February 1976

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VASCAR—And the very best of luck! Ever since the motor car came into being its owners and drivers have been apprehended for allowing it to attain too high a speed in the eyes of those who write our-...
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Just over five years ago Ford were busy establishing, and producing the first high performance Escorts, from a new Advanced Vehicle Operation at South Ockendon in Essex. Almost a year ago, in January...
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There was a time when everyone felt that the home of the RAC Rally was in London. The base near Heathrow was popular among overseas visitors and even with British people who liked the idea of coming...
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It's (nearly) all go at Donington All looks set for the re-opening of Donington Park as one of the best racing circuits in the world. In the recently-published results of last year's Public Inquiry...
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(January 3rd/9th) The great gale had subsided in time for the "Measham" to happen, and cooperation by the local authorities cleared fallen trees from most of the route, very little of which had to he...
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The Editor Looks Back on the Cars he Drove During 1975 Last year was a particularly thin one on the personal road-test front, but then it was a pretty thin year generally. I find, after consulting my...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Still More About Mercedes A few controversial points have arisen from the article "More About Mercedes" in our issue of last December. It might have seemed that...
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Sir, I was most interested to read the comments of John Oldham on the Austin Twenty and other vintage models; which brought back many nostalgic memories of my time at Longbridge. I am sure the...
Sir, How nice to read John Oldham's comments on the Austin Twenty! My wife and I own a 1928 20/4—but a Marlborough landaulette (the one at Brooklands earlier this year). They certainly are a fine car...
Sir, For more than forty years I have been surprised that no mention has been made by the motor press of the astonishing volume of sound made by the supercharger of the 193435 Grand Prix Mercedes-...
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It is possible that the Hispano/Ghost contest, described under the somewhat sensational heading "A Test to Destruction" in your December edition, will go down in motoring history as an event as...
Sir, May I please be allowed to comment on Alan Clark's amusing article in the December issue? I am Sure Alan knows full well that the Great Alpine Commemorative Rally in 1973 was organised entirely...
Sir, I read with great interest the article on Austin Twenties in the December issue. I also suffer from "Twenty mania" owning three six-cylinder Mayfair limousines dated 1935, 36, and 37....
Sir, That was a very interesting article by on the racing Bentleys and Mercedes in the 1920s and 1930s, an assessment of their performances: not previously covered in suchdetail. I laving been, at...
Sir. The Hon. Alan Clark's account of Some destructive testing makes entertaining reading but is, of course, an irrelevancy as tar as deciding which vintage car embodies the best combination of speed...
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Sir, I once owned a SARA, which I traded in to Gatehouse Motors, many years ago, in part-exchange for a nearly new Standard Big-9. The SARA was, perhaps, the slowest car I ever owned, but possibly...
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Genuine Brooklands cars, especially of the vintage period, are infrequently encountered these days. So there was interest in 'looking again at the Felix Special "Nanette", which won the 90 m.p.h....
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Castrol blenders of the "Master piece in Oils", can now supply their excellent engine lubricant in squat 2.5-litre (0.54 Imp. Gal.) tins, very convenient to stow and to handle. They are rather...
Leyland South Africa are fighting hard to ensure that they don't go the way of the Australian offshoot of our nationalised car maker, who also face problems in Italy with a sharp manpower reduction...
The Texaco oil company has saved the 1976 Tour of Britain, threatened with cancellation by the withdrawal of sponsorship by Avon and Motor. The Texaco Tour, organised by the BRSCC as usual, will be...
"Lord Ryder must believe in Father Christmas if he believes that his talk to Leyland's shop floor and management in Birmingham is going to ensure full protection and no strikes.",—Philip Turner in...
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While we were at Lynwood last year, interviewing one of the residents, we were reminded that the library of The Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Society would like to receive any free motoring books...
"Early Motoring in South Africa" by R. H. Johnston. 224 pp. 11 1/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (C.Struik (Pty. Ltd.) Cor Wale and Loop .Streets, Cape Town, 8001 „S. Africa. R.12 .95.) At one time we in this...
"The Undertype Steam Road Waggon" by Maurice A. Kelly. 242 pp. 11 1/4 in. x 8/3/4 in. (Goose & Son, 94, Victoria Street,Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 3B1 £12.50.) Sometimes one reads a...
"The World's Worst Aircraft" by James Gilbert. 192 pp. 10 1/4. in. x 8 3/4 in. (Michael Joseph Ltd., 52, Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EF £4.95.) A curious title for a book, which is one that, while...
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A Sunbeam Tiger Owners' Club has been formed, we are told by officials Bill Lynch and Andy Bouton. The first meeting was said to be a great success, the standard of the Tigers present and the...
Koni shock-absorbers are offering a 16 mm. colour, sound film on free loan to motor clubs and other organisations. In 30 minutes the film deals with the research and development of Konis and all...
A reader has drawn our attention to another book that contains references to a mysterious racing car, possibly a pre-1914 Mercedes. The book is "Tales of Two Air Wars" by W/Cdr. Norman Macmillan, OBE...
Ford has launched a new film library aimed primarily at motor clubs. Administered by Guild Sound and Vision Ltd., Woodston House, Oundle Road, Peterborough, and organised by the Ford Rallye Sport...
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An abundance of British single-seaters exists in Britain —but how many categories can prosper? We may be in the depths of economic depression, but you have to dig well below the surface to discover...
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Some friends thought I was mad, others thought I was about to be scared out of my wits, few would have given me credit for bravery in lieu of stupidity. As I sat there in the navigator's seat of...
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A chance to view, and ride in, the American challengers of the early 1950s Before the advent of the Ford Motor Company's crushing multi-million-dollar attack on Le Mans in the mid-1960s, victory in...
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Unsung bastion of the sport Of all the manufacturers who contribute to the production of racing cars, the ones who receive the least glory for the most noticeable association seem to be those who...
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Comfortable, smooth and versatile, but some rough edges There's a growing trend amongst motor manufacturers for five and three-door cars in the small and middle ranges, a trend created by demands for...
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Sir, It was distressing to read of Mr. Harold Pardoyl's unfortunate experience wit Ii a V Aston Martin (see August issue). But. like Mr. Classey in the October issue, I fear that he struck a lemon...
Sir, Really, this nonsense apropos the so-Called shortage of Morgans must be exposed. One can only assume that this "myth" is being perpetrated by a consortium of Morgan agents. I maintain that there...
Sir, In his fascinating story, "More About Mercedes", W.B. makes one mistake. He says that, at Phoenix Park in 1930. the "three blower 4 1/2s gave three 38/250s a start of two laps". It was, of...
Sir, I am not always in agreement with everything done by the RAC (or should I say with senile of the things for which the RAC is made the whipping boy?). I must, however, take issue with Dr. Standen...
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Sir, With reference to the letter from P. H. Simon in January's edition concerning alternator failures. He mentions replacing two alternators at £20 and £29 and having no joy from Joe Lucas due to...
Multiple Insurance Sir, I was extremely interested to read, in your November issue, the letter from F. C. Irish complaining of the absence of any Insurance Policy designed for Collectors. He...
Sir, I have owned an average of one car per year for 35 years, both British and foreign. I can only remember three that have left me stranded by the roadside due to mechanical failure. One was a Mini...
Sir, A recent operation has forced me to part with my much loved, but heavy clutch and steering, 2.5 PI Triumph and your remarks on the test of the 2500S, i.e. "replacement of the never really...
Sir, It was a pleasure to read Philip Caudle's views on the demise of the Wolseley. As the last stronghold of the British car industry British Leyland threw away their best card by dropping the name...
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Sir, Now that the numbing shock of Graham Hill's tragic death has receded, I feel that some sort of memorial fund or event should be organised to perpetuate the memory of one of motor racing's...
Sir, I have read the correspondence upon the subject of multiple insurance with great interest. Motorcycle insurance is much better organised in this respect. Both my wife and I have Motorcycle Rider...

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