“Compression ratio 9 to 1. Suspension: front, independent; rear, semi-elliptic..” – Thompson-Reid Ltd. of Belfast in an advertisement for the S-type Austin Mini-Cooper. (Our italics.)
“Just how long Rolls-Royce can maintain their supremacy is a matter of some doubt. Craftsmen responsible for the specially built coachwork of the past are becoming increasingly difficult to replace, and the time must be near when modernisation of their engineering approach will become essential.” – J. Eason Gibson, writing in Country Life.
“We can accept changes in the Volkswagen which are signs of increased efficiency in production but there is no reason why these changes should be accompanied by any fall in quality. There are always those who will say ‘They’re not as good as they used to be’: it is becoming evident that in certain respects this is only too true” – Editortal in the January issue of Beetling, official publication of the V.W.O.C.
“…there must be an instant stop to the pie-in-the-sky period of stunts and gimmicks which has marked Mr. Marples’ rule at the Ministry Of Transport.” – Robert Glenton in The Sunday Express.
A vintage birthday treat
Went the other day to see some of the cars Ben Collings is restoring for various people. Coming upon the Mexican-owned 1912 Type KM 10.6-litre four-cylinder Isotta-Fraschini was breathtaking —…
Mr. R. H. Garner writes: "In pre-war days. Ken Jarvis figured successfully in trials with the hybrid trials car "Pansy," as well as in sprint events with Austin Sevens. Upon…
On non-race days . . .
It may be the imminence of the publication by Grenville of a revised edition of my "History of Brooklands Motor Course" that has caused me to feel more acute nostalgia than…