June 1973

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• AD067--British Leyland's first completely new carThe editor writes:—"l was summoned to Longbridge as long ago as mid-January, for a preview of the long-awaited entirely-new British Leyland car. The...
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For those readers who saw the "goof" in last month's issue and kindly wrote to us, we say thank you; not so much for pointing it out as for the amusing and tolerant way in which they wrote. Many...
Edited by W. Boddy. 121 pp. 8-1/2 in x 5-3/4 in. (Grenville Publishing Co. Ltd., Standard House, Bonhill Street. London, EC2A 4DA. £1.00. Postage, 10p.) Published at an appropriate time, when the pre...
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Like some glamorous actress British Leyland's Austin Allegro made its debut to the press in a glare of brilliant theatrical lighting in a huge convention hall near Marbella, Southern Spain, a couple...
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Surprise Porsche win After fifty-six editions of the arduous Targa Florio, Sicily's Piccolo Madonie road circuit hosted what was touted as being the very last race over the open roads early in May....
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Jarier scores maximum points Ford fight back Two opening rounds of the European Formula Two Championship at Mallory Park and Hockenheim were crushing victories for the combination of a March chassis...
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Private Car Collections of Great Britain by Peter Hugo. 207 pp. 9-3/4 in. x 7 in. (Dalton Watson Ltd., 76, Wardour Street, London. W4V 4AN. £4.50.) This book is of the highest quality, as have been...
by Douglas H. Robinson. 376 pp. 9-1/2 in. x 6 in. (G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 50a, Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon. £6.35.) There have been so many airship books that another one comes as...
by K. Judkins. 55 pp. 8-1/2 in. x 5-1/2 in. (The Oakwood Press, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LW. £1.20.) When I reviewed Mr. Judkins' previous book about his experiences with steamers,...
One of the enjoyable aspects of working for Motor Sport is that one never knows what interesting item will next turn up in the post. For instance, there was a little book called "Rails Round the...
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Some most interesting motoring material is to be found in Quintin Gilbey's "contented biography", "Fun Was My Living" (Hutchinson, 1970) although it is mainly about horse-racing, and I am delighted...
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Although it is not exactly a motoring event, having waxed enthusiastic in the past about the adventurous London-Paris and Across-the-Atlantic air races, Motor Sport feels something of the same...
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Matra fail, Ferrari win Monza, Italy, April 25th As is traditional the Monza 1000-kilometre sports car race was held on Liberation Day, a public holiday, and this year it fell on a Wednesday, an...
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East African Safari The present-day East African Safari is a far cry from a bunch of expatriate motoring enthusiasts charging about in the bush as a means of celebrating the Coronation in 1953. Yet...
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Road test Extremely high performance and luxurious running from the Coventry-built £3,800 Saloon Last year I had a brief flirtation with the new Daimler Double-Six and more recently I have been able...
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—a lucky win for Lotus Montjuich Park, Barcelona, April 29th. Alternating as it does, between Madrid and Barcelona, the Spanish GP returned this year to the circuit round the Montjuich Park in the...
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• Wine.— Last month we referred to the interest the Cordon Rouge champagne people take in the JCB Championship, with their welcome awards of their famous wine. Gonzales Byass (UK) Ltd., 91, Park...
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Even Africa has fences nowadays, and these interested spectators find a convenient perch to watch the bumpy progress of Safari winners Shekhar Mehta and Lofty Drews in their Datsun 240Z. They...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Museums in London Syon House at Brentford, not all that far from the Chiswick Flyover of the M4, is the residence of the Duke of Northumberland and well known for...
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Results: (April 7th.)Northern Weekend Jug: B.B. Morrison (1928 Austin 7) First Class Awards: M. Ross (1930 Alvis), H.E. Collis (1934 Alvis) and J. McEwen (1930 Riley) Second Class Awards: C. Chilcott...
(April 28th) Fine weather and the usual variety of interesting cars brought such a crowd that there was quite a traffic jam getting away, over an hour after the last race had ended. David Llewellyn...
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Sir, Your "Rumblings" feature on the National Motor Museum interested me, especially as I hope to pay a visit in a few weeks time, to compare it with the Montagu presentation which I knew well. I...
The Scottish Austin Seven Club are holding their second National Rally at Doune Motor Musuem on July 29th, commencing mid-day. This rally is open to all owners of Austin Seven Cars and consists of a...
Sir, With regard to the log book, or rather non-log book, of the future I would suggest that owners of historic cars and historic registration numbers at least photocopy their present log books but...
Sir, Your article in the March issue of Motor Sport tracing the history of the two 1-1/2-litre Thomas "Flat-Irons", I very much enjoyed. However, I think you will find that you are rather mistaken in...
A sleeve-valve BSA tourer, used before the First World War as a taxi in Llandrindod Wells, is about to be restored by a garage in that town. To accord with the 60th anniversary of the Morris, The...
Sir, The letter from Mr. P. S. Pollock, Managing Director of Vintage Tyre Supplies Ltd. in your April issue is both instructive and timely and I hasten to associate myself with his views. Many of us...
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This year's Mobil Economy Run, organised by the Hants and Berks MC, was a sweeping success for British Leyland whose standard cars won four out of the five capacity classes. 500 c.c.-1,000 c.c. H....
A FWD petrol conserver of the make which won the E. African Safariand for which pro-British Graham Hill has fallen Variety is the spice and the road-test Jaguar XJ12 was followed by a Datsun 100A, a...
Sir, In the Manchester-London "race" the other car was a Willys Overland model driven by Harry Whitehead of Whitehead and Furness Motors, Dukinfield near Manchester. He was a most competent driver...
Sir, The Chairman of the Historic Vehicles Clubs Joint Committee wrote on this subject in your May issue. While I do not doubt that he understands very well what is involved, the brevity of his...
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[By means of which our roving European reporter keeps in touch with the editor.] Dear W.B., Last month I mentioned about the desirability of Europe being all one country and how nice it would have...
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Surprise victory for Gulf-Mirage Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, May 6th One of the encouraging things about life is that it is never completely bad, and motor racing reflects this more every day,...
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Montjuich Park in Barcelona saw plenty of excitement last month with the running of the Spanish Grand Prix. On the previous page we feature Emerson Fittipaldi on his way to his somewhat lucky victory...
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Gulf Mirage wins. – After a season and a half trying to get the cars reliable, the Slough team finally found reward in a 1-2 victory at Spa-Francorchamps. Hailwood's car had a puncture early in the...
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The Formula Two season is now under way and following the two early victories by March-BMWs, the pendulum has swung in favour of Ford-powered cars. On Easter Monday at Thruxion Gerry Birrell in his...
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The editor lunches with a well-known "Bentley Boy" and Brooklands Outer-Circuit driver "Jack and Clive Dunfee were the tall, good-looking sons of Col. Vickers Dunfee, C.B.E., a well-known figure in...
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At Stanford Hall, near Rugby, the Daimler & Lanchester Owners' Club will hold their Ninth National Rally on Sunday, 10th June. The event includes Concours for all models of the Daimler and...
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Monica There are many young designers who eventually achieve their aim in life by designing a racing car, be it a Formula Ford or a Grand Prix car, and others who design sports cars for racing, and...
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In the aftermath of Jo Siffert's tragic accident at Brands Hatch in 1971 came a resolution to make Grand Prix cars safer against fire risk, particularly in the case of side impacts. This culminated...
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Avon Motor Tour hots up With just a month to go the Avon Motor Tour of Britain looks like living up to the reputation of the event that it emulates—the Tour de France. There are some vital...
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Following their consecutive defeats at Vallelunga and Dijon, the Ferrari sports-car team bounced back with a win in the Monza 1000 Kms. held on the Wednesday just after Easter. Above, pictured on the...
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Those readers interested in airships will find the following itinerary of the Goodyear's "Europa", as submitted to us by the Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd., worth noting— along with weather...
We offer apologies to those readers whose May issue of Motor Sport arrived late, due to May Day Strikes.
The "Ideal Pairs" correspondence was so prolific that an extra session is required to conclude it. The first letter on this second pile of such letters is from a Retford reader who runs a Renault 4...
Under the heading "Cars In Books" last month, when referring to Lord de Clifford's case before the House of Lords, we said he was driving a Frazer-Nash. We should have said he was in collision with a...
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Sir, In your article "Trio at the Top—Three Future Champions" in the April issue, it is mentioned that there are four World Champions still racing. It is also stated that it is likely that this year'...
Sir, I have just finished reading your excellent article on British Leyland's "new" car. Studying the late Mr. L. Pomeroy's theories, there can only have been one car for him, the V4-engined front-...
[N.B. – Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. – Ed.] Stop clobbering us Sir, I was delighted to read of your magazine's...
Sir, The Ford Escort Service Manual reads—"The oil should be topped up before the 'Min' mark is reached. Filling above the 'Max' mark will result in a high oil consumption and external oil leaks"—...
Sir, If my aunt in Beds, hadn't given a Christmas present of a subscription to your marvellous magazine I would never have bought the 1934 Lancia Augusta March Special tourer advertised on page 1397...
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Sir, I bought three Alvis cars in about two years, the last a Grey Lady drophead coupé body by Tickford. I paid cash, £1,850, in New Zealand, against picking the car up on arrival in England. On...
Sir, I was sorry to read in your "Rumblings" column that you did not like my little child's Bentley, exhibited at the National Motor Museum, but I know you like to be factual and I thought I would...
Sir, What is Mr. N. E. Hawkes of West Ella talking about? "Boulevard peripherique"—he sureIy doesn't mean the Paris "South Circular"? Compared with London's cart track (South Circular) the Paris one...
Sir, Re. your April letters, my husband and I thought our pair of cars might be of interest in that they are radical opposites, but make a fine pair. My own is a 1953 Austin Somerset which draws...
Sir, Promoted by your coverage of the Donington Collection, I diverted off the M1 to see the results of Mr. Wheatcroft's efforts and was extremely impressed. After hesitating for a milli-second over...
Sir, I was most interested to read Mr. Nigel Pratten's letter concerning the joys of owning one of the late-model MG Midgets. Like Mr. Pratten, I own one of these cars, a September 1966 model, one of...
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Sir, I am in most things a most patriotic Englishman, but where motor cars are concerned my allegiance changed some time ago. In 1965 after 10 years' motoring in a variety of British cars, including...
Sir, I would like to reply through the medium of your columns, to Mr. Beswick's letter concerning his Rover 3500's experience. Mr. Beswick's approach to DIY servicing typifies all that is appalling...
Sir, As I lie in bed browsing through the "Ideal Pairs" correspondence, I am, for the first time in my life, tempted to put pen to paper and write "a letter" to "an editor". An ideal pair for a...
Sir, As an Englishman living in Belgium I try to wave the flag a bit, so accordingly I drive an English car. The car is a Triumph TR6 assembled here in Belgium at Mecheleu. The car broke down the day...

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