February 1987

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We are deeply saddened to hear Guilio Ramponi died in South Africa in December, at the age of 84. Ramponi began his motor racing career when he became riding-mechanic to the great Antonio Ascari in...
The enterprising outfit which supports British racing talent has increased yet again the range of benefits to members: free paddock transfer at certain meetings, a free quarterly prize draw, and even...
Another brave new year has started to unfold and in many ways it can be said that, in the reported words of the late Lord Stockton, we have never had it so good. Today's production cars represent a...
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Damon Hill, the 26-year-old son of former twice World Champion Graham Hill who was killed in a plane crash just over 11 years ago, has taken another step towards realising his ambition of emulating...
With the continuing expansion of the Video archive run on behalf of the London CC by Paul Meals, it has been decided to reorganise it as the Motorsport Enthusiasts Club. The £10 subscription entitles...
Despite much anticipatory publicity, prospects for the much-vaunted World Touring Car Championship remained blurred as this issue went to press. Despite promises of a major international series...
Following a period of uncertainty after precipitate rule changes threatened to jeopardise the continued invoivement of the British TWR Jaguar team in the World Sportscar Championship, the sport's...
The Queen's New Year Honours list includes awards to two leading motor racing personalities. Frank Williams, chief of the team which won the 1986 F1 Constructors' Championship, was awarded the CBE...
'The factory-entered Ralt-Honda Formula 3000 cars will have an all-Brazilian driver line-up for the 1987 season. This second division category for Grand Prix aspirants (whose racing calendar can be...
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Formula One World Championship The number of Formula One races has been increased to seventeen with the addition of a race in Japan, a revival of interest in Formula One in the Far East since the...
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The winter months have been fairly quiet on the Formula One scene, which does not mean that nothing has been happening; far from it in fact, but much that has happened has been on the organising and...
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When a championship series comes to a close, the customary sequel is a victory celebration, with slaps on the back for the champion, congratulatory hand shaking, autograph seeking and the popping of...
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Life is never fair. Despite the fact that, for many years, they aimed at distinctly different markets, there has always been a tendency (conscious or not) to measure BMW's products against the...
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Large family saloons which accelerate extremely well, and cruise at over 100 mph with power to spare, are not unusual. One thing, above all, separates the new Lancia Thema 8.32 from the herd — the...
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Forward to America this month, circuit spectating and driving to see how manufacturers promote their wares to the World's biggest car market. Ironically we watched Jaguar win the final IMSA GT...
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At last the Alpine-Renault comes to Britain — minus its patronym. The young successful half-brother has been adopted by the family. Alpine-Renault, the tiny specialist car builder which grew into the...
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The Connaught Story Part 4 It is ironic that the Connaught Type B was the company's most successful car, for it was conceived as a stop-gap, against the time when a suitable engine would allow an...
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Ferry Porsche has said on several occasions that the front-engined Porsches are intended for the "man in the street" while the rear-engined 911 derivations are specifically for the enthusiast. Now...
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It was amusing to have a Volkswagen as my "Christmas car" once more, the much loved Beetle having served in that capacity 30 years ago. The latest twin-cam sixteen-valve Golf was used properly in...
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Dear AH, We have always agreed that speed is relative, though deciding exactly what it is relative to is another matter. I think we can accept that it is relative to the time and place. 100 mph down...
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It is true, as Mr B J Walsh of Loughborough pointed out in his letter (MOTOR SPORT, December 1986), that the increasing use of anti-lock brakes may increase the number of rear-end shunts. However,...
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Many of the spectators who turn out every November to watch the veterans go by on the Brighton Run probably consider these pre-1905 vehicles to have been crude playthings of the idle rich, and the 56...
A 1922 Type AK 32hp Minerva chassis that had been lying on a farm near Salisbury has been rescued by a reader who requires a suitable engine, gearbox and radiator to help with its restoration. He...
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In its first full season of racing the Jaguar XJR-6 achieved one world Sports Car Championship victory, at Silverstone in May and accrued enough points during the season to come within one place (at...
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There is one item of interest to this column in the well-written book by Janet Hitchman, Such A Strange Lady — A Biography of Dorothy L Sayers (New English Library, 1975). In 1921, after she had...
For the 600-mile, two-day 1914 Isle of Man TT, Louis Coatalen entered three twin-cam 3,295cc Sunbeams, which bore a close resemblance to the previous year's Coupe de L'Auto Peugeots, and nominated...
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The dates of veteran to classic 1987 fixtures are beginning to come in. Sixty cars from 1911 to 1958 are required for the Monte Carlo Classic Car Rally, which has a variety of starting-points,...
A mystery of sixty years' standing was solved last month when the owner of an early Frazer Nash was taken by AFN Ltd's MD, John Aldington, to the AFN Archives and Showrooms, as a result of something...
Last month we suggested that the Mercedes Sixty which won the 1903 Gordon Bennett race in Ireland, driven by Camile Jenatzy, was afterwards owned in the vintage years by Sir Stanley Cochrane, the...
More than 60 pre-war cars and a few motorcycles supported Mark Garfitt's New Year's Day VSCC meeting at The Vernon's just outside Ledbury. About 15 A7s turned up, (including Seymour Price's Chummy,...
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Having returned from his Continental tour in a 14/45hp Poppe-designed Rover tourer, as we described in the November 1986 MOTOR SPORT, Owen John, whose vintage exploits we are looking back on, decided...
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This year the Vintage Sports Car Club will hold two race meetings at Silverstone, on April 25th and June 27th, a two-day race session at Oulton Park over the weekend of July 25th/26th, the Cadwell...
It is not every day that we receive letters from readers in Czechoslovakia, so we were glad to hear from Vladimir Sedlacck about rear-engined racing cars. He queries our assumption that this layout...
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Bellini Models of Hampshire has expanded its Piccolino range of 1/76 scale miniatures with two single-seaters and two sports-cars. A Jaguar XJR-6 in 1985 all-green colour scheme makes a nice stable-...
Rolls-Royce — The Cars And Their Competitors 1906-1965 by A B Price. 192pp. 10" x 7". (B T Batsford Ltd, 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1. £17.50) Last month we reviewed two very important new Rolls-...
The VW Beetle still roams the world's roads and Foulis have come up with a 325-page book (10 3/4" x 8") by Lindsay Porter about how to purchase and maintain the Beetle and Transporter Volkswagens,...
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Sir, I was interested to read Mr Walsh's letter on ABS and having now driven my own so equipped car on snow and ice, I should like to point out something which I believe is becoming a popular...
Sir, I read Cholmondeley Tapper's book Amateur Racing Driver in my boyhood, and accordingly found your article on him (December issue) pleasantly nostalgic. It is gratifying that such a veteran...
Sir, Any motoring historians who also happen to be pop-music aficionados will, no doubt, have been fascinated to note that the BBC has undertaken research into the early days of the US car industry....
Sir, It gave me great pleasure to read the articles about Connaught in the October and November issues, reviving happy memories of days gone by as a Connaught private owner. My most vivid memory is...
Sir, The rights and wrongs of it are another matter, but I think that it is high time that DSJ and his other pontificants should accept the fact that the word 'replica' just isn't what it used to be...
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Sir, The trouble experienced by Cholmondeley Tapper on his blown Type 37 Bugatti — the loss of oil through the breather - still happens! My son cured it by lengthening the breather pipe by about a...
Sir, Since the last Motor Show at NEC not one word has been written or picture printed in MOTOR SPORT of what must by any standards be an outstanding all-new British sporting car. I refer of course...
Sir, I was highly intrigued by the letter from my fellow Dane J D Scheel in your November issue, which raised the question whether Sir Mansfield Cumming (alias `C', the first Chief of MI6) took part...
Tips for readers: MOTOR SPORT has lent its flume to the latest in the long-running series of television chimp advertisements for PG Tips tea. Well, we've all heard of F1 rock-apes . . .
Sir, It is not what Freddie Dixon's mechanic may have said when the Riley flew over the hedge at Quarry Corner in the 1932 TT, but what he actually did, namely switch off the ignition while the car...

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