Articles tagged Alex Buncombe

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Go with the Blow

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 Writer Rob Widdows We thunder through the night; I cannot feel the top of my head, so fierce is the wind buffeting from the bonnet. I try to snuggle down into the warm footwell but to no avail. On we...

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Grand Prix Historique, Monaco

What is it about Monaco? The high-rise apartments have trashed the old Victorian elegance, the streets and traffic are brain-fryingly chaotic and the almost palpable smell of money leaves a vulgar aftertaste. And yet no matter how many times you go back, each visit lures you in. You become transfixed. Perhaps it’s the glimpse of lives most of us can barely imagine. Mostly, at least in the month...

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Hoy targets Le Mans

Record-breaking Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has revealed a three-year plan to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, starting with an attack on this year’s British GT Championship. The former track cyclist, who won six gold medals at the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics, will drive a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in Britain this year for the factory-supported RJN team. At the same time he will join the...

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Silverstone Classic

Silverstone Classic BY ANY MEASURE, THE 2011 SILVERSTONE Classic was huge. Billed as the biggest historic racing festival of all and, quite probably, the biggest race meeting ever staged, it had over 1100 entries and a crowd of 80,000 across the weekend. Grids of up to 58 cars on the Grand Prix circuit delivered bags of action in 22 races, with Saturday alone offering a daunting 12 hours of...

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Silverstone Classic

Silverstone, Northants Year after year, the Silverstone Classic just gets bigger as more side affractions are bolted on to what is already a mammoth historic race meeting. Across three days, over 83,000 visitors flocked to this year's edition. Away from the core business of 24 races for 800 cars and 1000 drivers, there was an awful lot going on. Anniversary celebrations included those for the...

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Events of the Month

WEC: Spa 6 Hours Eau Rouge is easier now than it used to be thanks to Tarmac run-offs replacing gravel, and flat kerbs giving drivers a wider exit strategy as they pop over the top of Raidillon. But the sanitisation of motor racing's favourite bit of track hasn't made it any less spectacular as the prime place to witness aces on the limit. And when it comes to the World Endurance Championship,...

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Big Cats and other animals

Jaguars are big business for the vast JD Classics concern. But pull back the workshop doors and you'll discover all sorts of other treasures, toowriter Gordon Cruickshank There are some businesses which boast a grand frontage concealing less than you expect, and some which reverse the deal. JD Classics does the latter: you must pass through an unassuming archway before seeing the wide glass...

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Donington's happy return

Its British GP dramas behind it, a revitalised Donington Park reopened for racing with the Masters series providing the action Kevin Wheatcroft’s re-enaction of his much-missed father Tom’s re-opening of Donington Park, riding on the sidepod of Gunnar Nilsson’s JPS Lotus 77 (now owned by Nico Bindels), ended a year of despondency and decay at the hallowed circuit as Masters Historic Racing...

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Oldtimer Grand Prix

Nurburgring, Germany Instead of the relentless rain of recent years, sun and blue skies graced the entire weekend at the Nürburgring. Only hours before Friday's Marathon race on the Nordschleife, the Gotcha Racing mechanics removed the engine and gearbox from the pole-sitting von Oeynhausen/Stippler E-type. Despite the engine swap it won the 24-lap Marathon again by a big margin, lapping in 8min...

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Events of the Month

Silverstone Classic With 1100 entries for 24 races, there is no doubting the scale of the Silverstone Classic. But this is an event that extends beyond simply a race meeting, with displays, live music, parades and more. A record crowd suggests that the promoters have got the mix right, but by any measure it is a vast event. Fifty years on from his victory at Silverstone during his dominant 1963...

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