December 1961

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THE R.A.C. RALLY The 1960 R.A.C. Rally was a comparatively mild affair over A and B roads; this year's event was just the reverse and really proved the merit of successful cars and crews. Pat Moss...
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It seems highly probable that the Editor, who has never grown up, will again set out on Boxing Night, December 26th, possibly in his 1924 Calthorpe, and follow the route of one of the vintage M.C.C....
Latest variant of the almost unending chain of Minis, Super-Minis and Cooper-Minis, is Paddy Gaston's Gaston-Mini-Minor, a "Weberised" conversion for the standard Mini costing as little as £23 15s....
Although the East African Safari does not take place until April 19th-23rd, 1962, that highly organised body, the Royal East African A.A. have already produced their General Supplementary Regulations...
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We wish to remind our readers that the distribution of Cibié lamps in the United Kingdom is now handled entirely by the sole concessionaires Brit-Over Ltd., 17, Eyre Court, Finchley Road, London, N.W...
Sir, My car is fitted with Herald suspension, etc., which has the latest (reputedly) in nylon, greaseless bearings. My experience, and that of many of the mechanics in a local Standard Agency garage...
A visit to Blackpool's sports-car factory This year the R.A.C. International Rally started from Blackpool and so, being in this famous Lancashire seaside resort, it was opportune to pay a visit to...
After being in existence for only six months the Motor Racing' Register can boast all 13 British Grade A drivers amongst their 200 members, all of which hold, at least, an F.I.A. licence for...
Last season saw the Yeoman-Credit Racing Team change their colours from the rather sickly green to the bright leaf-green and red livery, and next season the identity of the team changes yet further...
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Fairthorpe owners who are interested in forming a marque club should contact Mr. R. B. B. Gibbs, "Ryburne," Tring Road, Aylesbury, Bucks.
I do not propose to deal in detail with that car-of-character, the 1 1/2-litre Peugeot 403 saloon which Motor Sport used to cover the main part of the R.A.C. Rally, because a detailed road-test...
The B.R.S.C.C. International Racing Car Show at the Old and New Horticultural Halls, London, S.W.1 will be opened by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, John Hay, M.P., on...
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According to the Daily Mail Sydney Allard "arrived at the final stages of the R.A.C. Rally in a prototype 'hot rod' Ford Anglia which he is to market at £760 as a rival to the 90-m.p.h. B.M.C. Cooper...
Octane petrol is the latest petrol sold in this country. Available in 84, 90, 97 and 101 grades, retailers are encouraged to offer motorists 3d. off normal petrol prices. Trade inquiries to Ted Frost...
The 1962 Boat Show will be held from January 3rd-13th at Earls Court.
Events for the Boxing Day Brands Hatch National British Race Meeting will include the John Davy Trophy (20 laps—F.J.), the Christmas Trophy (15 laps—unlimited sports/racing cars), the Peco Trophy (10...
The week-end of the Veteran Car Run necessitates a spacious vehicle able to transport the driver to Hyde Park and then make the pilgrimage to Brighton, preferably avoiding the veterans' route, to...
Lorraine Engineering Co. Ltd., 29/30, Elvaston Mews, Queens Gate, S.W.7, announce their appointment as London Area Distributors for Downton products. Mr. Anthony Marsh will be responsible for...
Channel Air Bridge will bring their four-engined Carvair aircraft into service in April; these will be able to carry five large or six small cars (seven Minis!) and 23 passengers. First routes to be...
Congratulations to Stirling Moss, fastest driver in the World of G.P. cars, on being awarded the title of "Driver of the Year" by the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Gold Star of the B.A.R.C.
578,034 people visited the Earls Court Motor Show, an increase of 149,497 over the 1960 attendance.
Although no P.R.O.s have replied to the accusation made by, the Editor of Motor Sport last month that rigid back axles are archaic, Jack French of Saab (Gt. Britain) Ltd. has responded to our query...
The British Monte Carlo Rally Competition Club has decided to widen its activities to embrace other International rallies and will henceforth be known as the British International Rallies Club.
According to B.M.C. World, a Canadian department store is selling Austin 850s over the counter in the same way as other goods. A recent order for "300 dozen" Minis includes an order for "50 dozen"...
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In which the Editor extends some arguments contained in last month's "Showdown" article The idea was expressed in Motor Sport last month that enthusiasts who know about cars and drive them far and...
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Engine at front: 87 1/2%. Engine at rear: 12 1/2%. No. of cylinders: Four = 48 1/2%, Six = 22 1/2%, Eight = 15 1/2%, Two = 8 1/2%, Three = 3 1/2%, Twelve = 1%, One = 1/2%. Cooling: Water = 89 1/2%,...
Considerable attention is being paid to the reduction of chassis greasing points. But while Rover is frequently named as a notable pioneer in this field, the Triumph Herald is all too often ignored,...
Engine: Water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder push-rod overhead valve unit with Solex carburetter, located at the front. Clutch: Single dry plate. Gearbox: 4-speed, with central floor gear-lever. Final...
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A section devoted to old-car matters By Brushmobile to Brighton The Veteran Car Run to Brighton is always fun, not perhaps quite such fun as in pre-war days, but enormous fun nevertheless. I am...
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An R.A.C. patrolman reports seeing a circa 1926 Guy touring car in the Hampstead area of London. Does anyone know more about this car?
The Historic Commercial Vehicle Club is holding a film show at the Elizabeth Room, Victoria Coach Station, S.W.1, on Monday evening, December 4th. Admission fee for non-members, 2s.  
As usual many vintage cars were seen on Brighton Run Sunday. These included two 30/98 Vauxhalls, one of them in company with a 2-litre or 3-litre Lagonda, an Edwardian Standard 2-seater, Nicholson's...
Eastern Trophy: R. A. Scates (1935 Aston Martin).First Class Awards: D. T. R. Dighton (1928 Humber), F. E. Day (1929 Bentley) and J. W. Rowley (1927 Vauxhall).Second Class Awards: C. P. Marsh (1925...
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Sir, I thought the enclosed photograph of the latest styling for electric fires might be of interest to you. True to the tradition of the breed, this hand-built one-off model had a rather high...
Jack Perkins (Bugatti) points out that in our report of the V.S.C.C. Prescott Hill-Climb we did not make it clear that he won the Fastest Vintage Award, thus securing the V.S.C.C. Hill-Climb...
Sir, I was most interested to read Mr. Bilwell's and Mr. Taylor's letters. I bought a 1929 Twelve Six in 1931 with a delightful little crash-gate box mounted on the forward end of the prop.-shaft and...
No. 7: Renault It is interesting to look back at how Renault Freres functioned in the last year of the vintage era, over thirty years ago. Then, as now, the factory at Billancourt, in Paris, occupied...
The greatest praise is due to Bentley-driver Bill Mason and his team in respect of the second part of the historical Shell motor-racing film called "The Golden Age," which has now been released and...
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Sir, Can any of your readers recognise the make of this car? My late father photographed it about 35 years ago somewhere in Japan. He took a Bullnose Morris 2-seater and dickey out there in 1925, and...
A reader in Greenwich who has discovered a 1922/3 1,098-c.c. D.F.P. chassis seeks help in what sort of body it had, general data, etc., and also needs spares. Technical or workshop manuals, in any...
Recent discoveries include a Willys-Knight tourer languishing in a yard near Baldock, a 1922 A.B.C. 2-seater which has been stored for 35 years but now seeking a good home, in Somerset, a 1926/7...
Sir, What should I find in my latest Motor Sport but more words of wisdom from that automotive expert, Mr. Cecil Clutton. With prompt reaction to any who question his impartiality he puts forth a...
This subject is really verbotten now in Motor Sport but we cannot resist reporting that Messrs. Ransomes Sims & Jefferies of Ipswich tell us that they know of at least five of their motor-mowers...
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By Sir Anthony Stamer. (Continued from the November issue) To revert to production models, the year 1927 saw the birth of Jano's Tipo 6C 1500 6-cylinder single-overhead-camshaft 1,487-c.c. (62 x 82...
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Guild Day at Goodwood Rather belatedly we present the Editor's impressions of the 14 cars he drove round Goodwood at the Guild of Motoring Writers' Motor Show Test Day on October 22nd, between...
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"The Silver Lady," by Neville Minchin. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. 180o pp. 8 7/8 in. x 5 in. (G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 1-5, Portpool Lane, Holborn, London, E.C.1. 2.5s.)...
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There is reference in "Daughters of Divinity," by Verily Anderson (Hart-Davis, 1960), to a model-T Ford in which her mother takes her to school oblivious of the social stigma it causes, and to the...
Apart from books, what better gifts for Xmas than motor-car miniatures? Meccano have a fine version of the latest Austin Healey Sprite (Dinky Toy No. 112, 4s.), with screen, bucket seats, gear-lever...
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One of the most interesting entirely new cars at Earls Court last October was the VX 4/90 version of the already vastly improved Vauxhall Victor from Luton. The Vauxhall Motors Ltd. design team,...
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Mr. A. A. Pereira, a Clerkenwell magistrate, refused costs in a recent parking-meter case, saying: "As far as I am concerned, I am not giving costs in these cases. The poor unfortunate motorists are...
Jack Brabham, writing in the Sunday Pictorial, agrees with Motor Sport that independent rear suspension is overdue on British cars. He is also very much in favour of the Volkswagen, writing, "Their...
A few errors crept past Editor and Reader last month. The former is aware that there is no such thing as a Lucas "battery alternator"; the printers invented that one. The very exciting Zagato Mini G....
According to the Evening News, a firm of London stockbrokers is advising clients to sell B.M.C. shares and switch to Volkswagen. Although VW shares cost £78 each and yield only 1.4% against the 7% of...
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By Brian Carson Looking backwards across the span of six and thirty years, I can see the ghosts of many of the old conveyances that I have owned since those halcyon days of motoring that are now...
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If you subscribe to the view that the only place for wood is in trees, then read no further, for this feature deals with wood-rimmed steering wheels. Although there is some controversy over the use...
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Sir, Now that Aintree and Silverstone are scrapping for the British Grand Prix, why don't we take a decisive step and move to Oulton Park? Having neither gasworks nor wilderness, it would seem to be...
Sir, Your comment in correspondence in your November issue is indeed curious. I would have thought that how people speak is markedly influenced by the age and sex of the person whom they are...
Sir, You were good enough to publish my comments on my Mini in your July issue, and your road-test of the Herald 1200 prompts me to write again, for just about the time I was writing my letter, a...
Sir, Maybe I could add a few comments about my White M.P.H. Riley in reply to Mr. Rolfe last month. Contrary to his protestations I did not on the occasion in question, or for that matter on any...
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Sir, I have now been running a 1949 Austin Sheerline into which I have fitted a 1937 Gardner 4LK oil engine for one year, during which time I have covered over 15,000 miles, free from any significant...
Sir, Over the last few months, B.M.C.'s advertisements for Minis, Sprite IIs, Midgets and 1 1/2-litre Riley and Wolseleys have been leaving me quite perplexed. The point at issue is that the people...
Sir, I thought that perhaps you might be interested in my go-kart, which I designed myself. I realise that it does not comply with any of the go-kart racing regulations. I thought perhaps it might be...
Sir, The "Hornets' Nest" has been stirred up. Find above my impression of the 1962 "Silver Cloud." (With thicker sound absorption material, thicker carpet, and more veneer, of course!) After the M.G...
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Sir, I read with interest Mr. Jones' letter regarding car clocks. I have a Smiths electric clock in my 1947 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane. It is built into the centre of the driving mirror nicely out...
Sir, Following your report of the N.S.A. Records Day, perhaps these figures for the human-propelled "2-wheeled sprinter" may be of interest to you. Compared with the 50-c.c. record they do not appear...
Sir, It is most annoying to see the way some petrol stations are deteriorating in their attitude toward the private motorist. I would mention an incident which happened to me about a month ago. While...
Sir, In the article "Showdown" your Editor states that Rover and Triumph were notable pioneers in the reduction of greasing points. In fact, the Dutch D.A.F. car (notable for its fully automatic...
Sir, We read with interest your article "Impressions of the Triumph Herald 1200" in your November issue but several of your criticisms caused us considerable surprise. (1) The gear-lever knob on the...
Sir, Whilst turning my VW in a narrow street in Oxford, a large dog (shaggy) appeared at my window with its paws resting expectantly on the door. The owner apologised, saying—"Sorry, Sir. He thought...
Sir, There must be many readers, if your advertisements are any criterion, who are compelled to change from 2-seaters, etc., to saloons due to fiancees, wives, storks, mothers-in-law, or merely anno...
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Sir, Mr. Boddy, in his report on the "Clubman's Championship," damns the 750s and 1172s with faint praise—they "looked very slow although close observation showed that they were being driven on the...
Sir, I was most interested to read your article on the Ferguson G.P. car in the November issue of Motor Sport. Along with one or two accounts in other motoring publications, I noticed that no...
Sir, I read with great interest your article about the G.S.M. Delta. As you say, or rather as "M. L. T." says, the Delta "originated in South Africa." A Cape Town firm formed to build the cars in...
Sir, As a regular reader of your magazine, I feel I must protest at the inclusion in your current editorial of your personal views on the action of the schoolmasters of Great Britain. Whether or not...

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