June 1961

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A tax on prestige In this country we pay tax on our earnings and on interest on capital, additional tax on high earnings, tax on company profits. Our marriages, houses, dogs, guns and TV sets (even...
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Naples Grand Prix (May 14th) After holding their Grand Prix for sports cars in previous years it was good to see a return to Formula One by the Naples Club, using the traditional, but now shortened,...
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What a race ! Monte Carlo, May 14th. With no races being held in the Argentine this year the Monaco GP was the first Grande Epreuve of the season and naturally everyone wanted to be in it but, as...
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Moss triumphs over weather in Inter-Continental race — Dan Gurney's Chevrolet shakes the Jaguars — Tony Marsh does 102.70 mph. lap in FJ race but Jim Russell wins— Maserati wins Historic Car race...
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Snetterton,  May 14th IF you speak of "glorious Goodwood" it is presumably permissible to refer to "scruffy Snetterton," but at the Norfolk circuit you can enjoy informal racing, run with great...
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A well-designed all-glassfibre GT car A surprise awaited us when we tested the Rochdale Olympic recently, for the firm of Rochdale Motor Panels, well known for their glass-fibre shells, especially...
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by George A Oliver. 39 pp. 14 in. x 19 in. (Hugh Evelyn Ltd., 9, Fitzroy Square, London, W1. 55s.) "Just a moment—give me a hand up—heave !" These are the feelings you get when confronted with this...
by William Boddy. A Montagu Motor Book. Preface by Capt GET Eyston, OBE MC. 170 pp. 83/4 in x 51//2 in (Cassell & Company, 35, Red Lion Square, London, WC1. 25s.) This history f Montlhery Track,...
"Behind the Wheel," by David McKay. 222 pp. 91/2 in x 61/4 in. (Nicholas Kaye Ltd., 194-200, Bishopsgate, London, EC2. 25s.) This is the motoring life story of David McKay, who was badly afflicted...
"Veteran Cars," by Phil Drackett. 92 pp. 75/16 in x 5 in, (W & G Foyle Ltd, 119-125, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2. 4s.) A compact little book, this, in the "Foyles Handbooks" series, yet it...
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published by Modern Caravan, lists 3,704 caravan sites throughout the British Isles, many of which are now being licensed under new Government legislation. "Caravan Sites" sells for 2s 6d.
The latest edition of "Egon Ronay Recommends Eating Places in London and Round Britain," published by Andre Deutsch, price 5s, is as useful as ever because Mr. Ronay is as fearless in his "road tests...
Rodney Walkerley has written a motor-racing book primarily for the younger enthusiast—"Come Motor Racing With Me," 208 pp., 71/2 in x 5 in (Frederick Muller Ltd., 110 Fleet Street, London, EC4, 10s ...
The three latest volumes in the Pearson car maintenance and repair series cover Humber cars from 1946 to date, all Vauxhall cars from 1933, and Ford Anglia, Prefect, Popular, Eight and Ten models...
"Sir Henry Segrave," by Cyril Posthumus. 227 pp. 81/2 in x 5 in. (BT Batsford Ltd., 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1. 21s.) This it a scholarly biography of the late Sir Henry Segrave, who was...
An unusual book is "What's Where in London," written by Denys Parsons and published by Kenneth Mason Publications Ltd, price 6s. The book sets out to give likely sources of supply for unusual...
National Benzole have issued a useful map of town plans, covering 57 well-known towns from Bath to Worcester, with the location of important landmarks therein and the best through routes. The book...
priced at 6s 6d to members and 10s 6d to non-members, contains the usual wealth of information on touring abroad which is invaluable to the tourist abroad, and in addition, a team of RAC hotel...
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An exciting motor race Palermo, Sicily, April 30th. This year the Automobile Club of Palermo took over the organisation of the Targa Florio, carrying on all the splendid traditions of this fantastic...
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The Aintree ''200" for Formula One cars received a predominantly British entry and in fact all the cars were British. This fact, added to the miserable northern weather, gave no incentive for...
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"5d. OFF" Motoring is going to cost more now that the Chancellor has put up the cost of a car licence and anything to reduce the expense of running a car is welcome. That is thelaudable aim of Jet...
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  An unbelievable race Siracusa, Sicily, April 25th. This year the Siracusa Grand Prix was held on the unusual day of Tuesday, it being a public holiday in Sicily to celebrate their liberation in the...
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(April 16th) Formula junior—Two Heats and a Final After being abandoned for many years, the road circuit on the edge of Lake Garda in Northern Italy was revived for a Formula Junior race to be held....
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Ford's long-awaited and much-rumoured new model at last made its debut on May 19th. Named the "Consul Classic" 315, the new car is a trifle disappointing on first acquaintance as it resembles nothing...
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1925 There was a foretaste of the 1925 range of Daimler models comparatively early in 1924, when, at the Wembley Exhibition, the latest 35 hp was shown with a nickel radiator with a plated cross-...
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Next month Batsford promise us the long-awaited "Sports Car Pocketbook," a book on veteran and vintage motorcycles and a translation of the life of Fangio from the book by Olivier Merlin. Nicholson...
"Designing Male," by Howard Greer (Robert Hale, 1952), gives a picture of New York, Hollywood, Paris and London during the "gay 'Twenties" and refers to many cars of the stars, including the Hispano-...
Handy Pads, a product of the Charles Bedernan Research Organisation, are packed in handy tins and one kept in the car's cubby-hole provides useful tissues with which to clean sticky fingers, grease...
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A section devoted to old-car atters The VSCC Silverstone race meeting (April 22nd) Racing vintage cars is more fun for the drivers than the spectators but the latter get a very big share of the...
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The Eldridge Fiat, originally called the Fiat "Mephistopheles," now owned by CE Naylor, has a remarkable history. In 1908, shortly after the opening of Brooklands, a match race was arranged between F...
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Sir, I have only recently recollected that for several years in the early "twenties," I was running a Brennabor car, which I believe was German-built. Certainly it was well made, reliable, and...
Bell Cars Sir. As a regular reader of Motor Sport the issue for last month proved to be even more interesting. "Vintage Postbag" provided the interest in the letter from Mr JS Mackrell regarding the...
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Sir, As one of the minor critics of the claims of the great "GB," I read Col Bowden's letter in your May issue (p. 349) with some amusement. His logic about critics is rather above me, surely I do...
Sir, Reading the "White Elephamitis" article regarding the more monolithic and venerable Daimlers which appeared in the February issue of Motor Sport brought back vivid memories of one of these noble...
Sir, I have read with great interest the article by Mr JA Hobbs on cars I have owned and was agreeably surprised to see mention made of the 4-cylinder Essex car. I wonder if many people know...
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Sir, As a Crossley enthusiast I was extremely interested in your article on the now, alas, defunct company. My first introduction to the marque was at the Royal Tank Corps Schools at Bovington in...
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Sir, I am always interested to read what your correspondents think of different makes of car. May a woman driver get into the act ? Maybe I ought to keep quiet, because I read Motor Sport but I am...
Sir, I have just completed eighteen months and 20,000 miles of the world's most exciting light motoring, and must congratulate the Ford ad-men on their appropriate slogan. I endorse wholeheartedly...
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Sir, I wonder if you heard the public address commentary at the practice session at Goodwood on April 1st ? The F1 InterContinental cars were circulating and Chuck Daigh was feeling his way round the...
Sir, Your weekly contemporary records no less a person than Stirling Moss, with licence restored, at the wheel of his new automatic Zodiac. I sometimes wonder if this type of gearbox meets with...
Sir, In view of the volume of criticism directed against the motor trade in the matter of its after-sales service, I feel that you should start some sort of "Honours List" of those who treat their...
Sir, Recently the VW Owners' Club celebrated its 1,000th member. The lucky man is 74-year-old Mr Alexander Howat from Falkirk, who, accompanied by his daughter, is going on a free four-day holiday...
Sir, The tremendous and well-deserved success the E-type Jaguar has achieved in the month since its announcement to the public must be most gratifying to the management and workers of Jaguar Cars Ltd...
Sir. Recen1ly I bought a 1955 Mark VIIM Jaguar from O Kingsbury and Son, Ltd, of Station Road, Hampton, Middlesex. The car was in superlative condition, having only done 28,000-odd miles, being...
Sir, "Seventeen shillings for fitting just one pair of brake shoes with linings which were my own property", writes Mr DI Williams in your April publication. We should like to complete this story for...
Sir, Your recent articles on Smiths Motor Accessories Instruments were very interesting, but you omitted to mention that they fail to provide a satisfactory spares service. The mileometer drive in my...
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Sir, As the owner of an SP250 who has just completed 12,000 miles in one year of ownership, I read with interest your Road Test of this car in the May issue. Several points arose which I would like...
Sir. Somewhat consoled by Mr Duncan-Brown's sorry tale of an Austin Se7en Countryman, I feel encouraged to recount my own "Diary of a Mini" :— Nov 1960; Morris Minivan, loaded with extra, delivered....
Sir, After reading an article in a local paper, I must come to the derice of the Morris Mini-Minor. I travel on average 500 miles a week and have so far travelled 20,000 miles plus. I have never had...
Sir. I was delighted to read your reference to the National Sprint Association, of which I am one of the founder members, and I see no reason why a similar association for the organisation of Sprints...
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Sir, I was very pleased to read Denis Jenkinson's appraisal of Maurice Trintignant's performance at Pau, since I have held a similar view for some time. One constantly reads of the lack of top-flight...
Sir, After forty years of driving, may I tell you my answer to the arguments about the merits and demerits of cars. After the war I bought a new car, every blessed year I had a new car, and coupled...
Sir, Like many more readers of your magazine, I shared your enthusiasm when the Mini-Minor was announced. Ten months ago I bought one. Since then it has consumed no oil, an unbelievably small amount...
Sir, After reading the letters in your magazine on "British Workmanship," you might like to hear of my vehicle's progress since I got it. Age: just over 13 months. Mileage : 108,047. Until docked...
Sir, My thirteen-year-old Rover has not been the same since she was ten-year tested. Whereas before, her head was high and demeanour proud, she is now ashamed and low. You see, she failed. She...
Sir, Mr Kemp is under a misapprehension. The habitat of the MG is Abingdon. Someone has put the wrong badge and an extra carburetter on his Oxford. I am, Yours, etc, "ZB, Chassis 37036",  [Name and...

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