September 2014

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Following our revealing interview with FIA president Jean Todt last month, you may recall that we posted a copy of our ‘Formula 1 manifesto for change’, printed in our April issue, to Luca di...
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The thoughts of chairman Lauda, why politically correct is incorrect In a changing world there is always Niki Lauda, and thank the Lord for that. As Formula 1 ties itself in ever more convoluted...
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Advertising feature7min 54sec!How the new Renaultsport Mégane 275 Trophy-R smashed the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring’s fearsome Nordschleife Renault is hardly new to road car record...
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Behind the superficially innocuous mid-season ban on FRICS (front-rear inter-connected suspension) is a story of classic F1 intrigue and below-the-radar competitive edge. The technology has been in...
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My top six Formula 1 cars Formula 1’s finest technical brain of its generation – arguably of all time – is retiring from the sport in a few weeks. Adrian Newey, frustrated at the ever-greater...
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Great Britain & Germany Rd 8 Silverstone, July 6 2014 1 Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes W05 – 2hr 26min 52.094sec 2 Valtteri Bottas – Williams FW36 – 2hr 27min 22.229sec 3 Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull...
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London’s new circuit Battersea selected for Formula E fixture | By Gary Watkins Formula E has set out its stall to host the London round of its inaugural series in Battersea Park. The 200-acre site...
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United colours of NASCAR NASCAR’s top teams have formed Race Team Alliance (RTA) to “explore common interests, reduce costs and collaborate on initiatives to promote and expand NASCAR”. Traditionally...
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Formula One Circuits From Above Bruce Jones In principle the idea is excellent: tap into the miracle of Google Earth to provide satellite imagery of the world’s classic racetracks, with explanatory...
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‘Steady’ Eddie Riders from the United States of America won all but three of the 16 500cc world championships between 1978 and 1993. The best known of those champions are Kenny Roberts, who blazed...
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VSCC celebrates in style New events mark club’s 80th anniversary | By Paul Lawrence The Vintage Sports-Car Club will celebrate its 80th anniversary season with a week-long programme of events in...
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When they were new An original road test taken from the Motor Sport archives, October 1965 | by Denis Jenkinson When I first heard about the Sunbeam Tiger project, the idea of putting a Ford V8...
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New division at Jaguar D-type homage spearheads specials department | by Andrew Frankel Jaguar has announced its own in-house ‘Special Vehicle Operations’ unit and confirmed its first product, a 250...
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A concept that became reality | by Andrew Frankel We landed at Inverness Airport and they’d positioned the i8s on the Tarmac, just across the apron from the aircraft. Parked under artificial light at...
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Speed meets sophistication as GM’s brute matures I never mind being in a minority of one in this business. The entire global motoring press can think one thing of a car, but if I think something else...
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Ingolstadt’s tiddler packs lots of punch... for a hefty price This should be a recipe for laughing yourself silly. The Audi A1 was always one of the best-looking small hatches, but never close to...
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Swedes set to challenge German performance specialists Long before I drove this new ‘Polestar’ version of the V60 hatch, I had the impression that Volvo is a marque on the move. Freed from its Ford...
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Letter of the month Fear of the past? Watching coverage of the German GP qualifying session, I was struck by how poorly F1 connects with its past. The Sky team made brief mention of the old...
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In 1930 Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin defied Bentley by supercharging its beloved 4½. Eighty-four years on, we take an unforgettable ride as the Blower blasts back to the track where its legend was written...
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He pulled Niki Lauda from the wreckage of his blazing Ferrari, fought in Vietnam and now pilots humanitarian flights for seriously ill children, but Brett Lunger plays down his many achievements…...
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Motor racing’s nursery floor has been horribly cluttered in recent seasons, but steps are being taken to tidy things up. We take a look at what’s gone wrong, what makes sense and what’s being done…...
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A memorable class win on his Le Mans debut has justified an early switch to endurance racing, as this F3 race winner from Devon tells Damien Smith How many GP2 or GP3 drivers have stood on a podium...
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He once spent the night in a goods yard in his Austin Maxi, but then the Queen’s cousin is a celebrated car buff. Now he’s heading an invasion of Hampton Court Palace. Ahead of September’s prestige...
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The 750 Motor Club, founded by our own Bill Boddy, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It continues to thrive thanks to low-cost rules, diversity and – as we found out – good, clean fun Writer...
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Formula Ford champion, F3 front-runner, Grand Prix non-qualifier, pioneering Stig, works Audi driver and perennial optimist... Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer James Mitchell The road to Formula 1...
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Fifty years ago Donald Campbell’s outdated Bluebird defied the jet age by setting a new Land Speed Record. The scene remains one of the most inhospitable places in the world Writer James Nicholls It...
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British F3, Crystal Palace, 1970 It was the penultimate round of the Motor Sport/Shell F3 series and Dave Walker’s win should have been headline news. Should, but wasn’t… Writer Simon Arron,...
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Continuing a trilogy that chronicles key moments in the sport’s technical evolution, we look back at a race featuring the very best from France, Britain, Italy and America Writer Paul Fearnley Post-...
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Bigger than ever and glorious as always, the 22nd Festival was significantly more competitive than in recent years. The supercar shoot-out proved hugely popular with the enormous crowd, and Sébastien...
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Finally unshackled from a date clash with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of Britain’s finest staples still struggled to pull in a significant crowd – a quirk science is powerless to explain. One...
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All the wolds a stage... Cadwell Park, June 22: the perfect alternative to a cancelled ’Ring trip When I awoke this morning, the first thing I heard was a cuckoo…” The Historic Sports Car Club’s CEO...
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Perfection in miniature Meeting a man who sells cars you can put on a shelf – the finest hand-built models Considering I forgot to turn up for our first appointment, Oliver Strebel-Ritter is full of...
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Pantomime horse... Ferrari stumbled ahead of the 2014 British Grand Prix, but theatrical mishaps have long been part of the team’s fabric As Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen failed to survive first...

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