September 2013

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Formula 1 might be as lost without Bernie Ecclestone as it would without Ferrari, but it’s a reality the sport has to face – and perhaps sooner than the former second-hand car salesman would like....
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Cash boost for F1 teams At least, that’s what Sauber and Lotus are hoping… | by Adam Cooper As Formula 1 marches towards the turbo era, the elephant in the room remains the inescapable fact that...
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A glance at developments from the Formula 1 pit lane Lotus Like a passive F-Duct, Lotus’s drag reduction device stalls the rear wing above 200kph to reduce drag and boost speed. With no driver input...
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Allan Simonsen 1978-2013 Sports car racing was robbed of a talented and popular driver at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Aston Martin Racing driver Simonsen, 34, succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident...
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Gordon Kirby In mid-summer, after 18 of 36 SPRINT Cup races, five-time champion Jimmie Johnson held a strong if not commanding lead in this year’s NASCAR championship. Johnson had won four times and...
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McLaren from the Inside Photographs by Tyler Alexander As you can read in this issue, Tyler Alexander is one of the privileged few to have worked closely with Bruce McLaren. It turns out he is also a...
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Mat Oxley Tyres account for an inordinate amount of the conversation in racing circles these days. Things have certainly come a long way since the famously technophobic Mike Hailwood didn’t think...
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Aston Martin parties on Centenary celebrations continue into the summer | by Paul Lawrence Two major Aston Martin celebrations are to be held at Britain’s best-known hillclimb venues. On August 3-4...
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Rob Widdows The car sat silently under a sheet, inside a small, white tent. Curious fans peeped through the flaps. “It says 10.15 on the cover, nothing else,” they murmured. The time was 8.30am on...
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An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, September 1958 | by Bill Boddy After neglecting the small sports car market for many years the Austin Motor Company introduced the Austin-...
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Goodwood's supercar bonanza Manufacturers flock to impress their dream captive audience | by Andrew Frankel The supercar paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was more packed than ever this year...
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The seventh chapter of a familiar tale | by Andrew Frankel You’ll think I’m saying it simply to be contrary but I’m not. For most of its life, the VW Golf GTI has been a largely over-rated device. I’...
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...or how style is sometimes used to solve probems that didn’t exist Some of you may remember I was once the editor of this title, others may still be trying to forget (so I apologise for this...
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Less is more? Not in this instance... May your God spare you the Porsche bore. In clumps they can be found, huddled over pints of muddy ale discussing the finer points of Stuttgart’s finest. Subjects...
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Effortless speed is a given, but true M-cars need more than that The last Gran Coupé I drove, the 640d, was a BMW that just worked. Effortlessly powerful, comfortable, frugal, quiet and blessed with...
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Wistful thinking Thanks for the superb Jim Clark edition (August). A chord was struck with the track test of the Lotus 25, reminding me of an interesting coincidence that occurred 20 years ago. It...
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The magnificent challenge of Pikes Peak, Pirelli’s rapid response to the British Grand Prix tyre fiasco and how F1 failed to deal with something similar at Indianapolis in 2005 June 30, Silverstone....
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The making of an A-list Formula 1 blockbuster, from the race tracks of 1976 to cinema’s silver screen It was the rivalry that burst Grand Prix racing into the feverish hype of the modern era. Out of...
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James Hunt wouldn’t have been McLaren’s first choice for the 1976 season, but circumstance cast him in that direction. It’s all very clear in team manager Alastair Caldwell’s memory… Writer Rob...
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Niki Lauda and James Hunt remained good friends amid the drama of 1976, as their accounts to our editor-in-chief recall. As we discover, Hunt’s story in particular diverts on occasion from the...
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‘It’s entertainment, not a documentary’ has become a mantra for those behind Rush, a film that was born with the help of a Motor Sport correspondent or two…Writer Adam Cooper More than two years...
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The 1976 F1 season remains vivid to all who lived through it, but Niki Lauda believes a Hollywood touch was necessary to make Rush relevant today Writer Simon Arron Almost 30 years after he won the...
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When James Hunt’s family assembled to watch Rush, Motor Sport was there to gauge the reaction Writer Rob Widdows One winter afternoon earlier this year, I went to the cinema in London. Not something...
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Now retired, the American is one of McLaren’s unsung heroes – a key cog during the company’s spectacular evolution Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Charles Cest Career in brief Born: 2/9/1940,...
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Four beautiful racing cars from one incredible collection and they're all for sale. With a fantasy budget to spend, which one would you choose?Writer Andrew Frankel | Photographer Matthew Howell On...
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He’s surely modern motor sport’s most versatile man, but endless success has not diluted Sébastien Loeb’s appetite for a challenge Writer Anthony Peacock So there it is. The end of an era, or perhaps...
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Reflections on The Great Train Robbery… and how it interrupted a promising young driver’s career Writer Mike Doodson It is 50 years since the Glasgow-to-London mail train was brought to a halt in a...
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Mechanical disaster and a mercy-dash to Paris were all part of our man’s story as he made a dramatic entrance at Le MansWriter Ed Foster People say that motor racing is 80 per cent hard graft and 20...
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"Just look at that!” gasps Derek Bell, diverting my attention from the startline to the view on our right. Beyond the straw bales and the distant treetops, the giant Vulcan bomber floats...
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The air was ripe with competitive tension – the kind of thing that usually enlivens the closing stages of the Le Mans 24 Hours. This year, though, the zest of the occasion had been tempered by events...
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Postcard from Kent Brands Hatch, July 13-14: period cars in a perfect setting at the HSCC Historic Superprix The morning is still fresh, my journey little more than a mile old, when Radio 5 Live...
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Seats of learning Now in its 15th year, Formula Student gives aspiring engineers a helping hand – and F1 teams are quick to take notice Imagine for a moment what Formula 1 would be like with a looser...
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WB lots fetch lots and lots Brooklands Museum secured a slice of its own history when Bill Boddy’s wonderful memorabilia trove was auctioned recently Almost 200 bidders and a clean slate – that was...
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Rubber bullets Straight-laced officials prevented Aston Martin challenging Ferrari for victory in the 1963 Goodwood TT. Innes Ireland was not amused... Time spent with Innes Ireland – as with so many...

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