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Autocar from the archive: An epic racing battle between deadly rivals

One of the greatest rivalries in motor racing history played out through the 1930s. In fact, Motor Sport magazine recently named it the most explosive ever. The two men involved were Tazio Nuvolari – a legend considered by many as the most talented driver of all time – and Achille Varzi, a fellow Italian 12 years […]

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Montoya sees potential to beat Alonso to Triple Crown with Le Mans win

Juan Pablo Montoya believes he can add the Le Mans 24 Hours to his name and complete motorsport’s Triple Crown. The trifecta, consisting of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix has been the holy grail that Fernando Alonso has been targeting in recent years, with only a win at the Brickyard eluding […]

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FIA could drop ‘continent’ requirement for world championships

The FIA could drop the requirement for world championships to race on different continents The FIA could drop the requirement for world championships to be held on three continents as the sport begins to get going in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with a minimum number of events, it is typically required that […]

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Peugeot celebrates 125 years in motorsports, and looks to the future

French automaker Peugeot is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its first entry into auto racing. The company got off to a great start, winning the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race in its inaugural effort on June 11-14, 1895. “The landmark anniversary also coincides with the original dates of this year’s postponed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race – […]

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Volkswagen And Ford Officially Sign Off On Landmark Partnership Agreement

After roughly a year of no news, Volkswagen and Ford kicked their proposed partnership into high gear by announcing that a deal would be in place by the end of June just last month. Shortly thereafter, the VW board approved several of the automakers’ proposed joint projects with Ford, including a new European Ford EV built on VW’s […]

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The True Story Of Bruce Willis 1957 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette established itself in American folklore as one of the greatest cars to ever come out of the United States. Bruce Willis is just about as big as an action star can get. He has been leading the way in Hollywood for decades and has cemented himself as one of Holywood’s biggest […]

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Deep dive: Volkswagen GTI history

The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That’s how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car.With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car’s origin story. In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with no […]

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Dartz reviving one of Russia’s oldest car brands for new EV company

Dartz is famous for its big, hulking SUVs, although some may only know the company for offering the world’s most expensive vodka. In the future, the Dartz name could come to be synonymous with electric cars. The company has teamed up with a major Chinese automaker to revive historic Russian brand Freze as a player in […]

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Maserati commemorates the American victories of the 8CTF at the Indianapolis 500

The Maserati brand has achieved international fame for the design, style and performance of its unique cars.  With a tradition and history of successes on the roads and circuits all over the world, Maserati’s victories have made it a standard-bearer for Italian excellence. In fact, racing has always been in Maserati’s DNA: it was in […]

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From the beach to the boards, we’ve raced cars in some very strange places

A delightful story arrived in my inbox recently. Headlined “The six weirdest places F1 has raced,” it was written by Ben Miles and published by Goodwood Road & Racing, and if you haven’t signed up for the British circuit’s newsletter, you’re missing some great (oh-how-I-hate-the-word) content. Those six weirdest places in Miles’ mind were a […]

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MotoGP’s darkest day

Dodgy two-stroke technology and a nauseatingly callous racing establishment were the causes of Monza 1973 – a fiery multiple pile-up that claimed the lives of two of the sport’s biggest stars and changed the course of racing Motorcycle racing changed forever at 3.17pm on May 20, 1973. The Italian 250cc grand prix had just got […]

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MPH Grand Prix debuts: Jim Clark

Jim Clark made his grand prix debut with Lotus and never left the team. But this formidable partnership had not been the original plan   Jim-Clark-in-his-F1-Grand-Prix-debut-at-Zandvoort-for-the-1960-Dutch-Grand-Prix 1960 Dutch Grand Prix In just a few short F1 seasons in the 1960s, Jim Clark carved out his reputation as one of the greatest of all time. His grand prix […]

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Alfa Romeo wins the first Formula 1 World Championship

The bond between Alfa Romeo and Formula 1 is inscribed in the history of GP racing: Alfa Romeo won the inaugural Grand Prix Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 “Alfetta”, a success repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159 Race number One Thousand May […]

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The Porsche 911 GT2 has been terrorizing supercars for 25 years

The Porsche 911 has always been a fantastic sports car, but the GT2 made it something more. This year, the GT2 celebrates 25 years of terrorizing supercars (and some of its own drivers), so Porsche offered a retrospective on Monday.  Launched in 1995, the GT2 was originally conceived as a racing homologation special for the […]

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Carroll Shelby: Son of a mail carrier revolutionizes American racing

Carroll Shelby, the son of a mail carrier in rural east Texas who struggled financially much of his life, left a global legacy as an expert on car design, engineering and racing. Now his story — with never-seen family photos, vintage international racing footage and family interviews — is coming to the small screen for […]

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On This Day: Born April 27, 1952. Ari Vatanen, Rally Champion

Ari Vatanen’s father died in a car crash while driving his family to a funeral when the future world rally champion was eight years old. The vehicle was new and although seatbelts were optional he had fitted them only the day before but was not using one. He had, it transpired, also got the day […]

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75-year Anniversary of Triple Silver Arrows Victory in Berne

According to Alfred Neubauer, Mercedes’ most famous racing team manager of all time, the Swiss Grand Prix was one of the fastest racing tracks in 1930’s Europe. It is on the Bremgarten circuit, near Berne, in Switzerland, that the supercharged V12’s of the Mercedes-Benz W154 Silver Arrows made history on 21 August 1938. After 50 […]

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Tazio Nuvolari’s victory 70 years ago, giving rise to the Scorpion legend

Nearly 70 years ago to the day, on April 10, 1950, the great champion Tazio Nuvolari ended his racing career behind the wheel of the Abarth 204A, the first model constructed by Carlo Abarth.  The time trial ran from the Sicilian capital of Palermo up Monte Pellegrino: a steep, evocative climb, featuring multiple hairpin bends […]

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THE DODGE STEALTH R/T TURBO WAS THE MOST ADVANCED ‘AMERICAN’ CAR OF ITS TIME

When is an American car also a Japanese car? When it’s a Dodge Stealth, the fruit of an ongoing, and highly successful collaboration between Mitsubishi and Chrysler that saw both brands emerge guns blazing into the supercar-heavy early 90s. Unlike same-era efforts such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse/Eagle Talon twins, however, the Stealth did not spring […]

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Andretti includes Alonso among the best pilots in history

Mario Andretti, champion of the world of Formula 1 and four times of the IndyCar – three under the name USAC and another under CART -, has included Fernando Alonso in his list of best drivers in history. The American, when asked by a fan, was clear that the Asturian should have a place among […]

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Here’s a 1970 Subaru 360 Police Car to Chase the Sadness Away

There are many words one can associate Subaru with, but police is not generally one of them. The Japanese carmaker likes to do its thing in civilian clothing, both on the road and on the track, and less so as part of the force. The are come countries (not many), that use a variety of Subaru […]

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The iconic sports cars of Alejandro De Tomaso

Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, a breed of independent Italian car maker, all of whom wanting to become the next Ferrari, created limited-production sports and grand touring cars. Not having the full resources from which to construct their cars from the ground up, they were able to take advantage of several resources available […]

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Morgan Plus 4 celebrates 70 years, leaves production with gold special edition

Morgan is 111 years old, and for more than half of its existence it’s made a vehicle on a version of the same chassis. That chassis is an old steel design that has underpinned the Morgan Plus 4 since 1950, and now it’s finally headed out to pasture as Morgan has developed a lighter aluminum chassis for […]

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Today: Daimler Buses with battery-electric bus models and fuel cell drive technology

 Benz & Cie. delivered the first bus with a combustion engine on 12 March 1895   Premiere in the scheduled regular service connecting Siegen, Netphen and Deuz .    Combustion engine revolutionised the segment once dominated by horse-drawn carriages and steam buses Today: Daimler Buses with battery-electric bus models and fuel cell drive technology Since […]

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And now some good news: Tiger Tasmania Rally, Australia, this Nov

A new automotive adventure ‘down under’ from Bespoke Rallies Living up to its reputation for delivering innovative classic motoring experiences, Bespoke Rallies is running a 25-day 5,763km adventure in Tasmania and Victoria state, Australia, this November. Named after the now extinct marsupial that roamed Tasmania as recently as the 1930s, Tiger Tasmania is for pre-1985 […]

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Alfa Romeo 110 year milestone celebrated at Silverstone Classic

Legendary Italian manufacturer reaches 110 year milestone this summer The special ‘Greatest Hits’ racecard at this summer’s 30th birthday Silverstone Classic (31 July-2 August) is completed with a pair of super-evocative Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary Celebration Races. Scheduled as a crowd-pleasing double-header on both Saturday and Sunday, these two showdowns are set to attract unprecedented […]

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Bloodhound’s Dream Of Smashing Speed Of Sound Alive Cash Injection Needed To Keep 

Wing Commander Andy Green’s 1997 land speed record may well remain intact. It is just a shame that the person who wants to break it is Green himself. The man who clocked 763mph almost a quarter of a century ago is the man in the cockpit again for UK-based Bloodhound LSR, an ambitious project that aims to […]

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Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate Mario the Maestro

Goodwood has announced that one of greatest all-round racing drivers of all time, Mario Andretti, is to be celebrated at the 2020 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, taking place from 9-12 July. Mario, who celebrates his 80th birthday today, was the original inspiration behind this year’s Festival of Speed theme: “The Maestros – Motorsport’s […]

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EXCITING OPENER FOR FORMULA VEE’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

The South African National Formula Vee series celebrates its 55th season of close racing in 2020. The series started on 15 May 1965 with three Formula Vee’s lining up on the Kyalami grid. Since then the series has carried National Championship status for the majority of its 55 year existence, with champions like Dave Charlton, […]

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Career of Motorsport Legend John Surtees to be Celebrated at 2020 Classic TT

The remarkable career of John Surtees CBE, one of the greatest names in Motorsport – two wheels and four – will be celebrated at this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts. John Surtees, the only man to ever win two and four wheel World Championships, will be recognised with a celebration lap featuring some of […]

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Evans and Rovanperä move further ahead after SS4 in Rally Sweden

With no snow on this stage, it was tricky going for the FIA World Rally Championship crews on Rally Sweden’s SS4. Changeable grip levels made for nervous and cautious driving from even the bravest crews, but for two crews concentrating on their own driving. This played favourably into the hands of Toyota Gazoo Racing as […]

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A century later, Citroën plans another Sahara crossing – with electric vehicles

In mid-December of 1922, Citroën had what it called “the audacity” to attempt to drive motorized vehicles across the Sahara. The drive south across the African desert to Timbuktu (English spelling of the historic stop on the medieval trading route) covered nearly 1,970 miles and 21 days. On February 5 during the Retromobile collector car […]

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Land Speed Record 1920 Sunbeam 350hp fitted with new gearbox

The British National Motor Museum’s Land Speed Record breaking 1920 Sunbeam 350hp has been fitted with a replacement gearbox to match its rebuilt engine, decades after losing its original gearbox. The ongoing project to restore and preserve Sir Malcolm Campbell’s iconic machine, which set a 150mph World Land Speed Record nearly a century ago, has […]

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4,000 km ‘Incredible India’ vintage car rally to kick off from Delhi next month

The 23-day ‘Incredible India Rally’ organised by a heritage trust will culminate in the City of Lakes, Udaipur, on March 10 where the participants, comprising nearly 15 global vintage car aficionados and s Seeking to promote India as a global heritage motoring tourism destination, a nearly 4,000 km expedition of iconic vintage cars will kick off from […]

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HISTORIC CITY HITS ZWARTKOPS

Cracking racing and a cool new HRSA initiative This weekend sees Historic Racing South Africa’s 2020 championships kicking off in spectacular style when the Pre-1990 Sports and GTs, Pre-’81 Historic Saloons and the HRCR Pursuit series join the ever-popular Passion for Speed races at Zwartkops Saturday 1 February. Not only does each class offer a […]