August 1983

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A splendid garden party! Those who worry about the health of Grand Prix racing should be reassured by the success of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. At midnight on Friday many thousands of...
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Brighton Speed Trials This famous event is the only motorsporting meeting to be held on closed public roads on the British mainland, albeit a mere half-mile of Brighton's sea-front. Changes for this...
Moving with the times, readers of Motor Sport will be able to purchase a motoring magazine video tape early in September, compiled by members of our staff and those on our weekly sister publication...
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When on Sunday June 26th more than 30 pre-war racing cars assembled on the grid at Donington circuit in Derbyshire, they were not merely competing for a trophy. They were celebrating the 50th...
It is with regret that we have to record that Alf Francis died last month after a short illness. Alf appeared on the racing scene immediately after the war as mechanic to the rising star Stirling...
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  The last Formula One race was on June 12th, a gap of five weeks in mid-season being an eternity for the enthusiast to wait, but for the teams, it was a welcome break to get stuck in and catch up on...
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Williams: The usual trio of FWO8C cars. An experimental front aerofoil was tried in practice featuring deflectors in front of the tyres. It is common knowledge that the team is in line for the...
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There can be few Grand Prix drivers whose careers have been subject to such violent fluctuations as that of the genial Frenchman Patrick Tambay, for the 34-year-old from Cannes has faced two...
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After the first five rounds of this year's European Championship for Formula Two, it looked as if one man was going to walk away with the title. Beppe Gabbiani won at Silverstone, Thruxton,...
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It is less than a year since the new Audi 100 was launched, and yet already the German company has backed it up with their top-line luxury development of it, the turbocharged 200. The previous...
For those who relish Audi's proven four-wheel-drive system, but can't run to the near-£18,000 price tag demanded for the turbocharged two-door Quattro coupe, the advent of the 80 Quattro four-door...
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One of the best kept secrets of the motor industry was unwrapped in July when Ford announced the Orion family car to plug the small but significant gap between the Escort and the Sierra. The Orion...
Many readers might find it a little strange to see an item about a product of the American Ford empire within the pages of Motor Sport, for although the 5-litre V8 Thunderbird has formed the basis of...
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Daimler Vanden Plas 4.2 Jaguar's extraordinary postwar success has been due, in no small part, to the legendary XK engine revealed in October 1948 and now, therefore, approaching its 35th birthday....
Opel Manta GTE The only real complaint levelled at the Opel Manta range up till now has been — where is the big-engined version? That obvious slot has now been filled with the GTE, a 120 m.p.h. 2-...
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The MG Maestro 1600 Immediately after trying the MG Metro Turbo I was able to sample that much-discussed L/O 8' 23/4"-wheelbase, 2,127 lb. Austin Maestro, in MG guise. So much has been written and is...
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Lucky for some There is no such thing as a racing certainty; a fact of which Audi is becoming acutely aware. Pre-season favourites to take the World Rally Championships for Makes and Drivers if for...
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Run earlier this year because of the British GP, the Vintage SCC's second Silverstone Meeting of 1982, on July 2nd, enjoyed hot sunshine and some good racing, but the attendance (perhaps depleted by...
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"Rolls-Royce — The History of the Car" by Martin Bennett. 184 pp. 111/2 in x 83/4 in (Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. £8.95) The past month has seen the release of...
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Now that we are all safely belted into our modern cars it is as well to remember that safety-belts can sometimes be dangerous. For releasing those trapped by them, apart from the knives mentioned...
Car miniatures continue to issue from Grand Prix Models of 173-175, Watling Street, Radlett, some of their more recent offerings embracing a nostalgic MkIl Jaguar saloon, a 1:43-scale metal kit of...
On August 28th the VSCC moves to Cadwell Park circuit, near Lincoln, for its Williams Trophy Meeting, with an eight to nine race programme on this road-type course, well suited to pre-war cars. Four...
It was hot at the Midland AC's hill-climb on July 10th, making Edwardian engines boil, and too hot for those who were up against Guy Smith's Alvis-'Nash, which made pre-war ftd in 36.07 sec. Donald...
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The homologation of a suitably equipped competition version of the 3.5-litre V8-engined Rover into the GpA racing category was one of the prime reasons behind BL's decision to offer a high...
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The look of pleasure on the faces of the Aston Martin personnel at Le Mans was good to behold. Final practice times issued on Thursday night confirmed that the Nimrod was 16th fastest overall, and...
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A very warm day helped to ensure the complete success of another Brooklands Society reunion at the old Track on June 26th. That the Brooklands magic has far from evaporated was evident in the big...
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A section devoted to old car matters. Another facet of Vauxhall history—The Ill-fated 1914 TT/GP Cars Under Laurence H Pomeroy, their Chief Engineer, Vauxhall's produced several road racers, starting...
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The other day I came across a throw-back of motor-sporting history that, in an infinitessimal degree if you like, proved the old adage that if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. It...
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The Paris-Vienna Renaults Sir, How interesting has been the exchange of views between Kent Karslake and Edward Eves on the method of operation of the inlet valves on the 1902 Paris-Vienna Renault. In...
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Real racing ircuits Sir, I should like to endorse enthusiastically Denis Jenkinson's remarks concerning .real" racing circuits contained in his article "Reflections on a Grand Prix" (p.784 July issue...

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