January 1990

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Ford Gets Jaguar IN AN AGE of takeovers and amalgamations, it has come nevertheless as a profound shock to many enthusiasts that Ford (UK) has acquired Jaguar, a car as British as the bowler hat and...
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As we close for press, we learn sadly that Hugh Conway, CBE, has died of a sudden heart attack, after he seemed to be recovering well and was full of plans for the forthcoming Bugatti Museum at...
Le Mans in Jeopardy! Most devastating news of the month came through as we were about to close for press that FISA has declared the Sarthe circuit at Le Mans unsafe and will not therefore be renewing...
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RO QKS ON Brooks at Donington: Thursday, 8 February and Monday, 9 April, 1990. Two sale dates for your diary, and already some cars of remarkable quality. Most attention will focus on '1VEV.' The...
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RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 1989
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Four-play! IN ONE of the conference rooms of Heathrow's Excelsior Airport Hotel, there was a hubbub of the kind which is common at gatherings of people who share a common interest; people of many...
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They're not just any old cars, so why use just any old oil? Everyone has a car they love. For some people, the 'exceedingly eye-worthy, fast and accelerative' iitGull-wing, as Auto Car described it...
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Group En--ergy! WHEN the organisers of the Ivory Coast Rally distributed publicity material in advance of the 1989 event, they emphasised that it would not be a car-breaker and that rough roads would...
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Hear no diesel. See no diesel. Smell no diesel. "Great for economy but bad for ecology." A common enough complaint with diesels. Believe it or not, though, they actually emit 25% less carbon dioxide...
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Evergreen Giant FEW manufacturers can claim to have produced a 'classic' car in the last twenty years, least of all one from a mass producer, but in the quattro Audi can fairly claim to have a car...
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Sweet Dreams SHOULD you be a captain of industry, a chauffeur or just a plain day dreamer, this is a road test that should appeal to you. If, however, you are a car enthusiast who is never likely to...
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Lost Giant A contemporary (I must not mention names, but I respect Mike McCarthy for running a slick ship!) published a story recently that has a ring of mystery about it. The correspondent...
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Big Bugattis LAST month I drove to Corby to see some of the big engined Bugaftis which Magnum Engineering Ltd. is rebuilding at Magnum Rare Cars, and to drive one of them. The car I drove I was John...
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MAGNUM RARE CARS LIMITED The Directors of 'Rare Cars' have a great love of Historic motorcars and, possibly like yourself, have become frustrated over recent years with sub-standard work, lame...
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Motoring with Bill Little THE social side of motoring was well in evidence at Bristol, as a substitute for going to every possible pre-war Brooklands and Crystal Palace race meeting, and as many...
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FORGOTTEN MAKES: No.88 The Maudslay THE Maudslay Company of Parkside, Coventry, was a highly respected engineering concern before it turned to making cars in 1902, at a branch of the mainstream...
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Humber Date WE RECOUNTED last month how the Bentley DC honoured Miss Marjorie Burgess, daughter of Fred Burgess, designer of the 1914 TT Humber team-cars and who helped materially with the engine and...
Results of driving tests at Enstone December 2, 1989 1st class awards: A. D. Jones (A7); P. R. Rosomon (A7); J. S. Baxter (A7); R. J. Nice (A7); G. F. Smith (MG); M. G. Garfitt (FN-BMW); P. N....
VSCC at Enstone IF ANYONE doubts whether vintage car competitions are an all-the-yearround pastime, they should have been at bleak Enstone airfield for the VSCC Driving Tests (107 entries) on...
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Brighton Run Aftermath LOOKING back on the 1989 Veteran Car Run, 66 entries were withdrawn and nine more failed to turn up. This left 377 pre-1905 "Kenco cars" as starters. Of these, those who failed...
Campbell at Vemeuk Pan OUR recent reference to Malcolm Campbell's abortive LSR attempt at Verneuk Pan in S. Africa when that was a British possession brought some excellent photographs from a reader...
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Maserati V8 RI: Interesting but Unsuccessful /N 1934 a new Formula for Grand Prix racing began, with the barest minimum of rules, so that designers had a fairly free hand. The car had to be weighed...
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LETTER TO READERS DEAR Reader There are some strange people who do not like the Honda Motor Company of Tokyo, mainly because they are so successful in Formula One and keep on winning. From outside,...
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McLaren-Honda 1989 Constructor's Champion ATEAM that won ten out of the sixteen races in the 1989 World Championship series should be fairly contented, and there are some teams that would have been...
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Alain Prost An interview with the new World Champion pIERGUIDO CasteIli wasn't remotely interested in the scene outside the technical centre. The excited babble of 200 anxious pressmen and...
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Neutral Contour Technology was used in the development of the low-profile NCT tyre in the late 1970s, the introduction of which was a milestone in the development of high-performance tyres. NCT...
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At the Cutting Edge construction of the Grand Prix tyres is in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear's Technical Centre in Luxembourg is the nerve centre of a global operation that oversees research and development...
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INTERNATIONAL FORMULA 3000 CHAMPIONSHIP
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VICTOR Gauntlett looked the happiest man in the world at Brands Hatch on July 23, after seeing David Leslie and Brian Redman drive the Aston Martin AMR-1 to fourth place overall in only the car's...
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Proteus Technology Protech, short for Proteus Technology, is part of the Proton Group which is a holding company for the Greek shipowning Livanos family and Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett....
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FISA waves stick at Le Mans ON Thursday, December 7, FISA dropped its bombshell on the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, in refusing to renew the track licence for Le Mans for 1990. The historic 24 Hour...
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Models IT HAS been disappointing just how few interesting and reasonably priced models of modern racing cars there have been in recent years. It is therefore a paradox that the model and toy market...
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1989 Le Mans 24 Hours by Christian Moity and Jean-Marc Teissedre. Published in the UK by Autotechnica, 14 Peartree Business Centre, Colchester, CO3 5JN. 197 pages in full colour. £23.90) Fifty...
The Jaguar Scrapbook by Philip Porter. 168pp. 1034" x 8". Haynes Publishing Group, Spark ford, Yeovil BA22 7JJ. £17.95 Not another Jaguar book? Haynes themselves have 17 others! But on examination I...
Nigel Mansell and Niki Lauda by David Tremayne and Alan Henry respectively. 10.1" x 8". Hazleton Publishing, 3 Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6RE. 108 pages. £11.95 each. When a couple of blue...
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Norris Miles of Hubbard Racing is keen to start a series based on the old Group 2, pre '74 saloons, reviving a series from 16 years ago that used to see Camaros, BMWs, Capris, Mustangs, Escorts and...
VSCC Lakeland Trial THIS tough event was run on November 11 last year. Results: Bridge Trophy: P. Stringer (A7). Kirkstile Plate: D. Marsh (Bugafti). Roy Patterson Cup: M. de Redder (A7). 1st Class...
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How Many More? Sir, I was very interested to read the article in the December MOTOR SPORT entitled "How Many More?". It outlines a concern which many associated with historic motor sport have been...
Original Nuts? Sir, Yet again, December issue, more about fake and replica cars. I always thought that the real enthusiast was interested really in how a car went, how it performed, how it handled...
Plastic or Metal? Sir, Brian Morgan has got his spanners in a muddle! Not having had a chance to footnote his letter in last month's issue objecting to GRP bodies for vintage specials, I will now...
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A Note of Thanks Sir, The organisers of the Lombard RAC Rally would like to take this opportunity of thanking the many thousands of volunteer marshals and other officials who gave so generously of...
An Appeal for Help Sir, Since summer 1986, a detailed recording of the industrial archaeology of the entire Brooklands site (particularly the former British Aerospace factory) has been carried out by...
Metallurgique Sir, It was a very pleasant article in your magazine, on the Metallurgique, that very old Belgian car. In fact, my father bought for the enormous sum of 5.000 francs the first car ever...
Metro Help Needed Sir, I am writing a book about the Metro and wish to cover Metros in motor sports. That's where you could help! If you have any interesting Metro adapted for motor sport of any kind...
Senna the Sinner? Sir May I join Diana Slater in the wilderness? Senna is a brilliant and forceful driver, a natural winner. I suggest that if he was British he would be everybody's hero. ROY...
The Hidden 'Ws Sir, The Cosworth article in the December 1989 issue quotes Mr Goddard as saying that the competitiveness of Grand Prix racing is governed by tyres, chassis, driver and engine in that...
World Champion Or Not? Sir, I submit that the racing driver who, in a season, achieves the most race wins should surely be the World Champion; hence for 1989 it would be Ayrton Senna, just as in the...

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