July 1977

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Speed We refer not to the journal which Motor Sport absorbed so many years ago, acquired from Alan Hess (whom we are glad to see is still actively interested in Brooklands, coming over well in a...
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Motor Sport Fixture List For July * 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...
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A very good race Anderstorp, June 19th Sweden is not the most exciting country to visit, and the Scandinavian Raceway at Anderstorp is not the most exciting of circuits, but even so the Formula One "...
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It now looks as though there is more than meets the eye in the "manoeuvrings" to get the German GP away from the Nurburgring. One "ministry man" involved with the Constructors Associations is...
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Ron Footitt (Cognac), Martin Morris (ERA) and Willie Green (Maserati) Win The Big Ones In dull but dry weather the Vintage SCC held another successful race meeting at the OuIton Park road circuit in...
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Le Mans, June 11th/12th Dramatic endings are nothing new in motor racing, even if they are less frequently encountered in long, drawn out endurance races than in the more hectic excitement of Formula...
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Jaguar Aquatic Records A Jaguar V12 engine powered a British boat and British driver to three major water speed records on Lake Windermere at the end of May. Manchester businessman Tony Fahey drove...
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As part of the celebrations for their 50th Anniversary Jack Barclay Ltd., the World's largest Rolls-Royce and Bentley distributors, are to sponsor the first post-war race for vintage Bentleys on the...
By means of which our roving Continental reporter occasionally keeps in touch with the Editor.) Dear W. B., After the Belgian Formula One race at Zolder, I can't call it the Belgian Grand Prix, I...
Lancia (England) Ltd. have begun to import the 1300 c.c. version of the Beta Coupe to fill the gap left by the demise of the delightful little Fulvia. While the basic appearance remains the same as...
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More power and more fun from Radbourne's 1,600-c.c. conversion Based on a sophisticated mid-engine layout, mated to a 2,000 lb. plus 2-seater body, the Fiat X1/9 is an obvious candidate for the "...
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This Time last year, if you'd asked a rally enthusiast in France, or Italy, or Sweden, or even Africa and further field, what he thought of Ford Escorts, his reply would very likely have been on the...
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Big Renault The Assistant Editor dealt very thoroughly with the executive-Renault, the V6 30TS, when it was a comparatively new car (Motor Sport, February 1976), after sampling it at the pre-view and...
Although I suppose the Audi 100GLS with a mere four cylinders is now overshadowed by the latest Audi models with five cylinders apiece, I rate it as a very good car. Its main claims to sales are...
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Two Contrasting Cars An experience which I enjoyed recently was trying that compact luxury-car, the BMW 528 in its latest form. The car which Raymond Playfoot produced for me was the automatic-...
Angela Rippon, BBC Newscaster, is a girl of many parts. When we received a BBC hand-out announcing that she was to have her own BBC Motoring Programme, we tried to obtain more of her motoring...
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Lotus show their hand with a maiden victory for Gunnar Nilsson at the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix Terlamen-Zolder, June 5th The Days when the Grand Prix de Belgique was a great occasion, set in the...
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There were four new cars in the paddock for the Formula One race in Belgium, and a few minor changes among the regulars. The Copersucar financed Fittipaldi Team had a completely new car, designed by...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Happenings at Higham The other day I met Sydney Maslin, mechanic very closely associated with motor racing. He lived in lodgings in Bridge, as a boy, so naturally...
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Self-starting Sir, I was interested in Mr. Jack Warner's letter regarding the possibility of starting an engine by switching on the ignition. It seems that his memory may be at fault as switching on...
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Sir, Much as I dislike letters from people who get all stuffy about the correct description of their cars, I thought that I ought to write to correct the description of the 1912 Bugatti given in your...
Sir, As a resident of Shrewsbury who had never heard of Monkinoor Aerodrome I was most interested in your article in the April Motor Sport. However, since reading it I have been following up the...
Sir, In this year of the Ghost, I thought I'd send you a photograph as my little contribution. This is inspired by your splendid article in the March Motor Sport. The carburettor differs somewhat. I...
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I thought you might be interested to see this photograph of a Crossley owned by a great aunt of my father's. We know it was in her possession by 1923, but wonder exactly what model it was. Thank you...
Sir, With reference to your article in Motor Sport. I did not say in my book that my husband and I drove in the 1930 "Double Twelve" at Brooklands. We drove an Alvis in the 1929 "Double Twelve" and...
Sir, How nice it was to see Mr. W. C. Clement's letter in your April issue regarding Cyril Williams's garage and his association with AJS. It seems that over the years memories of my grandfather's...
Sir, I am enclosing a photograph of Rolls-Royce armoured cars in the desert (in Iraq probablyI) on which my father (the late Flight Lieutenant H. F. Blackburn served during 1939. You will see that...
Sir, I believe the Rolls-Royce that once belonged to Lord Baden-Powell was in the procession that drove past Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle. In the Souvenir book entry no. 257 reads, "1929...
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"Allard -The Inside Story" by Tom Lush. 207 pp. 9+ in. x 7; in. (Motor Racing Publications, 28 Devonshire Road, London, W4 2HD. £7.95.) Although we reviewed an Allard history as recently as last May...
A reader drew my attention to "You Are Not Sparrows" by Wing/Comdr. J. C. Carr, DFC. It was published by Ian Allen in 1975 but for some reason they did not send me a review copy, which is surprising...
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Hearing that I am apt to indulge in such nocturnal adventures as the MCC Land's End Trial, Ever Ready's PRO kindly sent me a sample of the new Ever Ready Motormate II handlamp. Although for years I...
Elsewhere I have told you how to find out about the remaining 1977 traction-engine rallies. Motor Sport believes that some of its readers also like to include at least one flying display in their...
From Grand Prix Models of Radlett we have received three more excellent miniatures. One of these is of the K3 MG Magnette with which George Eyston and Count Lurani won the 1,100 C.C. class in the...
Having had the initiative to institute and organise last month's Silver Jubilee Tribute, the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club has earned the right to more respect than one-make clubs normally attract....
To keep a sense of proportion, at a time of high-level Rolls-Royce happenings, I have been thinking of how this make compared to Daimler, the former Royal car. The Daimler Majestic Major of 1961 was...
Normally we list some of the traction-engine rallies due to take place, as these are of interest to many readers and often include vintage vehicle displays. However, this year we cannot do better...
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Another win for Wolf Monte Carlo, May 22nd The Annual frolic round the streets of Monte Carlo when drivers and spectators alike can indulge in flagrant law-breaking by the standards of most “...
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on Saturday, returning over-night for the Monaco race on Sunday afternoon. Eventually the rain came down so hard that even the bravest of them gave up and practice was quietly washed away, leaving...
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The Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce A classic sports car of the past, available in the present. Those who prefer the claustrophobic glasshouses of saloon cars will possibly dismiss my love for open-air...
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The Leyland Eight, designed by J. G. Parry Thomas and named "The Lion of Olympia" when it made its debut at the 1920 London Motor Show, has several claims to immortality. It was the first British...
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Drama at the Sarthe, above. Six minutes to go as Barth limps to the flag with the victorious Martini Porsche 936, smoke billowing from its stricken engine. Haywood and Ickx shared the dramatic win....
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Arnoux ahead on points in the Martini Renault After six rounds in what is undoubtedly the toughest European Formula Two Championship of the last five years, the French are once again emerging as the...
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Sir, Thank you for the kind things you wrote about our record attempt in last month's Editorial. I thought that I should write to explain a few points. First it is the National 1000-mile record that...
Sir, Some Czech friends of ours who live in Prague are great Aero enthusiasts (the husband wrote the English text of the book I enclose) and run a very nice "50" model as everyday transport. There...
Sir, During the last "bit of bother" the method of starting the Cheetah engines on an Anson was to insert an enormous crank into a socket just behind the engine and turn it with great difficulty over...
Sir, I have never coveted a Porsche, regarding them as technically ugly and eccentric, over-priced, and suspect in the handling department. At the same time, only a fool would deny the excellence of...
Sir, Have insurance companies gone completely insane? I have been driving Morgans for the last eight years, the most recent being a Plus 8. This is rated as a Group 7 car (justifiably so) and I...
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Sir, Although a regular subscriber to Motor Sport for the past thirty years I have made few claims on your correspondence space but I feel bound to reply to the letter from "Despairing Morgan Lover"...
An Alternative Formula One Sir, As one who started watching motor racing in the early 1920s, I was most interested in D. S. J.'s article concerning the Nurburgring. This made me think how things have...
Sir, Recently I was in the happy position of realising a lifetime's ambition of purchasing a Porsche. Not only have all my expectations of owning and driving a model of this famous marque been amply...
Sir, Perhaps "Despairing Morgan Lover" omitted to give his name and address when ordering, in any case I feel he is somewhat confused. Surely higher prices would give shorter delivery delays and the...
Sir, May I join Jeremy Figgins in protesting at your attitude to replica cars. I would point out that "motor sport" is the sport of motoring, regardless of type, make, or whatever. While it is very...
Sir, Concerning the LVT Special, Mr. Lionel Thomas brought this car to my workshop in Swansea as a bare chassis and said "Build me a body," which I did. The project took me nearly two years in my...
Sir, On January 19th 1976 I took delivery of a Range Rover and after numerous 'phone calls and letters I got my "Supercover" some six months later. To be fair to British Leyland it was for 12 months...
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Sir, With regard to "A Club for Stags" (Motor Sport, April), as a member of the Stag Club of America (1404E Street, Gertrude P1, Box 15024, Santa Ana, California, USA 92705) I would like to take this...
Sir, I was delighted to read in my copy of Motor Sport for May that we managed to impress your reader Mr. R. A. M. Coyne with our made-to-order service for tachometer and speedometer cables. Thank...
Sir, I should like to have the opportunity, through the columns of your excellent magazine, of passing on my recent experience with the licensing department and the log book of a 1938 Morris...
Sir, I was most interested to read the comment by Mr. D. Gear (Letters May 1977) that he did not have undue backache following a longish journey in his new Rover 3500. During the weekend April 30th/...
Sir, On reading the letter from John Britten I assume the quick Land Rover he saw on the M3 was a 101. The 101 is a forward-control Land Rover built specially for the Army and RAF; it has no ties...
Sir, Further to your unmarked police car correspondence, allow me to point out that the Suffolk police are now in the act. Around the Newmarket bypass - a tempting but not special safe dual-...
Sir, With reference to "That Bucks MG" and following my earlier unpublished letter on the subject, I feel that I cannot allow Chief Inspector R. J. Burton's epistle in your May issue to pass without...

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