February 1971

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The Woolmark British Grand Prix We are becoming used to motoring surprises, such as a footballer opening the Motor Show, a footballer crewing a rally car, hot-drinks and perfume paying for F1 teams...
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The annual Castrol party and film premiere was held later this winter than is usual, in order to incorporate their film-unit's latest effort, and the result was more than worth waiting for. "Inca...
Elsewhere in this issue reference is made to our long-duration test of the RS 1600. The exhaust camshaft seizure was the result of the front bearing picking up due to a surface roughening of the...
Two books which should appeal to miniatures collectors are "Veteran & Vintage Cars" and "Commercial Vehicles", both by Cecil Gibson, the well-known collector and Aston Martin enthusiast, and both...
Measham Trophy: A.D. Jones (30/98 Vauxhall). First Class Awards: W. S. May (Frazer Nash), J. A. Griffiths (Austin), I. Beardsley (BMW), D. P. Harris (Frazer Nash), Mrs. Hill (AJS), J. A. McEwen (...
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Al Unser has been reinstated as the second-place finisher in the final USAC race of the 1970 season at Phoenix. Unser's turbo-Ford Colt crossed the finish line 6/100ths of a second behind Swede...
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A sad start to 1971 Buenos Aires, January 10th. For the first time in 11 years a World Championship race was held at Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 10th. The circuit, where Bruce McLaren won the...
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The days were not so long ago when the typical sports-car owner was that bachelor chap round the corner who was always rushing off to Silverstone with his bobble hat pulled down over his ears and a...
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The Ford Motor Company caused quite a stir at the Brussels Show last month when they unveiled a new mid-engined two-seater sports prototype which must have sent a shiver down the spines of a lot of...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A belated book review There came into our hands the other day a most interesting, and amusing little book, "The Motor Car—Its Nature, Use and Management" by Sir...
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Sir, Perhaps a short letter stating the progress made on "Babs" would not be out of place as it is now a few months since the last one. The chassis components are being assembled back on the chassis...
Sir, Following your correspondent's criticism of the position of the front number plate on my 1914 GP Mercedes, I enclose a photograph (by courtesy of Dudley Gahagan) of the car at the top of the...
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Sir, I note that in your report of the Brighton run last year you state that "it is nice to record that more engines seem to be on tube ignition these days". I would be very interested indeed to hear...
We remarked some time ago that the variety of unusual and sometimes exciting cars to he seen travelling from Lyndhurst towards Beaulieu must rival those that, in a past age, used the roads leading to...
Sir, I was very interested to read the paragraph about the Daimler road-train. By a remarkable coincidence I have just read a book called "The Story of the Flinders Ranges", which is a history about...
Sir, With reference to the photograph on page 1327 of the December issue depicting a 12-seater char-a-banc, I recognise same as one of two identical vehicles which were owned and operated by the late...
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Although a minor Formula One race has already taken place (January 24th) in the Argentine, the serious Grand Prix season starts with the South African GP at Kyalami on March 6th, followed almost...
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Very promptly the FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport has been published (35s. from PSL, 9 Ely Place, London, E.C.1) and is bigger and better than ever, answering all those questions that everyone asks...
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It has always been very noticeable that car manufacturers and importers in Sweden and Finland attach great importance to the national rally championships of their own countries; far greater, in fact...
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With Shell and Motor Sport backing again Following a successful first year in which Shell and Motor Sport magazine combined to run a British Championship for Formula Three cars it has been decided to...
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This month's copy had to be written after an all-too-brief visit to the Racing Car Show at Olympia, so I have tried to compress as much as possible into this monograph, both from the Show and outside...
Just as Chrysler have to play third string to Ford and British Leyland in the overall British car market so it is in the performance world. Here the Pentastar brand has to operate on a considerably...
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“British Racing and Record-Breaking Aircraft”, by Peter Lewis. 496pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd., 9, Bow Street, London, WC2. £6.30.) This long-awaited book is a remarkable...
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The Editor looks back on the cars he drove during 1970 Another year is over, a year of interesting motoring by courtesy of the Press departments of our motor manufacturers and the agents for foreign...
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Two wheels and four wheels—One of the claims to fame of Tazio Nuvolari was the fact that he was successfully racing motorcycles and cars at the same period of time, though he did not reach legendary...
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Some comments about British Leyland's remarkable universal four-wheel-drive car The Range Rover, latest revolutionary vehicle to emanate from the workshops of the brilliant engineers at Solihull, is...
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Sir, Having read and enjoyed your magazine for several years, I now feel a compulsive urge to contribute to it. This prompted by ponderings in my mind over the question of accuracy of odometers. I...
Sir, So the GPDA have finally got their way and the Belgian GP has been prised away from Spa, probably for good. After the organisers had spent a large sum of money to meet the demands of the GPDA...
Sir, I am glad to see in "Matters of Moment" that once again you are drawing attention to the outmoded 70 m.p.h. blanket speed limit which Mr. Peyton seems intent on retaining for a long time to come...
Sir, As just one more example of gross injustice being unfairly inflicted upon the unfortunate motorist, I cannot help but relate a recent occurrence which has staggered me. At 8.45 a.m. on Sunday,...
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Sir, I read with great apprehension the latest activity of the inventor, Mr. Ronald Perch. He, like a great many other people, is clearly not able to understand the cause of multiple crashes in...
Sir, I have just read Mr. George Monkhouse's letter in the November issue of Motor Sport, in which he discusses the fragility of today's Grand Prix racing cars. I, too, have been horrified by the...
Sir, Is the recent devastating report on the deliberately shoddy construction of the English motor car, which every thinking motorist knows to be true in respect of the bodywork, to be allowed to...
Sir, Your readers might care to know that at a recent court hearing at Barnstaple it was decided by the magistrates that to drive a Mini (in this case a saloon) without the front bumper (which had...
Sir, I was delighted at last to see an article on Rileys in the November, 1970, issue. As a Riley owner for over seven years I can really vouch for the cars. I have, in fact, never possessed another...
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Sir, According to Ricardo (1927) the Clerget rotary engine had a solid cylinder with head and two vertical valves operated by rockers. The Bentley rotary had a detachable head and a steel cylinder...
Sir, You seem to have missed the most important theme of Alan Padgett's letter as to the modification of Crewe Bentleys to open sports racing cars. To its credit The Bentley Drivers' Club have from...

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