December 1979

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Where The Menace Lies "Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising."— Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise, Chap, 3. So-called civilised countries these days fear all manner of menaces....
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* Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list * C = Closed Event. CI = Closed Invitation Event. R = Restricted...
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Sponsorship The heading to this article is the official title of the firm that runs the Williams team in Formula One and it can be said that it is financed by Saudi Arabia. However, it has not always...
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Normally by now the Formula One scene for the forthcoming season is signed and sealed, but this year there are still a lot of loose ends yet to be tied up, in particular with Team Lotus, Frank...
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The Honda Prelude In the Honda Prelude the Japanese manufacturer in Tokio who has built up a reputation for reliability and good engineering techniques, has an impressive two-door 2+2 sports coupe,...
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Surveying those who watch . . . Publimotoring of Geneva have released more figures showing the kind of people they found watching 1979 Grands Prix. They asked just over a thousand spectators from...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The Dawn of "The Daimler" Last month's issue of Motor Sport had quite a Daimler flavour to it, what with my description of an outing up Shelsley Walsh in the...
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(Continued from the November issue) We left the young Officer, whom I shall refer to as X, living-it-up in customary fashion in London, after having been given sick-leave following a short spell of...
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"The Diaries of an RFC Officer" Sir, The War Time Diaries of an RFC Officer — what interesting reading this makes. Although you may meet criticism from motor racing purists who cannot bear anything...
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"Motoring in the 30s" by Graham Robson. 216pp. 9 3/8" x 6 5/8" (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £8.95) There is still a great deal of looking-back, sometimes at well-established...
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The other day I got hold of a copy of J. B. Priestley's celebrated "English Journey" (Heinemann/Golancz, 1934) wondering whether the great novelist would reveal the make of car in which he drove...
Although I deplore full-size replicas of vintage and p.v.t. cars, and of veterans and Edwardisms for that matter, for reasons previously given, replicas are quite acceptable when scaled-down for the...
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"The Amazing Bugattis" Exhibition, thought up by Hugh Conway, CBE, and put on very tastefully indeed at the Royal College of Arts in London, is now over. But its impact will be felt for a long time...
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New Rules From January 1st new rules will govern the sport of rallying in Britain, rules aimed more at what has come to be called road rallying than those events which are largely on closed private...
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Cockpits and Controls At a quick glance the cockpit and controls of a modern Grand Prix car look pretty basic and simple, a small thick-rimmed heavily padded steering wheel, a tachometer, an...
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Motor Sport journeys to Australia to find that touring car racing has become the premier league on the other side of the world. Ray Berghouse and David Segal are typical of the reaction I received...
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A shift in emphasis has probably been the most notable aspect of this year's national racing activities. Indeed, it is now tempting to inquire as to what our "national racing" activities actually are...
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That was the enigmatic title given to a forum held the night before the Northern Guild of Motoring Writers annual test day at the Mintex proving ground, Sherburn in EImet, Yorkshire. The crisis...
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This year's Veteran Car Run to Brighton, organised by the RAC and the VCC and generously sponsored again by Renault UK Ltd., had an entry of 321 pre-1905 vehicles, of which 21 were reserves. This is...
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The exhibition presented at the Royal College of Art by The Observer in association with Moet & Chandon (see story on page 1832), and so tastefully designed by John Whyatt MA, brought together...
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The facts and figures of the 1979 Grand Prix season are illustrated on this page.
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The passage of time leaves in its wake an ever increasing stream of historic racing cars, outmoded by technical advancement and changing formulae. What's to be done with them all? There's nothing so...
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Top, l to r. An 1894 Benz in Hyde Park, with an 1899 just behind it. The BL Heritage 1904 Thornycroft on Westminster Bridge, driven by Charles Maple, Director of BL Cars' Technical Audit. Assistance...
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The Ferrari 400i Automatic Soothing the Prancing Horses Purists may decry Modena's big, 2 plus 2 400 series - the "saloon" of the range - as not a true Ferrari. What with power steering, automatic...
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Patrick Tambay won the second Donington Rallysprint contest between Grand Prix drivers and rally stars at the end of October. This Eaton's Yale-sponsored TV spectacular involved Ari Vatanen, John...
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On the eve of his retirement Belgian Jacky Ickx clinched the 1979 Citicorp Can-Am Championship with a win in the round at Riverside, California on October 28th. Ickx's Lola inherited the win when...
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Brazilian rising star Francisco "Chico" Serra, below left, has taken this season's British Formula Three Championship, after winning five of the series in twenty rounds in his Project Four-run March...
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N.B. -- Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor SportI does not necessarily associate itself with them. - Ed. Louis Chiron Sir, Well, if we can't trust the Encyclopaedia...

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