April 1990

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Anomalies This Editorial was nearly a calamity! About to attack the lamentable ban on the 24-Hour Le Mans race and question how one individual could, with this ban, accomplish what only war and...
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Thank goodness for Jean Alesi and Pirelli. Thanks to that combination, the US GP in Phoenix had a modicum of interest for half its length, even if it was an interest the overall format of the event...
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"Economy Racing" Era to End In October the Group C sports car formula will follow Formula One into the new decade, ruled by 3.5-litre normally aspirated engines. The `economy' era, dictated by the...
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Bow is Drawn for Silver Arrows Five new Group C cars, model Mercedes C11, will be built at Peter Sauber's headquarters in Hinwil, Zurich in the coming weeks in preparation for a serious programme to...
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Jochen Neerpasch was at pains to explain Mercedes' decision, stated for the first time last November, not to compete at Le Mans unless the 24-hour event is part of the World Championship. "We are not...
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For Kenny Acheson the road to glory has certainly not been an easy one. In a career that has been dogged by more than its fair share of ups and downs, the final blow came at the end of last year when...
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In February's article about the motor racing of Jack Field I hardly did justice to his efforts with the twin-engined 4000 hp Sunbeam "Silver Bullet". Although the giant was no more successful for...
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That the Motor Cycling Club is the oldest such organisation for cars and motorcycles, having been formed in 1901, and that it continues to run its classic trials, with their traditional night...
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The Brooklands Society now has 1,700 members. It is to hold its annual Brooklands Reunion on July 1st. The VSCC is including a Racing Drivers' Championship in its 1990 activities, divided into three...
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Wacky-Bristol The Arnolt-Bristol was the brainchild of a shrewd American entrepreneur known as Stanley Harold Arnolt, or 'Wacky' as he preferred to be called. In keeping with the great American ideal...
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In what we now regard as the vintage years there were many instances of sports models based on standard chassis being offered to the public, in some instances giving genuinely increased performance...
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New Frontiers "Ever since the 911 Porsche series began in 1964 I have felt that the car was too big for the engine." Thus wrote DSJ in February 1973 at the beginning of his article on the new 2.7...
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The word Carrera has come to be of special significance to Porsche enthusiasts for over 30 years, the name applied to the company's faster models since the 356. It was in the mid-Seventies that it...
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A '74 car, a homologation special for the 3.0 RSR model, which included various modifications to the engine, running gear and bodywork. Increase in compression ratio, 4-bearing cam boxes and shafts,...
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Porsche cars and automatic transmissions do not seem compatible and yet over the years there have been a number of models offered with the option of semi-automatic, or Sportomatic, transmission...
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The gearchange is not bad, but feels totally different. Obviously the Carrera 2 is a road car. The steering doesn't feel so responsive to me. It feels less taut but then I would expect it to be, and...
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Your reactions to my suggested Serendipity Championship have been numerous and varied. There are those of you who just looked at me blankly, wondering if the winter cold and damp had got to my brain...
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Turning Point Life at Lotus is never dull, and the 1986 change of ownership to the status of a General Motors wholly owned subsidiary has not eliminated the company's penchant for internal and...
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There are certain things in life that are unattainable for the average person — buying a Rembrandt, purchasing a case of Chateau Margaux every week, owning a Scottish castle or skiing at Saint Moritz...
Volkswagen Golf GTI G60 If ever there was a hardy annual, it was the Golf. The progenitor of the hot hatch, it has survived in basic form for over 14 years. In that time, it has very rarely played...
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In an exercise which saw most journalists on the press launch reliving their youth, Mazda has launched on the unsuspecting public a good old fashioned style sports car labelled the MX-5 in which the...
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"Dull, boring, uninspired" . . . these are words used to describe so many cars today from the everyday family car to the executive saloon. It even extends to what some would call sports cars. By no...
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There is no question that Mazda's new baby, the lovely MX-5, is set to become a runaway success. It has already become so in America and Japan, and if the enthusiastic press reports in Europe are to...
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To keep its engineers on their toes, Mazda has a comprehensive and wide ranging competition programme. From events as diverse as the snows and cold of the Monte Carlo Rally to the heat and dust of...
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The Mazda marque represents one of the most extensive range of cars available in the UK — from the 150 mph RX-7 Turbo Cabriolet and stunning MX-5 two-seater sports car right through to the highly...
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Press of Canvas Question — Name the first motor racing artist that comes into your head. chances are that most of you reading that last sentence immediately said to yourself "Michael Turner" — and...
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Riley-RM Series By James Taylor. MRP, Unit 6, The PiIton Estate, 46 Pitlake, Croydon CR 3RY. 192 pp. £29.95. The vintage and pvt Rileys have received very complete coverage in book form and now James...
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Lancia's Landslide In the face of road surfaces varying from smooth tarmac to rough dirt and even mud, and the strong opposition of Toyota, Mitsubishi and Mazda, Lancia's chances in Portugal of yet...
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Sir, Regarding the article in the March issue of MOTOR SPORT — "A1 of a Kind". My father was a great friend of many years standing with both George Pettyt and Trevor Laker. I remember my father...
Sir, The February feature in the "Forgotten Makes" series was of particular interest to me as my grandfather (who was doctor in Clapham), had an Iris in 1910. My father called it "30 hp" but as it...
Sir, I am completing a book covering my ten years with Lotus (1963-71 & 1977-80). This is provisionally entitled "The Lighter Side of Lotus" and reflects the enormous amount of humour that lurked...
Sir, I am writing a book about James Robertson Justice, the actor who played Sir Lancelot Spratt in the "Doctor" films, as well as making two motoring movies, "Checkpoint" and "Fast Lady". During the...
Sir, I'm glad I knew the "good old days" and I mean by this the late forties and the fifties' about 1948 when I joined that unique institution the Vintage Sports Car Club. One could then buy (or sell...
Sir, Having spent the last couple of years researching European cars at Indianapolis I was delighted to read Jenks' excellent account of the Maserati V8RIs at the Brickyard (MOTOR SPORT January/...

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