June 1953

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R.S.P.A. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has convened a Conference of Road Safety Organisations under its President, Lord Llewellin, in response to the appeal made by H.R.H. The...
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I arrived at the E.N.A.S.A. works on the outskirts of Barcelona to investigate a rumour; to establish, if possible, whether or not the Pegaso was actually built up from the raw metal in the old...
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The first issue of the new American Auto Sportsman contained an article on the secrets of the Mercedes-Benz racing department, where they claimed to have taken the first photographs in 20 years....
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An Appreciation of the Latest Series III Jowett Javelin THE Jowett Javelin saloon, the introduction of which as the first truly advanced British post-World War II car can be laid at the door of the...
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Sir, I am sure I share the desires of many of your readers to see a British engine show a clear-cut lead in Formula II racing. We have the drivers and the chassis, but as regards engines we appear to...
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By our Continental Correspondent. Since the Townshend Ferry's T.T.S. Halladale transported me swiftly across the Channel, with a surprising lack of fuss and bother, many miles have been covered in...
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C. H Peacock, 20a, Hartington Road, Chiswick, W.4, would like all Gwynne Eight and Ten owners to write to him with a view to forming a Gwynne Register. We hope they elect Mr. Chinnery as President...
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Those clubs who are fortunate in being invited to hold rallies and driving tests at Esso House, near Abingdon, are fortunate indeed. The Esso organisation not only places its estate roads, which wind...
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The S.W. Centre of the B.A.R.C. will be staging a series of regularity tests at Goodwood on June 6th, commencing at 2 p.m. There will be four events, utilising the full circuit, and entries will be...
A Jowett Javelin proved to be the outright winner of this year's well-supported Tulip Rally, after certain disqualifications had been sorted out. A Bristol won its class and was second in the Rally...
Sir, As a matter of interest, was there ever a 1927 Speed Twenty Alvis ? I doubt it. Anyway, "sackcloth and ashes" for you. My car is not a Speed Twenty, never has been, never will be, and hasn't any...
Sir, It was with interest that I read your advice to potential purchasers of vintage motors in the May issue of MOTOR SPORT. On the whole I think that your advice is sound, but there is one point...
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We hear Trico-Folberth Ltd. sent a piece of spaghetti to those unfortunates amongst their friends who did not get to Italy for the Turin Show and so missed their exhibit on Stand 537, Japan News...
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Ferrari - Alfa-Romeo Duel at Record Speed BOLOGNA, APRIL 26TH. From Our Continental Correspondent. I have just seen all hell let loose upon the roads of Italy for 21 solid hours and my mind is a...
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Regulations Available in England Regulations for the A.C. du Mont-Blanc's International Evian-Mont-Blanc Rally of July 23rd to 26th are available from R. K. N.. Clarkson, The Chase, Halstead, Essex.
On April 15th a visit to the Girling factories was arranged and efficiently handled by Messrs. Sidney Baston, Public Relations Consultants to Girling. After a pleasant journey from London we were...
Mr. C. E. Russell of Girling Ltd. was apprenticed to the Associated Daimler Company Limited before their amalgamation with A.E.C., after which he joined the Daimler Company Limited, and eventually...
The solutions to last month's Quiz questions are as follows:- (1) A.C. (2) Berliet. (3) Standard. (4) A.B.C. (5) Horstmann. (6) Stoneleigh. (7) Daimler.
Ken Wharton, returning post-haste from Dundrod, made f.t.d. at Prescott on May 17th in 44.66 sec. he drove the V-twinn Cooper. Class winners included Wharton again, in the E.R.A (45.49 sec.), Peter...
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The pioneer motorist, at least prior to 1900, regarded his brakes as being extremely important, but for a different reason from that which we should advance today. The roads of his day carried but a...
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MOTOR SPORT has long been an advocate of the versatility trial, indeed, was probably the first to suggest such an event. Consequently, we were pleased when the Hants & Berks M.C. decided, three...
The Nuffield Organisation announces that it has for disposal "Wolseley - A Saga of the Motor Industry," by St. John C. Nixon, published by G. T. Foulis Ltd., available for the sum of 2s. 9d. each...
Amongst some useful accessories which we can recommend are :- Runbaken special tungsten ignition contacts. These have a very long life and ensure the maximum efficiency of the ignition circuit. They...
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THE BRISTOL 403 When we road-tested a 2-litre Bristol last January we were impressed with the all-round excellence of this fine car and endeavoured to convey on paper our enthusiasm in the subsequent...
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RoIt (Connaught) Wins L.C.C./B.A.R.C. Coronation Trophy at New Crystal Palace Circuit. Motor racing returned to London Road Circuit, at the Crystal Palace, on Whit Monday, when upwards of 50,000 well...
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Parker Wins 500-c.c. Race for Kieft A huge crowd saw Hawthorn do exactly what Ferrari intended him to do at Silverstone on the occasion of the Daily Express B.R.D.C. International Trophy Meeting on...
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"Building and Racing My '750'," by P. J. Stephens. 111 pp., (5 1/2in. by 7 3/4in., Foulis, 7, Milford Place, W.C.2. 12s.) There are two ways of regarding this book. One school of thought asks if...
Scintilla magnetos were used by the Connaughts. During the afternoon "Goldie" Gardner circulated the M.G. record-car and the Royal Corps of Signals gave a very creditable display of motor-cycle trick...
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At a meeting held on April 11th at the Lambton Arms hotel, Chester-le-Street, and attended by representatives from Burnhope, Cumberland, Hartlepools. King's College, Middlesbrough and Newcastle Clubs...
Ascari Dominates Fatiguing Race - BORDEUX MAY 3RD. Sixteen cars faced the starter to cover 123 laps of the T-shaped 2.457-kilometre circuit in the middle of the town. Excitement in practice had been...
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The latest model to emerge from the great Billancourt factory of Regie Nationale des Usines Renault is the Type R.1100 Fr├ęgate, a competitively-priced six-seater saloon for world markets, endowed...
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Murray Robinson had a hard-punching article against sports-car owners, sports-car races and "hot-rod" folk in Collier's dated April 4th, under the title of "The Sports Car Set Rides Again." Point was...
A Register of Morgans (and spares) owned by members of the Morgan 4/4 Club is being compiled by Mr. Peter Brisbourne, 92a, Boldmere Road. Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, who, in addition to being able...
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(Correspondence under this heading has been a feature of MOTOR SPORT in recent months. It has, we believe, caused a deeper stir than is apparent from the apathy of P.R.O.s to reply to criticisms of...
From Sir Clive Edwards, Bt. Sir, I have read with interest the justifiable complaints of our overseas buyers with regard to British cars and equipment. Most of us in this country can substantiate...
Sir, I have read your editorial in the March issue, and also the many letters concerning the quality of post-war British cars, with much interest. I should like, however, to be bold enough to speak...
Sir, I read with interest the comments of your readers regarding the reliability of British cars. Since the war I have owned a 1933 Ford Eight, a 1937 Ford Ten, a 1939 Jaguar 2 1/2, a 1950 Austin A40...
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Sir, Since 1948 I have been puzzled by references in all motor magazines to the 1 1/2-litre two-stage Alfa-Romeos as Tipo 159. Having a comprehensive collection of Alfa data, the following factory-...
Sir, Using Tele-Radiesthesia, a form of telepathy by which information otherwise inaccessible may sometimes be obtained, I obtained the following figures for octane rating and "goodness" rating,...
Sir, I have followed the long duel between correspondents, many of whom are overseas and are possibly embittered by their experiences. My contention is that any cheap car is "cheap," and that "cheap...
Sir, I cannot for the life of me recall whether I have written you to congratulate you for your remarkable courage as displayed in your Editorials and letters to the Editor since the unhappy day when...
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Sir, I have read with interest and sympathy the considerable number of letters recently appearing in MOTOR SPORT from writers in various parts of the world complaining about post-war British cars,...
Sir, With reference to recent correspondence in MOTOR SPORT concerning car insurance, are there any vital statistics to show whether: (a) more accidents are caused by old cars than by new ones; (b)...
Sir, I have noticed in your columns (and others) frequent reference to the excellent handling of the post-war Morris Minor car. Whilst I agree that the handling is better than many other post-war...
Sir, It is said that as men grow older they gain in common sense, their outlook matures, from wild excursions which were the order of the day in their youth they gradually turn to more sober things....
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Sir, I was interested in Mr. Poske's original letter anent the alleged failings of British post-World War Il automobiles and/or their manufacturers' maintenance departments, but the subsequent "...
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INTRODUCTION Common sense does not prevail as often as might be supposed, if the lack of a fire-extinguisher in many garages and on so many cars is any criterion. In fact, the Petroleum Spirit (Motor...
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by "CARROZZINO" In the two recent circuit races at Floreffe and Mettet we had interesting examples of a mechanical problem that confronts those who race sidecars. If you can bring yourself to...
As we close for press we learn that the new sports Triumph, with 2-litre Vanguard engine, has distinguished itself by covering the two-way f.s, mile on the Jabbeke Motor Road at 124.095 m.p.h., and...

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