February 1991

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It is War The Editorial of the October 1939 MOTOR SPORT carried the same heading as the one above. Great Britain had gone to war with Nazi Germany. The outlook was grim. Invasion appeared imminent....
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On January 9th the BRDC unveiled the new-look Silverstone, just five months after the first hole was put in the tarmac of the old circuit. Now measuring 3.202 miles, a slight increase over the 2.97...
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A Bright Outlook The racing may have stopped last November, but Formula One itself never stops, and development, design and testing has been on full throttle in preparation for the 1991, which starts...
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English remains the common international language of motor racing, even though half the drivers in Formula 1 are Italian and only three men who competed regularly last season actually speak English...
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Fast Company March, and longtime rivals Lola, will join the World Sportscar Championship in 1992 and both, coincidentally, will offer their customers John Judd's 3½-litre V10 engine as the first...
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The Underdog Walter Brun, 1986 World Team Champion in sports car racing, will forsake Porsche in the year ahead and start the season as he means to go on, in a new car bearing his own name. The Brun...
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A Fresh Start The history of British Racing Motors is essentially a story of hopes and heartbreaks in the world of Grand Prix racing, but the BRM marque was represented twice at Le Mans, in 1963 and...
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Seventy Dear Reader, No, I am not talking about our fatuous speed limit on motorways, but of 70 years. When I was growing up my family were of Victorian extraction and beliefs and to me a man's life...
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The Juggler At the age of 35, Tim Lee-Davey's ambition is as clear as ever: to be a successful racing driver. Chances of breaking into Formula 1 have long since disappeared, and although he runs a...
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The World Series for 1991 Much has happened in world rallying circles in the past year, but no-one can argue that the most significant issue of 1990 was not the overthrow of Lancia drivers for whom...
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The Carrera Panamericana is a 7-day marathon dash through Mexico in what are essentially pre-1955 cars commemorating the Fifties event and such great names as Fangio, Hill and Kling, to name but a...
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Under the Cam Covers To those in the know, racing engines sometimes appear to resemble those Russian dolls; remove one layer, and another is revealed; remove that, and there is yet another underneath...
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Que Sera Despite the evermore sophisticated engines produced by the car manufacturers, it seems that there is always room for improvement, a chance for the specialist to use one as a base for further...
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Riding High Those who saw the fledgling Formula Renault races in 1989 would be forgiven for thinking that it was one championship too many, it was the final straw. Besides how could it muscle in and...
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Never Say Goodbye The new BMW 3-series, which goes on sale in the Spring, represents a worthwhile advance over the outgoing model. The fresh body shape, showing a distinct family likeness to the...
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The Alfa 33 is now available to those with tighter purse strings because Alfa Romeo have added to their 1.7 16 valve and 1.7 ie range with a 1.5 fuel injected version of their car which will sell for...
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Automatically Smart More than a quarter million Porsche 911s have been made since the September 1963 inauguration of a production car that actually deserves that abused adjective, 'Classic'. More...
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Compiled by WB and WPK Like the VSCC the VMCC has published its 1991 fixtures list. This leading club for the older motorcycles has more than 10,000 members and it lists 308 events for the enjoyment...
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Ersatz Character I must confess I am confused. Do they offend, or are they an acceptable substitute? Should one turn one's nose up at them, or is that an unreasonably snobbish attitude? Do they...
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Before the RAC took to forest stages, for reasons made clear in GP's Rally Review in November, 1990 this and other long distance rallies, even the Monte Carlo Rally at one time, were public road...
On New Year's Day VSCC members congregate at various venues, to endorse the start of another season's activity, to the delight of users of modern vehicles judging by the numbers that turn out to...
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Some cars gain fame, some have fame thrust upon them. The Italian Chiribiri deserves to be remembered because Tazio Nuvolari, whom many people think was the greatest racing driver of his time, gained...
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One of the pleasant things about working for MOTOR SPORT, as DSJ and WB have emphasised, is the number of letters received from those of like mind and enthusiasms. Not necessarily for publication,...
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Compiled by WB and WPK The Things They Say The 'Old No 1' Bentley affair refuses to lie down and although, of course, it only goes to show how wrong we have all been, here is one view of the matter...
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The Brilliance of Georges Roesch When I asked to see the engine of one of the elegant Talbot 105s pictured above, its owner said to me, "Which side? One is tame, the other very tame." The mechanical...
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John Dodd, with whom MOTOR SPORT crossed swords some considerable time ago about his claim to have tuned a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud to reach a maximum speed of 128mph and to attain what we thought to...
The VSCC's popular Measham Night Rally, first held over 40 years ago, with nocturnal status from 1951, saw 70 eager competitors turn out on January 12/13 to attempt nearly 200 miles of testing...
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The MCC Exeter Trial in Vintage Times The 63rd edition of that unique and long-lived event, the Motor Cycling Club's Exeter Trial (known officially as the 'Winter Club Run' from its inception in 1910...
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"Going for Gold" in the 1925 MCC Exeter Triall The table shows cars which gained gold medals, in relation to number of starters, in a typical London-Exeter-London Trial of the vintage years. Make –...
. . . Go Out on a Midnight Run It came as a bit of a culture shock I can tell you, standing in wind-driven sleet in the middle of a field in Devon on one of the worst nights of the winter, draped in...
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Books for the New Year Automobile Year — 1990/91Editor David Hodges. 279 pp. 12¾ x 10in. Motor Racing Publications Ltd, Unit 6, PiIton Estate, 46, Pitlake, Croydon, CRO 3RY. £24.95. Imitation is the...
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RAC Rally Notes Sir, With reference to the 1959 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally, your contributor seems to have been economical with the truth in order to make his point. Four, not three, Austin Healeys were...

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