January 1963

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Last month we commented on the disbelief expressed by the German motor journalist von Frankenberg as to the size of the Ford engines Lotus had used in their highly successful Formula Junior cars....
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Excellent Acceleration and a Top Speed of 110 m.p.h. for less than £950 THE story of how Standard-Triumph developed the Triumph TR2 sports car from components used in their saloon models, until it...
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Engine: Four cylinders, 86 x 92 mm. (2,138 c.c.). Pushrod-operated overhead valves. 9.0-to-1 compression ratio. 105 (gross) b.h.p. at 4,750 r.p.m. Gear ratios: 1st, 11.6 1; 2nd, 7.43 to 1; o/d. 2nd,...
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The following stop-press statement from the Hon. B. G. Rootes of Devonshire House has been received re the forthcoming Hillman Apex, Ajax, Imp or what have you: "There have been a number of Press...
Luxury, Sumptuous Appointments and 100 m.p.h. All for £1,263 ITALIAN CAR, ENGLISH VILLAGE.— The Fiat 2300 outside the thatched Post Office at Lasham in Hampshire, which will no doubt be remembered by...
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters CLERES MUSEE DE L'AUTOMOBILE FRANCE has woken rather late to an appreciation of motoring history but is rapidly making amends by running a number of events for...
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Having accepted an invitation from Dudley Gahagan to ride with him to this meeting in his 1926 Type 37 Grand Prix Bugatti, I was delighted when the Great Freeze Up gave way to warmer weather the day...
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First-Class Awards : B. N. Clarke (Austin Seven), D. K. Brown (12/50 Alvis). Second-Class Awards : R. G. Winder (Austin Seven), C. A. Winder (Austin 12). Third-Class Awards : J. A. R. Grice (Austin...
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De Dion Controls Sir, I hope you will forgive a letter which will appear to be niggling about unimportant trifles, but in your account of your trip. to Brighton in Montagu's de Dion Bouton I see you...
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In spite of new competition from aluminium and far better chromium plating, the use of stainless steel for motor-car trim will reach an all-time record this year, according to the United Steel...
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THE Commission Sportive Internationale, or C.N.I. for short, are the people who make decisions concerning motor racing and its kindred aspects of the sport. The C.S.I. have recently announced that...
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In this last part of our series on concessionaires of foreign cars we deal with American and German Ford, B.M.W. and Renault, bringing the number of concerns dealt with in this four-part series to...
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Lesney's new year offering is a tiny replica of the Mercedes-Benz 220SE coupe with doors that open to reveal armrests, etc., this being the first saloon-car replica with this feature And certainly...
The first of the 1963 Formula One cars was revealed to the motoring Press just before Christmas. This car is the A.T.S. which was formerly to be known as the Serenissima. The change of name is due to...
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128 pp. 8-1/2 in. x 8 in. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 20, New Bond Street, London, W.1. 27s. 6d.) This is another pictorial history of the motor car, copiously illustrated, many of the plates being in...
70 pp. 8-3/4 in. x 7-1/2 in. (B. T. Botsford Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W.1. 12s. 6d.) Having published colour-picture books on veteran cars and vintage ears it was inevitable that...
554 pp. 9 in. x 5.75 in. (G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 1-5, Portpool Lane, London, E.C.1. 25s.) This is a book to which I had looked forward with enthusiasm; I had not had it in my hands for very...
190 pp. 8.4 in. x 5.5 in. (G. T. Foulis Co. Ltd., 1-5, Portpool Lane, London, E.C.I. 21s.) Sprint motoring, in the form of speed trials and speed hillclimbs, has gained its second wind in Britain and...
255 pp. 8-1/8 in. x 8 in. (Anthony Blond Ltd., 56, Doughty Street, London, W.C.1. 84s.) Most reviewers go into raptures over this big picture book but I am not one of them. It is true that it...
256 pp. 5-5/8 in. x 4-1/4 in. (B. T. Botsford Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W.1. 9s. 6d.) Botsford made a great hit with their "Vintage Car Pocketbook" and followed it up with the "Sports Car...
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150 pp. 10-7/8 in. x 8-3/8 in. (Max Parrish & Co., Ltd., 55, Queen Anne Street, London. 35s.) This book, the "Beauty" series consists of 128 varied and specially selected portraits, mostly by...
Much travel reduced my reading last month but I cannot help feeling that the 20/Ghost Club will not altogether approve of the circumstances in which a Rolls-Royce shooting-brake is found in that...
William Boddy, Editor of Motor Sport, has written a series of three articles on "The Literature of the Motor Car," for British Book News, which is issued monthly by The British Council as a guide to...
Our quest for an address for the Secretary of the Peugeot O.C. has been answered by Alec Rolfe of Romsey, who recommends Mr. Butler, 3, King Alfred's Place, Winchester, Hants. Other addresses...
According to the Daily Telegraph the new Rootes small car due to be announced early this year and built in Renfrewshire, will be called the Imp, will cost under £500 and be capable of 90 m.p.h.! The...
Nineteen hundred and sixty-two is but a memory with only the R.A.C. Trials Championship for 1962 lingering on into 1963. The last two of the twenty events to qualify drivers to compete for the...
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"Motor Sport" visits B.M.W., Auto Union/D.K.W., N.S.U., and Ford-Cologne, and the museums at Munich and Neckarsulm - First Road-Test Report on the new o.h.c. B.M.W. 1500 - Road and Track Impressions...
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The 60° V4 Taunus 12M engine has a bore and stroke of 80 mm. x 58.86 mm. (1,183 c.c.). It develops 40 h.p. (D.I.N.) at 4,500 r.p.m. or 50 h.p. (S.A.E.) at 5,000 r.p.m., giving 58 ft. lb. torque at 2,...
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N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and "Motor Sport" does not necessarily associate itself with them.—Ed.
Sir, I was much amused by Laurence Pomeroy's letter. Surely Mr. Pomeroy must be pulling your leg ? In The Motor Nov. 14th, we are given Pomeroy's 12 best cars; i.e., Alfa 2.6; Aston Martin DB4;...
Sir, Having read your footnote to my letter, I feel I must have failed to express myself with less than my customary lucidity. Or, are you trying to send me up? Or, are you suffering from an attack...
Sir, With reference to your article "The Cars of John Goddard," I'm glad to hear that Mr. Goddard found the seats of his 328 B.M.W. so comfortable. I find them so, too. But how is it that I know of...
Sir, With regard to the proposed B.M.C.-Rolls link-up (reported on p. 873 of your November issue), I thought you might be interested in the enclosed photograph of a Rolls-Ruby owned by me a few years...
Sir, The Group Public Relations Officer of Castrol, Mr. Laurence Sultan, would have carried more conviction, had he chosen to answer my question, rather than somewhat arrogantly dismiss it as being-...
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Sir, May I thank you for the enjoyment I got from reading your discourse "Where Are We?" Your remarks on lack of incentive apply not only to executives and technicians. I would say to anyone...
Sir, I really must protest at your ridiculous sweeping statement in the usually-brilliant magazine Motor Sport, to the effect that Mercedes-Benz is the best car in the world! Surely I have the 100%...
Sir, When both inner axle shafts broke in quick succession on my Triumph Herald (new in December. 1959,—present mileage: 26,000) I complained to Standard-Triumph. After a fairly lengthy...
Sir, I was rather interested in Mr. Morgan's letter "More Fords," as I had the following experience with "Britain's number one car." Whilst on holiday at Bournemouth my 105E lost all oil pressure....
Sir, I, too, had to deal with a Consul which put a rod through the block at 11,000 miles. The parts which had failed were forwarded to Dagenham on August 23rd and I received a reply on October 8th;...
Sir, Although I think that Mr. Britton has hit on just about the only valid reason for retaining the Drivers' World Championship in its present form, I cannot help feeling it would be far better to...
Sir, One shudders in one's sports car at the thought (last month's Matters of Moment seeds of the Police State). Are we all to be fined for turning corners with our tyres squealing? It is bad enough...
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Sir, Nobody seems to be standing up to the proposed Road Traffic Bill whereby three speeding convictions, however trivial, in three years, leads to disqualification. This is not the only harsh...
Sir, A few weeks ago I wrote to Smiths Motor Accessories Division to suggest that the money they paid to girl models to drape themselves, over or alongside various ears fitted with their instruments...
Sir, I read with interest Mr. Perkins' letter on the subject of pre-war Jowetts. I, too, have become addicted to these delightful cars and would like to add my contribution for what it's worth. My...
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Sir, I was interested in Mr. Wilson's comparison between the Lancia Aprilia and the Ford Cortina, but is he doing the Aprilia justice? The Motor, July 13th, 1937, quotes the 0-50 as 12.6 sec. while...
Sir, I should like to make it clear that I did not, as F/L. Axten implies, make comparisons between Dunlop tyres and those of any of our competitors. I did make some general observations about "...
Sir, Congratulations to Mr. D. A. Girdler on his very excellent suggestion that British cars be M.O.T. tested before leaving their place of manufacture. Such an inspection and test might at least do...
Sir, Shame! The article written by E. L. W. (when are we going to drop the habit of using initials and use names?) entitled "Trials Topics" does not come up to the standard of accuracy one associates...
Sir, In reply to William Mulhall's letter in your October edition, I would like to point out that enthusiasts do not pay for engine power alone. The attraction of Europe's potent G.T. machinery lies...

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