August 1981

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Terrible, Terrible . . . We live, unfortunately, in terrible times, with thousands-of-millions of pounds deemed necessary for protecting ourselves with nuclear weapons, blood being spilled on the...
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*Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list* C = Closed Event. CI = Closed Invitation Event.  R = Restricted...
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British Motor Racing Marshals Club Plans are going ahead to hold a race meeting at Silverstone early next year (March 13th) after a lapse of a couple of years from event promotion. The meeting which...
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  Enormous is the only way to describe the size of the organisation behind this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, backed by Marlboro and with the support of just about every racing enthusiast...
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Our predictions that Alister Douglas Osborn would leap further ahead in the RAC National Hill Climb Championship at the two rounds in Scotland late in June fell to nought when his engine failed...
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The Eternal (American) Triangle It is widely accepted that the Rolls-Royce is "The Best Car in the World" and I have long held the view that Mercedes-Benz make the best-engineered cars obtainable,...
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I had intended to test a 4WD Subaru in the winter, to see how it would cope with deep mud and perhaps snow. However, the latest 1800 4WD GL estate-car arrived at the office in June, so I tried it up...
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A turbo-charging breakthrough Just over a year has gone by since Ferrari first showed the 126 CK to the Press at a gathering in Italy, and that was less than a year from the time that murmurings...
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Inconclusive Dijon-Prenois, July 5th The most important aspect of the 1981 French Grand Prix was that it saw the return of the Goodyear Tyre Company to Formula One. It will be recalled that they...
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With the European Grand Prix season now in full swing the Formula One teams are kept very busy racing almost every alternate weekend and pre-race testing and development testing in between times,...
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Revised XJS highlights Jaguar's quest for quality and economy The 5.3-litre Jaguar V12 engine has earned an enviable reputation over the past decade as a silky smooth power unit propelling the most...
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Porsche won its sixth victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic held on June 13th/14th, eclipsing the successes of Jaguar and Bentley and moving ever closer to Ferrari's record of nine. But...
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Now that I have driven the 2.8i Capri for some ten days, ten days in which the car was driven at very high speed from Germany, at more sedate speeds for commuting and at a relatively leisurely pace...
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Two ot the most often voiced critisms of the Range Rover in its 11 years lifespan are that it has but two doors for the five-seat accommodation, with awkward access to the rear seats for those who no...
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For every driver who makes it to the select world of Formula One, there must be 20 who have set off down this ambitious road and failed to make the grade for one reason or another. In the mid-1960s...
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Senga Sprint Car Two readers have written in about the Senga Sprint Car mentioned in Around and About last month. The first tells us that Mr. Rogers, the car's constructor, owned a model aeroplane...
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Change without change Initially, the new BMW 5-series range could certainly be confused with that 700,000-selling original range of 1972 that extended BMW's influence away from the sporting 2002 and...
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When the prototype Lotus Elite was introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1957 it created a real stir, for not only was it as pretty a two-seater coupe as anyone could wish for, it broke...
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Alfa Romeo are making serious attempts to increase their UK sales, with the fine new Edgware Road premises, ex-Jaguar man Bob Berry in command, and the ever-staunch Alfa PRO Barry Needham very much...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The Life and Times of Montie Grahame-White The days of the true motoring pioneers are now so far distant that it is important not to overlook them. All aspects of...
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Williams Sir, I can add a bit more, based on meeting and corresponding with Mrs. Williams some while ago. The information indeed was published in Bugantics and The Autocar but is perhaps worth...
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New Zealand Birthday Party 1981 is the Golden Jubilee of the birth of that most famous of all vintage aeroplanes, the DH82 Tiger Moth, being observed all around the world. New Zealand is no exception...
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A Ferrari for all reasons It is almost twelve years since Enzo Ferrari's road car building concern passed into the control of the giant national Fiat company, and there can be little doubt that,...
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Jean Claude Andruet (above) guided his Ferrari 308 GTB to victory on the Belgian classic 24 Hours of Ypres Rally, Bernard Beguin's Porsche 911SC (below left) finished the event in second place, but...
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A jubilant John Watson holds aloft his British Grand Prix trophy to the applause of Jacques Laffite and the crowd after his highly popular victory at Silverstone at the wheel of the McLaren MP4....
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Gilles Villeneuve's Ferrari 126CK heads the queue of cars battling for the lead of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama. He is persued by Jacques Laffite's Talbot-Matra JS17, John Watson's McLaren MP4,...
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John Watson's McLaren MP4 (leading, above) sweeps downhill onto Dijon's "Grand Prix loop" ahead of Carlos Reutemann's Williams FW07C, Hector Rebaque's Brabham BT49C and Rene Arnoux's turbo. Below,...
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One of the products of Jaguar's recent drive to improve quality and reliability is the latest version of the XJS coupe (above), dubbed "H.E." for "high efficiency". The basic format of this highly...
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The annnual pilgrimage of devotees of the pre-war racing scene to Brooklands always produces some colourful personalities and exotic historic machinery. Although there were no "Babs" or Napier...
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The entry for the second round of this championship at the AMOC's St. John Horsfall Silverstone meeting at the end of June was so strong that the single-seater racing cars were divided from the...
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"Vauxhall" by Michael Sedgwick, 112 pp. 10 3/4" x 8"  (Dalton Watson, Ltd., 76, Wardour Street, London, W1V 4AN. £7.70) This book was a disappointment. I had expected that at last the long history of...
One comes across cars, or in this case the emphasis should be on motorcycles, in the most unexpected of books. Thus, glancing through "Perverse and Foolish" by L.M. Boston (The Bodley Head. 1979) I...
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Ferrari win on power Jarama, Madrid, June 21st Last year the Spanish Grand Prix was the centre of a dispute between the Formula One Constructors Association and officialdom in the form of the...
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Although within itself the sport of rallying knows no political boundaries, it has been difficult in the past for drivers from certain countries to take part in events organised in other countries,...
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N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. - Ed. Leyland Again Sir, I was amused by a reader's letter calling for BL to...

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