The Grand Prix Regulations.
THE question of weight limit for the Grand Prix races next year has caused quite a considerable stir. After discussion, it was decided to make the maximum weight 750 kilograms, and in view of the heated arguments which have ensured, on the one hand that the figure is too high, and on the other that it is too low, a few weights of well known cars will not be out of place. The 2.3 Bugatti weighs 850 kgs., the if litre Delage 863 kgs., the 1923 G.P. Sunbeamn 670 kgs., the 2 litre Alfas of that year were a bit lighter and this year’s ” monopost° ” Alfas were 700 kgs. From the point of view of engine progress, it certainly seems that Mon. Louis Delage is right in his contention that the limit is too high. The ” monoposto ” Alfa Romeo is capable of about 150 m.p.h. -faster than most road courses allowand the increased weight limit will enable a slightly larger engine capacity to be used. The result will be still more speed, which will be difficult to reach on the road, but will demand super road holding and brakes in the car and driving
qualities in the man. A reduced weight limit would also require good road holding, for the car would be lighter, though not so fast.
Although we incline to Mon. Louis Delage’s view theoretically, in view of the fact that certain manufacturers have already planned vehicles to conform with the new limit, this practical consideration must naturally gain the decision. But what drivers they will be who can drive the new cars at their maximum !
The 1933 R.A.C. Rally.
The first R.A.C. Rally held last year was such an outstanding success that its repitition next year was assured. The preliminary details have now been announced, and the Rally will take place on March 14th-18th. There will be nine starting points, and the finish will be at Hastings.
A Proposed Lagonda Club.
We have received the following letter from Mr. C. C. Vokes, which will be of great interest to all owners of Laginda cars.
“I am to get a Lagouda Car Owners’ Club on similar lines to the well-known Riley. Motor Club and others and should be grad to have the names and addresses of those who are interested. I have got about 100 addresses to start with and we hope to have a meeting one afternoon as soon as convenient at maybe Brooklands, or one of the London Air Clubs such as Hanworth or Heston, which ever is thought most suitable to get the members together for the first time and to elect officers, etc.
The tentative 4,subscription suggested is one guinea, and a very attractive badge is being designed. The Rallies will be held in different parts of the country so that all owners will have an equal chance of participating.
If you could make any mention of this in your esteemed journal, we should be very grateful indeed in the interests of the Sport J ourn al. “