April 1981

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• "April Fool" Cars As this issue of Motor Sport is due to appear on April Fool's Day we can perhaps be excused for thinking about those cars which, because they have fooled their owners and drivers...
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* Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list * C = Closed Event.  CI = Closed Invitation Event.  R =...
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BARC The hilIclimb championship run by the British Automobile Racing Club with twelve rounds, covering the country from Scotland to Devon will be sponsored once again by Jim Thomson's Otley-based...
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All is well with the world Long Beach, California, March 15th The Formula One season began in all seriousness at Long Beach, as the FISA have said all along that it would. Sixteen teams turned up...
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There was no doubt in the paddock that the 1981 season was now well under way, for all the teams of importance had new cars ready to go, or if not, like Renault, they had them in the wings ready for...
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W.B. described the Audi 200 5T — Audi's top-of-the-range, sumptuously equipped, turbocharged saloon — very fully in the September 1980 edition of Motor Sport, giving the car a very creditable rating...
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mpg and speed — at quite a high purchase price Lancaster Garages, just off Lambolle Place in London's NW3 district is the home of WM Auto Developments. The premises used to be those of Andy Dawson,...
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Gearboxes When the fashion for putting the engine behind the driver really got under way among the special builders, the problem arose of what to do for a gearbox and final drive unit. In the days of...
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In this day and age of “big money” Grand Prix motor racing, it is difficult to imagine any driver maintaining the same life style after he finished his active participation as he followed before he...
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The Editor tries the BMW 628Csi coupe and the Porsche 924 Turbo These are two makes of car for which I have enormous respect. I used to be very well acquainted with both but for several reasons BMW...
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"Turn Left — The Riffs Have Risen" by A. Cameron Gilg, 191 pp. 9" x 5 1/2" (The Royal Automobile Club, 83-85 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y SHW. £4.50.) Some time ago there was a twice-shown TV documentary...
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A reader has kindly lent me a copy of "Arab Command" by Major C.S. Jarvis, CMG, OBE, which Hutchinson's first published in 1942. It contains some great descriptions of action under the command of Lt...
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A Section Devoted To Old-Car Matters Out Of The Past. . . . When I was exercising that enjoyable motor car, the BMW 628Csi, in Lancashire not long ago I called on Tom Robinson, who used to work for...
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It is rather curious that recent announcements concerning a French project to introduce a new fuel to be called "carburol" and containing 10% methanol derived chiefly from beetroots seem to have made...
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More on Vauxhall Sir, I was interested in Mr. Adkins' references to Mr. Baldwin's "ugly Cadet". I cannot confirm that he had a Cadet, but think some comment is worthwhile. Yes, indeed, the Vauxhall...
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When I referred editorially last month to a veteran Benz still being in regular use into the nineteen-twenties I confess memory tricked me, and that I was thinking of a 1901 4 1/2 h.p. model that was...
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An interview with Stafford East One of the articles which excited me very much when I was a small boy, reading avidly all the motoring papers I could lay my hands on, was that headed "The Fastest...
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Choosing an Aston Martin registration number for this series proved to be very difficult, there were so many to choose from, all famous and well known. This was brought about by the fact that the...
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A reflection on 20 years endeavour after a day with a T33/3 V8 sports racer On October 28th, 1951 Juan-Manuel Fangio drove his 1 ½ -litre supercharged eight-cylinder Alfa Romeo Tipo 159 to victory in...
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It is not often that cars ranging in age from the Edwardian period through to the present day, in character from the highly specialised sports racing machine to the family car or in construction from...
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Those who like to see at least one, perhaps more, flying displays during the year should note that the well-established Shuttleworth Trust at Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade, Beds., has announced...
At one time, miniature aeroplanes were commercially available in some numbers, from the rubber-driven Frog flying models to small-scale kit-form replicas of various famous fighters, bombers, and...
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Swedish Rally When a new car is rallied for the first time its manufacturers will already have put it through the most comprehensive test and development programme possible, for although a showroom...
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The name Talbot was, in the earlier part of the century, associated with quality cars, but in the mid-thirties, the Clement Talbot company was sold to the Rootes Group and the Talbot name began its...
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For business and pleasure Regular readers of Motor Sport will know that Dan Margulies has been advertising within these pages for more than twenty years, dealing in specialist cars. He had involved...
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At the start of the United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach, first round of the 1981 World Championship, Gilles Villeneuve briefly took his brand new Ferrari 126C into th elead as the pack braked...
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Magnificent and obsolete Although BMW had shown a gullwing door two seater in 1972, the mid-engined straight six M1 was not officially ordered from Lamborghini until 1976. Then a series of delays,...
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N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondent, and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. - Ed. The Age of Magistrates Sir, It is a pity that in an otherwise well-...

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