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1988 Lancia Delta Integrale 8v Martini n.006 Biasion-Siviero 01° Safari Rally 1988

10 years in the making: How Lancia won the 1988 Safari Rally

Success on the gruelling African adventure had eluded Lancia in its 10 previous attempts. In 1988, that story would change.

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On this day in… 1984

Thirty years ago today the first round of the 1984 Formula 1 World Championship took place at the Jacarepagua circuit in Rio de Janeiro.

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Video: Five of the best-sounding Formula 1 engines

These five terrific videos showcase the best-sounding engines ever heard in F1.

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The number of the beast

News has broken that Formula 1 drivers will now be able to select their own permanent racing numbers – but which are already accounted for by history?

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20 machines that rocked the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Event commentator and motorsportretro.com contributor Henry Hope-Frost picks 20 machines that stood out at the recent 20th anniversary event

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15 racers that rocked the Donington Historic Festival

A mouthwatering array of prized competition metalwork graced the recent Donington Historic Festival and it was a privilege to be allowed to patrol the pitlane and officiate at the podium ceremonies armed with a mic …

Wayne Gardner

10 motorcycle racers who were also brilliant on four wheels

1. John Surtees 1934-
Uniquely in motorsport, ‘Il Grande John’, as he was affectionately known by the Italian tifosi, won world titles on two and four wheels. He added to his seven bike crowns – four …

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Colin McRae’s WRC breakthrough: New Zealand 1993

While the current stars of the World Rally Championship strut their stuff on the other side of the world in Rally New Zealand, cast your mind back almost 20 years to the 1993 event.

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Video: BTCC 1992 – Tin-Top Tearaways

The British Touring Car Championship has pitted high-street cars and household-name drivers against each other for over 50 years. And ever since those early years in the late 1950s, the emphasis has always been on …

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Luscious liveries – part 2

Back in 2009, we revealed our 10 favourite motorsport liveries – those racing-car paint jobs or corporate identities that really floated our boats in period and continue to stir those retro juices. And, unsurprisingly, the …

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Renault: Powering Formula 1 Champions

With pre-season testing for the 2012 Formula 1 season already underway – teams spent four days at former Spanish GP venue Jerez last week – all eyes are on the latest creations from the 12 …

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Rally Sweden: Saabs, Super Swedes and Sideways action

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Unique among world rally championship events, Rally Sweden offers the only chance for the world’s top drivers to show off their extraordinary talents entirely on snow and ice. Threading powerful rally cars along frozen …