Articles tagged Volkswagen

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Still king of the road

It looks a little softer than its forebear, but don't be fooled by appearances When we pass through a golden era, I’ve often wondered just how aware of it we are at the time. When I watched Porsches, Saubers and Jaguars do battle in Group C at the end of the 1980s, did I appreciate exactly what it was that I was seeing? And were those old enough to witness the titanic McLaren vs Ferrari battles...

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Volkswagen Polo GTI Plus DSG

Volkswagen's latest GTI addition falls short of its promise On one level at least, driving the new Volkswagen Polo GTI was a rather reassuring process. Not because it was safe, predictable and stable – although it was all three and more – but because I was comforted by the fact that while cars like this exist, people like me will always have something to say and therefore, employment to be gained...

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The Expendables

Despite it being a new era for global touring car competition, seven tin-top action heroes are still setting the benchmarks Remember that movie The Expendables? If it passed you by, you can be forgiven (it was never going to trouble the BAFTAs). But it’s the one where all those cheesy action heroes of the 1980s and ’90s – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and more...

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Motor Show Review

(NEC, October 18th) So, the Cavalcade concluded - incidentally, the Midland Motor Museum ran Wright's 1951 Frazer Nash in it as well as their Mercedes-Benz - my next task was to go to the NEC Motor Show, in satisfactorily multi-cylinder style in the glass-roofed Editorial Rover 3500 (it has recently been Skyported, of which more next month). A press ticket did not enable one to park very near the...

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National Racing Review

It has been a year of development, controversy and near-peak excitement, rather than a season of out-and-out classic motor racing on the national club scene. On the whole grids have been full - in the majority of cases near to over-flowing - and competition has been keen and fierce. It is, perhaps, a sign of the slightly easier times in which we live that there appears to have been no dire...

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Memories

Memories Sir, I have read with interest the stories of old time motorists, and their many fine journeys and trouble-free runs. However, there is another side to the picture, that of the ordinary motorist in a rural area with the type of car that was not in the R-R Daimler, or Lanchester class. I was brought up in a small Devonshire village surrounded by steep hills, every hill had a loose flint...

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Grand Prix design

With present-day high-revving vee-type engines the need for 5- or 6-speed gearboxes is essential, in order that the driver can keep the engine working in the narrow power band of r.p.m. Some manufacturers build their own gearboxes others have them built by outside firms, while another way out is to adapt a proprietary gearbox. In all the examples illustrated, the gearboxes are mounted at the rear...

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Ford Cortina v. Morris 1100

Sir, It would pay Ford to get a psycho-analyst to the estimable "W. B." He must surely have been frightened by a model-T at an early age. And I, a Ford driver of some years standing, knowing their strength, reliability, and honest value for money, was almost influenced by him. Morris 1100 indeed! I had a test run the other day in its expensive relation, the M.G. 1100, and was never so...

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Keeping a sense of proportion

Volkswagen are currently producing at the rate of over 1,200,000 vehicles a year, and expect to sell over 250,000 of these to America. You just can't keep a good VW down—American VW sales for May reached a new peak of 26,812. Over 200,000 Ford Cortinas have been produced in the first ten months of manufacture, and 120,000 exported, while in four years B.M.C. have built over 600,000 Minis and are...

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Obituary – Björn Waldegård

In Swedish, “björn” means “bear”. And in many ways that suited Björn Waldegård, whose physique – especially in his later years – was a stark contrast to the whippet-like stance that typifies the ideal for modern racing (or rally) drivers. But there were many contrasting things about the very first world rally champion. How somebody so quietly spoken and mild-mannered could turn into a single-...

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