April 1993

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FEBRUARY 17: With no opportunity to pursue his F1 career, Olivier Grouillard announces plans to set up his own IndyCar team. The Frenchman plans to start the season in round three, at Long Beach,...
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The South African Grand Prix at Kyalami re-introduced something that hasn't been seen in Formula One for a while. The battle between Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher might not have...
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From humble beginnings as a producer of tractors, Ferruccio Lamborghini emerged as a creative and eye-catching automotive engineer. In the mid 1960s, his 350GT (335 bhp, 0-60 mph in 6.8s and a top...
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Kyalami marked Alain Prost's first F1 race since Suzuka 1991. If anybody thought a short sabbatical might take the edge of his racecraft, the Frenchman's polished performance in South Africa quickly...
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While Britain may not have Italy's happy knack of staging two Grands Prix every year, this country has certainly fared better than other European nations in recent times when it has come to...
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Twenty years ago; five years ago; even one year ago, had a driver spluttered to a halt on a special stage because he was out of fuel, but was fortunate enough to stop where a spectator was able to...
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It is a common belief that the Ford Escort came after the Ford Cortina, but this is a misconception. There was a Ford Escort made in the '50s, a kind of estate car, sister to the Squire and based on...
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Dear reader, I was hoping to be at the first Grand Prix in the year 2000, which is only seven years away, but it is beginning to look rather unlikely. Recent rule changes for Formula One cars, and...
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Reader JA McCaul has written to say that in 1957, when he was nine years old, his mother and father took him and his two brothers on holiday to Italy. By chance they had gone to Pescara, on the...
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Goodwood. It's still a name that means something to the British racing public, even though it's 27 years since a pukka race meeting was held at the West Sussex airfield circuit. Indeed, much of the...
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As we rumbled along Vickers Drive, away from the apparently recession-proof bustle of Brooklands industrial Park, the passage of fresh February air across the cockpit of a 1992 AC Cobra threatened to...
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The Dieppe-based specialist Alpine has earned our respect over the years, thanks to a succession of fabulous cars created on behalf of parent company Renault. Alpine's merits are generally underrated...
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Your toes are frozen, yet your legs are cozily warm and dry. Your hands are so cold that it's hard work keeping the numb thumb of your right hand depressed on the throttle; conversely, your upper...
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The hamlets of Chirnside and Duns nestle into the mellow countryside of Scotland's Border region, mere miles from the northernmost boundary of England. The homesteads have names such as Mill Farm,...
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At press time, uncertainty marked the future ownership of Lotus Cars, Lotus North America Inc and Lotus Engineering. A management buyout from GM ownership is a distinct possibility. This would be the...
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Enhanced power, performance, economy and refinement: these are the primary aims Jaguar set itself when it implemented the long overdue programme of changes to its V12 saloon models. And after trying...
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Few new car launches have much sense of excitement today, but that for Aston Martin's Project X, which we now know will enter production as the DB7, was a satisfying exception. The two-plus-two is...
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The message is clear. Jeep (or Chrysler Jeep, to be politically correct) has entered the UK market with a mission. A major advertising campaign is hardly likely to have escaped the notice of anyone...
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Another great motoring landmark is about to be destroyed, along with so many others. I refer to the one-time Morris Motors production complex at Cowley, just outside Oxford. You might almost have...
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In Aero-Engined Racing Cars (reviewed last month), I refer to the uncorroborated story of Alastair Miller, HRH The Prince of Wales, a royal shooting-brake and the racing Wolseley Viper. I also quote...
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A reader has drawn our attention to The Irish Times's current feature Times Past. with especial reference to an item of motoring interest. This concerns the test, back in January 1934, of a Ford V8...
At the VSCC's Exmoor Trial, which took place in late January, First Class Awards were picked up by B Clarke, T Wheelock and A Harper. Second Class Awards by M Tomlinson, S Dear and D Hescroft and...
As readers will gather from items elsewhere in this issue, our Founder Editor Bill Boddy has just celebrated his 80th birthday. Ever a champion of the old car movement, Bill has been writing about...
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The vintage Bentley was not only a fast car, it was commendably reliable. But this blend of all that was best in pre-war motor-racing technique, with an engine based on the victorious multi-valve...
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Early in March, the VSCC trialists assembled at that most useful venue The Verzons, near Ledbury, for the Herefordshire Trial. Entries were down this year, from 105 in 1992 to a nonetheless...
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That long-established contest to which the VSCC admits modern cars (devised by the late Laurence Pomeroy to define, by a series of tests and a high-speed trial, which is the best all-round fast...
Barry Clarke of the VSCC had a very interesting article published recently, about why the shaft-drive two-cylinder and four-cylinder GNs, which succeeded the famous chain-drive models, were not a...
The Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Register held its AGM on February 20/21, It took over the Sedgebrook Hall Conference Centre at Church Brampton, just outside Northampton, where Bassett Lowke once made...
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To help this column along, JE Dussek of Plaxted has kindly contributed a most interesting chapter from Round the World with an Appetite by Molly Castle (Hodder & Stoughton, 1963). The authoress...
Another Ludlow Festival Vintage Vehicle Display, and short town-run between 14.00-15.00, takes place on May 9, for the Watsons Motor Works Cup and other prizes. The event is confined to pre-1959 cars...
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The Globe some years ago I was walking round a field, near Kew Bridge, if memory serves, where a fair was in full swing. I was admiring the FWD trucks and maybe a steam showman's engine or two, when...
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Writing in the Mature Times of the high speeds of which modern production cars are capable, Tony Watts asks if any of his readers remembers the world recordbreaking speed achieved by John Cobb in the...
If I were of the present generation I'd probably remark: "Really good!" or "Brilliant". I am not, but to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. I refer to my recent 80th birthday, and the...
As one who is aware of the clangers he makes, journalistic and otherwise, I was nevertheless sorry to find, after his description of the enormous research done for the BBC TV programme Fame in the...
I am in full agreement with the suppresslion of pornography in public places, and I have never craved a personalised number plate. However, in this age of violent crime, was it really necessary for a...
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The 750 MC has published its annual Year Book, which lists the results of its 1992 events and gives information about all its racing formulae. Indispensable to those interested in low-cost motor...
Two more of those welcome Rolls-Royce historical studies put out by the R-R Heritage Trust and the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation are to hand, for prices which make all other books of similar...
Since launching Terrific Stuff, Chris Nixon and Jock Simpson have hit the target with each successive release. These are no exception, even though they differ markedly to the archive film material...
For a fiver, this is pretty good value, even though it barely dips a toe into any of its myriad subjects. In short, it is an anthology of some of the most memorable moments in ths history of sport - ...
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Sir, So FISA has finally decided to junk some of the expensive hi-tech gadgetry that has reduced the pinnacle of our sport from entertaining combat to a frequently uninspiring series of high-speed...
Sir, Although the French now appear to have sorted out their differences with the anti-smoking lobby, leastways as far as motor racing is concerned, might I make a suggestion? Next time there's a...
Sir, With reference to Keith Taylor's letter in February's edition, I enclose a photograph of White Hawk, taken in 1953 prior to its shipment to the United States. The shot was taken in London's...
Sir,  MOTOR SPORT being an important historical reference source. JW's ill-informed assertion that "Nobody, particularly in the parochial world of the TR Register, gave much thought to the winning...

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