Inside the December 2019 Issue
Here's a sneak peek into what is in our latest issue - out on Wednesday, 30th September, 2019
FORD vs FERRARI
This month’s magazine has a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour about it. Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks you will have noticed that a new film is hitting the big screen telling the story of Ford’s famous victory over Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Yes, I know. What more is there to say? The story for how Henry Ford II – smarting from The Old Man’s rejection – came up with the Ford GT programme that would crush Ferrari at the world’s most famous endurance race, is as well told as any in motor racing. But interestingly the film has decided to focus not on the race itself, but on the build up to it and in particular on the relationship between Carroll Shelby and the British-born engineer and test driver Ken Miles.
The result is a more nuanced film that shies away from some of the more obvious tropes of its kind. It also got us thinking about the life of Miles. Surprisingly Motor Sport, in its vast archive, has precious little on the man who was a key player behind one of the world’s great cars. In this issue we put that right with an in-depth profile written and researched by our editor at large Gordon Cruickshank.
Gordon also managed to track down not only peers who worked with Miles – who was tragically killed in an accident while developing the J-Car – but also his son, Peter. The resulting picture we manage to piece together is both illuminating and poignant. It also fills the gap in our coverage of the period and pays due homage to a man who should be better known.
Elsewhere in the magazine this month we have lunch with Jean-Pierre Jabouille, the man who scored Formula 1’s first turbocharged victory when he won the 1979 French GP. Simon Arron met him on home turf, on an island in the middle of the river Seine.
Robert Ladbrook visited the now-disused Rockingham Motor Speedway to meet the man who owns a very special piece of V12 Ferrari history, and Dominic Tobin co-pilots a Mitsubishi to sixth place overall on the Wales Rally GB National Rally. And that’s not all: as the Formula E season gets underway, we investigate whether the arrival of Porsche and Mercedes will signal a step change for the electric series, while Mark Hughes meets F1’s nearly man, Valtteri Bottas, in an illuminating interview. All this, plus your regular columns from Doug Nye, Mark Hughes, Mat Oxley and Andrew Frankel make the December issue of Motor Sport an all-action blockbuster you can’t afford to miss.