January 1971

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Great expectations We have recently published criticisms of the BLMC, for which we do not repent. But, having discussed these editorials with Lord Stokes in his eyrie on the sixth floor of Berkeley...
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The FIA calendar of International racing events shows no abatement in the overall enthusiasm for motor racing, all the regular races being listed, together with some new ones, while a number of races...
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The Racing Car Show still continues to gain stature particularly since the SMMT joined forces with BRSCC to run this now bi-annual gathering at Olympia. The coming show commences on January 6th and...
There are now so many motor museums in the world that they have prompted the compilation of a book about them, though obviously the author could not hope to visit them all. In France there are three...
The Model Engineer Exhibition, of interest to many of our readers, remains open in London up to January 9th, Sunday excepted.
The annual "Wayzgoose" or printers frolic, took place on November 26th in its traditional form of a light-hearted motor-cycle trial in the back-woods of the Brands Hatch circuit. Supported...
We are always slightly amused when some PR firm sends in a publicity blurb telling us that "Janus Blogsworthy is retiring from motor racing". Our immediate reaction is to remark that we were not even...
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, a Wakefield inventor is busy with an electronically-governed petrol-feed, whereby the speed of a car can be controlled from a roadside transmitter. The...
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Porsche plans In 1969 the firm of Porsche were putting as much effort into sportscar racing, both as regards money and materials, as the rest of the racing scene put together. It was an all-out...
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• Congratulations to the winners of the 750 MC's two racing championships. The Formula 1200 Championship went to Jonothan Rope while Stuart Gerrell is this year's 750 Formula Champ after a close...
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters VSCC Driving Tests (Dec. 5th) Miraculously the weather was dry, but cold, for the traditional December frolics of the VSCC and the tests were run at comparatively...
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Old car matters crop up almost everywhere these days. Last year, for instance, even The Lady published a long article by someone who described what it was like to own old Rolls-Royces, and Country...
Sir, Firstly may I be allowed to comment on Mr. P. F. G. Wright's notes on 2-gallon petrol cans. The only Pratts cans that I have come across are of a green colour, although the shades have generally...
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The motoring scene in 1920/21 The half-century is a significant span of history and it behoves us to consider what it was like to be a car owner, what motoring was all about, in that now far-distant...
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In 1903 Col. Reynard, a Frenchman, showed his astonishing Reynard road-train at the Paris Salon. This consisted of a tractor coupled to six-wheeled vehicles driven and steered by a power-offtake from...
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We do not run a regular bits-and-bobs page in Motor Sport, preferring to comment as and when some truly good and useful accessory comes to hand. Such is the little Spinnaker dip-stick wiper. Modern...
The United States Auto Club's 1970 season ended with the 18th and final race at the 1-mile oval in Phoenix, Ariz., and it proved an auspicious debut for Dan Gurney in his new role as team owner/...
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Comment on the racing and club scene Motor racing in Britain goes on virtually around the calendar but, at least, in December and January the majority of racing cars are either in the process of...
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Last year, egged on by astonished readers, we referred to the astonishing claims that Mr. Dodd's Rolls-Royce SC1 maintains a speed of 129 m.p.h., his SC2 holds 135 m.p.h., and an SC3 a sustained 138...
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At the time our Editor road-tested the Ford Maverick, the American car makers and the public were getting ready for Detroit's next step in the fight to curb the 13-15% share the foreigners had carved...
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GP's Centron It is some time since we had a brief look at the new things happening in specialist parts and cars, so this month we begin with a type of special that is really an offshoot of the Beach...
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International RAC Rally of Great Britain The finest array of factory teams ever to be assembled; the largest number of talented amateurs; and a rally whose style and concept are probably the most...
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The news of Dan Gurney's retirement may have been a disappointment to his followers in Europe and America, but it can scarcely have been a surprise, for the ever-youthful Californian had become...
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DSJ reviews the past F1 season It would not be unreasonable to look back on 1970 as the year of deception in Grand Prix racing, for many people, from drivers to journalists were on tip-toe with...
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"When a car becomes 'fuzzy' and a passenger winds down the windows, cross air currents hitting the inside rear of the car may throw it out of control when travelling at high speed... the effect, at...
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"Automobile Design: Great Designers And Their Work." Edited by Ronald Barker and Anthony Harding. 374 pp. 10 in. x 6 1/4 in. (David & Charles, South Devon House, Newton Abbot, Devon. £4 4s.) At...
"Car Handyman", by Mark Edwards. 144 pp. 8 in, x 5 1/4 in. (Arthur Barker Ltd., 5, Winsley Street, London, W.1. 38s.) This book may seem elementary to those who change engines overnight or build...
"Challenge—The Story of Canadian Road Racing", by Len Coates. 159 pp. 9 in. x 5 7/8 in. Soft covers. (Progressive Publications (1970) Inc., Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. $2.95.) This is a notable...
"Marathon In The Dust", by Innes Ireland. 208 pp. 8 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (William Kimber & Co. Ltd., 6 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1. 36s.) Having chided my friend Innes Ireland so frequently...
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"Georges Roesch and the Invincible Talbot", by Anthony Blight. 496 pp. x 10 in 6 in. (Grenville Publishing Co. Ltd., Standard House, Bonhill Street, London, PC2. 105s.) Anthony Blight's long-awaited...
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From "The Story of Sandhurst", by Hugh Thomas (Hutchinson, 1961), I take the following: "The 'twenties were wild at Sandhurst as elsewhere. The development of the motor car made visits to London far...
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When the Ford board of directors decided to move a section of their parts stores from the Aveley, Essex factory up to the Mdlands the next item on the agenda was obviously "What shall we do with the...
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A refined, safe-handling, expensive FWD saloon I call the Triumph 1500 rather odd, because it manages to be a nice family conveyance in spite of a quite old-fashioned specification. Eventually, one...
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An excellent and enjoyable small sports car from British Leyland Since Motor Sport's criticism of British Leyland's Press-car service and following PRO Keith Hopkins' letter, which was published in...
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The miniatures release for the New Year is a Corgi Major model of a Carrimore Tri-Deck Mk. V car transporter, using a Scammell Handyman Mk. 3 tractor unit. This elaborate Mazak die-cast scale model...
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"About once a week", says Bob King, managing director of Racing Preparations Ltd., "I sit down and think this is a stupid business to be in". But really King's firm, which has been manufacturing race...
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Sir, The letter from Mr. D. J. Burke is an insult to the intelligence of your readers. Perhaps his principal aim was to demonstrate the truth of the old cliché, that statistics can be used to prove...
Sir, Whilst commiserating with W.A.'s "lot" in the November issue, I was pleased to hear another opinion of the sour-faced female warden of Richmond. I, too, drove into Richmond this summer. I didn't...
Sir, Working as I do for the Italian licensees of Prestolite, and having a house inside the factory premises, in a town where parking is more suited to 500 Fiats, and yet needing a bigger car for...
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Sir, I was interested to read your article about the Mk. VI Bentley tourer rebuilt for Major Lambton. However, I was disappointed to read on further that you are once again being critical of the so-...
Sir, Whilst a devoted Motor Sport reader I can't help wondering why people are so antagonistic towards MG cars, especially those of the pre-war variety. Over the past years Motor Sport hasn't been...
Sir, Two years ago I got interested in a Lotus Elan roadster, but as a computer programmer I never dreamed I would really own one of these cars. Then I became engaged to my wife and her father...
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Sir, I apologise for asking you once again to allow me space in your columns, but I must reply to the Town Clerk of Richmond, as his letter is nothing but a good old-fashioned red herring. The point...

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