Gristophorus is a beautifully produced, illustrated publication, with a magnificent colour cover, devoted to the past and present creations of the versatile and talented Dr. Porsche.
The current issue contains references to Porsche, Auto-Union, Wanderer, Steyr, Austro-Daimler, Cisitalia and Mercédès competition cars. From it we learn that the present-day VW stems from the Porsche Type 12 of 1932, a rear-engined, central-frame, streamlined 1.2-litre car to have been built by Zuendapp. This was developed as the Type 32 of 1933, built by N.S.U., the rear-engined, air-cooled, horizontally-opposed 1,400-c.c. engine of which gave 28 h.p. The third car of this type is still in use. About 30 prototype VW30s followed, in 1936, for test, purposes, following tests of a chassis during the winter of 1935/6. A VW van, with higher ground clearance, had also been produced. The Porsche originated as a streamlined coupé on a VW chassis which was built in 1939.
The book is full of splendid photographs, on art paper, with subtitles in English. — W. B.
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An excellent discourse in simple language, backed by diagrams and photographs, on how oil products are made available to the world, from the discovery of crude oil to the conversion into refined products, is a book I strongly recommend. It is available free of charge from the Petroleum Information Bureau, 29, New Bond Street, London, W.1, on mentioning Motor Sport. — W. B.
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A 1928 Lancia Lambda “stars” with Petula Clark and Desmond Carrington in a short film about Regent petrol, soon to he released to many local cinemas. It was “shot” at Cookham station.