December 1981

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End-of-the-year soliloquy If Motor Sport were a more trade Journal, concerned solely with the welfare of the Motor Industry and its ancillary businesses, we would have every reason to be deeply...
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The Citroen Car Club The Citroen Car Club continues to be a very well-run organisation, with a professional-looking monthly magazine, t he Citroenian, which is devoted to Citroens of all kinds, with...
Those who remember the dashing driving. cloth-cap back-to-front, of "Phi-Phi" Etancelin will be sorry to hear of the French racing-driver's death, at the age of 85. in Paris in mid-October. As a...
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Due to an unfavourable date, on the last day of October, the tisual 750 Motor Club Birkett Six Hour Relay Race had to be shortened to four hours this year to ensure that it finished in daylight. This...
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A real work-horse Following our announcement last month that Mercedes-Benz cross count, vehicles, the 280G1 *troll and 300GD (diesel) four-wheel drive estate cars, are to be Onported into the UK, we...
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BRM Auction Sale At the Motofair at Earls Court, on October 22nd, the remains of the BRM works team were put up for auction by Christie's, the Hon. Patrick Lindsay running the sale with a delightful...
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A Rare Vintage Sports Car The 20/70 h.p. Crossley is less well-known than many vintage sports cars that were scarcely as distinguished. Crossley Motors Ltd. of Gorton, Manchester, "of gas-engine fame...
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On a bright autumn day, sun shining on the beautiful Lake District scenery, the Vintage Sports Car Club held its fourteenth annual Lakeland Trial. Sixty-six cars attempted some 13 trials sections in...
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When this issue of Motor Sport is published the World Rally Championship of 1981 will be settled. At the time of writing, October's Ivory Coast Rally has taken place but the Lombard RAC Rally, the...
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After Volkswagen's remarkable World-domination with air-cooled, reat-engined models. the Passat represented the Company's first change to water-cooled. front-drive cars and very well it served the...
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The term journalist sawyers a wide range of activity, from instant news service from Reuter or Associated Press, to Annual Reviews. In between there are daily papers weekly papers and monthly papers...
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World Champion Constructors At a casual glance one might be forgiven for thinking that the Frank Williams Formula 1 team had a pretty disastrous year in 1981, compared with their 1980 season. They...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The Life and Times of Montie Grahame-White (Continued from the November issue) After his adventurous journey in the 20 h.p. Wolseley wagonnette to Marseilles, as...
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A controversy from 60 years ago Learned debates about what is the World's Best Car have ebbed and flowed ever since that title was used by Rolls-Royce for their 40/50 h.p. Silver Ghost. But what of...
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The Editor takes the National Motor Museum Trust's 1903 4 1/2-litre Daimler on the RAC Commemoration Run to Brighton At a time when the future of British Leyland looked likely to be at stake, it...
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Mr. Wilson McCOMB'S letter (page 1579, last month) about the prison sentence imposed on Kaye Don after his accident in the K3 MG Magnette during unofficial practice in the loM before the 1934 TT,...
 A reader in Suffolk who owns a Model-T Ford is anxious to acquire pre-1928 issues of the Ford Times, for which he would exchange handbooks forr the 1925 Morris one-ton truck. 1928 Series-AB...
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Sir, Your recent article about the 3-litre Sunbeam and the Sunbeam Club's register of these cars was of great interest to me because I owned the car GF 8534 in the mid-thirties. Perhaps I could...
Sir Your obituary of Kaye Don and vintage car articles in Motor Sportof October have reminded me of some of my experiences of Brooklands about that time. It was in 1926 when as a newly qualified...
Sir, It is difficult reargue with Walter Gibbs about Shelsley Walsh, The Jean Bugatti Cup is. as he says. engraved "Special Award", which must mean something. It was Leslie Wilson of the MAC who told...
Sir, With reference to your footnote to Walter Gibbs' letter in the October issue of Motor Sport, I am surprised that Hugh Conway should say that "according to the MAC" a cup was awarded to Jean...
Sir, I cannot answer John Burnell's questinns directly, but my copy of the 1913 Michelin Guide to the British Isles (published about March/April 1913) gives some interesting information on the rule...
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Brighton problems This year, those who started, but faded to finish were listed as: P. Briggs (1895 Peugeot), W. Schmidt (1897 Leon Rol.), R. S. Miles (1893 Benz, P. J. S. Lumsden (1899) Locomolnk),A...
Sir, While visiting a friend (non motor enthusiast) recently, I saw a piece of soft wool-like material, approximately 30" x 18", thrown over the back of a chair. Reproduced on this material was a...
Sir, It was clearly a slip of the pen or of the printer that rendered the name of the sponsor of the Sheffield-Simplex incorrectly— the chairman and sole proprietor of the company was of course The...
 A member of the Mon-is Register, Steve Brown, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his car, a 1931 Morris-Oxford, by driving it from John O'Groat's to Land's End, arriving only eight minutes outside...
VSCC Eastern Rally THIS annual event took place on the last Saturday in October, sixty pre-war cars attempting a 90 mile route in the Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire areas. Navigation was...
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Following in the style of Niki Lauda Ever since the World Championship for Drivers was instituted in 1950 the business of scoring points in order to take the title has frequently taken a high...
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A very special saloon Over the racing seasons the category that was always referred to as Special Saloons, or sometimes Super Saloons, has come to mean a very specialist branch of motorsport. An...
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A disappointment an absence of two years from the UK market, the Lancia Montecarlo reappeared on our roads earlier this year in improved guise. Although sharing the same name, this road-going, mid-...
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The partners in H. W. Motors of New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, John Heath and George Abecassis were very involved with the Alta Car company in the immediate post-war years, as a direct result...
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"The Classic Twin-Cam Engine" by Griffith Borgeson. 275 pp. 10" x 7" (Dalton Watson. 76 WardourStreet, London, WIV 4AN. £24.75 This is the long-awaited, very scholarly study by the painstaking...
"Magnificent  Mercedes — The Complete History Of The Marque" by Graham Robson. 224 pp. 12" x 9". (Haynes Publishing (Soup Ltd., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset. BA22 7.77. £14.95). The story of the...
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"One Hundred Years of Motoring — An RAC Social History of the Car", by Raymond Flower and Michael Wynn-Jones. 224 pp. 10 1/2" x 7 1/4" (The Publications Manager, Box 92, RAC HOW, Lansdowne Road,...
"The Veteran Car Club — 50 Years Pictorial History". by Elizabeth Nagle and Michael Sedgwick. 176 pp. 11 1/2" X 8". The Veteran Car Club of Great Bruain, essannne Howe, 15 High Street, Ashwell, Hero...
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"MG — Past & Present" by Rivers Fletcher. 240 pp. 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" (Gentry Books Ltd., 15, Pont Street, London, SW1Y SEll. £9.95). This is a most entertaining and jolly book, all about the MGs...
"Royal Air Force — The Aircraft in Service Since 1918" Paintings by Michael Turner, text by Chaz Bowyer. 208 pp: 11 1/2 x 8 1/2”. (The Howl, Publishing Group Ltd. Astronaut House, Hounslow Road,...
"Wings over Brooklands — The Story of the Birthplace of British Aviation," by Howard Johnson. 157 pp. 10" x 7". (Whittet Books Lid., The Old Mills, Weybridge, Sur, KT13 8LD. £8.95). This keenly-...
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Fiction figures in this column less than it once did, because cars are encountered so frequently in biography and autobiography and such references have their small bearing on history. But I would...
"Grand Prix" by David Hodges, Doug Nye and Nigel Roebuck. 244 pp. 18" x 10" (Michael Joseph, London. £19.50) There have been many coffer table publications about motor racing, but this lavish book...
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Air Sir, Your "Looking Back" feature in the November MOTOR SPORT mentions a cabin monoplane, G-AADG, owned by a friend of Mr. Pritchard of Hereford. I referred to the British Civil Air Register, 1928...
French Education I read with much interest the article by Also Henry on Jacques Laffite and Jean-Pierre Jabouille in last month's issue. I must confess to a moment of extreme discomfort to learn that...
Hafford or Halford? Sir, I crave space to clear up a long-standing mix-up between myself and Major F. B. Halberd, of de Ilavilland fame, which has blown up again since the correspondence in recent...
Letters from Readers N.H. -Opinions expressed are those of does not necessarily assoc r Correspondents and MOTOR SPO01 iate itself teith them. Et,
Trials Puzzle I have recently found a trials special in the Cullompton area of Devon and I am keen to identify it. The general appearance is in keeping with the dates stamped on the shock-absorbers,...
Those Perks I think M. W. Trenerry (Nov. Issue) would be well advised to keep his mouth shut and pay the "Taxable benefit scale charges"; he doesn't realise how lucky he is. It is a well known fact...
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OPJ 3 Following your recent "Famous Registration Numbers" articles, may lank your readers if they can throw any light on a 1950 / 51 Mille-Miglia Frazer-Nash Registration Number OPJ 3. I first saw...
Mays' Sprint Car Recent correspondence on Raymond Mays' sprint car in MOTOR SPORT has interested me considerably as I have spent some time searching for this car over the years, but to no avail. My...
Turbo-charging background I was interested to read Mr. Winstanley's tette' in October MOTOR SPORT, especially as he mentions the Napier Nomad as an example ol technical ingenuity. Unfortunately, his...
Women on Wheels Sir, I am at present carrying out research fir a hook which will trace the achievements and influence of women on motoring in general, not forgetting the enormous contribution they...

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