April 1983

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The motorists' lot . . .  At this time of the Budget blues and an approaching General Election, one thinks of the motorists' lot, wondering whether it is any happier, if indeed as happy, as the old-...
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VSCC First Silverstone The Vintage SCC's first 1983 race meeting will be the usual 1908 GP Italia Trophy Meeting, on April 16th, starting traditionally with a High Speed Trial. Once more, perhaps for...
The sad death of John (popularly known as "Jumbo") Goddard in Australia, robs the world of vintage motoring of one of its great and colourful characters. As a teenager at college in England he...
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Apart from the annual Brooklands Society Re-Union at the old Track, and last January's VSCC Driving Tests there, we hear that the Alvis 12/50 Register's Alvis Anniversary Day is to be held at...
It has been some time since I interviewed a chauffeur of long standing but last month I projected the Alfa Romeo into the Cotswolds to meet Sydney Luckhurst, who has driven one family through five...
4 — The 7-litre supercharged 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz 38/250 was one of the kings of the road and its "face" did nothing to dispel this image. Mighty and Majestic are words that come to mind when...
"To test the durability of their seats, Rolls-Royce use 'Squirming Irma', a 200 lb. simulated bottom which squirms on a seat one million times" — from Rolls-Royce Motors advertisement in The Times...
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I have been taken to task by no less an authority than Graham Robson over my suggestion, last month, that the Alfa Romeo vee-six engine has valve gear like that of a Triumph Dolomite Sprint, so some...
One might be forgiven for thinking that there have been quite enough Ferrari books to last us a long time. However, these have tended to be expensive tomes, so Haynes Publishing Group may have a...
A reader informs us that there is further reference to the Bugatti racing driver Charles William-Grover and his work for the French resistance movement during WW2 (he died in Sashsarhausen prison...
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Rio de Janeiro, March 13th By the time the massed ranks of the Formula One Constructors took to the circuit in Brazil for official pre-Grand Prix qualifying, most of the cars must have almost been...
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The results of the six months testing and development carried out by the teams since the last race of 1982, was clearly seen in the Brazilian paddock, with new designs, revamped cars, engine...
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As the 1983 Grand Prix season begins, we talk to Team Lotus's Director of Research and Development about life with Colin Chapman and prospects for the future without him The late Colin Chapman...
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(The year sees the 50th Anniversary of that interesting Anglo-American car with the illustrious name of a gear engineer, so what better than an article about it, by Geoff Moore of the Railton Owners...
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A look-back to the 1920s (Continued from the February issue)  We left Owen John, the motorist whose 1920 activities we are following, looking at, and reflecting upon, the 1921 London Motor Show, held...
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This heading does not refer to the still-popular Morris Minor, nor will it interest those vintage-car folk who might think it is about the Calthotpe Minor. It has been sparked off by an epoch-making...
Amongst the what? The magazines, those motor-club publications which are only normally obtainable by joining the clubs that issue them but which so often contain interesting items and are so sure a...
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Two of the more prized booklets in my collection of old motor car catalogues are those issued by the Austin Motor Co. Ltd. of Longbridge, Birmingham and by Leyland Motors Ltd. of Kingston-on-Thames,...
The Lennox Herald recently ran a centre-spread of photographs of old-time transport in Dumbarton and district, which included a picture of a postman at Warde Farm in the 1920s, where a large water-...
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The Museum of British Road Transport at Coventry has announced a big reduction in admission charges, down to 20p from 75p for each adult, to 10p from 40p for a child or an OAP. Extensions are in hand...
The matter of speed-guarantees in vintage times that we raised recently seems to have provoked much interest and we note that in 1921 Edwards & Parry of New Bond Street, W1, claimed to be the...
The Club held its 47th AGM at the RAC late last month, after which the 1982 Awards were presented. There are 27 of these fine trophies, of which the more interesting ones were won as follows: The...
From the latest to arrive Newsletter of the VSCC of Australia we learn that this obviously very active Club's dinner was held at an hotel with a Bugatti Lounge and that last year's Bugatti Rally...
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Villiers Supercharge  Sir,  I have followed the in-depth articles on the TT Vauxhalls with great interest and would like to make some comments on the Villiers Supercharge after Raymond Mays disposed...
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Some full-page advertisements have been placed in The Times newspaper by Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. and anything Rolls-Royce does is news, naturally. So far, however, the only comment on these rather...
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Last of the line  Those enthusiasts who doted on such machines as the Lotus-Cortina were delighted in 1980 when a similar partnership to that which once existed between Cohn Chapman's company and...
Not all that number of BMWs come my way for testing these days, more's the pity, but when they do I am invariably impressed. The range of different BMWs is large but basically they do not change all...
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Although belting-up is compulsory in most cars, the arguments for this unpopular law to be revoked are legion, the Transport Act, 1981, Part 2 providing for a three-year trial period, after which...
A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to try out one of Volkswagen's three-door "Formel E" Polos, fitted with the very high overdrive fourth gear which is supposed to contribute dramatically...
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Although the products of the motor industry include much of what is due largely to the innovative skills and development techniques of rally drivers and engineers, they might have included even more...
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More refinement, but is it yet a Mercedes beater?  There was a time, about ten years ago, when the aspiring business executive might content himself with his Ford Granada, secure in the knowledge...
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Close finish between Audi and Lancia  Ten years after visiting the Monte-Carlo Rally what is likely to be the visitor's major recollection, displays of driving skill in the Alps or the picturesque...
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The British Rotorcraft Museum at Weston-super-Mare, founded in 1974 from documents and equipment collected over some 15 years by Elfan ap Rees, now has 20 aircraft and has already embarked on a...
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Motoring enthusiasts should be conversant with the LSR, but are probably far less familiar with the ASR, if the World's Air Speed Record was ever thus condensed. So a short study of it may not come...
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"Evolution" has become a popular word for a newly developed rally car said to be intended to form the basis of some kind of production. Why people don't use the good old-fashioned "prototype" we can'...
As this Issue of Motor Sport is published the Marlboro Safari Rally will be one day into its five-day span. The draw for start numbers took place during the time of the Portuguese Rally and the...
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Despite being organised by the Vintage Sports Car Club, the Pomeroy Trophy offers cars of all ages the opportunity of competing on (hopefully) level terms in a variety of tests of driving and...
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Panther preferences  Sir, Having noted W.B.'s comments concerning the frontal aspect of the Panther Kallista in the January issue of Motor Sport and the subsequent letter on the same subject from...

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