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AA director's RAC 'windfall'

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Bonanza for 'club clique' as RAC is sold off

THE Royal Automobile Club, Britain's oldest motoring organisation, is to be sold to an American company, Cendant, for pounds 450m. Four MPs are among a "club clique" of RAC members set to receive a pounds 35,000 windfall from the sale.

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PETER YORK ON ADS: No 218: PIZZA HUT: Ruud and cheeky does it

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Leading Article: Blair taken for a spin on the moral barbecue

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Motor racing: Hill may regret first big mistake

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Motor Racing: Prost cannot resist a swipe at the driver who got away

Alain Prost is as ambitious in team ownership as he was as a driver. Yesterday he questioned Damon Hill's ambition at the launch of his team's new car, one the British former world champion chose not to drive.

Motor racing: Hill unhappy with Jordan's parity policy

Jordan rolled out their car for the 1998 Formula One season yesterday, but the pomp was punctured by Damon Hill's misgivings at not being the No 1 driver with his new team. Derick Allsop reports.

Damon launches drink-drive campaign

Motorists were urged to have "none for the road" yesterday as the Government launched a pounds 2m Christmas crackdown on drink-driving.

Did you lie to us Tony?

We believed you when you promised sleaze-free politics. We shared in your electoral triumph. We thought you were different. But now we're not sure

Lumley finds bus ad absolutely outrageous

An advertisment depicting a Joanna Lumley lookalike endorsing a soft drink has been denounced as monstrous by the actress's agents and raised the question of how celebrities can protect their image.

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