Articles tagged Tony Blair

Page 173 of July 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 173, July 2014

The end of innocence

Huge advances in safety corresponded with real-world political and financial machinations that would change motor racing forever. And it can all be traced back to one terrible Sunday afternoon Writer Andrew Benson Everything changed on the afternoon of May 1, 1994. When Ayrton Senna’s Williams hit the wall at Imola’s Tamburello corner, and the great Brazilian was killed by a suspension arm...

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Matthew Freddenberg’s Negative Gravity is the story of Miss Beatrice Shilling, who raced her Norton to Gold Star speeds at Brooklands, did valuable research on wartime aero engines at the RAE, and with her husband raced a very special Lagonda Rapier after the war. A most attractive book, its appealing front cover showing the lady in leathers, Norton mounted; I recommend it strongly. (£13.99,...

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Nigel Roebuck

Reflections – So, the British Grand Prix is saved. Or is it? – Lewis at Silverstone – a moment to savour – It’s time for Kimi to step up his game again He wasn’t to know it, but DC’s timing wasn’t the best. For some time the word had been that Sebastian Vettel would be partnering Mark Webber in the 2009 Red Bull team, as formally confirmed at Hockenheim, and Coulthard, at 37, had decided that the...

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Air-raiding the archives!

It is war! That was the devastatingly chilling declaration made by Neville Chamberlain in 1939 and now in 2001 by Tony Blair. I still remember vividly how, just after war broke out, Mr Wesley J Tee, the then-owner of Motor Sport , called me into his office and said, "Well, see you after it's over, perhaps. I've stopped publication." "Can't we go on?" I responded. "But the last war lasted five...

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Nigel Roebuck

REFLECTIONS Bernie's happy; now what about Silverstone's fans? Alonso a hero - in González Ferrari and British GP 'Smokey' Yunick's Indy special graces Goodwood When I got home from Silverstone late on Sunday night, I poured a stiff scotch and soda, and sat down to watch the IndyCar race from Toronto, which was eventually won — after endless 'full-course yellows' — by Dario Franchitti. He was...

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An era of collisions, whether on track, as Senna and Schumacher come through, or in boardrooms as Max and Bernie carve up the sportBy Maurice Hamilton May 1, 1994. This date whacked an unsuspecting younger generation around the head in the same way that the death of Jim Clark on April 7, 1968, had stunned their forefathers. In a period when a leading driver seemed to be killed every month, it was...

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Record team head for supersonic target

Squadron leader Andy Green officially became the fastest man on earth on Thursday, September 25, when he drove Thrust SSC to a new absolute Land Speed Record of 714.144mph (subject to FIA ratification) in Nevada's Black Rock Desert in the USA. But with winter fast approaching, time was running out for Green to achieve the project's ultimate ambition by becoming the first man through the sound...

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Roebuck’s greatest Silverstone moments

As the British circuit prepares to host possibly its final Grand Prix, our editor-in-chief recalls some of its best F1 races Say what you will about Tony Blair, it was during his watch that the Silverstone area finally acquired a road system vaguely capable of dealing with a British Grand Prix crowd, and I, for one, have been profoundly grateful. It may not be fun, getting from the press car park...

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Letters from readers

A Silverstone thank-you Sir, The recent statement by Max Mosley, President of the FIA, returning the $5 million bond to Octagon on the basis of the work at Silverstone being completed in time for the British Grand Prix, I am sure was greeted with relief and enthusiasm. The BRDC, with our partners in Octagon and the MSA, thank all those who responded so positively to the threat that, if certain...

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Picture this:

It’s a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in July, 2010. The Red Arrows scream down out of a brilliant blue sky in a climactic bomb-burst manoeuvre before streaking away over the treetops of the Northamptonshire countryside. An expectant buzz rises from the sell-out crowd, as they debate the chances of British superstar Lewis Hamilton increasing his lead in the drivers’ championship and marching on...



August 2019
100 years, three cars, one epic track test



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