April 1975

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Hope Springs Eternal This issue of Motor Sport comes out at Easter-time, when it used to be said that the ladies bought new hats and clothes to cheer themselves up. In much the same way the Motor...
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And other events Brands Hatch, March 16th The season "opener" saw a small but varied entry for the combined F1 and F5000 race over 40 laps of the full circuit at Brands Hatch. It gave the opportunity...
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The cars of Frank Williams are as varied and elusive as Frank himself, his entries in Formula One starting in 1969 with a Brabham BT26 and then moving on to the De Tomaso factory team, with Piers...
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The VSCC will hold it's first race meeting of the season at Silverstone on April 19th. There will be a High Speed Trial (in the best tradition of the JCC and MCC, but with an artificial pit-stop),...
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All that glitters . . ? A fortune of £29,250 will buy an attractive detached house standing in its own grounds within the London commuter belt. It could even buy you a real Jaguar D-type plus an XJ12...
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New When my loan of the new Lotus Elite 503 ended (see last month's Motor Sport), Lotus suggested that instead of them collecting the car from me on a transporter, as is their usual practice, I...
And Old Sitting in the background of one of the Lotus Elite road test colour pictures last month as a subtle comparison of line was one of the original Elite's (the Mk 14) which launched the fortunes...
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On January 1st, 1974, Britain's oldest and biggest motor-racing club moved into the breezy atmosphere of their new headquarters at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire. The British Automobile Racing Club (...
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Rallying value The Mintex Dales Rally opened what could well be one of the most exciting seasons of rallying in Britain as entrants contest the title of RAC British Rally Champion. We spectated on...
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This year's Pomeroy Memorial Trophy was held under dry but occasionally grey skies, around the Silverstone Club circuit, with the traditional organisation of the Vintage Sports Car Club. A spirited...
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Once again the "down-under" winter series of races was run to International Formula 5000 rules, with a predominant New Zealand and Australian entry, mostly Lola mounted and Chevrolet-powered. The...
"Anthony Crook . . is probably a better driver than any other boss in the car industry (including Chapman and Agnelli)."-L.J.K. Setright writing about the proprietor of Bristol Cars in Motor. We...
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Scheckter is the new national hero, Kyalami, March 1st The six-week break between the Brazilian Grand Prix at the end of January and the South African Grand Prix on March 1st provided welcome relief...
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It hardly seems possible that it was five years ago that I last visited South Africa, for the Grand Prix at the Kyalami Circuit, but it was indeed in 1970, so it was rather interesting to view the...
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Just before the introduction of the New Escort, Ford issued a book called "The Car that won't stop winning" by Jose Rosinski, in four languages, about the many top competition successes of the old...
The Hamlyn Group has added the Austin Allegro to its Pearson's Car Guide series. It costs a modest 75p.
"Bodies Beautiful" by John Mclellan. 192 pp. 10 in. x 6 1/2 in. (David & Charles Ltd., South Devon House, Newton, Devon. £5.25). This book is far from the pot-boiler it could all too easily have...
"Passenger Cars-1924-1942" by M. Sedgwick. 171 pp. 7 3/4 in. x 5 in. (Blandford Press, 167 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6PH. £1.75). This continues a series by Blandford and excellent brief...
This series has been running longer than I care to remember and sometimes I think that authors of new autobiographies take a hint from it and name the cars in their lives because of it. I am also...
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Swedish Rally The International Swedish Rally, the only real snow rally in the World Championship, ironically suffers a great deal at the hands of the weather. There are always doubts as to whether...
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While there were a number of new cars in the paddock at Kyalami, the Ferraris were really the only ones that were different, the others being either additions to an existing series, modifications on...
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The Editor finds himself becoming once more VW-orientated Once upon a time, and it was a long time ago, I was known through these columns as an incurable Volkswagen fanatic. This was at the period...
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A section devoted to old -car matters The Missing Link? Last month's miscellaneous Renault recollections were concerned with ordinary road-going versions of the famous car from Billancourt. But it is...
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A reader, Mr. P.J.N. Bussell of Penarth, has sent us details of a journey accomplished by his grandfather, Mr. Eli Evans, in September 1901 in an 8-h.p. Daimler. It may have been the first motor car...
A reader who still has the 1935 Austin 10/4 Lichfield saloon which was given to him as an 18th birthday present would like to hear of any firm in the Worcester/ Birmingham area who would restore it—...
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Having a liking for reading back issues of The Aeroplane the Editor was doing just that, shortly after he had bought a house in Wales, and was consequently intrigued to see that in 1936 the Three-...
Somewhere in Wales a 1932 20/25 Rolls-Royce Barker saloon is seeking a good home. A pre-war Triumph Dolomite with open bodywork, thought to have been a rally car, was in danger of being scrapped...
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Sir, I have no recollection of being consulted by a Mr. Rollo Martin, but I do know that the Bugatti owned by Aldous Huxley was a Type 44, Chassis 44807, and that the BOC published a charming letter...
Sir, Further to Mr. Maycock's interesting observations on "the first circuit race ever", may I try to shed some more light on the subject? The Narrangansett Park track race outside Providence, Rhode...
We are informed that the 5th International Veteran Car Rally, the Ostrava 75, is to take place in Czechoslovakia from June 27th to 29th for cars of all ages down to 1940. Entry forms are available...
British Salmson Sir, I was very pleased to see reference to British Salmson cars in the correspondence of your Nov./Dec. issues and thought you might be interested in the enclosed photograph of a...
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British Leyland's Most Significant Advance? A few days ago the British Leyland Motor Corporation announced a new range of Austin and Morris cars, with a Wolseley top model, on which they place the...
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As one can receive a summons for driving a car with incorrect tyre pressures, a device for indicating on each tyre valve the pressure at which a particular tyre should be inflated seems a useful idea...
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Although the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has been an exclusively post-war development on the racing scene in the United States, it now holds a position of strength as one...
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Testing the Merak and a brief drive in the exclusive Khamsin Even with the World economic turmoil in full spate there remain those who "have" even if there become more of those who "have not". Those...
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The Datsun Bluebird 160B We test the cars that come to us and thus it was that I found myself in a Datsun Bluebird, although not possessed of any pronounced Oriental enthusiasms. The car submitted...
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Sir, Thank God for Motor Sport. For some time now I have been reading your lively "Matters of Moment" and on almost each occasion have been tempted to put pen to paper. Unfortunately, not much...
Sir, May I put in another word in favour of the "Buy British" slogan? In 1968 I purchased a four-year-old Ford Cortina Estate car, with 37,000 miles on the clock. Now the car is almost 11 years old,...
Sir, I must defend the DAF 1300 Marathon against W.B.'s scurrilous comment in "My Year's Motoring" that it was "suitable for nervous ladies to drive at 50 m.p.h." He did say the "1,200 c.c." (an...
Sir, I wonder how many more indignities the legislature of this country can heap on those with the temerity to enjoy themselves by dashing about the country in horseless carriages, at breakneck...
N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them.—ED.
Losing the Customers Sir, I was most interested to note in "Matters of Moment" in the February edition your fear that car enthusiasts might well forsake their four-wheeled interests for other...
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Sir, Six years ago I was advised through your correspondence columns not to buy a secondhand Lotus Elan unless I was willing to incur the expense of an engine tune-up each week and major rebuild...
Sir, As the owner of a Volvo 164E I am finding, to my regret, that although generally it is difficult to fault the car, one item does stick out like the proverbial sore thumb, namely the Bosch...
Sir, I enclose herewith a cutting from a local newspaper [About the AA's views on the inadequacy of MoT tests.—Ed.] and wonder if this has the same effect on you and other readers as it did on myself...
Luton joins the small hatchback set with a pretty, new, three-door, coupe/estate Vauxhall have added to the growing European band of small hatchback saloons with the new three-door, four-seat...
Sir, I feel duty bound to comment upon the service provided by the Jaguar/Daimler garage in Dijon. Recently my XJ6 had the misfortune to throw a piston on the autoroute near Dijon. I was towed to...
From Air Commodore F.R. Banks Sir, With reference to the letter from Mr. Weatheritt in your February issue. I am always interested in the correspondence columns of your journal, but wish Mr....
Sir, The Napier Sabre was the hobbled runner in the immensely rich aero engine stakes of the late 1930s and early 1940s when our national survival depended on them. After the Rolls-Royce attracted...
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Sir, It was interesting seeing you having a ride in Owen Wyn-Owen's magnificently-restored "Babs", as depicted in the February 1975 issue of Motor Sport. With the benefit of hindsight, I find it even...
Sir, One often reads in your magazine letters from readers who are worrying about which car they should choose to replace their Alfa Romeo, Jaguar or MG-B. Is it not time that they should stop...
Sir, Having read recent editorials and lengthy correspondence in various motor sporting journals bitterly opposing the current speed limits, the Committee of the Scottish Motor Racing Club felt, in...
Sir, After reading your February Editorial and readers' comments, I agree that the Government's anti-motorists campaign is becoming out of hand. It is time for concerned members of the motoring...
Sir, I have read with interest the recent correspondence regarding persecution. There are two sides to every story and most of my brushes with the law have been at variance with those related by your...
Sir, I have seen many cut-away drawings of motor cars in the twenty years I have been a reader of the motoring Press, but never one so magnificent as that of the Alfa Romeo Tipo B depicted in the...
Sir, From across the Atlantic I must tell you how proud I am of British Leyland's latest American television advertisement for the TR6. In days where we are shown endless cars crashing into walls at...

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