April 1961

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Congratulations, Jaguar! The new and keenly-awaited Jaguar E-type is described in this issue of Motor Sport. It is a stupendous achievement of British automobile engineering skill and craftsmanship,...
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For the first race meeting of the season I took to Goodwood a Simca "Montlhery", a good omen, I hope, for my forthcoming book on the track of that name, and a fitting car in which to journey...
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The first race meeting of the season at Snetterton came at the end of a warm spell and icy winds blew across the airfield all day, interspersed with bouts of hail, snow and rain, and the occasional...
1st:  R. Parry (1920 12/4 Austin. 2nd: R. Redston (1930 14/45 Talbot). 3rd and best S.T.D.: N. Tennant (1933 Speed Twenty Sunbeam). 4th:  D. Lees (1930 12/50 Alvis). Inter-Register Placings: 1st: S.T...
A new device to increase braking efficiency for cars has been introduced hy Dunlop. It is a mechanical booster designed to meet the present trend towards power-operated brake systems by supplementing...
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At a time when the new 1½-litre Formula 1 engines will be required to rev much higher than the previous 2½-litre engines, Joseph Lucas have announced a patented ignition system for racing purposes in...
"Mista Bright" is a new glass and silver polish which not only keeps windscreen, windows and mirror clear and free from condensation, and is, therefore, an important safety factor, but it is also...
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 A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters Vintage S.C.C.Opens at Silverstone on April 22nd One of the most enjoyable of the many Club Race Meetings held on the Silverstone circuit are those organised by...
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The Great H. R. Pope Sir, In his letter about Mr. Hugh Locke-King and Dame Ethel Locke-King's journey to Venice in 1905, Lord Montagu reports that their Itala was driven much of the way by "a certain...
The Hazards of Vintage Motoring Sir, Your account of your "Boxing Night Informal" ride in a 1921 A.C. awoke memories, and as I find time on my hands (having 'flu), herewith a few of those memories....
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Old cars reported recently include a 1919 Rolls-Royce 40/50 chassis, unused since 1931, in running order, and once fitted with sporting open bodywork, in a lorry-breaker's yard off A 1, just before...
That Protos Sir, The other day I was fortunate enough to meet the 1920 Protos which Mr. Georgano mentioned in his letter in the December 1960 issue. The owner was really delighted to hear that his...
The Bell Car Sir, I wonder if it is possible through the columns of your esteemed magazine to locate an original Bell car. These cars were made by Bell Bros., Calder Ironworks, Ravensthorpe,...
The P.& M. Panthette Sir, With reference to Mr. Stott's letter in the February issue of Motor Sport, " Panthette Memories," and his query regarding production. I was with Phelon and Moore at the...
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The New Notting Hill Anything that relieves congestion in the centre of great cities is to be commended and so it is worth noting that Notting Hill Gate, which had become a rather unsavoury...
The 1961 edition of the B.P. Touring Service, which contains information in a durable plastic hold-all, is now available. This year it includes a novelty item for children. It is a Children's...
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"The Author's and Writer's Who's Who," edited by L. G. Pine. 454 pp., 9 9/16 in. x 6 1/10 in. (Burke's Peerage Limited, Mercury House, 109-119, Waterloo Road, London, S.E.I. 45s.) This weighty tome,...
One would hardly expect to find references to motoring in "Hatred, Ridicule or Contempt—A Book of Libel Cases," by Joseph Dean (Constable, 1953), yet a Black Book of distinguished people it was...
The latest Corgi miniatures consist of a very fine Midland Red Birmingham-London Motorway Express coach, with windows, steering wheel, seats and toilet compartment, etc., its chassis features...
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P. C. Smith, of 111, Coleridge Road, Cambridge, owner of an Austin 850, wants to form a club for the f.w.d. B.M.C. cars, and invites those interested to write to him.
The traditional opening meeting of the International season will take place as usual on April 3rd at Goodwood with the 100-mile Formula 1 International Trophy as the main event. The British works...
The English racing season (automotive) opened at Goodwood on March 11th with the 44th B.A.R.C. Members' Meeting. The attendance would not have disgraced a "big" day and the entry was so prolific that...
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The annual dinner of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club was eaten on March 4th at the Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale, in the lofty hall where Victor Silvester's dancing contests and the Daily Mail £5,...
R. Oakes' Volkswagen made best performance in last month's Shenstone & District C.C. V. T. Fellows National Production-Car Trial, and another VW, driven by A. W. Clift, took the Shenstone Cup for...
News of a new model of the Volkswagen, best selling and most successful of modern cars, is as keenly anticipated and causes as much excitement as was the case when the model-T Ford and Rolls-Royce...
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Competition in the Formula Junior class will be even keener this year than in its previous two seasons, and already some firms have found the competition too hot and abandoned plans for continuing...
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For many years now, indeed ever since before the war when the S.S.1 was conceived, new models from the company that is now Jaguar Cars Ltd. have each one been "a winner." This is particularly true of...
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Sir, For some time past I have owned a 1926 3-litre Bentley which has been fitted with a Ford diesel unit of 3,600 c.c. This combination is sometimes frowned upon by people ready to condemn without...
Sir, Second time lucky ? Can I, as one of the select band of Moskvitch private owners (and also as the scribbler who carried out the "Ironmongery and Hardware" test to which you graciously referred)...
Alvis Day will be held on May 28th this year, at the Crystal Palace. Then, besides the S.S. and Jaguar and model-T Ford fixtures at Beaulieu (see "Rumblings" in this issue), other one-make days...
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A Fine Car in the Solihull Tradition, providing Notable Comfort and Silence at High Cruising Speeds The 3-litre Rover has a good deal in common with a pair of shoes or a favourite cap—it improves on...
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Engine : Six cylinders, 77.8 X 105 mm. (2,995 c.c.). Pushrod-operated overhead inlet valves, side exhaust valves. 8.75-to-1 compression-ratio. 115 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. Gear ratios : First, 14.52 to...
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The 79 x 76.2 mm., 1,494 c.c. four-cylinder Rootes Group o.h.v. three-bearing engine is used in 57-b.h.p. form, with 8.5-to-1 compression-ratio and Zenith d/d. carburetter in the Hillman Minx, in 60-...
A Car for Fresh-Air Motoring I have to thank Rootes for providing the best possible weather —"June in March"—during the time when I had a Singer Gazelle Series IIIB convertible for road-test, the...
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B.A.R.C. Goodwood B.R.S.C.C. Spring Snetterton Goodwood re-opens.--The cars stream away as "Ebby's" flag falls for the start of the first race at the B.A.R.C. Members' Meeting last month. Nearest the...
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As these words are being read cars are already practising for the first International races of the 1961 European season, for the Pau Grand Prix and the Easter Monday races at Goodwood. These two...
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A new car ferry service sailing between Venice, Piraeus, Rhodes, Famagusta, Haifa and Limassol is being introduced by the Epirotiki Line. A medium-sized family car can be transported between Venice...
The past winter months saw a great deal of racing in the Southern Hemisphere and not having a reporter covering these events we have not published any news on the activities, but for the record a...
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The name of Falcon Shells has become well known to builders of glass-fibre-bodied "specials" as manufacturers of some of the best-looking bodies on the market, such as the current Caribbean and...
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The majority of spectators at the big International race meetings are unaware of the state of tune of the saloon cars which scrabble round the corners on their door handles in those quaintly named "...
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We visited recently Auto Union G.m.b.H. at their new ultra-modern factory which is situated in the ancient town of Ingalstadt, some 50 miles north of Munich. It stands as a symbol of this firm's hard...
Prices of all Mercedes-Benz cars have been increased in this country, the 300SI. roadster increasing from L5.313 to L:5,534 and the 22.oSE saloon from £2,723 to £2,824. Owners of Alta cars or Alta-...
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Sir, Just another instance on how the motorist is fleeced. I turned in my four-monthly licence at the end of December as I am doing a major overhaul. A month later I get my refund, not as may be...
Sir, I have read with interest your account of a visit to Smith's speedometer factory, entitled "How Fast." You referred to the happy workers making precision instruments to an extremely high...
Sir, I was surprised to read Mr. H. Coker's letter and can only conclude he wrote to you in the heat of the moment without giving the matter much thought. Manufacturing models of veteran and vintage...
Sir, Perhaps you will allow me a few more lines to defend my earlier suggestions ? To start with, may I make it quite clear that my criticisms are personal; friends have had very different...
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Sir, I first discovered that girls like sports cars. Secondly, that an Austin Healey Sprite was the best that I could afford. There is no doubt in their little minds when I offer its services to run...
Sir, I purchased a new Ford 100E Anglia in July 1959, and 17,000 miles and almost as many troubles later, I am counting the days until the time when I can buy a "you-know-what." This may be the...
Sir, I feel that Mr. D. Murray-Wilson (February Motor Sport) should certainly have had his plate of Birds-Nest Soup with his Ferodo Fan Belt, he certainly paid enough for it! ! The price of the belt...
Sir, I was somewhat amazed to read the paragraph regarding the case at Bridgend, concerning the driver of a mobile patrol car, and even more surprised to read of a somewhat parallel case in the daily...
Sir, Despite the fact that you consider our idea a joke, and by your careful misrepresentation of the facts, intend your readers to do so also, my three friends and I - I cannot accept all the credit...
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Sir, So much has appeared in your excellent journal during the last five years in unstinted and no doubt justifiable praise of the VW that your readers might be interested to hear that the car, like...
Sir, In these days when service-after-sales is causing growing discontent among the majority of new car buyers who find faults in their vehicles, potential owners may be interested in a personal...
Sir, I am appalled at the efficiency (?) of modern hand-brakes, which seem to have reached the state of the American "parking brake. It makes one wonder how many modern cars would pass the 10-year...
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Sir, Writing in your March issue, "M. J. T." said some very kind things about our "Look at Life" film, "Against the Clock," which dealt with the R.A.C. Rally. We are grateful for his praise but may I...
Sir, As I was reading Mr. Mallock's "aggressive but not warlike" article, I suddenly found myself gripping the chair with indignation over his remarks about the August 26th meeting at Oulton Park. So...
Sir, On page 189 of the March issue I was surprised to see this comment captioning a photograph of an Austin Healey 100/6: "The bigger Austin Healeys have never been considered good rally cars...
Sir, Mr. N. S. Smith, who wrote of brake lining work he had had done, mentioned that he was charged 5s. for fitting and riveting two pairs of shoes. I asked the Mintex Depot at Southwark Street,...
Sir, In deference to the wishes of Mr. Marples I submitted my Singer Le Mans for test at the garage where I used to buy 90%, at least, of the petrol and oil I use, thinking that I would be given the...
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Sir, You will recall that you mentioned our house journal What's New in the January issue of your excellent monthly. Your comment related to the fact that we were publishing colour plates, and...
Sir, Much has been written in your columns about the shortcomings of new cars. Most of this criticism appears to be directed against the general standard of workmanship and finish rather than design...
Sir, A friend who owned an Alfa Romeo called his house Monza. I recall a house near Brooklands called Molsheim which usually had one of that town's products in its motor house. Today, outside Ruislip...

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