July 1963

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More Marpleisms This summer, not only will Marples' 50-m.p.h. speed limit be imposed over 750 miles of trunk roads at week-ends, but this 50-limit will apply to every road in the country, other than...
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Lotus all the way Spa, Belgium, June 9th The second of the 1963 Grande Epreuves took place on the super-fast Spa-Francorchamps circuit, nowadays not such a billiards-table as it used to be, and with...
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Ferraris all the way Right from the start this year's race was short of runners, for a great number were withdrawn before the week of Le Mans began; all the reserves were brought in but the entry...
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While most people in the racing world were at Monaco recently, for the Grand Prix, the Commission Sportive International of the F.I.A. convened a meeting of drivers, organisers and constructors to...
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A 120 m.p.h. very spacious, fully-equipped luxury saloon in the best tradition of the famous make. Followring value-for-money perfection in terms of the twin-cam 3.8-litre saloon which it seemed...
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A clause of the 1962 Finance Act refers to all vehicles on the road requiring a "Road Fund" Licence, whether or not they are proceeding under their own power. This means that you can no longer...
Goodwood (June 3rd) The B.A.R.C.'s National British Race Meeting at Goodwood on Whit Monday June 3rd, although being the secondary meeting to their Crystal Palace International Race Meeting held...
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B.R.M. sweeps the board Monte Carlo, May 26th. This year it was the turn of the Monaco Grand Prix to be called the Grand Prix of Europe, but more important it was the first Grande Epreuve of the 1963...
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Vallelunga Autodrome—Two Heats The little Vallelunga Autodrome just north of Rome has recently been lengthened to 3.2 kilometres to the lap, but still remains very much an enclosed stadium, and here...
"...there are limits to the performance of any suspension system which employs a rigid rear axle..."—John Bolster in Autosport. *** "The handling of the Imp is very, very good indeed and is certainly...
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The Editor thoroughly enjoys driving the Ford Consul Cortina GT, finds the current Chrysler Valiant V-200 "Compact" commodious, essentially restful transport, and refreshes his memory of the latest...
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"The reduction to a maximum engine capacity of 1.5-litres for Formula One racing cut costs drastically. There was a potent little engine available at relatively low cost—the Coventry-Climax."—From an...
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At Francorchamps three entirely new Formula 1 cars appeared in public for the first time and took part in the Belgian Grand Prix. These were the B.R.P., the Scirocco and the long-awaited A.T.S. Such...
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Since the demise of front-wheel-drive cars at Indianapolis at the end of the nineteen-forties, the Frank Kurtis-inspired "Roadster" has held sway in the annual 500-mile race, and for matter in most...
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The six-hour saloon car race sponsored by The Motor will be held on July 6th and will give spectators the first opportunity to see the all conquering Ford Galaxies in a long distance race. Four of...
While at Indianapolis last year, driving a Mickey Thompson car with rear-mounted V8 Buick engine, Dan Gurney had the idea that Colin Chapman could build a car that could win the famous 500-mile race...
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are in the process of planning a new film which will feature Vintage cars very prominently and which is provisionally titled, "The Yellow Rolls-Royce." For the film they need a...
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A section devoted to old-car matters 1,000 Miles in 24 hours in "Chain-Gang" Frazer Nash cars In 1936 the late Sir J. O. C. Samuel completed a run of 1,000 miles in 24 hours in a Frazer Nash on...
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Time was when freedom to use the Queen's Highway was the RIGHT of all law-abiding subjects, a right jealously guarded by the Country's Rulers. This RIGHT now seems in danger of becoming a PRIVILEGE....
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The Motoring Defence League Ltd. is a Company limited by guarantee, incorporated under the Company's Act 1948. The principal AIMS AND OBJECTS are:— 1. To protect maintain and promote the interests...
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Sir, Perhaps I can enlighten your contributor concerning the Mathis/Standard rumour. I was for many years with the late B. S. Marshall, being responsible for the preparation of all his racing cars,...
Sir, You do less than justice to the V.S.C.C. in your report of their Silverstone Meeting, when you suggest that they were "disinterested" in the Inter-Register race. In fact, the V.S.C.C. have been...
This is always a pleasing event. This year it was organised by J. K. Milner and B. Clark and attracted an excellent entry of 19. After being judged for originality, maintenance and elegance, the cars...
Sir, Some friends were discussing with me the book "Coleman's Drive," which describes how a 1925 Austin Seven in 1959 duplicated "Tschiffely's Ride" from Buenos Aires to New York— just another...
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This month this feature appears on a vintage page, because it concerns vintage miniatures. The picture above is of a fine 1/5th-scale working model of a 1913 A-type Gnome Monosoupape rotary aero...
The Vintage Austin Register, 750 M.C. and Cambridge Vintage A.7 Club have made valiant attempts to bring together pre-war Austin Sevens. But did you know that more than 20 such cars had a police...
Sir, May I be permitted to add my comments to those of Mr. J. A. Wood in your June issue on the subject of the alleged rare A.C. You will probably not be very surprised to learn that there are no...
Sir, In these days when good old-fashioned service is such a rare and valued commodity, I should like to commend to readers that offered by Messrs. Flexible Lamps Ltd., of Centre Drive, Epping, Essex...
Sir, Fine weather, a free Sunday, and the fascination of a friend's newly acquired Citroën 2 c.v. prompted investigation of the picture titled "Contemporary Scene" on page 245 of Motor Sport for...
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Some notes on the Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells It all started when Roger Maughfling of Knighton went to his local printer about a calendar, and to show what results could be expected from a...
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A veteran and vintage car rally is to be held at Bourton Vale County School, Bourton-on-the-Water, near Cheltenham, on July 20th, as part of the School's Summer Fete. The entry fee is 5s. and details...
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[Steam wagons are a very off-beat form of motoring sport, I know, but so much interest was aroused by my description last month of riding on a Foden, that I am delighted to present this account by...
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It was a good idea for the Headmaster of Crookham Court School, Newbury, to co-operate with the Bean Car Club in having a gathering of vintage and p.v.t. cars in the school grounds during the evening...
Results: Montagu Trophy: E. Riddle (1921 G.N.). Martini Trophy: G. W. Wrapson (1929 Austin). Concours d'Elegance: First-Class Awards: Dr. R. Barnard (1927 Delage), J. Rowland-Hosbons (1939 Rolls-...
A Static Display and Parade of Veteran and Vintage Cars and Motorcycles is to be held in Oakley Park, near Basingstoke, Hants, on Sunday, August 18th, in conjunction with a Charity Cricket Match...
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For the second year in succession the French owned Total Oil Products (G.B.) Ltd. petrol company held their Foreign Car test day at Silverstone. Total supplied the petrol, the Concessionaires of most...
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"Automobile Year: No. 10." 241 pp., 12 5/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (Edita S.A., Box 1109, Lausanne 1, Switzerland. English Agent : G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 1-5, Portpool Lane, London, E.C.1. 52s. 6d.)...
Commercial vehicles are encountered all too infrequently in novels and non-fictional works, so I was interested to read of a highly-adventurous journey undertaken by Rupert Croft-Cooke and two...
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SINCE the last summary on the R.A.C. Hill-Climb Championship for 1963 appeared in last month's issue, two further qualifying rounds have taken place, one being a newcomer to the contest, the Barbon...
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Sir, I have recently sold an Austin Seven de luxe saloon which I bought new in August 1960. When I sold it the speedometer read 58,525 miles. This rather high mileage is due to the fact that I am a...
Sir, We at Firestone are very proud of the fact that for the 40th consecutive time the famous Indianapolis 500-mile race has been won on Firestone tyres. Parnelli Jones the winner, Jim Clark second,...
Sir, Although any individual motoring enthusiast is entitled to his loyalty to the make he most favours, I should not like your readers to think that Mr. Martin Jubb is expressing an official view of...
Sir, My last set of Dunlop Gold Seals (on a new "Spridget") lasted some 4,500 miles almost entirely on tar roads and with regular rotation. I bought four "X"s on which I have done as yet only about 4...
Sir, In reply to J. D. Sinclair of the Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., he states that as long as the correct tyre is used for each car, you will get satisfactory service from them. I have already written to...
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Sir, Any motor-racing enthusiast who witnessed the saloon-car race at Silverstone on May 11th must have been disappointed at the appalling display of gamesmanship by one or two of the competing...
Sir, The first Firestone racing tyres brought into this country from America have achieved an immediate and outstanding success. They were fitted to the Ford Galaxie which won the production car race...
Sir, I deplore those Race-Track Commentators who keep exhorting the spectators to applaud. At the B.R.D.C.'s Silverstone Meeting we were directed to applaud sundry drivers; mechanics, officials and...
Sir, Last month's indictment of the 4/4 cannot go unchallenged. The basis for my argument is that I had a new Mark V with a 4.1: 1 axle on March 1st this year. Total price £695 odd. Taking your...
Sir, I was delighted on reading your report of the Easter Goodwood saloon-car race to note an accurate description of the "fracas" at the chicane, on the last lap between Penning and Whitmore, both...

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