January 1989

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Entries close on January 10 for the Sunbeam MCC's Pioneer Run for pre1915 machines on March 19. Apply to Marjorie Ayers, 59 Beechwood Road, Sanderstead, Surrey, CR2 ORE. Among the celebrations...
Disturbing! The Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs is watching carefully the EEC regulations which threaten to seriously restrict the use of old cars here by 1992, for, as Lord Montagu of Beaulieu...
As the New Year approaches we can anticipate a highly interesting season of varied motoring sport. Formula One racing should be less confined to one winning make, a situation the incredible...
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Toleman's Enduro Making his third attempt to complete the Paris-Dakar Rally Raid, Ted Toleman, partnered by former World Hot Rod Champion Barry Lee, is entering a purpose-built Metro, designated the...
A decade of the World Rally Championship for drivers was celebrated by a special single-stage event at Montlhery on December 4, contested by all eight champions; Bjorn Waldegard, Walter Rohrl, Ari...
Captain Donald Marendaz, who had watched the Hon CS Rolls inflating his balloons opposite his school in Monouth, went on to make his name with specialised sportscars distinguished by their Bentley-...
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Aston Martin's Group C car had its first test session at Silverstone in early December, driven by David Leslie, Brian Redman and its builder Ray Mallock. Fitted with a 6-litre four-valve V8 developed...
Enrico Bertaggia added the prestigious Macau Grand Prix title on November 27 to his early-season victory on the Monaco GP support race, to complete a remarkable Formula Three double after a...
Formula Renault, training ground for France's racing drivers, is to have a 10-round series in Britain. Run by the BARC and Two Four Sports/Donington Park, the series will offer inexpensive single-...
Automobiles Peugeot has announced its intention to contest the 1991 Sports Prototype series with its own car and engine. Peugeot Talbot Sport, the competitions arm headed by Jean Todt which created...
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Sandown Park 360kms Southern stars One defeat doesn't end a war, but the Silk Cut Jaguar team went down badly at Sandown Park, Melbourne on November 20, trounced by AEG Sauber Mercedes. The two dark...
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Kyalami 360 kms Joest ahead. Defying a boycott imposed by the French government, Bob Wollek drove his Joest Racing Porsche 962C to a fine victory at the new Kyalami circuit on November 26. He beat...
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Fourteenth time lucky! When Peugeot's Jean Todt first recognised the increasing flexibility and freedom offered by FISA's vehicle regulations, and convinced his company that they should build, market...
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Revolution? Although it was generally unremarked at the time, the 10th round of the World Sports-Prototype Championship at Fuji was significant in being the last world championship 1000 kilometre...
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What turns you on? Dear Reader, A little while ago I was driving into London's Heathrow Airport, following a Saab Turbo. I was in a Porsche, and we weren't racing or competing, merely going about our...
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Starting again from scratch The banning of turbocharged engines and the introduction of a new 31/2-litre formula for Grand Prix racing gave manufacturers a clean sheet of paper on which to design new...
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A prolific industry It had been our intention to feature a monthly article on the current state-of the art of building fake cars, whether for pleasure or monetary gain. By "fake" we encompass all the...
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Andy Rouse Engineering Powerhouse From the moment you walk into the new premises in Solihull and see the 24 trophies neatly lined up on a shelf in the reception room, you appreciate just how...
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Gary Brabham Racing dynasties have become positively fashionable in the Eighties. The extended working lives of top Americans such as Mario Andretti and the Unser brothers have even led to second...
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Five-star futures Britain's foremost single-seater racing championship produced a season of two halves last year, with Finnish Formula Ford graduate Jyrki Jarvilehto stamping his authority over our...
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Another World In a world ruled by stylists and accountants, no motor manufacturer could possibly hope to wring a quarter of a century out of a design, no matter how good it was. Fortunately there is...
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Carrera 4: a revelation Proud of the new model as Porsche's management surely is, not quite enough emphasis was given at the launch to the completely fresh appeal of the 911. It is, in fact, the...
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More dash, less cash The new Piazza Turbo, they call it optimistically. In fact, little of it is new save a hoop spoiler on its elevated rump, but Isuzu (UK)'s only sports-car has certainly matured...
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Glamorous aberration Blower. It was a memorable tag when Bentley's race exploits filled the papers even more than Jaguar's do today, and it has continued as the popular label for all that was...
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Rejuvenated flagship In a record market of 2.2 million new car registrations in 1988, it was the quality car sector which was particularly buoyant, accounting for 248,000 cars or 11 per cent of the...
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Barrie Price re-formed the Lea-Francis company in 1977, and soon revived this respected name on a new Jaguar-engined Leaf (Motor Sport, August 1980). This year a Lea-Francis appeared at Britain's...
Saab 9000 Carlsson and CDi Since his successes of nearly thirty years ago in international rallying (and particularly in the RAC Rally) behind the wheel of a Saab, Erik Carlsson has been continuously...
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We hear that Morgan three-wheelers have been doing well in Australia. Stuart Harper and Phil Spencer sent their Moggys out by transporter, the Ware replica and the ex-Cyril 1935 Hale car, the latter...
Coventry's Museum of British Road Transport has been given £77,420 as a result of an appeal for funds started seven years ago by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As well as Museum improvements,...
Airedale tale Arising from our analysis of Dorman and Riley valvegear (Motor Sport, November 1987), we have received a very interesting note from John Garden of Inverurie, whose first car had a...
On October 23 the VSCC's annual Eastern Rally map-reading event had entries ranging from Ron Barker's towering Renault 45 and a 1923 Benz to four A7s; best performance was made by J Potter's 1930...
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Sir Alistair Miller, Mr Brooklands! If you had to choose, who would you call "Mr Brooklands"? Parry Thomas, perhaps, who lived there and achieved many great successes with the Leylands and other cars...
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Of the cars referred to above, the Viper vanished mysteriously in the 1930s but Delage II, rebuilt and re-bodied for VSCC racing by N Arnold-Forster, is about to be auctioned, valued at £250,000. J...
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We are well into 1928 in the Owen John W diaries, and he was pressing on as busily as ever. On a run up to London from Charing, near Margate, two things had impressed this pioneer autocarist: one was...
Entries open on January 1 for the well-established Esso Bristol-Bournemouth Run of the Yeovil CC, for which some 350 entries are expected from all over Europe and Scandinavia. The date is June 11,...
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The official results of the prolifically supported Kenco RAC Veteran Car Run show 359 starters out of 427 entries of pre-1905 cars. The 49 unfortunates who retired were: T Moore (1884 steam De Dion...
The VSCC President Roger Collings has driven his 60hp Mercedes for at least 100,000 miles both as a road car and for every conceivable kind of competitive event with very little mechanical mayhem. To...
For one of the most challenging VSCC events, the Lakeland Trial, entries numbered 87 but there were seven non starters. WB
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Ferrari feast As in every walk of life, the modelling world is fragmented into several special interest groups. On the one hand there are the white metal model manufacturers and retailers whose...
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Sporting Rileys—The Forgotten Champions by David G Styles. 288pp. 91/2" x 8". (Dalton Watson plc, Russell Chambers, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8AA, £24.95) A very welcome follow-up to...
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Sir, Can it be that the redoubtable Jean-Marie Balestre actually reads Motor Sport? The question inevitably arises given the remarkable similarity between the new World Sportscar Formula limiting...
Sir, I recently received a very glossy brochure giving details of next year's British Grand Prix. I was staggered to see that the advanced charge for admission on race day has been increased by 67%...
Sir, As a regular spectator at Silverstone since 1966, I have watched with increasing concern the way in which admission charges have risen in line with a relative decline in spectator facilities,...
Sir, In answer to Mr Millward (Motor Sport, November 1988): yes my driving experience in England is limited, although I have trailered vintage cars as far there as here, but pehaps the same is true...
Sir, May I take up a little of your time to endorse the remarks in the letter of Mr Peter Biggs (Motor Sport, November 1988) concerning spectating at Silverstone? Like Mr Biggs I have been a fairly...
Sir, After the recent announcement that the RAC, in its wisdom, is proposing to run a show not only in direct competition but even on the same dates as that to be organised by the British Racing and...
Sir, May I state my total agreement with Mr Biggs' letter regarding Silverstone and how it has changed? I have been a regular visitor since 1950 and was appalled by the changes found on my visit to...
Sir, In view of the universal encouragement for the public to use unleaded petrol, is it not time for FISA and other governing bodies to insist that such fuel be used in all vehicles, including...
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Sir, The Editor is a modest man, and it is no surprise that the article "Brooklands Society Comes of Age" (Motor Sport, November 1988) makes no reference to the success of what he started 21 years...
Sir, Your picture of a Wartburg (Rally Review, Motor Sport, November 1988) brought to mind an incident that occurred sometime in the late 1970s on an RAC Rally, somewhere in the depths of Kielder...
Sir, I was very interested to read your "High Speed Trials" article in the November issue. As a competitor in the VSCC April Silverstone High Speed Trial this year, I had to complete 21 laps in 40...
Sir, In Matters of Moment, (Motor Sport, December 1988), your caption to the concours photo says "there are more concours than ever before but the elegance has gone". This is exactly my view and I...
Sir, After several years effort my book covering the history of British speed hill climbing, Uphill Racers, is within twelve months of publication. The major task remains to make a final selection of...

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