June 1971

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The impact of the East African Safari Once again the East African Safari Rally, reported in Motor Sport last month, has been an unqualified success and has left its considerable impact. With the...
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Lesney's recent "MATCHBOX" miniatures include a 48-to-1 scale 4 1/2-in.-long fluorescent-yellow Dodge dragster, priced at 40p, a Daf platform truck laden with builders' materials, to a scale of 66-to...
On June 19th the Vintage SCC has its Oulton Park Race Meeting, perhaps the best of its four annual circuit events. The programme includes the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophy races for vintage and pre-...
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This year's Daimler and Lanchester OC Concours d'Elegance was won by a non-vintage car, A. King's 1952 Barker-bodied Daimler Special Sports, bought from its original owner in 1969. The runners-up...
Sir, Many thanks for your excellent magazine. The May issue was of particular interest since the Hyper Lea-Francis which Pat Driscoll drove in 1930 is the one which I now own, and still race...
The Vintage SCC run its annual speed trials over the 900-yard Shenstone & Dist. CC course near Lichfield in fine weather. The out-and-back ex-aerodrome road is somewhat artificial, inasmuch as...
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Now that the dust has settled after two World Championship Grand Prix races and five non-championship Formula One races (this is being written and printed just before the Monaco GP), it might be as...
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At "Rusty" Russ Turner's excellent high-speed day at Ghent in Belgium, John Goddard's turbo-supercharged 3.8-litre Bentley did 126.59 m.p.h. over the two-way kilo, but a piston burnt out as the boost...
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Ever since the Capri became a big success for Ford, various manufacturers here in Britain and in Europe have been trotting out "fastbacks" in an attempt to catch a share of the market. Now General...
May 15/16th Renault Ltd. have staged seven successful Rallye Renault meetings in the past, at Woburn, Blenheim, Mallory Park, Harewood House, Acton and Blenheim, and this year, to celebrate the 70th...
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A fortnight after the second European Trophy round had been held at Thruxton 17 drivers made their way down to the historic French town of Pau in the Pyrenean foothills to compete on the demanding...
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A black day for Porsche Cerda, Sicily, May 16th This year the Targa Florio was unusual, for the island was not ringing to the sound of V12 Ferraris as in the past; in fact not even a flat-12-cylinder...
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The SCCA has launched its 1971 professional season with the first two (out of eight) Continental Championship races for Formula A (5000) cars, and the first (out of 11) Trans-Am Championship events...
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C.S.I. rules The Sub-commission for Technical Regulations, which is made up of D. H. Delamont (GB), J. Herbert (France), P. Frère (Belgium), J. Oliveau (USA), A. Rogano (Italy), J. Rousseau (France...
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Walker moves up The three rounds of the Motor Sport Trophy series of Formula Three races held during the month of May have seen Gold Leaf-Team Lotus driver Dave Walker very much in the ascendant. In...
Adam Opel these days turns out new models with perplexing frequency. I have, for instance, just been using as pleasant transportation a yellow Ascona 16S saloon, which, incidentally, had four doors...
"Another Silver Ghost party trick was to place a glass brimful of water on the top of the bonnet: not a drop was spilt even when the engine was raced up to 1,600 r.p.m."—A Rolls-Royce myth...
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Hill's staying power reaps just reward Silverstone, May 8th. Silverstone's annual International Trophy meeting is always worth a visit although, almost certainly, it does not rank in importance as...
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A perfect demonstration Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, May 9th. The annual 1,000-kilometre race for sports cars, organised by the Royal Automobile Club of Spa, took place on the magnificent Spa-...
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The Welsh Rally Try as we might, we couldn't bring ourselves to use the full 1971 title as a heading; Fram Castrol International Welsh Rally is too much of a mouthful however generous the sponsors...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC Silverstone Meeting (April 24th) The opening VSCC race meeting of the year was held on a wet track, and heavy rain for practice and most of the races...
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Sir, I have read with interest letters in recent issues relating to the well-known Frazer Nash "Patience", and would like to correct some of the statements made by previous writers. "Patience" was...
Although very few 12/50 Alvis cars come on the market these days, the new PRO of the enthusiastic Alvis OC reports that one was sent for scrap recently, the owner breaking up its castings to make...
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Sir, Following my letter in the October, 1970, issue regarding Pratts petrol cans and the replies it has brought forth, I have recently been in touch by letter with a charming old gentleman of 82 who...
Sir, In the nineteen-twenties, there was on the east side of Regent Street and near to Oxford Circus, a motor showroom which appeared to specialise in sporting adaptations of Model T (or "Flivver")...
Sir, Attached herewith, you will find my expression of apology to Mr. W. O. Bentley, which applies to my two (2) articles; one printed in 1964 and the other one of recent date, on which you commented...
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By Eoin S. Young. 224 pp. 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Eyre & Spottiswoode, 11, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4. £2.) There is no-one better fitted for writing of the career of Bruce McLaren and his...
Amongst the many annuals devoted to reporting, largely with excellent illustrations, the previous season's motor racing, "Race Report" by Eddie Cuba deserves especial mention. It claims to be the...
"Rolls On the Rocks" is a book which Robert Grey wrote in under three weeks at the behest of Compton Press, of Compton Chamberlayne, Salisbury, Wilts., who sell it for £1.50, as a current commentary...
By Walter Henry Nelson. 303 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 178-202, Gt. Portland Street, London, W1. £1.50.) This is yet another book detailing the dramatic Volkswagen story—...
Carrying the title of "The Three-Wheeler", Brian Watts' soft-cover history of the Morgan Three-Wheeler written for the Morgan Three-Wheeler Club has belatedly appeared. It runs to 67 pages and is...
"Readership of Motor or Autocar is not regarded as a prerequisite; in fact, the winner read only Motor Sport!"—The Guild of Motoring Writers' News letter for April, referring to the winner of the Sir...
Continuing their series of detailed books about touring in Scotland, G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., of 50a, Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, have published a volume by Ross Finlay on Wester Ross....
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A clean sweep for Gulf-Porsches Monza, Italy, April 25th Long before the day of the race for the 1,000 kilometres of Monza the event was fraught with problems and these continued right up to the...
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Those who read last month's Editorial on the new Morris Marina ADO 28 may be interested in this Press Release from the BLMC:— After being on general sale for only one week the Morris Marina has...
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Plugs.—Over the years readers of Motor Sport, knowing the Editor's liking for old bits and pieces, have generously thrust into his hands ancient sparking plugs, some obviously taken from long-since...
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In "Strictly Personal", by Cecil King (Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1969), there are some interesting recollections about the Harmsworth family and its Fleet Street activities. One item which...
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Clubman's Formula Recently, at a National status race meeting at Brands Hatch the organisers, while laying on a veritable feast of single-seater racing including Formulae Ford, Three and Atlantic,...
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• John Gott, the genial motor sporting Chief Constable of Northants has dropped us a note about towing laws with particular respect to those readers who trail competition cars. The points he makes...
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[By means of which the Continental Correspondent, while he is motoring abroad keeps in touch with the Editor.] Dear W. B., While I am motoring about Europe I always take the opportunity to make...
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Changes in the world of conversion specialists are usually more frequent than in the Motor Industry which supplies the raw material for the converters to work on. However, around a dozen such "go-...
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Sending me on my way from Standard House bound for Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg, to cover the South African Grand Prix a couple of months back our resident Tuning Topics man with a hint of...
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Many problems confront the enthusiast who needs trailer transport. Consequently, the ability to hire a trailer would seem to ease the situation considerably. Piggy-Back Trailer Rentals Ltd. offer...
For some time now Crayford Auto Developments in Kent have been involved in marketing a new breed of vehicle to this country—the amphibious four-, six- or even eight-wheeled all-terrain (ATV) machines...
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This month's article really should be headed "They Make Racing Cars and quite a lot of other things as well", for the Lenham Motor Company, and their associated company the Lenham-Hurst Racing...
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Sir, I have just finished reading your March, 1971 issue and was somewhat disturbed by Mr. Graham Whitehead's (President, British Leyland Motors Inc. of America) comment that all is well with BLM and...
Sir, With reference to W.B.'s article "On Advertising" and his after-thought to the article, I should like to mention a Pirelli advert which I find a little amusing. The wording is as follows: "...
Sir, If in fact the axle of Mr. Peel's Victor 2000 is suspended by the brake hose when the car is on the jack (April issue), he should have it looked at by a Vauxhall dealer. Perhaps someone has made...
Sir, I have read your excellent magazine on and off for the past 20 years and subscribe now. It is complete and I need no other The cars. advertised there sometimes make me wish I was in England as I...
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Sir, Just over a year ago, the time came for a new car. Since I enjoy "messing about in bolts", I decided to plump for the make with the worst reliability reputation, and bought a Vauxhall Victor...
Sir, I read your "Matters of Moment" in the March issue of Motor Sport for the second time. I hope the majority of your readers are in the habit of reading editorials, and I hope the majority will...
Sir, As a second-year student in photography, I must write in protest at Mr. Hellings' remarks about photography. Firstly both he and you appear to hold the antiquated point of view that the only...
Sir, My favourite advertisements are those produced by Volkswagen Motors Ltd. My particular favourite bears the slogan "Why we continue to give the people what we want". (Pages, 1,021 and 1,143 of...
Sir, In the "Matters of Moment" article of the current number of your most excellent magazine, it is stated that Voisin "was the only maker sufficiently eccentric to build an engine with 12 pots in-...
Sir, In your review of the new Jaguar V12, I am so glad you mention that the timing chain tensioner blade is made of Polypenco Nylatron GS molybdenum disulphide-filled nylon. Without this, my...
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Sir, I am so disgusted and outraged by the recent action brought against Stirling Moss that I feel compelled to voice my feelings to someone who I hope will sympathise; namely yourself. The whole...
Sir, Although not a member of the insurance fraternity, my own advice to Mr. G. R. Simpson is to sue the driver responsible for his accident directly in the civil courts, without recourse to any...
Sir, Are you really so surprised at the conventionality of the latest People's Car as your virulent May editorial indicates? Haven't you noticed the indifference of the majority in such matters? The...

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