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Fernando Alonso gets behind the wheel of the McLaren-Honda MP4/4 with which Ayrton Senna won the 1988 World Championship in this promo clip for TAG Heuer.

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Old And New, These Are The Track Stars We Love

We like fast machines around here, and that means we're drawn to racecars past and present. Here's a list of our favorites.

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Bonhams is auctioning a DAP kart driven by late Formula One legend Ayrton Senna in 1981 at the World Championship in Parma, Italy. It's the last kart race Senna entered before switching full-time to Formula Ford 1600.

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English artist Ian Berry, who goes by the name Denimu, make art out of denim. Commissioned by the Instituto Ayrton Senna to do a portrait of the Formula One legend, Berry did it with jeans worn by the Senna family.

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Everyone remembers the Candy-liveried Toleman in which Ayrton Senna scored his first podium, taking second place at the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix. We remember the JPS-livered Lotus in which he won his first grand prix the following season, the Camel-livered Lotus in which he challenged for the title, the numerous Marlboro-livered McLarens with which he won his three championships and the Rothmans-liveried Williams in which he sadly perished. But before them all came the Toleman TG183B in which he c

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If you mention Ayrton Senna, it's almost impossible to not think about Alain Prost. It goes the same way when talking about the French driver, known as The Professor. The two Formula One World Champions were inextricably linked from their first meeting in 1984 through to Prost's retirement in 1993.

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While the automotive world is focusing on the twentieth anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death, there was much, much more to the legendary driver than his untimely passing at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

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Detractors will tell you every Formula One race is the same: a bunch of overpaid, glorified cab drivers posing as athletes sit in cars that have nothing to do with the ones we see and drive on the road and proceed to drive around in circles. Of course racing fans know different. We know that no two grands prix are the same. But even then, some stand out more than others.

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The Racers starts off with a quote from legendary racecar driver Sir Stirling Moss: "There are two things no man will admit he cannot do well... Drive and make love." Whether that's true or not, it sets the tone of the video, to be sure, and is fitting for a film that romanticizes Formula One racing, traditionally a male-dominated sport.

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In the battle between Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, the winner won't necessarily be the one with the biggest selection of cars or the best tracks, or even most top-notch physics and graphics that can traipse all over the uncanny valley. It'll be about exclusive content, and we're talking more than offering a few cars the other guy doesn't have. We're talking tie-ins, features so cool that people will buy the games just because of those special bits. Forza has a tie-in with Top Gear, and wil

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Ducati is bringing a special treat to its customers in Brazil – a special edition of the 1199 Panigale S superbike, exclusive to the South American country, honoring late Formula One world champion and local god Ayrton Senna, who died nearly 20 years ago at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

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McLaren continues celebrating its 50 years of racing in the team's latest video, which looks back to the days when the company's namesake and founder was out running the cars himself. It proceeds up from there, covering the team's multiple world champions and including some classic racing footage along the way, much of which is attributed to the late Bruce McLaren, who was tragically killed in testing in 1970.

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Honda is getting excited for its imminent return to Formula One with McLaren. So excited, in fact, that it got its new/old friends from Woking to loan it one of its old F1 cars. But not just any old F1 car...

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It's not often that things owned by the late Ayrton Senna come up for sale, but the seller of this black-on-black 1993 Honda NSX (aka, Acura NSX) eBay find claims it was once owned by the Formula One legend, and that he left a footprint on the factory carpet that can still be seen today. (Footprint, or vacuum lines?...)

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Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 with McLaren, and when that engine maker and that F1 constructor are mentioned together, two other words are never far behind: Ayrton Senna. There are engine suppliers, constructors and drivers that have bigger numbers, but those three form a triumvirate that came close to defining F1 in the eighties.

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Sid Watkins, always known as "The Professor" in the Formula One paddock, has died at the age of 84.

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These days it seems like the dream of a new Lotus Esprit is getting nothing but further away, while the troubled company responsible for it applies the classic black and gold livery to everything it produces – and many things produced by others. But there was a time when the original Esprit was a mechanical wonder to behold, and the JPS livery was championed by arguably the greatest driver who ever lived.

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Motorsports history buffs take note: an important piece of racing nostalgia has come up for auction. The Toleman TG184-2 Formula One Car Ayrton Senna drove in his rookie season is available for bid in the Silverstone Auctions Spring Sale.

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These days, you only have a Ball chair in your office if you're an evil genius or confused enough to think it's still 1962. The clever artists at Racing & Emotion Design are out to change all that, though. The company has taken it upon themselves to slather the spherical seating, as well as an "Egg" style chair, in some of the world's most famous racing liveries.

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The award-winning documentary Senna has been elusive for many American fans to see. It's had a limited release in theaters on the coasts, and even popped up in Netflix's Instant Streaming queue for a few accidental days, but otherwise us Yanks have had to watch from afar as everyone's been drooling over director Asif Kapadia's masterpiece about the life and death of Ayrton Senna.

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