January 1983

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Design trends As another year commences, it is satisfactory to be able to record that motor-car design ts as fluid as ever and that so many interesting cars are available to ordinary users....
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Teesside Yesteryear Motor Club Those readers in the North-East who own vintage, pre-war or post-war and classic cars might find the varied programme of the TYMC of interest. Last year's events...
Colin Chapman Lotus chief Colin Chapman died at his home in Norfolk during the night of December 15th/16th at the age of 54 years, bringing to an end an era of technical imagination and innovation...
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When you see the sports car of today coming towards you it is possible to be mistaken as to its identity due to designers all treading the same aerodynamic efficiency path. In the vintage and post-...
The calendar of the major events for 1983 was published in good time this year, but the dates of lesser International and non-championship events have yet to come. There are 17 races on the list of...
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There were times during 1982 when criticism was levelled against the points allocation system used by FISA for the World Rally Championship, in particular the drivers' series. The critics were...
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Malcolm Wilson took MRG as co-driver on the RAC Rally... There is little doubt that no other current rally car creates as much interest, or in some areas controversy, as the Audi Quattro. The most...
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In contrast to the much-publicised efforts of other Englishmen to bring back the Beaujolais Nouveau as quickly as possible, David Howard, who deals in vintage and thoroughbred cars, chose to treat...
We do not want to labour the seat-belts compulsion thing, but in view of the letter from Mr. Harold E. Parkin in the November 1982 issue and another last month quoting the legal aspects of Government...
ONE should not think of Finland when writing of the RAC Rally. Too late for any change, we realised that the reference on page 76 to Hannu Mikkola's previous wins on this event was not correct. He...
In 1937 the Aldington brothers were importing the 2-litre 6-cylinder Type 328 BMW sports car through their firm AFN Ltd. and they marketed it as the Frazer Nash-BMW. From the way the factory can had...
ONE of the oldest World records in the books, for the fastest boat on salt water, has fallen after nearly 50 years. In December, Dr. Carlo Bonomi added over 20 m.p.h. to the speed established by...
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It had been my intention to reduce the road-testing of ordinary family-type cars in what should be sporting pages, but I found a Vauxhall Astra 1600S GL awaiting me in the office car park, so will...
Despite the general slump in car sales, BMW's production figures have been steadily increasing. A large proportion of this is the result of the popularity of the "baby" of the range which has...
The Jowett CC has already decided on the venue for this year's National Jowett Rally. It is to be at Bradford — and nothing could be more appropriate. The date is the Spring Bank Holiday, May 27th-...
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Austin Rover group (ARG) launched two limited production and considerably more rapid model derivatives of the MG Metro and the Rover SDI V8 saloons immediately prior to the Motor Show. Then there was...
While the Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 was being put to rights by Alfa Romeo (GB) Ltd., after its first 9,285 miles, I was lent a Giulietta 2.0. The Giulietta is becoming out-dated in some respects, with its...
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The Vintage SCC has announced its full 1983 fixture-list, of 29 happenings. Some which are open to non-member spectators are:— First Silverstone Race Meeting (Club circuit), April 16th Curborough...
The MCC's 54th Exeter Classic Trial will take place on January 7th & 8th, mainly in Devon and Somerset. Since two of the last four such trials have been snowed off. perhaps the proviso "DV &...
As last year, the winter Driving Tests of the Vintage SCC took place at Barford St. John, with 68 entries attempting ten tests, proving that Englishmen are as mad as dogs. At the American base cars...
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When your working day begins with a man from Munich parking a Ferrari apparently valued at £44,000 in front of the house, it is hard to grasp the motoring realities once more. When said gentleman...
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I have prevailed upon Mr. Anthony S. Heal, the great authority on anything appertaining to Sunbeam cars and STD affairs, particularly the racing endeavours of Louis Coatalen, Sunbeam's celebrated...
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Nothing much, we are pleased to say, in Iast month's issue, apart from the seemingly inevitable literals, except that it should have been explained, on page 1633, that Park's Vauxhall did 64.28 m.p.h...
Some time ago I was complaining in these pages about the prolonged closure of a road bridge on B438 and the very long detours this entailed. When the road was reopened the annoyances were mitigated...
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Hugh Conway has reminded us that at Elvington last year the times for the standing kilometre set up by St. John (Bugatti Type 51) and by Ian Preston (Bugatti Type 35B) improved on the International...
My remark recently that I had ridden at Brooklands in a road-equipped 2.9-litre Maserati, before the similar ex-Birkin car so beautifully restored recently for Cameron-Millar, was so fitted out, has...
I have been taken to task by C. P. M. Walters, whose Company, Chris Walters Ltd., is involved in engineering consultancy work with firms associated with motor racing, for saying in my articles on "...
Reverting to the reference to a Rolls-Royce char-a-banc made recently in these columns, a reader tells us that it was operated by William Pyne & Sons, not by the Yorkshire Road Car Co. It carried...
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The editor casts his mind back to some that were more sporting in appearance than in performance. It is rather astonishing that the interest in, and demand for, sports-cars in the vintage days was so...
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On November 12th last year, the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent visited Michelin House, Chelsea, to return a large clock after an absence of over 40 years. The clock was originally hung in Michelin...
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More on Imperia Sir, I was most interested to read of your reference to the "Jam Factory" at Maidenhead. Please, though, I didn't invent this name. People's memories are short, and by the time it...
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"Thirty Years of Motoring for Motor Sport" by Bill Boddy. 160pp. 11" x 8-1/2" (Grenville Publishing Co. Ltd., Standard House, Bonhill Streeet, London, EC2A 4DA. £14.90). Here at last is the book so...
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One might be forgiven for thinking that the process of refinement which gave rise to the splendid Mercedes-Benz 500SEC could not be honed to a finer edge, but there will always be those who seek to "...
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Individual variations on the XJS theme... It is now more than 12 years since Guy Black, then an engineer with Weslake's at Rye, carried out his first old car restoration project on a Riley Lynx. From...
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It was a great shame that an event of the calibre of the RAC Rally, and final round of the World Championship, should begin with a squabble, albeit of a domestic nature and confined to just one of...
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No makes of cars are mentioned in "A Heroine In Her Time — A Life of Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan 1879-1967” by Molly Izard (Macmillan, 1969) but there are interesting new aspects of women drivers in...
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An aerial cyclecar With the new Micro-light flying having attained the BBC "Nationwide" programme on TV (and, of course, the recent pages of Motor Sport!), I have just remembered that when road-...
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Brooklands v. Mary Rose Sir, Your remarks in this month's Motor Sport concerning the proposed gravel-raising threat to Brooklands are most apt, but I do feel that the raising of the Mary Rose should...
Scalextric have introduced a red 3.0-litre Tricentrol saloon-car racing Ford Capri which has working head and rear lamps, apart from other items such as spoiler and wing mirrors. It sells for £11.50...

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