December 1983

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Brooklands — Another sad setback A further blow has been struck at the hope of preserving part of Brooklands Track. The hopes of the Brooklands Society (and of Brooklands Track Ltd, the company...
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Opel Manta Club Only recently floated, the Manta Club is planning its first meeting at Donington Park Circuit on Sunday December 18. With the extraordinary increase in sales of these cars in the last...
S. H. Grylls, CBE It was a great shock to learn that Harry Grylls had died at his Pershore home late in October, aged 74. He is well remembered as the Rolls-Royce Motors engineer who left Rugby and...
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Top model in Peugeot / Talbot's new "supermini" 205 range so far is the 105 mph GT, using the power unit of the Samba 5, which we recently tried. Unusually for a car in this class, it has five doors...
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Citroën BX – more European You cannot be indifferent to Citroëns. "Typically French" is most people's reaction to an infuriating mixture of excellent design, outstanding ride and powerfully servo-ed...
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Gordon Murray — the making of another Brabham Champion "After the debacle at Zandvoort when Prost took Nelson off, we all came back to the factory and joked 'well, all we've got to do now is to win...
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Still hungry for more wins "The real key to the whole thing," said Keke Rosberg thoughtfully, "is that I only won a single Grand Prix on my way to the World Championship. Most people have already won...
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Michael C. Sedgwick From Lord Montagu of Beaulieu Michael C. Sedgwick, who died at Midhurst, Sussex in October at the age of 57, was a world renowned authority on the history of the motor car and...
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Naples to become the HQ For the past decade Alfa Romeo's Sud plant on the outskirts of Naples has been an embarrassment to the company, bedevilled by strikes, absenteeism and even violence. Today the...
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The last two years have seen some semblance of respectability return to Formula One racing, so that one could justifiably call it Grand Prix racing once more. The petty bickering that went on amongst...
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The first sight which greeted competitors on leaving the Bridge Hotel, Buttermere, on the morning of the trial on November 5 W. Adrian Liddell's Vauxhall 30/98 being exercised up and down by its crew...
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Ivory Coast Back in the 'seventies, after a string of sometimes vociferous complaints by competitors, the organisers of the Ivory Coast Rally announced an improvement. They decided to run many of the...
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Anyone who is at all conversant with VSCC or Historic motor racing will require no introduction to the subject of this profile, for he is one of the keenest and most consistent of competitors in...
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Good hard fun When we arrived at the Thames Ditton base of AC Cars Ltd, we were surprised to find a virtually empty factory. It soon transpired that the company was in the middle of transferring to a...
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It is quite incredible how much support the annual November pilgrimage from Hyde Park to Brighton continues to have, as veteran cars celebrate the original Emancipation Day journey of 1898, first re-...
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On the evening prior to the Run I went down to the garage at the Gloucester Hotel in Kensington to look at this fine Mercedes-Simplex which had been brought from Germany, together with the 1899 two-...
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World Champion Constructors For the second year in succession the Ferrari factory have won the Formula One Constructor's Championship, though once again neither of their drivers won the Driver's...
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We sample Peter Agg's collection in Sussex The name of Trojan has long been associated with motoring of many sorts. Once a manufacturer of private and commercial vehicles, the company has more...
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Interim Report The 1981 Editorial Alfa Romeo Alfa-6 continues to run satisfactorily, the mileage since I reported unit at length on the March issue having increased to over 23,000, from 6,270. Two of...
The other day a Colt Cordia three-door Hatchback arrived at Standard House for assessment, bearing in its back window the slogan "Move up to a Colt". As the Alfa-6 which I had been using as Editorial...
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"Ferrari Sports and Racing Prototype Competition Cars" by Antoine Prunes. 430 pp. 10 in x 8 in. (Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 717. £19.95). Surprise, surprise! Another...
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A reader has kindly drawn my attention to an interesting reference in "The General Strike" by Christopher Farman (Panther Books, 1934) to how Major Segrave was allocated to meet the Cabinet Minister...
The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is putting on a special "Kids On Wheels" exhibition for Christmas and would be glad to hear of any children's cars, either pedal-propelled or mechanically driven...
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The 1926 Arab After this year's VSCC Welsh Trial, Brian Demaus allowed me to fulfil a long-standing ambition, that of driving his very rare 1926 Arab which his son Robert had driven up from Sussex...
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LSR Explanations The fastest-ever car speed record is very much in the news again, thanks to the magnificent achievement, after nine years of disappointment and frustration, by Richard Noble with his...
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An unusual and intriguing correspondence took root in the Daily Telegraph recently. It was started by a Miss E. A. Locke who wrote to say she had held a driving licence for 55 years. This evoked...
The time has passed, as the DVLC has been continually reminding us, for safeguarding the correct registration numbers for your untaxed historic motor vehicles. On the face of it the DVLC's scheme to...
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A Vintage MG Treat WE have become accustomed to the MGCC's "Triple-M Year Book" being a rare treat for all those who are interested in MG history and the 1983 edition, just available, is no exception...
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In our Brighton Run report, printing schedules caused some items to go astray. For example, the Emancipation Run took place in 1896 today's run is organized solely by the RAC, and Lord Montagu drove...
Once again I am indebted to a reader or sending us the following very interesting extract, from "Speak Memory" by Vladimir Nabokov, about motoring as it was for one family in Russia before the...
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Australian Austin Sevens Sir, I enjoyed your little article on "Al Chatter". You did not mention those superbly built little Al Racers raced at some VSCC and 750 Car Club events a couple of years ago...
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“… if Editorial privilege permits a glimpse into the ‘future', it is clear that our outstanding competitor this year is Guy Smith. Guy is not only regularly beating ERAs, but he has achieved a...
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Jaguar's US appeal Sir, As an Englishman presently living here in California, I was very interested to read your article "Jaguar — On the way back" in the September issue of your, seemingly,...

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