Miscellany, May 2003

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The Morris Register is lucky to have such an expert historian as Harry Edwards. In its spring Journal he has a long article on the beginning of Morris cars in 1913, with pertinent info about problems, personalities involved, etc. The photographic cover of the Journal depicts a splendid early post-WWII street scene — with congestion! The Register Secretary is Roger Bird, PO Box 47, Woking, Surrey GU22 8WE.

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The prototype V12 Lagonda drophead coupé (ARD 246) has survived long spells in various barns but is now being properly restored by a member of the Lagonda CC. His father owned one of the last V12 saloons, used by W O during the war; before that it was a Press test car, possibly the one I had for a brief wartime appraisal with Battle of Britain dogfights overhead.

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The BRDC has issued a 75th Anniversary announcement headed ‘Motor SportMagazine’, which reminded me that pre-war and in the 1940s Motor Sport was the club’s Official Journal.

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The 750MC is flourishing: 61 new members joining in a month. Fixtures include the National A7 Beaulieu Rally on July 6 and a 1000-mile Round Britain Run on July 17-20. The Secretary is Neil Carr-Jones, 112 Mailing Street, Lewes, East Sussex NN7 2RJ.

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I believe quiz competitions are popular pub games but they seem less frequent in car club circles. Sample questions might be: which has been the least expensive car with inclined overhead valves, and which had the flattest power/torque curves?