January 1975

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The trend of design At the commencement of another year it is encouraging to discover that some of the past pessimism is dispersing. The flow of oil which we were told would soon cease to come from...
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Miniatures News The race for ever-more-ingenuity in the miniatures field has been advanced another step by Meccano Ltd., who have introduced a firing multi-shot gun to their replica of a Jaguar-...
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International Calendar for 1975 AS THESE WORDS are appearing in print the first Grand Prix of 1975 is only 12 days away, in Buenos Aires, for the Grand Prix of Argentina. Shortly after the 1974...
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Two Sides of the Coin McLaren's effort on both sides of the Atlantic IT IS little more than ten years Since the first European constructor seriously designed a car to run at Indianapolis and took on...
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Before We Lose Track THE McLaren firm have built racing cars for almost every type of racing, and even built a prototype road car, their model numbering running neatly in sequence from number one....
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World Championship to Lancia For people involved with World-Class International Rallying, the months of October and November can hardly have been equalled in terms of tight schedules and...
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The Formula One Scene WHEN THE non-motoring sponsors appeared on the Grand Prix scene I looked a bit sideways at it all, conscious of some of the troubles that had happened behind the scenes in the...
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The Leather-Bound World of Connolly IN THE late 150s and early '60s, almost 85% of the hides processed by Connolly Bros. (Curriers) Ltd., the household name in the leather industry, were sold to the...
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Marshall's Firenza A study of one of the most successful Special Saloons in British club racing IF ONE were to sit down and analyse the reason for the changing image of Vauxhall Motors over the last...
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Around and About The Fiat 131 Mirafiori FIAT'S penetration of the European car market dropped from a peak of 13.7% in 1971-1972 to 11% in 1973, figures which were worrying to the Turin company, for...
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Veteran Edwardian Vintage A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD-CAR MATTERS CARE OF TYRES A New Book about Dunlop OBSOLETE SIZES of tyres, without which veteran and vintage cars could not be run, unless they were...
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Vintage Postbag Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars Sir, Reference is made in MOTOR SPORT for November 1974 to Rolls-Royce Armoured Cars. Ilow nice to read about your young reader, and his whetted appetite for...
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Cars in Books From "Both Hands" by Gervas Huxley (Chatto & Windus, 1970) comes a splendid description of a iong journey in an Edwardian car, which we reproduce by permission of the publishers and...
Pictorial History THE IDEA of presenting motoring history pictorially is not new; the late Toni Rolt compiled such a book, for instance. But the outcome is invariably fascinating, especially as one...
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Esholt, Nr. Shipley, Yorks. The Airedale car depicted in a contemporary Motor Show catalogue. I am fortunate in being able to continue this series with some very interesting information about two...
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"The Indy 500—An American Institution Under Fire" by Ron Dorson. 229 pp. 9¼ in. x 6 in. (Bond Parkhurst Books, Newport Beach, California. 9.95 dollars). An ususual book this, which takes a hard look...
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Last November some of the James Barron collection of motoring objets d'art were tastefully displayed in part of Bethnal Green Museum. I remember, years ago, receiving from Barron some of the finest...
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Road Test The Vauxhall Firenza AFTER a bad spell with models which did not quite come off and cars with which both keen drivers and ordinary users found fault, Vauxhall Motors pulled up their design...
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Looking Back with Bruce Halford WHEN CONSIDERING the astronomic sums of money which several current Grand Prix teams state is necessary to maintain and operate their cars throughout a full Formula...
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Editor Contemplates— The Subtle Art of Fast Cornering IT IS A curious facet of the human race that among quite a number of its younger generation there exists an almost fanatical desire to be able to...
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Experiences with an Alfa-Romeo 2000GTV IT WAS in the summer of 1972 that our Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV was traded in for the then newly released 2000 GTV. Externally there was little difference in the two...
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Against Mud-Flaps Sir, Oh, no! Please do not advocate a British repetition of the silly Danish mud-flap-flop of the middle 'sixties. The Danish government got exactly the same idea as your...
An MG-C Club . . . For— Sir, I would be grateful of the opportunity to reply to Messrs. Willmer & Slatter and their opposition to a separate MG-C Club. A little while before the recent...
Damnation to Conformity Sir, It was both encouraging and saddening to read your spirited editorial in November's MOTOR SPORT. The outlook is indeed depressing on the motoring front but, as you...
Good Service from a Garage Sir, Seven days prior to the Brighton Run I found myself in dire trouble with one of the solid tyres on my 1899 Benz. I enlisted the help of Messrs. Medcraft Brothers of...
Good Service from an Alfa Romeo Sir, For the past few years I have made a habit of writing to you about my present mode of transport which is now a 13-monthold Alfa Romeo Alfetta. This splendid car...
Letters from Readers N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and MOTOR SPORT does not necessarily associate itself with them.—ED.
Maxi v. GS Sir, Since I have recently exchanged a '73 1750 Maxi on which I did 15,000 miles for a '74 1220 G Special on which I have done 2,000 miles, I found letters in November's MOTOR SPORT...
Service from a Ford Escort Sir, How I enjoyed your two contradictory letters in November's issue (Mr. Webb— Anne Cosgrove) that I am prompted to put pen to paper. Having just completed 50,000 valve...
The Dictum of C. G. G. Sir, Re your October, 1974, issue, p. 1110 letter from H. R. B. Waters of S. Africa, in which he refers to a Dictum of the late C. G. Grey of The Aeroplane. He quotes this as "...
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—And Against Sir, I was interested to read the letter from Mr. Willmer suggesting that it would be "irresponsible" to form another MG Car Club. A myriad already exist within the so called MGCC in its...
Continental Average Speeds Sir, Reading your excellent journal I was pleased to see that modern motor cars can now he conducted from coast-to-coast in France as rapidly as an 8-litre Bentley in the...
Straightening the Connaught Record Sir, The article in your November issue "Looking Back with Mike Oliver" made nostalgic reading. May I enlarge on sonic of the matters with which it dealt? If I...
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I Love You Dyane Sir, One small remark caught my eye in the current MOTOR SPORT, and unless I write to you I know it will continue to come back to me, especially when you are using my present motor...
More Good Service Sir, In these days of diminishing service and willingness to help, readers may be interested in hearing of one garage at any rate whose standards are unimpaired. Whilst towing an...
No Compulsion Sir, I write as one of your readers on the subject of compulsory wearing of seat belts in cars. I understand there is to be a Free Vote on this matter in Parliament in due course....
VW's Big Brother Sir, Someone should make a lot of money out of the 1975 MGs. The first bright spark to produce a bolt-on panel to replace that excrescence on the front will be made for life both...
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A Wonderful Little Car Sir, I have just seen the letter from Mrs. Braiden in the December issue. I can fully endorse all her claims for the Fiat 500. After owning 43 cars and motorcycles since 1935,...
In Praise of the Hunter GLS Sir, In the September issue, the dismissal of the Chrysler Hunter range by "C.R." as "uninspired", suggests that he has overlooked the fact that the GLS version of this...
Northampton Frogeye Sprite Club Sir, Since last April a few enthusiasts a the Mark 1 Sprite in the Northampton area have been meeting regularly for get-togethers and a general chit Chat. We have...
Performance With Economy Sir; Although an avid reader of MOTOR SPORT for 15 years I have never been moved to write to you. Two items in the November issue however have broken the habit. First I...
Rover Servos Sir, I was interested and somewhat amused to read Mr. Robinson's letter (December issue) concerning the various possible lodging places for the brake fluid of his Rover 2000. I hadn't...
The Swiss Motorist's Lot Sir, Living in Switzerland, as I have been for the last five years, I would like to inform you about the motorist's lot over here. When I came here there were no speed limits...
Trident Better Than Porsche? Sir, One can only assume from your comments regarding the new Porsche "Turbo" that you have never heard of the British manufactured Trident Clipper. With a 0-60 m.p.h....
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"Getaway" Gets Caught Sir, I watched with interest the BBC-2 coverage of the RAC Lombard Rally and through your excellent publication I would be obliged to be afforded the space to make a few...
The Wilks Special Sir, The letter and photograph from your correspondent, Malcolm Hearne, interests me greatly, and also reminds me that during one of my visits to my old friend, the late Olaf Poppe...
The Wrong Beast Sir, I have been a regular reader of MOTOR SPORT for some years and have not felt tempted to write to you until now about views expressed by you and your staff. I think it would be...

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