December 1990

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Bang-on Champion Ayrton Senna is one of the top F1 drivers, perhaps the greatest of all time, and few will wish to deny him the 1990 World Championship; the pity is that it went out with a bang, of...
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Sports Car Driver Shuffles As Martin Brundle returns to the Brabham Formula 1 team, his place with Silk Cut Jaguar has been taken by Derek Warwick who resigned from Lotus. Warwick, 36, was almost a...
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Far Eastern Fantasy The worldwide Formula One Championship took the travelling 'circus' to Japan on October 21st, to the medium fast interesting Suzuka circuit with its unusual figure of eight layout...
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Age Concern To hear some drivers talk, it would be natural to assume that handling 750 horse-power sports cars is an acceptable way of drawing on old age pension once the sun has gone down on a...
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Specification Engine: "Large" — Naturally aspirated Cylinders: "Lots" Power output: "Plenty" Suspension, brakes and steering: "Formula 1 standard" Availability: From 1994 Price: "More than anything...
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Engines I have always said there is never a dull moment in Formula One, and if there is it is of your own making. With teams from all over the world involved, drivers from Brazil to Japan and...
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Registers Dear Reader, I am not referring to Cash Registers, but to car Registers, in particular those kept by one-make car clubs, or small groups of people with enthusiasm for a particular make or...
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Sainz and Sinners When Italy's Sanremo Rally ended in victory for Frenchmen Didier Auriol and Bernard Occelli in their Martini-backed works Lancia, it could not have been a surprise to them that...
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From the moment the Bandama Rally was held for the first time in 1969, organised by that irrepressible adventurer Jean-Claude Bertrand, it has generated controversy. It began as an attempt to copy...
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Forgotten Makes No 95: The DFP If the DFP is remembered at all it is usually because WO Bentley and his brother HM sold these cars here before the First World War, from the London mews in which the...
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A Hot Set of Wheels This little gem of oriental engineering is fun with a capital F. Manageable power from an engine that will happily rev itself stupid from here to next week, and the excellent...
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John Morgan, known to his friends as 'Johnny', died last October, at the age of 84. This quiet, almost uncommunicative, man had more of great importance to do with motor racing than is generally...
“Actress Liza Goddard, geared up to take part in the London to Brighton (veteran car) run. Liza donned bonnet, dress, petticoats and boots to look more or less the part in the car she will race in, a...
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Virtuoso The man from Alfa, he say "Fun, or what?" In extolling the virtues of the new Alfa Romeo 75 Cloverleaf Mr Alfa did confess to me that a press-on in the previous model might get you sweating...
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A New Chapter When you are a car manufacturer, it must be very difficult introducing a new engine. Everyone is interested in a new model, and so it is not difficult to spread the word about it, but...
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Executive Express Engineers and accountants — the two professions are at opposite ends of the spectrum; the ultimate goal may be the same, but the targets are vastly different. On the one hand you...
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A Successful Gamble Lotus cars and high risks have always been synonymous. The December 1982 death of Colin Chapman and the 1986 acquisition of Lotus Cars by General Motors has created a different...
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At this time of year the interest caused by the recent RAC/VCC Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton, an event which attracts a really large number of pre-1905 cars and an equally astonishing...
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It was good that in the Diamond Jubilee Year of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain the RAC Veteran Car Commemoration Run on November 4 went off so well. The weather was sunny but cold and the...
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Brooklands The Brooklands Museum Trust has been getting very good press coverage recently and the Museum itself has already opened its doors to public visits in a small way, preparatory to opening...
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"It is a sports car pure and simple, not a GT machine and it is intended to instil fun into your motoring rather than provide effortless long distance travel across Europe. The very nature of this...
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As this issue reaches the magazine racks the Lombard RAC Rally will be just about getting under way from Harrogate. In order to put the present event into context, GP recalls the history of the event...
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This year for the very first time, advance reconnaissance of the RAC Rally's forest stages will be allowed, and the use of pace notes during the event itself. GP explains the origin of pace notes and...
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The Cobra-Ferrari Wars 1963-1965by Michael L Schoen. 368pp. 11" X 8½“, 8202 NW 16th Avenue, Washington 98665, USA. £55.00 "368 pages, 85,000 words, based on interviews with 51 of the original...
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Sir I cannot let Michael Cotton's comments on the fuel consumption formula in Group C in his piece 'Controversy in East Midlands' (MS Oct.90) pass unnoticed. When the formula was decided on, I was...
Sir I feel that I must reply to the letter from Mr Garnet W Wrapson (MS Oct. 90) concerning unleaded petrol. The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs is well aware of the problems that have...
Sir I was saddened to see from your 'Valve Angles' piece in the October issue that you are perpetuating an untruth: Keith Duckworth was not 'the first engineer to use a narrow-angle, four-valve...
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Sir My son has brought to my attention DSJ's article on Ayrton Senna (MS Oct 90). With all due respect DSJ is not completely correct in his statement that Ayrton and himself were completely...
Sir Senna may have won the World Drivers' Championship after yet another reckless and pointless piece of aggression in Japan, but he cannot expect to be accepted amongst the greatest racing drivers...
Sir I watched with more than a trace of sadness the debacle at the Japanese Grand Prix, which resulted in perhaps themost boring motor race I have seen in years. Having, along with DSJ, felt for a...
Sir Jenks is always being accused of having a blind spot where Ayrton Senna is concerned but I very much enjoyed his appreciation of this great driver in the October issue and was fascinated by his...
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Sir Having just recently received my October copy of MOTOR SPORT, I write with reference to DM Landers' letter 'Unique or Very Unique'. My recollection is that there is at least one other Ghia Cobra...
A 50/50 Situation Sir Alain Prost after his latest encounter with Ayrton Senna at Suzuka states that losing the Championship does not bother him, and that Senna is a crazy driver with no respect for...
Sir As probably the only English speaking witness to the Suzuki/Caffi incident at Estoril I offer one observation that following the stoppage of the race as the leading bunch passed by the scene it...
Sir Norman Cole and Partners sold a 1912 Métallurgique Cabriolet at the sale at Alexandra Palace 28th April 1971. The registration number was TM4148. I have not come across it in any rallies since it...
Sir I was fascinated to read DSJ's account of his Serendipity Championship for cars that never were as I am President of the 'If Only' Motor Club which caters for drivers who might have been. My...
Sir We have just witnessed the second 'Willaston Circuit Pursuit Sprint' as part of the annual Manx Classic event. What an incredible sight to see so many famous racing cars from the past competing...
Sir I was fascinated to read the article on the Oldtimer Grand Prix at Nürburgring and see the photograph of the white Tatra sports car captioned as being sedately driven but pictured as being on...

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