February 1972

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Formula One at the crossroads Although on the face of it Grand Prix racing, or Formula One as it is called in the existing complex pattern of motor racing, is still the highest form of competition...
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DSJ previews the coming season By the time these words appear in print the 1972 Grand Prix season will have begun, with the Grand Prix of Argentina held on the National Autodromo in Buenos Aires. The...
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The Automobile Association has combined with 4S Sports (a member of the Horizon Holiday Group) and announced a programme of tours to various sporting events in 1972 including several motor racing...
Firestone have just introduced a Sports GP road tyre which looks for all the world like a racer and incorporates competition compounds but is of a much more robust construction. Firestone recommend...
The figures for new car registrations in 1971, from January to September, show British Leyland substantially in the lead, with a total of 398,631 private cars, an improvement over the identical...
Run in conditions of heavy showers, fog, and snow in high places, this year's "Measham", starting and finishing at Church Stretton, lived up to its exacting reputation. Going to watch it, in BL's...
Tim Carson, late Secretary of the VSCC, was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. The last issue of the "Frazer Nash Chain Gang Gazette" contained an excellent report of the 1971 Cutty Sark/...
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Buenos Aires, January 9th. A respite of almost six months in the sports car championship programme gave all the leading teams some time to prepare for the 1972 season, which began in South America...
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More power means more fun Many an argument has centred around the Lotus Europa, the rear-engined GT car which has until recently been powered by a Renault engine. Motor Sport's Continental...
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Things happen quickly, quietly and efficiently at Lola Cars, and since the firm's move from the Slough to the Huntingdon Trading Estate just over a year ago, Eric Broadley and his team have achieved...
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Successful showboat The Evening News Motor Racing Showboat which was moored in the Pool of London for the first week of January proved to be a considerable success for the organisers and also for the...
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The Opel division of General Motors has made considerable inroads into the British market since it started selling here just over four years ago. The Ascona and the Manta have both been well received...
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Ferrari test track While Modena and the surrounding districts still remain very much the heart of Italian motor racing, the scene is continually changing. There was a happy time when you could see a...
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British Leyland's long-awaited 1.8-litre o.h.c. Triumph Dolomite—the third Triumph to carry this type-name*—had a difficult birth, being delayed on more than one occasion by labour problems. Perhaps...
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Forget the "GT" label, which is, of course, fatuous! The car in question is the latest version of the largest of BL's 1100/1300 small-car range, in twin-carburetter form. Until the October 1971 sales...
Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. had a record year in 1971, which is good news indeed, after the financial collapse of the older R-R Company. They delivered 2,270 cars last year, the highest annual production...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Austin Seven jubilee year The Land's End-John o' Groats Run for pre-war Austin 7s which is one of the events scheduled for this Austin Seven Jubilee Year, has...
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Sir, I am wondering whether the paragraph, following R. D. Millar's letter "The Henderson Napier Rolls-Royce" answers a question which struck me some 50 years ago? In July 1921, while touring in...
Sir, Your recent issues have been very evocative of memory for the writer, particularly the references to early aviation, because my father, Mr. Ernest Brown, purchased an Avro 504K biplane from Col...
Sir, With reference to the starting methods for Rolls-Royce armoured cars. My credentials are that I was a driver of them, as a member of the RAF Armoured Car Wing in Iraq for 3 years 1925/27. They...
A 1936 Austin 7 Ruby saloon, owned by the same lady all its life, recently went to the garage which has always serviced it for her. In mid-Wales rumour suggests that a 1922 BSA motorcycle, ridden...
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Sir, In an unassuming sort of way the motorcyclists of Yorkshire have, for many years, taken part in an annual frolic on similar lines to those you suggest for cars on page 1265 of the December 1971...
Sir, I am trying to accumulate information on the Vipen car which was produced in Hull during the early part of this century, approximate dates 1903-1906. The manufacturers were the East Riding Cycle...
Sir, When I was employed in the Drawing Office of the Daimler Motor Co. in Coventry I was responsible for a time for compiling Lubrication Charts, Handbooks and Service Data for the cars made there...
Sir, I was wondering if any readers could identify the first vehicle on the enclosed photograph ? The picture was taken just after the First World War at Wiesbaden, Germany, and the officer between...
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The Editor looks back on the cars he drove during 1971 The time—how it flies!—has come to review briefly the motoring experiences of last year. I am not sure who instituted this idea of an annual...
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Racing car manufacturers are almost inevitably under-capitalised and, while this is not a great problem when one is building only a handful of cars a year, if business booms and the orders start...
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Driving a Holden.—In the December issue of Motor Sport we wrote, "We have never ourselves driven a Holden, although we once very nearly got hold of one which Jack Brabham had been using here". This...
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Ford's best seller responds well to modification The title of Britain's biggest selling car, recently captured by Ford and their Cortina, has not always meant that the high performance specialists...
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The Monte Carlo Rally last month was the first of ten qualifiers in the International Rally Championship for Makes, as it is officially called by the FIA. The major championship for drivers is...
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Sir, As a reader of Motor Sport for over 15 years, I now feel compelled to write to you over Mr. D. J. Anderson's letter in your current issue regarding the faults he has experienced with his Triumph...
Sir, Re Motor Sport's "Be prepared" editorial. Having read your review of a Range Rover, a little later I ordered one, unseen. (Compliment to your reviews?) Distributors said three months' delivery...
Sir, On looking through various back numbers of Motor Sport, I noticed recent correspondence concerning the ridiculous names given to various car colours by some manufacturers in an effort to create...
Sir, In the Province of Ontario, Canada, on all divided multiple-lane roads there is no "passing lane" as such. Any lane is a passing lane and this has been the law there for years. This obviates the...
Sir, For 18 years I drove and enjoyed a succession of British-built automobiles. These varied from such mundane machinery as a Standard 8, Morris 10, Austins A40, A60, A95 and Vauxhall Velox to more...
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Sir, Well you see, it was like this. There I was driving my ratty Mini round Sloane Square, and this Ford thing steamed out in front of me into the middle of the road. So I thought I'd go round the...
Sir, I read with interest Mr. L. R. Blewett's letter (Motor Sport, January 1972) as I have owned two Fiats, both of which have suffered from the same problem as his 125. The first car, a 1965 600D),...
Sir, In response to an advertisement I recently purchased a rear-screen heater from Smiths Industries Ltd. On fitting it I was irritated to find that the heating element simply would not adhere to...
Sir, Letters are always a joy to me, but I am afraid that Mr. Paul Thomas has got it all wrong. Not that he hates his Volkswagen—the fact is, his Volkswagen hates him. The poor thing has the wrong...
Sir, With reference to "The Remarkable Mystery of the Elusive Dry-Cell" in your January issue. As the owner of a 1967 Triumph 2000, this type of clock seems to be a standard fitting. The Owners'...
Sir, I feel that I cannot start the New Year better than to write to you to add my praise of the NSU Ro80 to that of Mr. Chapman and Mr. Cruttenden. I have owned and driven such a car for just over...
Sir, May one of your more ancient readers offer thanks for D.S.J.'s splendid account of the Ferrari Dino in your issue of last September? It was particularly welcome since it has always struck me as...
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Sir, Mr. Lowe should not be so directly aggressive towards the wealthy tycoons of today because some of these were the racing and sports car drivers of yesterday, and they are aware of Alfa's...
Sir, I am writing in connection with an advertisement that appeared in your August 1971 issue, concerning a Veteran and Vintage Auction to be held at Alexandra Palace, London, on November 2nd, 1971....
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Following my recent reference to how extremely well my Bardic electric hand torches have endured, the best of their kind I have ever encountered, I am delighted to learn that they still manufacture...
The 1972 edition of that comprehensive reference work, the "FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport", is available from PSL, 9 Ely Place, London, EC1, at £2.00. It runs this time to 688 pages, 5 3/4 in. x...
The latest Lesney "MATCHBOX" miniatures are of a Mazda RX500, in orange ochre with white underbody, the boot and bonnet of this 2 7/8-in.-long model opening, the latter to reveal the Wankel power...

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