July 1983

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The Nurburgring, majestic, daunting and obsolete, has hosted its last World Championship race. The scene of many great triumphs and arguably, Juan-Manuel Fangio's victory in the 1957 German Grand...
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The Daimler and Lanchester Owners Club are concerned that they rarely hear from owners of Daimler commercials, and to help rectify this, they are organising the first rally of these vehicles. It will...
MG Car Club Since the venerable B is 21 years old this year, the MGCC are offering an award to the oldest example which arrives at the forthcoming National Meeting. All MGBs are welcome, although the...
As we close for press we learn, with deep regret, of the death at his home in Hayling Island, from cancer, at the age of 82, of LP ("Pat") Driscoll. Driscoll's Brooklands' career went back to 1920,...
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Our Ferrari host looked sheepish as we arrived at the gate of the Scaglietti body plant, on the first part of our works tour. "The men, they are on strike!" The faces of the assembled journalists...
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Le Mans, June 19th, predictable but interesting Having celebrated the 50th running of Le Mans last year, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest did not make such a fanfare about the 60th anniversary of the...
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Notes on the cars and teams in North America For another trip across the Atlantic for two races, this time on consecutive weekends, all the teams packed their big steel boxes with every imaginable...
Arnoux and Ferrari dominate Montreal, June 12th A packed motorsporting month means that the Canadian Grand Prix, held on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the island in the St Lawrence river where it...
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Surprises Downtown, Detroit, June 5th The big surprise, albeit a pleasant one, was that another Formula One race was held in Detroit. By any standards the 1982 event was a bit of a shambles and...
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Bridging a gap which may not be there? Earlier this month the wraps came off Alfa Romeo's new medium class car, the front-wheel-drive Alfa 33. Following the habit started with the Alfetta in carrying...
Even engineering seems to run in fashions, and of late the turbo has been correct wear for all occasions. Lancia, however, have forsaken the ideal of "something for nothing" which seemed so appealing...
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A winner As Ford expected, the Sierra model was not immediately as popular as the Cortina model it replaced and it has taken a year for this rounded but aerodynamically efficient car to lead the...
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It was just like old times, to be testing an MG again, even if Abingdon fanatics may protest that it was not pur sang. But the Metro Turbo is lively, jerky, hard-sprung and noisy, which is surely in...
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Sweden's rally folk-hero When Saab quit rallying at the end of 1980 it seemed as if Stig Blomqvist's rallying career was about to hit a lean patch. Having rallied Saabs for 16 years — ten of which...
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Lancia put Audi in the shade WHEN Lancia first appeared with the competition car given the model name "Rally", there were all manner of doubts as to its suitability for anything but the smoothest of...
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Racing in the grand manner Spa-Francorchamps, May 22nd At this length of time after the event there is little point in recording an hour-by-hour or lap-by-lap account of the happening on the return...
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Reflections on a Grand Prix It doesn't seem like 13 years since I stood in the pits of the Circuit Nationale de Spa-Francorchamps listening to Ken Tyrrell lecturing me about the dangers of the...
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An eventful race Nurburgring May 29th. The last World Championship race ever to be held at the Nurburgring resulted, predictably and deservedly, in a win for Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass in a Rothmans-...
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The long haul to success It must be the ultimate cachet for a race entrant to see a Grand Prix car carrying his own name, a joy that has been experienced over the years by such a wide variety of ...
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Snetterton, June 4th/5th This year's was the fourth Willhire 24 Hour Race, all held at Snetterron, and so far all won by one man - Phil Dowsett has been in each of the winning teams. Entry is ...
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A breath of fresh air Porsche's delightful 911SC has been one of the most highly regarded out-and-out sports cars for many years, and Motor Sport readers will hardly need any reminding about the...
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Rain did its best to spoil the Vintage SCC race meeting at Oulton Park on June 11th but did not succeed. It was, however, unhappily damp for those who had readied their prized possessions for the...
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A road to international fame, or nothing more than a self-indulgent cuI de sac? It's not an easy question, but one which the RAC Open Championship has to face up to. In its sixth year, the premier...
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Motoring as it was, a look back to the roads of the 1920s. (Continued from the May issue) Using the observations of motor-noter OJ for our look back on the vanished automotive scene, we find him, in...
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Random Reflections Invariably, when I am permitted to borrow old motoring photograph-albums, browsing through them reveals all manner of fascinating reflections on the old days. So it was with the...
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When I was in Somerset late in May I had the pleasure of calling at a very old manor house at East Lambrook, dating back to about 1470, not to admire the rare plants in the surrounding gardens laid...
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Morgan drivers Sir, For many years I have been trying to trace the present day whereabouts of Miss Prudence Fawcett and G White who drove a Morgan 4/4 to a class win in the 1938 Le Mans. G White...
A Humber correction Sir, I note with interest that you paid a visit to the Humber wall which incorporates four large panels depicting the Humber Wheel of Life which featured in Humber trade marks....
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The Corvettes — 1953-1984, by Richard Langworth. 144 pp. 7¼' x 9" (Motor Racing Publications Ltd., 28 Devonshire Road, London, W4 2ND. £8.95.) With their Collector's Guides, MRP offer compact yet...
Vintage Lorry Album Number Three — Seventy Years of Road Transport in Stories & Photos. Edited by Nick Baldwin. 96 pp. 12" x 81/2" (Frederick Warne Ltd., 40 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HE. £7....
In "White Mischief" by James Fox (Cape 1982), which investigates the murder of the Earl of Erroll outside Nairobi in 1941, we read of the Hispano Suiza used by the Earl and Countess of Erroll in...
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It started in November 1982 and lasted until June this year: a one-man domination of F3 that broke all previous records and not a few spirits. And, just as surely as it did for Nelson Piquet in 1978...
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Sir, We enjoyed your article "The Claims of Rolls-Royce". We also enjoy the mentions they give us in their copy — I think we are virtually the only supplier who gets mentioned by name. Your fears...
Sir, Following your article on road impressions of the Ford Escort RS 1600i I think I can offer a reason for the poor roadholding of the car. Under the impression that it represented the latest thing...
Sir, While DSJ is right in saying that the Long Beach GP will no longer take place because of lack of money, this statement needs a qualification. The Swiss GP is now cancelled, and the Las Vegas and...
Buck up, Lotus! Sir, I would like to address this letter to Peter Warr and Team Lotus. You don't need me to tell you that your team is in deep trouble. I write as a fan since 1963 who has never lost...
Sir, Over the past 20 years or so I have had a fantastic performance from Michelin tyres of various types and on numerous cars. The slight lack of adhesion of the older types I tolerated and the...
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Sir, On a recent visit to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, I was surprised and dismayed to find that once one was inside the museum building itself, there appeared to be absolutely no...
Sir, Your correspondent, Martin Johnson, is correct in his presumption that a fuel cut-off device would not work well were it to operate between the tank and the float chamber on an SU carburetter....
Sir, I was most concerned with the commentator's comments on a recent BBC 2 "Top Gear" programme, when he announced that the uprated Sierra would be an ideal replacement for the Capri. What a thing...
Sir, I have been instructed by my committee to make this appeal to other motoring clubs for their support in presenting an official Protest to the RAC Motor Sports Association at the continuing rise...

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