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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

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...

How to buy an old F1 car - what to look for, cost and more

For many fans, owning a Formula 1 is an ultimate dream. But how do you do it, how much does it cost, and what affects the value of an old F1 car? We find out.

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.

Why there was more to Monaco than Leclerc’s Lauda Ferrari crash

The 13th Monaco Historique was about much more than Charles Leclerc’s unfortunate crash while demonstrating an ex-Niki Lauda Ferrari 312B3.

Pictured: The broken brake disc that caused Leclerc's Monaco Historic GP crash

Formula 1 world championship leader Charles Leclerc grabbed the headlines last weekend when he crashed a Ferrari 312B3 at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

Leclerc crashes ex-Niki Lauda Ferrari F1 car at Monaco Historic GP

Formula 1 points leader Charles Leclerc has crashed an ex-Niki Lauda classic Ferrari grand prix car during a demonstration run at the 2022 Monaco Historic event on Sunday.

How Lotus emerged as a period Goodwood force Plus

How Lotus emerged as a period Goodwood force

Colin Chapman’s marque was the most successful across Goodwood’s 71 contemporary era Members’ Meetings, from 1949 to 1966. Many of the future Formula 1 pacesetter's finest creations will be in action during this weekend's 2022 event, attempting to re-live an era when period Lotus was gaining unstoppable momentum

Friday Favourite: The restored ex-Moss Maserati winning again after 60 years

Dutch ace Nicky Pastorelli is just one of the crack historic racers aiming for glory at this weekend’s Goodwood Members' Meeting in a Ferrari 250 GTO. But it’s a car from the previous decade that he picks out as his all-time favourite in the latest from our series

Ten things to watch at Goodwood's Members' Meeting

The eighth modern running of the Goodwood Members' Meeting takes place this weekend, the West Sussex circuit bringing a blend of new races and popular favourites to the 2022 edition.

Will the new Super Touring series live up to its name?

OPINION: The British Touring Car Championship's Super Touring era remains enormously popular and a new category for the machines that competed in its 1990 heyday organised by the Classic Touring Car Racing Club has attracted some star names. But that’s no guarantee of success, as its short-lived predecessor shows

BTCC stars Turkington, Cleland and Reid to race in new Super Tourers series

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington is set to join former BTCC stars John Cleland and Anthony Reid in the Classic Touring Car Racing Club’s new Super Tourers series.

The UK national racing highlights from a mixed 2021 campaign

The lingering impact of the pandemic meant overseas travel was still difficult in 2021, but there was plenty of fantastic racing in the UK over the past year which caught the eye

How an overcrowded workshop spawned a top historics squad

BBM Sport was born when boss Bob Berridge found his workshop was running out of room. Now a leading historics outfit preparing cars around the world, it also supplied a Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 for the recent Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award tests

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.

Remembering Goodwood’s heroes at 78th Members' Meeting Plus

Remembering Goodwood’s heroes at 78th Members' Meeting

A year and a half after it was originally scheduled, this weekend’s 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting honours key figures from the circuit’s history, including the likes of Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney and Gerry Marshall

The restorer keeping a land-speed record-holder's memory alive Plus

The restorer keeping a land-speed record-holder's memory alive

From a famous land-speed special to an Indianapolis 500 frontrunner, restorer and racer Geraint Owen has a fascination for making old machines work

The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years Plus

The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years

The Imps of George Bevan became famous in British Saloon Car Championship competition during the early 1970s. Thanks to the efforts of a small band of enthusiasts, including Bevan's grandson Jonathan, one of the ex-Bill McGovern title winners has recently returned to the race track

Why Goodwood Revival’s revival will be an unmissable event Plus

Why Goodwood Revival’s revival will be an unmissable event

After a year's enforced absence due to the pandemic, the Goodwood Revival Meeting returns this weekend for the 23rd in a series that transports fans to a bygone era of motorsport. Here's 10 reasons why you should check it out

Lowndes to drive Dallara Formula 1 car at The Bend Classic

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

The mixed return of a historic racing stalwart Plus

The mixed return of a historic racing stalwart

Last weekend's Silverstone Classic may not have benefited from the best British summer weather, but there was some great racing – and a baffling result

The part rolling relics can play in motorsport's high-tech future Plus

The part rolling relics can play in motorsport's high-tech future

OPINION: Last weekend's Silverstone Classic was another reminder of the joys of dusting off racers from days gone by. But while it might not be obvious, the historic racing world has the potential to play its part in our futures – on and off track

Eight reasons to watch the Silverstone Classic Plus

Eight reasons to watch the Silverstone Classic

The Classic was one of the many major events lost to the pandemic in 2020, but it’s now set to be back in style this weekend as it celebrates the 20th edition of retro-themed fun

Damon Hill to demonstrate F1 title-winning Williams FW18 at Silverstone

Damon Hill will mark the 25th anniversary of his Formula 1 world championship crown by demonstrating his 1996 Williams FW18 at The Classic, Silverstone on Sunday.

Freddie Hunt, son of F1 champion James, set for historic racing debut

Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 Formula 1 world champion James, will make his debut in historic racing at The Classic, Silverstone (30 Jul - 1 Aug).

How modern challenges are confronting historic racing

OPINION: The Brands Hatch Historic Superprix earlier this month highlighted the big challenges of today, with costs, driver demographics and the pandemic all playing a role

How a flawed ‘throwback’ series gained acceptance Plus

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

The one-off backmarker brought back to life after half a century Plus

The one-off backmarker brought back to life after half a century

The unique McKee-Chevrolet Mahrya achieved very limited success in period. But over half a century after it was shuttered, it has completed a 17-year restoration and is once again turning heads on the track

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.

Historic races added to F1 British GP schedule in place of Porsche Supercup

Historic cars will feature on the support programme for this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Martin and Alex Brundle team up for E-type race at The Classic 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.

Burns' 2001 WRC title to be celebrated at Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia event

A celebration of 20 years since the late Richard Burns won the World Rally Championship will be one of the attractions at Shelsley Walsh's Classic Nostalgia event next month.

Jaguar Egal set for racing return after half a century

The famous Galaxy-engined Jaguar E-type, known as the Egal, will be back on a UK race track in the near future after an absence of around half a century.

Damon Hill drives father's E-Type in 60th anniversary celebrations

Ahead of the 60th birthday celebrations for the Jaguar E-type at this summer’s The Classic, Silverstone, Damon Hill recently drove the car that his father Graham took to the model’s first race win in April 1961.

Jackson bids to extend lead in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Cam Jackson, the current leader in the Autosport National Driver Rankings, has just hit a landmark score of 50 finishes in 50 races in Historic Formula Ford 1600.

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.

Goodwood Revival announces race line-up for 2021 edition

The race line-up for this year’s Goodwood Revival meeting has been confirmed as fans are expected to be admitted to the Goodwood Circuit for the first time since September 2019.

Tyrrell Trophy to be presented at Brands Hatch

The story of Ken Tyrrell and his grand prix team will be marked at Brands Hatch this weekend by the presentation of a new Tyrrell Trophy to the driver of the weekend.

Keen and Igoe star in British GT as spectators return to national events

The first weekend of British GT and BRDC British F3 also marked the first weekend where spectators could return to the English circuits and they witnessed plenty of thrills and spills

Silverstone re-opens to spectators for first time since November 2019

The Silverstone circuit will open to spectators for the first time since November 2019 when fans are admitted to this weekend’s Historic Sports Car Club International Trophy meeting on the Grand Prix circuit.

Murray Walker's life to be celebrated at Silverstone Classic

The life and achievements of ex-Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker will be celebrated at The Silverstone Classic later this year.

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed Plus

The painstaking process behind reviving Solberg's Subaru WRC steed

With attention to detail the first concern, Prodrive’s new Legends department has completed its first restoration project on Petter Solberg's 2004 Rally Japan winner – and is busily gearing up for more

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.

Roger Albert Clark Rally to tackle classic Welsh stages

This year’s Roger Albert Clark Rally will tackle some of the same iconic stages from the final round of the 1991 World Rally Championship exactly thirty years to the day.

Ken Tyrrell to race Tyrrell 011 in Historic F1

An American namesake of legendary team chief Ken Tyrrell, who guided Jackie Stewart to three Formula 1 world championships, plans to race a Tyrrell 011 next month.

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.

The unusual racing journey forged by a youthful historics ace Plus

The unusual racing journey forged by a youthful historics ace

Two championships and two class titles in four seasons mark historics ace Benn Tilley as a special talent. Here’s how the Lincolnshire racer progressed from Junior Saloons to become Autosport’s top club driver of 2020

Le Mans Classic postponed until July 2022

The Le Mans Classic, one of the biggest events on the historic motorsport calendar, has been cancelled for 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in France.

BRM F1 recreation project takes step forward as original engine runs

The bold plan to build three examples of the V16-engined BRM P15 grand prix car has taken a step forward, after an original engine has successfully run on a dyno.

Ex-Warwick F2 Toleman set for racing return

The Toleman TG280 raced by Derek Warwick in the 1980 European Formula 2 Championship will return to racing at Silverstone in May, 39 years after its last known race.

Toughest ever Roger Albert Clark Rally planned for 2021

The 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally will be the longest and toughest special stage rally on the UK calendar, covering a massive 350 competitive miles on forest special stages.

15 high-profile grids set for Silverstone Classic

Fifteen high-profile grids from across historic racing will form the race line-up as the Silverstone Classic returns this summer.

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.

How the Marshall club racing dynasty remains intact Plus

How the Marshall club racing dynasty remains intact

As the son of club racing legend Gerry, Gregor Marshall has racing in his blood. Although his ambitions are modest, his determination to get his Vauxhall Firenza on the grid at the 2020 Goodwood SpeedWeek tells of a driver who relishes a challenge

Lyons set to race three different F1 cars at 2021 Monaco GP Historique

Michael Lyons, one of the UK's leading historic single-seater drivers, will contest three races in the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, seeking to add to his three previous event wins

Alesi and Arnoux to race 1974-spec Ferrari at Monaco Historic GP

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Jean Alesi and Rene Arnoux are set to race 1974-spec Ferrari 312B3 F1 cars in the Monaco Historic GP event on 23-25 April

1980s series offers "perfect entry-level" route to historic racing

Multiple historic racing champion Kevin Kivlochan says a new series for production cars of the 1980s will offer a more affordable way into historics for a new generation of racers

60th anniversary of Mini Cooper to be marked at Silverstone Classic

The 60th anniversary of the Cooper version of the Mini will be marked by two Mini-only races at the Silverstone Classic on 30 July - 1 August

Rallye Monte Carlo Historique cancelled due to COVID-19

The worsening COVID-19 situation in France has forced the cancellation of the 24th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, due to run from 30 January to 3 February