July 1987

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Saab Owners Club's national weekend event is set for July 17-19 at Highmoor Farm Park, Skipton Road, Harrogate, Yorkshire. Details from Flat 2, Dorval House, Silverdale Road, Southampton, Hampshire...
Rough justice? When the Fixed-Penalty Scheme for motoring traffic offences was introduced, we noted that although it might save the time of the courts and the police, it might also cause the vehicle...
From a reliable source we learn that New Zealand's Prime Minister, David Lange, drove his personal turbocharged Mitsubishi Sigma in a couple of races at the Pukekohe Circuit, coming within four...
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After shaking himself up badly in a spectacular accident at Vallelunga a month earlier, French rising star Yannick Dalmas was back on top form for the Pau Formula 3000 street race in south-west...
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Mansell fastest in Silverstone testing The week following the Monaco Grand Prix was the scene of busy test sessions at Paul Ricard and Silverstone, in preparation for the French and British GPs on...
Increasing Japanese interest in major European categories of motorsport was evidenced last month with the news that Cosworth Engineering has signed a deal to collaborate with Yamaha in the...
The BMW M3's dominance of intemational saloon car racing came to an end at Zolder on June 7 when a Ford RS Cosworth driven by Steve Soper/Pierre Dieudonne/Klaus Nieckwiedz won the Belgian round of...
Essex driver Johnny Herbert has been consolidating an impressive Formula 3 reputation in recent weeks. After notching up a fine third place in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix supporting race, he...
By the time this championship had reached the third round, at Silverstone, Barrie Williams had extended his lead to 43 points, to Dave Cox's 30, with Charles Tippet third. Williams won this race at...
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The Rising Sun in Dreamworld If you need an example of an anachronism, it has to be the Monaco Grand Prix. Walking round the circuit the day before practice began, I could not help feeling that...
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The chosen one "Walk purposely not aimlessly" is the counsel of the natioal airline's magzine to those who wish to escape the tourist tag in Athens. "Avoid the sun", it goes on, "if shade is...
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Jaguar bid fails The Porsche factory was down to its last car after an hour of racing at Le Mans but that one, driven by Derek Bell, Hans Stuck and AI Holbert, was enough to write some new pages in...
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Smooth operator Following closely on Ford's use of the Ferguson permanently-engaged 4WD system, this progressive company has introduced another technical breakthrough, with its adoption of the new...
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Extravagance Dear AH, Last month I mentioned my brief encounter in Italy with competitors in the third Coppa d'Italia, and this prompted one of our readers in Switzerland to kindly send me the nicely...
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Grandest tourer When it appeared out of the blue ten years ago, Porsche's exotic 928 shocked many people. Firstly, it dared to proclaim itself the successor to the revered 911 — but it had a front...
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Model: 92854 Maker: Porsche AG. Stuttgart Importer: Porsche Cars GB Ltd, Reading Engine: Front-mounted all-alloy V8. four. valves per cylinder. four belt-driven cams. 4957cc (100 x 78.9mm), 10:1 or....
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Home-made At one time road-going specials were fairly common, whether built by people who thought they could improve on manufacturers' offerings or just for the fun of making a car that was different...
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The, Ford SV OC hold a meeting jointly with the Fairthorpe SCC at the White Horse Hotel, The Borough, Downton, near Salisbury, on the last Tuesday each month. Cars such as Ashleys, Dellows, Bucklers...
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In the best company In the years following the end of WW2, Britain produced an astonishing number of good racing drivers. The achievements of some, such as Moss, Hawthorn, Scott Brown, Lewis-Evans...
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An image for the Nineties The new Audi 90 model became available in Britain in June, completing the German company's line-up of modern, very aerodynamic family saloons. Three versions, all with five...
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Continuously variable fun Ford and Fiat have brought automatic transmission within the grasp of Fiesta and Uno buyers with a joint development of the steel belt/variable diameter pulley CTX (...
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Good vintage SMMT Test '87 is a one-and-a-half day annual event for journalists centred upon Donington Park, which can yield outstanding mileage over the shorter track layout, surrounding roads or...
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Crown jewel Regarded by many people as the jewel in Grand Prix racing's crown, Monaco has always been one of the most challenging races on the World Championship calendar, calling for great skill and...
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Millionaires' row GTO— three letters signifying a peak in a famous, possibly the most famous, auto-history. 12 cylinders, 3 litres, 280bhp, 175mph — bald figures, without gazing at the sleek...
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Custom Fords by Pierce Riemer and Stephen Mills. 120 pp. 101/4" x 8". (GT Foults & Co, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ, £12.95). Those who are interested in custom cars will like this book,...
by Philip Porter. 175pp. 101/2" x 8". GT Foulis & Co Ltd, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. £14.95) Here is a one-model book about the newest of the Jaguars, by an enthusiast who has owned...
by Nigel Trow (Osprey, £19.50) Although its title suggests a concern only with the track, Nigel Trow's book actually embraces all official Lancia competition forays from early road-races, through the...
by Stuart Bladon (Penguin Books, £3.50) In its thirtieth edition, this compact guide has a new shorter name to replace The New Observer's Book of Automobiles. But it remains probably the handiest ...
by Terry Cole. 111pp. 91/4 61/4. (GT Foulis & Co, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ £7.95). Here is a little book full of advice for those starting out on a motor racing career, or who intend...
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by William Morse. 64pp. 91/4 x 7 (Nelson & Saunders, Olney, Bucks. £5.95.) The rotary aero-engine (redolent of the days when joy-rides in Avro 504s were the in thing and wartime Sopwith Pup and...
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The roads of the 1920s As the summer of 1926 approached, Owen John was doing his best to silence critics who still saw benefits in owning an open-bodied car, his taste having turned to a closed one...
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It was in 1939 that a contest was arranged at Brooklands to decide which was the then-fastest road-equipped sports-car. It arose from a suggestion made by John Dugdale, and before it took place he...
We are grievously saddened to hear that Betty Haig, great-niece of Field Marshall The Earl Haig, died in an Inverness nursing home on April 31. She became an all-out motoring enthusiast after her...
We learn with regret of the death of Eric Giles, who played such a prominent part in the early days of the Bugatti OC, of which his brother, Col GM Giles, was one of the three founders in 1929. Eric...
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Simplicity itself The aircraft industry had a bad time immediately after the Armistice of 1918, orders for military aeroplanes having been cut drastically but civilian air services having scarcely...
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The snippers got at last months "Silverstone snippets" making Sweet's MG fourth in the VSCC Pat Lindsay race, whereas it was in fact ninth. For the record, the order should have been: Mayman's ERA...
The Lea-Francis OC celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Stanford Hall, near Lutterworth, on June 7, when some 30 cars representing the various models of the Coventry make arrived for a Concours d'...
Overall winner the VSCC Scottish Trial was RG Winder (Austin 7), and other first-class award winners were P Stringer (A7), J Evans (GE A7), J Blake (ON), and J Ghosh (30/98). Second-class awards went...
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Joy-riding When Duncan Rabagliati phoned last December to ask if I would like to join Team Rabagliati on the RAC Classic Run, he kindly offered me a choice of cars. There was no hesitation, it had to...
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A Jensen FF has been restored, in Wales, by DD Hobden. He found it in a poor state just outside Hereford, with the gearbox seized through being run without oil. He has made a good job of...
No, not mine, although I do have them! I am referring to car bodywork in the context of the now much-discussed originality. One wonders whether it is the mechanical aspects of a car or its coachwork...
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That is the question! Or was, in the vintage years. These days, a differential is fitted to every car, is found in limited-slip form on high-performance models and in multiples, often of...
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Sir, I was interested to read the article on the Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider in your June issue, and feel that I ought to point out a couple of inaccuracies. Firstly, since when have Bertone produced the...
Sir, May ask readers who competed or spectated at Brooklands and other motoring events in the period 1929-39 (but especially around 1929-31) recast their minds back to the paddock scenes at those...
Sir, Regarding the Nuvolari picture (Motor Sport, April 1987, p370), did old Tazio also pioneer the modern hard helmet? Poor Farina only had a cloth one . . . Keep up the good work. JL Hevia, Miami,...
Sir, The theme of June's Matters of moment (is individuality fading for the ordinary car buyer?) must be answered with a loud "Yes". Today's motor cars follow a firmly established international...
Sir, John Foreman's letter (Motor Sport, May 1987) regarding 98 octane 4-star fuel for his Jaguar XJ12 might be worrying needlessly about the use of low-lead and non-lead fuels, if an extract from an...
Sir, Through an advertisement in Motor Sport I have recently purchased the rolling chassis of a Tojeiro car. John Tojeiro, who has been to see the car, confirms it as one of his early twin-tube...
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Sir, On Good Friday morning my husband and I attempted to make the journey between Sr Albans and Oulton Park circuit. This straightforward journey involved some 160 miles of M1, and then the M6....
Sir, The remarks by DSJ on pre-selector gears took me right back over 40 years to my army days. I am sure many older readers will remember the Daimler armoured cars and Dingo scout cars with Wilson...
Sir, I recently discovered an MG model VA Tickford, 3-position dohc. After advertising in various magazines for such a car, and indeed travelling to England, I came across this one less than 40 miles...
Sir, What a funny comment from DSJ in his April letter that he is puzzled as to why a 20-year-old GT40 is worth more than a new MkV. In 20 years time will Motor Sport be writing about replicas, fakes...

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