February 1980

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Matters of Moment.....153 Fixtures for February.....154 The Argentine Grand Prix.....155 Notes on the Cars at Buenos Aires.....158 Raymond Mays CBE, An Appreciation.....159 Road Impressions: The...
Television and the motor car "The living need charity more than the dead" — George Arnold, 1834-1865. The motor car preceded television by some forty years, although it might be said that whereas the...
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Although not planning to announce full details of their rally programme until later this month, Leyland Motorsport just couldn't keep one story under wraps; Roger Clark's agreement to drive a Triumph...
*Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list * C = Closed Event. CI = Closed lnvitation Event. R =...
Richard Walter Rickard Twelvetrees, who was Editor of Motor Sport in the 1920s, died in Hastings aged ninety-six just before Christmas. An appreciation will appear next month. —W.B.
The name of Talbot is to return to Grand Prir racing. The French arm of the former Chrysler company plans to field a two-car team of 1.5-litre turbocharged cars in 1981 and has contracted Jochen...
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A good start Buenos Aires, January 13th With Christmas and the New Year over the Formula One scene was soon in full swing and air freighters-were taking the cars to South America for the first of the...
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Ferrari: As with many other teams curing the winter, the Ferrari factory took three of their 1979 cars and dismantled them down to the last rivet and then built up new and redesigned cars from the...
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An Appreciation by The Editor With the death last month of Raymond Mays, in his 81st year, the world of British motor-racing has lost one of its most staunch supporters, and someone entirely...
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The Daihatsu Charade XTE Having gone to the starting-point of the Brighton Run in a two-cylinder car (a Citroen Visa), I indulged in a spot of one-upmanship and drove to the VSCC Enstone Driving-...
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The talented eighteen-year-old New Zealand Formula Three driver Mike Thackwell has become the youngest person ever to win the top Grovewood Motor Racing Award in its sixteen-year history. Thackwell...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Why Do They Do It? It is fitting that various advocates of Historic Car Racing, such as Michael Bowler and our Clive Richardson and Denis Jenkinson, have been...
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Before I resume these diaries of "Flying-Officer X" (as I shall call the young aristocrat who so painstakingly compiled them all those years ago, although, in fact, there was apparently no such rank...
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As "The Diaries of an RFC Officer" are arousing a gratifying amount of interest and as Motor Sport once covered mechanised sporting events in the air as well as on land and water, I thought that a...
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[Last month we published Star Story, after the Editor had met Mr. Wallace Marsh, who was a Premium Pupil at the Wolverhampton Company before the First World War. Here is his postscript.] Old Teddy,...
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Sir, The reference to the Tilling-Stevens 'buses, in last year's "Vintage Postbag," brought to mind the photographs I found when I was apprenticed to John C. Beadle Ltd., of Dartford, Kent. During...
Sir, Would it be possible to ask your readers if they can identify or throw some light on the history of my Ulster Austin 7, shown in the photograph? The car was purchased in 1964 from a gentleman in...
What a treat to see a picture of a Singer in Motor Sport and of one of the almost unknown I.o.M. racers intended for the 1914 Light Car TT at that. I am currently researching early Singer history and...
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Sir, I have been most interested in the adventures of RFC officer "X" who certainly seemed to make the most of his time when not actually flying! I am old enough to remember his era well as, although...
In Essex a 1919 Daimler Light-30, believed to be the only one of its kind in existence, bought in 1964 with a non-original DH coupe body, has been rebuilt as an open tourer. A book issued to...
Sir, V-E-V and The War Time Diaries of an RFC Officer in the November 1979 issue of Motor Sport are of particular interest to me for both write-ups mention makes which I have known in years gone by....
Sir, I have recently started the rebuilt of the 1935 Talbot 105 Brooklands Special owned and raced by Dr. Roth and later Gordon Brettell. The car was used at Brooklands in the period up to the Second...
Sir, Your correspondent, Mr. G. M. Hare, may be interested to know that the following advertisement appeared in The Motorz in May 1926:— "Racing 'Newton Special', recently built at a cost of over £3,...
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General Motors’ Little Winner The new Opel Kadett, with front-wheel-drive contrived, of course, form a transverse engine, is a very significant newcomer in the light-car field. It represents the new...
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Coachbuilders in the modern idiom When Bill Wood and Les Pickett formed their first official working partnership as Wood and Pickett Ltd. in 1947, their first major order was to convert three large...
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The British Formula One Racing Championship will continue in 1980 with backing from Aurora AFX, producers of model motor racing sets. The series of 15 races will have a prize fund of £200,000 and...
Kenny Roberts, World 500 c.c. Motorcycle Champion in 1978/1979 will make his racing debut on four wheels in the Daytona 24 hours on February 2nd. Roberts will drive a Pontiac Fire-Am in the 24 hour...
Basil Tye, Managing Director of the RAC Motor Sports Association Ltd. has been appointed President of the FISA Safety Commission, which has overall responsibility for safety in all forms of motoring...
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"Alfissimo!" by David Owen. 311 pp., 10" 7 ,1/2" (OsPrey Publishing Ltd., 12-14, Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP. £12.95). A great deal of very sound information was already available about the history...
"Maserati Road Cars" by Richard Crump and Rob de la Rive Box. 229 pp., 11" x 10". (Osprey Publishing Ltd., 12-14 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP. £14.95). What this large book sets out to do is to cover...
"Mustang". by Gary L. Witzenburg. 204 pp. 9 1/2" 8 1/4" (Automobile Quarterly, Princetown, New jersey, U.S. America 27.95 dollars). The Ford Mustang is one of the American "greats" and in this book...
"Vanden Plan — Coachbuilders" by Brian Smith. 302 pp. 10” x 7" (Dalton Watson Ltd., 76 Wardour Suva, London W1V 4AN. £14.50). To their books about the coachbuilding activities of Pinin Farina and...
Some excellent booklets, of the greatest interest to vintage aeroplane enthusiasts, have come to my notice. One of these is the informative "British Homebuilt Aircraft Since 1920", by Ken Ellis, with...
"Three-Pointed Star", David Scott-Moncrieff's story of Benz, Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz, which Cassell published in 1955, has been issued in a revised edition by Gentry Books Ltd., 16 Regency Street...
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"Motor Racing Directory” edited and produced by Mike Kettlewell. 544 pp. 800 illustrations. 8¼” x 5¾” , (Ketzleurell Trumpet Information Trade Services, The Mill House, Station Road, Eastville,...
"Unbeatable' BMW” by Jeremy Walton. 247 pages. 10" x 8". (Osprey Publishing Ltd., 12-14 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP. £9.95). The history of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG has been very thinly documented...
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As mentioned last month the special builder is the genius at developing a racing car beyond all recognition or redemption. The Freikaiserwagen is a classic example, its pre-war design and post-war...
For the fourth consecutive year the Tricentrol Car Group is to sponsor the RAC British Saloon Car Championship and has contracted to do so until 1982. The ten-race series will have improved prize...
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The Bandama Rally A title collected without any contest is hardly worth crowing about, but one earned the hard way, with a close rival snapping at one's heels throughout the year, provides...
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It is just over 20 years since Ford's fortunes were rejuvenated by the introduction of the o.h.v. Ford Anglia. Since then the Dagenham end of the Detroit-based company has won just about everything...
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Radiators Since the first racing car was designed the radiator has been a tiresome necessity, and Gottlieb Daimler set us all on the wrong path by water-cooling his first V-twin engine. If water-...
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The Editor Looks Back On The Cars He Drove During 1979 This annual feature has become something of a habit, extending back more than quarter of a century, although it no longer purports to be a...
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(from the Oh Dear! department) I’ve done it again! This looks like becoming a regular monthly feature. This time it is Talbot-Lago cars, an instant correction coming from Anthony Blight in Cornwall...
Jensen Expands Jensen Subaru (Holdings) Ltd., which embraces Jensen Parts and Service Ltd. and Subaru (UK) Ltd., has bought a 12-acre office and heavy industrial engineering complex in Great Bridge...
Receivers have been appointed to the Byfleet-based Panther Westwinds Ltd. and its associated companies, but production of the J72 and De Ville (the convertible version of which is now £72,000, the...
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It is 19 years since John Fitzpatrick made his motor sporting debut. Now, at 36 years of age, he and his family will make a new life based on San Diego and racing from America. Before he departed we...
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Lola's Bid for CanAm Domination THE Canadian-American Challenge Series, CanAm fee short, fl. never enjoyed much of a reputation outside North America, especially since it was relaunched in 1977 to a...
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THE ARGENTINE GRAND PRIX
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While much criticism of Sir Michael Edwardes was appearing in The Times for handling of British Leyland, a small number of motoring writers made a visit to Britain’s second largest car-producing...
After nearly 25 years, the familiar, aluminium-framed side windows, shallow, broad screen and high scuttle of the stumpy, TreVoR Wilkinson-originated TVR have made way for a brand-new shape. Martin...
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Our oldest motoring organisation, the Motor Cycling Club, founded in 1901, as the early De Dion Bouton engine incorporated in its badge reminds us, still contrives, in spite of increasing...
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An MG in its pre-War element, top left, tackling a hairpin on the famous Fingle Bridge, the passenger contorting himself to weigh down the inside wheel for better grip. The MCC'sMotor, motorcycling...
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Sir, I am rather puzzled by the FISA Vehicle Identity Form as mentioned by Michael Bowler in January 1980 Motor Sport. As I understand it, the object of this form is to verify that each car has...
Sir, I was very interested to see that C.R. and D.S.J. are bringing to light some of the more obvious replicas. In the art world they would be considered fakes, but replica seems more respectable. To...
Sir, The articles on historic racing and Michael bowler’s excellent letter examine the problem of eligibility of certain historic cars in considerable detail, but no satisfactory method of vetting...
N.B. –Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and MOTOR SPORT does not necessarily associate itself with them. –E.D.     Historic Car Authenticity   Sir, The articles on historic racing...
Sir, In his excellent book “The Maserati 250F-A Classic Grand Prix Car” author Denis Jenkinson wrote: “This information supersedes anything previously published and the facts are correct at the time...
Sir, As a club official who missed out on his annual pilgrimage to “The Mount” for the first time in 13 years, (playing tourist on this side of the Equator) I was rapped to read your report of “The...
Sir, I write to comment on your Deputy Editor’s article in your December edition on Historic Racing. It is nice to see, at last, that Motor Sport is taking an interest in the time span between VSCC...
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Sir, I know that, by tradition, an author is on a hiding to nothing when it comes to correcting a Book Review, but your review of my “Motoring in the ‘30s” was generous, and lengthy, which certainly...
Sir, I recently acquired a Deep Sanderson 301, chassis number DS 301GT 1006, which is undergoing a complete rebuild. As the car has never been registered, it has not been possible to establish any...
Sir, I fear that your reporter has got his figures wrong in his story “Motoring to a Crisis?” in your December issue. I retailed the forecast made to me by the marketing director of a major oil...
Sir, Why are rear-view mirrors not mounted on the wing now they are remotely controlled? Asks Mr. Polling. Wing mirrors spoil the line of any car – especially the modern design. Can you imagine what...
Sir, I was amused by D.S.J.’s comment on page 32 of Motor Sport when his friend made the comment “I enjoyed the Grand Prix and stayed for the old car parade.” A friend of mine made a similar comment...
Sir, Being an ardent enthusiast of Motor Sport over many years, may I firstly congratulate you on this excellent publication? Living here in France, the magazine gives me a superb revamp once a month...
Sir, I was intrigued to read your comments about my Harry Weslake book in the current issue of Motor Sport and to learn that I may have added a little to the controversy that centres around certain...
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Traditionally the first or last rally of the year, depending on the position of the weekend, the Virgo Galaxy Rally over the infamous Epynt ranges had to contend with Arctic conditions on Decernber...
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I read in the Northamptonshire Mercury & Herald that Mr. Fowler, the Minister of Transport, is considering scrapping the vehicle road tax and introducing instead a tax on the possession of a car...
After reading Mr. J. E. McGowen's letter (Motor Sport Nov. 79), he seems to me to be very naive. How many private owners could afford to buy cars virtually handbuilt as most pre-war cars were? How...
I motor a lot on the A12 and A604 and have become disturbed at the treatment meted out to many brand-new cars being driven on Trade Plates. This has increased significantly in the last two years,...
Sir, I feel I must respond to Mr. Horsley's letter in the December issue of Motor Sport, and say that I disagree with him on the main point of his letter, but totally agree on another. Firstly I...
Further to my letter which appeared in Motor Sport earlier on last year re. "Sprite Register". I am pleased to report that I have now received details of almost 400 cars from quite literally all over...
Sir, The debate on the morality of the motor car in an apparently energy diminishing world is one which gets more attention daily. Now, while many of us would accept, myself included, that in none of...

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