Motor Sport Fixture List For December
* Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 15th of the preceding month are included in this list.
* C. = Closed Event. C.I. = Closed lnvitation Event. R. = Restricted Event. N.B. = National British. N.O. = National Open. INT. = International Event.
Motor Racing Christmas Cards
Michael Turner’s popular motor racing Christmas cards are available once more this year. The subjects Turner has chosen are Hulme (Brabham-Repco V8) at Monaco (very spectacular), Clark (Lotus-Cosworth V8) at Zandvoort, Gurney (Eagle-Weslake V12) at Spa-Francorchamps, Amon (Ferrari V12) and Brabham (Brabham-Repco V8) at Silverstone, Spence/P. Hill (Chaparral 2F) at Brands Hatch, and Gurney/Foyt (Ford Mk. 4) at Le Mans. The cards are in full colour and are sold in sets of 12—two of each—at 18s., including envelopes. In addition, new reproductions suitable for framing include two of those mentioned above, Gurney at Spa and Spence/Hill at Brands Hatch, and the 1930 Le Mans 24-hour race featuring the duel between -the Kidston/Barnato Bentley and CaracciatalWerner Mercedes. Further details of these and all Turner’s works from Studio 58 Ltd., 95 West End Lane, Pinner, Middlesex.
Corgi For Christmas
Corgi have released in their Corgi Toys car miniatures a 1968 Winter Olympics Citroen Safari with appropriate markings and figures of skier and bob-sleigh rider, No. 499, priced in the U.K. at 7s. 11d. They also have a James Bond Toyota 2000GT, actually the open sports Toyota with various embellishments, No. 336, at 95s. 11d., and have issued new gilt-sets covering motor racing (No. 6) and agriculture No. 5), priced at 14s. 6d. and 39s. 6d., respectively. They have also issued their 1907-8 Corgi Toys catalogue in colour. It provides a fascinating display of all the Corgi vehicle miniatures, from TV-equipped Lincoln Continental Executive limousine to London ‘bus, including a collector’s check list with prices, and is itself likely to become a collector’s item. It costs 6d. from any Corgi stockist. From this list it is possible to obtain a foretaste of new Corgi miniatures to come, such as a Jaguar E-type 2+2, a B.M.C. Mini Countryman, competition M.G.-B GT, brass-radiator Model-T Ford ” Lyons Tea ” van, Dodge Kew Fargo tipper truck and Commer mobile camera van.—W. B.
McLaren Top In Group 7
The Canadian-American Challenge Cup series for two-seater racing cars went to Bruce McLaren and not to Denis Hulme who had been heavily tipped to win after he had scored a ” hat trick ” in the first three rounds. At the halfway stage, which we mentioned last month, it looked as if Hulme’s 27 points would be good enough to keep him well ahead of his team leader. McLaren, who had 12 points. But since then Hulme has not finished in any of the three remaining rounds, while McLaren scored wins at Laguna Seca and Riverside, taking his final points total to 30, three more than Hulme. At Laguna Seca Hulme’s Chevrolet engine blew up and at Riverside he was-not allowed to restart after some of his McLaren’s bodywork had been damaged. In the final round at Las Vegas, which did not alter the two leading positions, both McLaren works drivers retired, Hulme with a puncture and engine trouble and McLaren with engine failure. At that event it was 1966 Can-Am Champion, John Surtees (Lola-Chevolet), who won overtaking Mark Donohue whose Lola-Chevrolet broke down on the last lap. That win gave Surtees 16 points, the same number as Donohue, but the Englishman was officially placed third by virtue of his single win, Donohue not having won an event outright in this series.
Points scoring in the CanAm series is similar to that in the Formula One World Championship Series. It is interesting to note too that an anomaly crept into the final scores, for although Hulme won three of the six Group 7 events (Elkhart Lake, Bridgehampton and Mosport), McLaren won only two (Laguna Seca and Riverside), and was champion. A similar thing happened in the F.1 World Championship, where Hulme won two (Monaco and Nurburgring) and Clark won four (Zandvoort„ Silverstone, Watkins Glen and Mexico City), yet Hulme was still the World Champion.
Numerous errors crept into last month’s issue, for which we apologise, and the more serious which need putting right are as follows : Talking about the Opel Rekord, the switches should have been described as fumbly (not “jumbly “) and listing the optional engines available, it should have read 1.7S (not ” 1.75 “). The engine of the Jaguar 420G should have been described as rougher, not “faster,” than that of the Rover V8. S. C. H. Davis’s name was twice referred to as “Davies,” and in the V.S.C.C. Welsh Rally report, Lee’s Alvis broke its scraper ring in the thrash along M1, not the ”trek along M2.” The second hill in that trial was Old Hall not “Old Hill ” and the stop and re-start on The Smatcher was not abandoned, as we stated. The Nicholson-tuned M.G.-B is quite silent, not “quiet silent,” and the yellow lines in the Tailpiece picture were incorrectly stated to be “white.”
Since all of the advertisements in this month’s Motort Sport were passed for press the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Sunday, November 19th made several financial changes, one of them involving hire purchase. Several references may be found in advertisements in this issue to H.P. terms but because of the changes the deposit and repayment times are subject to alteration.