December 1978

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The motoring factor With another eventful year running to a close, the motoring factor, which presumably affects all who read this magazine, has become a curious mixture. On the one hand the British...
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The RAC Veteran Car Run is not a race, in spite of what some papers say. At one time certificates were issued quoting the average speed attained on the journey from London to Brighton by each...
Lotus announced a limited edition of the mid-engined Esprit 2 at the NEC, painted in black and gold and fitted with various "goodies," including a dashboard plaque signed by Colin Chapman, all this...
"Whatever may have been said in the past, I find it difficult to say that J. C. Bamford's ex-Ecosse XKD 603 (D-type Jaguar) won Le Mans in 1957 --  if not, it came second. Does it really matter now...
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March again... For the first time since 1972, the European Formula Two teams returned to South America for a Temporada series in early November. Only two races were staged in Argentina after long-...
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Provisional results show that Alan Jones is the new Tarmac British Racing Champion, 10 points ahead of Gordon Spice with John Watson third. *** The Segrave Trophy for 1977 goes to Barry Sheene to...
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Motoring journalists tend to be in more need than most of the facilities of stop-watches, whether it be for checking test car performance, lap times or, out of curiosity, whether the fully-laden...
With 170 b.h.p. on tap, Porsche's turbocharged version of their 924 is claimed to be the most powerful 2-litre production sports car in the World. It will reach 60 m.p.h. from a standing start in 7.6...
November 11th: Held on a rather a grey, misty day, with occasional very light rain, the Lakeland Trial this year was a tough event taking in no less than 14 hills, these included a completely new...
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Those readers who failed to fight their way into the NEC Motor Show missed a treat on the Pininfarina stand.  This Jaguar XJ Spider, based on the XJ-S floor pan and running gear, continues the...
Last season's British Formula One Championship, sponsored by Aurora AFX, makers of model motor racing systems, succeeded beyond most people's expectations; whilst it didn't set the world of motor...
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Bugatti -- An Illustrated History of the Cars from Molsheim by Hugh Conway and Jacques Greilsamer. 280 pp. 9-1/2" x 12-1/2".   Editions Modelisme, 94, Boulevard de Sebastopol, 75003, Paris, France. ...
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It is the illustrations which catch the eye, from a motoring standpoint, in "If Britain Had Fallen" by Norman Longmate (BBC/ Hutchinson, 1972). These WW2 war-time photographs show many 1930s vehicles...
In the 1920s Leslie Wilson of Shelsley Walsh fame was responsible for some children's pedal cars based on the 12/50 Alvis that won the 1923 JCC 200-Mile Race. I suppose we would all like to find one...
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A section devoted to old car matters... A rare Fiat: At the 1919 Olympia Motor Show, Fiat showed two new models. There was the excellent Tipo 501 10/15 h.p., which turned out to be one of the most...
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The person who owned that "unknown cyclecar" that was runner-up for first prize in this year's Cyclecar Rally from 1969 to 1975 tells us that it is a 1921 Burrell with a 1910 JAP engine having an...
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Carden Cyclecars Sir, My first car in 1920, was a Carden for which I paid £3. At that time there was a cycle builder at the top of Summer Row in Birmingham and whilst waiting for him to unearth a...
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Mr. R. H. Beauchamp, AMIME, follows up his account of working for Parry Thomas (Motor Sport, Oct. and Nov. issues) with life at T & T's of Brooklands, under the great Reid A. Railton It was not ...
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Two Renault  5's came up for test last month, the sporting TS and the newly-introduced 5-Auto. There is not much need to explain the Renault 5 in general, because these splendid little cars are...
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When the Scuderia Ferrari could no longer keep up with the German cars from Daimler-Benz and Auto Union, with their 2.9-litre "monoposto" Alfa Romeos, they made a brave attempt to salvage some...
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Quite an experience Saab's turbocharged production version of their familiar 99 provoked almost unprecedented eulogistic descriptions in some of the weekly journals earlier in the year, their writers...
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Measuring power by old-established principles and modern electronics Gregory's bank in Worcestershire is home for one British business that, like so many in the competitions world, is a widely...
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Every year Castrol make a couple of films to add to their extensive library, all of which can be borrowed by Clubs and Associations for film shows. This year they have made films of activities in...
Four-wheel-drive vehicles seem to be all the rage today, with a multiplicity of offerings from the UK, the USA, Japan, Russia and elsewhere to follow in the well-worn mass-production wheel tracks of...
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Tyres To listen to some people these days you would think that the racing tyre has only recently been discovered, similar to those people who have the impression that Grand Prix racing  started in...
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The Bandama Rally and the Tour of Corsica Two world championship rallies have taken place since last month's review was written, the Bandama Rally in West Africa's Ivory Coast and the Tour of Corsica...
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Some seven years ago a business called Magard was founded by present managing director Paul Bamford. The company specialises in selling and distributing parts to improve performance of popular cars,...
To the sound of popping champagne corks and flash bulbs Fiat introduced two highly developed competition versions of the "Ritmo" 3-door hatchback to the motoring press, gathered in Turin prior to the...
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Apart from the annual change-about of F1 drivers, cars are changing hands within the VSCC. Chris Mann now has the Multi-Union, the Hon. Patrick Lindsay is said to be interested in the ERA-Delage, and...
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Although entries on British National and home International rallies appear to have passed their zenith, due to the ever increasing cost involved and (to a lesser extent) a greater spread and...
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We still think that winning is the name of the racing game and that if you win more races than anyone else you are a worthy champion. The success of a car design can be judged by its victories. This...
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The Editor Goes on the Run in a Leyland-entered 1901 10-hp model This year I went on my 26th Brighton Run as a driver or co-driver, thanks to Mr. Charles Maple and Mr. Richard A. Westcott of Leyland...
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Something different in Formula Three Formula Three in whatever guise has a good pedigree for producing the next generation of Grand Prix drivers. Occasionally the top Formula Three man will go...
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  Good in parts, particularly chassis behaviour, but lacking refinement The Lancia Gamma not only takes back Lancia into the prestige car market for the first time since the Flaminia, it also...
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N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. -- Ed. *** Customs Duty Sir, Readers of Motor Sport may be interested to...

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