July 1989

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France their England Le Mans has an atmosphere all of its own, largely, it must be said, because of the British fans who have been faithfully going there over the years, and more so in the last few...
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Obituary: Maurice Philippe Motor Sport is saddened to have to report the death on June 5 of Maurice Philippe, one of the more retiring men in international motorsport but a designer at the forefront...
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Fittipaldi's Indy 500 A Brazilian in his Marlboro-sponsored car won the main event in America, but this was not another Senna/McLaren demonstration run, but the more unusual and welcome return to the...
After many months of rumour, Jaguar's successor to the Championship-winning XJR-9 has made its race debut. The XJR-10 is powered not by the faithful 7-litre V12, but by an all-new turbocharged 3-...
Llanelli Borough Council's Welsh Motorsports Centre at Pembrey became Britain's newest fully-fledged motor racing venue on May 21, when it ran its first meeting five days after being granted a...
On May 29 at Millbrook two pre-war Bentleys attacked long-standing British class records, scoring (subject to confirmation) two bull's-eyes. Stanley Mann's well-known 3/8-litre car, which last year...
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That magic ingredient What seemed like a formality for the Sauber Mercedes team at Dijon on May 21, and therefore a contest for third place, turned into a splendid success for an underdog Porsche, a...
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Coventry anti-climax "I don't think we can ever do better than I that" said Jochen Neerpasch at the end of the Le Mans 24-Hour race on June 11, having seen the third-generation Silver Arrows cross...
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Until the penny drops Is the 24 Hours of Le Mans doomed to become "a social meeting for old boys with their Jaguar D-types", as Max Mosley predicts with a shudder, or will a new agreement be forged...
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Warning siren The power of Honda's RA109E was ultimately Alain Prost's downfall in the Mexican Grand Prix on May 28. That, and a gamble on tyre choice that didn't come off. Throughout qualifying...
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A second look A recent letter on the subject of visibility and eyesight (Motor Sport, April 1989) has provoked a most interesting response, so much so that I feel I most return to it. As always the...
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A sense of relief Alain Prost was prominent in Phoenix for several reasons, but the one he preferred was having his name inscribed on the victor's trophy after the heat-soaked event was stopped at...
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Trouble and strife It has not been a happy start to the 1989 FIA European Formula 3000 Championship season. The results of two of the opening four races are still subject to appeal following post-...
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Variety show The opening shots of the 1989 national saloon racing championship have been fired with the same weapons as last year, but more of this year's gunslingers seem to have the ammunition...
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The show goes on . . . For the inhabitants of Padua, the third weekend in April is now traditionally announced by the roar of racing engines and the sight of fabulous historic cars. It is time once...
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Lancia eases the strain If someone had asked us whether the Acropolis Rally had ever been won by a crew in a Lancia Fulvia or a Stratos, and demanded an immediate, off-the-cuff answer, we would...
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Staying mainly on the plain In one of our recent Grassroots articles, we outlined the revival of interest in 500cc classes old and new in hill-climbing; my interest was aroused by some of the new...
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Stars in their firmament Almost as if it were a public backlash against the growing and often unpleasant public face of over-commercialism in top motorsport categories, audiences at the large number...
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One might think that the convertible is to Scandinavia what the M25 is to happy, carefree motoring. Why would Scandinavians want to produce an open can when they have to put up with such long and...
BMW M3 Fast and beautiful, BMW's M3 is one of the most desirable cars on the road. At £23,550 it is also expensive, a shade more than the 530, which offers more room but less pizzazz. With the top...
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One of the most common convertibles seen on British roads is Ford's Escort, seemingly belying the fact that it was introduced only in February 1984, so one tends to take it for granted. For the...
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To the sceptic, the Panther Kallista in 1.6 or 2.9i form is a flamboyant joke: no more than a full-scale toy for the wealthy. Such dismissal is unfair. Both models use Ford engines and running gear....
Introduced in May 1986, the Cabriolet version of Peugeot's ever popular 205 GTi is regarded as one of the cheekier cars around. In designing the car, Pininfarina cleverly retained the 205's impish...
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The work of Bertone, the Astra GTE Convertible is General Motors' answer to the current crop of mainstream dropheads, with the accent very firmly on performance but not at the expense of comfort....
Volkswagen's Golf GLi is to cabriolets what the GTi is to hot hatchbacks. It was as far back as February 1979 that the Golf GLS Convertible was introduced in this country, reviving a way of motoring...
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When Midas Cars of Corby in Northamptonshire decided to create a convertible from its long-running coupe, which depends on Metro running gear, it hit a chord with the enthusiastic public, one that...
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To most people a Porsche is the peak of attainment, and being seen in a convertible Porsche the acme of delight. As a driver's car it rates highly, too. To all the well-known 911 virtues of 150 mph...
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The main attraction It is in the middle of July that Silverstone becomes the mecca for many tens of thousands of British motor racing fans, for this is the only occasion each year when the current...
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Third time around When all eyes are focused on the front row of the grid at Silverstone, and most likely on Ayrton Senna in particular, spare a thought for one of his compatriots who had a taste of...
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Getting the picture Probably one of the least photogenic locations in England, Silverstone will nevertheless accommodate more photographers per square metre for the 72 hours of British Grand Prix...
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Peugeot 405 Mi-16 and Renault 21 turbo Peugeot opted for a twin-cam 16-valve power-pack to top its 405 range, whilst Renault stuck to its turbocharging guns with the new 21 model. Both these French...
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A new benchmark We reported in some detail on the technical aspects of the new Mercedes sports-car in the April issue, before we had had the chance to drive it. However, we have now had the pleasure...
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107 miles in the hour The 30/98 Vauxhall is, in my opinion and that of most vintage car followers, one of the most desirable cars of its period. Not a sports-car, its Lutonian manufacturer used to...
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Postscript: the Bentley riposte That fine 30/98 run at Montlhery was to cause some fearful Bentley carnage! In 1957 Stanley Sedgwick, President of the Bentley Drivers Club, read of it and decided it...
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1989's Stanley Cup contest was abandoned in favour of the Frazer Nash section of the VSCC's Raid to Bolzano, some seventy cars having embarked on this tough 2500-mile journey from Brooklands on June...
The special kind of enthusiasm engendered by one-make clubs was demonstrated over the weekend of May 20-21 at the Bull Nose Morris Club's Spring Rally. Based at Ruthin in Clwyd, it took in a trip on...
Arts and crafts If it is jousting, falconry, horses, rare farm animals and a craft village you want to see, Peter de Savary has them all at Littlecote theme-park near Hungerford. To which he has...
Peugeot has introduced a special "Roland Garros" edition of the popular 205 model. The public relations blurb reminds us that Garros was a French aviator who died years ago, but says the new model is...
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By courtesy of Vauxhall Motors Ltd, the Vauxhall 30/98 Register has published a revised listing of these cars. Very nicely produced, it has a fine colour cover picture of GE Milligen's 1924 Velox...
Apart from Bradfords, Javelins and Jupiters, it is good to know that Car Club members are restoring cars ranging from a 1922 Short two-seater, Bradford-registered 1928 saloon, 1931 Prince and 1927,...
Golden Egg for a Golden Arrow? Planners International of Tetbury in Gloucestershire is hoping that the 925hp Irving-Napier Land Speed Record car "Golden Arrow" can be restored to running order,...
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It should have come as no surprise to find cars mentioned in Young Betjeman by Bevis Hillier (John Murray, 1988), because the Poet Laureate mentioned them in his poems, but I also discovered that the...
The recent fine weather has been bringing out various vintage cars. Bob Roberts was encountered driving his immaculate Type 43 Bugatti after its engine overhaul, David Thirley had the 1925 Plus Power...
Out of 58 entries for the VSCC's Humbledon Rally, 51 started, of which one A7 was outside the time-limit and one picked up a trailer-penalty. The opening VSCC speed hill-climb of the 1989 season took...
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Early MG by P L Jennings. 240pp. 93/4" x 7". (PL Jennings, Cwmbrain, Lanbister, Powys LD1 6UE. £37.50 including postage). Published privately and now in its second edition, this book is confined to...
Jaguar E-type — The Definitive History by Philip Porter. 712pp. 11 x 81/2. (Haynes Publishing Co, Sparkford, Yeovil. £49.95) Definitive, definitiver, definitivest . . . A bold title, especially with...
..edited by Russell Bulgin. 62pp. 12" x 81/2. (Brands Hatch Publications Ltd, Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Dartford, Kent DA3 8NG. £3.00). Beginners' guides to active participation in motorsport...
...edited by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. 126pp. 81/2" x 51/4". (Kogan Page Ltd, 120 Pentonville Road, London N1 5JN. £3.95). Initially available only to IAM members, this book arguably...
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Sir, I read the Aston Martin Le Mans story (Motor Sport, June 1989) with great interest. However, I have to say that there are many errors, and it is very obvious that the author did not consult...
Sir, In your excellent report of the Mille Miglia Rally (Motor Sport, June 1989) you infer that the National Motor Museum entered a 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500, the actual car driven to victory by...
Sir, Although I own the only Nacional Pescara in this country, I must confess to not having done as much research into these cars as I should. Some of the details in your article (Motor Sport, March...
Sir, While appreciating Mr Anthony Blight's lifelong attachment to the unsupercharged engine I would take issue with him on his assertion that the turbocharged engine "cannot lead to any real...
Sir, Anthony Blight certainly made his point in his letter (Motor Sport, May 1989), by showing that due to being supercharged the 2900B Alfa Romeos were barred from most of the major sports-car races...
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Sir, Some years ago, the correspondence columns of Motor Sport featured a prolonged debate concerning he correct use of slip-roads. One school of thought maintained that it was preferable to keep one...
Sir, I was interested in your article on saloon car racing (Motor Sport, April 1989), particularly with reference to the Daimlers, as I was one of a few enthusiastic apprentices watching "our" car...
Sir, I was a close friend of the late Colin Rayney, and read with interest your story about his Bugatti Type 35A (Motor Sport, May 1989). I was with Colin when he bought LXV 332 for £200 in Slough in...
Sir, The photograph of a Rolls Royce being used as a breakdown truck (Veteran to Classic, Motor Sport, June 1989) was most interesting. The car is a 1923 Rolls Royce 20 (registered DM 2668, chassis...

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