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1970: Finland wins the World Cup

Imagine trying to organise a six-week rally that took 100 crews on a 16,000-mile route from London to Mexico City, via most of Europe and the Americas, and that comprised the most inhospitable and torturous …

Fever machines: Porsche 917/10

Porsche’s fearsome 917 sports-racer came, saw and conquered during the first two world sportscar championship seasons of the 1970s. The 4.5-litre, flat-12 cylinder machine – later increased to five litres – was the most sophisticated …

Video: Lotus 38 to star at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

One of the most eagerly anticipated appearances at next weekend’s 18th Goodwood Festival of Speed, indeed anywhere in historic motorsporting circles, will surely be the first public exercising of the iconic Lotus 38. Formula 1 …

'69 24 hours of Le Mans

Le Mans ’69: 100-yard humdinger

The 37th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours features on most sportscar racing fans’ list of ‘greatest-ever races’ around the legendary La Sarthe venue – and for several good reasons.

Classic circuits: Brands Hatch

Very few of the world’s modern-day, sanitised, super-safe international race tracks command the sort of respect their tree-lined, blind-summitted, heart-in-the-mouth forbearers once did. Names such as Elkhart Lake (Road America), Mosport, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Rouen and …

Sandown 1000kms 1984: Bellof on top down under

Sportscar racing’s brightest prospect, Stefan Bellof, finally secured the discipline’s biggest prize, the FIA Endurance Championship for drivers, with his sixth win of the 1984 season. The 27-year-old German guided the factory Rothmans Porsche 956 …

Grand Prix Gold: San Marino 1985

How many world championship grands prix can you recall that were won by a driver who didn’t lead a single lap? One such event took place 25 years ago this week at the Autodromo Enzo …

Safari 1985: Kankkunen king at last

It’s been well over 25 years since one of the world rally championship’s most successful drivers first climbed the top step of the podium.