February 1984

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Specialists succeed Britains specialist sports car industry may not seem to be in the eminent situation it was 10 years ago when the world markets were eager for the Jaguar E-type, MGB, TR, Sprite...
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Aston Martin OC The AMOC Annual Film Show will take place at Vickers House, Millbank Tower, London SW1 on Wednesday February 15th at 7.15 pm. The films to be shown are not purely Aston-orientated but...
John Vary Bolster John Bolster, who had been suffering heart trouble for some years, although those who met him at Press functions or saw him driving his 1911 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce to R-R EC and...
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Since last month's report on the Blydenstein-modified Nissan Stanza, the Shepreth firm have informed us that as a result of healthy demand the price of body kits is being reduced to £205 plus VAT,...
Ford have announced the launch of a ten round Formula Ford series in France, and Le Mans manufacturer Rondeau have started to assemble cars from parts and designs supplied by Reynard, the British...
Speed limit petition With a grand total of 75,886 signatures, the Motor Sport / Motoring News petition was handed by Earl Howe to Mrs Lynda Chalker, Minister of State for Transport, a few days before...
Until now the Jaguar XJS has been rather neglected in the "customising industry", but Tom Walkinshaw's TWR company in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, is ideally placed to exploit the potential of the 300...
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There can be few products on the market in which design plays so overtly important a part as in the modern car. Every consumer durable comes into being as a result of some sort of design process, but...
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Ford with a touch of class The Capri 2.8i is to the Ford range what the 911 is to the Porsche range, a rather old-fashioned design that evokes envy, admiration, and pride of ownership that knows no...
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Of the Englishmen who drove Ferrari's classic Formula 1, front-engined Dino 246 machines, after 1958 World Champion Mike Hawthorn, of course, most of our readers will recall Peter Collins and Tony...
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In this second part of his article on the two early Sunbeam V12 racing cars the noted authority on Sunbeam history, Anthony S. Heal, deals with the big post-war Manitou-engined model. It was the...
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In the middle of the 1983 season there were few people who remained unconvinced that Renault was at last going to win the World Championship. With six seasons of Formula 1 competition already under...
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A short time ago Autocar published a most interesting feature by Michael Scarlett (I wish I had thought of it first!) about going out in the "top gear" 1909 45 hp Sheffield-Simplex which Lord...
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French national pride has been well served by Grand Prix racing in the past ten years, Elf Petroleum, Matra, Renault, Ligier and Michelin having risen to the top of their field and brought with them...
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1984 will see the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Vintage Sports Car Club and during that time the activity of "messing about with old cars" has grown from a handful of enthusiasts with...
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DSJ told me some time ago, I cannot remember in what context, that he could see I have no sense of balance. Which explains why I earn my living by moving words around, instead of as a high-wire...
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A few more observations are perhaps justified under this heading, used for one of last month's articles, in view of the return by a number of leading makers of high-performance cars to multiple...
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Peugeot's comfortable image as the manufacturer of staid, reliable family cars has been running out of steam recently, the French company's European market share slipping as Volvo's has risen. The...
It is a scandal that the DVLC computers at Swansea, which have cost the tax-payer millions of pounds, are still not running in top gear. For instance, we received recently, a vehicle licence reminder...
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Camera Above the Clouds — The Aviation Photographs Of Charles E. Brown". Compiled and Edited by Anthony Harold. 163 pp. 10 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in. (Airlift Publishing Ltd, 7, St John's Hill, Shrewsbury,...
Happy To Fly by Ann Welch. 248 pp, 8 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in. (John Murray Ltd, 50 Albemarle Street, London, WIX 4BD. £10.50). Ann Welch is well known for her glider exploits and her organisational work...
Jaguar XJS by Rivers Fletcher, 147 pp, 9 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in. Jensen Interceptor by Mike Taylor, 150 pp, 9 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in (Cadogan Books Ltd, 15 Pont Street, London SW IX 9EH. £8.95 each). In...
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The Morris Motor Car 1913/1983 by Harry Edwards, 344 pp., 9 1/2 in x 6 in. (Moorland Publishing Co Ltd, PO Box 2, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. £14.95). We have written so enthusiastically of the knowledge...
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The major race tracks used to be Brooklands in Britain, Montlhéry in France, Monza in Italy, and Indianapolis in America, thinking in terms of pure speedways, not road-orientated circuits. A lesser...
Having heard a rumour that another motoring writer may have discovered the possibly skeletal remains of the aero-engined Mercedes in which Hartshorn Cooper was killed at Brooklands in 1921, I thought...
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— Arising from the photograph we published in the December 1983 issue, of the blower 4 1/2-litre Bentley bought new by the late T.G. Moore when he was the owner of Motor Sport, Mr A. Fielding writes...
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At Fingle Bridge (above left) D. J. C. Bowles' 3.6-litre Ford V8 rumbled easily to the top while another Ford, the Popular of A. S. Tucker-Peake, managed to remain "clean" in both senses at Stretes....
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Six days of intensive, exhausting Formula One tyre and development testing took place between January 16th-21st in sweltering conditions at Rio de Janeiro's Autodromo Riocentro in preparation for the...
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Downsize but upmarket There is no unwritten law saying that a Mercedes has to be large, heavy and prestigious, but the excitement that heralded the arrival of the new 190/190E late in 1982 seemed to...
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Edward Mills remembers the vintage days One December day I drove the Alfa Romeo to the quite delightful Oxfordshire village of Souldern, a quiet haven just off the busy A41 road, to chat with...
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- The Rolls-Royce EC announces that among its main meetings this year will be the National event at Stowe School on September 2nd, while it will again be taking a very active part in the “Rolls-Royce...
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Testimonial Sir, As a result of your kindly mentioning my Sunbeam enquiry in V-E-V Miscellany in the November issue, the present owner of GO 7828 has written to me from Cambridge, and all is well....
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There are some very interesting motoring references in "Mr Home, pronounced Hume" (the title is a skit on an unfavourable review one of his plays received) by William Douglas Home (Collins, 1979),...
Traffic offenders in Saudi Arabia face stiffer punishment than a fine and penalty points . . . Prince Majed Bin Abdul Aziz, the Governor of Makkah, has ordered public flogging and imprisonment for...
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Ten kilos of 4-star? Sir, You make a very valid point in January's editorial. Metrication makes calculation so much easier, but we must choose our arms of measure with care. The gallon, and litre,...
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Lane discipline needed Sir, R. L. Meredith, who wrote the letter published under the heading "Whitehall nonsense" in your December issue must surely be Peter Simple's J. Bonnington Jagworth...

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