July 1974

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BMW R90/S 900 cc 0-60 mph 4.8 secs. BMW R90/6 900 cc 0-60 mph 5.0 secs. BMW R75/6 750 cc 0-60 mph 6.2 secs. BMW R60/6 600 cc 0-60 mph 7.4 secs.
Superstar Mount a BMW R90/S Motorcycle and just watch her respond ... a performance that's a veritable tour de force ! 67 brake-horsepower—the biggest, fastest, most powerful we've ever achieved. A...
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50 years young This issue of Motor Sport marks the fiftieth anniversary of the journal's introduction, for it was started, as The Brooklands Gazette, in July 1924. We feel that we cannot let this...
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Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list C = Closed Event. CI = Closed Invitation Event. R = Restricted...
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Sir, May I take this opportunity to offer my warmest congratulations on your 50th anniversary? It would be impossible in a mere letter to begin to do justice to the service which you have rendered...
Matra's Le Mans hat-trick The claim on the advertising posters that the Le Mans 24-Hour race is "la plus grande ourse du Monde" seemed rather extravagant when the final entry list was published,...
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Few Britons have featured in the results at the infamous Indianapolis 500, with the notable exceptions of Jim Clark and Graham. This year David Hobbs finished fifth in his Carling Black Label-...
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A combination of several circumstances resulted in a drastic reduction in the quality of the entry for this year's Morocco Rally. Normally well supported by the French manufacturers, the event only...
Two celtic internationals were to have featured in this month's Motor Sport; instead there is only one, for the Scottish Rally was needlessly cancelled by the RSAC when a petrol shortage was created...
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A Tyrrell Double Anderstorp. Yune 9th. There were a few changes on the driver scene for the Swedish Grand Prix as drivers retired hurt, just retired or were busy doing something else. Arturo Merzario...
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There were one or two minor lakes in the paddock during practice, as the weather tried to wreck the Swedish Grand Prix, but fortunately the sun won the battle and the water soon evaporated. Until mid...
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(By means of which our roving European reporter keeps in touch with the Editor) Dear W.B., I have just made a small sea voyage in the interest of historical motor racing research. On the way back...
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An investigation into a significant motoring mystery Since 1912 It Has Been Generally Accepted that the Peugeot Twin-Cam Racing Engine Set a Significant Fashion, one followed Ever Since for High-...
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Sir, I enclose a photograph of my father in his 6 h.p. single-cylinder De Dion Bouton. I don't know the date of the photo, but I remember riding in the "dickey' seat (I am now 70), and I remember...
Sir, I read with great interest your article under the title "I4ow did the Leyland Eight Rate?", particularly the references to Napiers and A. J. Rowledge. I was a member of the design team working...
p>Sir, I agree with Mr. Robert I. Whyte that the Wolseley Register is a little presumptuous in claiming the Wolseley as Britain's First Car. When I was preparing the text of Lanchester Motor Cars...
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Sir, I refer to your article "Cars in Books" published in the March issue of this year, and posing the question as to what car H. V. Morton was driving in 1931 when writing "In Search of Wales". As I...
Sir, You mention a fragment of a Flanagan and Allen film of the 1930s at Brooklands. This was called "A Fire Has Been Arranged". I supplied five Bugattis for this and took them to the track with four...
Sir, Further to Robert I. Whyte's letter, I always understood that Britain's first car was either the Knight of Farnham or the Bremer of Walthanistow, with the George I.anchester Car being third,...
Sir, I read with interest your article on freewheels. I was surprised no mention was made of the Warren Synchroniser, or "Easychange". Humphrey Sandberg devices were fitted on Jowetts of the late '...
Sir, Mr. Neve states that he bought this car in 1933 in Manchester but the photograph he sent in is not, in my opinion, the car in question. The Cyril Paul car was built in 1923-24 and was registered...
Sir, I read with considerable interest the article "A Mystery Solved" (page 219, March 1974) concerning a Hall-Scott. As a postscript to this, it may be of interest to you, that I have had a fair...
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Sir, I was most interested in your letter from Mr. A. B. Demaus concerning my father's early experiments with steam cars. The engine in the wagon was from an American loco, mobile steam car—this was...
Sir, Mr. Dave Hunt's letter recalling happy memories of Sunday mornings at Bunny Hill and, in particular. his mention of Sir Henry Birkin's Salmson, has taken me back over many years to when I was...
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Peterson keeps the faith for Lotus Monte Carlo, May 26th With no unofficial practising being possible on the Monte Carlo street circuit, there were three sessions made available to the twenty-eight...
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Once the social party that surrounds the Monaco Grand Prix had dispersed and all the hired yachts had left it was possible to look into the waters of the harbour with a cool clear eye. For a moment I...
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It seems hard to believe that Tony Roll could be old enough to have raced at Donington, but thefact remains that, at the relatively tender age of twenty-one he won the 1939 British Empire Trophy at...
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The title of this article is not referring to Lotus Elans, Morgan Plus Eights, Triumph Spitfires or MG-Bs, but to the International racing category known as Group 5; cars which bear little or no...
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Graham Hill is many things besides being a racing driver these days and you may have seen him on television running out of petrol in a Fiat 126 in Preston Park, Brighton (not on a double-yellow, I...
"Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Since 1913" by Oliver Tapper. 390 pp. 8.1/2 in. X 5 in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd., 9 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AL. £6.00). It is excellent that Putnam's are continuing...
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Road Impressions of the Saab 991, Lancia Beta 1800 and Mazda 1300 As a coicidental antidote to the May Buy-British Editorial, the three most recent road-test cars have been a Saab 99L, the new Lancia...
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Since 1925 speed events on public roads have been banned in this country. So it is interesting to discover that when the Tour de France bicycle race was staged here, the Plymouth Stage on June 29th...
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Nurburgring, Germany, May 19th Last year the Matra-Simca team had a slight superiority over the Ferrari team which resulted in a narrow win in the World Championship for Makes. This year the French...
Imola, June 2nd Alfa Romeo's sweeping victory at Monza in April flattered only to deceive. As last year, the Matra-Simca team has had to overcome engine unreliability early in the season but having...
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Road Impressions Such is the lot of a motoring journalist that he usually becomes rather blasé about the more expensive cars he drives yet at the same time hyper-critical, perhaps trying to avoid the...
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The last-minute cancellation of the Scottish Rally and a consequently empty colour page gave us the chance to look at a power-boat race in Bristol docks. Overall winner of the big boats (above) was...
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"The Stag's closest European rival in character and performance costs over £4,655." Motor wrote this in 1970. There have been a few changes to the Stag since then ; overdrive and front scat head...
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"British Aviation—The Adventuring Years" by Harald Penrose. 727 pp. 8t in. x 5 in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd., 9 Bow Street, London, 1D-C2E 74L. £10.00). This is the third of Harald Penrose's splendid...
"World Cars, 1974". 439 pp. 11 in. x 91 in. (Herald I3ooks, 3, Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8LU. £6.50). The latest English-language edition of that all-embracing reference work, "World Cars",...
"The Profound Attachment" by Eileen Hunter (Andre Deutsch, 1969) is mainly concerned with the author's father, who founded the famous Sun Engraving Company, with those well-known premises at Watford...
We apologise to Auto Replicas of Poole for suggesting that the Cadillac-Allard miniature we referred to when correcting a mis-statement about the engine in the original car was their product, which...
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In California vehicles such as racing cars, dragsters, go-karts, competition motorcycles and so on, which are not used on the public highway, have to be registered, which costs 15 dollars, and...
Citroen have decided not to develop and market the proposed right-hand-drive version of the 142 m.p.h. Citroen SM. The left-hand-drive version will continue to be available in this country.
"The Rolls-Royce is a peculiar car. It stands at the absolute pinnacle of elegance and prestige. Its only real rival in excellence is the Mercedes 600, an austere, somewhat boxy car of extreme...
The little Fiat 126, although air-cooled, has a heater quite capable of de-misting the back window. Nevertheless, Alfred Woolf ensured that the car I am testing was provided with a Tonic external...
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Sir, Having scanned the relevant statute law and authorities, may I dispel the mistaken belief mentioned in your interesting article on freewheels (Motor Sport, May 1974) that freewheeling or "...
Sir, Although it is now a few years since the MG-C died prematurely, killed by those short-sighted people at British Leyland who got cold feet when they read all those illinformed "bad reports" in...
Sir, Safety is the big thing in racing nowadays and after hearing the discussion between the GPDA and the FIA, I would like to bring to your attention my disagreement with this. I am talking about...
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Sir, A photograph for your collection. I have owned this car since 1966 and suddenly I feel an urge to boast about it, since I think it is quite unique. You possibly can't place it but I'll bet you...
Sir, What a funny letter from Mr. Lillow in last month's Motor Sport. My commuting hack for the past two years has been a 4 h.p. electric car built in 1948. This is based on milk-float running parts...
Sir, I found your comments in the May issue concerning Fiat and the 60 m.p.g./50 m.p.h. target of interest. From the figures quoted for a Fiat 126 of 63.4 m.p.g. and 27.34 m.p.h., I would have...
Sir, I have often heard and read "grouses" about the Police, re: Motoring in the Seventies. Indeed, I have often endorsed many of these comments. However, a recent personal experience has spurred me...
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Sir, Referring to the above, your correspondent Mr. F. J. E. Aylott writes—"it is only in recent years that certain types of cast iron have been used for crankshaft quantity production"—and then goes...
Sir, I recently purchased a used CS BMW from Langley Motors of Thames Ditton and the extraordinary after-sales service experienced prompts me to seek publication in your excellent journal. Soon after...
Sir, Over the past few months there have been so many letters in your columns denigrating the quality of British cars, that I hope you will find the space to redress the balance. The cars currently...
Sir, All of your readers must know that British Leyland is the last outpost of the All British Production Car. They will then, no doubt, he as concerned as I am to see that the proposed mighty Empire...
Ford Avo are offering a "short shift gearchange" for all 2-litre Cortina Mk. 3 models built after March 1972. The change is the same as that fitted as standard to the RS 2000 and literally halves...

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