April 1984

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With the South African Grand Prix a week away, we feature last month's testing in this issue. Derek Warwick is Britain's brightest hope for success in the Renault RE50
BL bouncing back IT SEEMS a very short time ago since British Leyland was constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons. Strikes, tea break disputes, moles and poor workmanship all had their...
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Motor Sport Fixture List for April s, Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of e preceding month are included in this list C = Closed Event Cl = Closed...
Peter D. C. Walker Peter Douglas Conyers Walker (70) died on March 1st 1984. Formerly a farmer by profession, he was (in his day) one of the fastest and most skilful of British racing drivers, with...
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Changing up from first to second gear, to use their expression, the Austin-Rover Group has announced a major sporting programme for 1984. Two or three Rover Vitesse models in every round of the...
The long-running battle between FISA and the American IMSA organisation is over, and the terms of the agreement allow the IMSA endurance cars to run in Europe this year without any major changes,...
It may seem a little contradictory that a "historic" club should run a "post historic" race series, but the HSCC's Post Historic Road Sports Championship has proved very popular, providing healthy...
Higher speed limits for commercial vehicles on dual carriageways are to become law later this month though in the House of Commons debate Mr Nicholas Ridley, Secretary of State for Transport, refused...
As certainly as the sun rises and sets, VSCC fixtures crop up again in their appointed places. Thus on April 14th, starting at 1.15 pm, the traditional 1908 GP Itala Trophy Meeting will be held over...
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What the Geneva Motor Show lacked in novelties was more than compensated by the debut of the Ferrari GTO, resplendent in traditional scarlet on the Ferrari importer and Pininfarina stands. Omologato...
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"The great thing about Ferrari," explained Harvey Postlethwaite, "is that they not only have a tremendously quick response time, but they will try anything. You haven't even the faintest idea of how...
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France's new "sociable car" in the upper class REGIE RENAULT'S new flagship, the 25, went on sale in France in February and will be available on the British market in June, at prices yet to be...
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The stylish Renault Fuego joined the massed ranks of well-equipped, moderately priced sports coupes available on the British market a couple of years ago, its distinctive profile gaining ready...
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Quick and comfortable THE Peugeot make has always been renowned for durability and comfortable strength, and had a perfect showcase in the 1960s when the East African Safari was the domain of...
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At the Frankfurt Show last September a number of manufacturers indicated that they had come to the same conclusions about existing and impending emission controls, by introducing multi-valve cylinder...
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There are a lot of people who seem to think that Grand Prix racing began in 1950, whereas the first Grand Prix was held in 1906. It was the present points-chasing World Championship for Drivers that...
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Close Finish in Portugal It is usually the case that smooth rallies produce narrow penalty differences, whilst rough ones result in much wider margins. Alpine rallies used to be characterised by...
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We wonder what they would say in Belgrave Square if FISA suddenly announced that they were going to hand over organisation of the RAC Rally to the AA. It sounds ludicrous, but the dictators of Paris...
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“My Two Lives: Race Driver to Restauranteur” by René Dreyfus, with Beverley Rae Kimes. 077 pp 11¼ “ x 8 ½ “ (Patrick Stevens Ltd, Burr Hill, Cambridge, £15.95p) This long-awaited book is one of the...
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A reader, Mr Stead of Youlgreave has kindly sent a copy of the descriptive reference to driving a used 1953 Jaguar XK120 which had been stored after very little mileage, because it was no good for...
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Mazda RX7 Why there are not more RX7s on Britain’s roads is a mystery. This year Mazda expect to sell 750 here – making the UK yet again the top European market for this elegant little coupe. Yet,...
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The Editor Visits Edgar Pilkington -- The other day I had the pleasure of talking to Edgar Pilkington, whose special motoring interest has been veteran and Edwardian cars. He explained that his...
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The Avon Tyre Co which is doing very well, is to take a new involvement in competition affairs, exporting over 60%, of its racing rubber to Italy and to new markets in Australia, and increasing its...
On the motor book front we look forward to D.S.J.'s epic on all AFN activities, due from PSL in September, and Anthony Blight's study of the later Talbot (Lago) and other sports cars and the races in...
Many, many years ago I went to Sweden to see how Volvo and Saab cars were made. I was extremely impressed, telling the comparatively new, or perhaps I should say newly-expanding, Volvo people that if...
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A reader has drawn my attention to some very interesting and unexpected references to motoring in the Ralph Richardson biography. It seems that the great actor's introduction to the sport occurred...
Those who hope for a “round-the-houses” race through the streets of Birmingham, a British Monaco, as it were, are still trying hard, and the latest news is that at least some of the authorities who...
We do not profess to be experts on the matter of the prevailing profits made on the sale of cars by the motor manufacturers and their agents. But one does wonder how long it will be before the Fiat...
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The Kyalami circuit in March provided the last opportunity of testing before the season started at Rio. New to the Brabham team, Teo Fabi (top left) performed well in the BT 53, achieving fourth...
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from driver to owner “If I don’t drive any more, at least I can say I went out on a successful note,” commented John Fitzpatrick after announcing his new sponsorship deal with Skoal Bandit smokeless...
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Master tactician Walter Röhrl went out of his way to ensure that Audi team-mate Hannu Mikkola won in Portugal after he lost any chance of victory himself (above). After a disappointing drive on Monte...
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-- A pricey package that puts Audi’s 4-wd model into a new category The British market has been a happy hunting ground for German car manufacturers for a good many years, and is the largest outside...
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As John Egan remarked to us at the Geneva Show, racing is part of Jaguar’s heritage. A carefully planned European Touring Car Championship programme brought the Coventry marque five outright...
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A Reid Railton Cameo When I wrote briefly of Brian Demaus’ rare 1926 Arab sports car in the December issue I was in error over it having a single cam to operate both the inlet and exhaust valves in...
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At the VSCC Goodwood DTs that great enthusiast Monica Whincop, arriving as a Passenger in an Aston Martin instead of driving her 1100 HRG as she usually does, gave me a huge magazine called The...
In the March issue I took Griffith Borgeson to task for querying without convincing evidence whether the FWD Alvis of 1925 was a crib of the first FWD Miller racing car and therefore destroying Alvis...
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Years ago the weekly motor papers sometimes helped fill their pages by culling news items from the advertisements. We have no need to do that but it did so happen that the other day I chanced on an...
The AGM of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club takes place at Bristol on April 29th. The Morgan Three-Wheeler Club, which has its 1984 opening run on April 8th, can now claim a total of over 600 members,...
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Replying to the query we set them in January, the Fiat Register considers that the rather odd sports Fiat which "O. J." drove in 1922 must have been a 501S model, bodied in this country. They base...
A 1928 Stutz that was turned into a breakdown truck in 1939 after it had run only 35,000 miles, and has been laid up since 1955 in the back of a shed, may hopefully appear in VSCC events after it has...
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VSCC will help Sir, Prompted by DSJ's excellent and timely piece on replicas and fakes in your February issue, I am moved to point out that the phrase "VSCC accepted" is one to of which to beware...
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Not "Cordon Rouge" Your Continental Correspondent's warning regarding replica and fake cars offered for sale (February's "Not What They Seem to Be") proved timely indeed. So much so that I almost...

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