January 1982

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ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES Subject to increases of postal rates and cover price. SURFACE MAIL: Home £12.50, Overseas £12.55, USA $32.63, Canada $39.15 AIRMAIL: Europe £13.10, Middle East £20.60,...
CONTENTS Matters of Moment 23 Fixtures 24 VSCC December Tests 25 Club News 25 Road Impressions — Colt Lancer Turbo 26 Around and About 27 Ford Fiesta XR-2 28 Formula One Scene 29 A Daimler Conundrum...
MOTOR SPORT IS DANGEROUS Surely not, we thought! Unless it refers to the breaking of commandments over the delectable cars we describe and discuss in our pages. Then we remembered that we had seen...
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WE MADE a hash of describing the late Air Chief Marshal Sir Alec Coryton's veteran Panhard-Levassor, last month. The car was actually borrowed by Sir Alec for VCC events from Sir Stanley White, son...
TOP of the 1981 Grovewood Motoring Award, £5,000, went to 19-year-old Dave Scott whose performance in Formula 3 have brought him a tryout in a Formula I Lotus. Second award went to Time Davies, for...
MARANELLO CONCESSIONAIRES Ltd., the Ferrari importers, are creating a new, separate, company which will operate independently and take over the current retail selling activities of the Group. The new...
THIS rather exclusive organisation, the Mercedes-Benz Club, has announced its first get-together of 1982, at Jack Straw's Castle, Hampstead, for S/SLC owners, on January 24th.The bi-monthly printed...
Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list. C = Closed Event. CJ = Closed Invitation Event. R = Restricted...
IN car article on the activities of the Trade and Industry behind the scenes in Formula I we stressed the work of AP-Lockheed on brakes and associated mechanisms and inadvertently referred to AP as...
LAST year's Morgan 3-wheeler Racing Championship was won by Ian Rattray and Steve Vines, with an F-type Morgan, who scored 51 points. Three points behind in second place was the 8/80 JAP-powered...
MATTERS OF MOMENT Continued from previous page THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The Drivers' World Championship for F1 contenders is firmly established and it seems unlikely that it will go away, or that the...
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AS more and more use is made of the major circuits, the motor racing season gets longer each year, racing going on well into the autumn and starting again before winter has finished. At all these...
THE AGM and Annual Prize-Giving took place on November 29th at the Weston Manor Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green, near Oxford, compered by BOC Chairman Barrie Price, the many magnificent trophies being...
FORMED in 1976, this club, as its title suggests, caters mainly for owners of Lotus Sevens, the earliest of which will have been on our roads for 25 years this year. However, anyone with an interest...
WE hear that the Morgan Motor Company have changed the specification of the 4/4 for 1982 and will be fitting an in-line version of the 1,600 c.c. engine developed by Ford for the front-wheeldrive XR3...
THE Club which caters tor the handsome 1.5-litre and 2.5-litre four-cylinder RM Rileys of 1946 to 1955 is obviously a happy and active one, publishing a monthly magazine, R. Memoranda, which contains...
IT IS a thankless task to attempt to describe a driving-test meeting, especially when it involves ten elaborate evolutions, with more than 70 drivers undertaking them. But any VSCC event is a social...
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The Colt Lancer 2000 Turbo Impressively fast and eminently practical THE rally-inspired Turbocharged version of the well-known Colt Lancer is a most exciting proposition, yet it is a perfectly road-...
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Nimrod TO some of us Nimrod conjures up scenes of Elgar and the Malvern Hills, while to others it conveys an RAF search-aircraft, but what it means in the motor racing world is a new Group C car for...
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THE FORD Motor Company has a skilful knack of producing excellent sporting cars based on its current production models. One remembers with affection the first Cortina GT, when the Cortina was closer...
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IT IS with some relief that I welcome in 1982, for it means that the 1981 season is really over and the sooner we forget it the better. In the past we have had the silly season, which is usually a...
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THOSE who enjoyed the high-standard of casting and accuracy in the ITV documentary "Winston Churchill — The Wilderness Years" should find the follow-up book, published by Macmillan's and written by...
CO-INCIDING with Vatanen's World Rally Championship, Grand Prix Models of 173-175, Watling Street, Radlett, Herts have released a precision scale model of the Rothmans Group 4 rally Ford Escort,...
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ELF NO MATTER where you go for a Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix you will be conscious of the name ELF, principally on the factory Renault cars, but also on petrol tankers in the paddock, oil...
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Racing cars on the road DRIVING a single-seater Grand Prix car on the roads of England, Scotland and Wales in full racing trim is very much against the law. It was outlawed in the 1920s and every...
Autocar, commenting on the BL tie-up with Honda: "What it does for Honda is to add a new dimension to their ambitions for overseas expansion. Already at maximum capacity in Japan, they plan to build...
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FULL marks to the FIA for publishing the 1982 International Calendar of races, rallies, hillclimbs, rallycross, autocross and drag-racing before the end of last November. The total list of events,...
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS Champion Driver - Nelson Pique Santo Maior Champion Car - Williams FW07C-Cosworth V8 Date / Race and Distance / Location / First / Second / Third / Fourth / Fifth / Sixth...
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TASMAN RACES Date / Race and Distance / Location / First / Second / Third / Winner's Speed k.p.h Jan. 10, New Zealand GP, Pukekohe, D McMillan (Ralt RT1), D. Oxton (Ralt R14), J. Smith (March 778), -...
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A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD-CAR MATTERS A talk with a Motoring Barrister SOON after I had referred, in the August issue of MOTOR SPORT, to the hearing of an appeal against a 1932 Brooklands race...
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HAVING written a number of articles on different makes of sports-car, the last of which dealt with the 20 / 70 h.p. Crossley, the thought arose, which was the first sports-car? Several contenders...
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Vintage Postbag Sir, The enclosed copies of postcards might be of interest to both yourself and your readers. They were in my family album and I have copied the postcards and have a duplicate net of...
A Royal Armstrong Siddeley? Sir, I was most interested in your article a short time ago on the Armstrong Siddeley. You mentioned that the then Duke of York visited the factory and I believe drove a...
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Sir, As the former owner of the only post-war Sheffield Simplex for many years, in the fifties, I have to stare that Mr. Ulmann is wrong in stating that the post-war car had OHV. It had side valves....
Those who have been following our serialisation of the early motoring adventures of the late Lt.-Comdr, Grahame-White may be interested to know that in more recent times he became a President of the...
Sir, Through your columns, may I ask help from any readers who may be able to assist me. I am compiling a register of Riley Imps. As well as discovering their survival rate and whereabouts, I am...
Sir Can any of your readers, more erudite than I, identify two early vehicles depicted in the accompanying photographs? Both have early Sheffield registrations and were presumably photographed in...
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Magnificent Mercedes 1.1 11:11) becii a vat long time indeed. for various reasons. since I had driven a Mercedes-Benz. To rectify this, Erik Johnson of Mercedes-Benz (UR) Ltd. lent me, not one of the...
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ROAD AND TRAIL TEST Opel Manta 400 Civilised homologation ANYONE mteresteed in manufacturers' "homologation specials," the road-going vehicles which allow a car manufacturer the most competitive...
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RALLY REVIEW Lombard RAC Rally TRANSMISSION through all four wheels has never, prior to the 'eighties, really been successful in competition and those who tried it did not pursue the system for very...
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Aston Martin's Lagonda Simply superb IF your only experience of the fabulous Lagonda was through city traffic you could be forgiven for tInnking of it as just another very comfortable, even sumptuous...
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LOMBARD RAC RALLY sure-footed in all manner of d conditions, whilst Vatanen drove Ns Escort (right) with restraint to ta second place and the World Championship title. On the left Roger Cla watches...
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IS THE PORSCHE 911 IN DANGER OF BECOMING PERFECT? Every year that goes by (eighteen so far) the 911 gets a little better A little closer to perfection. A fact recognised by the ladies and gentlemen...
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TEAM ENSIGN Battling against the odds THESE days one might be excused for thinldng that all Grand Prix teams arc sUnply dripping with major commercial sponsorship as multi-national corporations queue...
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Books for the New Year "From Cyclecar To Microcar" by Michael Worthington-Williams. 112 pp. 1 8," (Dalton Watson Ltd., 76, Wardour Street, London, W 4AN. 0.75, I suppose it was inevitable that sooner...
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Controls on Formula Racing In your leader of November 1981 devoted to record breaking you made a remark that piqued my interest, namely that you "deplore any control of technical development in Fl...
Golf Grumbles When MOTOR SPORT has space to publish a reader's letter complaining about a squeak in his five-year-old MG I feel all must be well in the motor industry. So I thought you might like to...
Letters from Readers N It -Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Mal OR SPowt• does nOi necessarily assoesate ttself with them
Renault Reply Without wishing to enter into a political argument raised by your correspondent Mr. G. C. Potter (October 1981 issue), I must refute the statement that "some Renault seat-belts do kill...
The Seat Belt Controversy Like yourself I have for many years opposed compulsory seat belt legislation and not always for the same reasons as yourself. I must however take issue with reader V. P....
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A 1951 Mk VI Bentley I have been a subscriber to MOTOR SPORT for 14 years and have had much pleasure in perusing its pages. Could I please use a little of your space to try and find some information...
Air Mail May we, through you and your readers good offices. see whether we can unlock any history or trace of our former property. Messerschntitt "Taifun" G-AFRN? We know its pre-war build history...
Rolls-Royce Engines Regarding your review of the Schneider Trophy book. with particular reference to the connection between the Rolls-Royce Ghost car and the aircraft engines. It would appear that...
Solihull sulks I write to you with some suggestions as to why BL do not sell the same number of cars as their competitors, I purchased a new Rover 26005 in March of this year, I was promised by the...
The BL "Standard Squeak" Sir , How enlightening it is to discover that BL have invented, researched and fitted to their cars (at no extra cost) a "Standard Squeak"! (Clive Purnis' letter, November...

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