Inside the August 2019 issue
Here's a sneak peek into what is in our latest issue.
Although the world cup cricket teams from India, Australia, West Indies and South Africa would disagree as they look up at our blackened skies amid washed-out matches, we are now fully into the great British summer.
For motor racing fans, that means almost every weekend presents a choice of what to do or what to watch. In fact, despite the short-sighted decision of F1 to make itself pay per view, there is now more opportunity than ever to watch or follow motor sport live. The British Touring Car Championship has found a home on ITV4 as has this year’s Isle of Man TT, but there is also a wealth of racing available online: from British GT or the Blancpain Endurance Series via their own websites, to the Mini Challenge available on YouTube, and live streams from Goodwood. And if you are not watching it, you can follow it on your phone with minute by minute updates from La Sarthe to Croft.
This is great news for all of us, but in such a frenetic age it can be equally refreshing to sit down, relax and immerse yourself in deeply researched, beautifully presented stories told with passion and sophistication.
So, turn your TV off, silence your notifications and dive into the latest issue of Motor Sport.
We kick off this month’s magazine with a jumbo-sized helping of Bentley. The British marque is celebrating its centenary this year, and to mark the occasion we managed to persuade the man in charge of its heritage division to lend us three of its most famous cars for a track test like no other. Spanning three very different eras from the 1930s to today, the cars couldn’t have been more different. And yet, as Andrew Frankel discovers, take them out on track and there is a clear Bentley DNA running through each one.
But that’s not all: we also managed to persuade the greatest Le Mans driver of all time (see the June issue) Tom Kristensen to take the wheel of a pre-war Bentley. TK, of course, won Le Mans in 2003 in a Speed 8 and is more qualified than most to talk about Bentley’s racing pedigree and heritage. He does so in his inimitable way while manhandling a pre-war 4½-litre Bentley around Silverstone. “You get into a corner and start to think, ‘Yeah that feels good, good, good…’ then suddenly it’s a case of, ‘Whoa!’ The car starts pushing a little bit to the side. It seems there’s always still a little bit more to do.”
After the high-octane track tests, we bring readers back to earth and slow things right down with a fascinating article examining Bentley’s relationship with this country’s sense of patriotism, and how the brand became synonymous with a sense of a certain kind of Britishness. It is an academic read – by a history professor – but a rewarding one that we hope offers a something that other car magazines don’t.
Elsewhere in the magazine this month we have déjeuner with Michèle Mouton, the first lady of rallying, who was a trailblazer throughout the 1980s for women in motor sport and today is still deeply involved.
We also got a rare interview with Mauro Forghieri, the man who has been responsible for more race-winning Ferraris than anyone else on the planet, and we talk to Danny Thompson, the American speed record challenger, who piloted his father Mickey’s streamliner to a world record 30 years after his brutal murder.
Mark Hughes is on terrific form dissecting the latest twists in the Formula 1 season with race reports from Monaco and Canada, and also managed to land an exclusive interview with Sebastian Vettel hours after that 5sec penalty in Montréal.
All this plus our regular roster of columnists and reviewers make the August issue a must-buy edition. I hope you enjoy lazily browsing through it on a sunny Sunday afternoon with Test Match Special playing on the radio in the background.
Joe Dunn, Editor