December 1976

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Fun from your fuel With the cost of everyday existence ever rising, Britain running up enormous debts, and food prices failing to stabilise, those pessimists who forecast that the cost of a gallon of...
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The 1976 Formula One Season (the Formula One Constructors have successfully knocked the Grand out of Prix racing!) is surely one that everyone will be pleased to forget, though how all the faults are...
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Roll-over protection is their business What do a works rally Escort, a Middle Eastern sheikh's Range-Rover shooting brake and all standard production Lotus Elites have in common? The answer is to be...
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When the CSI succumbed to outside pressures in the late 'sixties and created what was then called the International Rally Championship (not until a few years later was the series given the added...
Were I ever to be asked by W.B. or D.S.J. to show them something about what present-day rallying is like, two events would spring to mind and I would be torn between throwing them in at the deep end...
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A reader in Australia, Mr. Earl Davey-Milne, wrote to us recently to say that he was in the process of rebuilding the 2.3-litre Monza Alfa Romeo he has owned since 1953. He admits that it has got...
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A Lotus wins, but Hunt paddles to the Championship victory Fuji Speedway, Japan, October 24th The Formula One World Championship is nothing if not truly International and the latest country to climb...
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An Unusual 3,000-Mile road-test of the Chrysler Alpine-S When I received from John Rowe an invitation to visit some of the newly-constituted Chrysler factories and to take away for a month's road-...
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"The World Water Speed Record" by Leo Villa and Kevin Desmond. 206 pp. 8 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H OAH. £4.75.) This is a most acceptable book,...
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A section devoted to old-car matters From Mr. Roger West, Production Editor of the Industrial Railway Record publications, we have received No. 67 in this series (published last August and available...
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November 6th, 1976 Vintage these days are often referred to as hedges against inflation, and on November 6th some 65 members of the VSCC assembled in the Lake District with their hedges against...
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Described to the Editor in a recent interview W. B. Scott (Bummer to his friends) was a regular competitor at Brooklands and elsewhere before the war and very well known at the old Track, so recently...
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The Dino is dead, long live Ferrari There are some games you just cannot win and it would seem that my game with the Ferrari 308 GTB is one of them. This particular model got under way in production...
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It is the in-thing these days to do the Brighton Run for Veteran Cars, now called the RAC Commemoration Run, with no mention of the Veteran Car Club on plaque or medal, although it was the latter...
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Colin Hawker is a mild-mannered young man of mechanical disposition, who earns a modest living as a mechanic in and around Ilford and Romford in Essex. Colin has a shock of grey hair, precocious for...
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Sir, Your nameless reader who wrote concerning the use by the West Mercia Police of New Rover 3500 models was, alas, sadly mistaken. This car was only a demonstration model on loan to the police for...
Sir, Now that all the celebrations and histrionics have abated concerning our new-found pride in the guise of a British F1 champion who, incidentally, resides in Spain and who can blame him (...
Sir, Every season of motor racing brings two world champions, though they may sometimes be the same man. The moral champion of the past three years is Niki Lauda, and none more so than this year. His...
Sir, Why, oh why am I, .a devoted reader of Motor Sport for the last 17 years, still waiting to read a full road-test on what is probably the finest volume production five-door "Eurobox" available...
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Sir, When I visited the Motor Show last week I was pleased to see the enthusiasm the representatives of Some of our smaller producers showed for their cars. In particular Bristol, Trident and Panther...
Sir, I write to warn owners of Alfa Suds who are proposing Co buy replacement windscreen wipers blades from their local Alfa dealer. I have recently been charged £6.35 for this somewhat flimsy piece...
Sir, I have recently acquired a 1962 Gilbern GT; to my knowledge the only one in the US. The car has been used for autocrossing for many years now but its MG mechanical components have been renewed...
Sir, Perhaps your readers would assist in a restoration by helping to identify a 1954 Lotus Mk. 8 that I bought through a Motor Sport advertisement two years ago. Like many early Lotus cars, it bears...
Sir, All readers of your most excellent publication know that even the most outrageous views will get a fair airing if you consider them to be worth publication. Aften ten months and over 25,000...
Sir, I would like to ask for the right to reply to reader Spicer's letter in Motor Sport (November) with regard to his last paragraph. I feel that an explanation is required for the benefit of most...
Sir, I am writing to see if any other reader is interested in joining me to form some sort of memorial to Francois Cevert. I have not decided what form the memorial will take as yet, until I see what...
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Sir, I am seeking information about the early "life" of a car I am rebuilding and hope you may be able to help me. The car is a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, registration WUC 7. After I bought it, I...
Sir, The criticism of the 1600 Lancia Beta expressed in your columns surprises me very much. I bought my car in December 1974, trading in a 2200 Rover TC with 5,000 miles only and I was delighted...
Sir, I have been a loyal and devoted follower of your excellent magazine since early childhood, but have only now been prompted to write to you. This is not because of your controversial opinions...
Sir, I write to take issue with your correspondent Mr. D. Lamborne (October 1976 "Morgan Mania"), not to disagree with his views on Morgans but to defend the "dealers" whom he blames largely for the...
Sir, I read C.R.'s brief impressions of the Renault 5TS with great interest—though a 5TL owner myself. Only one point upon which I take great exception, and that is the reference to the Renault facia...

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