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Legendary lives: Tony Adamowicz

Born in up-state New York in 1941, Tony Adamowicz, or Tony ‘A2Z’ as he is fondly often referred to, became interested in cars as a young boy, and was inspired in the late 1940s by …

Indy 500 1983: Sneva’s last-gasp success

Watch this video of the last 10 laps of the 1983 Indianapolis 500 and you’ll quickly realise why the climax to America’s biggest race that May is remembered as one of the best.

Daytona 500 1979 – fight to the finish

The blue-riband 500 has been the most important event in what is unequivocally America’s biggest motorsport series since it first joined the calendar in 1959. A win at Daytona ranks pretty close to the top …

AUTOSPORT International – the insider’s view

January’s AUTOSPORT International show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is the ultimate Christmas/New Year hangover cure for race fans of all ages and tastes. Organised for the past 20 years by the world’s …

Paris-Dakar 1986: Porsche 959

With the annual Dakar Rally being run once again I’m reminded of the year – almost a quarter of a century ago – when Porsche turned up in the desert with a trio of hi-tech …

Rick Mears – the racer’s racer

Few images from the halcyon days of 1980s American Indycar racing are as evocative as those featuring Rick Ravon Mears in a Pennzoil-liveried Penske.

Rodiriguez 1970 Porsche 917

Brands Hatch 1970: Pedro Rodriguez’s rain-dance

Generations of sportscar racing fans recall – no doubt with shivers down their spines – the day, back in April 1970, when one of the category’s biggest stars literally walked on water. And this superb …

Group B: fabulous but frightening

Having digested Piero Comanducci’s fabulous aural treat in the shape of the 1977 RAC Rally, rally fans really ought to check out this other Piero masterpiece. This one showcases the Group B formula of the …