August 1976

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Eighty years on... This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Daimler Company, that manufacturer of the cats favoured for so many decades by the British Royal Family—luxury ears of the very highest...
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The 8th Annual Reunion of Brooklands drivers, flyers and riders organised by the Brooklands Society was held at the Track on Sunday, June 27th. Following on the success of last year, it was again an...
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  If there is one thing that you must admire the British for, it is their consistency. Once they get hold of a good idea they do not let go of it easily, though some people think they tend to flog a...
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There were a couple of new cars in the paddock as distinct from new designs, when practice started for the Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, Niki Lauda had a brand new Ferrari, number 028 in the 312T2...
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I do not normally take the halfway stage in a Grand Prix season as being significant enough to call for a review or a re-cap, but the way things have been going so far I can only hope that the...
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[By means of which our roving European reporter keeps in touch with the Editor.] Dear W.B., While we are all aware that we live in an ever-changing world, knowing that if it did not change it would...
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(July 9-11) Rally Drivers Dominate This year the fourth BRSCC-organised Tour of Britain was transformed into a very serious rallying-orientated test of the Group 1 production saloons and the "names...
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The Ford Fiesta A new front-wheel-drive baby for Europe In the early days of Issigonis' pioneering Mini, Ford proclaimed their disinterest in this ultra-small car sector of the market. Instead they...
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"The Wankel Engine" by Nicholas Faith. 234 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, 40, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LU. £6.95.) Although the Wankel rotary internal-...
I scarcely thought to find much of motoring interest in a book my wife, who has a liking for historical biography, was reading, namely, "Queen Mary" by James Pope-Hennessy (Allen & Unwin, 1959)...
We were able to mention briefly last month the Meccano Dinky Triumph TR7, which is rolling off the production lines in Liverpool at a greater rate than the real car, which is also built there. Plans...
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Having interviewed the Miss Davieses' chauffeur of Gregynog Hall, I was encouraged to trace his opposite number, who worked for their brother, Lord Davies of nearby Plas Dinam. It was a case of...
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In June we predicted that this year's European Formula Two Championship would be a straight fight between the British works March team, with their German-built BMW engines, and the Elf-backed teams...
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Blown head gaskets and finally a comprehensive engine blow-up when the timing gear fell off the end of a camshaft of his Triumph Stag had driven to despair Mike Stephens, proprietor of Western Models...
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Reason, sweet reason: we have recently been fortunate enough to meet the man who personifies the objective view in motorsport. Just as Sweden is known for its neutral stance, Saab Competitions...
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What a generally good little car the 3-door hatchback Fiat 128 3P is! I was impressed by its eager performance, which reminded me of the old Fiat 124 which on first acquaintance was such a pleasant...
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A section devoted to old-car matters La Monotrace A reader called at our offices the other day with some literature left by his wife's grandfather, a Frenchman who worked for Talbot-Darracq from 1918...
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Sir, I was fascinated and delighted to read your article on Lewin Spittle's "Historic MG Midget". As a regular reader, I know your passion for accuracy, so I thought I would correct a couple of...
Sir, Mr. John R. Davy is correct in regard to the 500K Reg. No., which should read BYW 612. As regards the tasteless accessories deprecated, they were all there when I had it dragged out in...
Sir, I was interested to read the reference in V-E-V Miscellany in the May issue about a 1910/11 Type-W Minerva having recently changed hands in Australia. This is undoubtedly the vehicle which I...
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Sir, A historic MG K3 Magnette was rescued from a long hibernation in a damp shed recently by an enthusiast in Tokio and the formidable job of restoring her has already started. The car (chassis no....
Sir, With reference to Mr. Carson's letter in the May issue of Motor Sport I feel I really must come to the defence of the Vintage enthusiast. For one thing there are fewer and fewer vintage cars...
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To help funds, the SW Section of the VCC is selling raffle tickets, the prize in which will be two seats on veteran cars in the next Brighton Run from London to the finish or as far as the cars get!...
Sir, There was almost certainly a Dorman-engined Palladium car fitted with this automatic transmission. Dormans were considering producing this unit, made a few prototypes, and still had engineering...
Sir, I refer to David L. Gandhi's letter in the Vintage Postbag section of the July edition of Motor Sport and his comment that Romulus should be allowed to continue to rest on his laurels. Mr....
Stanley Sedgwiek's Opus THE indefatigable President of the Bentley DC has performed another service to this Club and to motoring enthusiasts in general. It takes the form of a book listing every pre-...
The VCC Esso loW Rally takes place on September 24-26th. The first veteran car rally on the Island since 1963, the mileage will be 120, supported by social events at which Earl Mountbatten is the...
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(July 10th) In real summer weather the older cars gathered at Shelsley Walsh for their assault on a hill which as a competition venue is older than Brooklands. Indeed, the terrain has changed very...
(July 11th) It was nice to be back among the Coatalen Sunbeams, Roesch Talbots and the Darracqs, at Wolverhampton, where Register members meet ex-employees of the old Sunbeam Company, take the...
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McLaren Racing recover Le Castellet, France, July 4th It is interesting how quickly time passes and how soon. we get used to major changes, especially if there is no relaxation in the general pace....
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After the race the first eight finishers were scrutineered in a comic-opera fashion typical of the 1976 season of Grand Prix racing. The 80 ems. maximum height from the lowest part of the chassis was...
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Of special interest was the reappearance of the Ferrari de Dion rear suspension, this system being fitted to 312T2/ 025 which is now the regular spare car for the team. The tubular "bridge" that...
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Stab a pin into a list of European rallies and the chances are that you'll pick one which is little more than one series of short sprints after another, making up a reasonable total distance but with...
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The best pointer to the success of a business trip usually comes when the weary traveller flops down amidst piles of notes and brightly headed press releases to the chorus of cynical colleagues...
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Castro! and Leyland Cars.Together again on the great road ahead. As every enthusiast knows, Leyland Cars are officially back into motor sport with an exciting new race and rally team. And it's no...
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How Chequered Flag's Lancia Stratos beat the big boys. On Shell. When the Lancia Stratos won the Mintex International Rally, it was the first major rally win for a non-works entrant since the 1971...
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Sports cars were never really intended for the masses, but the bigger manufacturers have to think in terms of attracting the maximum number of customers if they are to hold the price of their two-...
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Sir, I read with great interest Joseph Xuereb's letter about the "exorbitant" cost of white metal car kits and their ready-built counterparts. I agree entirely with his comments regarding the prices...
Sir, I have followed with considerable interest —and amusement—the correspondence of late concerning collectors' model vehicles. As I originated this type of model in the Sixties and have watched the...
Sir, With reference to the letters of Bill Baxter of Mettoy (Corgi) and Joseph .Xuereb (Malta) in your June edition on the subject of model ears and model car kits in Metal. Mr. Baxter's letter is...
Sir, As I am sure that the view I express in the following is one held by Many of your readers perhaps you will publish my letter in your next edition. As an ardent pre-war motor car enthusiast of...
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Sir, I should like to endorse the views of J. L. M. Cotter on the Automobile Association (July Motor Sport). Although their services have on occasion been useful in the past to me, including the "...
Sir, As an avid reader of your magazine, I was more than a little deterred, not to say hurt, by a certain closing comment in your article on the UK production version TR7. A certain "CR." described...
Sir, I have recently purchased a Facet Vega HK 500 which is presently undergoing some minor renovatory work. Obviously since purchasing the "monster" (as it is affectionately known by my wife) I have...
Sir, I read with interest the comments of R. H. Stenning in the March 1976 issue, regarding Overdrives v. 5-speed gearboxes. There is no doubt that an o/d is not justified, either technically or...
Sir, Firstly, I should like to thank you for your road test report on the Combi Coupe in the June issue. It was a very fair appraisal and I was so pleased to see that it made amends for your...
Sir, Just to put Mr. J. L. M. Cotter (Letters, July issue) straight following his criticism of the AA and its reaction to Government motoring policies, he is obviously ignorant of the fad that the...
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Sir, "Matters of Moment" in the April issue, on "Easter Eggs", was indeed most welcome, but I do hope it has not raised the prices beyond the ordinary man's pocket once again. A CIyno, Bull Nose,...
Sir, I wish to completely endorse A. G. Lee's views on the Rover 3.5-litre coupe expressed in June Motor SportT. My 1969 model offers armchair luxury in silence with a fine road performance, uses no...
Sir, In your description of the new Rover 3500, which one feels Must become affectionately known as the. "Range Roverer Coupe", you S:t% (p. 817, July issue); "A warning light indicates failure of...
Sir, We would refer to the article in Your June issue regarding Derek Spencer and the Austin-Healey. From the number of letters we have received and expressions of surprise from many of our customers...
Sir, Further to your editorial comments (April Motor Sport) and subsequent readers' letters, there are two organisations devoted to the Rover marque the Rover Owners' Association, based at Solihull,...
Sir, I really feel I must respond, albeit as the Sales Manager of a Volvo dealership and hence an "interested party", to P. Thomas' letter in Vol. L11 No. 7, the latest in a long line of fatuous...

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