April 1976

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Motoring Easter-eggs Readers of our "Veteran-Edwardian-Vintage" pages may have noticed that these hardly ever cover post-war vehicles. This implies no boycott of the better 1950s' cars such as Mk. VI...
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Derek Bell and David Hobbs head a new Leyland Cars team of XJ5-3Cs. It seems almost too good to be true. After years of mostly poppycock rumours a team of official works Jaguars has re-emerged to...
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Hunt the Hero Brands Hatch, March 4th For those of the estimated 35,000 who were fortunate enough to penetrate through the gates and barriers and past the Securicor guards on duty at Brands Hatch,...
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A retrospective view Kyalami, March 6th Although Niki Lauda won the South African Grand Prix in apparently comfortable style, this is in no way a reflection of the efforts of several other teams who...
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Mention is frequently made to the FIA and its various working groups without being more specific than referring to "them", and usually in derogatory terms in the same way as most people refer to Her...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC at Silverstone again This year's first Vintage SCC Silverstone Race Meeting will not take place until May 1st and as we go to Press with this page we...
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"Another look at Nanette" I was most interested to read your article on Felix Scriven's car "Nanette" to which I may be able to add a little more information. Nanette was built in 1924 by F.W. Bond...
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Sir, I was very interested to read the various letters that appeared in the February issue of Motor Sport in reply to your article on the Austin Twenty, which you compiled from a letter I wrote you...
Sir, In your February edition of V-E-V, there was an article "Babs on TV", with Wyn-Owen quoting from the programme that "Babs" was probably named after a young lady. This is in fact quite true. The...
Sir, I was interested to read of "Nanette" in the February issue. I'm always interested to read of Thomas-engined cars because of my own car, the Aston Martin "Green Pea". From my conversations with...
Sir, I was interested, as one of the participants, to see the photograph of Cambridge riders on page 136 of your February issue, but, knowing your reputation for accuracy. I feel that I should point...
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Sir, One could only expect an erudite and informed publication such as Motor Sport to publish such an academic snippet as the letter from T. Threlfall. It demonstrates clearly how close young...
Sir, I have a 1926 (the date is stamped on the rear axle housing) Aurea which is in as-found condition. I know of a 1923 Aurea being restored in Ballarat, Australia, but have been unsuccessful in...
Sir, I would like, if I may, to comment on the article "More About Mercedes" (December 1975 issue) and also on one or two other matters.,/p> With the exception of the 36/220 models driven by T....
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"A Boot Full of Boots" by Evan Green. 281 pp. 9 1/4 in. 6 in. (Cassell & Company. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Square, London, WC 1 4SG. £4.95.) Here is yet another book About the World Cup Rally, and...
"Automobile Year" Edited by Douglas Armstrong. 240 pp. 12 1/8 in. x 9 3/8in. (Patrick Stephens Limited; Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £11.95.) This is the 23rd edition of this de-luxe annual, the...
"Opel—Wheels To The World" by Karl Ludvigsen. 96 pp. 81 in. s 9i in. (Princetown Publishing Ltd., 90, Cleveland Lane, Princetozon, N.J. £6.10.) Another one-make history gap is filled by this...
"The Designers" by L. J. K. Setright. 199 pp. 10 in. 6 1/2 in. (Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd., 11, St. John's Hill, London, SW 11. £4.50). Companion volume to "The Upper Crust", here is Leonard...
"The Upper Crust" by John Bolster. 200 pp. 10 in. 6 1/2 in. (Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd., 11, St. johns Hill, London, SW11. £4.50.) This title is, with that book reviewed immediately afterwards,...
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I am once again indebted to a reader, for sending me, this time, a copy of "The DoubleGarden" by Maurice Maeterlinck—the same Maeterlinck, I assume, who recommended Malcolm Campbell to call his...
There has been a complete dearth of commercial miniatures for some time, and as I refuse to refer to models I have not handled, apart from very brief "mentions", I was glad to have the following...
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On the road with the Victor 2300 Estate, the Chevette GL and the new Cavalier 1900 GT Coupe Three different Vauxhalls came into my life recently. The first of these was that very impressive-looking,...
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Having been a Peugeot advocate from the days of the 203, I was distressed at the long gap in our testing of cars from this exclusive, top-grade French manufacturer. However, in February I was...
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Interest in the Land Speed Record, an undertaking in which Britain was then supreme, was at its height during the 1930s. Consequently, when the Sunbeam Motor Company of Wolverhampton, which had built...
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Saabs Supreme in Snow When two rallies are combined by their respective sets of organisers there is always some discussion over which good points should be kept from each of the separate events, and...
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(Feb. 28th) The Vintage Sports-Car Club's Pomeroy Trophy contest, which by means of a series of timed tests at Silverstone purports to find the ideal touring car of any age by means of a handicap...
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In which we talk to a cross-section of those involved in the now expanding World of 750 and 1300 Formula racing, including 1975 750F Champion, Kim Perry. We also drove the 750 Champion's Newman DNC...
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To Munich by XJ-S Express "It's a black day for Stuttgart and Modena", cried British Leyland's advertising on the day they announced the Jaguar XJ-S. They might well have added Munich, West Bromwich...
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(Continued from last month) Apart from the Thousand Lakes, Finnish rallies do not allow practice, so that the science of making pace notes is not as advanced in Finland as it is elsewhere. Finns...
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Sir, The sudden concern of certain luminaries in the Formula One firmament over whether spectators at the German GP are getting their money's-worth seems somewhat belated when one considers that the...
Sir, I own an April 1974 Dolomite Sprint which has now done in excess of 30,000 miles. I was very disappointed to read of your own experiences as my example has been very reliable and indeed is the...
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Sir, Another Sprint? My answer would be "no" as well, but mainly because of the way the car was assembled in the first place, not because poor servicing has let me down —I do it myself. My car is...
Sir, I was most interested in the Staff Photographer's report on 28,000 miles with a Dolomite Sprint in your March issue, I am the owner, and sole driver, of a Sprint which has covered, to date,...
Sir, I expect most readers will agree with your March Editorial which calls for a return of major races for sporting cars which have some resemblance to those the public can buy. Its referring to...
Sir, I read with considerable interest your article on the Triumph Dolomite Sprint in the March issue of Motor Sport. It seems this particular car suffered more from lack of efficient service than...
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Sir, I feel I must reply in defence of Joseph Lucas after reading P.C. Hardcastle's comments on alternators. The average car owner would have difficulty in finding a capable engineer sufficiently...
Sir, In respect of your March Editorial—what a splendid idea! Though one has fond memories of Jackie Stewart on full-bore negotiating Clearways in a four-wheel drift, and more recent recollections of...
Sir, On several occasions I have really meant to sit down and write a letter to a motoring magazine, but . . . well, you know what happens, it's always something that will get done tomorrow. So; it's...
Sir, With reference to "Matters of Moment", January, specifically the paragraph mentioning the Tamworth monopoly. In this paragraph you bemoan the lack of a "sporting three-wheeler" of the Morgan...
Sir, I have been reading Motor Sport now for some 18 months and never had just cause to put pen to paper. However, having just read your article entitled "Improved Trio of RS Escorts" I feel that I...

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