August 1979

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Renault and the French Grand Prix Since the adage that "today's racing-car is tomorrow's tourer" lost some of its authenticity, F1 racing has been mostly show-biz, with profitable financial pickings...
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Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in the list C = Closed Event, CI = Closed Invitation Event, R = Restricted Event...
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Williams all the way Silverstone, July 14th It was all sunshine and peace at Silverstone over the period of the Grand Prix, the sun was shining, everyone was affable and there were all the...
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An Appreciation I find it very hard, and sad, to believe that Capt. G. E. T. Eyston has died. He was 82, and active to the last, as befitted this powerfully built, athletic engineer who made high-...
(July 7th) Thamks to the generosity of the Midland Automobile Club the vintage lads have a meeting of their own on the fast and steep slope of Shelsley Walsh, resurfaced this year. There is always a...
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"Mini" by Rob Golding. 208 pp. 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" (Osprey Publishing Ltd., 12-14 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9LP. £6.95.) The Mini, British Motor Corporation's original Morris Mini Minor, now on the eve of...
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A Section Devoted To Old Car Matters On Welsh Roads in the 1920s I had long been of the opinion that in the beginning motoring came late to Wales, where the roads are mountainous, the lanes narrow,...
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Held on June 24th, there was a new aspect to the Brooklands Society's Reunion this year, motorcycles and cars being demonstrated on the Byfleet banking, or rather over about a third of it, from the...
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By writing-up Bill Lake's splendid 1922 GP Sunbeam in the June issue I have let myself in for some more sorting-out of the Sunbeams, or an attempt to do this, when I had hoped the last had come of...
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(July 1st) It must have been back in the 1950s, when my wife was running the STD Register, that I conveived the idea of taking members' Coatalen Sunbeams back to their birthplace in that Midlands...
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The Editor Recalls Some Attempts to Get Rid of the Reciprocating Engine With the Turbo-cars very much in the news and the hum of gas-turbines in aeroplanes a familiar daily sound, it seems odd that...
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The International Rally of Brazil Although an immense amount of excitement and pleasure is generated by the established classic rallies of the world, the appearance of a new event is just as much of...
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Brian Smith, author of that definitive Daimler history and that great study of the Royal Daimlers, kindly sent me a photostat of a booklet called "Hints on Driving", which was issued by the Daimler...
The last VSCC race meeting of the year and the final round of the 1979 Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy Contest will be held at the pleasant Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire on August 26th...
"Those Chronic Straight-Eights" Sir, I must rise to John Oldham's comments on the straight-eight Lanchester. It is true that individual cars varied in the silence and sweetness of their engines. I...
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From Lesney comes another of those once-so-popular "Matchbox" miniatures, a tiny model of the Renault 5TS, very appropriate in this time of petrol famine. As its makers remark "A charming model for...
An Enjoyable Way of Saving Petrol It was fortunate that a Renault 5GTL came up for road-test over the Brooklands Reunion week-end, in view of the panic over petrol supplies. It took me home from...
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Exhaust Systems In the early days of racing engines, when most of them were supercharged, the exhaust gases were more or less left to their own devices to find their way out into the atmosphere, a...
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A career that starts with a Lotus Seven on the 13th of March, 1964 and continues with unabated enthusiasm in 1979 will obviously encompass a variety of racing machinery and a disregard for...
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A great Renault victory Dijon-Prenois, July 1st On alternate years the Grand Prix of France takes on a green and pleasant atmosphere, when it is held at the little Autodrome near Dijon, in the...
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With the cancellation of the Swedish GP the Formula One teams had quite a long respite, and while some fitted in a lot of test driving, others built more cars, or new cars. Team Lotus had four cars...
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It was very pleasant reflecting on the 1979 Grand Prix of France, for the quiet villages, nice hotels, good restaurants and unspoilt rural nature of the area around Dijon-Prenois is one of the nicer...
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Recent winners in the FIA's European championship have reflected just how wide open the 1979 title chase is turning out. At Pau in France Eddie Cheever's Osella (above) scored its second win of the...
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Nearly 180 Ferraris graced the splendid grounds of Honington Hall, Shipston-on-Stour for the Ferrari Owners Club Ferrari Festival and Concours d'Elegance. Champion of Champions in the concours was...
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Jones (No. 27) takes the inside line at Stowe on the first lap to out brake Saudia Williams team-mate Regazzoni and Jabouille's Renault for the lead, above left. Already the field is split into two...
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Willie Green had to work hard for victory in the Lloyds and Scottish Historic Championship race in the oversteering JCB Ferrari Dino. A battle royal saw the lead change as many as four times a lap....
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"What have we here," asked the men in blue, examining in amused disbelief the improbable apparition of a blood-red CanAm Lola parked at the side of the A10. They couldn't have been more surprised if...
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The Famous Grouse Moth Rally from Hatfield to Scotland on June 30th, sponsored by whisky distillers Matthew Gloag and Son Ltd., commemorated the 50th anniversary of the DH Gipsy Moth Reliability Tour...
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That Spitfire Sir, I write to take you to task over your excellent article "A RoIls-Royce Occasion" in the July issue. Purely in the interests of assisting the maintenance of your usual very high...

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