April 1977

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Tom Pryce What can one say about young Tom Pryce, the Welsh driver who was killed so unnecessarily during the recent South African Grand Prix at Kyalami? Words won't bring back this promising member...
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THE VSCC will open its 1977 racing season with the customary Silverstone Meeting on April 16th. Racing over the 1.6-mile Club circuit will commence at approx. 13.30 hours, and will feature the 40-...
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Hollow victory for Hunt Brands Hatch, March 20th. Due to the magnanimous and benevolent attitude of the Formula One Constructors Association the annual Race of Champions at Brands Hatch was able to...
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The very many nourishing Clubs endorse the healthy state of the motoring pastime in this country. The Riley RM Club issues its sizeable magazine R. Memoranda, which contains not only historical...
My wife and I were honoured to receive invitations to the 1977 Opening Rally and Prize-giving of the Bugatti OC. This took place, as usual, at the Chateau Impney Hotel at Droitwich. The car-park was...
The Fribourg & Troyer New Year Challenge competition, which appeared in the January edition of Motor Sport, was won by Mr. Peter J. Tutthill, of Wadebridge, Cornwall. Mr. Tutthill finally "...
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A tribute to the owners of Silverstone Circuit in their Golden Jubilee Year This year marks the Golden Jubilee of the British Racing Drivers Club, that most prestigious and exclusive of motor clubs,...
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Tom Pryce went motor racing because he loved driving racing cars, not to get rich, famous or admired, and he died in the way he lived; making the most of it with a car that wasn't always up to...
Revised models The interior of the TR7 is given the tartan look in a package of improvements which also include revised suspension settings, restyled wheel trims, map-reading lamp and boot...
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Anything new from Rolls-Royce is significant, even if it is of little consequence to the man-in-the-street. However, the latest comprehensive revisions to the Silver Shadow to produce a Mk. II...
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From Mini 850 to Porsche Turbo via the pen Since W.B. has now realised where many of the high performance test vehicles are disappearing to I felt it would be dangerous to actually list the cars I...
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So much has been written about the clever new Fiesta that only brief notes are required from me, to endorse its excellence, gleaned from driving the L-version for over 2,000 trouble-free miles within...
Everybody's doing it—comparing the new Ford Fiesta with other little cars, the VW Polo in particular. I admit that driving a Fiesta. Made me think of Polo. And I must say Tony Hill of Volkswagen (GB...
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edited by Douglas Armstrong. 236 pp. 12 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in. (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill,Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £16.50.) Among an increasing number of annuals that give detailed coverage of the...
"The British Grand Prix-1926-1976" by Doug Nye. 144 pp, 10 in. x 7 1/2 in. (B.T. Batsford Ltd., 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H OAH. £4.95.) Doug Nye is making a name tor himself as a painstaking...
Some interesting references to cars appear in "Augustus John—Vol. 2" by Michael Holroyd (Heinemann, 1975), although they seem to be written or quoted without motoring expertise. However, some of them...
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A section devoted to old-car matters "Babs" returns to Pendine In conjunction with the opening of their new Community Hall, Pendine Community Council persuaded Owen Wyn-Owen to bring the 27-litre...
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Silverstone—February 26th The auguries were good for this year's Pomeroy Trophy contest when February 26th turned out to be a bright sunny day, and in one of the streets of the built-up area which we...
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Sir, May I, through the courtesy of your columns, seek information on modifications to Marendaz transmission. The standard arrangement is a back axle located by torque tube, but the unusual feature...
Sir, The current TV programme "Wings" reminded me that the enclosed photograph was among family records. It is of my late father Frank S. Whitworth, the then Manager of Colmore Depot, outside their...
Sir, I think I can identify the mystery forecar (picture number 3, page 32, January issue) as a Century Tandem. This was produced from 1899 to 1904 by the Century Engineering and Motor Company, and...
Sir, The photograph is of what is, almost certainly, the original RR "Silver Lady" Mascot with which Charles Sykes won the Diploma for Mascot Design at the 1911 Paris Saloon. (See V-E-V Miscellany,...
Sir, I suggest Jacques Potherat has cited the wrong Morgan as originator of the Monotrace single-track "car". It was not our beloved Malvern factory, but a German engineer, Alfred Morgan (or might it...
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Sir, I am writing to see if any of your readers could help me, I have a 1931 Citroen C40, a photograph of which I enclose. The problem is whether the car was fitted with a sliding roof, and if so how...
Sir, I am 63 years old and drove my first car, a T-Model Ford, standing up, at the age of six years. The incident occurred outside the Red Lion in High St., High Wycombe. My father, a pioneer driver...
Sir, Referring to your article "Out of the Past" in the January issue of Motor Sport, and to the delightful photos on the adjoining page, I was wondering if the enclosed photos of mine would be of...
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The Portuguese Rally In most rallies nowadays, tyres play a vital role. It is of the utmost importance to provide cars with as much grip as modern tyre technology can achieve, so on tarmac special...
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Jeremy Ferguson, talking about tyres with a Dunlop devotion I do not know what secret ingredient binds the denizens of Dunlop's competition division to that company, but whatever the mixture...
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Keeping the wheels turning What do the Fiesta, the new Rover 3500, works rally TR7s and Escorts, most Formula One cars and Concorde have in mechanical accord? The answer lies in some of the bearings...
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At a roadside filling station just outside Nairobi, a car pulls up at the pumps and out clambers a burly figure in singlet and shorts, asking the African attendant to "Fill it up, please." The...
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Ferrari and Lauda back on form Kyalami, Johannesburg, March 5th The World Championship Formula One scene moved across the southern hemisphere from Brazil to South Africa, for the 78-lap race on the...
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After the raveges of the Brazilian GP there was a lot of rebuilding going on in the various teams and also a lot of building of new cars ready for the South African GP. Everybody who mattered managed...
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Any reflections on the South African GP must of necessity be tinged with sadness and regret at the death of Tom Pryce in a stupid accident that was nothing to do with him. It is most unlikely that he...
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I am standing on a low grass bank, surrounded by a Surrey replica of Scottish rally terrain. The gods have even laid on similar weather to the June Scottish Rally. The proverbial crisp sunny day...
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The Fiat X1/9 An incomparable and delightful, mid-engined small sports car with removable roof and outstanding roadholding and handling. The years fly by so quickly that it took a reference to the...
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Sir, I thought you might be interested in the enclosed photograph which I found among my archives recently. It was taken by me about 1932 or 1933 at a house in the town of Littlestone-on-Sea, Kent...
Sir, As an ex-competitor in MCC Trials may I (rather belatedly) express appreciation of your Editorial of January, 1977. How refreshing it is to read such a well-informed potted history of the MCC...
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Sir, Like no doubt many others I was most interested in your article "Another Ghost Story", March 1977. You state that what happened after the First World War is obscure. After consultation with Air...
Sir, I read with great enjoyment Clive Richardson's tales of terror and destruction in the March issue of Motor Sport, but I was shocked to learn that I have become the first ever driver to cause...
Sir, It is seldom that Motor Sport makes rnistakes in any of its reports, but in the March issue you are almost 5 years out of date at one point. On page 245 there Is a picture of some Scouts pushing...
I wonder if you or any of your staff or readers can help me trace the history of a rather interesting Welsh-made motor car ? It is registered as an LV Thomas Special and was made in 1947 by a Mr....
Sir, I was greatly interested by your article in this month's Motor Sport and have been pushing calculator buttons since reading it, with the following results: 114 x 114 gives 6,982 c.c. and not the...
Sir, I would he very grateful if any readers could help with the short-term loan of certain Porsche Spyder photographs. I'm coming towards the end of a major rebuild of the 550A Spyder, chassis 0125...
Sir, After being an E-Type owner from 1964-1972 and covering over 300,000 miles of happy motoring, time had come to find a replacement. One evening, after buying Motor Sport and reading the Road Test...
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Over the past few months, I have noticed considerable correspondence in the motoring press over the qualities of Triumph Stags, which range from the tragic to the eloquent. Only last week, Autocar in...
Sir. Being a reader of Motor Sport for over 20 years, I have been amused at the numerous letters from readers who have rushed out and purchased a car after reading one of your glowing reports on new...
Sir, Thank you for your excellent and readable article on the turbo Porsche which I enjoyed as usual with your contributions, but I have to draw attention to the photograph taken, one presumes, in...
Sir, With reference to the regular feature in Motor Sport, "Cars in Books", I am riot sure whether you have come across a book published in 1975 entitled "Uncle of Europe" by Gordan Brook-Shepherd....
Sir, Re: those clockwork P2 Alfa Romeos... At a very tender age I was at a certain boarding-school in the North-West, where we were allowed to send for Gamages' Christmas catalogue. Our selected...
Sir, It is sad to read of the pathetic behaviour of the police in Ringwood, Dorset, but let me redress the balance somewhat. Last October I was driving from Bangor, North Wales, to Leominster,...

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