February 1977

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Renault and racing Those of us who think that racing at Grand Prix level is enhanced by the participation of manufacturers will be delighted that Renault have declared their intention of coming back...
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Sometime it might be fun to review this "Car of the Year" thing, going back over the years since the title has been in evidence, seeing who organised it, who judged it, and which cars were so...
Quite by chance we discovered that those engineer's oil-cans associated with railwaymen in the time of steam locomotives but useful in the workshop, with pressure feed from a convenient button, are...
The pictures published last month under this heading have caused considerable correspondence. It can now be revealed that the car in picture 1 was an Enfield, in picture 2 a Paris Show Darracq, that...
I have long felt that the young enthusiast who wants to start motoring with one of the older cars is in many cases condemned to disappointment due to the excessive prices charged these days for even...
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Buenos Aires, January 9th Although Argentina is mere, thousands of miles away from the recognised European "home" of Formula One Grand Prix circuit racing, it has organised qualifying rounds in the...
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For most of the teams it was a case of carrying on where they left off at the end of 1976, with time for a few modifications and improvements; however, Lotus, Wolf (nee Williams), Ensign and Ligier...
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A number of readers wrote to us in response to the article last month about the 1939 British Empire Trophy race at Donington Park, answering queries or adding information. Of particular interest was...
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On sale at last The British public must have been wondering what on earth had become of Ford's interesting new front-wheel-drive small car, the Fiesta, which was announced last summer (Motor Sport,...
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By the time this edition of Motor Sport is published the first major rally of 1977 will be just over, but it is most unlikely that January's Monte-Carlo Rally will have provided any significant...
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January 8th-9th Another well-supported VSCC Measham Rally took place last month (50 entries). Having had a good run back from the Exeter Trial in the BMW I decided to go to the halfway stop and check...
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The Editor looks back on the cars he drove during 1976 This is the time of year when one looks back at the previous twelve-months' testing and sums up which were the outstanding, the good, or the...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Some Rolls-Royce conundrums The accompanying picture shows a Rolls-Royce which presents a number of conundrums, even, I suggest, to hardened historians. It is a...
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Last january, in an interview with the late Mr. Gordon Usmar about Vinot et Deguingand cars, I referred to the hybrid Rolls-Royce this gentleman constructed after the First World War, by putting a...
While we are glad to report that the article of f the above title was very well received, and caused old friends of W. B. Scott to contact him from Canada, America, and elsewhere, some printing...
The Citroen CC magazine Citroenian for last November contained a most interesting illustrated article on the Citroen-Kegresse-Hinstin caterpillar-track vehicles, which made the first motor-car...
V-E-V Miscellany.— We regret to learn of the death of Albert E. Boyer-Lowe, last November. He was a Motor Industry pioneer whom we interviewed in 1965 about the Phoenix car, for which he was...
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I recently had an interesting chat with Mr. F. P. Mills of Walton, close to the Welsh border on the A44, about motoring long ago. Having helped the chauffeur to the Morland family of Gloucester (the...
It is rather astonishing how many racing Napiers have survived, considering how long ago it was that they were unleashed. The 1903 Gordon Bennett car and a 1904 GB Napier survive in America, Barker's...
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Sir, Your usually outstandingly accurate editor has for once got his wires more than somewhat crossed. The redoubtable "Anna Pauker" 3-litre Le Mans Type (but not one of the competing cars) Chenard-...
Sir, As an Ulsterman I had forgotten that the Marquess of Dufferip and Ava who lived at Clandebove, Co. Down, had been killed in living accident. While Harry Ferguson and Miss Lillian Bland are...
Sir, On page 1448 of the December issue of Motor Sport you ask for information on the make of a commercial vehicle illustrated and parked alongside a Chrysler Valiant in Venezuela, I am almost...
Sir, The picture on page 1458, December Motor Sport depicts J. Shewell-Cooper at the top of Simms Hill in the 1935 London-Exeter event. I have turned up a programme of that date and his number is 88...
Sir, There has been quite a bit of correspondence recently regarding the Monotrace, culminating in a letter from Mr. White who tells us that the engine in the Monotrace was horizontal, that the body...
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Sir, Further to my recent letter in respect of "Some Unusual Engines", I respectfully Present a few further comments after further reading. It is noted that Mr. Setright repeats a further error made...
Sir, Mr. Goldstone (Vintage Postbag, November) asks about late Austin Seven chassis numbers. Staton Abbey is confused by the introduction of the Big Seven in July, 1938. In fact the Seven overlapped...
Sir, Thanks for D.S.J.'s article on Donington. Arising therefrom I might make two points: (1) The engine from Reg Parnell's K3 was not purchased in toto by Harry Crown, of Burbank, California, merely...
Sir, Whilst I found your Road Test of the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV 2000 entertaining in general, I did think that you were unduly critical of Alfa Romeo (GB) Limited in your opening paragraphs. The...
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Last year, in the months preceding Christmas, I found myself trekking round the upper and middle portions of the Italian "boot" mainly to look at the competition machinery that had brought Italy...
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Luxury for a few in a package meant for millions The borrowed SAAB 99 EMS slithered through the first slippery assaults of the British weather admirably, but the sight of Mr. John Cooper's budding...
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Where has all the sportiness gone? Not so long ago BMW offered the 2002, a quick 4-seater coupe in which any then-aspirer to the hand of the Queen's daughter could be happy between horses and the...
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As we went to Press with the above Road Impressions I discovered that the very latest 3-series BMWs have had their suspension modified in a way which might well negate some of the criticism. Front...
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"Autocourse-1976-77". Edited by Mike Kettlewell. 256 pp. 12 1/2 in. 9 1/4 in. (Hazleton Securities Ltd., I, Church Terrace, Richmond, Surrey, TW106SE. £8.95.) There is little need to make much of the...
"Hunt v. Lauda—Grand Prix Season 1976" by David Benson. 143 pp. 7 1/2 in. x 5 in. Paperback. (Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd., Standard House, 56, Farringdon Street, London, EC4A 4DY. 80p.) This...
"More Morgan —A Pictorial History of the Morgan Sports Car" by Gregory Houston Bowden. 223 pp. 9 3/4 in. 6 1/2 in. (Wilton House Gentry Ltd., Wilton House, Hobart Place, London, SW1. £5.95.) Motor...
If for some reason you have decided to start karting, Alan T. Burgess' little booklet, "Starting Karting" has gone into a fifth edition. Published by Lodgemark Press LtdBank House, Summerhill,...
It may seem out of place to refer to a book about model railways in Motor Sport. The fact remains that, apart from motoring being now so costly and hedged about that some may turn away from driving...
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Another great coffee-table tome has becii published, presumably for those whose coffee-tables are used as depositories for books instead of beverages. It is "Great Cars & Grand Marques". by many...
From "Window on My Heart" by Olave Lady Baden-Powell, GBE (Hodder & Stoughton, 1973) comes an interesting reflection on how dependable the better cars were even before the First World War. When...
We have received from Grand Prix Models of Radlett their splendid little miniature (Ref. Na. 12) of the GP Salmson which, had Bentley No. 7 not survived the White House crash, would have won the Le...
A reader, Mr. T. D. Dyke of Market Drayton. has sent us the enclosed picture of a haIf-scale model of his own Riley Imp, but stripped for racing!. Propelled by a 12-volt electric motor, the model...
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For the last two or three years W.B. and have talked about competing together in one of the MCC "classics", the Exeter, Land's End or Edinburgh Trials. As with so many things, lack of time meant we...
In spite of somewhat gloomy forecasts as to the future of long-distance trials, the Motor Cycling Club ran its "Exeter" successfully on January 7/8th. This after-Christmas classic had an entry of 322...
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A famous racing driver from the past, noted for his press-on, full-opposite-lock style of driving, came into our local hostelry the other day, downed a large Scotch and said "Keee-rist". He had just...
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SAAB are to cease offering the 96 and 95 models on the British market. While stocks last they are offering the 96 (which has been sold here for the past 15 years) at £2,400, instead of £2,763.54.
Regulations are now available for the 1977 Total Economy Run, organised by the Hants 84 jerks MC. The rules show that 50 cars will be allowed to participate in the 800mile, Coventry-based event....
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Sir, I have just been loaned, by the grandson of the author, a delightful book entitled "Songs of the Car (with 'De Omnibus' Rhymes)" by F. J. Cox. It was first published by Francis Griffiths in 1906...
Sir, "Air conditioning an adequate substitute for open-air motoring" says Colin Chapman in your January issue! Surely not? One might as well say that a centrally-heated office is as good as a country...
Sir, BRM started their career with a most unusual engine. It would appear from p. 21 of January 1977 Motor Sport that BRM intend to end their days with an even more unusual arrangement, i.e., a V12...
Sir, Whilst I agree that Stephen Goss has indeed raised an old chestnut, I think the topic worthy of pursuit if only to set the record straight. Having re-read the offending advertisement of October...
Sir, As a person of many years association with racing at a far closer range than I, I wonder if you could inform me if an impression I have is correct—or is it just "old age"? In the old days...
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Sir, On reading your comment in January Motor Sport wondering what was the reason for my Paris/Vienna Mors not reaching Brighton in November, I thought I should let you know! We had a most enjoyable...
Sir, We at this office have been readers of Motor Sport for some years now, and hope you or other readers can assist. In an issue of the magazine, of 1974 or early 1975, I recall reading a garage...
Sir, Can any reader throw some light on an unusual Morgan which I am interested in? It left the factory as a chassis on the 18.2.49, purchased by Vests of Lincoln, Chassis No. 1834, Engine No. Q471E...
Sir, After reading such a glowing review of my book-which means a lot to me knowing your vast experience and knowledge of motoring matters and your critical approach to published works on the subject...
Sir, Regarding the letter in December's Motor Sport from Mr. L. A. Goldstone, I will try and shed a little light on the mystery. There is little doubt that Staton Abbey was wrong when he said in "The...
Sir, I thought that your readers, or at least those among them that are motorists, might be interested in an experience that befell my son recently. I would stress that he, although still a teenager...
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Sir, Now that the year has drawn to an end I present to you, my friend Jenks, and Motor Sport my best wishes for another 1977 motoring year (despite some dark shadows coming from Sheiks of Araby on...
Sir, The caption under a photograph in the December issue of Motor Sport says: "This is the Chenard-Walcker which we referred to recently as having been offered by Runty Scott-Moncrieff to the...

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