September 2016

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or the throng at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton’s joyful crowd-surfing in the wake of his fourth British Grand Prix victory will mark the high point of another glorious motor sporting summer, and...
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Richard Petty has ever had a laconic way with words, and one day – after hitting the wall at the top of a banking – he was asked what had happened. “Well,” he said, “I guess I got a little behind in...
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In a perfect illustration of how solutions often bring problems of unintended consequence, the British Grand Prix’s safety car start – which caused such a fan outcry – actually has its roots in the...
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Sebastian Vettel is a natural-born leader, whether it be within Ferrari or as a spokesman for the future of his sport. But can he ever add to his four world titles at F1’s most famous team? It may...
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Recurring themes... In Austria Sebastian Vettel suffered a blown right-rear tyre when trying to run a long stint in his Ferrari – just like Spa last year. A little while later Mercedes drivers Lewis...
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– Post-Azerbaijan it looked very much like Sauber’s season – and possibly its whole future – was probably at an end. But as we closed for press a rescue deal was announced as current shareholder...
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Turn 3, Spielberg I’m actually standing on the hallowed ground that used to be the Bosch Kurve, back in crazy days where turbocharged monsters ran up to the Armco at 150mph with no run-off. The...
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FE seeks new London venue Battersea Park dropped, so race begins to find an alternative | By Gary Watkins Formula E could still have a race in London in its third season, even with the demise of the...
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This year marks the debut of Gene Haas’s Formula 1 team. Driven by Franco-Swiss Romain Grosjean and Mexican Esteban Gutiérrez, Haas’s Ferrari-powered chassis have run better than expected on occasion...
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Carl Haas has passed away after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Haas, 86, was one of America’s most successful race team owners who enjoyed wide influence in his other roles as the USA’s...
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Still busy, despite a break from racing I got to drive the new Aston Martin Vantage GT8 up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s based on the GTE race car and is probably my favourite...
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The first modern Grand Prix bike Forty years ago this summer Barry Sheene secured his first 500cc world title. His 1976 success is memorable because it marks a high point for British motor sport,...
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Jones sets new record… …as steam power makes a competitive comeback | By Paul Lawrence A new outright hill record topped a highly successful second running of the Chateau Impney hillclimb revival....
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Tony Bettenhausen & Sons An American Racing Family Album Gordon Kirby & Susan Bettenhausen American independent Racemaker has of late introduced several very fine books that combine high...
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Restrained, refined and very quick; such were the qualities to which the Gordon Keeble team aspired when creating its idea of – to steal another maker’s phrase – a ‘gentlemen’s express’ that could...
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Aston hypercar breaks cover The info we have – so far – about Adrian Newey’s latest project | By Andrew Frankel This is what we know. The new Adrian Newey-designed Aston Martin hypercar has been...
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A legendary name returns, but it’s not necessarily the car you might imagine | By Andrew Frankel sually my job in this space is to tell you whether the subject car is any good or not. With the new...
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The numbers might be impressive, but so are its manners Six hundred horsepower. In an estate car. It’s like discovering a horde of marauding Vikings running the tombola at your local village fête. It...
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Sonically inferior to its forebears, but dynamically superior As night follows day, so too must a four-cylinder Boxster be followed by a four-cylinder Cayman. To avoid boring regular readers witless...
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Real downforce and more power for track-day special  You might have noticed the recent explosion of hardcore, road-registered, track-focused, low-volume sports cars. To go with the Caterhams and...
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Garner’s question time Following Richard Heseltine’s excellent article on the 50th anniversary of the iconic film Grand Prix, I recall standing beside Damon Hill’s Jordan on the grid at Suzuka in...
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Keeping an eye on the time: powerful players in the watch world by Richard Holt IWC  A lot of people find it difficult to leave the house without wearing a watch. Whether it is just the one for all...
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Why does the short-lived Can-Am still remain fresh in the memory after 50 years? | writer Pete Lyons Chaparral, Lola, McLaren, Porsche, Shadow… such marques gave us the big, bellowing, basically...
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Forget flower power, for race fans the 1960s was all about unbridled horsepower. The Can-Am series was dominated by cars that have secured their place in history as some of the greatest machines ever...
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McLaren and Lola were already there, so why shouldn’t Lotus join the Brits at the Can-Am party? Planned but never realised, this is what Colin Chapman envisaged writer Clive Chapman Recently, Classic...
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Can-Am was blessed with powerfully loud, spectacular cars driven by some of the world’s best drivers, but it also played out on a superb selection of North America’s finest road courses which were at...
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Freshly separated from Ferrari, John Surtees was looking for fresh opportunities during the summer of 1966. The new Can-Am championship was simply too good an opportunity to miss writer Simon Arron...
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My personal choice for Can-Am’s six greatest drivers are Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme, John Surtees, Mark Donohue, George Follmer and Jim Hall. McLaren was the heart and soul of Can-Am. His team set...
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“I am not driving the car with that...” In an extract from a new Can-Am book, we reveal how junior Lola designer Patrick Head assisted with a remarkable three-day turnaround to pacify Jackie Stewart...
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My first choice is Mosport in 1970 when Dan Gurney took over Bruce’s car after McLaren was killed in testing at Goodwood. Gurney was beginning to wind down his career that year, but he stood in for...
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We crunch the numbers of the series during its first-generation prime writer Peter Higham So to summarise… the first and original Canadian-American Challenge was a noisy, well-funded series for Group...
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He cut his teeth in the UK and didn’t race seriously in his homeland until he was 30, yet his CV includes an Indianapolis 500 win Writer Simon Taylor | photographer Nils Carlson There are plenty of...
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The name might be familiar, but his story won’t be. A rising kart star chatted to Jack Phillips There’s only one Jonny Wilkinson. But the gentleman of rugby might not have a monopoly on that name for...
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It’s the formula that isn’t a formula, but this class of racing has spread worldwide, drawing in privateers and factories alike The estimated 1300 or so cars built in just 11 seasons serve as a...
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Thunder and lightening Its forebear had a reputation as one of the most accomplished racers of its kind, but AMG has just reset the bar Forget the mere here and now; there can be few phenomena in the...
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Don’t expect a cuddle Its predecessor ‘put an arm around’ amateur drivers, but this pricey new thoroughbred is a much tougher proposition  I don’t mind admitting that I’m a little apprehensive....
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A Silverstone hangar is home base for an ambitious outfit Ever wondered what’s inside that big hangar to your left as you drive through Silverstone’s main entrance? Years ago it was a corporate...
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A massive success story It might not look the most obvious choice for a GT racer, but results to date confirm otherwise I was not alone in raising my eyebrows when Bentley first suggested it was...
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Whatever the weather, and this time Goodwood was not quite as glorious as in previous years, this was always going to be a great Festival of Speed. The theme for the summer of 2016 was ‘Full Throttle...
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The editor joins the marque celebrations on the famous hill Friday morning and I’m late. Not the ideal preparation for a run on Goodwood’s hill in front of thousands of people in a car I’ve never...
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Street cars named desire Vila Real, June 24-26: in a changing world, something old is also occasionally something new The EU referendum result was just breaking as the taxi arrived to take me to the...
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Air base action Bombs and bullets brought aerial drama to Flywheel’s military and motoring weekend at Bicester My first visit to Flywheel at the atmospheric Bicester Heritage, and I had fun. Sited at...
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Son of the Ford GT40 It didn’t race for long, but the Mirage M1’s historic significance is greater than its results imply The weekend after the Goodwood Festival, I spent some time with what I rate...

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