July 1992

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May 14: March Cars’ creditors agree to accept a rescue proposal put forward by Andrew Fitton. Pending completion of the relevant paperwork. Fitton is set to take control of the ailing manufacturer,...
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Common-sense controls Shortly after this issue of Motor Sport closed for press, leading representatives of Formula One's chief trade suppliers were due to meet to discuss the future of Grand Prix...
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Ian Taylor British motor racing was dealt a sharp shock on June 7, when news filtered through that Ian Taylor had lost his life while competing in the Rover 216 GTi Challenge at Spa. He was 45....
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In the heat of Imola nothing could stop Nigel Mansell setting another record. This time last year, at the fifth Grand Prix of the season, Williams-Renault had firmly indicated the strength of its...
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To Monaco came a welcome reminder of the days when Grand Prix drivers endured pain with clenched teeth and sealed lips Television viewers the world over cannot have failed to observe - perhaps even...
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What was it that lost Nigel Mansell his sixth consecutive victory with only seven laps to go? If Imola confirmed that Williams-Renault is still the dominant force in Grand Prix racing, Monaco served...
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Dear Reader, A lot of people these days are complaining and moaning that Formula One racing is dull and boring, which it probably is if you watch it on a television screen, underground and with no...
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As we waited at Bologna airport for the 'plane to London a friend said: "If you don't come away from Imola feeling happy, you might as well give up." How right he was, referring to our visit to the...
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A moment's rashness prevented Nigel Mansell from extending his sizeable World Championship lead in Canada. As an electronic malfunction sidelined Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger picked up the pieces for...
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The opening rounds of this year's European F3000 Championship have contained several surprises, all but one of them welcome. The exception was the late decision -18 days before the race – to switch...
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Not so long ago, Frenchman Didier Auriol was known as the man whom Lady Luck has passed by. Time after time, disaster struck just when it seemed that he would get a good result. His performances were...
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Late in 1976 DSJ and I were swept around the Lotus Cars facility at Hethel in Norfolk. A succession of interviews and a memorable first drive in a then new Esprit made it a day that could justifiably...
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We take to the track at Donington Park to examine two fresh HSCC initiatives On the surface at least, Formula Ford and the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) may seem strange bedfellows. Think of...
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McLaren lends its F1 expertise to the creation of its first roadcar for 23 years ”I want people to feel as if they are driving Formula One technology on the road.” Behind Gordon Murray's simple...
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You have done an exceptional job of keeping the car under wraps. One magazine printed a spy shot purporting to be the F1, but which looked to me like a Schuppan Porsche 962, but there's been nothing...
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The 1991 body changes to the Rover 800 have resulted in a new version of the Vitesse that carries the most power offered by Rover in the 800 line, some 180 turbocharged bhp. The result is a 137 mph...
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The Ford Escort RS Cosworth is the fifth generation production alliance of Ford Motor Company Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) and Cosworth motivation. It amounts to the result of a complex marital...
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Electrical failures, more than any other trouble, are still responsible for the majority of roadside stoppages. Even though alternators put much more into a tired battery than dynamos ever did and,...
Ferraris may be the most exciting, rewarding and covetable of modern high-performance cars, but I have never regarded them as being too exacting for experienced drivers to tame on the road. With this...
The problem of how to get home if your car breaks down has become much less of a trauma than once it was. In what are popularly referred to as the 'good old days' one might reasonably have expected...
Norwich Union's Personal Insurance Administration manager, D T Clark, writing of cars over 15 years old being unacceptable for his company's breakdown holiday assistance service: "Whilst with the...
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This year represents the 60th anniversary of the Hudson-Essex Terraplane, that American car which was at times underrated but which was such a good performer for a modest price that it was the basis...
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Congratulations to Barry Clarke, who has been elected the next President of the VSCC, taking office in March 1993. The annual Coventry Rally of the Riley Register takes place on June 27/28. Entries...
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Building sports cars from kits is a fairly recent innovation, judged by the long run of motoring history. Making an entire car, or cyclecar, at home was a product of the years just before the First...
Last month, I wrote that performance figures for the supercharged Ulster Austin 7 have proved elusive. Since then I have discovered that while a representative of The Light Car & Cyclecar, that...
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These days a large proportion of the motoring population is drawn along by its front wheels. But in vintage times front-wheel drive was little known. It was some years before the arguments involving...
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The weekend after the Colerne speed trials, the VSCC held its annual speed trial meeting at Curborough near Lichfield. The course is quite different, involving as it does several corners to reverse...
The VSCC is anything but insular, organising events in England, Wales and Scotland, and on May 2 holding a rally in the north of the country, at Buxton. The 75 entrants and their navigators seem to...
Following its Curborough Speed Trials, which closely followed its Silverstone Race Meeting, the energetic VSCC had another day at Wiscombe Park in Devon on May 10, with a speed hillclimb up this...
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Reggie Tongue We learned with sadness of the death of Reginald Ellis Tongue, aged 80. Reggie was a well-known ERA and Maserati driver in pre-war events, was a member of the BRDC and joint MD of T...
Bentley Boys Sir, Many thanks for the splendid write-up of the Millbrook 1000-mile record attempt. The final pit stop was indeed in order that HRH Prince Michael of Kent might drive the final lap,...
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Jaguar Cars is extending its former one-year guarantee on all Jaguars and Daimlers to a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. They claim to be the first major UK car manufacturer to take this step, which...
A reader, engineering consultant Mr Brian T Pritchard Lovell, had brought to my notice something which I had not previously appreciated. It concerns who the designer of the engine for the 1939/40...
There is some excitement about the possibility of a rolling-start, as in the Indianapolis 500, being introduced for F1 racing, even perhaps at this year's British GP at Silverstone. Lest anyone...
Our long-running and apparently well liked feature Cars In Books has been somewhat hampered in recent times by the clauses publishers now insert in books, making it illegal to quote from them without...
The Wolseley Hornet Special Club is arranging a display of these cars, to commemorate their winning the 1932 LCC Relay Race at Brooklands. Driven by FS Hutchens, B Wickens and E Erith, the team...
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A man called Mike, by Christopher Hilton. MRP, £16.95. Mike Hailwood's name first became engrained in my youthful conscience not because of the motorcycling feats which made him legend, but because...
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Virage advantage Sir, It may seem churlish to criticise JW's most positive and complimentary test on the Aston Martin Virage (Motor Sport, April), but needs must. Aston Martin has never claimed 168...

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