December 1972

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• Tight squeeze The prevailing state of the National economy is a matter for political rather than motoring writers and for this we are grateful, because we confess we would rather think in terms of...
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Owners of old cars made in any year earlier than 1953 may care to note that from April 13th-15th, 1973, British Transport Hotels Ltd. and British Rail, in conjunction with the RASC, are holding the...
"The Austin Seven". Edited by W. Boddy. 95 pp. 8 3/5 in. x 5¾ in. (Grenville Publishing Co. Ltd., Standard House, Bonhill street, London, EC2A 4DA. 75p.) Reprinting past articles from a monthly...
The Issigonis concept of front wheels driven by a transverse engine has been seen in push-rod-o.h.v. and single-overhead-camshaft guise; and in side-valve, T-head and two-stroke versions if the...
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Motor Sport talks to the former Lotus designer behind the successful Parnelli USAC car Maurice Phillipe left Team Lotus, where he had worked elbow to elbow with Colin Chapman on some of the world's...
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Ferrari The day that Enzo Ferrari stops building cars will be a sad one indeed, not only for prospective customers, but for everyone interested in high performance cars. His latest offering, which...
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Sanremo Rally It used to be called the Rally of the Flowers, from the sunny Riviera which lies between the Mediterranean and the mountain region in which the event was held. Then it was renamed...
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Porsche dons McLaren mantle Porsche ended the five-year McLaren domination of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series of sports car races in America with six victories in nine races during 1972....
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The Hexagon Elan Sprint and The Datsun 160B Of all the cars we have tested in recent months few have attracted anything like the attention of the Hexagon Elan Sprint Estate. Readers of Motor Sport...
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Once again "Mac" McKenzi proprietor of the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater and his gallant staff have had to steel themselves for the annual onslaught of the VSCC trials fraternity to the Lake District....
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What is happening on the ¼ mile in California and Britain. Drag racing never hits the headlines in Britain and even the big meetings are lucky if they get as much as a mention in the weekly sporting...
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Comment on the Racing and Club Scene Astonishing Russian If I had suggested a year ago that a Russian car was going to win two British racing championships I would have been considered, at the very...
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The best of two worlds The people behind the design and construction of Citroën cars are seldom, if ever, referred to by name, and in their own publicity material Citroën refer to "engineers in...
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters A Darracq on the Brighton Road Once again the Veteran Car Run to Brighton took place, in wet weather towards the end of the journey for many of the competitors,...
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Goodwood House was where His Grace the Duke of Richmond and Gordon spent a great deal of time with his parents when, as the Earl of March, he was racing Austin and MG cars at Brooklands and elsewhere...
Just before it suspended publication, Autocar carried the story of how Stanley Sedgwick, President of the Bentley DC, covered more than 1,000 miles in 24 hours on British roads in his open 1931 8-...
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No. 19: Rover In 1925, when the 14/45 Rover with its complicated valve gear was a brave new model and not the disaster it was subsequently found to be, J. K. Starley was Managing Director of the...
Homes of the Racing Drivers Sir, I do not often see your magazine and it is only in the last week that my attention has been drawn to the item "Homes of the Racing Drivers" in your September issue. A...
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A rather sad Autovia V8, Reg, No. ASA I. has been acquired by a reader living in London, the body being a light grey Mulliner saloon. Can anyone supply information about its previous owners ? Someone...
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"Morgan—First and Last of the Real Sports Cars" by Gregory Houston Bowden. 191 pp. 10 in. x 7¼ in. (Gentry Books Ltd., 55-61, Moorgate, London, EC2R 6BR. £3.95.) The Morgan, as the foremost three-...
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I have mostly given fiction a miss in this apparently never-ending series, but I thought Rolls-Royce folk would like the following, from "The Long Good-Bye" by Raymond Chandler (Hamish Hamilton, 1953...
Auto replicas (England), 12 Chichester Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, have issued the first of what they intend to be a series of historic racing cars, made of die-cast metal and easily assembled. This...
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A Long-Term Test Report Somebody, somewhere, remarked on the comparatively high cost of spares for BMW motor cars. This resulted in BMW Concessionaires (GB) Ltd. suggesting that if this is true, it...
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The August issue of Total Times had an eye-catching colour front cover depicting a well-known motoring journalist leaning on a Bristol car, accompanied by his lady and dog and, inside, an article by...
At the Turin Show Fiat introduced their new baby-car, in the form of the Tipo 126. Those who feared that in the year AD 1973 the great Italian manufacturer might banish the cyclecar concept of a twin...
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The main benefit of Ford's new production alloy in the Escort RS 1600 is the ease with which 2-litre versions can be constructed. Lievesley Auto Developments have successfully developed such a unit...
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(Brands Hatch, October 22nd) In order to celebrate the victory of their car and driver in the 1972 World Championship the John Player cigarette firm sponsored a mixed meeting at Brands Hatch,...
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Some time ago Aerospace Minister Michael Heseltine was caught driving a Jaguar at speeds of, according to the Police evidence, 98 and 100 m.p.h. on the M4 near Burchfield, a Motorway which he had...
(October 21st/22nd) The first Welsh Hill Rally, primarily for 4 x 4 vehicles, took place in May last year, sponsored by Senior Service, who repeated it in September with an International event on the...
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N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them.—Ed. MG versus Ginetta Sir, I am at last forced to put pen to paper in...

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