January 1991

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On the Spot We believe that in spite of the enormous flow of traffic composed of vehicles of widely varying size and speed, from the unlit bicycle to the biggest of trucks, which use our outdated...
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The arrival of any new Grand Prix team is usually greeted with a mixture of enthusiasm and scepticism, the latter usually the predominant emotion, even if that team arrives with a formidable...
Following much speculation about the future of Team Lotus, the troubled Hethel outfit seems to have a brighter future following an agreement to hand over the reins to a new three-man management...
Motor Sport would like to extend its congratulations to David Tremayne, Executive Editor of our sister weekly paper Motoring News as being the recipient of the prestigious Timo Mäkinen Trophy for...
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It was at the Essen Show (see report on pages 23, 24) that BMW Motorsport announced its plans for 1991 which, as expected, revolved around the increasingly popular and prestigious German Touring Car...
A managing director of a large motoring insurance broker has written to us with details of a scheme that he hopes will significantly reduce the number of rear end accidents in the UK. According to...
"I've always admired Czechoslovakian mechanics. After the war my family had a rear-engined Tatra and from that came my love for mid-engined sports cars like the Miura," Nuccio Bertone said. It is...
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A glance over the shoulder I don't go much on looking on the immediate past; if I have to look back I prefer to look back 25 years or more, into history. However, 1990 was a significant year in...
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To casual watchers, November's Lombard RAC Rally probably seemed little changed from the previous year. Apart from a shift of headquarters from Nottingham to Harrogate, and some differences in the...
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World Sports-Prototype Championship for Teams and Drivers
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California Dreaming For one brief bizarre moment, I became so disorientated, I thought I was in some smog-ridden city in California — the ostentation of the displays and the sheer enthusiasm for over...
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The name is seen in almost any picture of GTP sports car racing in America; Andial. Every Porsche carries the logo, and in the past ten seasons of Camel GT competitions Andial-built engines have...
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Tom Walkinshaw has confirmed the rumours that have been buzzing round in motor racing circles for some months. Better still, he has presented and driven the superb JaguarSport XJR-15 at Silverstone,...
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Just two years ago Motor Sport proposed a 'Supercar GT' category of sports car racing, and we were able to detail a surprisingly wide variety of current, production sports cars which would be...
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There was deep despondency in some quarters last year when it was learnt that the fabled Porsche 911 Turbo was being eased out of production. For over a dozen years this model had been the flagship...
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The deception of basing a low slung coupé on popular saloon car components — in this case the floorpan and much of the running gear of the bestselling Vauxhall — is almost as old as the motor...
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The cloverleaf version of Alfa Romeo's stylish 164 saloon has now gone on sale in Britain, and is likely to become a much sought after model. The heart of any Alfa is the engine, and the Cloverleaf...
The 1991 Polos are a logical development of Volkswagen's smallest models except that in being equipped with catalytic convertors, they have pulled something of a coup, being the first manufacturer to...
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AII good things come to an end eventually, we are told. It was so with the Ford Sierra XR 4x4 which I used until its odometer registered 42,988 miles, in which distance, as I have reminded regular...
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The most significantly new aspect of the latest Audi 100, now the fourth generation of that model, is its V6 engine. This completely new 2771 cc engine is slightly undersquare with a bore of 82.5 mm...
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The scene will be familiar to anyone who has ever been stuck behind a milk lorry, a truck full of sheep and a local bus on a rain swept back road in Wales. And so will that mixed feeling of boredom,...
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Among the various ways in which enthusiasts thought up challenges for themselves and their cars in pre-war days was that of setting up personal 'records' over difficult or interesting journeys. Of...
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No 96: The Guy Writing another in this series early in November, it seemed appropriate to deal with the Guy... Guy Motors Ltd was only one of many commercial vehicle manufacturers to include private...
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Brute force is not generally a description associated with Ferraris. Lithe, delicate, stylish maybe, but definitely not brutal. And yet the early Ferraris in particular were inclined to put power...
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Dear Reader, You will remember that last year I tried to buy a Ferrari with a good friend of mine, and we failed miserably. Not because we could not find a Ferrari for sale, nor because we could not...
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As stated last month, this year's Veteran Car Run was a great occasion. Although 79 of the pre-1905 cars were withdrawn before the start and another six were non-starters, that still left the...
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No one is likely to set off for Baghdad at the present time, unless in an attempt to release hostages held by Saddam Hussein. Back in the 1930s it was different. Indeed I have come across details of...
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The VSCC scenario moved to the tough terrain of the Lake District for a difficult, therefore enjoyable, trial on November 11th. The 77 competitors had to sign on at either Bassenthwaite Lake or at...
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On December 1st the Vintage SCC held its Enstone driving tests meeting, with the proximity of that pleasant pub, the 'Crown', at Church Enstone a bonus. The entries for this aerodrome frolic numbered...
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WPK continues his story on three different Triumph TRs and finishes by concentrating on a works replica TR4 in which he acted as navigator on last year's Pirelli Classic Marathon. This car was bought...
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On a journey to Wiltshire last month I spent an interesting afternoon with Mr Freddie Henry, 'talking Austin'. He started an apprenticeship with the Longbridge Company in 1926 and remained with Lord...
The Vintage Sports Car Club has announced its 1991 fixture list. An impressive one, it contains 32 events, of which eleven are open to non-members as paying spectators. These latter fixtures include...
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Ron Footitt We were very sad to hear of the death of Ron Footitt, a great VSCC enthusiast who started competing with a flat-twin Jowett, which his daughter also drove, but who in recent years was a...
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British Grand Prixby Maurice Hamilton. 271 pp. 10½" x 8¼". The Crowood Press Ltd, Gipsy Lane, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 6DQ. £18.95. This is a revised and enlarged edition of a very complete record of...
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While publishers scurry around to publish their annuals in time for Christmas, model manufacturers are doing the same. The Portuguese based Onyx company, which is represented in Britain by Modeltime...
Pre-War Motor Racing 1900-1939 and Motor Racing '60s Style — 1961 and 1962. These two 60 minute videos are Porter publishing's latest releases and will be immensely appealing to Motor Sport readers....
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£500,000 Car In The Snow Sir, I read with interest MLC's rather negative interview with Gordon Murray about the forthcoming McLaren supercar. It surprises me that such a car, expected to cost in...
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"Classic cars will battle their way through Britain's forests in the Lombard RAC International Rally." Headline in a contemporary weekly motor paper, suggesting a very broad interpretation of what...

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