September 2012

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Forty years ago, Emerson Fittipaldi would never have admitted he was spooked. Today, he freely admits that three times he nearly quit the sport he loved because of the dangers that claimed the lives...
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Maria de Villota’s condition has been gradually improving after her horrific freak accident at Duxford Aerodrome on July 3. The Spaniard was conducting her first straight-line test for Marussia when...
Mark Webber’s decision to sign up for another year with Red Bull Racing was the first step towards a shakeout in the driver market over the coming weeks. Until Webber extended his deal there were...
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The conviction of German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky has no legal implications for Bernie Ecclestone, the F1 boss’s lawyer has claimed. After a lengthy trial in Munich Gribkowsky was convicted of tax...
FIA GT1 World Championship boss Stephane Ratel has vowed to keep fighting to save the series in the face of dwindling grids and race cancellations. The two Chinese races, set for Beijing Goldenport...
Troubled racing car manufacturer Lola is unlikely to be bought out of administration this summer. The administrators revealed in mid-July that the composites arm of the company was on the verge of...
One of Britain’s most promising young co-drivers lost his life in a crash on the Targa Florio Rally in Sicily in mid-June. Gareth Roberts, 24, was killed instantly when the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 he...
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The small Lincolnshire market town of Bourne is to be turned into a recreation of a 1962 Grand Prix as the home of BRM celebrates 50 years since the marque won the Constructors’ title and the World...
We asked you – and you answered, emphatically. Jimmy Clark is by far the most popular British Formula 1 World Champion, according to the readers of Motor Sport. An online poll was launched in last...
The life and racing career of Denny Hulme will be celebrated during the New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing, which will run over two weekends in January at the Hampton Downs track. The organisers...
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The build-up to the 2013 Motor Sport magazine Hall of Fame continues. Each year we host a star-studded night to honour great names of our sport and invite a selection from the past and present to...
The Rally Isle of Man will break new ground in September as the first UK rally to offer classes for cars of the 1980s. The current historic regulations cut off at December 1981, but the event will...
Rallycross is the latest branch of the sport to initiate a historic element following the launch of the Retro Rallycross Challenge at Mallory Park in July. Running at four events this season, the...
As many as five manufacturers could be represented in next year’s World Touring Car Championship despite the withdrawal of Chevrolet. Series boss Marcello Lotti insisted that he had no concerns...
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The organisers of the second Ormskirk Motor Fest are planning to make the event on August 26 bigger and better than the 2011 edition when more than 10,000 spectators watched demonstration runs of...
The future of racing for historic Formula 1 cars is again under the spotlight following the opening races of the season for both the FIA Historic Formula One Championship and Grand Prix Masters. Both...
Head of the famous Italian coachbuilder for 40 years, Sergio Pininfarina died in July aged 85. After graduating as an engineer he joined the family firm in 1950, when it was making its name as a...
Mini Britannia, a one-day version of Tour Britannia, the classic race and rally tour, will run on Saturday October 13, 2012 from a base at Silverstone. Like its big brother, Mini Britannia will...
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Despite the rain, the mud, the traffic and the camping problems, an amazing 127,000 spectators turned out to watch the British Grand prix on Sunday July 8. Not a figure you’d see turning up to many...
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I've been a lucky boy this Summer. In June, I contested the world's most famous endurance motor race for Jota Spot in a cuffing-edge Zytek LMP2 powered by a 450bhp Nissan engine. A month later I was...
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Brands Hatch, Kent The late loss of the FIA Historic Formula One Championship was, on paper, a blow to the prestige of the annual HSCC Historic Superprix on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch....
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By Nigel Roebuck Muddled priorities at a muddy Silverstone Mark Webber’s similarities to Dario Franchitti When the courageous choice is not to race Reincarnation. If there is such a thing, I want to...
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"Everything looks good to me, some detail to be nailed down, but now we just have to get it done.” A typically succinct statement from the Earl of March as he walked through the Festival of Speed...
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"Four legs good, two legs bad," wrote the great George Orwell in Animal Farm. Some years ago, when the baffle lines between car drivers and motorcyclists were drawn than are now, zealots translated...
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Got a small taste of the Nissan Delta Wing's potential at Le Mans. The cars much-anticipated debut unfortunately was cut short by a crash early in the race in which driver Satoshi Motoyama was an...
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Sir, For the sake of historical accuracy, I feel I must respond to the letter from Mr Len Terry on the subject of Stirling Moss's Goodwood accident on April 23 1962. In addition to being a Director...
Sir, On receipt of the 'Green `Un' each month, I always turn first to Simon Taylor's Lunch With... feature. I enjoyed reading the interview with the estimable Stuart Graham — fascinating stuff, as...
Sir, Leafing through the July issue, the picture of Alberto Ascari washing his hands at a standpipe took me back to the early '50s. That standpipe stood in the Silverstone paddock and was the scene...
Sir, We have previously heard the story of Stirling Moss driving a Formula 1 Ferrari in 1962 (June issue), but nobody has yet posed the vital question: had he not had his accident at Goodwood that...
Sir, Although I greatly enjoyed Simon Taylor's account of lunch with Stuart Graham, I was somewhat surprised to read that Stuart's father Les rode an AJS 'fore-and-aft' V-twin. No such bike existed...
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Sir, Some years back, my son wanted to go to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but became ill and had to stay at home. He gave me a letter to give to James Hunt. At the track during Saturday...
Sir, I'm just catching up with past issues of your superb magazine, which takes a while to reach the States but is well worth the wait. I loved the piece on Gilles Villeneuve, surely one of the...
Black and pure gold Sir, Two of your photographs highlight why modern F1 cars are so lacking in grace (although I still adore the sport): the Lotus 78 on the front cover, about 18 months ago, and the...
Sir, After reading and dreaming about the event for more than 45 years, I've finally had the good fortune to attend the Isle of Man TT. A highlight of the week was being able to view the races from...
The Motor Sport website is the place to discuss motor racing past, present and future. Don't miss the opportunity to comment on blogs, video and audio podcasts, and read Nigel Roebuck's newsletter...
Sir, In the mid-sixties I carefully extracted Geoff Goddard's Fangio portrait from Georgano's Encyclopedia of Motorsport, framed it and hung it over my bed. That was as close to the great man as an...
Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed Simon Taylor's Stuart Graham article in the August edition. It brought back memories of my dad taking me and a mate to Oulton Park for the first time in 1968. We went to see...
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Jack Heuer celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012. The Swiss, Honorary Chairman of TAG Heuer and the great-grandson of watch company founder Edouard Heuer, has created a lasting legacy in the world of...
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As the official timekeeper for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it was fitting that TAG Heuer chose the event as the perfect place to mark Jack Heuer’s 80th birthday by launching a limited edition of...
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Forty years ago he became Formula 1’s youngest World Champion, a record that lasted more than three decades. But Emerson Fittipaldi might not be finished yet. For the original ‘young gun’, retirement...
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The Began Formula 1 race (Began Grand Prlx 1972) On paper the Belgian Grand Prix took place on June 4 over 85 laps of the new Nivelles-Baulers Autodrome just south of Bruxelles in the flat industrial...
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The motor manufacturers’ stands are bigger than the showrooms in most towns these days, but thankfully some things don’t change at the world’s best celebration of motor racing. There’s something...
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Pebble Beach, Goodwood, Monaco – fixtures at the forefront of the classic car enthusiast’s mind. Roaring engines, chrome glinting in sunlight, the smell of gasoline in the air – this is what draws...
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Credit Suisse's deep involvement with the international classic car scene is documented by its own vintage car collection. Three Porsche 356s and an Austin-Healey Sprite Mkl (below) feature regularly...
In addition to sponsoring international classic events at Goodwood, Monaco and Pebble Beach, Credit Suisse organises two of its own classic car rallies every year, inviting around 30 international...
As part of its Classic Car Program, Credit Suisse supports three of the most famous international classic events, including the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, which took place in May 2012. The...
Owning a classic car and experiencing the fascination of automotive history is something special. But experiencing it up close and personal within an international network of classic car fans,...
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Gordon Murray may have retired from Formula 1 over 20 years ago, but he has plenty of ideas on how to answer the sport’s big questions – such as how to boost overtaking and reduce costs By Ed Foster...
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He’s a Tasman race winner, Australian champion driver, sports car and F5000 builder and winner, a successful businessman – and he’s never slow with an opinion. In the 1960s Frank Matich diced with...
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He’s overseen title-winning cars, engineered Senna and Schumacher, but the memory of Singapore 2008 remains painful… In the intense, rarefied world of Formula 1 a driver has to deal with people on...
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Racing driver, team owner, car collector, historic series promoter… Zak Brown loves his motor sport. But it’s as a sponsor gatherer for Formula 1 where his real influence lies. We track him down...
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If you spend your working hours immersed in racing, what do you do for a break? Drive racing cars! Earlier this year, zak Brown enjoyed a privileged once-in-a-lifetime chance to drive four Grand Prix...
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A ‘You Were There’ specialWe present rare pictures from the collection of Princess Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein It was at the early age of nine that the Princess – then still a baroness – received...
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When Jo Siffert convinced Porsche to take on Can-Am, this day-glo beast was the result. Cue a new lease of life for the great 917By Gordon Cruickshank It can be annoying when somebody muscles in on...
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To rally people Easter weekend once meant five gruelling days of the Circuit of Ireland. We took multiple winner Jimmy McRae back to explore It was probably the closest that rallying ever came to the...
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Recapturing the essence of a one-time rally milestone requires some fresh thinking When event director Bobby Willis took on the job of running the Circuit of Ireland rally three years ago, he...
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Aprilia made its name with racing two-strokes, but now the company builds some of the world’s highest-performing four-strokes. The Tuono V4R is one of them, but is all-out performance everything in a...
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How a relative newcomer made it to the top Aprilia hasn’t been making motorcycles for very long but has achieved a huge amount of success in road racing during the past few decades. Just like Ducati...
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As someone who spends perhaps too much of his time trudging around the world’s motor shows, I found it difficult to underestimate the pleasure of going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and attending...
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Enjoyed an hour or so with Jake Hill (no relation to Damon) at Goodwood. Jake is an 18-year-old whose success racing Ginettas has resulted in him being named a BRDC rising star. As it turns out I...
Spent a week of the month renewing my acquaintance with the Toyota GT86. i drove it in Japan late last year, but only on the track and in pouring rain. Even so, its poise, balance and unquenchable...
One of the joys of Goodwood is the chance to chat to your heroes. A couple of years back I was to share a car with John Fitzpatrick at the Revival but its engine blew before we got the chance, so it...
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You have to hand it to the chaps at Lotus. I’ve been to Hethel three times during the current turbulence and not once has anyone whined, moaned or complained about what must latterly have been a near...
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Original Mercedes A-class wasn't everyone's steak and chips but I was a huge fan. More, I thought it an important car, one that in its innovative sandwich floor packaging and lightweight construction...
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Last month, reviewing the Ford Focus ST, I said the forthcoming Vauxhall Astra VXR would need to be beffer than any Vauxhall hatchback since the HSR Cheveffe to beat it. On paper the Vauxhall seems...
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Nature takes its course during a dignified parade of racing Jaguars The funniest moment of my Festival was an attempt to stage a parade of Jaguars from C to F-type. The F-type would be at the back...
A difference one liffle letter can make. The Nissan Juke is an odd-looking and dynamically very ordinary 'crossover' hatchback. It has been a runaway sales success. A Nissan Juke R is one of the most...
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Myerscough College offers a hands-on approach to learning about motor racing, which has led many of its students to the likes of M-sport and McLaren There are six students huddled around a computer...
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For a few weeks it looked like I wouldn’t make MG Live! at Silverstone this year, the 50th anniversary of the MGB. But thanks to a very kind invitation from Paul Latimer I found myself on the grid of...
Although I missed my chance to drive up the hill at the Festival of Speed (a Gumpert Apollo crash saw to that) it was good to see Lord Drayson's Lola-Drayson B12/69EV put through its paces. It was...
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Two recent charity events are testimony to the energetic fund-raising of the Henry Surtees Foundation It's great to see 1964 F1 World Champion John Surtees doing such a good job with the Henry...
Karun Chandhok’s first Le Mans 24 Hours was a steep learning curve and mentally the toughest race he’s done, but it’s left a lasting impression The results weren’t surprising at the Le Mans 24 hours...
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A famous racing family returns to the theatre of speed where it all began I went to the theatre in June. That’s not unusual – it’s one compensation for living in London, and I go often. But this...
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What’s your history? When my toxic waste business acquired new premises it allowed me a lot more space for my car hobby, which included buying, selling, collecting and restoring. Soon I had what most...
What we'd blow the budget on this month CLAREMONT CORVETTES CHEVROLET CORVETTE EX-87 Every Corvette phase has its devotees, but if you like the initial shape of the cruising classic here's one with '...
Brooklands throbs once again to the noise of its biggest weekend of motor sport A heartening sight at Brooklands in June – a packed grandstand, although the occupants had a view spectators didn’t get...
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News from the main auction houses around the world – Bonhams – The Festival of Speed was again considered a huge success, especially for Bonhams, which sold £22m-worth of machinery on June 29. The...
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If you are one of those who collect old copies of Autocourse, your search has got easier – and cheaper. The revered annual collation of Grand Prix facts, photos and opinions can be hard to find once...
1970-79 (VOLUME 2) by Paul Parker The latest instalment of Paul Parker’s excellent ‘In Camera’ series, this glossy, image-led book delves deep into the archives to take another look at the decade of...
Fourth edition by Steve Small The third edition of this book was published in 2000, 12 long years ago. Since then there have been a lot of races and new Grand Prix drivers which means an already big...
Inside the TT: The world's most dangerous race by Rick Broadbent There's no denying that I am a huge if fan. Ever since I first saw the bikes in action going through Creg-ny-Baa I have consumed DVDs...
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An irresistible opportunity to take a pedigree Mercedes to the Goodwood hill’s summit Late on Sunday afternoon at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, I was offered a drive in one of the Mercedes-Benz...
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From 1953 to 1965minus a spot of National Service Terry Kitson was one of that generally happy band of Cooper Car Company staff, in their famous Surbiton factory, just south-west of London. He...
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It appears that the spaghetti is poised to hit the fan. Luigi J Chinetti the racing driver formerly known as 'Coco' Chinetti and son of the four-time Le Mans-winning founder of the North American...

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