July 1980

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The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation   "The Battle of Waterloo may or may not have been won on the playing fields of Eton, but the Battle of Britain was certainly decided over Calshot Water'' -...
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Team Akai with Audi and Vic Elford have issued the following joint statement: "Following a difference of opinion over policy in the management of Team Akai with Audi, Vic Elford, appointed Team...
I have it fixed in my mind that the Volkswagen Golf Convertible in its one model, fuel-injected, 1,600 cc, UK market guise is known as the GTi Convertible. That would be logical, for this rapid...
Further light can be shed on the Rolls-Royces referred to in "The Wartime Diaries of an RFC Officer" on pages 1011 and 1012 in this issue. It seems that the circa 1911 car, No 103, sold to Barrington...
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Rondeau's rendezvous Every year, the Le Mans 24 Hours proves something special, whatever the predicament of sportscar racing as a whole. It has a lot to with the unique atmosphere of the Circuit of...
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Today the word replica is grossly over-used and very often mis-used, just as the letters GT (Gran Turismo) are mis-used. In 1932 Frazer Nash produced a version of their famous chain-driven car which...
Following the hoo-hah in Spain, reported elsewhere, between the Ecclestone club and officialdom, the major sponsors behind Formula One called a meeting in Lausanne to try and sort things out to...
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The Editor visits Milton Keynes The success story of Volkswagen after the British Army authorities decided to revive production of Dr Porsche's war-vehicle at the end of WW2, to provide work for the...
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The commemoration at the normally ­now-defunct Croydon Airport on the May Bank Holiday, of Amy Johnson's flight to Australia in her DH Gipsy-Moth of 50 years before to the day, seems to have gone off...
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Manufacturer's Identity Recently the FISA made a new ruling that racing cars should retain the identity of the manufacturer or constructor, and that in all written entries or documents the name of...
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The Editor looks at unchanging aspects of the famous hill.  The Midland Automobile Club's famous speed hill-climb venue at Shelsley Walsh between Martley and Stanford Bridge in Worcestershire is...
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For many years Enrico Plate drove in "voiturette" racing with various cars, including a 1926 Talbot-Darracq that he modified so much that he was justified in changing its name to Talbot-Plate. When...
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I have been driving a Vauxhall Astra Hatchback, the German-built car from Luton that rather self-consciously wears the Wyvern badge where the Opel "lightning-flash" is expected. In fact, there are a...
Last month DSJ reminded us that hand-brakes are no longer required on F1 cars so that on anything less than a level starting-grid drivers have to juggle with brake and accelerator pedals at the same...
Former World Champion motor-cycle racer and Grand Prix driver Mike Hailwood, fourteen times a Manx TT winner, has been awarded the Segrave Trophy for 1979 following his comeback in which he won the...
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Still on the subject of commercial vehicles, PSL of Bar Hill, Cambridge, have published four more uniform volumes, each measuring 91/4" x 8", in their very welcome "World Truck" series. These cover...
"Action Stations— 1: Wartime military airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945" 232 pp, 9" x 6" by Michael JF Bowyer. (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Ccmtbridge, CB3 8EL £7.95). This is a book which...
"Bedford — GM's British Commercial" by Michael Sedgwick. 112 pp. 91/2" tt 61/4" (Dalton Watson Ltd., 76 Wardour Street, London W1V 4AN £7.00). This is Sedgwick's contribution to the picture-books...
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Although we seldom review fiction in these pages, "Cloud Nineteen" (Michael Joseph, 1980, £5.95) by the well-known ex-RAF and now private pilot, and aviation writer, William Stanley is worth reading...
A fact-packed soft-cover book which even the more expert should find highly informative is "Which? Way To Run Your Car". It comes from the well-known Consumers' Association in conjunction with Hodder...
A few items of motoring interest occur in "Terence Rattigan — The Man and His Work" by Michael Darlow and Gillian Hodson (Quartet Books, 1979). The great playwright's grandfather, Sir William...
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The annual Vintage SCC race meeting at OuIton Park on June 14th was delayed by three factors, the rain, an accident, and loss of telephonic communication with the marshals' posts. But by reducing the...
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[A section devoted to old car matters] The VCC Golden Jubilee Rally THE Veteran Car Club of Great Britain put on a very worthwhile seven-day Rally to commemorate its Golden Jubilee last month,...
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The Barrington The Barrington car failed ever to go into production but that was no fault of AE Budd and John Barrington Budd who conceived it, for their enthusiasm for the project was great, and...
Sir, You published a review of Margaret Duchess of Argyll's recent book in your March issue. It particularly interested me as my home was within a few miles of where she was born at Higham Nr ...
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Sir, I like very much DSJ's two pages of Bugatti on 668 and 669 of the May issue. He has captured an interesting assortment. The type 59 at the top of 669 I purchased from Fred Dixon and sold to CI ...
Sir, A small correction is necessary to the article on the Bi-motore Alfa Romeo/Alfa Aitken that appeared in your April issue, in that Joe Goodhew was the owner after Tony Rolt. When raced by Goodhew...
Sir, Further to your enquiry, as they say, at Curborough, after my first and only run, the trouble was the steel liner coming away from the brake drum, nearside rear. Having a solid axle I could have...
Sir, Having been a reader of Motor Sport for something approaching forty years and learning over this period that you have a penchant for accuracy and rightly so, I write to respectfully point out...
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Sir, I was quite taken with the "staff Daimler'. in the March '80 Motor Sport. Enclosed is a picture of my 15 hp Daimler, No 1276. The car was delivered to Malaya in about 1912 and placed in storage...
Sir, In the VEV section of the February issue, mention is made of a mysterious single-seater Brescia Bugatti. This car was discovered by me in Gerrards Cross last October. It had been re-stroked, not...
Sir, As so often in the columns of Motor Sport there are fascinating snippets of motoring history, sometimes even "concealed" among the paragraphs describing present-day machinery! Your mention of by...
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We have received the following statement from Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd.: "Bentley Motors Limited obtained judgement in the High Court against Mallalieu Engineering Limited, now known as Mallalieu Cars...
Seventy years of Morgan production will be celebrated in four days of festivities at the NMM, Beaulieu, on July 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. Over 1,000 Morgans are expected to attend this tribute to the...
The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club, recently formed to cater for post-WW2 racing and sports machines, is willing to organise track parades and displays of members' machines at car events. Details...
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[Continued from the June issue]  We left X, the RFC pilot who compiled these diaries, enjoying the Christmas of 1916, over which holiday period motoring was done in two Rolls-Royces, one of them...
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Acropolis Rally Animals of rare species are generally, and quite properly, preserved from extinction by protection orders which make it illegal to kill them. All rarities should be so protected,...
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Grand Prix Models of 173/175 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts have recently announced a very fine 1/43-scale model of the GP Vanwall, which admirably portrays the cars which Tony Vandervell combated...
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A weakening of the muscles The USA, particularly the West Coast, is the World's largest sports car market and has always had a major influence on design trends. It was for the Americans that Datsun...
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With two delighted owners of Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV 2000s on the Standard House staff, we viewed the announcement of a turbocharged version by West Horsley Alfa Romeo dealers Bell and Colvill Ltd....
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Illegal? Jarama, June 1st For the world of motor-racing politics, the Spanish Grand Prix will be remembered as a pretty momentous event, fur flying with all and sundry swiping each other with their...
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Marching On Times have changed in more than technology in those thirty years of Formula Two. The HWMs cost about £1,500 to make, and on more than one occasion Alf Francis and the team headed for...
The 1950 HWM and 1980 March 802 span 30 years of Formula Two. The Deputy Editor found at first hand how designs have changed.  The significance of HWM to British motor racing history has been widely...
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The short report ot the Monaco GP that was rushed into the June issue of Motor Sport precluded any mention of the mechanical activities of the Formula One teams, so for those who are interested in...
Ever since legal and political wrangling about the whys and wherefores in Grand Prix racing have been aired in public, which is to say for the last ten years and possibly since commercial sponsorship...
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Though he was fairly defeated by his younger Finnish team-mate in the David Sutton prepared Escorts on the last British home international, Hannu Milkkola made no mistakes in beating his fellow Finn...
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Alfa Romeo 2600 Register Sir, I have recently been persuaded by a small nucleus of Alfa Romeo 2600 owners within the Alfa Romeo Owners Club to organise a 2600 Register. I am hoping to trace all...
Sir, I suppose "ours" is one of the few journals not to have featured correspondence on the pros and cons of the current Olympics. With your permission I would like to rectify this situation to some...
Sir, On Sunday morning, May 18th, I stood with the Countess of Arran gazing over Windermere, a lake now rapidly becoming crowded with a great variety of craft. Sea Link ferries, sailing dinghies,...
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The Aston Martin Team Cars A really wonderful article on the 1931 Aston Martin Team Cars in the May issue, the excellent photos and detailed information provides very valuable Aston Martin history. 1...
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Sir, I refer to your road test of my Stroker conversion for the 1.9/2.0 Vauxhall/Opel engines. The 30-90 mph acceleration target figure of 25 seconds claimed is achieved on the current 3.4 axle ratio...
Sir, I have been a Borgward enthusiast for many years and now own an Isabella "TS" saloon. I wish to compile a Register of owners to include a Spares Directory for Borgward/Lloyd, Hansa/Goliath cars...
Sir, I wonder if you would be good enough to help me collect information on my car, by publishing the details that I have in Motor Sport. The car is or was originally an L-type Allard which left the...
Sir, In a world where complaints are rife at the lack of service etc, I must write briefly to describe a recent pleasing occurrence. After purchasing a repair kit in UK, for my Range Rover based in...
Sir, I was interested in Mr Trenungs letter regarding overdriven new cars. In the 1920's Morris Motors came up with the simple idea of fitting a washer between the carburetter flange and inlet-...
Sir, Reading your comments in the April issue on the ploys of various interested bodies to wring yet more money out of car owners I was a little surprised to see that you seem to think the battle...
Sir, Along with many others, I was enthralled by the duel for points towards the Hill Climb Championship at Shelsley Walsh on June 8th. On the final run of the day Alister Douglas-Osbourne took FTD...

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