August 1971

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The future of Le Mans Le Mans, instituted in 1923 and once regarded as the most important sports-car race of all, is now being openly criticised, this year's race being described as uninspiring or...
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During the past month we were invited by the British Leyland Press Department to a function at the vast Longbridge complex near Birmingham for what was billed as a race between the production lines...
Kent Alloys Ltd., the member of the GKN Division down in Rochester that produces many of the castings used in the manufacture of racing cars as well as a large number of aircraft parts, celebrated...
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  Although the British Grand Prix does not have a long and venerable history, like the French Grand Prix, it does have the distinction of being held continuously since 1948, mostly at the Silverstone...
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The occasion of this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone was also the twenty-first anniversary of the BRM team, for it was at Silverstone that the BRM V16 first appeared. Siffert made the Bourne...
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At the end of June there was an Alpine Rally in Southern France, but it was an Alpine in name only. Gone were the old atmosphere, the old polish and slickness and the Who's Who-type entry list....
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The Sports Car Club of America has sold itself to television! Commencing with the Watkins Glen race, the balance of the Canadian American Challenge Cup Series will be telecast live across the length...
Mosport Park, Ont. (June 13th) The sixth season of J-Wax-sponsored Group 7 competition in America got under way at Mosport Park, Ontario, on Sunday, June 13th, with Team Gulf McLaren taking up where...
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For the second round at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, the Can-Am circus was joined by the latest version of the Shadow, a go-kart type of sports racer that had appeared in 1970 under the aegis of Don...
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A Tyrrell double Castellet, France, July 4th Before anyone gets too excited it is worth remembering that the original series of French Grand Prix races ended in 1967, when the Automobile Club of...
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Having gone to the trouble of digging out from the mildewed archives that BARC certificate which proved that in 1911 a London-Edinburgh Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was timed over the Brooklands half-...
HRH Princess Chula asks us to say that all the motoring books by her late husband Prince Chula, and Prince Bira, which we referred to in the May issue, received an overwhelming response and have all...
With only one week-end between the Dutch GP and the French GP most teams had to repair the ravages of the Zandvoort circuit in order to get to the Paul Ricard Circuit on time. Gold Leaf Team Lotus...
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With the Grand Prix of France taking place on the newly-built multi-million-pound Paul Ricard circuit alongside the Castellet aerodrome, about equi-distant from Marseilles and Toulon, it was natural...
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By Derek N. James. 446pp. 8 3/4 in. x. 5 1/2 in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd., 9, Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AL. £5.50.) Another volume in their prolific, packed-with-information, copiously-illustrated one-...
A reader recommended "Another Self", by James Lee-Milne (Hamish Hamilton, 1970), which has some motoring references in it. There is, for instance, a description of the author being driven to Evesham...
Pedro Rodriguez died in that terrible accident at the Norisring. Some people have sentimental praise bestowed on them after they are dead. The prowess of Rodriguez in sports-car racing was such that...
The National Traction Engine Club has published a soft-cover booklet "More Engines at Work", using illustrations originally used in their journal Steaming. It is available at 33p, post free, from the...
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The Editor talks to a popular pre-war racing driver Cyril Paul had a long and eventful motor racing career which extended over 16 seasons and embraced more than a dozen different makes of car. Space...
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JW-Gulf Porsche Team fights to the finish Osterreichring, Zeltweg, June 27th. The magnificent circuit carved out of the hills in the Zeltweg valley seems to improve on every visit and compared with...
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•There is a rather large smell in Formula Ford at present regarding the tyre situation which all leads back to the comment ln "Around and About" back in January. Since then every major Formula Ford...
It is always pleasing when a maker of miniatures has one of a brand-new car on the day of the new model's announcement. This Lone Star did with the Vauxhall Firenza, their 3-in.-long replica having...
Avon are promoting their well-known Wide Safety GT low profile cross-ply tyres, "a standard production tyre equally at home on road or track" by offering a free Avon GT-shirt free with each purchase...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC Oulton Park Meeting Held too late for a report to appear in the July Motor Sport, this was far too good a day's sport to ignore, although by the time...
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Neil Corner repeated his first round success in the JCB Championship by winning the second round at the AMOC St. John Horsfall meeting at Silverstone on July 10th. Corner's GP Aston Martin DBR4 won...
Last year the Midland Automobile Club invited the VSCC to one of their hill-climbs at Shelsley Walsh, and this year extended the invitation to a co-promotion, so that on Saturday July 10th the...
We heard from George Brooks in Australia the other day. His Staker Squires Six is still running well, and recently completed over 3,000 miles in the round trip when competing in the Sydney-Melbourne...
A new Hispano-Suiza Club has been formed, the Hon. Sec. of which is David Brookbank, Victory House, Leicester Square, London, WC2. The 12th National Standard Register Rally will be held at Eathorpe...
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Sir, I was interested in the Editor's favourable impressions of the 1911 AX Renault as I also recall these machines as pleasant to drive and able to run happily at 35 m.p.h. without the slightest...
Sir, Regarding H. F. Spong's letter about above, the only information I can give is negative, namely that amongst our 200 members which comprise the bulk of "T" owners in this country there are none...
Sir, With reference to the letter in the April issue, as far as I know, the Premier Ten was introduced towards the end of 1906 and remained in production until the following year. No further cars...
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Voiture de l'annee? If you ask them, and they have any left, Citroën Cars of Slough will provide you with comprehensive coverage of the revolutionary little GS saloon, which deals with this...
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Sir, I was interested in Mr. Day's letter about the 4.3-litre Alvis. A saloon model of this car was tested by The Autocar in 1939 and reached 60 m.p.h. in 13.1 seconds and 70 in 18.0. This was very...
Sir, Firstly may I start my letter by congratulating Mr. Neve on a fine restoration, and I should like to point out to him that my letter is in no way intended to be a criticism of his achievement. I...
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[By which the Continental Correspondent, while he is motoring abroad, keeps in touch with the Editor] Dear W.B. Once the summer arrives high-speed motoring in Europe is severely restricted by the...
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•Sponsorship.—Motor racing depends very much on sponsorship these days, so we listened with interest to the views about it expressed by Mr. Brian Robinson, UK Regional Marketing Manager of Wiggins...
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The morning after the race the sun came out and I took time off to read the report of the Dutch Grand Prix in Motor Sport for August, 1970. The date was virtually the same, and I read such passages...
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In 1966 a highly qualified engineer and formerly successful saloon car driver called Blydenstein took a very courageous decision. Five years later this was to lead to the formation of a Vauxhall...
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Sports-car drivers win the day Zandvoort, Holland, June 20th Although some of the scandal-mongering newspapers insist that the Zandvoort race-track is doomed and the future of the Dutch Grand Prix is...
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It is a long time since the Ferrari team have been so well equipped as they were at the Dutch GP, for the two 1970 cars, numbers 3 and 4, with 1971 engines came straight from Hockenheim where they...
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Wind tunnel Little more than ten years ago Peter Jackson was trying to persuade racing car manufacturers to build their car bodies in glass fibre reinforced plastics rather than from the then almost...
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We have been sent some advance details of a new car which will be available for sale within the next couple of months. The machine is called the Vialto Highway 1+2 and is manufactured by a firm...
Earlier this year a weekly contemporary dealt with three different ways of buying a used car—through small advertisements, from a dealer, or at an auction sale. There is yet another method, that of...
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Sir, I am sure a large number of enthusiasts, perhaps the great silent majority, are in complete agreement with our hero D.S.J. This particular enthusiast would like to endorse the increasing...
Sir, I wonder if any readers can explain why so many people with soft-top sports cars drive around with the tops up when the sun is shining and the weather warm? As an MG-A driver I found that the...
Sir, (1)—In "Matters of Moment" for May, you refer to BLMC turning their engines from transverse to fore-and-aft. Surely the angle of such a turn is 90 degrees, and not 45 degrees as stated by you?...
Sir, At the age of 19, I have recently achieved one year's accident free motoring. Thus I obtained a 30% no claim bonus. With my next premium due I wrote to six brokers for quotations. To my...
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Sir, I refer to the question you pose in your June issue under "The Things They Say..." regarding a balancing act mentioned in "Rolls on the Rocks". For the method to balance a brimful glass of water...
Sir, Although a comparatively new reader of your fine publication I am now a confirmed "addict", and enjoy many happy hours each month perusing it from cover to cover. In connection with W. S. Whelan...
Sir, You seem to have missed some points in your excellent report on the "Senior Service Hillrally" (Rumblings, Motor Sport, June, 1971). As you quite rightly state, there's nothing new, in this...
Sir, I have been prompted to write by Jaguar's new series of advertisements concerning the XJ6. As I expect everyone knows these tell of the thorough inspection the car goes through before delivery....
Sir, As a new reader to your magazine, I feel must congratulate you and your staff on its interesting range of articles. But I must protest about several opinions and facts in the May and July issues...

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