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Claire Williams

"Away from the races I have great memories of visiting the factory when I was little. Dad, I think in order to get his quiet and peaceful time, used to take Jonathan and I to the factory on a Saturday to work with him."

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Mark Blundell

My journey to F1, Indycars and the top step of the podium at Le Mans

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John Rhodes

Smokin’ John Rhodes

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Dario Franchitti

Early Days
My interest in racing came from my Dad, I got my love of cars from him and I would go to Ingliston with him to watch him race. Funnily enough I was only chatting with him the other day about a car he used to own back in 1976 and his main memory of it was how lucky it was that when he had an accident in it, it was misfiring as usual, otherwise it would have been a much bigger accident!

My earliest memories of going with him were sitting in this great scaffolding grandstand
. I can still picture exactly where I would sit, there are still certain sounds or smells that as soon as I’m exposed to them, they take me right back there in an instant. I’d have a hot dog and sit there for hours watching. The crazy saloons were my favourite, like Doug Nevin’s Beetle that had a formula 5000 engine & Walter Robertson’s VW with a 3litre Cosworth Ford DFV engine in the back. You could sit and watch year old Formula 1 cars racing round Ingliston. I remember one of the guys put one over the barriers and when it was recovered and arrived on the back of a truck, it was the first time I’d seen a car in kit form!

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Sir Stirling Moss at the Silverstone Classic

Sir Stirling Moss

Memories of Silverstone, Monaco and the Mille Miglia

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Matt Neal pictured with the 1964 Mk1 Lotus Cortina. Click to view full size

Matt Neal

Silverstone touring car memories from the three times BTCC champion

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Montreal 2012

Sam Bird

Sky Diving With Schumi!

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Johnny Mowlem

Johnny Mowlem

“At least I had P1 on the board for a while” LE MANS 2003

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Johnny Mowlem

2007 Sebring- Joining The Winning Act

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Allan McNish

A lifetime of motorsport memories from the multiple Le Mans winner

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Jason Plato

The double BTCC champion on starting out in motorsport, single seaters, touring cars, victories and an all time favourite circuit. Oh & the small matter of doorstepping Sir Frank Williams.....

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Clive Chapman

Colin Chapman, Ronnie Peterson, Keke Rosberg and Silverstone

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Andy Scott

Andy Scott

From scrambling in fields to European Rallycross

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Tony Harris

One of the founders of Race2Recovery, Tony looks back on taking up the challenge of pulling together a plan to start rallying and the reasons for choosing the World’s toughest rally to compete in – Dakar.

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Adam Parr

A Williams victory at The Spanish Grand Prix 2012

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Mike Gascoyne

I have been lucky enough to compete and to drive Formula One cars that I designed which is very unique.

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Emanuele Pirro

from Hell to Heaven. Le Mans memories from the 5 times champion of the 24 hours.

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Emanuele Pirro

Alain Prost demonstrated to me how good planning, attention to detail, good communication with the team and good race management could add to the talent you already had.

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Rob Huff

Winning the World Touring Car Championship in 2012 was so special, it was my dream come true.

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Phil with Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme. Image Copyright Phil Kerr Collection. Click to enlarge

Phil Kerr

During my time as a Director of Brabham Racing Organisation and McLaren Racing there were many great experiences and times of triumph and tragedy.

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Michael Racing the Hesketh 308e at Monaco

Michael Lyons

The story behind the cars is always fascinating and one of my favourites is a Hesketh 308e which is an ex-Rupert Keegan car. I was lucky enough to race the Hesketh at Monaco in 2012.

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Gerard Quinn

The Director of Ford Racing looks back over his favourite moment of F1 and of his involvement in WRC

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John Cleland

Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart.....racing milk floats....!

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John Cleland

I remember going to the Royal Scottish Automobile Club in Blythswood Square which was where the Rally left from, and watching the cars heading off to Monte Carlo.

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John Cleland in action

John Cleland

taking part in, what is said, was the best touring car race ever. It was the race at Donington in 1998 which Mansell drove in. I won that race on that day and I think it was the best race I’d ever been in, in touring cars.

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The 1991 Le Mans winning Mazda

Johnny Herbert

Wining in the Mazda was a real joy. It was a very popular car, not necessarily because it was quick, but because it was very noisy. It was and still is the noisiest car that has ever been to Le Mans.

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Johnny Herbert

The Formula 1 race that stands out for me is my very first Grand Prix in Brazil.

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Troy Corser

When I was on the Aprilla at Misano in 2000. I beat Ducati at their home track by about 10 seconds in both races. I annihilated them.

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Derek Warwick

Derek Warwick

My first Grand Prix was at Imola in 1981..... it was the proudest moment of my life.

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Marino Franchitti

Being involved in the Nissan Delta Wing, which we took from ‘concept’ to racing at Le Mans in the space of about 3 months, was an amazing experience. The car had half the weight & half the amount of drag of a standard race car. With that it also uses half the tyres & half the fuel, factors which are hugely influential in endurance racing.

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Ben Collins

Ben Collins aka The Stig on his F1 heroes and aquaplaning on the Mulsanne Straight

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Paddy Hopkirk

Winning the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally

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Alice Powell

In 2010, Alice made history by becoming the first female to EVER win a Formula Renault race and made more history by becoming the first female to win a Formula Renault Championship. Alice looks back at the final race meeting....

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Gordon Shedden

Looking back on my career to date, my favourite memory has to be of winning the British Touring Car Championship in 2012.

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Pippa Mann

Qualifying for the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

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Mike Wilds

I had the honour of driving for Ecurie Ecosse from 1984 until 1987, four of the most enjoyable years motor sport of my career.

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Nico Rosberg

Nico looks back on his motorsport career to date. A maiden F1 win in China tops them all.

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British Women Racing Drivers Club

Helen Bashford-Malkie

Racing Chevrons, leading at Spa in an F1 car & racing the great Ayrton Senna.

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Barry “Whizzo” Williams

Looking back at favourite cars, podiums and drivers

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Guy Edwards

Guy Edwards is possibly best known being the first driver to stop at the scene of Nicki Lauda's accident at the Nurburgring. He was subsequently awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his actions in helping to save Lauda from the burning wreckage. But how did Guy get to compete in Formula One?

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Louise at Monte Carlo, pace notes are everything! Image copyright www.cutiecookie.co.uk

Louise Cook

A baptism of fire and ice for Louise as she makes history at the Rallye de Monte-Carlo.

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Karun in the JRM Racing Honda Performance Development ARX-03 at Sebring. Image copyright www.karunchandhok.com

Karun Chandhok

In 2012 Karun teamed up with David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship for JRM Racing. June saw Karun driving at Circuit De La Sarthe - The Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Karun at Silverstone 2010. Image copyright www.karunchandhok.com

Karun Chandhok

Having had the honour of being the first Indian racing driver to stand on the top step of the podium and have the Indian national anthem played at a Formula 1 race weekend, when he won the GP2 race at Spa-Francorchamps in 2007, Karun now pursues his dream of an F1 drive

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Karun with the 2006 Asian Renault V6 Trophy. Image copyright www.karunchandhok.com

Karun Chandhok

Karun, the first Indian race driver to become a member of the British Racing Driver’s Club recalls his early introduction to motorsport, the thrills of winning and the frustrations of trying to forge a career

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On the top step of the podium at Monaco

David Coulthard

Which is David Coulthard's favourite circuit? Which track gives him the true feeling of being a grand prix driver and which victory gave him the most satisfaction there?

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Sir John Whitmore

On Minis, Cortinas, Touring Cars, Le Mans and Wooden Legs. Oh and a couple of guys called Chapman and Clark

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Liz in action

Liz Halliday

Liz Halliday - Racing Driver, Professional Equestrian and a regular commentator on Eurosport's coverage of Le Mans 24 Hours has 6 wins in the ALMs series, a winner at the 1000kms of Spa and was the first woman driver to win a round of the British GT Championship. But what is Liz's favourite racing memory?

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Sir John Whitmore

Sir John Whitmore

The British Touring Car Champion 1961, gives Steve McQueen a drive.

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The Harrods McLaren F1 GTR

Derek Bell

The 5 times Le Mans champion shared a memory with Replay Motorsport at the recent Chelsea Autolegends show on 3rd Sept 2012. Derek talks about his proudest moment in racing and his most nerve wracking.

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Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Principal Ross Brawn on an emotional rollercoaster of a season. At the end of 2008 Honda pull out of F1 and all seems bleak for Button, Barrichello and Brawn.

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Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Principal Ross Brawn recalls a young German sports car driver coming to Benetton F1, the beginning of a long relationship that took in multiple world championship victories.

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Jaguar XJR-14

Ross Brawn

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Principal Ross Brawn is associated with designing and building World Championship winning Formula One cars, but he also had success in sports cars with the Jaguar XJR -14

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Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team Principal Ross Brawn recalls his introduction to motorsport, his heroes and the early years of his illustrious career.

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Max on the top step of the podium

Max Coates

Max Coates, from Scorton in North Yorkshire, is racing in the Ginetta GT Supercup, a support series to the British Touring Car Championship. Max started racing in Karts aged 8 and graduated into car racing 2 and a half years ago. Max has raced in the Ginetta Junior championship for the last two year with three podiums in the 2011 championship. He then competed in the winter series finishing 2nd overall with a win and two further podiums.

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Oliver in action

Oliver Webb

In 2010, Oli came 3rd in British Formula 3 International with Fortec having lead the championship and got 3wins, 14 podiums, 4 poles and 4 fastest laps on the way. Here he describes a magical weekend at Magny Cours

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The Benetton F1

Max Wakefield

What does it really feel like to win a race? And in an 800bhp F1 car? Max Wakefield knows. In this most esoteric of pieces, let yourself be transported to Le Mans for a few moments...

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Ex Roger Clark & Hannu Mikkola Escort

David Higgins

David, Subaru USA Rally Driver and 2011 Rally America National Champion looks back on his first ever International rally victory.

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David Higgins

David Higgins

Subaru USA Rally Dirver David Higgins looks back to the start of his career in motorsport, competing in karts against David Coulthard and Allan McNish, but most of all he remembers the painful rivalry with his brother....

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Mike driving the JPS Lotus 72 at Mallory Park

Mike Wilds

Mike's burning ambition was to drive in Formula One. In 1974 his chance came at Watkins Glen as he found himself lining up on the same grid as his hero Ronnie Peterson and Lauda, Fittipaldi, Hunt, Andretti, Peterson, Pace, Hulme.....

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Annalese Ferrari

Annalese Ferrari

The Clio Cup racer remembers her first test session in a Formula Renault at Silverstone

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The Le Mans winning Team LNT Panoz

Lawrence Tomlinson

2006 and a class win in GT2 at Le Mans in the Team LNT Panoz Esperante GT-LM

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Lawrence Tomlinson

Lawrence Tomlinson

2004 at the 24 hours of Le Mans, Lawrence recalls his first experience of participating in the great race, from panic on the first practice lap, to bringing home the first TVR to finish in 60 years to the delight of the British fans

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Paul in his egg:sport days

Paul O'Neill

Paul recounts an emotional first ever British Touring Car Championship victory on his home circuit in front of family, friends and fans at Oulton Park

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Jeroen on the podium

Jeroen Bleekemolen

Le Mans winner Jeroen looks back to the start of his career racing against Dan Wheldon and Jenson Button in the highly competitive Formula Ford series.

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The flash fuel fire

Jim Glickenhaus

The P4/ 5 Competizione is a unique Ferrari developed and run by Jim. In recording a class win the car also achieved the fastest 'ring time recorded by a Ferrari powered car

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James Glickenhaus' 1947 Ferrari 159S Spyder Corsa. Image courtesy of http://jalopnik.com

Jim Glickenhaus

Owning the world's oldest known Ferrari with continuous history in the world today. Chassis 002 is very much still in use

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Sean Edwards

Sean Edwards had dreamed of winning at Monaco since he first contested the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. At the wheel of the Konrad Motorsport’s 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, based on the street-legal lightweight 911 GT3 RS sports car, the British-born, Monaco resident used his home advantage to secure pole by 0.119 seconds. Can he take the victory?

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