April 1987

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Formula 1 prospects Following the excitement of 1986, prospects for this year's Formula One season are bright. Will Nigel Mansell net the Championship he was so cruelly robbed of last year, or will...
A while back, Motor Sport suggested that drivers frustrated by the abnormal traffic hold-ups on London's Westway and Western Avenue, leading to the M40, should drop the Prime Minister a letter saying...
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Swiftair sponsors Ecurie Ecosse Swiftair, the Royal Mail's express letter delivery service to all parts of the world, is to sponsor the Ecurie Ecosse team's challenge in the C2 division of the World...
British-based commemorative event for single-seaters is being organised by the Jersey Motor Cycle & Light Car Club for August 12,13, and 14. Intended to evoke the days of Bira, Mays, and de...
Although he has signed to partner Derek Warwick in the Arrows-BMW Formula One line-up, American Eddie Cheever will drive as many races for the Silk Cut Jaguar sportscar team as his Grand Prix...
After a disappointing season in F1 with the Team Haas Lola-Fords, 1980 World Champion Alan Jones has again retired from the Grand Prix arena. However, the Australian has concluded a deal to race...
The recently established Mechanics Grand Prix Trust benefited to the tune of around £115,000 as a result of the two-day clay pigeon shoot organised by Jackie Stewart at the Gleneagles Hotel in...
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Mazda conquers snowy Sweden To anyone who has never experienced a Scandinavian winter, the idea of a Swedish Rally on dirt roads in February is unthinkable. Yet it has been just like that on many...
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Stifled progress With the first Grand Prix of 1987 only a few days off, the line-up has been announced officially by FISA. There are two cars each from McLaren, Williams, Lotus, Ferrari, Ligier,...
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Spiced with adventure If you like your rallying. spiced with adventure, there is no substitute for going to Africa. Such a remark may offend those who derive great enjoyment from rallying in Europe...
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A slicker Celica This is the fourth model to appear under the Celica name, and this front-wheel drive coupe is an entirely distinct car from its bigger brother, the Supra. Previously, the two shared...
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Sport for all? Tramp around today's motor shows; look in many car dealerships, watch the advertisements. The conclusion can be drawn that motor sports and sportier products are the magic sales...
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High-flying shooting brakes By the nature of its very name, the cars Motor Sport is mainly concerned with are all at the fastest end of the scale. Yet coupes and convertibles are of limited use to...
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Fabrique en Angleterre The resurgence of the Peugeot name has been an impressive phenomenon lately, with the handsome 205 in the vanguard. The volume saloon which has consolidated sales in the small...
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Finding the right niche John Watson's Grand Prix career effectively finished a few days after the 1983 South African Grand Prix. After five years as a member of the Marlboro McLaren squad, he found...
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Coronation Trophy Fifty years ago, on April 24, 1937, a purpose-built motor racing circuit was opened in the grounds of the Crystal Palace Exhibition Centre at Sydenham in south-east London. This...
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Alfas with brio Now a fully-fledged part of the Fiat Group, Alfa Romeo has a brighter and more secure future than ever before. Complete autonomy on engines is a particular aspect of the arrangement...
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No Prima Donna In the early 'sixties, Diva cars burst into British racing and were extraordinary successful in the popular small-engined class. With literally hundreds of victories — including two...
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Motoring with a Capital M Dear AH, I was interested to read your views on the latest mid-engined Ferrari 328 GTB, especially having suffered the east London exodus in the dark and pouring rain with...
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Expensive exotica For all its lavish displays, this year's Geneva Motor Show produced little in the way of the unexpected, although the strong indications remain that, whatever the European economic...
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In a class of its own! With 750 Austin 7s expected at the 750 MC's Silver Jubilee National Rally at the National Motor Museum on July 5, it is opportune to write more about this popular pre-war model...
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Those who saw John Nicholson's 1912 Lancia Eta at the VSCC New Year's Day meeting at Ledbury (where it was promptly dubbed "The Happy Eta"!) may have wondered why it did not have the 5-litre ohc...
From the Weekend Argus we learn that the 50th Anniversary of Cape Town's first international Grand Prix was celebrated recently. In 1937, the Grosvenor GP was run over a circuit on land bought in...
Sponsored for the first time by the Hyundai importers, the Forest of Dean MC's Rally on February 7 was the first round of the BTRDA Gold Star Championship. This well-run event last year won the Bill...
Following discussion of fake vintage and historic cars in Motor Sport, CE Allen, the founder of the Vintage MCC, comments on the subject from the motorcycle angle, in the club journal, which is...
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There is a rather surprising number of motoring references, many of special interest to Rolls-Royce enthusiasts, in Bendor—The Golden Duke of Westminster by Leslie Field, (Weidenfeld & Nicholson...
Late last year I just missed going out in a very smart, long-tailed sports Belgian FN (a 12/50 hp model I suspect), which had been here for professional restoration for its European owner. It was...
The Veteran Car Club's AGM takes place on March 28 at the RAC. It awarded 25 major trophies for last season, a list too long to publish in full, but it is interesting to note that the Lord Victor...
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Best in the World Only one 40/50 Rolls-Royce is strictly known as "The Silver Ghost"— AX201, built in 1906, works demonstrator and heroine of the RAC 15,000-Mile Trial of 1907. Its special finish and...
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Desmodromics revisited Last month we disclosed Griffith Borgeson's skillful defence of Leon Michelat's 1914 GP Delage design as the first to employ effective desmodromic valve-gear (positive valve...
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The roads of the 1920s In continuing to look at the diaries of Owen John — as far as the Autumn of 1925 — I think I may have discovered why this prolific motoring writer chose to have a closed 14/...
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From France, we hear that when racing driver Edward Bret ceased to be a flying instructor at the CFS at Istres, he went to the 1929 Olympia Aero Show to buy an aeroplane, and chose a DH Gipsy Moth....
The value of the Historic Vehicle Clubs Committee was well illustrated last year, when the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society came up against regulations requiring old commercials to undergo the...
Roger Dennistoun Poore has died at the age of 70. He will be remembered for his company-director achievements but equally for his prowess at the wheel of a racing car. He began to race immediately...
American racing driver Augie Pabst owns the 41/2-litre Bentley with which the Hon Mrs Victor Bruce took the 24-hour record at Montlhery in 1929.
Following our publication of a picture of a Ner-a-Car (Motor Sport, February 1987), we learn that a reader in Salisbury, is restoring one which he bought as a "basketcase" to keep his ABC motorcycle...
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by Michael Hay. 522pp. 91/2" x 8" (Dalton Watson plc. 21 Brook Mews North, London W2 3BW £39.95) There have been so many truly excellent books about the vintage Bentleys, from the WO biographies,...
by Ronnie Spain (Osprey, 12-14 Long Acre, London. £19.95) Ten years work went into this mammoth and definitive volume, and as a reference work it surely could not be surpassed. More than half of this...
From Michelin, via Hamlyn Publishing, comes a pair of road atlases for touring in France, one soft, the other hard-backed. The former (£7.95) covers the whole country (including Corsica) at l:200,000...
by Jurgen Lewandowski. (Motormedia Ltd, PO Box 3, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 SRL. £110-£130 from March 31 1987) For sheer motoring exclusivity, there will not be much around to match Porsche's...
Latest of the £5.95 Foulis/Haynes Super Profile books is by John Wheatly, about the Austin-Healey 100/6 and 3000 and all the big six cylinder models. WB
Those of our readers who are interested in the road-transport scene from the public-service vehicle angle will be glad to know that Alan Townsin has got to No. 10 in his series of The Best of British...
by Graham Robson. 301 pp. 11" x8" (Motor Racing Publications Ltd, Unit 6, The Pilton Estate, 46 Pitlake, Croydon CR0 3RY £24.95 ). For those seeking a detailed survey of all the cars, in their many...
The Range Rover is still the upmarket farmer's workhorse and status symbol combined, and has appeared in several variations since the first petrol-V8 model appeared in 1969-70. These are covered in a...
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Re-reading the IAM and Police Roadcraft manuals recently, I was reminded of how little these have changed over the years. But a fresh approach is taken by Advanced Driving (published by Ian Allen,...
Reece Winstone has come up with another pictorial study of the City of Bristol. Cars figure in some of the rather "postage-stamp" pictures, and some are sometimes named by makes and reg. numbers. The...
Two inexpensively-priced volumes in the same format from Haynes are Corvette Roadster— A History of Chevrolet's Open Sports Car from 1953 and Lamborghini Countach, the former by an unnamed writer,...
There have been lots of books about specific motor races, following my own on the JCC "200"s, and the latest is a very welcome one on the Grand Prix des Frontieres at Chimay, by Andre Biaumet. This...
Two unusual titles which may appeal to readers with versatile interests are Leyland Trucks by Nick Baldwin, a quite fascinating pictorial history from Foulis at £7.95, and Crop Dusters by Henry...
A third edition of the model catalogue from St Martins Accessories has just been published, listing models in both built and kit form. The variety of models now available is enormous, and apart from...
GT Foulis & Co of Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset has published four more of its informative and enjoyable Super Profiles, which are easily-filed reference works at the modest price of £5.95 each....
Londoner Paul Meale's MOW Video concern has recently released a splendid two-hour review of last year's Uniroyal Production Saloon Championship, largely based around the use of in-car cameras....
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Sir, I was interested to read Hugh Conway's letter in the February issue on Bugatti breathers. I recall in the late 1920-30 period having a long discussion with the legendary Papworth on this subject...
Sir, May I suggest that the somewhat condescending attitude adopted by Mr Griffith Borgeson towards Pomeroy's The Grand Prix Car, referred to in your March issue, is scarcely worthy of him? When,...
Sir, Your March 'Matters of Moment' describes it as "rubbish" to advocate that both hands are essential for controlling a car. We teach our hillclimb driver pupils that optimum car control calls for...
Sir, I am drawn to reply to 'Speed and Safety' in Matters of Moment, March '87 edition of Motor Sport. Firstly l am in full sympathy with your views with regard to our national Speed Limits and I...
Sir, Several items in the February issue of your always interesting publication attracted my attention. The accomplishments of Connaught in racing car design and engineering were well portrayed in...
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Sir, In his excellent review of the Lancia Thema 3.28, MLC comments on its Ferrari 328 engine and invites us to name another production engine which "runs into the orange band on the tachometer at...
Sir, I must, as a member of The Frazer Nash Section of the VSCC, protest at Mr Graham wishing to change the dictionary definition of the word 'replica' —who does he profess to be anyway? Frazer Nash...
Sir, Nino Farina pioneered the laid back driving style? Not so. Go back to the earlier 1930s and look at some of the Tazio Nuvolari photographs. Joe Bayley, New Romney, Kent
Sir, In his piece "Courageous Venture", WB mentions "the rosy 1920s", and proceeds to give some tax figures: £4 for a Tri-Car, £8 for an Austin Seven. Taking the average wage in the 1920s as £2 per...
Sir, In his letter in your March issue, I see that Geoffrey Richardson mentions that he saw a Connaught engine being tested at Send using a chronometric rev counter, as fitted to the cars. This is...
Sir, An illustration in your most interesting article on brakes, which was captioned as a Tapley performance meter, did, in fact, show a gradient meter. The brake testing meter and the performance...

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