August 1990

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The rich petroleum industry, automatically associated with tough 'oil barons' in the Ewing image, palatial office premises, and understandable jealousy over brand names, has a lucrative customer in...
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The Vintage SCC holds its annual speed hill-climb at the Bugatti OC's Prescott course near Cheltenham on August 5th, the first competitor starts at 11am. Admission costs £3, transfer to Paddock £2,...
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Motor racing broke out in Mexico at the Grand Prix weekend, and now I begin to realise just why those who witnessed it first hand were so ecstatic about that heady wheel-banging battle between Gilles...
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Once you get south of somewhere like Avignon it can start getting very hot and the sun can get insidious, especially if it is tempered by a warm breeze and the suspicion of a haze in the sky. It is...
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Dear Reader Sound is something you can make yourself, and if you do it is usually acceptable to you, or you can be quiet and make no sound; you have the personal choice. Other people's sounds can...
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Hard enough to get to the top of any activity, especially Grand Prix racing, but it is even harder to stay at the top, because once there no-one will help you stay there, everyone tries to pull you...
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Last month brief mention was made of a demonstration run by 'Mike Sparken' in a Tipo 158/159 Alfa Romeo at the Vintage Sports Car Club's Silverstone meeting, and needless to say there was a lot more...
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FISA's World Motorsports Council decided, at the end of June, to kick the current 'unlimited' Group C cars into an early grave. Next year the World Sportscar Championship will be dominated by...
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The effective career of Jaguar's stock-block, V12 powered Group C racing cars may now be on the wane, but the 1-2 victory at Le Mans has given a welcome boost to the Coventry firm's future...
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When Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya scored their first win World Championship victory by winning the Acropolis Rally in June, the unanimous comment was that it was an achievement which they had richly...
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Crunch! Déja vu. A track test of a Formula First wouldn't be complete without a good hard shunt to write about. Still I'm getting ahead of myself. . . . Brands Hatch promote two one make single-...
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RS turbo — Fraught — Ford — Fast; a genuine 130 mph shopping trolley, but fraught. Those were our principle memories of the £11,950 latest edition in a 20 year cavalcade of Fords wearing the RS (...
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Last month I said that the new Alfa Romeo 33 gave one the four-wheeled equivalent of the motorcycling condition known as MV back. There is also in motorcycling terminology something known as a damn...
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It is many years since Audi had a presence in the luxury car sector. One has to go back to the pre-war Horsch 830 Pullman and 930V Convertible. History recalls that Schorsch Meier turned down the...
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The 3000GT VR-4, successor to the Starion, and probably to be called that when it reaches these shores over 18 months from now, is a typical new Mitsubishi in that it features its fair share of...
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If Brodie Brittain Racing (BBR) is known at all, it is because of its involvement with motor racing over the years. Dave Brodie has been racing saloons longer than he would care to remember, but...
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It may only be three years old, but the Pirelli Classic Marathon has made such an impact on historic motor sport that it seems to have been a permanent fixture for years. With the likes of Moss,...
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Well, it had to happen. Sooner or later. A rather tragic side emerged to this year's re-evocation of the world's most prestigious classic car event. An unfortunate final balance of accidents,...
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A jovial gathering of like-minded enthusiasts converged on the historic Brooklands circuit on July 1st for the 23rd Annual Reunion of the Brooklands Society. They were, however, to witness no racing...
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Forty years ago Mrs WB started the Sunbeam Register (owning then a 1927 Sunbeam 16 tourer, the opening rally being held at the Hog's Back Hotel, near Guildford, the most exciting of the 40 cars...
Not a lot has changed since 1905 at the Shelsley Walsh hill-climb, where the Newton Oils VSCC/ MAC event took place on June 30. The programme emphasised this, by having a reproduction of the entry...
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Saturday The weather Gods decided to look kindly upon the VSCC when they hosted their annual pilgrimage to OuIton Park following conditions which have ranged, in recent years, from indifferent to...
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Motor car speed in the ultimate has always been represented by the prevailing position of what is conveniently called The Land Speed Record, but which is actually the current state of the officially...
It would be nice to think that the LSR was way ahead of the speeds of the faster aeroplanes. In fact, this is not so, as the table below indicates. I have included the Water Speed Record for interest...
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We have long become used to most car manufacturers offering an automatic transmission option and it is no longer considered a stigma for experienced drivers to buy such cars; even enthusiasts now...
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John Plant writes to say that those readers interested in coachwork may like to know that he has a 1936 12/4 Riley with a body built by lmperia of Belgium in 1931 and formerly on a Bugatti chassis...
Graham Bowkett enquires about two cars that have come into the possession of the British Motor Car Co. of Wilmette, USA. One is a 1929 twin-cam Salmson GS8, chassis no. 21109, reg. no. UW 4307. The...
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by Fred Hobbs. 203pp. Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. £15.95. This is the story of Fred's motoring life, particularly the years when he worked for the well-known HWM...
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Sir With reference to "A7 Chat" in MOTOR SPORT May 1990 and the interview with George Coldicutt and mention of 'Slippery Ann'. George Coldicutt lived next door but one to the undersigned at Tidbury...
Sir Mr Murray Walker is a very professional commentator to whom we listen with respect, his name being synonymous with motor sport. He was rightly delighted with Jaguar's triumph at Le Mans and had...
Sir I have just returned from Le Mans where, of course, I enjoyed enormously the Jaguar victory, but isn't it about time that the ACO was forcibly persuaded to provide decent sanitary and toilet...
Sir I was intrigued by WB's notes on the pre-war Mercedes transporters which appeared in the recent MOTOR SPORT and I thought I ought to write about a unique hearse on a supercharged Mercedes in...
Sir As your Le Mans preview article (June issue) aptly pointed out, the fight between the ACO and FISA/FIA was all about control, particularly lucrative television rights. A funny thing though — my...
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The achilles heel of the conventional metal internal combustion engine is heat. An engine develops a massive amount of heat; indeed to a certain extent its efficiency is dependent upon that heat. But...

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