December 1988

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The organisers of the modern-day Mille Miglia are now promoting a Winter Marathon regularity rally for tourers with a competition history built between 1930 and 1965. Starting at Madonna di Campiglio...
Only Citroen could have done it — keep the 2CV in production for 40 years and mark this with an honest Press handout which admits to failures as well as to this phenomenal sales success. It openly...
Old cars: use and abuse The Veteran to Classic car scene has expanded enormously over the years, and now represents a highly important part of the overall motoring movement. In fact, the new...
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Sullivan claims CART Title for Penske Danny Sullivan is the new CART/Indycar Champion. Driving in an Ilmor Chevrolet-engined Penske PC17, he secured the title with a commanding victory from pole...
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Prequalifying for 1989 Grands Prix With a handful of extra teams hoping to compete in Grand Prix racing next year, and regulations enforcing all entrants to run two cars and limiting qualifying...
Lotus' decision to re-sign Satoru Nakajima for 1989 seems to have ended Martin Brundle's hopes of getting back into Formula One on a full-time basis, the new World Sportscar Champion refusing to...
Lamborghini engines will appear in two racing formulae next year. The Larrousse-Calmels Lola team will race with the new 48-valve 80° V12 Formula One engine, which Technical Director Mauro Forghieri...
The 1989 Detroit Grand Prix will be a round not of the Formula One World Championship but of its American counterpart, the CART/Indycar World Series. The switch-over was effected very swiftly after...
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The Wolf at the Door In the end, the slope on Suzuka's grid worked against Alain Prost, not just once, but twice. It allowed not only Ayrton Senna to roll his stalled McLaren forward sufficiently to...
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The end of an era Adelaide, November 13 On the face of it, it was all just another crushing McLaren-Honda demonstration run, as Ron Dennis' machines sped to their tenth 1-2 of a season in which the...
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Engines a la mode Like the shape of our shoes and the cut of our clothes, engine design is subject to fashion. After years of "conventional" straight fours, V6s, V8s and V12s, the Grand Prix world is...
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The All-Italian Job Michael Caine and Co will no doubt forgive us the comment that The Italian Job was a curious name for a film depicting British Minis and British characters, even if all the action...
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The Paris Register During October 10-12, FISA held its annual general meeting in Paris. Formerly called the Annual Plenary Conference, it now has the title General Assembly and World Council, but AGM...
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Pastures new! When Alan Docking's team decided to compete in the British Touring Car Championship in 1987 it set itself a challenge. The ubiquitous Ford Sierra Cosworth and Rover Vitesse were the...
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A bang and a whimper The European Formula 3000 Championship concluded with both a bang and a whimper. The bang thankfully bore no relation to the thumping accidents which blighted the mid-season...
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Breaking the rules Improve on one of the most perfect shapes from one of the greatest automotive designers; that was the scale of the challenge Lotus faced in producing a new Esprit. For a decade and...
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Little red roadster Carefully leaked in 1986, and officially announced at Frankfurt last year, BMW's little Z1 roadster is now on the road. The high-tech rear-wheel-drive two-seater was given an...
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Colossus of roads In the years of opulence before the First World War, reputations were being forged in America's luxury car market. One successful survivor of a time when many firms failed was the...
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Down from the hills Nobody who has attended Classic Trials in the past couple of seasons can have failed to notice the growing number of one particular type of purposeful and attractive small sports-...
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Brighton express In spite of its enormous popularity, the RAC London-Brighton run event get far less reportage than it once did. This year Eoin Young in "Automotor" advised any VIPs who had never...
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Glory for all "The Race of the Year" — that was the bold title the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association chose for its 100-mile two-legged event at Donington, and events proved it right. No fewer than...
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Two days' hard slog Well, one-and-a-half days really! This tough October trial for pre-war cars started with a 100-mile run to Presteigne, just over the Welsh border, where locals and enthusiasts saw...
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Seaside vintage On the beautiful day of October 2, the VSCC again held speed-trials along the front at Weston-Super-Mare, furthering a tradition which started in 1913. Weston's earliest sprints were...
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Restoration ethics With the VSCC quite rightly opposed to newly-built "old" cars and the rules governing historic vehicles due for revision, it is interesting to look at how an accomplished engineer...
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As designed, F-head engine had inlet-valves with flat seats, sealing against three concentric circular areas. with holes through each valve-head (Benz and Mercedes persisted with what Bob Chamberlain...
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RRS Clarke of Hailsham, East Sussex, asks for the identity of the car in the accompanying photograph (S-8406). It was owned around 1925 by a Mr John Lloyds Bereton, "Fleetwood Mac's" grandfather, who...
I used to watch the late Richard (Dick) Shuttleworth race at Brooklands and Donington Park. I remember him rushing frenziedly about his shed at the Track, flinging spares into his 30/98, and how he...
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The fate of the historic Argyll factory outside Glasgow still hangs in the balance. While there are proposals that it should become the home of Dumbarton District Council, the Labour Party is opposed...
The roads of the 1920s We left Owen John lamenting the demise of the steam-car, and watching the first of what were to become the RAC/VCC London-Brighton Veteran Car Runs. At the dinner following...
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Bonneville Salt Flats— Speed Limit 1000mph by George D Lepp. 128pp. 101/2" x 9" . (MRP Ltd, Unit 6, The Pilton Estate,46 Pitlake.,Croydon, CR03RY, £12.95.) This book is claimed to be the only one...
Video: produced by Sahara Productions. 60 minutes. (K-tel International Ltd, 620 Western Avenue, London W3 OTU. £9.99). And still they come! Six months after Jaguar's famous Le Mans triumph, the tide...
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Trial by media Sir, DSJ's "Letter" (Motor Sport, October 1988) reeks of trial by media, and suggests sour grapes, in impugning the motives of enthusiasts. In my opinion the owners of the Multi-Union...
Sir, If we are not careful, we spectators will see neither Multi-Union II not its P3 base again, particularly if Mr Mike Lawrence's ridiculous idea of a campaign against either car being recognised...
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Sir, For the information of Peter Biggs (Letters, Motor Sport, November 1988), the new Jimmy Brown Centre at Silverstone is hardly a sop to the Press. True, there is a nice, clean lavatory to which...
Sir, Regarding the Pokora mystery, one of these cars (probably the one in your picture) was at the country garage at Thringstone near Coalville from 1946 onwards, alongside the alleged Duff Bentley....
Sir, I read with interest the article on the Mercedes 300 SL (Motor Sport, November 1988). From this and the company's recent advertisements it seems that Mercedes-Benz believes it originated the "...

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