July 1966

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The V6 Ford's International Class Records Due to our traditional monthly publication sequence coupled with early deadlines, it is only now possible for Motor Sport to congratulate Ford and Castrol on...
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The Mayor of Stourbridge, Clr. H.R. Stephens, has declined to serve on the local Bench, quoting his dislike of unfair fines imposed on road-users. He is quoted as saying : "Only recently I have heard...
Crystal Palace,(May 30th) Formula Two-Two Heats The domination of Formula Two races by the works Brabham-Hondas is becoming a rule to which there are few exceptions. With a joint fastest practice...
Results : Heat 1-30 laps-41.7 miles : 1st : J. Brabham (Brabham-Honda) ... 28 min. 18.4 sec. 88.39 m.p.h. 2nd: D. Hulme (Brabham-Honda). 3rd : A. Rees (Brabham-Cosworth). 4th : J. Rindt (Brabham-...
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An Italian Victory Spa, Belgium, June 13th. The second race in the 1966 series of Grandes Epreuves was the Belgian event, held on the traditional and splendid "Circuit Permanent of Francorchamps" in...
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The Ford GT40s finish one-two, Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon taking the American marque's debut victory over the Ferraris  Le Mans, France, June 18th/19th. Photo: Motorsport Images This year Ford...
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The Monte Carlo Rally unresolved, the doubt as to who had won at Indianapolis, the protest over the Acropolis Rally, and now Surtees' fuss with Ferrari and the disqualification of a Ford driver...
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After the cut-and-thrust of the street-racing of Monte Carlo the Grand Prix scene moved to the exacting, high-speed circuit of Francorchamps, near Spa, the finest and purest Grand Prix circuit in use...
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Among the many interesting happenings of last month was the first appearance in Europe of the Chaparral car from Texas. To those who follow American sports car racing the name will not be new and the...
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At the Monaco Grand Prix two more 1966 Formula 1 cars made their first public appearance, these being the V8 McLaren and the H16 B.R.M., both unsupercharged 3-litre cars. The McLaren took part in the...
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Engine: McLaren-Ford 90-degree 8-cylinder in vee formation; four overhead camshafts; bore and stroke 95.6 X 52.07 mm. (2,995 c.c.); Hilborn-Travers port fuel injection; coil ignition; one 14 mm....
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Engine: B.R.M. 16 cylinders in H-formation as two horizontally-opposed eight cylinders one above the other; four camshafts on each side of the engine; bore and stroke 68.95/48.89 mm. (2,999 c.c.);...
Engine: B.R.M. 16 cylinders in H-formation as two horizontally-opposed eight cylinders one above the other: four camshafts on each side of the engine; bore and stroke 68.95/48.89 mm. (2,999 c.c.);...
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Engine: Not yet released; 2.7-litre Coventry-Climax 4-cylinder engine in use until V12-cylinder engine is ready. Gearbox: Hewland 5-speed and reverse in unit with final drive. Brakes: Discs, all hub...
(continued) ... immediate explanation only six of the fifteen cars had appeared at the end of the first lap, with Gurney coming along on his own much later. Any form of motor racing is a serious...
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The Acropolis Advertising and, generally speaking, publicity of any sort are the means by which manufacturers bring their wares to the notice of the public. However, in highly competitive consumer-...
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Impressive Win by Chaparral, Nurburgring, Germany, June 5th. The German club that organises the annual long-distance race over 44 laps of the Nurburgring has long held the opinion that quantity of...
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The 50th Indianapolis 500-mile race will be remembered for two major upheavals, other than the lap one crash. Firstly, it is the end of an era, the era of the big hairy roadsters with brave middle-...
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters The vintage car movement and its associated derivatives has never been in better or more active fettle and it would be quite impossible to estimate how many...
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Sir, Your publication, May issue, of Mr. Barton's letter, under the above heading, was not, in my recollection, very kind. I have a vivid recollection of the Mitcham Trap, my only conviction, in over...
Sir, In the joyous times around 1925 I was stationed at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire. By day we used to perform feats of aviation (exercises, gunnery and so forth, with a few aerobatics usually...
Sir, I have recently purchased a 1928 Bond made by Messrs. F.W. Bond & Co., of Brighouse, Yorkshire. The registration number is YW 9887 and this is the actual car pictured in "The Vintage Spots...
Curborough correction Sir, I feel I must write to correct a slight error in the report of the V.S.C.C. Curborough Speed Trials. This is no fault of your own as it was actually mentioned over the P.A...
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Through the thoughtfulness of a Motor Sport reader I have been reading a most interesting book, published in 1932 and inscribed rather optimistically "A Guide for Future Travellers." The reason that...
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According to Stephen Aris, writing in The Sunday Times, B.M.C. intend to spend some £25-million a year on expansion for the next four years. Still hoping to turn out a million vehicles this year (...
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Bank holidays may be troublesome institutions no longer worth preserving but Whitsun in England is still a good time of year. Easter is too uncertain climatically, August too caught up in the turmoil...
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A racing car for £400 Go back to 1959, dig up the old race programmes, and you will probably find a name appearing oftener than most in what was then a startling little newcomer to British club...
The most noticeable dice of the day at sun-drenched Silverstone on June 4th was a tussle for microphone time between the two commentators whose verbal versatility overlapped almost as often as the...
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The Editor visits a famous Coventry Manufacturer Last year we described a visit to Rolls-Royce of Crewe. Not everyone can afford "the best car in the world" and, cost apart, from time immemorial in a...
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The advent of a new Corgi "Classic" is always enthralling and their latest in this series, a remarkably detailed 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with many-windowed Barker Pullman limousine body, is...
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Toronto, Saturday, June 4th The line-up of big sports cars at the Canadian classic was not like the poor entries we have seen in England in the beginning of the year. Over 20 of the 36 starters were...
Blenheim (June 5th) This year's Rallye Renault, promoted by Renault Ltd. of Acton, took place in the spacious terrain of Blenheim Palace grounds, near Oxford. It survived heavy showers which...
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D. Copley's 1899 car is believed to be the oldest Renault. It has a De Dion engine, as had the cars of Mr. and Mrs, Fotheringham-Parker, Renault not making engines until 1903. Welan's 14/20 had a...
Between the World Wars, and even before 1914, record-breaking activity was a popular pursuit of racing drivers and those in possession of suitable vehicles, and World's and International Class...
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"Father's First Car," by Hugh Tracey. 85 pp. 6 3/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. (Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 68-74, Carter Lane, London, E.C.4. 10s.) Rather superficial, indeed, a bit expensive, there is...
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As regular readers will know, I contrive to see one Air Display a year, for old times' sake, and as the V.S.C.C. were putting on a demonstration of historic racing cars on the runway at Elstree on...
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Sir, I was amused to read Mr. H.J. Green's letter boasting of 20,000 trouble-free miles in his Volvo. It is a coincidence that I, too, have just completed 20,000 trouble-free miles in my car. It is...
Sir, Like a voice crying in the wilderness may I express what is perhaps in the minds of tens of thousands of car racing lovers: the desolation felt at the absence of that greatest of all racing...
Sir, In your May edition, Mr. H.J. Green praises his Volvo 121 Estate enthusiastically and wonders (naively?) if a British car could give such satisfaction. With three true stories of rally-type...
N.B.= Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and "Motor Sport" does not necessarily associate itself with them. — Ed.
Sir, Some months ago you published my letter complaining bitterly about the failure of Lotus to give even a reasonable service. It gives me much pleasure now to praise their Racing Division for the...
Sir, The Rover Company, like any other commercial undertaking, must be very much more concerned with the future than with the past and it follows that accounts of the exploits of discontinued models...
Sir, Your Motor Sport of April had a letter from a Mr. Gooch, inquiring about Michelin X tyre mileage, saying he had logged 72,300 miles on his VW on Michelins, and wished to know if anyone had...
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Sir, I suspected the first 70 m.p.h. period was the thin edge of the wedge, the extension confirmed my worst fears, the latest move calls for the most positive violent action. Editorials and comment...
Sir, Once again the motorist pays. You may have been unfortunate enough to have travelled recently along the A30 between Egham and Sunningdale. If you did, you must have become aware of the large...
Sir, With further reference to "Traction Avant," I must be the only one, to date, who has had trouble with the constant velocity joint at only 250 miles! I purchased my new Morris Mini Super only a...
Sir, Thank you for your assurances on f.w.d. drive shaft safety. Until reading the correspondence section I had been most concerned about the well-defined "full lock knock" which developed in both...
Sir, . . Complete application to renew driving licence. Send to County Hall with 15s. P.O. and disintegrating licence already seven years old and now resembling one of Dead Sea Scrolls. Wait ten...
Sir, Although we are only a comparatively small B.M.C. garage we repair a lot of Minis and 1100s and think that our experience (from the other side) may be of interest. The failure of the constant...
Sir, I note with interest that the letter from Mrs. Halliday is the only one you have received on the subject of B.M.C. constant velocity joints. I have experienced a faulty joint in my 1964 M.G....
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Burwash. Cora M. Jarvis (MRS.) [They apparently take motorists, who contribute millions in taxation, for a lot of mugs, for whom any treatment is good enough. It is high time we got together and made...
Sir, I feel that the following may possibly be of interest to you. On October 18th I was "caught" by a police radar speed trap in Wadhurst, East Sussex. As a number of others were similarly stopped,...
Sir, What are Derby "Bentleys" made of? Shortness of breath from birth to death—that's what Derby "Bentleys" are made of! Really, Mr. Jack T. Hopkins, Jr., should be chained to one while it struggles...
Sir, I read with satisfaction the Editorial dig at Anne Edwards, of the Sunday Express, but was a little surprised when turning the page to find that, in your remarks concerning oil additives, you...
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Sir, The attitude of your correspondent James F. Page is, unfortunately, very common amongst the many motorists who in their inconsiderations do not know how to treat cyclists on the roads. My job of...
Sir, I have read the correspondence on Citroen cars with much interest. In 1954 I purchased a big IS in which I went over 150,000 miles with very little trouble. In 1964 I purchased a new ID which...
Sir, Reference reader's letter, "What's Wrong with Hot Air?" Mr. Clarke is possibly correct in thinking that there is no air-cooled Franklin at present in this country. In 1963, however, at the...

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