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How a little electric storm thundered to Goodwood's hillclimb record

Nick Heidfeld's official Goodwood Festival of Speed record in McLaren's MP4/13 Formula 1 car - and the unofficial hillclimb record set by the Volkswagen ID.R - were both brushed aside by the McMurtry Speirling driven by Max Chilton on Sunday. Here's a look at the fan car that blew away the competition

Chilton breaks Goodwood record in McMurtry Automotive Speirling
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Chilton breaks Goodwood record in McMurtry Automotive Speirling

Ex-Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Max Chilton has broken both official and unofficial hillclimb records at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed aboard the McMurtry Automotive Speirling fan car.

Ten things to watch at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed returns this weekend, with a usual stellar line-up of both cars and drivers. Here are the top 10 things to watch out for...

Mercedes sells unraced 300 SLR for £115m to fund youth scholarships
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Mercedes sells unraced 300 SLR for £115m to fund youth scholarships

Mercedes has sold one of its two never-raced and highly revered 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupe’ sportscar prototypes for a world record-smashing £115million to fund a youth scholarship programme.

Ex-F1 driver Moreno to make Formula Ford Festival comeback

Ex-Formula 1 and Indycar driver Roberto Moreno is to race a Van Diemen RF80 at next week’s Formula Ford Festival, 41 years after he won the event in a similar car.

Lowndes to drive Dallara Formula 1 car

Supercars legend Craig Lowndes will drive a Dallara F189 Formula 1 car at The Bend Classic this weekend.

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How a flawed ‘throwback’ series gained acceptance

Against all odds, the series for V12-powered Superleague Formula cars adorning the liveries of football clubs earned a place in the hearts of many. Even 10 years on from its last race, on this day in 2011, it is fondly remembered by those who were part of it.

Bell beats Pastrana to Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout honours
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Bell beats Pastrana to Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout honours

McLaren GT ace Rob Bell pipped Travis Pastrana to clinch a hotly-contested 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout.

Martin and Alex Brundle team up for Jaguar E-type race at Silverstone
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Martin and Alex Brundle team up for Jaguar E-type race at Silverstone

Father and son Martin and Alex Brundle will team up to share a Jaguar E-type in the special 60th anniversary race for the model at The Classic at Silverstone at the end of July.

Vatanen to be reunited with WRC title-winning Ford after 40 years
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Vatanen to be reunited with WRC title-winning Ford after 40 years

Rally legend Ari Vatanen will drive his 1981 World Rally Championship-winning Ford Escort RS1800 MkII for the first time since winning the title at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Permanent memorial to Stirling Moss unveiled at Shelsley Walsh
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Permanent memorial to Stirling Moss unveiled at Shelsley Walsh

The life of legendary racer Sir Stirling Moss OBE will be permanently honoured at Shelsley Walsh following the unveiling of a blue plaque in his memory at the Worcestershire venue.

Alesi and Werner on their controversial Monaco F1 crash

Jean Alesi and Marco Werner have both spoken out following their controversial clash in a historic Formula 1 race at Monaco.

Alesi taken out at Monaco Historic GP while leading in Ferrari
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Alesi taken out at Monaco Historic GP while leading in Ferrari

Jean Alesi crashed out of a sensational lead at the Monaco Historic GP after a clash with three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner.

Penske to be celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed

American motorsport legend Roger Penske is set to return to Goodwood for the first time in nearly 60 years this summer with a planned appearance at the Festival of Speed.

Jordan 191 set to feature in new Masters F1 demos

A Jordan-Cosworth 191 is set to be among the Formula 1 cars at Donington Park next month for the first of a new series of demos from Masters Historic Racing.

Franchitti to make racing return in Goodwood Revival

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti will return to racing for the first time since his career-ending 2013 accident at next month’s Goodwood Revival.

This $6m Ferrari 275 GTB prototype took on Rally Monte Carlo

Ferrari's test mule for the 275 GTB, which stretched its legs on Rally Monte Carlo in 1966, is now expected to fetch over $6m at auction

Team Menard's 1982 Indy 500 racer is being sold in January

This all-American icon was fielded by Team Menard in Indycar racing during the 1980s, including a top 10 finish at the Indy 500

Ex-Louis Chiron Bugatti Type 35A racer set for auction

A Bugatti Type 35A grand prix car piloted by marque legend Louis Chiron will be auctioned in Arizona next January

Ex-Fangio Ferrari 290 MM fetches $22 million at auction

A 1950s factory Scuderia Ferrari sports car raced by a star-studded list of F1 world champions is now the 10th most expensive car ever sold at auction

Donington Grand Prix Collection to close

The Donington Grand Prix Collection, once the most outstanding assembly of racing cars in the world, will close its doors on November 5.

Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, 1938-2018

The death of Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams on Saturday morning has robbed motorsport of a great character who became one of Britain's premier touring car drivers before turning his deft hands to the historic racing scene.

Legends share their Lola memories

Legends from Le Mans, Indycar and Formula 1 share their memories of racing and creating Lolas through the marque's great history

Chandhok to race McLaren M1A at Goodwood Revival

Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok will race a McLaren-Elva M1A in next month’s Goodwood Revival.

Ten Le Mans 24h winners enter 2018 Classic event

Ten Le Mans 24 Hours winners will join approximately 1000 other drivers for the ninth running of the Le Mans Classic on July 6-8.

Tommy Byrne to make F1 return at British Grand Prix, aged 60

Former Formula 1 racer and British F3 champion Tommy Byrne will return to European racing at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone next month. 

Roborace to take part in 2018 Goodwood FoS

The Roborace autonomous racing car will take part in the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Historic race cars to invade CTMP this weekend

Full grids of historic race cars will invade Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s road course this week to celebrate Father’s Day.

Button to race at Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival

Jenson Button will make his historic racing debut this year, dovetailing his Japanese Super GT commitments with Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival outings.

Senna to be celebrated at Donington Historic Festival

One of the most memorable races in the history of Donington Park, the rain-soaked 1993 European Grand Prix won by Ayrton Senna, will be celebrated at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (May 4-6).

Brian Redman named Grand Marshal for VARAC event at CTMP

Officials of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park announced that British racing legend Brian Redman would be the Grand Marshal for the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix. June 15-17.

David Coulthard to race Mercedes at Goodwood

Former Grand Prix star David Coulthard will return to Goodwood for the 76th Members’ Meeting when he will race a Mercedes 300SL in the Salvadori Cup.

How a $336,000 race suit was almost scrapped

Imagine an exhaustive search led you to uncover a rare motor racing treasure destined for the scrap heap – and then it was sold out from under you for $336,000. That's what a German man is claiming happened to him.

Rosberg's Monaco GP-winning Williams to run at Thruxton

The Monaco Grand Prix-winning Williams FW08C formerly driven by Keke Rosberg will be a star attraction at Thruxton’s 50th anniversary race meeting on June 2/3.

Historic F1 races to support British GP

This year's British Grand Prix weekend will feature two support races for a full grid of cars from 1966 to 1985.

Neuville to drive Opel Corsa from rally debut in Belgian event

Hyundai WRC driver Thierry Neuville will use the Opel Corsa with which he began his rallying career 11 years ago for an event in Belgium next week.

F1 car to race 1200hp Toyota 86 in Adelaide

An Arrows Formula 1 car and a street legal 1200-horsepower Toyota 86 are set to race each other during the Adelaide Motorsport Festival next weekend.

Formula Junior celebration at Autosport International

The 60th anniversary of the Formula Junior category will be a key historic motorsport display at Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC (11-14 January).

New Richard Mille event to coax out owners of legendary sports cars

Some of the most beautiful, and now valuable, cars ever built for sports car racing will take part in a brand new event in France next September, supported by Richard Mille.

Ford pairing win revived RAC Rally

Marty McCormack and Barney Mitchell won the revived 2017 Roger Albert Clark Rally in their Ford Escort Mk2 after four days of forest competition.

Formula 5000 cars return to Castle Combe

The return of Formula 5000s to Castle Combe will be one of the key attractions at the circuits’ Autumn Classic race meeting on Saturday.

Ferraris star at Chantilly Arts and Elegance Richard Mille event

The remarkable story of Ferrari at Le Mans was the key theme of the fourth Chantilly Arts and Elegance Richard Mille event at Chantilly Castle, near Paris, last weekend.

Massa, Todt to join Ferrari celebration at Chantilly

Ex-Ferrari Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa and former team chief Jean Todt will be part of a 70th anniversary celebration at this weekend's Chantilly Arts and Elegance Richard Mille event.

Preview: The 2017 Goodwood Revival

Some of the biggest names in the sport will race at this weekend's Goodwood Revival meeting during the most colourful and theatrical event in the historic racing season.

Motorsport returns to historic Crystal Palace for sprint meeting

Competitive motorsport will make its annual return to Crystal Palace on the August bank holiday, 44 years after the south London track hosted its last race meeting.

Historic Trans Am cars added to Long Beach lineup

Next year’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach support race roster will feature the ‘pony cars’ from the legendary era of Trans Am racing

Porsche reveals date for Rennsport Reunion VI

The world’s largest gathering of Porsche racecars and drivers will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September 2018.

F2 1600cc races to headline Oulton Park Gold Cup

The 50th anniversary of Formula 2's 1600cc era will be celebrated at the Oulton Park Gold Cup by two headline races in the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA-sanctioned International Series.

Australian Touring Car icon wins Silverstone award

A rare BMW 635 CSi built and raced to Australian Group C regulations in the 1980s won the ‘Most Admired Car’ award at last weekend’s Silverstone Classic.

Norisring fans wowed by Tourenwagen Classics race

Norisring DTM fans were given a wonderful nostalgia trip last weekend as the Tourenwagen Classics series joined the bill for the Nuremberg street track’s annual racing festival.

Mahindra sets Goodwood open-wheel eRecord with M4Electro

Mahindra Racing has broken the lap record for an electric open-wheel car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Aston DBR1/1 Le Mans car sale set to break $20m barrier

The first iteration of Aston Martin’s only outright Le Mans 24 Hours winner is expected to sell for more than $20 million when it goes for auction in August.

Goodwood Festival of Speed to honour Bernie Ecclestone

For the first time, the Central Feature at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed on June 29-July 2 will celebrate an individual rather than an honoured marque when it focuses on the life and career of Bernie Ecclestone.

Porsche crew claims last-gasp win on Rallye des Princesses

The 18th edition of the Richard Mille Rallye des Princesses was decided by a change of lead on the last of five days of competition across France in classic cars.

100 crews contest Richard Mille Rallye des Princesses in France

A total of 100 all-female crews are taking part in the Richard Mille Rallye des Princesses this week, in five days of competition across France in classic cars.

F1 versus F5000 in Silverstone International Trophy re-creation

Formula 1 cars will race against Formula 5000s at Silverstone this weekend, 42 years after the last non-championship International Trophy race at the British Grand Prix venue.

World’s oldest hillclimb course to be used downhill for first time

History will be made in November when Britain’s Shelsley Walsh hillclimb course is used downhill for a rally special stage.

Movie star Patrick Stewart to race in Silverstone Classic

Hollywood star Sir Patrick Stewart OBE will return to the racing scene at the Silverstone Classic in July in an Austin A35.

Adelaide classic F1 festival return confirmed

Classic Formula 1 cars will return to the streets of Adelaide later this year, with confirmation of the date of the 2017 Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

Aussie racing legends to make Masters appearance

An incredible list of legends of Australian motorsport have been confirmed as guests at this year’s Muscle Car Masters at Sydney Motorsport Park, led by Ford icon Allan Moffat.