December 1971

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Goodwill to motorists This is the last copy of Motor Sport you will see before Christmas. So we thought it right to be seasonal and as this is a time of peace on earth and goodwill among men, how...
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Just about the time when politicians of both parties were doing their brinksmanship with the Common Market we received from Commonwealth House a news-item which said that, although Australia's export...
It is encouraging to learn, from someone in Estonia who corresponds with a friend of ours, that motor racing is enthusiastically supported in the smallest of the USSR nations. Apparently it started...
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"Small racing car manufacturers like ourselves have to diversify into wider fields of engineering if we are to exist and keep our manpower and equipment fully employed throughout the year." This is...
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Laguna Seca, California, October 17th. Peter Revson won the Monterey-Castrol Grand Prix over the hilly, 1.9-mile Laguna Seca course in mid-October, but his fifth Can-Am victory of the year was marred...
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The sixth year of Can-Am competition in America saw Team McLaren once again on the receiving end of the major share of a $1-million prize, accessory, and qualifying prize fund. Final tabulated...
Ferrari may have had an unhappy season with their 3-litre prototype but at least it finished on a high note when, on running a two-car 312P team for the first time, they scored an excellent one-two...
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[A look at how Californian enthusiasts motored, by Rex Hardy, now resident in this country and still enjoying good cars and light aeroplanes—Ed.] Like an ageing bon-vivant relishing his memories of...
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Although some Clubs own timing apparatus that is used for sprints and hill-climbs that will record to three places of decimals, or one thousandth of a second, the official RAC/ACU timekeepers will...
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As reported elsewhere in this issue, the Swiss driver Jo Siffert died at Brands Hatch on October 24th as a result of his BRM crashing and exploding in flames. Siffert’s history has been well...
Just prior to the opening of the London Motor Show, two new BMW variations were announced and made available to us for a brief test drive in Holland. Most important from the sales value point of view...
On the fourth of December what has probably been the closest fought rally championship ever to be held in Britain comes to an end when its last qualifying event takes place in Wales. The Motoring...
Although not yet available and no price has been announced in Britain, Alfa Romeo have unveiled their rumoured small car which is being built in a completely new factory in Southern Italy. The car is...
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More money for Grovewood Awards The 1971 Grovewood Motor Racing Awards were presented last month at a reception in a London hotel and the proceeding screened on BBC2's Wheelbase programme. The value...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The RAC London-Brighton Veteran Car Run (November 7th) I have tried the Brighton Run most ways—by tram and bus to Croydon to watch the veterans climb up past the...
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It seems droll that the more purist among restorers of veteran, Edwardian and vintage cars are often to be congratulated on their meticulous attention to getting even the details of their cars...
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It would be ungracious to let the year pass without reporting on the opening of the TT Commemorative pits at Quarry Corner adjacent to the Ards circuit outside Belfast. This happy event, inspired by...
A piece in the Yorkshire Post, by lain Smith, reports on the number of ancient motor vehicles still in regular use in Montevideo, due, apparently, to a tax system which trebles the price of a new car...
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Sir, The photograph of a 1939 Maybach car taken at Bournemouth this year interested me greatly as I have taken a keen interest in these luxury cars and have a collection of photographs of them,...
Sir, I was very interested to see a photograph of one of my old cars in the November issue of Motor Sport, page 1148, "The Henderson Napier Rolls-Royce". I bought this Car, LX 4377, from Colonel...
Sir, I was most interested in your paragraphs on the Richard automobile in the October issue of Motor Sport. Since the Encyclopedia of Motorcars went to press I have learnt that as well as the 7.3-...
Sir, Enclosed you will find pictures of an engine which I acquired when I purchased my house some years ago. In spite of much searching, reading and talking to local inhabitants I have been unable to...
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Just recently I seem to be bumping, metaphorically rather than literally, into a considerable number of Gilbern owners for one reason or another. They all seem to be extremely happy with their...
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Brands Hatch, October 24th. When the Mexican Grand Prix was cancelled Brands Hatch's idea of holding a Formula One race on the same date to bolster up the already heavy Motor Show 200 meeting...
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Don't let's waste too much time over it, because I dealt with Morris Marina disappointments last May. But, as explained elsewhere, I have been re-sampling the controversial Marina since its front...
Motor Sport's success in a world of glossy magazines amazes rivals whose pages are brighter but whose circulation is lower... The magazine is like a big old garage full of happy hours. To the readers...
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128 pp. 8 1/4 in. x 5 in. Soft covers. (PSL, 9. Ely Place, London, EC1N 6SQ. 75p.) The idea behind this Castrol lubricants-sponsored book is to give newcomers to the sport a clear conception of what...
By Richard Garrett. 219 pp. 8 4/5 in. x 5 1/5 in. (Stanley Paul, 3, Fitzroy Square, London, W. 1. £1.95.) In this book, readable but of no lasting significance, the author has put some of the more...
By T. R. Nicholson. 169 pp. 7 4/5 in. x 5 in. (Blandford Press Ltd., 167, High Holborn, London, W.C.1. £1.25.) Although this little volume could justifiably he described as yet another Nicholson "pot...
By P. R. Reynolds and K. R. Clark. 126 pp. 11 1/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (Gentry Books Ltd., 55/61, Moorgate, London, EC2R 6BR. £3.00.) This is something out of the ordinary. Described as an intimate...
By Peter Browning. 206 pp. 8 4/5 in. x 5 3/8 in. (G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 50a, Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames. Oxon. £2.85) Alex Moulton remarked to us some time ago that the remarkable factory-...
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By Robert Jackson. 277 pp. 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (Cassell & Co. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Square, London, W.C.1 £3.25.) There have been lots of books about the big, lighter-than-air craft. I remember...
By H. F. King. 457 pp. 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (Putman & Co, Ltd., 9, Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AL. £5.50.) Latest in the now well-known, long-established series of Putman aviation books is this...
By Charles Williams. 224 pp. 8¾ in. x 5½ in. (David and Charles, South Devon House, Newton Abbott, Devon. £3.15) I don't know if the name Charles Williams means anything to you, it certainly tells...
By Cyril Posthumus. 256 pp. 9 3/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (Osprey Publications Ltd. PO Box 25, 707, Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire. £4.00.) No book by Cyril Posthumus, that enthusiastic and accurate writer...
By Henry Longhurst. 366 pp. 9 4/5 in. x 6 1/2 in. (Cassell & Co. Ltd., 3, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4SJ. £3.75.) This is a non-motoring book, which strictly should be dealt with under “Cars...
By Lawrence Dalton. 264 pp. 9 1/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. (Dalton Watson Ltd., 76, Wardour Street, London W1V 4AN. £5.25.). This remarkable and beautiful book continues Mr. Dalton’s painstaking record of...
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Charles Letts & Co. Ltd. (remember the Brooklands/MG association?), Diary House, Borough Road, London, SE2, have published two little soft-cover books, "Car Electrics Made Simple", by Roy H....
"Valve Mechanisms for High-Speed Engines" by the late Philip H. Smith, FIMech.E., MSAE (Foulis, £4.60), has gone into a second edition, edited and revised by L. J. K. Setright. Motor Sport supplied...
An idea for the Christmas gift for young followers of veteran and Edwardian motoring is "Your Book of Veteran and Edwardian Cars", by John Coleman, illustrated by Harry Tacker's drawings (Faber...
"Fighting In Flanders", by E. Alexander Powell (Heinemann, 1914), to which a reader drew our attention, is an interesting example of how a patriotic American, reporting for The New York World, joined...
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According to The Migraine Trust his distressing disease afflicts some 5-million people in this country. We hope that not many of our readers are among them and we ourselves are fortunate in never...
The Earls Court London Motor Show now seems far distant—the 1971 Show I mean—for which grateful thanks to St. Christopher. I say this because an organisation which sends you an invitation to its...
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In the jargon of motor racing there are numerous clichés that are often made in jest, but which are only too true. Saying such as “the name of the game is winning” or “finishing first isn’t...
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During last month we had an enjoyable break from the normal run of modified production saloons as the well-publicised, but little seen, Opel GT passed into our hands for a short period equipped with...
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This new map has been published by the Ordnance Survey. Extra features shown for the first time include inter-town distances in miles, expected opening dates of motorways under construction and...
Officially known by the family trading name George Hartwell, the Bournemouth-based company have started to widen their interests outside the exclusive marketing and conversion of Chrysler products....
The Taurus name has now almost ceased to mean anything to me for the company has had so many changes of address and ownership, that I had rather lost track of this outfit. At one time they were...
Just once in a while you come across a really top-class, conscientiously-made product, like those Bardic electric torches I used to recommend because, with their rotary, bonded-rubber switches, etc...
Around the time of the Senior Service Hill-Rally we heard about a home-built VW Buggy which the police stopped because one of its lamp bulbs was out of action or for some such insignificant reason....
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(D. Bradley-Watson’s reminiscences continued from the November issue.) I was very glad that Duncan Davis suggested that Ken Waller should complete my “B” licence training, as I found him to be a...
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With Ford-based engines revving to 11,000 r.p.m. and wheel to wheel dicing to the chequered flag the old 1-litre Formula Three came to an end. For 1971 the governing body of motor racing had...
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I used to refer to Mercedes-Benz cars as the World's best, which got me into trouble with those who were born with a silver lady on their radiator caps. The latest Mercedes had eluded me for far too...
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Sir, It is perhaps not the easiest of editorial tasks to set down a note of reasoned appraisal and satisfaction on the good work accomplished by one's publication, as in your October 1971 issue....
Sir, The reason I am writing is to inform you that your aura was dimmed somewhat after I read your article "Buying Casually" in the August issue. Rather, tinted green than dimmed, because I am...
Sir, Your magazine has always been a stalwart defender of the general motoring public, and in view of this I think you will be interested in the following which occurred on the M6 motorway recently....
Sir, As Social Secretary of the TR Register I feel that it is not beyond my call of duty to offer Motor Sport some recent news about TRs. After all, from approximately December 1969 to March 1970 you...
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Sir, Should we not now learn a lesson from the past? When I was racing at Brooklands some 40 years ago the management of the Track were justifiably proud of their Bentley fire engine, which was...
Sir, D.S.J.'s comments in last month's Continental Notes, concerning "sideways" drivers such as Rindt and Peterson, prompt the following thoughts: I am not convinced that Rindt really did learn "that...
Sir, I learn with horror that Alfa are to fit automatic transmission. This is sacrilege and almost unbelievable. Aston Martin and Jaguar have had to resort to such devices to woo wealthy tycoons to...
Sir, It is high time that a word or two was printed from the hand of one who is a satisfied R080 owner. I took delivery of mine in January, 1968—left-hand drive because I could not wait! Almost four...
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Sir, W.B., like so many English people, seems to have his priorities wrong. He feels for the imagined suffering of two well-fed, well-cared-for lion cubs on the BMW stand, animals which, incidentally...
Sir, I was fascinated to read Mr. Williams' letter, under the heading "Desert Runabouts". My grandfather was also along on the Mesopotamia campaign and has often described these T-Model pickups. The...
Sir, Reference the letter from George Grigs in "Vintage Postbag" in your November issue in which he mentions my uncle, Gustav Hamel, may I for the record state that he was a Dane and flew a Blériot...
Sir, Lion cubs and the RSPCA! Really, Mr. Boddy! Perhaps I should feel honoured that Motoring's Malcolm Muggeridge sees fit to aim his faltering lance at my windmill. In fact, I feel sorry. There are...
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Sir, Your mention of the Crossley 15.7 and works drivers reminded me of the time when I wanted to demonstrate one of their Weymann tourers to a titled woman in Warwickshire. We 'phoned the works and...

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