Did anyone really expect Joe Schmidt to come out before the French game and tell us he reckoned Gallic flair to be a thing of the past and Saint-André a clown? Photograph: Eric Luke

It was the legendary driver Stirling Moss who proclaimed there are two things no man will ever admit to being – a bad driver or a bad lover. But there(...)

A Ferrari 250 GTO from the personal collection of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason

When the hammer came down on the black Ferrari 250 GT California, the rise and rise of the celebrity classic car was confirmed. Once owned by James C(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)

Three-time Australian former one world champion Sir Jack Brabham has died aged 88. Brabham won world championships with Cooper in 1959 & 1960 and with Brabham Racing in 1966. He was also the only person to have won the Formula One world championship in his own car. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Sir Jack Brabham, who has died aged 88, was one of motor racing’s great practical heroes, a tough Australian who applied a down-to-earth attitude to h(...)

The landscape around us is on a slow roast, cracking and shimmering under a hot July sun. Some way back the road ceased its gentle rise and fall of(...)

A route that reads like a tour guide for Italian villages and cities: Michael Taylor and Greg Kable in their 1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva

There was a time when Italy had a 1,000-mile road race from Brescia, in the north, down to Rome and back. Fifty-six people were killed in the Mille Mi(...)

This is not the sun-dappled, money-fuelled majesty of Monaco. It’s Tynagh, a small village near Loughrea, Co Galway. There are no skyscrapers, (...)