July 1971

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The changed face of Formula One On the face of it, there may seem no cause for alarm. Grand Prix (or Formula One, as it is called these days) racing occupies about as many fixtures as it has done for...
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Part of the effect of the Ford strike earlier this year is very evident in the production figures for new-vehicle registrations in Gt. Britain, N. Ireland and the I.o.M., in April, 1971, against...
The figures for new-car sales in this country in the first-third of 1971, as released in those informative SMM & T reports, follow the pattern of last April's trend. Thus British Leyland head the...
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DSJ comments on the cancellation of this year's Spa race This year is the 75th anniversary of the The Royal Automobile Club of Belgium, and they were forced to celebrate it without the traditional...
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Victory for Martini-Porsche Team Nurburgring, May 30th The ADAC 1,000-kilometre race was held only two weeks after the Targa Florio, so the Porsche teams were still licking their wounds and the Alfa...
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After a rather shaky start to the F2 season, Lotus scored two wins on the trot in May and both were provided by Gold Leaf Team Lotus' F1 team-leader Emerson Fittipaldi driving his Team Bardahl-...
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Porsche 917 wins for second and last time Le Mans, June 13th. Undoubtedly Le Mans has lost much of its old magic and in this, the last year of the present 5-litre cars, there were few high spots as...
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Llandow.—Having devoted part of last month's Editorial to Group 1 saloon-car racing it seemed imperative to spend Whit Monday (beg pardon, the Spring Holiday) watching the third round of the Ford/...
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Nurburgring and the Targa Florio Just recently two European circuits of long standing have been very much in the news, these being the Nurburgring in Western Germany and the Little Circuit of the...
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A Sunday afternoon drive for Ickx Hockenheim-Ring, Germany, June 13th With the ban on the Belgian Grand Prix by the CSI the Formula One world was faced with three clear weekends between Monte Carlo...
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Just as we were about to close for Press news came in of the first Can-Am race in the 1971 series. The opening race at the tricky Mosport Park circuit near Toronto in Canada on June 13th was very...
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Al Unser makes it two-in-a-row Al Unser, the youngest member of the famous American motor-racing family, became the first man to win the Indianapolis 500 twice consecutively since Bill Vukovich made...
Whether it is because too many events have been held in too short a space of time, or because Alpine has built up such a commanding early lead in the International Championship for Makes or because...
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The Lotus twin-cam engine has been a great unit over the past 10 years but now with the introduction of four valves per cylinder, belt-drive and the rest of it the twin-cam seemed to be on its way...
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Hezemans Darts to victory Silverstone, June 5th. Two-litre sports-car racing at its very best came to Britain early in June when the Aston Martin Owners' Club ran their major meeting of the year, the...
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Walker's month It is most unusual in the hard-fought category of Formula Three racing for one man to dominate the scene completely, but the 29-year-old Australian Gold Leaf-Team Lotus driver David...
The Fairchild Hiller Report on the GKN Ferguson Formula four-wheel-drive system, published in America, confirms what experienced drivers of Jensen FFs, lucky policemen trying Ferguson-Fords, and...
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An interview with the well-known pre-war amateur Bugatti driver Continuing the enthralling pastime of tracking down and talking to pre-war racing personalities, I drove through Welsh mist to beyond...
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Stewart all the way Monte Carlo, May 23rd. For some strange and seemingly masochistic reason everyone wants to compete in the Monaco Grand Prix and, equally, everyone would like to inscribe their...
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With the circuit being in the streets of the town there is no normal paddock at Monte Carlo and most of the teams base themselves in the large Renault garage in a side-street by the Automobile Club....
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At some circuits rain can cause me utter despair and despondency, and can take away all the enjoyment of a motor race, but at Monte Carlo a little rain never does anyone any harm. At the best of...
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A section devoted to old-car matters All seems well.... The outlook in the vintage/veteran world seems to be "set-fair", with races, for historic racing and sports cars being encouraged by the JCB...
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Ferrari have an owners' club, allied to the Bugatti OC but so far there is no Maserati Club. A Maserati Register has been started, however, with a view to the eventual formation of a club and the...
No. 15: the Rugby The Rugby was one of the Durant line of assembled automobiles made in Toronto, Canada, during the peak of the vintage years. The chassis frames were riveted up at the factory in a...
N. P. Blakeney-Edwards, whose wife is the new Hon. Secretary of the VSCC Light Car Section, has acquired the sole surviving example of the Mendip light car, a make built at Cutlers Green Works, near...
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Sir, Your column "A Remarkable Bentley" in the January issue is a misnomer. It should be "A Remarkable Man" because Bill Hamilton is just that. Your concluding paragraph is, I am quite sure, wrong....
Sir, Mr. C. J. Turner's letter in the May issue prompted some reminiscing by my father; R. McV. Weston, who was riding mechanic to A. J. Mulder in the 1926 MCC High-Speed Trial at Brooklands. I also...
Sir, With reference to "The Things They Say" on page 560 of your June issue. The "mythical" glass-balancing trick is not one of the apocryphal Rolls-Royce stories but fact, and was used in their...
Sir, I refer to the following item: "A 1916 Sunbeam motorcycle with a twin MAG engine, made for export to Russia, has turned up in the Midlands", which you published in May. This item interested me...
Sir, I wonder whether any of your readers know the present whereabouts of the Alvis-Riley Redwing Special my brother and I built before the war and ran in vintage events for several years? After the...
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—French tourer with flair A welcome opportunity to escape from the office and its ever-ringing telephone for two weeks for a holiday taking in races at Zandvoort and Monaco gave us an excellent...
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The Editor enthuses over Kenneth Neve's 1911 40-50hp London-Edinburgh Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce "The 'London-Edinburgh Type'.... is the most coveted of all early Silver Ghosts"—Anthony Bird, in...
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The West Midlands is the heart of the British motor industry, but strangely, the building of competition cars is centred around trading estates in Huntingdon, Slough, and so on. However, racing cars...
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Vauxhall let us have the fastest model of their new Firenza two-door fastback range for full road-test with remarkable promptitude. Inevitably, but illogically, it is being compared with the Ford...
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This month we are looking at a broader range of specialist news than normal, mainly as a result of the usual loss in feature pages which affects any motor sporting magazine at this time of the year....
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Sir, I was interested to read Mr. Cole's letter in your June issue asking what colour Saluki Bronze is supposed to be. The standard of points for the Saluki or Gazelle Hound, approved by the Kennel...
Sir, I have it on the best of authority that, with reference to the ADO 28, two-wheel brakes and a crash gearbox are to be available as optional extras. Gareth Johnson. Twickenham.
Sir, In your June issue letter column you print Mr. Davidson's favourite .advertisement by VW. One smiles and acknowledges the truth in the statement. My most frustrating advertisement was the one...
Sir, One hears many complaints about the service given by garages and I have had my fair share. It is a pleasure therefore to record that recently when the throttle cable of my Capri broke on a...
Sir, In the November 1969 issue of Motor Sport you printed your impressions of the Fiat 125S and during the course of the article you invited readers' experiences on the car's behaviour. It was about...
Sir, I see from your correspondence columns (June, 1971, issue) that, yet again, the guardians of the "Police State" in which we live have struck another blow at the fundamental pillars of democracy...
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Sir In reply to the letter on Special T Fords by Mr. H. F. Spong, it is probable that I owned one of the sporting Ts that he used to gaze at. Whilst living in Devon I bought (for £22) in 1927 a two-...
Sir, I thought your readers might be interested in my personal experience of the reliability so oft quoted of cars manufactured by our Continental rivals. Last year, subsequent to reading Mr. John...
Sir, Mr. Goatman's somewhat complacent dismissal of my April letter reporting that when on the jack the rear axle of my Victor 2000 is supported by the brake hose, calls for a rejoinder. I can assure...

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