April 1982

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• The new "Blower" Bentley The Bentley image is that of a sporting car, whether as true sports models from Cricklewood or "Silent Sporting Cars" from Derby and Crewe. This image has been brightened...
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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 = Restricted...
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Auction Sale WE recently had occasion to look in on an auction sale of old cars, ranging from a veteran to cars that only recently became obsolete and out of production. The general trend seemed to...
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THIS annual occasion on which cars from the Edwardian period compete on (theoretically) equal terms with the latest offerings straight from the production lines (and just about everything else in...
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Tuning Test AFN race prove the 911 SC Sport RACING the Porsche 911 Sc in winged Sport guise is, in a number of ways, an exercise in turning the clock back. When AFN Porsche at the historic Falcon...
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A tale of two Renaults TOWARDS the end of February, we had the opportunity to sample two of the most recent offerings available from the French giant producer, Renault. The one, the 18GTX, is the...
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UNSEASONAL weather has become so common nowadays that one wonders whether climate has ceased to follow any pattern at all. African rains seem to choose their own times, Britain has been both tropical...
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STIG BLOMQVIST made a brilliant switch from f.w.d Saab to 4.w.d. Audi (above left) mastering the different technique in a remarkably short time, and scored a comfortable win, although he was helped...
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A section devoted to old car matters Motoring as it was - A look-back at the roads of long ago THINGS motoring, like women, motoring journals, the cars themselves and the roads we drive on have...
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Seaman and Delage Sir, I feel your remarks in Matters of Moment (February 1982) concerning the successes achieved by Richard Seaman and his Delage were somewhat misleading. You state that "The Delage...
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". . . Birkin's gear changes were perfect, but then, the Bentley gearbox was very good indeed, in spite of the fact that it predated synchromesh." "His gearchanging was very good in spite of there...
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ETTORE ARCO ISIDORO BUGATTI, myths or no myths, had a highly creditable career. Among his many claims to fame is the making of engines with two, three and four valves per cylinder. The latter became...
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NOWHERE in the world are spectators less concerned for their own safety than in Portugal, where they seem to be proud to be stupid. Per Eklund, who finished second, lifts a wheel of his Toyota Celica...
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Home win Rio de Janeiro, March 21st TO WIN one's home Grand Prix is the ambition of every Grand Prix driver and the success is even sweeter if that competitor happens to be a World Champion...
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ONE thing about the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch is that you know exactly where it is. In Brazil there is a variety to the location of the venue for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Some say it is at...
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WHEN the European Formula Two Championship was originally instigated in 1967 it was intended to consolidate a very positive bridge between Formula Three and Formula One. To this end, it was very...
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I DROVE up to North Wales the other day to chat with Mr. Jeffrey Quill, OBE, AFC, FRAeS, the famous Spitfire test-pilot. Educated at Lancing College, Jeff Quill joined the RAF in 1931, which many...
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THE Shuttleworth Trust announces that this year its very enjoyable Flying Displays will take place, weather permitting (but the Museum of cars and aeroplanes will be open anyway) on Easter Monday...
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LAST MONTH I explained how the 1952 Formula 2 Connaught found itself able to run in Grand Prix events and a similar thing happened to the "voiturette" 1½-litre ERA in the nineteen-thirties. The 1938...
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"The Certain Sound — Thirty Years Of Motor Racing" by John Wyer. 260 pp. 10½" x 8½" (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £17.50). If Andrew Whyte had much "inside" information at his...
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A Triumph Comparison THE Triumph Acclaim, that well-stirred BL / Honda pudding, represents British Leyland's desperate interim hope in the family-car market, so merits a few more words about it. I...
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WE WERE privileged recently to drive the AFN Porsche 911 SC which was campaigned during 1981 in the Lucas CAV Production Sports Car Championship. Driven by Tony Lanfranchi, this former press...
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For experienced Golfers only! IN four brief years on the British market, Volkswagen's Golf GTi has become something of a "cult" car, attracting as much enthusiasm and affection as machines from the...
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The Tyre Men AT the moment the tyre situation in Formula One is very healthy, with four companies in direct competition. We went through the stage where Dunlop had a total monopoly, and design...
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Sir, I enjoyed your very interesting article on endurance records, but I am afraid that the information on the British Outright 24 Hour record is a little out of date. I believe that this now stands...
Sir, With reference to David Rocker's forthright condemnation of restrictions on technical development in F1, and his criticism of "fuel efficiency" proposals, I am not a little surprised at his...
Sir, I would like to reply to the letter from Mr. Peter Fenton in February's MOTOR SPORT. It is possible to find a garage that will repair defective parts, where feasible, rather than replace, but it...
Sir, I hate to take my old friend Jeremy Walton to task over the road test of our Escort XR3, published in the March issue but 1 do feel that he was a little hard on the car. We agreed to let him...
Air mail Sir, I was interested to read about Trossi driving the Maserati 8 CTF 1938 No. 3031. Trossi was a keen and capable pilot and amongst other aeroplanes owned a Miles Whitney Straight from late...
Sir, I was lucky enough to drive at Montlhéry, in company with some friends from Cambridge, for a week in an A35 in 1957, and for a further week in a 'Healey 3000 in 1958. My strongest impression was...
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Sir, Your correspondent expresses an opinion in his letter "Dim Bulbs" that if a majority of drivers are using headlights the others should be forced to switch theirs on also; presumably he would...
Sir, Your article "Collisions at Top Cross", evoked memories of sitting for hours in the summers of the late 40's to mid 50's, at the bottom of Porlock Hill in Somerset watching drivers in...
Sir, I don't think you were quite right in your obituary on H. N. Charles, the MG Designer, which appeared in the March issue, when you said the A40 engine was used in the MGTF. This was not the case...
Sir, In these times of increasing grumbles over the quality of today's mass-produced motor cars, may I cast a spanner in the works by praising the performance and reliability of my everyday transport...
Sir, I readily agree with the comments of W.B. on the above devices in the January MOTOR SPORT, but I have to point out that he is incorrect in stating that their use is compulsory in Australia. The...
Sir, Your article in the February issue about the RX-7 Mazda was of great interest to me since I have enjoyed owning and driving one (albeit in US type "California" emission configuration) since June...
Sir, Any advance on 1955? In that year Porsche announced the 356A which included for the first time a split backrest on the rear seat. Either or both the rear seats could be convened to carry luggage...

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