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Monthly Archives: January 2017

– A century of clubs already confirmed for 2017 Silverstone Classic
– GAZ 21 club from Russia is the 100th to join this summer’s party
– Major anniversary celebrations for Lotus 7 and Ferrari Owners’ Club
– Early Bird tickets on sale until the end of March

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hmi-coys17b– Historic race and rally cars to be sold at HMI auction
– Competition prepared cars ready for the season ahead
– Others cars to be auctioned include classic sports cars
– Free viewing of all auction lots, but auction attendance by catalogue

Specialist classic car auction house, Coys, will be staging a significant sale at Historic Motorsport International (23-26 February at London ExCeL) when several historically important race and rally cars will come under the hammer. Read More »

And that from a rock ‘n’ roller bluesman who’s never been to the Barbados Rally Carnival, but probably heard about it…barbados-pre17a Read More »

msa-night-of-championsFIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President (Sport) Graham Stoker crowned the 2016 MSA British Champions during the MSA Night of Champions ceremony in London on Saturday (28 January).

MSA Chairman, Alan Gow, hosted the winners of UK motorsport’s most prestigious titles for the annual awards evening at the Royal Automobile Club. They were joined by a series of special award winners, each recognised for outstanding achievement. Steve Rider returned as Master of Ceremonies and was once again joined by colleague Louise Goodman. Read More »

omologato-maranello17aOmologato Watches is proud to announce a new chronograph – Maranello – dedicated to the Ferrari, the world’s most revered race team.

In 1947, Enzo Ferrari established Scuderia Ferrari. The prancing horse has become synonymous with success and victory, however its history is tinged with tragedy. 14 years after its inception, the Scuderia won its first constructors championship in Formula One with Phil Hill at the wheel, winning 5 out of the 8 races along the way. Victory in Formula One was instrumental in funding outings at Le Mans and other motorsports series in order to build respect and brand reputation. Read More »

ford-daytona17b– Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais drive to GTLM class win in riveting battle of manufacturers
– Ford GT has now won its category in both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Le Mans 24 Hours
– Ford GTs finished p1, p5, p7 and p10

It didn’t seem the 55th-annual Rolex 24 could get any more exciting for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. All four Ford GTs were united, competing together on one track for the first time since the Le Mans 24 last year. The team qualified p1-2-3 in GTLM. Then came the final 30 minutes of the race. Read More »

I recently watched an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, in which the larger-than-life and famously wealthy American talk show host visited a race track with Audi, who brought along two identical cars, except that one was driven entirely by an on-board computer. The autonomous Audi was lapping only 0.2 seconds per lap slower than the human-controlled car. It occurs to me that the computer will just get better with  time, until a human cannot match it.

If motorsport is all about the skills of one driver beating the skills of another, does this mean that motorsport will be limited to historic cars only, or at least to cars which are forced by regulation to have old-fashioned, manual controls? Read More »

national-track-champs-224A long and very entertaining day up in Manchester saw 10 National titles decided on day 2. Out first attendance and it started out with qualification at 8:30am, with the sprint final finishing just after 10:30pm. Katie Archibald took the scratch race despite being constantly marked throughout but Sophie Capewell got away from Archibald to snatch the keirin title. The highlight for us though was a stunning 1 point victory for Joe Nally in the men’s points race. Read More »

silverstone-classic-media-day17a– Annual curtain-raiser set for Thursday 23 March
– Pre-season testing available on full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit
– Media accreditation now open for 2017 event and its media preview day

Competitors gearing up for another record-breaking Silverstone Classic (28-30 July) are being offered the welcome opportunity to test their cars in advance… and for free! Read More »

– Insights from Le Mans winners Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell, Emanuele Pirro and Jürgen Barth plus many more
– Two-day programme of interviews, panel sessions and presentations
– Entry ticket includes HMI Conference Programme in Supagard Theatre
– Ickx to open HMI at noon on 23 February with the Conference Programme starting at 13:30
– Date confirmed for second Historic Motorsport International in 2018

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