August 1961

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Empire Trophy disappointments This year's B.R.D.C. British Empire Trophy Meeting suffered various set-backs that rendered it disappointing. Some explanations seem desirable (although we cannot...
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The Headquarters section of the 750 Motor Club will be holding their Eleventh National British Six-Hour Handicap Relay Race for sports cars on the 1.6-mile Silverstone Club circuit on Saturday,...
Once again the Brighton and Hove Motor Club will be holding their National Speed Trials along Madeira Drive. The Trials, which take place on September 2nd, should bring a wide variety of entries...
The 200-mile Guards Trophy race at Brands Hatch on August 7th may well be the final fling of the Inter-Continental Formula. This rather mis-named formula, which has seen little foreign opposition for...
The next round of the R.A.C. Hill-Climb Championship will be held at Great Auclum on August 12th, organised by the Hants & Berks Motor Club. This should prove to be an interesting event where...
As if in deference to "D. S. J.s" remarks regarding fastest lap at Reims, the timekeepers have now credited Phil Hill (Ferrari) with 2 min. 27.1 sec. and not Moss as stated in our results.
Holidaymakers and tourists in the West Country during the August Bank Holiday may care to drop in on the Taunton M.C., who are holding a Veteran Car Rally on the Monday in conjunction with their...
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Mini-Cabs are now a colourful part of the London scene and because I admire anyone who is prepared to "have a go" in a worthy cause, I arranged an interview with Mr. Michael Gotla, Managing Director...
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Owners of A40 Farinas will be pleased to hear that a marque Club has been formed for owners in the Rotherham area. Further information is obtainable from the P.R.O. at 133, Upwell Street, Sheffield,...
The verses and prose of A.P. Herbert are very enjoyable but it is sickening to find, in his book "Look Back and Laugh" (Methuen, 1960), a reprint of a strong anti-motoring article he wrote for Punch...
The Ferguson F.1 car is one of the better British things and we offer congratulations to those whose faith in it looks like being justified. It has shown great promise on merely its second race....
Light Engineering, of 155, St. Andrew's Road, Bridport, Dorset, are producing a combined fingertip headlight flasher and horn lever to fit a wide variety of modern cars. The ultra light-weight lever...
As we close this issue there have come to hand a very fine motor horsebox (No. 979) by Meccano in the "Dinky Supertoys" series, while the latest Lesneys include an E.R.F. cement lorry (No. 26) and an...
Travelling to the far North for the British G.P. in the security and comfort of a Citroën DS we noticed that two new petrols are now available in Britain besides Jet and Total, namely Lobitos and V.I...
It is becoming the practice to throw press parties to demonstrate new cars far in advance of the official release date. Motor Sport has attended parties at which intriguing British and French small...
A correspondent tells us that in Gibraltar Volkswagen and Peugeot enjoy the largest one make/model sales, each selling some 60 cars a month.
Another correspondent sends us a clipping from the Daily Express which draws attention to the fact that in 1959 we imported 9,500 Volkswagens and that last year the figure rose to 16,000. The Express...
The final event to count for the Brooklands Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Motor Sport and organised by the B.A.R.C., will be on September 16th at Goodwood. At present, joint first are John Derisley (...
Those readers who have expressed dissatisfaction with the tyres normally fitted to their Austin 850s and Morris Mini Minors may care to know that, although Michelin do not yet make 5.20 x 10 tyres,...
How nice to find Edward Denis telling readers of the Daily Mail that "they don't have to blame the fast cars for accidents" because, "in fact, horse-power plus horse-sense can often prevent an...
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Latest in the International Sports Car Series of "Aurora," Playcraft Hobby Kits, is the Mercedes-Benz 300SL scale model. For 3s. the model is extremely well produced and construction is simple when...
A new oil The elite of the motoring press assembled at Sutton Place near Guildford (built 1520-30 by Sir Richard Weston, 15th and 16th century furniture, 17th-century Belgian tapestries, old masters...
It's happened once again! The Editor was reading "Cornish Years," by Anne Trenner (Jonathan Cape, 1949), thinking that in this schoolmistress' appreciation of the Cornish scene there would hardly be...
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  After the fast straights of the Reims circuit the Grand Prix scene moved to the slow corners of the Aintree circuit, and all the regular contestants, plus many more, entered for the British Grand...
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The public at Brooklands used to complain of the closely-spaced, high, spiked iron railings through which they had to peer. But at least large dogs were unable to get through the bars onto the Track...
Regular readers of Motor Sport will be aware at I am strongly in favour of the ID and DS Citroëns, the most advanced cars in the world, offering unrivalled safety and comfort. Those who wish to...
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The best laid plans, etc. Reims, France, July 2nd After the Spa race, where Ferrari cars dominated, everybody was resigned to an even greater demonstration of mechanical superiority on the fast Reims...
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Fuel vapour lock is a minor motoring bogey. But it can be a very tedious one. What happens? Take a highish climb, with lots of low-gear work. Engine gets hot. Vaporisation starts in the fuel system....
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So much has been written in so many places about Dagenham's latest family car, which was released dramatically, at midnight or thereabouts on June 16th, that I will endeavour to be brief. Having...
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by Stirling Moss. 239 pp. 8-3/4 in. x 5-5/8 in. (William Kimber & Co. Ltd., 46, Wilton Place, London, S.W.1. 25s.) In "A Turn at the Wheel" Stirling Moss carries his personal account of motor...
by Olivier Merlin. Translated by Louis Klemantaski. 216 pp. 8-3/4 in. x 5-1/2 in. (B.T. Batsford and Co. Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W.1. 21s.) A really satisfactory book about Fangio – or...
by William Boddy. 253 pp. 5-3/8 in. x 4-1/4 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W.1. 8s. 6d.) "The Vintage Car Pocketbook" led the way for this series, and was the greatest...
The spate of motoring books, many of them admittedly of a very high standard and quite irresistible to true enthusiasts, shows no signs of diminishing to any appreciable degree. One hears that Ronald...
"The Grand Prix Year" by Louis T. Stanley. 192 pp. 10-3/4 in. x 8-5/8 in. (Max Parish & Co. Ltd., 55, Queen Anne Street, London, W.1. 45s.) Last year I enthused over this picture-packed annual...
Some very fine motor miniatures have been released recently. Lesney have brought out a really fine 1913 Mercer Raceabout (No. 7 in their "Models of Yesteryear" series, price 3s. 11d.), which is a ...
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"Phew! Pretty hot isn't it? The speaker shaded his eyes carefully with his hand and watched Meeson's A.C. flash over the line at nearly 100 m.p.h. His companion turned away despondently. "Too hot for...
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The public showed its apathy towards the Intercontinental Formula by staying away from Silverstone in their thousands and the most optimistic attendance figure was an estimated 50,000. The double...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The V.S.C.C. Richard Seaman Trophies, Oulton Park Race Meeting (June 24th) One of the highlights of the vintage year is the Vintage S.C.C.'s Race Meeting in the...
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Daimlers, etc. Sir, Many thanks for another interesting issue, and especially for the Daimler articles. You may not remember that the 3-speed 16/55 cars were fitted with Morris-Oxford gearboxes,...
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Sir, With reference to your article published on Armstrong Siddeley cars some two years ago I hope that the following may be of interest to yourself and the readers of this very fine magazine. I have...
Sir, When in Oban, Argyll, recently a stone damaged a brake backplate on my 3-litre Bentley and I needed some assistance. I would like to place on record for the benefit of other vintage car owners...
Sir, A footnote was appended to a letter to you in the Vintage Postbag for June last year, asking whether any readers remembered the Duo cyclecar; I have been meaning to write ever since. I well...
Sir, I must protest against that question mark after p.v.t. in the June edition of Motor Sport when referring to Bywarth's Riley Monaco saloon in the report on the V.S.C.C. Silverstone race meeting....
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Impressions of the A.C. Ace fitted with a Rudd modified Ford Zephyr engine Introduced in 1953 the A.C. Ace was the first post-war British sports car to feature all-independent suspension and apart...
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The editor ponders on the whereabouts of the pre-war racing drivers and racing mechanics The excellent idea on the part of Kenneth Neve, President of the Vintage Sports Car Club, of inviting pre-war...
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The Sunbeam Rapier has improved out of all recognition since its introduction many years ago, mainly because the Rootes Group has not been slow to incorporate improvements which have been prompted by...
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Continued from July issue Betty Haigh has had an extremely varied driving career, although like so many lady competition drivers her first interest was in the equine world. However, she was taken to...
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N.B. Opinions expressed are those of our correspondents and "Motor Sport" does not necessarily associate itself with them. – Ed. Saloon car racing Sir, Although I spent all of May 6th at Silverstone...
Sir, I am one of numerous M.G. Midget owners who regard the "New Midget" with an air of disdain. I say the "New Midget." Mr. Courtenay Edwards, the motoring correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph,...
Sir, I entirely agree with Mr. Joseph Bayley that an organisation should be formed to co-ordinate sprinting and hill-climbing in the car world. I am thinking principally about dates. I am very...
Sir, I have for many years read Motor Sport and viewed the many controversial topics such as the VW saga and "breakdown of good relations between the police and the motoring public" with a slightly...
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Sir, May I add another voice in praise of "that Beetle's" service organisation? When my secondhand VW was purchased it took the agent 12 months to finally agree to do something about the gear-...
Sir, Having in the past cavilled at the often deplorable service provided by our motor manufacturers and suppliers of accessories, it is pleasurable to be able to say that one firm, at any rate, is...
Sir, I am very disappointed. You are the last person I would have expected to tell that old chestnut about the Fiat 500 with the brakes on hauling a heavy lorry up a hill. When I first heard this...
Sir, May I join your correspondent, Miss Grieve, in the lions' den? I, too, am a roost satisfied Herald owner of six months and nearly 7,000 miles. Like her I have had no experience of leaks...
Sir, During some recent work in making a Lancia Augusta roadworthy, I discovered that there was no oil sealing at all on one half-shaft, a wholly abortive improvisation by some inept bungler having...
Sir, Mr. A. R. Castell was most fortunate to have his Crypton tachometer replaced immediately when it proved faulty. I ordered (and paid for) a similar instrument in February of this year. It was...
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Sir, As the leading British sporting motor journal it may be of interest to you to hear of the extraordinary contention of my insurance company (a leading Tariff Office) consequent upon my having...
Sir, After reading about the new Jaguar E-type, I tried to summarise my feelings, but the best phrase that I could come up with was "worshipful despair" – a most uncommon confusion of senses shared...
Sir, Three years of driving have left me with these impressions: (1) New cars depress me. (2) The government, the insurance companies, and the police are appallingly anti-old cars, and are guilty of...
Sir, Amongst the high-ranking achievements of VWs and Mini Minors, I should like to praise the mechanical reliability of the now deleted Vauxhall Wyvern. My father purchased one of these cars five...

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