 2011

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Andrew Frankel It's frustrating having to abide by embargoes. Especially if you are a 911 devotee and Porsche flew you to South Africa six months ago to see the new one and you've had to keep schtum...
Ed Foster Did you know you could get a parking ticket at the British GP? Nor did Ed. He does now. Still, at least the fine was overturned a rare streak of luck for our man and he was even on time for...
Gordon Cruickshank Although Gordon has been compiling WB's life story for 10 years, the news of Bill's death was still a shock. Gordon worked with Bill for 30 years, which made composing an obituary...
Greg Pajo Car photographers are not known for their patience, but during our epic Highland shoot Greg remained remarkably calm as first the Ferrari, then the Jaguar broke. We suspect the whisky on...
Proud farewell to a legend This day was inevitable. We knew WB couldn't go on forever. Still, when the message came through on the morning of July 7 the sense of shock caught us by surprise. Rocked...
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Car giants line up for Le Mans bids Porsche is set to go up against four major manufacturers when it mounts an attack on outright honours at the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time in 16 years in...
Under-pressure FIA adopts V6 engine rules The battle of wills over the future Formula 1 engine rules between Jean Todt on one side and Bernie Ecclestone and the teams on the other has ended in...
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New date for La Sarthe test The Le Mans Test Day is set to move back to two weeks before the race next year. Bosses at the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which runs the Le Mans 24 Hours, have said they...
Virgin gets McLaren tech help Marussia Virgin has established a technical partnership with McLaren after splitting with Nick Wirth following the Monaco Grand Prix. The team's original business model...
Williams returns to Renault Williams will renew its iconic relationship with Renault from 2012, ending its deal with Cosworth earlier than planned. Officially the new arrangement is for the last two...
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Aston prototype to race again The troublesome Aston Martin AMR-One will race on after being given the allclear by a team of outside consultants. Aston Martin Racing brought in the consultants to...
Diffuser row finally defused The British Grand Prix weekend was dominated by the ongoing debate over the FIA's ban on using engine mapping for the off-throttle blowing of diffusers, and against...
ON OUR WEBSITE June and July were the busiest months ever on our websile. Not only was there coverage of a knife-edge Le Mans and the tumultuous Indy 500 (when J R Hildebrand crashed on the last...
Ricciardo makes Fl debut in rival team Red Bull Racing reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo made his Formula 1 debut at Silverstone after being drafted into HRT to replace Narain Karthikeyan. Seen by Red...
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Donington Festival fixed Although the balance of the 2011 racing calendar at Donington Park is in disarray, the date for the second running of the Donington Historic Festival has already been...
Fresh start for touring cars A new race series for historic touring cars raced up to 1963 has been launched by Julius Thurgood at the Historic Racing Drivers Club. After a pilot race later this year...
Le Mans cars hit Chelsea Cars from Le Mans in the 1960s and famous team patrons will be two of the themes of the second Chelsea AutoLegends, which will be held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital...
MGB series to mark 50 years The 50th anniversary of the MGB will be marked in 2012 with a dedicated race series for the evergreen British sports car. One of the races will be at the club's major...
Oz start for marathon A plan is being hatched to run the classic London to Sydney marathon in 2014 — but in the reverse direction. The idea of Mark Solloway of Historic Rallysport, this will be the...
Poole plans mini-Britannia A mini version of Tour Britannia will run in North Wales on Friday October 14, based at Llandudno. Organiser Alec Poole plans a one-day classic race and rally tour, taking...
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Nürburgring, Germany SET AGAINST THE DEEP PURPLE SKY, the dense pine forests are a jagged silhouette as blazing pools of yellow light tear through the scene. As the cars flash past, the red tail...
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Brands Hatch, Kent THE 2011 EDITION OF THE BIGGEST historic meeting on the Brands Hatch schedule was easily the best yet, with a vast entry of 450 cars spilling out of the paddock and into the...
Colorado, USA NOBUHIRO 'MONSTER' TAJIMA finally broke the 10-minute barrier at Pikes Peak, beating his own record with a 9min 51.27sec run. The expected challenges from Rhys Millen and Paul...
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Cholmondeley, Cheshire FOR THE THIRD TIME IN ITS FOUR-YEAR history, bad weather did its best to wreck the Pageant of Power. But the rain could not dampen the evergrowing success and popularity of...
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REFLECTIONS Bernie's happy; now what about Silverstone's fans? Alonso a hero - in González Ferrari and British GP 'Smokey' Yunick's Indy special graces Goodwood When I got home from Silverstone...
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PATRICK HEAD - RACING LIFE VERY ENJOYABLE DAYS AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL of Speed prompted me to think of our six-wheeler, the FW08D, which Jonathan Palmer drove up the hill in 1994, I believe...
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ROB WIDDOWS - DISPATCHES I WONDER WHAT HE WAS THINKING ABOUT WHEN HE LOOKED out of his bedroom window just after dawn on Friday July 1. Along the landing from his private apartments slept some of the...
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MAT OXLEY - ON TWO WHEELS MOTORCYCLE RACING HAS NEVER BEEN A WEALTHY sport. If a MotoGP team attracts five per cent of the sponsorship of a top Formula 1 team it's doing very well indeed. So we are...
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GORDON KIRBY - THE US SCENE THE THRIVING CITY OF AUSTIN IN TEXAS'S southern 'Hill Country' Tavo Hellmund's dream of the Circuit of the Americas is fast taking shape. Hellmund plans to revive Formula...
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When the sad passing of our Founder Editor Bill Boddy MBE was announced on the Motor Sport website, the response was both immediate and overwhelming. So this month, instead of our usual...
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With the death of our Founder Editor, a remarkable chapter comes to a close. This magazine and the world of motoring owe a huge debt to the man known as 'WB' Bill Boddy was the heart and the voice of...
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Hang the day job. One throwaway line and a fantasy comes to life for Jaguar’s design chief Ian Callum – the Ferrari that fires him and the E-type that inspires him, set loose on the sweeping roads he...
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Niki Lauda, the subject of Hollywood's latest take on motor racing, is a man who's never minced his words. So his thoughts on F1 2011 proved typically refreshing BY NIGEL ROEBUCK Motor racing at...
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This year's Racing Revolutions theme allowed Lord March to fill Goodwood Park with some of history's most significant racing cars, which between them spanned a century BY ROB WIDDOWS Is there any...
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The Festival of Speed provides enough standout moments to suit every taste. These were Rob Widdows' favourite bits GORGEOUS COLLECTION OF RED Alfa Romeos in the Cathedral paddock, from Alfeita to...
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When one Grand Prix changed rules to favour Italy's voiturettes, dominant Mercedes had an answer. Its 'mini' Silver Arrow only raced once and it has a perfect record BY ANDREW FRANKEL Of all the...
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Another chance to drive the W165 at Goodwood proved enlightening A fortnight later I met the W165 again at Goodwood and, for reasons unknown but probably because time had helped clear my head, it...
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Publicity stunt or not, a car swap between F1's Lewis Hamilton and NASCAR's Tony Stewart still proved fascinating for both, especially on hallowed ground at Watkins Glen BY ADAM HAY-NICHOLLS Lewis...
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Not everyone's cut out for single-seater racing, which is no problem when your talent burns just as brightly in touring cars and endurance racing, as Fitz's did for over two decaces BY SIMON TAYLOR...
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MOTOR RACING'S MONEY TREE FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 ANNUAL BUDGET: S250-300,003 POWER: 210bhp ENGINE: 2-litre four-cylinder by Renault TOP SPEED: 155mph TYRES: Michelin CHASSIS: Renaultsport with Caparo...
Series that are a world apart The French manufacturer has two major series which between them can helo a criver through to the top echelon of the sport BY ED FOSTER the Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5...
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FORMULA RENIAULI 2.0 LEWIS HAMILTON (above) 2003 champion (UK series) KAMUI KOBAYASHI 2005 champion (italian series) PASTOR MALDONADO 2004 champion (Italian series) FELIPE MASSA 2000 champion (...
FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 FERNANDO ALONSO 1999 champion HEIKKI KOVALAINEN 2004 champion SEBASTIAN VETTEL Running first after seven races in 2007 before being promoted to Formula 1
After winning the 2006 Formula BMW USA series, Canadian Wickens has spent the past five years competing in various Formula Renault 3.5 races alongside other championships. He came second in the 2009...
THE HISTORY Formula Renault 2.0 series run all over the world, but the start of the first Formula Renault championship can be traced back to 1971 when the Cdterium de Formule Renault was held in...
THE PROS AND CONS In Fifty per cent of current Fl drivers have raced in one of the Renault championships. They are clearly vital steps on the Money Tree. El Even though Formula Renault 3.5 is a step...
TOP DRIVERS WHO HAVE COMPETED As with Formula Ford, there is a long list of motor racing champions from Formula 1 to World Touring Cars who honed their skills in Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula...
WHAT THE TEAMS SAY Richard Dutton is team principal of Fortec Motorsport, which has won eight drivers' titles in Formula Renault 2.0 UK since 2002. "It's a great championship, and it's in a good...
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New Snetterton, more excitement The Norfolk track's new 300 layout has got the thumos-up from the BTCC's stars and that's before they drive it in anger ON AUGUST 6-7 THE BRITISH TOURING Car...
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British Superbikes face showdown THE 2011 BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP started back in April and has taken in circuits all over the UK. However, when the series arrives at Cadwell Park on August 27...
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DC adds to DTM's affractions THE DTM WILL MAKE ITS ANNUAL TRIP TO BRANDS Hatch on September 4. At the time of writing only Three points separated Canadian Bruno Spengler and German Martin Tomczyk at...
E-types to top the bill at Oulton Park THE OULTON PARK GOLD CUP WAS FIRST HELD IN 1954 as a non-championship Formula 1 race when it was won by Stirling Moss aboard a Maserati 250F. Since then the...
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Riders risk life and limb, the health and safety brigade despairs, and yet the Isle of Man TT shows no sign of slowing down. Standing roadside, it’s easy to see whyBy Ed Foster Creg-Ny-Baa, at the...
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Roci 11 Andrew Frankel six months ago I took a day trip to Cape Town and didn't even drive the car I went to see. I flew all night, sat in a passenger seat for a few hours, then flew all night back...
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BENTLEY TALK WITH JAY LENO (JUST DON'T TELL JAGUAR) THERE AREN'T MANY PEOPLE with whom I can indulge my borderline obsessive interest in vintage Bentleys, but an invite to share a dining table with...
EQUIPE FRANKEL CAN'T CUT THE MUSTARD AT DIJON THIS WAS ALSO THE MONTH IN which I took a week out to drive down to the big historic meet at Dijon. Equipe Frankel had two cars entered, one pitifully...
TREATS GALOR AT THE LATEST FESTIVAL OF SPEED ON TO GOODWOOD AND ITS second Moving Motor Show. Held the day before the Festival of Speed, It proceeded without a hitch. I have a friend who went there...
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NV. hatever you may or may not think about fast Audis, you cannot accuse them of being predictable. Every time I step into a new Audi bearing the 'RS' moniker I have no idea what to expect. All these...
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C63 AMG COUPE IS ON PAPER VERY little that anyone could quibble about regarding this new AMG Mercedes coupe. Not even the price which, at £56,665, is less than Audi charges for its impressive but...
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FIESTA S1600 IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT THE Ford Fiesta has been a success. It arrived in a market looking to downsize, a cool-looking, great-driving diminutive knight in shining armour for all those who...
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A ride around Mercedes' full Stuttgart test track proved more than a little surprising I don't need much reminding because what follows happened a matter of weeks ago. I am still trying to understand...
CITROEN DS4 CITROEN WAS surprised by the success of Rs little DS3 hatchback, the 100,000th example of which has just rolled off the line. But it shouldn't have been. For the first time in as long as...
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A K\ACK FOR ORGANISATION ORGANISING BODY THE BRSCC HAS NO FEWER THAN 40 RACE SERIES_TO CATER FOR magine you are in charge of 40 motor racing championships. Each wants to be a part of 10 meetings a...
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BELL RI\GS IN SAFETY CHANGES NEW VISOR PANEL DEVELOPED AFTER MASSAS HORROR CRASH URING QUALIFYING FOR the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, a coil spring fell off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn and hit Felipe...
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SHIP-SHAPE AND BRISTOL FASHIONED FRAZER-NASH RESEARCH PLANS TO PUT BRISTOL CARS BACK INTO PRODUCTION N MARCH 2010 CAME the news that the administrators had been brought into Bristol Cars. To some it...
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BONHA1VIS Its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale was considered "one of the best ever" by Bonhams' head of motoring, James Knight. Even without a multi-million pound car, the auction house posted £7.25m...
GOODING & COMPANY — On August 21/22 Gooding is also Stateside for its Pebble Beach sale, which includes a 1948 Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa (POA), a 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport spider (930,...
RUSSO & STEELE — The 10-year-old auction house will join Mecum at Monterey on August 18-20, where its lots include the 1972 Porsche 911 IMSA RSR that came first in the 1985 Sebring 12 Hours and a...
MECUM — There will be several racing cars for sale at Mecum's Monterey auction on August 18-20. The list includes a 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Tipo MM, a 1980 Grant King Penske PC7, the 2004 Lola...
Around the houses NEWS F ROM THE MAIN AUCTION OUSES AROUND THE WO RLD
R1VI AUCTIONS — The Canadian auction house has confirmed some interesting lots for its US Monterey sale on August 19/20. For American race car fans there is one of three 1969 'Stars and Stripes'...
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FORD VERSUS FERRARI THE BATTLE FOR LE MANS AND SPORTS CAR SUPREMACY by Anthony Pritchard As the author explains, the original version of this book was published in 1968 before the full story of Ford...
VILLEIVIGLIA 1957 LAST ACT IN A LEGENDARY RACE by Carlo Dolcini "All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad," is the fitting quote lifted from Melville's Moby Dick to begin what promises to...
RED BULL F1 CAR OWNERS' WORKSHOP MANUAL Unlike other Haynes manuals, this isn't a book on how to solve technical issues with Red Bull's RB6. The team's employees weren't to be found sitting in the...
RUNWAYS & RACERS SPORTS CAR RACES HELD ON MILITARY AIRFIELDS IN AMERICA 1952-1954 by Terry O'Neil As the name of the book suggests, this was always going to appeal to a select few and not perhaps...
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QUICK VIC SAVES THE DAY IN 2J A sticking throffle in the Chaparral led to a hairy moment for Vic Elford at Goodwood. But this wasn't their first Festival meeting.. entlemen please, all back in your...
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Maserati repair worth the wait In preparation for the Goodwood Revival a couple of very supportive owners have been working hard to run their Maserati 151 Coupes. They still may or may not make it...
Paid-for drives and unpaid debts Brian Redman and Peter Sutcliffe were reunited at the Festival with what had been Peter's Ford GT40, chassis '1009', the car that the pair had co-driven to fourth...
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A BEGINNING AND AN END These are the last -wo stories from WB. We felt it right to publish these in normal form, the close of an amazing run and well-known participant in the very early days of motor...
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Shedding light on the Sunbeam THE SUNBEAM TALBOT DARRAQ REGISTER (STD), which wasformed in 1950, isstill thriving . In December 1949 and January 1950, Motor Sport published an article by J Coombes...

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