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Stirling Moss wins 1952 Race of Champions, Silverstone

The Jaguar C-Type’s arrival in 1951 might have quickly made the XK 120 obsolete as a racing car but the British Racing Drivers’ Club still chose the now four-year-old model when it was organising a Race of Champions event at the 1952 Daily Express meeting on 10 May.

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1994 Penske PC-23

The Penske PC-23 is famous for its 12 of 16 victories in the 1994 IndyCar season and equally notorious for exploiting an ambiguity that surrounded pushrod engines, which saw it utterly dominate that year’s Indy 500.

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Jaguar XJ-S takes its first ETCC podium, Vallelunga, April 1982

There was more than a little criticism from the press when in early 1982 Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) announced it was to enter the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) with a Jaguar XJ-S. Big, heavy and very thirsty, it was – on paper at least – an unsuitable choice for this highly competitive series, just as the XJ12 Coupe had been five years earlier. Worse still, TWR’s effort had limited backing from the factory, only getting paid when the cars finished on the podium. With BMW dominating the series, doing so would be a tall order.

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1976 Tyrrell P34 memorable Formula 1 racecar

If the Formula One circus wasn’t already reeling from the shock of big-haired drivers sporting pork chop sideburns and man-medallions, nothing could prepare them for the arrival of the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 in 1976

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Porsche Moment ADAC 1000 Kilometer Race on 29 May, 1977

DrivesToday recounts the story behind a famous picture from Porsche’s past…

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1986 Peugeot 205 T16 E1/E2

We’re talking about the best rally cars of all time. The World Rally Championship (WRC) was never more exciting and chock-full of memorable machinery as it was during the Group B era of the 1980s; a time when the cars were considered more wild and outrageous than their F1 counterparts, coining the phrase “Formula 1 for the forest”.

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Jaguar wins GTP class, 24 Hours of Daytona, 1-2 February 1992

Jaguar may have pulled out of The World Sportscar Championship at the end of 1991 but it had one last season in endurance racing; the 1992 International Motor Sports Association’s GT series in the US. As with the WSC, Tom Walkinshaw Racing oversaw Jaguar’s IMSA entries and used a variety of cars for the 15-race series, including the V12-engined XJR-12 for the 24-hour events, plus the V6 turbo XJR-14 and its XJR-16 replacement for the others.

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The only 1983 Porsche 928 S to compete at Le Mans

Raymond Boutinaud recently restored the one and only 928 to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We take a trip to his workshop and check out this legendary ‘land shark’ for ourselves

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1989 BMW M3 Evo 2 E30 road car vs. M3 Evo 2 racer E30

The BMW M3 grew from a sublime saloon to dominate Touring Car racing for five years. John Barker compares the road and track versions.

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Niki Lauda tests the Jaguar R2, Valencia, January 2002

With no world championships or even victories to its name, Jaguar Racing’s four years in Formula 1 were a big disappointment. But it did, albeit briefly, have a three-time champion drive one of its cars

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1983 Brabham BT52

The truth is reliably stranger than fiction, and with the near-mythical motor BMW M built for Gordon Murray’s extraordinarily neat BT52 Formula 1 racer there’s almost as much strange fact and fiction as there was boost. (And there was a lot of boost.)

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1996 Ferrari F310

Since Enzo’s passing, in 1988, the prancing horse had struggled to get out of the gate. Despite top-tier Drivers — including Mansell and Prost — Maranello was a different shade of red. Having not won a driver’s title since 1979, the Ferrari 642 went embarrassingly winless in 1991 — with Prost acrimoniously sacked. Then, both Mansell and Prost would claim the 1992 and 1993 drivers titles, respectively — for rival, Williams.

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Teo Fabi wins 1991 World Sportscar Championship, Japan

As neither Mitch Evans nor Sam Bird have been able to secure the Formula E World Championship (held in mid-August at the Berlin ePrix: see news, p6), it means Teo Fabi remains Jaguar’s final champion after winning the World Sportscar Championship 30 years ago

Editor's comment
As neither Mitch Evans nor Sam Bird have been able to secure the Formula E World Championship (held in mid-August at the Berlin ePrix: see news, p6), it means Teo Fabi remains Jaguar’s final champion after winning the World Sportscar Championship 30 years ago
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Jaguar XJ-S’ first race, Mosport Park, August 1976

As our feature on shows, the XJ-S could be turned into more of a sports car, although it wasn’t a natural racing car due to its size and weight. That didn’t stop Bob Tullius and his Group 44 team from campaigning the car in the late Seventies, with considerable success.

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