February 1981

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We've Won! Because of the great and widespread disgust over Transport Secretary Norman Fowler's proposal to alter the car-taxation system to embrace all vehicles, whether these were or were not in...
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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 Invitation Event. R = Restricted...
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Maserati Club This enthusiastic club for owners and believers in the cars from Modena covers all parts of the world and encompasses cars from 1930 to the present day with a lot of activity and...
I see that a correspondent took me to task last month for mentioning the difficult turn-off from the M50, when crossing it to make for Ledbury, saying that this is not so unless one is using the road...
Sammy Davis died of a heart attack on January 9th, a day before his 94th birthday, as fire swept through his Guildford home. Sammy was one of motoring's great all-rounders, equally at home at...
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Drivers Equipment In Formula One today it is not a simple matter to jump into a Williams or a Brabham and drive off. Over the years rules and regulations have been formulated, and ideas agreed upon,...
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Muddled and confused is the only way to describe the Formula One scene at the moment if you try to follow the reasoning and thinking of all parties with vested interests. If you accept the fact that...
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Bell & Colvill, the West Horsley Alfa Romeo distributors, have added another car to their list of turbocharged specials, this time a Garrett AiResearch turbocharged version of the 2-litre...
The year ends in the Ivory Coast Whilst the Mercedes team was tackling the final round of the World Rally Championship in the Ivory Coast in December, they had no idea of the discussions which were...
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The Reliant Scimitar GTC The Reliant Motor Company of Two Gates, Tamworth, Staffordshire, thought up the idea of a fast hatchback, using Ford power and transmission, as a follow-up to its original...
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It was while reading, ten years ago, that very entertaining book about life at Rolls-Royce by the late Mr. W. A. Robotham (Constable, 1970), that I came to realise what an enthusiastic motorist the...
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Great Fun I gave my impressions of driving the new FWD Ford Escort 1.6 GL in the December 1980 issue and I have since tried the faster XR-3 Escort, with the Weber-fed overhead-camshaft 1,596 cc CVH...
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A menagerie at home on Goodwood Life is unfair. At short notice the amiable Tim Schenken, now a respectable retired racing driver, rang up and invited us to join a test day devoted to the Tiga...
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The Editor Looks Back On The Cars He Drove During 1980 This annual feature was started more than 25 years ago in order to summarise my findings and opinions about the cars I had road-tested for Motor...
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- is the younger always the better? Nobody would question that the qualities required to make a success in a sport such as motor racing, at the top level, are pretty much the same as those required...
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Renault started work on the Fuego (it means fire, by the way) at the beginning of 1976, with a design team of specialists led by stylist Robert Opron. The resulting car is based on the mechanical...
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In his book on Jaguar Sports Cars (Foulis, Sparkford, Som.) Paul Skilleter says that the XK 120 Jaguar roadster NUB 120 is the most famous XK120 of them all, and few will argue with him. This alloy-...
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A Section Devoted To Old-Car Matters ERAs One of the better motoring happenings at the end of last year was the party put on in London by White Mouse Editions and New Cavendish Books to celebrate the...
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The VSCC's idea of a National Celebration of Fifty Years of the Vintage Car, on New Year's Day, must have meant that nearly every licensed pre-1931 car, joined by other pre-war cars, took to British...
The 20/60 Vauxhall Sir, I was very interested in the article in the November issue concerning E. W. Hancock and Vauxhall cars. Many years ago The Autocar or Motor ran a similar article, but no...
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Most of the one-make clubs and some of the regional motor clubs publish magazines or news-letters, from simple duplicated sheets stapled together, to full-scale, very professional-looking productions...
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(continued from the January issue) In June 1918 X, the flying officer who kept these war-time diaries, returned to No. 1 Group as a Flight-Commander. He had just bought a Straker Squire and was also...
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"The History of English Racing Automobiles Limited" by David Weguelin. 288 pp. 10 1/2" x 12 1/2". (White Mouse Editions Ltd., 50 Porchester Terrace, London W2 3TP. £35.00). This quite splendid book...
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Not many cars figure in "About Time", the autobiography, up to the commencement of the Second World War, by Penelope Mortimer (Allen Lane, 1979) and, as it is a light-hearted aspect of a rather...
Among recent Book Reviews we included Octopus Books' new series entitled "Great Marques", which has resulted in their Senior Editor, Michael Gilliat, taking us to task over two items. First, he is...
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On New Year's Day, the very youngest vintage car was, by definition, fifty years old. To celebrate this occasion, members of the VSCC converged at their regular meeting places all over the country....
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(organised by the Motor Cycling Club) The great winter classic trial, with 300 entries (123 motorcycles, 177 cars) took place in very cold but dry conditions on January 9th/10th. Some delay was...
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Fun all the way — until it's time to park "A nice car". Thus spoke D.S.J. after a 240 miles in the Eclat 2.2, the latest and revised uprated version of the Eclat which was first  introduced at the...
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Nostalgia, as any tycoon will tell you, has no place in business, and any profit-seeking company which allows its board the luxury of sentiment runs the risk of seeing that profit diminish...
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The way some cars are built these days its not surprising that bad weather eats right into their bodies. And suddenly you have a two-tone car. Your original colour plus a new one. Rust. But Saab 900...
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N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. - Ed. Dorcas Sir, Your correspondent Peter Cook, enquires in your December...

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