July 1978

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Seventy-five years of Vauxhall As we recorded in the April Issue of Motor Sport the Ford Motor Company this year celebrates its 75th Anniversary of trading in this country. The occasion was marked at...
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Brabham-Alfa Romeo win under a cloud Anderstorp, June 17th The superiority of the Lotus 79 “ground effects” car was severely challenged in the Swedish GP by the B–version of the BT46 Brabham-Alfa...
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The Vintage Sports Car Club’s enjoyable Seaman Trophies Meeting was held under ideal weather conditions on June 17th. The races from which it takes its title are the Richard Seaman Vintage and...
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Renault victorious at last Le Mans (Sarthe) June 10th/11th The Le Mans 24 Hours has always been considered as the most important long distance race in the world, right from its inception in 1923....
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Mikkola repeats the performance Like a repeat performance of the Welsh Rally, the Ford works crew of Hannu Mikkola and Arne Hertz thoroughly trounced the opposition to win the fourth round of the...
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The Bugatti OC holds many excellent Prescott hill-climbs during the season, the next being the Members’ Summer Meeting on July 2nd, while the penultimate round of the RAC Hill-Climb Championship...
Entries for the commemorative run round the Ards T T circuit in Northern Ireland on August 19th continue to come in, the latest being a 1932 Crossley and a Brooklands Riley driven originally by S. C...
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Racing Car Manufacturers When Bernie Ecclestone took over Motor Racing Developments, or Brabham as it was more commonly known, in 1971 from Ron Tauranac, it looked for a moment as though we had seen...
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As rported elsewhere in this issue of Motor Sport, Vauxhall Motors Ltd. celebrated their 75th Anniversary with a party at Luton on May 21st, at which the largest collection of Vauxhall cars...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A chat with E. L Bouts Finding myself in Wolverhampton one-time home of "The Sunbeam" the other day I parked the Rover 3500 in a cul-de-sac (to the apparent...
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Vintage Postbag Riley 9 laistorY Sir, It was with great interest and a keen sense of nostalgia that I read your article "The Brooklands Speed Model Riley Nine" in the March issue. My close...
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Sir, I read Mr. Hewitt's letter with more than a little surprise, for I am the owner of Brooklands Riley PG 472 (or what's left of it). I acquired the chassis and some other bits in 1967 from one...
Sir, It was a pleasure to read an article on the Amilcar Sixes, it being some 30 years since the last article on them in Motor Sport. There is no doubt that the Six was produced to combat the twin-...
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Sir, After perusing your splendid article in the May number, the sentence: "Nothing more was heard for some time ..." started a train of thoughts. In a bound volume of an old and long deceased Dutch...
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Sir, Your article "A Parry Thomas Day" made very interesting reading (May issue). The Sunbeam sidecar outfit you mention is used as daily transport by its elderly gentleman owner who lives in or...
Sir, As a reader since 1951 and a many times advertiser and purchaser via your Cars for for-Sale column I feel I must take you to task. reference your paragraph headed "Mis leading" in Matters of...
Sir, I write in the hope that I May be able to contact someone who can assist me in the restoration of an early Morris Minor. The basic vehicle is an overhead-camshaft Minor of 1930 fitted with a...
Sir, It was with great pleasure that I read the fascinating account of the 1923 Boulogne races in the May issue. However, I feel that the Aston-Martin entered by Mrs. Agnew and driven by R. C. Morgan...
Sir, I wonder if your readers can throw any light on my query ? On page 138 or "The Lea-Francis Story", so well reviewed in your May issue, is a picture of "Hyper", KD 7361, Ch. No. 14062. This...
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Sir, In “Vintage Postbag” Geoff Healey mentions the twin-cam 3-litre engine designed by W. O. Bentley for Armstrong Siddeley. I was certainly much concerned with the 2.3-litre Siddeley engine, but I...
The British Tourist Authority has produced an informative pamphlet on the Lombard RAC Rally of Great Britain. It is aimed at publicising this popular and prestigious event among potential overseas...
Sir, Interesting article you wrote on the Saxon, so wondered if the enclosed photo might be of interest. This car used to be in Italy, owned by a retired American banker called Zack (short for...
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Sixteen years ago I received two school exercise-books - the old sort if you remember, with arithmetical and multiplication tables on the back covers - which contained a long account of the motoring...
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"Brookiands A Pictorial History" by G. N. Georgano. 1:2 pp 94" x 7". (Dalton Watson Ltd., Beaulieu Books, 76, Wardour Street, London, W1V 4AN. £5.25). By my reckoning there have already been six...
"No Echo In The Sky" by Harald Penrose 134 pp. 8 3/4" x 5 1/2". (Aris & Phillips Ltd., Teddington House, Warminster, £6.50). I have referred to this little book previously; it has been out-of-...
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Cars In Books KEN FIDGEN of the STD Register, has sent me the following for this column: Here is a "Cars in Books" reference for you if it has not already .cropped up in the past. Cecil B. eaton In "...
July MG attractions THE MG GAR CLUB LTD. has some interesting events planned in July. On the second the Northern Concours d'Elegance and Motoring Gymkhana is to be held at Thortsby Hall, near ()...
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Browsing through British Racing News, the official journal of the BRSCC, we came across an article introducing the sponsors this large club needs to oil the wheels of its competition programme. It...
The opening round of the FIA European International Historic Championship was held at the Aston Martin Owners’ Club Brands Hatch race meeting on Sunday, May 21st. Sponsored by Chapman Spooner, who...
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Lotus Joy Day Terlamen-Zolder, May 21st The Belgian Grand Prix seems to have settled down into the smallness and anonymity of the Terlamen-Zolder circuit, just off the Antwerp-Liege autoroute. What...
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 Lotus annihilate the opposition Jarama, June 4th Just as the Belgian GP I reported elsewhere in this issue has sunk to a steady low at the Zolder circuit, the Spanish GP has done a similar thing at...
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There was a time, not so long ago, when I could reflect on the Spanish GP while sitting in a bull-ring waiting for the action to begin. Before the Formula One Constructors’ Association organised the...
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With two Grand Prix events appearing in one issue of Motor Sport [And, hopefully, a brief report on the Swedish Grand Prix.—Ed.] and little change on the mechanical scene it is sufficient to note the...
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A four-door saloon with soul Alfa Romeo have lacked a saloon in the competitive 2-litre class since the 2000. The most prestigious saloon they could muster was the Alfetta with 1.6 or 1.8-litre...
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Before the lure of the Safari began to attract the more adventurous competitors from Europe, several rallies laid claim to that old and worn-out cliche, the roughest and toughest. One of these events...
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Testing a Maserati 300S in the Le Mans round of the FIA European Historic Moss 4 min. 49 sec., read the pit signalling board hung out in front of me at Mulsanne Corner , and there, in the mirror,...
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A triumph in America for the British engineers Earlier this year we reported how the development of the turbocharged Cosworth V8 engine (the 2.6-litre DFX) was proceeding at Northampton. Following on...
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The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the Lotus 79 is little more than an updated Lotus 78, but he would be very wrong, for not only is this year’s Lotus Formula One car a...
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Sir, How sad it is to have to relate to you that having arrived recently in Bahrain to take up my new job I was informed by my colleagues that British cars are almost totally unavailable here. The...
Sir, In view of all the glowing publicity and praise surrounding the Japanese cars which are being sold in the UK at the moment I feel I ought to relate to you the saga of my Datsun, and the broken...
Sir, I've no doubt that your May editorial concerning "Computer Confusion" has spurred many an owner of pre-war motor-cars into putting pen to paper expressing their frustrations whilst attempting to...
Sir, I was very interested in J. B. Perrett's reference to Ackroyd Stuart as during the mid1940s I lived in Chipstable, a small and isolated village in West Somerset which was the base of' a firm of...
Sir, Recent advertisements issued by the authorities who advocate the wearing of seat belts contain the following statement: "Crashing at 25 m.p.h. head on into a similar car travelling at 25 m.p.h....
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Sir, With reference to A. De Vere-Smythe's letter in the March issue of Motor Sport. I too am the delighted owner of a Triumph Dolomite Sprint and also consider it a vastly underrated motor car....
Sir, It may interest you to know the lengths to which people will go to obtain your magazine. Whilst staying in Nice for the Monaco Grand Prix and sitting quietly at an outside bar table having a...
Sir, Regarding Mr. G. I. Biggs' letter (May Motor Sport), surely the reason we drive on the right stems from the time we rode horses and approached other riders right to right leaving our sword arms...
Sir, Eleven years ago I wrote to you bemoaning the efficiency of local Alfa Romeo agents, with reference to availability of spares. I still just about manage to run an Alfa a 1968 Spider Duetto. In...
Sir, I am most concerned, and look to your magazine for assistance, my problem is centred around MoT tests. As the daily user of a 1932 Ford Model B upon which my family and I rely for transport, I...
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Sir, With reference to G. I. Bigg's correspondence in your May issue, the answer does of course lie with our former (and perhaps future?) mode of transport, the horse. The ancient Church distrusted...
Sir, In view of the amount of "Leyland bashing" sometimes in your editorial, but mainly in your letters column, perhaps we might be allowed to redress the balance a little. We have been running a...
Sir, I was interested in your reminiscences of the R-R Chauffeur's school, but surely the remark about putting a coin under the extra air valve is wrong. I do not see how it could be done. To start...

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