1973 Targa Florio
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Targa Florio-winning RSR returns to Sicily

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‘R6’ retraces its steps with Gijs van Lennep in Italy

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Jim Randle
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Jim Randle, 1938-2019 Driving force behind Jaguar innovations

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Jim Randle, the former director of product engineering at Jaguar, best known for helping save the marque in the British Leyland era and bringing the XJ220 into existence, has died aged 81.

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How to... Keep your classic cool
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How to... Keep your classic cool

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Recent record temperatures have taxed car cooling systems to new limits. Most modern cars can cope, and with their air-con on you’re hardly aware of the huge exchanges of heat as you sit coolly in the cabin, but things can get marginal in a classic car for engine and occupants alike. Sometimes the radiator (we’ll assume water-cooling) just can’t get rid of heat as quickly as it goes in, even with the cooling fan’s help. Your engine gets ever hotter, most likely when sitting in traffic with no natural airflow through the engine bay, and a boil-up threatens. Turn on the heater for a while to use it as an extra radiator, blower on full speed. You’ll melt even more, but it should bring the engine temperature down. If your car’s cooling capacity isn’t quite enough on a hot day even when cruising at speed, again you can resort to help from the heater for as long as you can bear it.

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1986 Porsche 959
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First production car to employ active aerodynamics - 1986 Porsche 959

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The lines of the Porsche 911 are one of its de­fining features; its silhouette is a product of evolution rather than revolution. One of these lines was, however, drawn not for design purposes but, indeed, to save the German automaker’s rear-engined sportscar from extinction.

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Last original Mini leaves production line
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In this month: 4 October 2000 - last original Mini leaves production

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 Many people had an original Mini as a first car. Many more have travelled in one. It’s a proper design icon, and a cultural one that symbolises Britain in the 1960s. Nearly every car-making nation has its automotive point of symbolism: Germany has the Volkswagen Beetle, France the Citroën 2CV, Italy the Fiat 500. Britain has the Mini. Alec Issigonis’s vision of a neat, compact and efficient design built to an affordable cost held great appeal on its introduction in 1959, and this revolutionary new car become a massive hit with the public once early problems, and potential buyers’ initial suspicion, had gone away. Many people in 1950s Britain had been riding motorcycles, perhaps with a sidecar attached. When the Mini arrived with its family-carrying ability and relatively low price, it tipped a lot of them towards their first car purchase.

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Porsche 917
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Under the skin - Porsche 917

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During the 917’s competitive life Porsche continued to develop and experiment. Our technical editor looks at some of those iterations, focusing on the 917K. Jake Boxall-Legge.

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Carlo Abarth
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Gone but not forgotten Carlo Abarth

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Because of the miracles he worked with cars the size of teacups, they called him The Magician. Words Dale Drinnon.

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Emerging Classic Ford Probe
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Emerging Classic Ford Probe

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Some big shoes to fill. A strange footnote in Ford’s history, the Probe’s notoriety far outshines its terrible sales figures. But the car that almost killed one Ford icon and failed to resurrect another is ageing fairly well a quarter of a century on. Words: Phil White.

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