McLaren Strengthens British GT Series Commitment
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McLaren Strengthens British GT Series Commitment

McLaren Automotive is to strengthen the commitment to racing in the UK’s premier GT series, the British GT Championship, in 2018 with the confirmation of an extension to the relationship which will see a Sports Series model as the Safety Car at each of the seven race weekends. McLaren will also have a strong presence throughout the grid, with four customer teams entering a total of seven cars across the GT3 and GT4 classes. 2018 marks the third consecutive year McLaren has supplied the Safety Car to the SRO-run series and, as in previous seasons, the continued support will see a range of models from the McLaren Sports Series leading the field and coordinating on-track safety throughout the season. Sharing the carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis seen in the 570S GT4, safety is at the core of every model in […]

VotW - RAC Rally 1964
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VotW – RAC Rally 1964

Let’s hit the road! Our Video of the Week this time goes all the way back to 1964. Part of me honestly wishes that wasn’t so long ago, and part of me finds it hard to believe that 54 years have passed since then. But anyway, our video is of a RAC rally from ’64 and features some great cars. From Minis to MGBs, you will find them in this video. There is also an Austin Healey, a Rover, and a host of other cars of the period both British and non-British. One of the things that always strikes me when I watch these old films is how safety standards have changed. These days you would never get as close to the actual racing as spectators used to do. Also helmets and other protective gear just don’t figure into the […]

Valkyrie AMR Pro
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Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Debuts

Aston Martin has debuted the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro – the sensational track-only evolution of the marque’s spectacular hypercar – at 88th Geneva International Motor Show. Taking the world’s most extreme road car as its basis, the AMR Pro version distills the combined knowledge, expertise and aspirations of Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and Aston Martin’s most talented design and engineering teams, led by Marek Reichman – Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer – and David King – Chief Special Operations Officer – to create a car with the performance capabilities of a current Le Mans LMP1 prototype or Formula One car.

1925 Bentley Super Sports of Graham and Marina Goodwin - Bentley Reigns Supreme in Road to Saigon Rally
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Bentley Reigns Supreme in Road to Saigon Rally

The 1925 Bentley Super Sports of Graham and Marina Goodwin reigned supreme on the Endurance Rally Association’s The Road to Saigon rally. Holding their lead on the Vintageant category from the start line in Singapore right the way to the finish in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now known. Former Peking to Paris entrant Andrew Webster and his co-driver Ian Robertson took second place in their 1939 Chevrolet Master 85. Rallying over 8,600kms in 27-days, around 35 crews took on a series of challenging regularity and speed trials as they journeyed through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

MINI names Feeding America Official Charity Partner of MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018
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MINI Confirms Feeding America as Official Charity

MINI USA today announced that Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks, is again the Official Charity Partner of the legendary MINI owners road rally, MINI TAKES THE STATES. Similar to the MTTS 2016 partnership, a portion of the proceeds from each registration fee will be donated to Feeding America. In addition, MTTS 2018 participants will have the opportunity to personally raise money and awareness for hunger in America. The legendary rally for MINI owners, which runs from July 14 – 22, will start from two separate locations on opposite sides of the country and meet in the middle for a weekend celebration of everything MINI. The starting cities will be Orlando, Fla., and Portland, Ore. The final destination is Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., approximately 75 miles west […]

Vintage Racing with a Ribcase Transmission - Wide
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Ribcase Transmission in Vintage Racing

Vintage racing isn’t just a hobby, it is a passion. And an art. We are quite pleased to have a guest article by Don Racine of Mini Mania about using the ribcase transmission from the ubiquitous “Spridget” in the vintage racing application. The most conventional gears in the everyday manual transmission are helical cut. The single biggest advantage of this design is the reduction of noise that is inherent in the more efficient, easy to manufacture straight cut gears. The helical patterns allow for a much less violent meshing of the gears. But, the decreased noise comes with a few penalties. The first of which is sideload – because the gears are helical, some of the thrust is lost in the rotational direction and thus must be controlled with a thrust surface. The thrust surface most often used is called thrust […]

(L-R) Jordan Collard, MINI CHALLENGE newcomer, Nicolas Griebner, Head of Product at MINI UK and Charlie Butler-Henderson, MINI UK brand ambassador
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MINI UK Announces Return of MINI CHALLENGE for 2018

MINI UK is proud to announce the return of MINI CHALLENGE for 2018, bringing packed grids and spectacular racing to fans across the UK. Packing 49 thrilling races, across four different classes into 13 all-action weekends, the MINI CHALLENGE will once again visit legendary race circuits including Silverstone, Brands Hatch, and Donington Park. Confirming the status of MINI CHALLENGE as one of the premier single-make race series in the UK, the top level John Cooper Works class will support the British GT and BRDC British Formula 3 championships for the second year in succession and, for the first time, the series will be supporting DTM at Brands Hatch on 11-12th August 2018.

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AMOC Racing Launches GT Challenge

AMOC Racing has launched a fresh new approach to the GT Challenge race series for GT cars running on slick tires, and aimed at ‘gentlemen drivers’. The GT Challenge is open to all GT cars old and new, the simple new format incorporates three classes; Class 1 for Aston Martin GT4 and N24, Class 2 for other marques running to FIA GT4 rules and Class 3 for any sports or saloon car of a type first built between 1995 and 2007 – providing performance is deemed appropriate. All cars will run on a control Dunlop slick tire thanks to support from HP Tyres who will support all rounds. The GT Challenge will consist of five rounds throughout the 2018 AMOC Racing season calendar, the 50-minute endurance races will feature a rolling start and incorporate a pit-stop to enable competitors to […]

Bathurst 12 Hour To Kick Off Bentley's 2018 Race Season
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Bathurst 12 Hour To Kick Off Bentley’s 2018 Race Season

Bentley Team M-Sport’s 2018 motorsport season and Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign get underway in Australia next weekend when two Continental GT3s line up for the Bathurst 12 Hour. The British squad travels to Mount Panorama eager to claim a third consecutive overall podium at one of the world’s toughest long-distance sportscar races, before heading back to Europe for the defense of its Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup teams’ title.

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MINI JCW Team Prepares for 4th Season

The MINI JCW Team and MINI USA will start their fourth full season in the Street Tuner class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series this weekend at the famous high banks of the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The MINI JCW Team kicked off last season by showing the rest of the field that they were a force to be reckoned with after Mat Pombo and co-driver Derek Jones drove the #73 MINI JCW to victory lane at the track known as the “World Center of Racing.”

Sir Stirling Moss
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Sir Stirling Moss Officially Retires

Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has made the decision to retire from the public eye at age 88 even as he continues to recover from a 2016 respiratory infection. In an announcement posted to Sir Stirling’s official website, his son, Elliott, writes: To all of his many friends and fans around the world who use this website for regular updates, my father would like to announce that he will be closing it down. Following his severe infections at the end of 2016 and his subsequent slow and arduous recovery, the decision has been made that, at the age of 88, the indefatigable man will finally retire, so that he and my mother can have some much deserved rest and spend more time with each other and the rest of the family. The entire and extended Moss clan thank everyone for […]

Bentley Bentayga to Compete at Pikes Peak
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Bentley Bentayga to Compete at Pikes Peak

Bentley Motors will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the first time on 24th June 2018 with the award-winning Bentayga. The 600 bhp, W12-powered Bentayga will tackle the famous 12.42-mile Colorado Springs hill climb with record-breaking ambitions, aiming to navigate the 156 corners of ascending asphalt quicker than any SUV before.

JAGUAR RACING ANNOUNCE MICHELIN AS JAGUAR I-PACE eTROPHY PARTNER 2
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Michelin Becomes Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Partner

Jaguar Racing has announced its first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY partner, with Michelin joining as official tire supplier ahead of the series debut season later in the year. During an on-stage appearance at Autosport International, Jaguar Racing Team Director James Barclay revealed that leading motorsport tire supplier Michelin will provide tires for all 20 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racecars at each round of the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars.

Panasonic Jaguar Racing in Montréal - Panasonic Jaguar Racing Set Their Sights On Marrakesh E-Prix
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Panasonic Jaguar Racing Set Their Sights On Marrakesh E-Prix

Leaving behind the bright lights of Hong Kong, Panasonic Jaguar Racing head to the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, Morocco, for the next installment of the FIA Formula E Championship. The third E-Prix of the season, on 13 January, starts at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan before winding its way through the streets of Marrakesh. In the shadow of the city’s world-famous medina, the 1.86-mile track is one of the longest in the series, pushing teams to prioritize energy management.

Dakar Rally 2018 – MINI Family ready and eager to start Dakar
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MINI Ready for Dakar Rally 2018

The start of the 40th edition of Dakar – the tenth in its present South America theatre – is now only hours away. Shakedown testing is complete and the MINI family of seven international two-man race crews, together with the large support team from MINI Motorsport partner X-raid, are fully prepared to undertake the challenges the Dakar will undoubtedly present throughout its 9,000 km distance that spans 14 race stages. The 2018 Dakar takes place across three countries with the starting point in Lima, Peru on Saturday 6th January 2018, before crossing into Bolivia and onwards to the finish line 14 stages later in Argentina on 20 January 2018. Each country will feature race stages that take place across natural splendor, which also happens to host the toughest cross-country racing conditions known to man and machine.

Maxime Martin Signed to Aston Martin Racing
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Maxime Martin Signed to Aston Martin Racing

Christmas has come early for Aston Martin Racing, as the team received a special delivery in the form of Belgian GT and DTM ace, Maxime Martin. The 31-year-old has joined Aston Martin Racing to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘super season’, which starts in Spring 2018. Paul Howarth, Aston Martin Racing Team Principal said: We’ve had an eye on Maxime for several years now, so we are delighted to welcome him to Aston Martin Racing. He is an exceptionally talented GT driver and he is the perfect addition to our high-calibre driver line-up.

Bette Hill, First Lady of F1, Dies at 91
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Bette Hill, First Lady of F1, Dies at 91

Bette Hill occupied a unique position in Formula One history, as wife and mother of two world champion drivers. Her husband Graham won the title in 1962 for BRM and again for Lotus in 1968. Her son Damon Hill did so for Williams in 1996. Bette Hill, born Bette Shubrook on June 12, 1926, passed away this December 8, 2017. One of four girls born to a cricketer who also worked for The Times, and a mother who was ambitious for her children in the proper way, Bette and her sisters were achievers, and she understood the competitive imperative. One played piano, another was a champion schools swimmer, the third was also sporting, and Bette herself rowed for Britain in 1952 and 1954 and finished third in the European Championship quadruple sculls at Compiègne in 1954. Bette and Graham were married for 20 years […]

Porter Profiles - Austin-Healey 3000 The story of DD 300 - HERO
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Porter Profiles – Austin-Healey 3000 The story of DD 300

Porter Press International, the publisher of some of the world’s finest motoring books including the award-winning ‘Great Cars’ series, has launched a new entry-level book format under the name of Porter Profiles. The first book in this series is Austin-Healey 300 : The Story of DD 300 by Simon Ham. This more accessible series starts by taking readers back to the swinging sixties and the adventures of one of the most successful Big Healeys of all time – a charming story of a lost era told in 96 pages featuring insightful narrative, evocative archive photos, and new studio shots, all for a cover price of just £20 (currently about $27 USD). The Austin-Healey 3000, introduced in 1959 and manufactured until 1967, was relatively big and brutish for an English sports car. It was received affectionately in the UK but sold […]

McLaren Senna - Honoring F1 Legend
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McLaren Senna Named for F1 Legend

The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with a single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. Legalized for road use, but not sanitized do suit it, the new Ultimate Series deliberately compromises McLaren’s trademark breadth of supercar daily usability; instead it provides the purest connection between driver and car, to deliver the most intense circuit experience of any road McLaren. You commit yourself to such a level where there is no compromise. You give everything you have; everything, absolutely everything.  — Ayrton Senna The technical recipe is classic McLaren Automotive supercar, a pedigree established and earned in the short time elapsed since the pioneering sports and supercar company was founded in 2010, but taken to another level entirely in the McLaren Senna. Ultra-lightweight construction, with carbon fibre chassis and body panels. Mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged […]

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Signs Up For Jaguar eTrophy
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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Signs Up For Jaguar eTrophy

Jaguar Racing announced the first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race team for its new global electric racing series. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, led by Team Principal Bobby Rahal – three-time IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner – will join the grid in the world’s first production-based electric vehicle race series, starting in December 2018. The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is a support series to the FIA Formula E Championship and the first to be based on a street-legal production battery electric vehicle. Races will take place the same weekend, and on the same city street circuits, throughout the 2018-19 season. The series, which will exclusively feature 20 Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY race cars, offers teams the chance to showcase driving talent and electric performance while competing on the world stage in zero-emissions motorsport.