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Classic Cars 1968 Maserati Mistral
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28 May 2011

Cars named after winds aren’t always overly exciting, think of the Golf (named after the Gulf winds in the Middle East) and the Jetta (named after the Jet stream).  However in the sixties, Maserati launched a car named after a gust of wind from the south of France, the Mistral.

Turin’s Pietro Frua gave the car its sleek looks and upon its launch in 1963 it was a sensation.  The bodywork featured a mix of aluminium and steel panels; this gave the car a light overall weight whilst still providing good torsional stiffness.  Under the skin a semi-monocoque chassis, featuring box sections of various lengths and thicknesses, was employed instead of Maserati’s traditional elliptic tubular frames.

The Mistral was strictly a two-seater sports car.  The driving position was excellent; giving the driver good views and a well finished leather interior ensured both occupants were comfortable.  The long sloping bonnet was in keeping with the styling trends of the early sixties (think Jaguar E-Type) and the large glass tailgate gave access to plenty of baggage space and preceded the looks of the Jensen Interceptor and Porsche 924/944

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How Will Schumacher Fare in the 2011 Grand Prix?
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31 March 2011

Sky Sports reported today that Michael Schumacher has admitted to the fact that he is no longer the driver he was when he was young, but that he has insisted that he is still good enough for Formula One.

Schumacher, who is now 42, has been a world champion no less than seven times and it would appear from his recent statements that he is still very determined to go after the top spot in the races that he participates in.

He has spent much of the past 3 years as a test driver for Ferrari after retiring, but has now returned to the racing seat for Mercedes for the Australia 2011 Grand Prix. Schumacher did race for Mercedes last year too but failed to win a race. His last win was in 2006 when he raced in 18 Formula One races and won 7 of them. He was driving for Ferrari that year, whom he had been with since 1997.

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Can Sebastian Vettel Retain His 2010 Title As We Approach the 2011 Australian Grand Prix?
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27 March 2011

Sebastian Vettel managed to take the title in the Formula One Driver’s Championships held in November 2010, and he will of course be determined to try and take the title as we approach the 2011 Australian Grand Prix. Vettel’s win of the driver’s title in 2010 made him the youngest Formula One driver to do so. His team, Red Bull, also won the Constructor’s Championship last year.

But today’s news confirmed that Mark Webber is hot on his tail for the top spot at the annual Formula One event. Webber did lead the Formula One standings last year but Vettel took the lead in the final race leaving Webber without his win.

Vettel spoke out on Sunday of other drivers that are worrying at the moment too. He confirmed that he not only expects Fernando Alonso as his main rival for the 2011 Grand Prix, but he also said that the thinks that Felipe Massa could cause him some problems too. Although he won against Alonso in Abu Dhabi last year, he spoke out and said that he believes there will be a comeback for Alonso this year.

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Robert Kubica Begins Recovery in Intensive Care After Accident
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25 March 2011

Robert Kubica, a professional formula one driver, suffered a devastating accident in Italy just 3 weeks ago on 6th February. Many who saw the crash did not expect him to emerge, but after medics raced to the scene he was taken to hospital for emergency care.

An Armco barrier went through the floor of the Skoda that he was driving and almost completely took his hand off. He also suffered fractures in his arm, leg and hand. His surgeon confirmed that Kubica had undergone surgery to reattach his hand, and that he has begun rehabilitation by doing finger exercises to get his hand moving again.

All in all, he had to go through three separate operations to deal with his horrific injuries, but thankfully it seems he is well on the road to recovery now and has been released from intensive care. He is still in the Santa Corona Hospital in Petra Ligure, however things are starting to look up.

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The Bahrain Grand Prix Kicks Off The 2010 Formula One Season on 12 to 14 March
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04 March 2010

The Bahrain Grand Prix Kicks Off The 2010 Formula One Season on 12 to 14 MarchFormula One Racing has been around for many years, but like several of todays hottest sports, F1 is expanding due to a swelling fan-base and money pouring into the sport. One of the newest races on the F1 tour is the Bahrain Grand Prix. This race has taken place at the Bahrain International Circuit since April 4, 2004 and will kick off this season on 12 to 14 March.

Different parts of the world - specially in Europe - embrace the racing culture and there, millions of dollars are invested in building tracks and stadiums for racers to compete, but few ever thought that the Middle East would host an F1 event. Most to the sports surprise, however, Gulf Air sponsored the Bahrain Grand Prix and it became the first F1 race to take place in the region.

The Bahrain International Circuit, with its immense popularity, opened up the door for other Middle Eastern territories to begin plans of hosting their own races. The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon are all vying to be the next countries to hold a Formula One circuit race within their borders.

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Denny Hulme the F1 New Zealander
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28 December 2009

Denny Hulme the F1 New ZealanderFormula One Racing has seen more than its fair share of legends, many of whom have suffered a horrific fate at roughly 200 miles per hour. Denny Hulme’s legend, although rightfully belonging in the same breath with others of the famous sport, is somewhat of a paradox.

After an impressive F1 career, retiring and subsequently coming back to race, Hulme suffered a heart attack while driving his BMW M3 at the Bathurst 1000, making him the first F1 champion to die at the wheel due to natural causes. This instantly transformed the successful racer into a legend, and in his biography, Memories of the Bear, Hulme’s life is chronicled with the reverence of a deity.

Denis “Denny” Clive Hulme was born in New Zealand on June 18, 1936 on a small tobacco farm. After leaving school, Hulme went on to work in a garage, where his love for automobiles only intensified. Wanting badly to race, Denny saved up enough to purchase an MG TF and entered his pride and joy into hill climbing events, where he would experience enough success to move up in the world of racing with the purchase of a Cooper Climax. He was then chosen for the New Zealand drive to Europe program and worked as one of Jack Brabham’s mechanics while there.

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Jack Brabham - the first F1 driver to use a rear-engine car
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04 December 2009

Jack Brabham - the first F1 driver to use a rear-engine carBorn on April 2, 1926 in Hurtsville, Australia, John Arthur Brabham is a former Formula One racecar driver. With a career that spanned 15 years, “Jack” Brabham managed to keep his name in Formula One racing for a total of 5 decades.

Brabham was always involved with cars, working as a mechanic from a young age, and learning to drive at the age of 12. He left school to work at a local garage at only 15-years-old, while taking courses in mechanical engineering. Throughout his F1 career, Brabham secured 3 Championships, 14 wins, 31 podium finishes, 13 Pole Positions, and 12 fastest laps.

Brabham was always interested in cars due to his family’s involvement, but being a racecar driver wasn’t the only driving force in Jack’s life. Instead, he served in the Air Force during WWII and then opened a small repair business in 1946.

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Following in the Footsteps, Damon Hill
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29 June 2009

Following in the Footsteps, Damon HillThe son of Formula One racing’s former legendary diver, Graham Hill, Damon Hill picked up where his father left off. Born in London, England on September 17, 1960, Damon’s life - unlike his father’s - seemed destined for the track. However, Damon wished to pursue a different type of racing, motorcycle racing.

He was a natural-born talent on the track, becoming a well respected motorcycle racer in his own right, but his true calling was with the single-seater Formula cars. Damon’s career wasn’t quite as successful as his father’s, but most familiar with the sport speculate this is due to the very short career: 1992 to 1999. In this 7-season span, Damon participated in 122 races, wining 22, appearing on the podium for 42, earning 20 Pole Positions, earning 19 fastest laps, and winning a Championship.

Damon came over to the Formula side for good in 1984, where he slowly raced his way up the rankings in Formula Three and Formula 3000. Although he showed the occasional flashes of brilliance, he was widely considered an average driver until he broke into Grand Prix racing in 1992 with a Brabham team that had seen better days.

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Biography of Graham Hill
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12 May 2009

Biography of Graham HillBorn February 15, 1929 in Hampstead, London, England, Norman Graham Hill, simply known as Graham, was a Formula One racecar driver. Until and long after his death in 1975, Hill was one of the most controversial inclusions on the sport’s “all time greatest” list.

Part of the reason some fans and critics wish to see his name included among the greats is the fabulous feat he pulled off during his career, the Triple Crown of Motorsport. Hill remained active in racing from 1958 to 1975, where he participated in 179 races, won 2 Championships, earned 14 victories, secured 36 podium finishes, recorded the fastest lap 10 times, and won 13 Pole Positions.

Graham Hill’s life didn’t seem destined for racing. In fact, at the age of 16, Hill joined Smiths, the instrument makers. He served a five-year apprenticeship with the craftsmen, and then was called into the navy at the age of 21.

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Biography of Sir Jackie Stewart from Formula 1
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13 January 2009

Biography of Sir Jackie Stewart from Formula 1Born June 11, 1939 in Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, John Young Stewart - also known as “Jackie” - is a former Formula One racecar driver. Considered by most fans and fellow sportsmen to be a true legend of the track, Jackie is the winner of three World Drivers’ Championships, 27 races, 15 fastest laps, and 17 Pole Positions. His career spanned a short 8 years - where he only started 99 races - from 1965 to 1973, but Stewart etched out his own mantle in those few years. After racing, his fame grew as an announcer for the sport in the United States.

In his early life Jackie Stewart was involved with cars via his family’s business, Dumbuck Garage in Dumbarton. He worked as an apprentice mechanic, and eventually chose to follow in his brother Jimmy’s footsteps as a racecar driver. In 1953, Jackie’s brother drove in the British Grand Prix for Ecurie Ecosse. However, after his brother was injured in a severe car crash, Jackie’s parents urged him to take up shooting instead of driving. Stewart quickly displayed a talent for target shooting, finishing a competition a shot’s worth away from making it to the 1960 Olympics.

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Ferrari, a car maker and formula one giant
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21 October 2008

Ferrari, a car maker and formula one giantFerrari is one of the most popular sports cars in the world. With its sleek style and ultimate performance capability, it’s often the most sought after car by connoisseurs and anyone with a particular need for speed.

Ferrari is based in Maranello, Italy, and was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari. Ferrari is also very well known in the Formula One racing world, where it has enjoyed phenomenal success on the track.

Today, Ferrari employs almost 3,000 people, and pulls in annual revenue of over €1,688. From the very beginning, something was different about Ferrari. No one ever expected the cars to be as popular as they are today, not even founder Enzo Ferrari.

Enzo Ferrari never intended to produce such a popular brand of sports cars. In fact, he formed Scuderia Ferrari in 1929 as a sponsor for amateur drivers headquartered in Modena. Enzo helped prepare and successfully raced various drivers in Alfa Romeo models until 1938, where he was then hired by Alfa Romeo to head their motor racing department.

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Biography of Alain Prost, The Professor
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30 September 2008

Biography of Alain Prost, The ProfessorBorn February 24, 1955 in Loire, France, Alain Prost is a former Formula One racecar driver. Prost is a four-time F1 Drivers’ Champion, and held the record for most Grand Prix victories from 1987 until 2001 when Schumacher passed the total of 51 victories. In 1999, Prost received the World Sports Awards of the Century in the category of motor sports.

During his career, Prost competed in 202 Formula One races, starting 199. His four championships dominated the mid-80s and early 90s, winning in 85, 86, 89, and 93. Prost also held pole position 33 times, earned 106 podium finishes, and accomplished all of this in a 13-year career (1980-1993). Like the majority of successful F1 drivers, Prost honed his talent for driving at a very young age.

During a family holiday when Prost was 14-years-old, he discovered karting. Seeming to have a natural talent behind the wheel, Prost created a buzz among his age group, and proceed through the junior ranks of motor sports, winning the European and French Formula Three championships.

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Bernie Ecclestone Biography
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25 September 2008

Bernie Ecclestone BiographyBorn October 28, 1930 in Suffolk, England, Bernard “Bernie” Ecclestone is the president and CEO of Formula One (F1) Management and Formula One Administration. He also owns a healthy stake in Alpha Prema, the parent company of the Formula One Group of companies.

Because of this, Ecclestone is often considered to be the primary authority in F1 racing. The tabloids commonly address him as “F1 Supremo.” Ecclestone also co-owns the Queens Park Rangers Football Club. In his early years, Ecclestone was a racing competitor and manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt.

At the end of WWII, Ecclestone went into business for himself, trading spare parts for motorcycles. He eventually formed the Compton & Ecclestone motorcycle dealership with Fred Compton, and even entered the 500cc Formula 3000 series. He limited himself to few events, but had to give up racing all together after a serious accident in 1951 at the Brands Hatch circuit.

After the accident, Ecclestone began a lucrative career in real estate and loan financing, and managed the Weekend Car Auctions firm. In 1957, Ecclestone returned to racing and managed Lewis-Evans and purchased the F1 Connaught team.

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The legendary Italian racer Riccardo Patrese
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08 September 2008

The legendary Italian racer Riccardo PatreseBorn April 17, 1954 in Padua, Italy, Riccardo Patrese is a former racing driver who raced in Formula One from 1977 to 1993. Patrese became the first Formula One driver to achieve over 200 Grand Prix starts when he made an appearance at the 1990 British Grand Prix, and the first to accomplish 250 starts at the 1993 German Grand Prix.

All together, Patrese entered in 257 F1 World Championship Grand Prix races, and started 256, making him the second most experienced F1 driver, behind Rubens Barrichello.

Patrese made his racing debut in 1977 with the Shadow Racing team at the Monaco Grand Prix. He received the nod after the team was forced to switch drivers in the middle of the season. Later that year, Jackie Oliver took Patrese with him when he left Shadow to form the Arrows team.

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A little history on Ayrton Senna the great formula one driver
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13 July 2008

A little history on Ayrton Senna the great formula one driver

Ayrton Senna Da Silva was born on March 21, 1960 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Senna lived in Monte Carlo and Sao Paula is his latter years, and was divorced from his wife but was involved in a relationship. He had no children of his own, having chosen to make racing his life, hoping to save family for a later date when the wheels stopped rolling.

Senna started racing go-karts at the age of 4, and his first run in a real racecar came at the age of 21 in a Formula Ford 1600 van Diemen. In 1981, he became the British Formula Ford 1600 Champion. In 82, he repeated as British Champion, and also won the European title in the Formula Ford 2000 class. And in 83, he won the British F3 Championship.

When 1984 rolled around, Senna found himself with Toleman-Hart and was driving a F1 car. He never won a race that year and had a bad accident when he crashed during practice. When the season finished, Senna was ranked 8th with 13 points. The 1985 season brought much-needed improvements. Senna led in races at Imola, Monaco, Nurburgring, Detroit, Silverstone, Brands Hatch, and Adelaide. He finished the 85 season in 4th place with 38 points. In 1986, Senna won his first 2 F1 races and won pole position 8 times.

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A little bit of Formula 1 Grand Prix history
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07 July 2008

A little bit of Formula 1 Grand Prix history

Formula One is the highest class of open wheeled auto racing defined by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), motorsport world’s governing body. The “formula” in the name refers to a set of rules which all participants and cars must conform.

The F1 world championship season consists of a series of different races, known as Grand Prix, held usually on purpose-built circuits, and even on closed city streets in some cases. The Most famous of these races is the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.

The results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one of the constructors.

The cars race at extremely high speeds, travelling up to 225 miles per hour, and are capable of pulling up to 5g (g= g-force which is a measurement of an object’s acceleration. 1g is the force of Earth’s gravity which holds us to the ground) in some corners.

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The dream Grand Prix location of Monaco
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23 June 2008

The dream Grand Prix location of Monaco

The Grand Prix of Monaco has been around in one form or another since 1929 when Prince Louis II sponsored the event through the Automobile Club of Monaco. The first event was organized by Anthony Noghes, son of the founder of the Club, Alexandre Noghes.

The original intent was for the local rally by the ACM to be granted national status. The application, submitted to the international governing body of motorsport was denied since there was no extant major national event held within the principality of Monaco.

In order to gain status as a national event, Noghes urged the creation of a Grand Prix event located completely within the streets of Monte Carlo. The support of Prince Louis II and the top level driver Louis Chiron, a native of Monaco and a well known driver in the European Grand Prix circuit.

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