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     Print Edition: July 10, 2011

In Senna's Memory

Asif Kapadia
Asif Kapadia
To most racing enthusiasts around the world, the name of Ayrton Senna resonates just as deeply as the names of Diego Maradona and Pele do for football fans. Like the latter, Senna too came from Brazil, and throughout his career, he was arguably as popular with his countrymen as its football team. Everyone knows of the fatal accident in Imola in 1994 that cut short both a stellar career as well as a flamboyant life. Adored as one of the greatest drivers in F1, Senna is the subject of a new documentary by longtime fan and renowned British filmmaker Asif Kapadia. Featuring exhaustive archival footage of a man who in his glory years couldn't move a muscle without a camera following him, the documentary has been recieving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Covering his entire life from his boyhood fascination with cars to the peak years of the late 80's and early 90's when Senna won three World Championships and forged a formidable rivalry with Alain Prost, this is a must-watch.
Summer Party

Saturday July 23 is going to be one heck of a party; the day one of Ascot's most important annual races, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes for a total prize money of �1,000,000 will be held. If it's Ascot, it's got to be glamorous. So get ready for a gala cocktail part, that will be held on Saturday soon after the middle-distance race. With flowing outdoor cocktail lounges featuring top mixologists, music and live bands performing in the evening, the stage is set for a great party. It may not be as high voltage as Royal Ascot, but it's bound to be as enjoyable.
A Historic Climb

If it's July, it must be the Tour de France. From July 2 to July 24, a huge number of people around the world will be glued to their tv sets following what is arguably one of the toughest races in the world. Opening in the town of Vendée for the first time in 6 years (the race starts at a different city every year) , the race will continue for the next 22 days, covering approximately 3,400 km over 21 stages. The main focus will definitely be on the six mountain stages, especially on the climb up the impressive Col du Galibier, a mountain pass in the Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble in the south of France (see pic). First climbed by a cyclist in 1911, the Tour will mark its 100th anniversary by climbing the Col twice with a 24-hour break.
Retro in style
Celebrating its 21st birthday over the July 22-24 weekend is the delightfully quirky Silverstone Classic at the famous racetrack of the same name in England. Celebrating all things retro with a series of processions and races, expect to see over 800 old and rare racing cars as they get dusted off and spruced up for yet another round in the sun. Especially interesting will be special events celebrating cars like the E-Type Jaguar.

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
Viper's Return

There aren't too many racers in the world who can claim to be the owners of their own teams. Tony Stewart, the ace NASCAR driver is quite the odd-man-out in this regard, driving a Chevrolet Impala for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing. He's also the only NASCAR racer to have won the elite Sprint Cup in it's pre-2003 points-based avatar as well as in it's current chase-playoff format. However, his single biggest contribution to the racing world is his annual charity dirt-track race, Prelude to a Dream, which benefits four children's hospitals. It was held for the seven successive year at the Eldora Speedway in Ohioanother thing that Stewart ownswith an all-star cast of drivers. This year's race was won by another legendary NASCAR racer-owner, Clint Bowyer, who had won the race last year as an owner. The real glory of the night went to Stewart though, for another flawlessly executed event which gave both the audiences the thrill of a great race, and benefitted many sick children.

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