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“On road-racing cars the biggest single cause of fire is the electrics. You only need to break a cable and there are sparks everywhere. We really ought to think about doing away with on-board starters and going over to magneto ignition and auxiliary starter motors.”— A return to the days before 1961?—Denis Hulme being quoted in an American racing magazine.

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“All the passing is in the slipstreaming round the back. I am sure the outward part of the circuit could be modified, which would improve the whole circuit. I think the best thing to do with it would be to shorten the whole length, from where you start off down the main straight; you would cut across the forest and join the inward leg before you get to the slow bit.” Should stop all passing completely!—Jack Brabham talking about Hockenheim to an American racing magazine.

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“…what I would consider one of the most beautiful cars ever produced, although neither flamboyant nor pretentious, is the 1960 Alfa Romeo designed by Zugatto. Its long sleek curvilinear body makes a man lustful to own one, and sends many a thrill down female spines.”—Max Wykes-Joyce and Lizard Culpin writing about “The Motor Car as a Work of Art” in the January issue of Antique Dealer and Collection Guide.

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“As for the strike’s perpetrators—this column shuns politics, but in my book anyone who communicates with foreign powers with a view to perpetrating an act calculated to bring Britain’s overseas communications to a halt is guilty of treason and should be tried by the High Court accordingly.”—”Verglas” writing in Motoring News of the postal stoppage.