August 1980

Page 27
Full circle with FIAT? " ... the phrase, 'the racing-car is the touring-car of tomorrow', is none of my coinage . .. I, however, concur in it" - Louis Coatalen, 1924.  Turbocharging, derived from...
Page 29
As two different dates were quoted for Hans von Stuck's appearance at Shelsley Walsh with the Auto-Union, in last month's article on the famous hill-clintb, it should be made clear that the correct...
On the day that this issue closed for press Mr. Fowler, the Minister of Transport, announced proposals to change the basis on which road fund tax is levied from use of a vehicle on the road to its...
The Vauxhall 30/98 is not one of the most desirable of cars. You cannot stand beside it (your investment)) and claim "It's an ex-works team car, old boy" or "one of the Le Mans cars" nor even "Tim...
Page 30
The Appleton Special  In the 1931 Tourist Trophy race on the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland car number 34 was one of the foreign entries in the 1100 cc class. This was a two-seater road-equipped...
Page 31
By any standard the Renault 5 equipped with mid-mounted engine and turbocharging is an extraordinary motor car. Its looks are strongly akin to a Gallic cartoon character car, all flying buttresses...
Page 33
  Enthusiasm was running high for the British Grand Prix two or three weeks before the event was due to be held at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. Alan Jones leads the 1980 British Grand Prix...
Page 34
Ferrari produced a brand new T5 for Villeneuve (048), while Scheckter had his usual car (046) and the spare was 044 (marked 043).  Tyrrell had their usual three cars, 010/4 (marked 3) for Jarier, 010...
The Formula 3 race on Sunday morning was a bit like the Grand Prix, for practice had suggested a very fierce battle between eleven drivers who had put in laps between 1 min 26.13 sec (Brett Riley on...
Page 36
Volvo 244 GLT  Twenty years ago, when Volvo and Saab were less well-established here, I went to Sweden for a week, so that we could publish stories in Motor Sport about how these two very different...
Page 38
The Talbot Solara SX The first of the range of cars now known as Talbots (but far-removed from my 1922 Talbot-Darracq and the Talbot-Lagos which we used to call Lago-Talbots when they were in current...
Page 39
[Described to the Editor in a recent interview] Even the younger generation should have heard of CEC Martin, that versatile and capable British amateur driver, who drove in the Continental Grands...
Page 48
It is well known that while Louis Coatalen was responsible for the engineering affairs and racing and record-breaking activities of the Sunbeam Motor Company of Wolverhampton, in the years 1909 to...
Page 49
The well-liked Alfasud has been sensibly modified along its nine-year span, to enable it to retain its popularity among those seeking a decidedly well-mannered, decidedly sporting small-car....
Page 51
"The AA — A History of the Automobile Association, 1905-1980" by Hugh Barty-King. 319 pp, 101/2",111/2". (The Automobile Association, Fanum House, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 2EA, £14.95). To...
Page 53
A section devoted to old-car matters  More about vintage motoring in Wales Last year I had something to say about motoring in the 1920s on the roads and lanes of remotest Radnorshire. Recently I...
Page 56
Sir, With reference to the final paragraph of Kent Karslake's letter about the 1908 Grand Prix Panhard-Levassor in Vintage Postbag, published in your June edition. I have studied photographs of the...
The Vintage SCC's annual hillclimb at the famous MAC venue near Worcester took place in good "Wimbledon weather" on July 5th. It opened with a parade of pre-WW1 cars to commemorate the 75 years of...
An Austalian small car Sir, I've been a regular reader of Motor Sport for a considerable number of years, and have always found your irregular feature "Cars in Books" quite fascinating. I wondered,...
Page 58
Continued from the July issue  We left X, as I am referring to this 1914/18-war soldier turned Flying Officer, after he had disposed of the 1911 40/50 hp Rolls Royce tourer he had been using and...
Page 59
The Brooklands Society staged another Re-union at the old Track and aerodrome on June 29th, in excellent summer weather. The attendance, purported to be confined to members and their guests, was...
Page 60
The 1979 built Dino Ferrari, which caused such a rumpus at the Easter Monday round of the Lloyds and Scottish Championship, will have been seen again on the circuits by the time this issue of Motor ...
Page 62
Typically Jones Paul Ricard, CasteIlet, June 29th There was never any doubt that the French Grand Prix was going to happen, the only question mark was whether "Bernie's Boys" were going to join the...
Page 65
Well that was a pretty good French Grand Prix, in spite of being held on the very artificial and somewhat clinical Paul Ricard circuit. A week before the event was due to take place it looked as...
Page 66
With the Formula One scene in a state of flux at the moment and the season reaching mid-way, technical progress is not surprisingly slowing down, though detail work is still very active and improved...
Page 91
Wheels All the Formula One teams are in agreement on two things where wheels are concerned and they are that wheels are of light alloy and have a single nut centre fixing. These wheel nut fittings...
Page 92
Save for a cluster of European Championship events, including the Scottish Rally reported in Motor Sport last month, June and July are relatively quiet months in the international rallying calendar,...
Page 93
Sir, I was delighted to read in your June issue of the growing interest in a possible fuel consumption Grand Prix formula, and especially of Keith Duckworth's advocacy of this. Such a formula could...
Sir, The controversy over the replica syndrome in historic racing is had enough but P Andrews of Richmond is advocating something potentially disastrous. Historic racing has become, despite some...
Sir, I write to you on the topical subject of "originality" in Historic Racing. Having followed the various editorial comments and correspondence in your excellent columns over the last few months, I...
Authenticity Sir, I write to bring yet another angle on what is already an intriguing problem in historic racing, that of authenticity. In recent months we have been subjected to a fairly intensive...
Sir, As one of the organisers of the record Mini engine change, referred to by your correspondent David Larkins in the April edition of Motor Sport, I can offer some information on how it was done....
Page 94
Sir, I read in your June issue of Motor Sport a letter from Mr James Batten's daughter, a Mrs Warren, concerning the Beckenham Motor Co. I own a Beckenham Special HBP270, an MG engined car, which I...
Sir, Mr. Duffield's letter and the excellent Shelsley article in last months Motor Sport set me to ponder just how quickly some of todays top GP drivers would be, given competitive cars, at Shelsley...
Sir, I must begin by declaring an interest: I was team manager of the MSCC team of Morgan Plus Eights in the recent 24hr race held at Snetterton, The team finished 3rd overall in distinguished...
Sir, I have followed with interest the recent correspondence in Motor Sport concerning V8 specials and was especially interested to read the letter from JD Batten's daughter. Mrs. Warren, in the June...
Sir, Having just seen the letter from CM Bellamy in the June issue of Motor Sport regarding the Symmons V8 Special, I thought readers would like to know the final chapter in its history. It was...

Noticed a mistake on this page?

Tell Us About It