August 1984

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The VSCC's Golden Jubilee From humble beginnings back in 1934 the Vintage Sports Can Club has developed consistently into one of the most important clubs catering for the older motor cars, mostly of...
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We seem to be in the midst of a junket of jubilees. Overshadowed by some anniversaries, the British Salmson Owners Club are celebrating the 50th birthday of the marque. For further details contact...
Club Lotus Heritage have announced a useful service for these thinking of buying a classic or historic Lotus. For a minimum fee of £25, plus travel expenses, they will arrange for an expert's...
Since only about 450 Lancia Stratos were built, membership of this club is bound to remain small. Nevertheless, it is surprising that as few as 93 cars are registered with the club world-wide....
We regret to learn of the death of Denis Evans, who with his brother Kenneth and sister Doreen before the war formed the very well known Belleview garage racing team, concentrating mainly on MGs....
We are frequently asked how one becomes a motoring journalist. There are, of course, as many different ways as there are journalists but one of the surest is to win the Sir William Lyons Award,...
For junior enthusiasts, waiting for that seventeenth birthday and a provisional licence can be rather frustrating. Now, with support from BP, there is a group which enables the under-seventeens to...
The VSCC Cadwell Park race Meeting happens on August 26th, this being the Williams Trophy Meeting, with the main race for two-seater GP cars, and concludes the Club's 1984 racing fixtures. It follows...
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With the continuing uncertainty over the future of Brooklands, the words "Prohibited Area" hung heavily over the 17th Annual Reunion in July. Most of the activity centred on the post-war runway in...
Whatever one may think about replicas, it's good to see affection in a copy. The manufacturers of the Naylor TF 1700, which is a very pleasant car to drive, have produced an operational manual based...
Lotus cars plc have changed their logo, the original one being now reserved for "Classic Lotus" parts and spares operations. The most obvious difference is the removal of Colin Chapman's initials. It...
Peugeot claim to have made a significant breakthrough in the development of the electrically-powered car. Using nickel-iron batteries with a life of 2,000 tuns, they have managed to squeeze both fuel...
Another very enjoyable flying book has reached us, namely "Flying for Fun", a 96 page soft-cover one by the late Major Jack Parham, originally intended for family consumption, about his experiences...
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Slowest through the streets . . . Looking back, the first Dallas Grand Prix provided a few surprises, not least the fact that it turned out to be the slowest circuit on the current Grand Prix...
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Having just had their Monza victory confirmed following an appeal to the ruling body, Derek Bell and Stefan Bellof went ahead in the World Endurance Championship for Drivers with a very narrow...
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During last winter we had a long spell with no Formula One racing, but even so there was a lot of activity in the re-structuring of teams, both mechanically and in personnel and there was a lot of...
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The MG Montego EFi We explained the purpose behind the MG Montego in the May issue and since then the Austin / Rover Group of British Leyland has allowed us a generous period on the road with this...
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— a return to a theme We recently had an opportunity to drive the TMC Costin which has been designed by Frank Costin, is built by the Thompson Manufacturing Company in the Irish Republic and which is...
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Tragedy and disorganisation at Rouen The annual Formula Two race at the impressive Rouen Les Essarts road circuit has always been a favourite. The track itself is fast and extremely challenging, the...
Following on its Jubilee celebrations, the Vintage SCC ran its second Silverstone Race Meeting of 1984 on July 14th, with more races in the day than ever before, and a record entry of 267, the...
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Nelson Piquet displayed the sort of unruffled superiority that has helped him win two World championships when he triumphed in the Detroit Grand Prix at the wheel of his team spare Brabham-BMW BT53,...
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"Audi Quattro — the development & competition history" by Jeremy Walton. 267 pp. 10 in 6½ in (Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford, YeoviI, Somerset BA22 7JJ. £14.95). I had been wondering what had...
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What have we this month, for this column, which the Editor of a motoring weekly once said was a good idea except that it would run out of material in a week or so -- but which we have kept going...
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The Vintage SCC's Jubilee celebrations (see Editorial) were happily informal yet they must have done immense good for the whole ancient-cars movement, a tremendous event. With a total entry of some...
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Sanyo Rally of New ZealandA crucial win The importance that New Zealand had in this year's World Rally Championship was underlined by a decision taken a week after this most southerly and one of the...
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Big, bluff, curly-haired Bernie Marriner has been with Ford SA's Competitions Department at Port Elizabeth for so many years that it would not surprise us to find that his name had been included in...
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"In the fifties," says Brian Lister, "you still had two distinct types of successful racing car designers. There were the designer / artists, such as John Cooper and myself, people with an...
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  After the Demolition Derbies in Detroit and Dallas, the Formula 1 "circus" must have breathed a sigh of relief when they returned to Europe to start some serious Grand Prix racing. The Brands Hatch...
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Road Test We have the FIA to thank for the current rash of homologation specials. The recent alteration of minimum production requirements from 400 to 200 for Group B has made it feasible for the...
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W.B. says he is well aware that Peter Morley is the owner and driver of the Bentley-Napier in VSCC events but he did not write the caption on page 854 last month, and he wishes to say that, due to a...
Radio contact: The use of short-wave radio contact between the cockpit of a racing car and the pits has been in use in Indycar racing in America for some years, but it is only just beginning to...
A recent competition held over a standard kilometre at North Weald aerodrome, may settle some arguments as to which is the world's fastest current production car. The final order was: 3.3 Porsche 911...
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Veteran Edwardian Vintage When they married and gave in marriage, They danced at the County Ball, And some of them kept a carriage, And the flood destroyed them all. You may be pedantic if you wish...
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In the period of motoring development which we now refer to as the vintage years special-building was more common than it is now, both for competition work and for road usage. One rather intriguing...
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Not Henry Ford but the Ford Motor Co of Great Britain, although the legendary Henry himself did visit the famous Motor Course in 1912, to watch a race devoted to Model-T Fords, the flivver with which...
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It is an indication of the risks incurred by the older breed of test-pilots that in his "Adventure with Fate". which we reviewed last month, Harald Penrose, the former Westland employee, describes at...
The other day a net dropped on my desk telling me that the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race has been won for the 20th time since 1959 by a car equipped web Monroe shock-absorbers. This year, when the race...
On July 1st the STD Register held another Wolverhampton Rally, taking Coatalen Sunbeams back to their birthplace, following an idea we started hack in 1951. About 30 cars attended and it was...
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This year being the 75th Anniversary of the Morgan, all manner of memories of the car that started life as a three-wheeler are being printed. For instance, Peter Garnier, writing of the Morgans he...
On page 974 we refer to the success of Monroe shock-absorbers in the 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis. It is only fair, therefore, to say that Koni claim that its shock-absorbers have won more F1 Grands...
— By a coincidence a reader who saw the picture of a vintage Chevrolet tourer with which we illustrated "Motoring As It Was" in the June issue and, as he is an accountant, remembered its Reg No NT...
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The other day I discovered that Basil Howard, who in 1982 contributed the article that made up the "Fragments On Forgotten Makes" on the Invicta, as he had worked for Sir Noel Macklin as an...
— The lure of the Austin 7 was always strong, and continues to be. We hear, for instance, that when T. W. S. Hall left England for South Africa, leaving behind his four A7s, he felt the desire for...
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Eccentricities Sir, Some of last month's correspondents did not seem sure whether they were eccentrics or cranks. I assumed an eccentric rotated on an axis within its circumference and a crank on an...
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Another Fling Sir, Although there was a question mark following the title "Final Fling" to Mr Boyle's letter in the June issue of MOTOR SPORT I think it somewhat of a pessimistic heading. Why?...

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