April 1985

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Taxing information For months before the Chancellor's budget speech, speculation was rife that he might propose putting VAT onto books, magazines and newspapers which would have been, in effect, a...
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The Bugatti Owners' Club announces that the 1985 BOC European Rally will be based in this country, from May 20th to May 24th, Rally HQ being the Royal Victoria Hotel in Sidmouth, Devon. The driving...
Yet another MG event, this time organised by the Octagon CC, will be the "Wings Run" on Sunday June 16th. Starting at the Syon Park museum, up to 200 cars will set off for Abingdon, the home of MG's...
Spectators at major races frequently feel that they do not receive sufficient information about what is going on. To go some way to satisfying this need, Victor Lustig Associates will be selling fact...
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The 1985 season of Formula One Grand Prix racing gets under way in April after a pretty busy winter of testing by most of the teams. The only serious change in the regulations has been that the rear...
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The 1985 British F3 championship promises to be the best for many years and the opening two rounds have seen large grids, close racing and a greater variety of machinery than we have been used to...
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Brian Henton was one of the most popular, and controversial, drivers of recent years. Among team managers he had a reputation for arrogance, a quick temper and unreasonable demands — it was a...
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—a "piccola" surprise In Italy and France the Y10 will be called an Autobianchi, elsewhere in Europe the Lancia Autobianchi Y10. It may not be the best of starts for a promising mini-size newcomer...
A Sports Car for the Eighties The Toyota MR-2 has been a tantalising prospect for some time. First we heard news from markets where it had been launched, and the news was good. Then we were able to...
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The Swedish Rally Cricket squares are not shaped that way by accident. The cherished centre of a ground is made deliberately larger than a game requires so that wickets may be moved along when...
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Just a week alter the Swedish Rally there was another Nordic winter event, Finland's Hankiralli, a qualifier in both European and Nordic Championships. It didn't attract the works teams which went to...
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Van Diemen There is an old chestnut about a young man being interviewed for a job at Ford. "Tell me, what do you think we make here?" he was asked. "That's easy, sir," the interviewee replied, "you...
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The Ordinance Survey has published a second edition of its large format paper-backed Motoring Atlas which has several improvements. Most of the country is now shown at a very detailed 3 miles: in,...
A staunch reader, Mr S. H. Simpson of Leicester, has sent me an extract from "Living In Lakeland" by Tom Smithies (Robert Hale), describing how Beatrix Potter used to visit Mary Fell, clad in shawl...
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[Following Motor Sport comments on the Type 43 Bugatti, that great enthusiast, V. L. Seyd, who tells us he is still riding his Honda 400/4 F2 motorcycle at the age of 77, recalls the Type 38A with...
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Pomeroy Trophy Competition Sir, I will try to be brief and not too earnest on a matter intended only to provide fun for time-warped motoring enthusiasts. The Pomeroy Trophy Regulations make the...
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It would be a pity if the once flourishing pursuit of records became moribund, suit is good to learn that a Pirelli-shed Martini Lancia Delta HF Turbo saloon has set a new National British 24-hour of...
I was able the other day, after long experience of an Alfa-6, to spend a few days driving the latest Alfa Romeo Alfetta Gold Cloverleaf, courtesy of Huntsworth Garages, Marylebone. It seemed right to...
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A few words of caution... ...Those thinking of taking up the hobby, pastime, obsession or whatever you care to call it of running an old motor-car should think carefully before taking the plunge....
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My piece last month on the sports 19/100 hp Austro-Daimler is a reminder that several purely racing cars of this famed Austrian make came to this country, between the two World Wars. Dr Ferdinand...
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I was quite frankly relieved to climb out of Alex Moore's Lancia Stratos — my shoulders were stiff, my gear-changing arm ached, and my fingers were numb with the pummelling through the steering wheel...
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A special appeal From the point of view of a road tester, assessing any Citroen model is a task fraught with more hazards than usual. The word idiosyncratic might have been coined specifically with...
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When Damon Hill began racing at the end of 1983, it was entirely appropriate that he wore the blue and white helmet colours of his distinguished father. Coats of arms are passed from father to son...
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To set the period we have arrived at in following the motoring of Owen John, as we have been doing in this look-back to the 1920s, we are at the point in his diary where he was praising Mr Lionel...
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The High Peak HVC is holding its annual High Peak Historic Vehicle Run on June 2nd, starting and finishing at Buxton. The route will cover about 50 miles; entry forms from J. G. Tait, 5 Somerset...
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One-make Club life is earnest and often intense these days and from this stems a wide range of quite excellent Club magazines. To refer briefly to only some of those we have been reading recently,...
The Austin Ten DC held its AGM at "The Spread Eagle", Thame, last month and was seen to be in a thriving condition. Its 1984 "Driver of the Year" was Bert Wallace with a 1936 Austin 16/6 Hertford...
The first main VSCC event of 1985 was the driving-test meeting at Goodwood on January 27th. — W.B. The results were: 1st Class Awards: A. Jones (A7), T. Britnell (IS De Dion Bouton), D. Marsh (...
On April 13th the VSCC has its first 1984 Silverstone Race Meeting, with a High-Speed Trial preceding the eight or nine races, which include the 10-lap Pre-War Racing, Vintage Racing, Vintage road-...
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Emery Sir, Perhaps I can add a little detail about the time in the 60s when Paul Emery was operating in Fulham. The TwinMin was an interesting exercise, bedevilled by its gearchange. Various...
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One of the most satisfying experiences of rallying is to see a new event appear on the calendar and then to watch its progress from infancy and inexperience to strong, tough maturity. We have seen...
The situation regarding the future of Goodwood for testing the holding of sprints and functions has been clarified. The venue will be permitted to continue as before but within the following limits....
To mark the 101st(!) Anniversary of the birth of Parry Thomas, the great driver and engineer, there is to be an assembly of ears and motorcycles associated with speed events at Pendine sands (where...
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We hear that another Brescia Bugatti has come to this country, from Czechoslovakia and we hope will soon be seen in action. In Fuengirola, Spain, a beautifully-kept Model-T Ford of about 1920 vintage...
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Philip Mann, who so thoroughly restored a 1914 GP Mercedes, has sold this historic car to Charles Howard of C.A.R. Howard Ltd., dealers in fine motor cars. A Belgian reader is tracing the racing...

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