August 1986

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Remarkable MG records Although MG cars were notable for some very significant record-breaking runs before the war, it is quite another thing to set up new figures using cars the youngest of which...
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Across Australia by sun beams BP has announced that it is to sponsor a trans-continental chal lenge in November 1987. Competitors will be required to drive the 2000 miles from Darwin to Adelaide in...
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The BARC's traditional Brooklands Race Day was wont to feature modern races in recent years. a round of the British F3 Championship being included until last year Now it is exclusively Historic with...
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The original title of this piece was to have been 'Three 2 Litre MG Saloons', for the month of June saw the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the MG SA. 'Three MG Saloons' was one of those...
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When Ford recently launched the Sierra Ghia 4x4 Estate one detected a certain amount of reticence in the way it was shown to journalists it was a Ford Sierra Estate, and we all knew about the load-...
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Introduced earlier this year, Peugeot's 309 series has already proved a successful British car. It's strange to refer to a Peugeot as 'British' but since the 309 is assembled at Ryton and has 65%...
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Of all the models launched during Austin Rover's long and painful haul back from the brink of oblivion, none is more important than the new Rover 800 which was launched on July 10th In order to...
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Some novel mechanical features distinguish Renault's new mid-range fwd family car, the 21, which replaces the 18. The earlier car was rather cramped, with its short front doors giving poor access,...
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Toyota has been building cars called 'Supra' since 1978, but until now these have been derivatives of Celica and, indeed, have been properly known as 'Celica Supra'. The third model series to carry...
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Sports cars bearing the name Alpine Renault have in the past been sold only in Europe, something of a pity as the line has increased in desireability. Now a Renault-designed and developed Alpine...
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Brilliant sunshine, a packed grid, and the promise of the biggest field of Bugattis ever assembled for one race brought a huge crowd to Silverstone at the end of June for the annual tribute to Mike...
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Last month we contemplated the likelihood of further high performance developments reaching the public from the abruptly curtailed careers of the Group B rally "supercars." The most important...
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The story of the Connew GP car When some people talk about their attitude to motor racing, they say they were 'bitten by the bug'. Some talk of it as a religion. Others say it's like a drug and there...
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From D.S.J. to the Deputy Editor Dear M.L., Can you imagine it being too hot, 1986 summer came while the Formula One "circus" was in Detroit and it was long overdue. The race in Montreal was...
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Remember that terrible summer of 1968? In April the Grand Prix world was stunned beyond belief when Jim Clark crashed to his death in an insignificant Formula 2 race at Hockenheim and disasters...
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Since its introduction to Britain two years ago, the Peugeot 205 GTI has taken on the mantle of a 'cult' car. Other hot hatches may out-perform if and may offer more equipment, space and practicality...
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One thing that little Mr Ecclestone and his Formula One Constructors Association has brought into the world of Grand Prix racing is collective organisation and we recently witnessed a prime example....
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There was a time when Formula One seemed very simple, almost too simple in fact; when nearly everyone had a Cosworth powered "kit-car" and the big technical break-through was when a team actually...
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As World Sportscar Championship events go, the Norisring 200 Meilen was unique. Much against the wishes of most entrants for this round of the Drivers' Championship it was run as a single 79-lap race...
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The Editor offers an inadequate appreciation of some very brave men Having in recent months run an imaginary overall World Drivers' Championship and a similar one tor the top racing cars, along the...
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  At Brands Hatch, the Williams team gave a demonstration of dominance and quality. Both cars started from the front row and, apart from the first two laps, occupied the leading positions throughout...
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Due to a fashionable "virus" picked up in the South of France my doctor advised me to lie low and give the British Grand Prix a miss. As he used to race Bugattis and a 250F Maserati and knew what I...
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There are some cars which just will not lie down. Just as Porsche has had to bow to the 911's will to live, so Alfa Romeo finds Itself with a steady demand for a car now 20-years-old. When stricter...
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Although rallies have been held in Turkey since the 'fifties, it was not until 1972 that public interest was stimulated in sport which had, for many years, been attracting millions of followers...
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Having successfully thwarted all Wylton Dickson's efforts over many years to run a challenge rally from Peking to Paris, JeanMarie Balestre failed at his first attempt to run such an event himself,...
The two leading teams contesting the World Rally Championship, Peugeot and Lancia, entered five cars between them in the New Zealand Rally, and when the event finished at Auckland on July 8 those...
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The annual VSCC Shelsley Walsh speed hill-climb was a rather special occasion this year, because Audi Sport UK had asked Neil Corner to open the course with his recently-rebuilt pre-war Auto Union GP...
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Stanley Cup We had a look on June 22nd at the Stanley Cup well, not literally at the Cup, or the £1,000 cheque that AFN generously give with it to the British Red Cross Society on the occasion of...
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Chris Wiblin, who is closely connected with the Rapier Register, is seeking information about these twin-cam cars, because the Register's Committee wants to compile a definitive history of the make,...
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"Phew! Pretty hot, isn't it?' The speaker shaded his eyes with his hand and watched Meeson's AC flash across the finishingline at nearly 100 mph. His companion turned away despondently. 'Too hot for...
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Resuming the O.J. "diaries" of those times, we left him after he had tested, and been notably impressed with, an Alvis, in 1925. Whether it was the pleasure that driving that Alvis gave him, I do not...
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"Riley Sports Cars — 1926-1938' by Graham Robson 203pp 10" X 8" (Haynes Publishing Group. Sparktord. Yeovil, Somerset 8022 7JJ £14.95)  Here, as No 13 in their 'Classic Car Series' . Haynes have...
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Sir, I was most interested to read in the June issue about Erik Addyman of Starbeck and his cars as for some Iwo years in the early nineteen-fifties he was my Landlord My wile and I lived first in...
Sir, I was most interested to read ML's article in the April issue of Motor Sport on the growth of 500 cc Racing. Following the successful and enjoyable "Mutton Grand Prix" held by the Frazer Nash...
Sir, Mr Boddy's exhortation never to trust experts may be sound advice as a rule of thumb but, on the question of the last sports car to be made in the Netherlands, I would like to strike a blow back...
Sir, I read with great interest M.L. s story on 500 cc Formula 3 in the May issue and Doug Nye's letter in the June issue about the Swedish Eflyth. I am afraid that Doug Nye, for once, has got it...
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Sir, I read with interest your article "Out of the Past ' A flood of memories returned of the time mentioned by W B In the Mid-Twenties I was apprenticed to Eddie Bunford. The Garage Trefeglwys. and...
Sir, Whether the 100 hp Isotta Fraschini was designed, probably by Stefan', for the 1909 GP formula I don't know, but thanks to recent research in the Fiat archives by Tito Anselmi some interesting...
Sir, Your continuing notes on the motoring adventures of O.J. reveal much fascinating detail of road conditions in those far off days. The novel mentioned in the July issue to which he took exception...

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