Jim Smith had had a sheltered 1940s-50s upbringing on the remote New South Wales dairy farm run by his Methodist parents. He seldom went anywhere else other than to the local school or to the Sunday school.
Today marks the 60th anniversary of Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson’s record-breaking win in the Mille Miglia. Jenks’s first-person account, which appeared in the June 1955 issue of Motor Sport, is one of the landmark pieces of automotive journalism. Here it is:
Valentino Rossi has been through them all. He’s the ancient prize fighter who has taken out Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and the rest. His premier-class duels go so far back into racing history – all the way back to 2000 – that they cross generations. The same time span of 16 years would’ve…
I am almost always delighted with any comment left after columns like this, because whether you agree with me or not, you’ve taken time to read what I have written and thought it merited a reply, which is usually (but I concede not always) a reasonable indication that I’m doing my job properly.
Fernando Alonso, on his return to F1, has immediately gone off-message regarding McLaren’s position on the cause of his testing accident at Barcelona in February that left him hospitalised with concussion.
IndyCar kicks off its new season in the streets of St Petersburg, Florida this weekend. Sunday in St Pete will witness the first race for Chevrolet and Honda's aero kits and everyone hopes it will be the beginning of a much-needed revival for the struggling series.
Formula 1 was undeniably underwhelming Down Under. The lead battle in Melbourne was cagey rather than a cage fight; the rest were nowhere; and now everybody – not just Sauber – is in the dock.
McLaren the Formula 1 team may be having the most woeful start to season in its history, but it has not stopped McLaren the road car constructor forging ahead. It has recovered from the MP4-12C being launched before it was ready and enjoyed a tidal wave of praise for the faster, better looking and in all ways…