April 1988

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A test-day at Silverstone on April 13 heralds the start of the eleven-round Gordon Russell Inter-Marque Championship (for which Aston Martins, Ferraris, Jaguars, ACs and Porsches are eligible) at...
In but a few days time, another intense season of Grand Prix racing will start in Brazil. Two types of engine, turbocharged up to 1.5-litres and non-blown up to 3.5-litres, will compete against each...
Design dilution British police forces continue to promote the idea that "Speed Kills", whereas what is dangerous is using high speeds in the wrong circumstances. Other forms of potential hazards on...
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Technical innovation marks Ligier's Judd V8-engined Formula One contender for this season, the JS31. To bring the driver's feet behind the front axle line (as new regulations demand) without...
We have just heard, with the deepest sadness, of the death of EKH Karslake. As historian, writer and driver of old cars, Karslake perhaps did more for the Veteran and Vintage movement than any other...
Four weeks after Tom Walkinshaw Racing's resounding victory in the Daytona 24-Hour race, the Jaguars came very close to defeating the Porsche establishment again in the second round of the IMSA...
For the first time since Toleman entered Formula One in 1981 with Brian Henton and Derek Warwick, a Grand Prix team will be fielding an all-British driver line-up in 1988. While retaining the...
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Swiss surprise Before the first round of the 1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship began, Peter Sauber's international driver-team of Jean-Louis Schlesser, Mauro Baldi and Jochen Mass made private...
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No more stage fright Sitting before the start of the Portuguese Rally at the event's headquarters in Cascais, the fishing port and tourist resort some twenty miles west of Lisbon, we overheard the...
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Ready for Rio! On April 3 the 1988 Grand Prix season opens with the running of the Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, on the very flat circuit on the edge of the city. The major teams have...
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Going by the book Dear Reader, Last month I was on about lavish and expensive books; this month a book with a difference has arrived. This is the 1988 Year Book of Automobile Sport, issued by the FIA...
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The Oriental performers Prompted by a Seiko time/date chronometer, photographed by Pentax and printed via Panasonic, this month's subject matter is the rise of the Japanese performance car— in...
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Too sensible? For a company whose average customer is around 55 years old, Honda has an extraordinarily progressive model range. Its smallest mainstream car, the Civic, does nor even include anything...
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A different Mini On the face of it, Mazda Cars (UK) is cutting V its own throat somewhat in introducing another model in its quota-restricted range, but the incentive behind the new 121 "super-mini"...
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Into the lion's den 109th, That's where I finished my first stage rally, and I am rather proud of it. With a couple of hours the day before as my sole rally experience, I was happy not to be last,...
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"The Pom" Mutterings about building "Pom Specials" with extra-long wheelbases permeated the Silverstone paddock when the results of the Pomeroy were announced: Rodney Felton's Monza Alfa Romeo in...
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Memorable Mondays Easter Bank Holiday Monday has long been traditional for a spot of motor racing, and in the days of the Brooklands Track the BARC always held a meeting of short races on this day....
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Your flexible friend! From my viewpoint, the difficulty with enthusing over Classic cars is that cars change so quickly. What seemed an outstanding motor car some years ago soon pales into mediocrity...
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Classic coupe A Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe is hardly a common sight nowadays. Yet when we decided to follow up WB's musing on how the car he recalled driving in 1955 would seem today, we very quickly...
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A serious business Modern rallies are usually fast thrashes through forests in specialised cars, or something similarly tough on Continental roads. But it was not always like that, and the younger...
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Back to basics Is there such a thing as anti-option list? Porsche's new lightweight 911 Club Sport boasts a catalogue of absent extras, a horde of missing fittings which had grown on the once-raw...
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The roads of the 1920s In 1927, at a time when the 21hp six-cylinder Delage saloon (the 3-litre descendant of the Delage I wrote about last month) was being praised for its very smooth engine and...
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"The reason motor racing did not matter (in Britain, in the I950s) is encapsulated in one word, Brooklands . . . There are still some who drone on about the derelict white elephant outside Weybridge...
An impressive line-up of cars outside the Earl of Bradford's house at the preview of the Midland Festival of Transport provided a foretaste of the machinery which will be on display at Weston Park in...
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Part of the celebration for the country's 200th Bicentennial Castrol World Rally, organised by FIVA and the VCC of A, involved a 2500-mile route for 1500 veteran and vintage vehicles. From the NMM,...
The Italian job Some time back I wrote of the SLIM car, suggesting that it must have appealed to those troubled about their weight and on a diet. Now we come to the FAST, which must surely have been...
It is sixty years since the well-known pre-war racing driver Richard Shuttleworth bought his first veteran car, the Panhard-Levassor which caused such a fuss when he drove it on its first Brighton...
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Last month's Donald Healey appreciation correctly said he was a successful Monte Carlo Rally competitor in Invicta and Triumph cars, but a gremlin got in the works in calling Healey the first British...
It would be somewhat misleading to suggest that veteran and even vintage cars were all easy starters. Indeed, in the early days, what was known as the starting-up procedure could be quite complicated...
Besides the Annual Reunion on June 19 and an autumn meeting on September 11, the Brooklands Society has arranged a third meeting at the old Track this year. This is a spring Society gathering on...
For this year's STD Register Wolverhampton Rally (the first one-make rally to visit the birthplace of the cars which fostered it?) on July 9-10, headquarters will be the Long Mynd Hotel above Church...
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edited by Mike Greasley. 121/2"x91/2" I76pp. (Haselton Publishing, 3 Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6RE, £19.95.) For as near as damn-it twenty quid, the baby brother of Autocourse has precious...
by Lawrence Dalton. 328pp. 91/2'' x 81/4" (Dalton Watson, 21 Brook Mews North, London W2 3BW, £39.95). Dalton Watson has a respected name for publishing top-class books about top-class motor cars....
produced by Videovision Broadcast. 60 minutes. (Duke Marketing Ltd, PO Box 46, Douglas, Isle of Man. £29.90). Jaguar's return to the pinnacle of world motor racing has engendered a welter of English-...
by Jonathan Wood. 91/2" x 61/2" . 250pp. (SidgwIck and Jackson Ltd, 1 Tavistock Chambers, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SG. £15.95) Symbolically picturing a punctured tyre, its dust-jacket proclaims...
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by Kenneth Neve. I76pp. 81/4" 51/4". (Grenville Publishing Co, Standard House, Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4DA. £7.95 plus 55p UK postage) How could any vintage-car enthusiast not read this charming...
It is good news that improved Scalextric model race-tracks, cars and accessories are part of the Hornby revival. Hornby's publicity people have been very honest about the company's financial...
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Sir, A damp weekend has been transformed by the magnificent article on the Alfa Romeo 2600 (Motor Sport, March 1988). It is truly splendid, and will surely provide inspiration for the 2600 owners...
Sir, It is difficult for me from this distance to enter the debate as to whether the recently-discovered three-litre Bentley now in the Donington Collection is the Duff 1922 record-breaking and 1923...
Sir, Much as the theorising on the validity of Brooklands might entertain the readers of Motor Sport and the knocking of traditions become a national obsession, I find little to commend the anti-...
Sir, Returning to the UK in October 1987 for the first time since December 1986, I was horrified by two developments on the motorways. The first was the cones— the gags on Spitting Image were true!...
Sir , Last month's leading article on the Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy has once again highlighted the problem of replica cars. For many years the Vintage Sports-Car Club has relied on the "...
No hoax Sir, I was most amused to read in Matters of Moment (Motor Sport, March 1988), that you seem to endorse a suggestion that the recent sale of the Bugatti Royale might have been a Publicity...
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Sir, As the creator of the 8-litre Bentley Special featured in your article "A Gentle Giant" (Motor Sport, February 1988), I would like to correct certain inaccuracies and perhaps add a few points of...
Sir, I was interested to read DSJ's article about Gillie Tyree and NKA 9. I can well remember him passing my parents' house on the A59 on Sunday mornings, testing the car from his garage in Lydiate...
Sir, In a nostalgic vein after the discussion in your Letters pages of Basil Chevell's Alvis, I looked in my photographic collection for another such uncompromisingly masculine, not to say brutish,...
Sir, With reference to "Performance Uprating" (Motor Sport, March 1988), I have three comments. First, your photo is captioned as "The MG factory in 1935". It isn't— there are too many out-of-date...
Sir, In reply to Mr Mitchell's letter (Motor Sport, March 1988), there were indeed. two brothers Mestivier, named Marius and Maurice. It was Marius who was head of the racing shop, and who was killed...
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Thrilling the crowds Britain is the hub of the motor racing world. That situation has evolved over many years and is reflected in today's historic racing, where the Historic Sports Car Club sets the...
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The body of the spectacle Flashing and gnashing, gleaming and screaming the front runners arrive and are gone. In a heat haze of historic racing grandeur they pass, and what is left? — it is only us...

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