December 1987

Page 4
Fee admission to the opening meeting of 1988 at Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park or Snetterton is being offered with advance ticket sales for the Racing Car Show at Alexandra Palace. Organised...
Although Nelson Piquet did not finish at Suzuka he is now World Champion for the third time, having previously taken the title in 1981 and 1983. He thus equals the Formula One achievements of Sir...
Rather a long time ago we used to speculate in these pages whether it was possible to have an economy-car which would give 60 mpg and 60 mph, as a reader with a long memory has recently reminded us....
Gerhard Berger's fine victory for Ferrari in the Japanese Grand Prix was a splendid turn of fortune for a famous make which has been out of the Formula One picture for far too long. Even those who...
Remembering that the Daimler was once, and for very many years, the car of the British Royal Family, could it have been belated poetic justice that the white Rolls-Royce intended as transport for the...
Page 6
Neither 750 Motor Club Birke t Relay race ran according to plan this year. The BF Goodridge Morgan Plus-8 team won the road-going and Historic event at Snetterton on October 17 after an accident...
The pre-war Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix driver Hermann Lang died on October 19 at the age of 78, after a short illness. Lang rose from the rank of mechanic in the Daimler-Benz racing department in 1934...
Tom Walkinshaw Racing, which runs the World Sportscar Championship-winning Jaguars, is linking up with another leading British company in 1988, for its first season in American IMSA GT racing. Having...
Thirty-one cars and 250 personnel were shipped out to Estoril in Portugal by sponsor Autotrans for the final round of the Renault Elf Turbo UK Cup. Winning at 77.38 mph, David Gibson netted £1370...
Page 7
Prizes awarded at the British Racing Drivers Club's Diamond Jubilee Dinner at the London Hilton on November 6 reflected this country's recent run of sportscar successes. Manager Tom Walkinshaw and...
General Motors' challenger to Ford's domination of the junior single-seater racing categories was unveiled at Earls Court's Motorfair. The distinctive Reynard-built chassis, which also bears the name...
Sons of famous fathers scored a one-two-three in the final round of the CART/Indycar World Series in Miami, Florida on November 1, Michael Andretti winning his fourth race of the season ahead of Al...
Eighth place overall and the normally-aspirated class victory in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka ensured Jonathan Palmer of this year's Jim Clark Cup for drivers of non-turbocharged cars. Palmer, a...
The early optimism of the Porsche Indycar project has quickly been dimmed by the car's problems on the track. In both its debut in the hands of Indy 500-winner Al Unser Senior and its second sortie...
Page 10
I well recall my personal enthusiasm for Niki Lauda who, apart from being a mate, was a driver I always reckoned had everything all weighed up. In 1977, when he won his second World Championship...
Page 18
The Australian Grand Prix, held on the streets of Adelaide, was the sixteenth and final event in the 1987 Formula One season, and was run in very hot conditions, putting a premium on tyres and brakes...
Page 20
A recent opportunity to visit Lotus, Jaguar and Porsche within a ten-day span provided some fascinating, sometimes irrevocably opposed, viewpoints on the business of selling prestigious speed in the...
Page 26
Motorfair, the biannual Earls Court alternative to Britain's Birmingham international Motor Show, continues to expand and attract more customers. Amongst this year's innovations were a separate...
Page 30
The "downsize" Aston Martin that Victor Gauntlet has spoken of in the past three years should be unveiled by 1993 at the latest . . . but it may wear a Ford badge. The Newport Pagnell company will,...
Page 34
Dear AH, I've never had much time for the Drivers' World Championship — especially after 1958, when Moss won four races, Brooks three, and Hawthorn was World Champion with only one win but lots of...
Page 35
The word "historic" is bandied about pretty freely by the used car trade and the world of auctioneering, and is usually attributed to anything that is obsolete. It can be one year obsolete or 100...
Page 38
Not surprisingly, Lancia is relived to be able to claim some concrete progress in its return to showroom success, to balance its sweeping victories in the World Rally Championship. Not only are sales...
Page 39
Like most mechanical objects, cars will give trouble sooner or later. I have a theory that on less-expensive models minor, niggling defects will begin after about 4000 miles, and that more expensive...
Page 42
In offering the British Racing Drivers Club very sincere congratulations on its sixtieth birthday, we present this pictorial review of its celebrated Brooklands 500-Mile Races, highlights of its pre-...
Page 46
In defining the contents of this new directory, Mike Lawrence sensibly avoids the question of what is "classic" by using the first World Sportscar Championship as his guide. This gives us a very...
This is the little booklet produced to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the death of the famous racing driver and motorcyclist Freddie Dixon, in conjunction with an exhibition held in Preston...
To celebrate the sixtieth year of the BRDC, this great book has been produced in a special edition for members. Magnificently illustrated with some 380 pictures, it is also available to other...
If you've ever wondered just how much your neighbour's MG is worth, look no further to find out. On the other hand if you've got a spare Bugatti Royale you want to sell, this publication will give...
Page 47
The Porsche 917, in Kurz, Langheck and Spyder forms, make subject of a book by Ian Ramsey with Bill Oursler whose 121/4in x 81/2in format does justice to the many colour and black-and-white...
Anyone who likes to drool over photographs of elegant cars will appreciate this offering as a Christmas gift. Its plain, modest encyclopaediaesque cover not only conceals a concours of elegant...
Page 48
We had lunch the other day with a great enthusiast, Martin Barber-Lomax, whose grandfather was well-known in speed events before the First World War. J A Barber-Lomax ran a 1912 Prince Henry Vauxhall...
Page 50
There's one born every 24 seconds! That is Peugeot Talbot's claim about its precocious baby, the 205, which has been a best-seller from its birth in 1983. Now it comes in every possible variant from...
Page 54
The odds in favour of a home win for Lancia in the Sanremo Rally were high. No less than seven four-wheel-drive Deltas were among the first eleven starters in the last-but-one World Championship...
Page 58
There was a record entry of 418 cars (and tricycles) for this year's annual Veteran Car Run on November 1, sponsored by RAC Motoring Services. All the cars were made before 1905, and 50 of them...
Page 60
Out of a remarkable entry of 418, there were 356 veterans actually on the Veteran Car Run, and of thew the first to arrive in Brighton was A Parkinson's 1899 De Dion tricycle. It is rather amusing...
Page 61
Were it still available today, the SLIM would seem to be an ideal snake for those who employ diets and exercise to achieve a slim figure, especially as modern printers render the name without stops!...
Page 62
In reply to our correspondent Colin Ward (Letters, MOTOR SPORT, October 1987), Harry Edwards, well-known historian of the Morris Register, confirms that registration letters were originally allocated...
It is so very true that there is nothing much new under the sun, or the moon or the stars, and I was reminded of this when I came upon a note in Owen John's diary, written sixty-one years earlier...
Page 63
Controversy over which was the better car, the Bentley or the 30/98, began almost as soon as these outstanding cars were in customers' hands, and has continued through the vintage years. I recently...
A rise in popularity of autojumbles is suggested by the 40,611 people who attended this year's Beaulieu Autojumble, where there were more than 1500 stalls; just 5000 went to the first such event 21...
Page 64
As a former owner. I responded to the publicity given to the Buckler car register in MOTOR SPORT. Between 1956 and 1958 I owned a Rayner Special Buckler (Reg No CDF 908). This car was prominent on...
I was so pleased to read that Dr Pinkerton corrected the error over the Chevell Alvis (KLR 573). It was first advertised with photo in a half-page advert in MOTOR SPORT in early 1954 or 1955. I feel...
I detect the suggestion in DSJ's recent article on the relationship between Honda and the Williams team (MOTOR SPORT, October 1987) that a sponsor's right to apply team orders is pre-eminent over...
Dr Pinkerton writes about the special constructed by Mr Chevell based on a Speed 20 chassis and a 4.3-litre dry sump engine of Alvis design and construction. This car is without doubt one of the best...
Page 65
From time to time you have looked for a proper four-seater car that will do 60 mph and 60 mpg. Have you considered the Suzuki three-cylinder one-litre car? Here in Canada it is marketed as the Suzuki...
The inclined-valve push-rod Dorman engine you mention in Riley versus Dorman (MOTOR SPORT, November 1987) was the KNO-type espoused by Palladium for its 60 mph tuned version. The same unit was...
John Bateman's letter regarding the de Havilland/ATN Special brought back memories of the 1950s, Prescott in particular. I was walking around the paddock one day and got into conversation with...
Having witnessed in my lifetime the complete domination by the Japanese of industries such as cameras, televisions, radios, and motorcycles, we are on the verge of seeing them repeating the process...
In reply to your reader's letter about balding Golf GTi drivers (MOTOR SPORT, October 1987), I offer the following comments and advice. I too have suffered hair loss whilst driving GTis, and the...

Noticed a mistake on this page?

Tell Us About It