August 1987

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Brooklands future Brooklands having been built 80 years ago this year, it is very much in the news. The Brooklands Museum Trust hopes to raise £5 million under Sir Peter Masefield's able Chairmanship...
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FISA fine staggers Ford The Ford Motor Company was stunned to hear in July that FISA is imposing a staggering $250,000 fine on it, over irregularities in the homologation of the Sierra XR4x4 rally...
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The main topic of conversation in the paddock at the Norisring Cup on June 28 was Porsche's announcement that the factory team would be withdrawn from the World Sportscar Championship for the...
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Streets ahead The Detroit Grand Prix hammered home the same message we have been hearing since the start of the 1987 season — namely that there are now three distinct categories within Formula One:...
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Tour de force Anyone who doubts which is the strongest team in Grand Prix racing today should have been at the French GP on July 5, and better still, at the two practice days prior to the race. If...
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A rookie at the Brickyard After twenty-five years in motor racing, I suddenly found myself a "rookie" — American for a first-timer. I had, in fact, been to the famous track they call the Brickyard...
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The Phoenix rises Eight hours into the Le Mans 24-Hours the Liqui Moly Porsche was a smoking ruin, almost destroyed by fire after an oil line severed. Nine days later the 962 was rebuilt by the...
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Testing truths Tyre companies have sought to prove the merits of their rival wares in assorted ways over the years. There was now Tory MP Ian Mills launching the Dunlop Denovo at Paul Ricard in the...
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Janspeed jubilee To celebrate twenty-five years in the car conversions business, Janspeed of Salisbury held a recent open day at its works. Aside from watching over 70 employees at work on the...
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Dear AH, The reason you couldn't find me in the great Renaissance Centre ("Ren-Cen" — ugh!), round which the Detroit Grand Prix street circuit runs, was because I wasn't there! When whoever it was...
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Whistle blows at half-time AImost a decade and a half ago, when Michigan's Press-on-Regardless Rally was a World Championship qualifier, a County Sheriff in the State's Upper Peninsula became a...
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Turkish delight When an Arab bids you bore da outside an Istanbul hotel room, there can be no doubting the international nature of the occasion. Turkey's Marlboro Gunaydin Rally was indeed far more...
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Stepping stone Few international racing series are so competitive as to produce five different winners in as many races — and in three different chassis. But that was the proud boast of Formula One's...
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Crewe express Fuel-injection, giving more power from less fuel, heads the list of mainly invisible changes in the Rolls-Royce and Bentley ranges. Apart from a new design of air-dam, all other...
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On the quiet The European Type 4 saloon family will be completed in September when the Alfa Romeo 164, a big front-drive model sharing its chassis design with the Saab 9000, the Lancia Thema and the...
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Derby winner Appearing at the Rolls Royce EC's Pearl Jubilee Concours and Rally in an ordinary car would have seemed very inappropriate, so I was delighted to accept the offer to take a very well-...
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Cross-Channel cruiser It sounded like the recipe for an enjoyable trip, a sprint over to Paris and Reims to photograph the international gathering to celebrate the quarter-century of the Ferrari GTO...
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Hit, not myth Regie Renault did not introduce turbocharging to the mass market, but it has done more than any other manufacturer to extend the range and appeal of forced induction, and the...
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Sunrise over Silverstone On Sunday July 12 the sun rose over the Silverstone circuit with promise of a remarkable day, even though there were those who murmured "too bright, too early; not a good...
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Coast to coast There have been many Formula One World Championship races staged in the USA, but not all have carried the title United States Grand Prix. The first such F1 race took place on the...
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Annual outings Look at the grid for most rounds of the World Sportscar Championship, and you can count perhaps 30 Group C cars. Stand in the tribunes at the Sarthe at five minutes to four on a...
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Party for an ex-President A very enjoyable party was given by former VSCC president Kenneth Neve at Oulton Park circuit on June 12, to commemorate the fifty-first year of his participation in vintage...
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Brooklands reunion Following the VSCC meeting at Silverstone, we drove to Weybridge for the Brooklands Society Annual Reunion. Staying at the famous Hand & Spear, we found Mr and Mrs Owen Wyn...
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The roads of the 1920's We left Owen John driving various cars in the short-lived General Strike of 1926. 1 have a personal recollection of this emergency, as a boy living in south London. The...
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Blown Bugattis It is well-known that Ettore Bugatti, as well as being an eccentric in his lifestyle, was eccentric over the design of his cars, resisting independent front suspension, twin-overhead-...
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Jaguar Sports Racing St Works Competition Cars From 1954 by Andrea Whyte. 624 pp. 103/4" x 8". (GT Foulis& Co, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. £39.95). Here at last is Andrew Whyte's...
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Variety club Another splendid vintage Silverstone event occupied many of us on the last Saturday in June, when the Hawthorn Meeting took place over the club circuit. There was sponsorship from...
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Adios amigo? Sir, I am the owner of a Costin Amigo, the interesting wooden-chassis, aerodynamic GT designed and built by Frank Costin between 1968 and 1972. I have made contact with the owners of...

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