April 1971

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Jaguar's new V12 At a time when new British cars lack glamour or mechanical ingenuity, the advent of the long-awaited V12 Jaguar engine in a revised Series-3 version of the famous E-type high-...
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Announced last month by the Motor Circuit Developments Ltd. combine was news of what is billed to be the richest motor race in Europe. The total prize fund will be £50,000 with the winner taking £20,...
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In last month's issue we described four new 1971 racing cars, three of them destined for Kyalami where they raced and one, the McLaren M19 driven by Denis Hulme, very nearly beat the Ferraris. But at...
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Youngsters in motor racing The old adage about never being too young to start certainly seems to be true in Formula Ford racing these days. At Brands Hatch a few weeks ago the front row of the grid...
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USAC launched its 1971 season on a somewhat controversial note when it suddenly announced that its first race of the year, which was to have been a strictly invitational, non-championship event at...
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Swedes and Finns are the acknowledged experts on snow rallies, both as organisers and as competitors. It is understandable, therefore, that Scandinavia should have the best selection of such events...
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One of the most popular clichés these days is "the rising cost of motor racing", usually uttered by people who are not spending money on racing or by people who are trying to justify the many...
In the middle of the summer, from June 30th to July 4th, the Swiss Veteran Car Club are organising a rally over four stages, totalling 378 kilometres in the Swiss mountains for cars in two categories...
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I cannot really recall which was the first mid-engined coupé I saw, but the fibreglass Porsche 904 was probably the first I drove and on which I became convinced that this was the best layout for a...
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A company which is a fresh name to me, although they have existed for two years, is Car Preparations based at Willow Vale, Pavenham Road, Oakley, Bedfordshire (tel.: Oakley 2223). CP's latest...
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Travel down Kingston-on-Thames High Street and you will see possibly the oldest established tuning and accessory business in the country—V. W. Derrington. Look across the road and there is a large...
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Mallory Park, March 14th Formula Two racing returned to Mallory Park, for the first time in almost four years, with a vengeance in the middle of the month despite the entry list dwindling from over...
Donington Park.—By 1939 the circuit of Donington Park, on the estate of Mr. J. G. Shields just south of Derby, had become the best motor-racing circuit in Britain, though by European standards it was...
The annual Tasman Championship run over seven rounds during January and February finally resulted in a victory for the New Zealand driver Graham McRae in his McLaren-Chevrolet M10B after being run...
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Those who regard the MMM as some sort of substitute for Brooklands, inasmuch as one meets fellow enthusiasts and unusual cars there, may like to make a note of the 1971 Beaulieu fixtures:— April 12th...
One of the better-known two-stroke cars, the Valveless, was built by David Brown & Sons between 1908 and 1914. It was notable for a very large two-cycle, two-cylinder engine, both 15.8-h.p. and...
A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters VSCC Pomeroy Trophy Contest (March 13th) Devised by the late Laurence Pomeroy, this event comprises a series of tests at Silverstone to determine the best all-...
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It is depressing to consider how pre-war cars went, because most of the better ones were so very slow. Some years ago a Farnham dental surgeon who was moving house very generously gave me his...
The first round of this year's Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy Contest, with £150 in cash prizes, takes place at the Vintage SCC's Silverstone Race Meeting on April 24th. The programme follows...
Montagu Motor Museum is having its 200-m.p.h. Sunbeam and Golden Arrow record-breakers refurbished. The historic racing-car race which should have coincided with the Monaco GP has been cancelled. Max...
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Sir, Further to the correspondence over the last few months concerning Pratt's petrol cans, my father commenced work with the Anglo-American Oil Co. Ltd. painting Pratt's petrol cans. I have...
Sir, May I respond to the editorial coat-trailing and "weigh in" upon the reference to Sir John Ellerman's Lanchesters in your "Cars in Books" feature? I think the authors of "Being Geniuses Together...
Sir, May I correct a small error in Mr. R. N. Robinson's letter on the Frazer Nash "Patience"? If, as Mr Robinson says, the Dubonnet front suspension units were made by Alford and Alder then I don't...
Sir, Around year 1930 I advertised in the Tunbridge Wells Courier weekly paper for a three-wheeler car and in answer I received among replies an offer of a Premier three-wheeler at £10 from a reader...
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A rather unusual book of fascinating content was published last year on the subject of motor-car advertising. The history of this particular PR activity was lavishly illustrated therein, with a...
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Ford have made an unquestionable success of their Capri fastback coupé and whether they like it or not, whether it was or wasn't inspired by the Dagenham car, General Motors' Opel Manta, released in...
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One of those queer-looking Bond Bug tricycles has completed a three-Capitals-in-a-day journey, by leaving Cardiff City Hall (a building as beautiful as the Bug is ugly) and returning in iust under 23...
Renault have just announced two new additions to their range, an estate version of the Renault 12 and automatic versions of the Renault 16TL and TS. The Renault 12 estate has been developed directly...
Anyone who saw Siffert driving the STP-March works car in the early part of the 1970 season could not have missed the iridescent glow that emanated from it as it circulated the various tracks. This...
H. D. Saunders has relinquished his position as Secretary of the Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club owing to pressure of work, and he is succeeded by Tony Bagley, 17, Lawrence Street, Stambermill,...
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The BARC are to introduce a novel idea in the coming season and run an evening race meeting at Crystal Palace. Naturally they have chosen the middle of the summer, Friday June 18th to be exact, and...
It is now many years since we visited the Saab factory at Linköping, in Sweden, to see how these rugged two-stroke, front-drive cars were made. At the time the Saab was at the ascendancy of its fame...
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Andretti and Ferrari start on high note Kyalami, South Africa, March 6th Mario Andretti, the three times American USAC Champion, has long been considered by the Grand Prix circus as a potential...
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"Lost Causes of Motoring—Europe, Volume 2", by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. 323 pp. 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Cassell & Co. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Square, London, WC1. £3.25.) Here is the keenly-awaited...
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I was interested to find in "Doubtful School-Master" by Hugh Heckstall-Smith (Peter Davies, 1962), a passage reading: "There was the very small boy, Henry Stisted, with a taste for dangerous living...
VW and Morgan specialists move W. A. "Griff" Griffiths has moved his conversion and maintenance business from Willesden out to 441 St. Leonards Road, Windsor, Berks. (Tel.: Windsor 60291). Griffiths...
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As we commented in a brief paragraph devoted to the Racing Car Show recently, the converted Capri appears to be the modified car for 1971. At the Show both BVRT and Broadspeed displayed sophisticated...
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The Jaguar V12 engineTechnical description For some considerable time rumour implied that Jaguar were working on a vee engine to supplement or succeed their illustrious twin-cam XK six-cylinder power...
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Cylinder blocks: LM25 aluminium alloy, sand-cast open-deck.Cylinder liners: 4 K6 cast-iron, machined all over, slip-fit.Cylinder heads: LM 25P aluminium alloy, sand-cast.Tappet blocks: C125 aluminium...
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My practical knowledge of V12 engines is rather limited, never having owned one and only having driven a handful of cars powered by such an engine, these being Lincoln Zephyr, Atalanta (with the...
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Pitman Publishing, 39, Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PB, have published "The Book of the Fiat", by John Thorpe. It covers the 500, 600 and 850 models, including the Giardiniera and Multipla, from the...
The MCC informs us that through the difficulties created by the postal strike they have not yet been able to send out regulations, etc., for the Land's End Trial scheduled to take place on April 9/...
A new venture into the field of scale miniatures has been launched in the Midlands, with a series of finely-detailed models of a heavy metal alloy, for assembly from kits, of which only 2,000 each...
Goodyear announce that their 167/70 SRx10 Mini radial-ply rally tyre is now in full production and available through Goodyear rally specialists throughout the country. It is a tubed tyre for 4-5 1/2...
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Sir, I think owners of 1968 model Vauxhall Victor 2000s and perhaps of later types and the Ventora) should be warned of the following very dangerous situation that can develop. When last I jacked up...
Sir, I have known the McKenzie family for very many years and always had great respect for Mr. Lewis C. McKenzie and his son, Don, as motor engineers. However, the Stanley Mann advertisement on page...
Sir, In the course of a long and full life, I do not think that I have ever read such a malicious, biased and wholly inaccurate collection of innuendo and mis-information as that published in "The...
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Sir, All praise to the Editor's fine sense of the egalitarian for including a letter from the owner of a Wartburg in December's issue! One effect of this action, at least, is that it decided me to...
Sir, As one who paints racing cars and aircraft as a hobby, I was pleased to see your comments on art in the March Motor Sport and agree wholeheartedly with your praise of Terence Cuneo. But I feel...
Sir, May I, through the columns of my favourite motoring journal, bring your attention to perhaps the most sinister threat to the hounded motorist—The Enemy Within. Some months ago I received by...

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