August 1978

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The state of play The motor car, whether purchased for pleasure, sporting or business employment, is now such a universal possession and topic of conversation that it is inevitable that it must have...
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Simply Unreal (Our centre spread this month depicts the event in colour) Brands Hatch, July 16th. Variety is something which the British Grand Prix always provides, fluctuating as it does from the...
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Once again, whether he likes it or not, Niki Lauda has written his name indelibly in the Grand Prix history books, this time by winning the Swedish Grand Prix with a car that was subsequently banned...
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On July  1st the airfield circuit of Silverstone held within its sparse confines the 29th St. John Horsfall Trophy race meeting. The main event of the afternoon was the 15 lap Martini International...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The Brooklands Re-Union This year's Brooklands Re-Union, on June 25th, was on a reduced scale, because the Brooklands Society had been denied the use of the...
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The article I wrote about Adrian Liddell's ex-Brooklands Straker-Squire (Motor Sport, December 1977) has resulted in much interesting correspondence, including a letter from Mr. Denham Brown, who, as...
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One of the nicer aspects about editing Motor Sport is being on the receiving end of a fairly regular flow of unexpected items of information and history that our thoughtful and enthusiastic readers...
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Sir, I was very interested in “ Boulogne 55 years ago” because I bought the B. S. Marshallwinning Bugatti from Jack Bartlett in March 1928 for £125. As seemed the case with all the hardware Jack...
Another Cyclecar Rally During 1975 the VSCC held a special rally for that fascinating but near-defunct breed (Morgan 3-wheelers excepted!), the cyclecar, as duly reported in these pages. A first...
Sir, I have read, with great interest, your report on the splendid rebuild, by Mr. Milling, of the 1921 Grand Prix Ballot and I can, perhaps, account for the missing car, chassis No. 1005, and part...
Sir, I have followed with a great deal of interest the recent correspondence in Motor Sport about Armstrong-Siddeley cars. I am in the process of restoring an AS “Typhoon” which I believe has an...
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Sir, In his book "Veteran and Edwardian Motor Cars", David Scott-Moncrieff mentions a possible link between Ettore Bugatti and Emil Mathis. Enclosed is a photograph of my 1924 11.3 h.p. six-cylinder...
Sir, This Society has been excavating the former site of the Palladium Autocar Works in Felsham Road, Putney and has discovered an extensive Roman settlement. The foundations of wooden huts, tiled...
Sir,  I can hardly let 1978 go by without writing to you in the form of a reminder that the marque Standard celebrates its 75 years of existence this year, passenger cars having been manufactured to...
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"Corvette A Piece Of the Action" Edited by Beverly Ray Kinks 224 pp. 12" x 9 1/4" (E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 201, Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10003. £25.35.) This is a beautifully illustrated...
The latest Classic Car offerings from the respected model-car house of Grand Prix Models of Radlett, Herts., are a very mouth-watering low-chassis 4 1/2-litre 100 MPH Invicta and a most attractive...
News of Forthcoming Books Motoring books that we may expect in the not we may expect too distant future include a look at the ERAs that are still active in vintage-car racing, a full history of the...
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Volkswagen have combined safety, performance and economy in a remarkable turbocharged diesel-powered Golf. The chances of driving a manufacturer's unique development prototype are always slim, but...
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This month, the Cheshire road-racing circuit Of Oulton Park celebrates its 25th Anniversary of car and motorcycle racing. Those 25 years have seen some of the greatest drivers and riders of the World...
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A tough, reliable and very pleasant little car from Japan Whatever one's feelings about the intrusion of Japanese cars on to the British market, the vehicles are so prolific on our roads that they...
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On July 7th, 1908, three great 12-litre Halm started in the French Grand Prix over the Dieppe circuit and in due time, in fact eight hours, seven minutes and 56 seconds later, that driven by Cagno...
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After nine rounds of the Formula One Drivers World Championship Team Lotus had taken five outright wins, and three times the black and gold cars had finished first and second. After nine rounds of...
The Irish Motor Racing Club is holding the 49th Phoenix Park Race Meeting on September 16 /17th and would like to hear from owners of pre-war and post-war vintage and historic racingcars who would...
Rather pompously, in its issue of July 1st, Motor stated that it was “privileged to become the only people outside Vauxhall to drive this particular car” , referring to the 1926 OE 30/98 owned and...
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Six Cosworth V8 preparation specialists During the 11 years since the public introduction of the Cosworth engineered and (initially) Ford-financed Formula 1 V8, an increasing demand has brought a new...
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Months have passed since that fine event in South Africa, the Total Rally, had its foundations rocked when Total Oil SA withdrew its financial backing after years of loyal support. Suddenly the...
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Excellent performance and driveability. Fantastic value The car doing all the winning in the Tricentrol British Saloon Car Championship is the Ford Capri III 3000S. As always, a successful car on the...
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Moffatt (ERA) makes FTD The 73-year-old speed-hill-climb venue was invaded by the VSCC, in the nicest possible way, on July 8th. In practice Bill Summers rolled his 6C Maserati at the esses,...
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(The French Grand Prix report appears on page 1138) Of particular interest was the action of the Ecclestone-Brabham team following the banning of fans, for cooling or aerodynamics, by the CSI. The...
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Lotus still ahead Paul Ricard, July 2nd Following two weeks after the Swedish G P, the immediate topic o f interest at the flat and featureless Paul Ricard autodrome was the matter of the cooling...
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Sir, I refer to the road test on the Alfetta 2000 in your July issue. The statement that the speedometer and tachometer rotate in opposite directions is Incorrect. In fact bosh instruments are quite...
Sir, I don't suppose that you have ever expected Motor Sport, a magazine of notably conservative opinion, to be subject to the attention of official censorship, but I'm afraid that I have to report...
Sir, If the publication of my recollections in Motor Sport did nothing more, it resulted in my renewing friendships with people who I had lost touch with for 40 years and more. For that, and the...
Sir, I've enjoyed recent issues of Motor Sport even more than usual and was most interested in the expenences of Mr. J. B. Perrett. On the subject of "roll centre" I have always believed the term to...
Sir, It is possible for Mr. Wheatcroft (letter, July) to obtain from any Government book shop a thin tome entitled "The MoT Tester's Manual - Vehicle Testing". He should be sure to get the blue one...
Sir, D.S.J. has always said that if you enjoy doing something - somebody will try to stop you. How right he is. As a regular competitor in Vintage and Hostoric races - mainly in Europe I have seen...
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Sir, Whilst I cannot offer much comfort to Mr. Timothy Houlding in dealing with the officials of his local Taxation Office, may I tell of a happier situation. Last year, I bought a derelict,...
Sir, I was interested to read the letter from Timothy Houlding concerning his difficulties over licensing his Bentley and I have already spoken to him to pass on the benefits of my experience. I hope...
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Sir, I read with interest Mr. Jennings' letter in June's Motor Sporrt headed "The Pitfalls of Used Exotica". I was in the position described by him (no thanks to Ernie) about a year ago in having £3,...
Sir, I am sure we have all been amused at the claims made by dealers for the cars they have for sale. I thought it might be interesting to see how private owners rated their vehicles in terms of a "...
Sir, I was very interested to read the letter front Mr. Christopher Clarke, published in the issue for June 1978, concerning the difficulty experienced now in obtaining 5-star petrol since Shell...

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