August 1963

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Variety in modern motor racing Although it cannot be denied that there is a depressing "sameness" about present-day Grand Prix cars in appearance, and concealment of those who possess the high degree...
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His many friends in the motor club world will join me in mourning the loss of Holland Birkett, who, with his third wife Margaret, was killed when his Auster failed to find Le Touquet aerodrome last...
I would very much like to thank Motor Sport for their tremendous help in launching the Motoring Defence League. As a result, thousands of enthusiastic readers have already become members and the...
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As far as sporting enthusiasts are concerned the ordinary Mini has far less attraction than the Mini-Cooper and its latest S-type derivation. However, the standard Mini costs only £448 while the Mini...
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Sir, I wonder if you would be kind enough to help me. I am the owner of a Riley Brooklands, UY 4322 (1928). The firm that sold the car originally have informed me that "the car was sold to a Miss...
The National Open Martini Trophy Meeting, with five races round the full Silverstone circuit, organised by the Aston Martin O.C. in conjunction with the Martini International Club, was marred by bad...
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Long-distance races have not, in recent years, attracted very much interest in this country; and with the steady down-grading of the Tourist Trophy race into little more than a shortish blind for G.T...
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Following in the tyre tracks of Rex Judd, whose splendid idea the Brooklands Re-Union of Weybridge racing motorcyclists was, Dudley Gahagan and William Boddy, Editor of Motor Sport, decided that so...
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  Silverstone, July 20th Amidst a veritable feast of racing and circus stunts, that went on for a long and full day, the BRDC were able to organise the British Grand Prix that ranked as a Grande...
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Until the practice for the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort the only new things to appear from Bourne had been various mechanical items fitted to last year's cars. In Holland the all-new 1963 car made...
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In Grand Prix racing today all the contestants run on Dunlop racing tyres, so that in theory they should all have the same cornering power available, adhesion of the tyre to the road under cornering...
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Clark, Lotus and Climax on their own Zandvoort, Holland, June 23rd. It was at Zandvoort last year that Colin Chapman produced his bombshell into Grand Prix racing in the form of the Lotus 25 or "...
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Clark and Lotus again Reims, France, June 30th. This year the French Grand Prix returned to the Reims-Gueux circuit in the Champagne country, after a brief sojourn at Rouen. To say that the 49th...
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A section devoted to old-car matters V.S.C.C. Oulton Park Race Meeting (July 22nd) Oulton Park is such a pleasant venue, reminiscent of old Donington, that this is one of the most enjoyable vintage...
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No. 22: The Silver Hawk Although the Silver Hawk had a very short life span and cannot have been made in any numbers, it deserves inclusion because it was one of the first cars built expressly for...
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London—Brighton in a 1919 Model-T *Henry Ford was, in fact, born on July 30th, 1863, but the police thought that the Brighton Road would be too crowded for model-Ts on that date, so the anniversary...
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Dunlop deserve the highest praise and the thanks of every old car enthusiast for continuing to supply tyres in prehistoric sizes—but what a pity they refer in a recent advertisement to the cars for...
Despite the world-wide enthusiasm for veteran and vintage cars generally, the American automobile has been largely neglected in Great Britain. In an attempt to fill this gap, the Montagu Motor Museum...
Once again the Sunbeams returned, in sunshine and occasional torrential rain, to the place of their birth, supported by S.T.D. Talbots and Darracqs. The entry was excellent—43 cars, which ranged from...
We heard that a 1913 4-cylinder Renault which had only run about 5,000 miles since new, and still has four Renault sparking plugs, was found recently in Bath. It is being restored in Liverpool, in...
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On the occasion of the S.T.D. Register Wolverhampton Rally I had the privilege of being invited to drive there and back, from Kingston Blount, in Talbot 105 Team Car No. 2, the celebrated "GO 52."...
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Forthcoming vintage fixtures include the Littlewick Green Show Society's Annual Show on August Bank Holiday, which includes a Concours d'Eleganee for cars from pre-1916 to post-1952 in four classes,...
Sixty years of motor-car production is a proud achievement and to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Standard Motor Company it was appropriate that the Register should gather at the factory in...
A 1915 Trumbull chassis has turned up in Warwickshire and details are requested of what kind of body it had. Data is also sought concerning the ex-Bruce Halford Riley T.T. Sports Sprite, AVC 17,...
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June 22nd The finish of the third of four members' meetings, held at Goodwood on Saturday, June 22nd, and organized by the B.A.R.C. saw Chris Williams still in the lead for the Motor Sport Brooklands...
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Variety Continued The Editor enjoys again the sparkling performance of the Fiat 1500, approves of the improvements Connaught have made to the Citroen ID, and goes very quickly from place to place in...
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Sir, On reading one of my old Motor Sports of February, 1961, I came across again your White Elephantitis Encounter with a Silent Knight, and note that you said you had hoped to include a Double Six...
Sir, I recently published a book on the industries of the New Forest town of Ringwood, Hampshire, and a correspondent, Mr. Peter Trill of Ringwood, has sent me further details of an intriguing little...
Sir, Catching up on my reading, I notice that in your May issue you question Ford as being a make of tractor. Actually there were Ford tractors. Lloyd George ordered no less than 5,000 of them from...
Sir, I find the two letters from Messrs. Gosnell (in particular) and Bruce most objectionable. Why the puerile comment upon beards? Presumably Messrs. G. & B. went to the meeting to see cars. One...
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"The Gordon Bennett Races," by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. 251 pp., 8 3/4 in.x 5 3/5 in. (Cassell and Company Ltd., 35, 144 Lion Square, London, W.C.1. 30s.) Lord Montagu instituted the "Montagu Motor...
Reverting briefly to "The Man in Europe Street" by Rupert Croft-Cooke, referred to last month, the Morris-Commercial 'bus he used for his adventurous journey was, I find, a 1930 model. It climbed the...
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The Citroën Safari, perhaps the most luxurious estate-car in the World, which is a full 8-seater, with an inbuilt luggage rack on the roof, now has the DS-type valve gear, its engine producing 83 b.h...
Road & Track points out that the Rolls-Royce policy of never disclosing the power output of its engines has been broken since Gray Marine has concluded an agreement with R.-R. for marketing the...
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Sir, I append some of my experiences, taking care to say first that this is certainly an extremely comfortable, practical and sprightly car even if a little underpowered for coping with hills and...
Sir, I have recently purchased a new Triumph Vitesse; the screen washer was used for the first time two weeks after purchase, the water bottle that supplies the screen wash was found to contain a...
Sir, Same car (1958 Borgward T.S.) same driver (self) same roads (Spain, France and U.K.) Different tyres—Dunlops (rear) burst at 9,000; Michelin "X" (rear) discarded at 42,000. The only other...
Sir, I have a friend who always crosses his £2 cheques for parking fines "Motor Improvements Fund." The powers always return them; but no matter. I recommend this action to readers who feel the high...
Sir, Last month I called at my usual B.M.C. main agent to obtain an overseas touring kit for my Sprite, only to be told that these kits are no longer available for B.M.C. cars. As an alternative,...
Sir, Bob Burnard, one of our most promising sports car drivers, raced with considerable skill and generalship in several events last season to win the Veedol Motor Racing Competition and its major...
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Sir, Your correspondence columns have long been open to aggrieved car owners, and a very useful service you have done them by your courage in giving names and publishing facts when their vehicles...
Sir, Four years ago you published two letters from me entitled "The New Citroëns—Where They Fail." You may like to hear how they have progressed in Africa since then. A car may win the Monte (though...
Sir, I have read, from time to time, in the correspondence columns of your excellent magazine of readers' unfortunate experiences with Dunlop Gold Seal C.41 tubeless tyres. But assuming that, like...
Sir, For Mr. Lane's information (June issue) my two-year-old Citroën Bijou is free of rust and due to the flat chassis has very little dirt underneath. The alloy bumpers are not as shiny but...
Sir, Many articles over the signature of Mr. Boddy have left in my mind a lurking suspicion that the longevity of English cars leaves something to be desired. My own experiences since 1922 would...
Sir, After wearing out the standard equipment C.41 tyres on a Mini, I was advised by my local tyre company to fit Pirelli Extraflex. I duly had them fitted to the front to try before purchasing a set...
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Sir, Making out a schedule for my Mark VI Bentley, I incorporated a sentence which should be of interest not only to Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd., but to all other misguided motor car manufacturers. It...
Sir, Having subtly exchanged with my husband our infant son for the family Motor Sport which arrived today, I am up in arms at the fatuous comments of your soft-living employee who tested the Morgan...
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Sir, The following is a letter I felt obliged to send to Lodge Plugs Ltd.:— I trust that my experience in connection with the above may be of interest to your Company. As the not wealthy owner of a...
Sir, It seems to me that the Michelin versus Dunlop "battle" appearing in your columns has been very one-sided to say the least. The only letters I can recall defending the Dunlop product have come...

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