January 1972

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A sports-car revival? We have been hearing recently of how apparently staid, middle-aged people have been buying fabulously expensive German BMW and Japanese Honda motorcycles for the pleasure of...
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The 1972 season will see the beginning of two new eras of motor racing, in sports cars and in Formula Two. The major sports car races will be run to an upper limit of 3-litres and already Ferrari has...
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A series of four races held in Brazil and Argentina during November brought to an end the 1,600-c.c. Formula Two which had been in effect from the start of 1967. These events, two at Sao Paulo's...
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Many more people watched the 1971 RAC Rally of Great Britain than the total number of spectators at every single race meeting held in Britain throughout the year. That is one authoritative estimate...
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Last month we published a short report on the Kyalami 9 Hours and since then the Springbok Series has continued with all the 2-litre sports cars providing some excellent racing in and around South...
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Aintree lives—just The passing of the Aintree circuit near Liverpool from the International calendar seems to have evoked remarkably little comment yet it does not seem so long ago that the British...
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By Booton Herndon. 408 pp. 9 in. x 5 3/4 in. (Cassell & Co. Ltd., 35 Red Lion Square, London, WC1. £3.00) There have been a great many books about Henry Ford and Ford cars. This one breaks new...
127 pp. 9 3/16 in. x 7 in. (MRP ltd., 277-279, Grays Inn Road, London, WC1. £1.50). Many of the now-prolific motor-racing annuals are out of date. Here is one which reports in detail and illustrates...
G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, have issued a number of reprints of their early motoring books, under the title of "Motoring Classics". The first to arrive, nicely dust-jacketed...
By Ted Simon. 280 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Cassell & Co. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4SJ. £2.85) This is the intimate story of a season of Grand Prix racing, as seen by a Fleet...
By Jack Brabham, 240 pp. 8 3/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (William Kimber & Co. Ltd., 22a Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1. £2.50) Autobiographies and biographies form a very important part of any motor...
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From a chapter in "Bears In The Caviar", by Charles Thayer, of the American Embassy in Moscow (Michael Joseph, 1952), comes a remarkable contribution to Rolls-Royce legend or anecdote. The author...
We are delighted to learn that the financial set-backs of Lines Bros. will not apparently stop the production of the Meccano miniature constructional system. Although down the years coloured parts,...
Those of our readers who like models should note that the 41st Model Engineer Exhibition takes place at Seymour Hall, London, W1, from January 4th to 15th, Sunday excepted. It opens at 2.30 p.m.,...
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Recalled in a recent interview with the Editor Having reviewed Henry Longhurst's entertaining book last month we obtained from him the present whereabouts of J. C. Byrom and set off in the latest MG-...
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A 1905 45-h.p. Spyker tourer which was found some years ago on an Australian farm and was duly restored has returned to the land of its birth, and is to be donated to the Dutch nation. It travelled...
A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC Driving Tests, Silverstone (December 4th) Quite why the Vintage SCC chooses to inflict driving tests at bleak Silverstone on its members in December no-one...
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Recent correspondence has brought to light some new facts about the Rolls-Royce aero-engined car constructed by the late Col. G. L. P. Henderson of the Henderson School of Flying at Brooklands....
Amongst some interesting items in a booklet issued by Bishops Move, the well-known furniture removal people, to celebrate their 116th year of service in 1970, which a reader has kindly let us see,...
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Sir, I have recently taken up the task as the 30/98 Registrar. We know most of the cars in existence already of course, and by the time you receive this I will have contacted all known owners. There...
Sir, Mr. Grigs in your "Vintage Postbag" asks if any "senile" reader can recall seeing the early demonstrations of looping the loop, and Hucks was mentioned by the Editor. Actually Pegoud as far as I...
Sir, It seems that aviation history as well as motoring history can become clouded by the passage of time. The airliner accident involving Glen Kidston was on November 6th, 1929, when a Lufthansa...
Sir, With reference to the letter from Mr. Classey concerning Lt-Cmdr. Kidston and the Meopham air crash, perhaps I may be able to clarify things a little. The Junkers G-AAZK which crashed at Meopham...
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Sir, If space may allow a little Mercedes-Benz nostalgia, I am reminded by your article "The Men Behind the Cars" of a meeting with Kellaway and, I think, a Mr. Jackson on the M-B stand at the 1929...
Sir, With reference to Mr. Milburn's letter, I enclose a photograph of a similar vehicle that is still very much extant. The Ford is owned by my employers, a Main Ford Dealer, and was completely...
Sir, In your November, 1971 issue you expressed fears about the future of historic racing after the very successful first year of the JCB Historic Championship. As you may know, the Championship was...
Sir, In a particularly full and varied V. and V. you ask how many firms besides Fiat listed their own oils. I do know of one—Lanchester. W. Stuart Best. Godmanston. [Didn't Renault, Panhard-Levassor...
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New 5.3-litre engine endows the familiar fast touring car with excellent and effortless acceleration and high speed cruising. A report on the Series-3 2+2 coupé. Last year the long-awaited twelve-...
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Angell & Williams is a firm that is probably already known to some vintage enthusiasts for their welding services. They have just sent us a press release reminding us of their specialist services...
Sir, Your correspondent George Grigs need no longer wonder whether there are any more senile readers who can recall the early looping-the-loop demonstrations at Hendon. I was there on the last...
Sir, Happening to see a back number of your magazine, I found in it a review of "The Overtype Steam Road Waggon", by Maurice A. Kelly, and in consequence will keep a lookout to find a copy thereof....
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The latest in a line of cars with wooden chassis Frank Costin's name has been connected with a good number of racing and road-car projects over the past 15 years or so. Some of these have been very...
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The Doune Collection.—Motoring north of Stirling when we had the Jaguar V12 E-type on test we came to the village of Doune and decided that we could not pass through it without paying a visit to the...
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The Assistant Editor reports The mustard coloured Reliant Scimitar GTE, registration number ECH 44J, which has been my transport for just over a year is now about 20,000 miles old. It is impossible...
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A considerable expansion was announced by the Motorists' Security Association at a press conference recently. MSA was formed two years ago to offer benefits to members who lose their motor car...
The recent licensing arrangements made by Harry Ferguson Research Ltd. with GKN-Birfield Transmissions Ltd. for volume production of the Ferguson-Formula (FF) all-wheel control system has led to a...
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The moment the first pre-release photographs of an estate version of the BMW 2002 fluttered on to the editorial desk at Standard House I was enthusiastic about this new model. Later I saw some of the...
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Nearly 10 years ago Lotus introduced a small sports car that looks as though it could go down in history as the last true sports car to be constructed along conventional front-engine-rear-drive lines...
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Sir, I believe you once said that Volkswagens were like Austin Sevens and Scott motorcycles, you either loved them or hared them. You were quite right. I loved my Scott motorcycles, I love my Austin...
Sir, Regarding Mr. B. W. Ware's letter on the NSU Ro80 I feel in fairness to the NSU that a comparison should be made with the later model. I took delivery on January 1st, 1971, of a Mark III version...
Sir, It is interesting to recall that it was only in 1961 that you wrote of the Fiat-based Abarth "the quite remarkable Abarth Zagato 750 GT. . . . is capable of over 96 m.p.h. and acceleration from...
Sir, With reference to the letter from J. Grottick of Stuttgart, I would not be at all surprised to hear that many of the 40 days in the six-month period that his TR6 PI was off the road were spent...
Sir, It will not have escaped your notice that National Car Parks made a huge profit out of the motorist last year. Here is a cautionary tale for those of your readers who drive cars with wooden or...
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Sir, Just how does one contact British Leyland Motor Corporation Ltd.? Upon enquiry at the local distributors I was told that their head office was at Longbridge, Birmingham, but a letter of...
Sir, Alas for my hopes that Continental manufacturers and their British agents took more trouble over their customers than their British opposite numbers. In April last year I purchased a 1969 Fiat...
Sir, I have read several times in the pages of Motor Sport regretful remarks at the sad demise of the Daimler Majestic Major. I own one of these cars but my purpose in writing this letter is not to...
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Sir, I purchased a 1962 Rover 100 nearly four years ago for £375 which had covered 27,500 miles by one owner. I have now covered a further 40,000 miles in this car, during which time the car has been...
Sir, After reading your comments of the Goodyear Concurs d'Elegance at Halfpenny Green airfield I felt it was time some of the facts were put right. You quote in Motor Sport "unless the proud...
Sir, I would like to bring to the attention of the hard-pressed motoring public one of the most blatant price increases yet inflicted on us by one of the major oil companies. I have been using Esso...
Sir, I have been appointed Co-ordinator of the "W. O." Memorial Fund in memory of the late W. O. Bentley and, as such, I am responsible for the general organisation. I feel that it is most important...
Sir, I was disturbed to read the letter which you published in November's Motor Sport from a Mr. J. Grottick of Stuttgart referring to the prices of Lucas fuel injection pumps and brake pads for TR6...
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Sir, I have read your review of "Airships" by Robert Jackson. In this you refer to a book about airships, which you once read, "by a writer known as Spanner". I do feel that the late E. F. Spanner,...
Sir, Much to our amazement my friend and I (both aged 14) found that the Isle of Skye provided more interesting cars in two weeks than Edinburgh has this year. We saw a Volkswagen K70 (steel grey...
Sir, I had the greatest of pleasure in watching the RAC Rally pass along the A6 late on Monday afternoon. It is not often that we have the opportunity to see top-class cars and drivers in this area,...
Some years ago we were road-testing a 3-litre six-cylinder Rover and in the course of our report mentioned that one of its several refinements was a separate little battery, or dry-cell, to energise...

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