June 1975

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THE BRITISH LEYLAND COLLAPSE Since the take-over of BMC by Leyland Motors in 1968 the British Motor Industry has comprised the Giant and several minute specialist-firms, some of the latter struggling...
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* Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list C = Closed Event. Cl = Closed Invitation Event. R =...
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The Welsh Rally OF THE five main international rallies in the British Isles (organised by people of five different nationalities, incidentally) the Welsh Rally is the one which has always been...
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The more car-per-pound car. WHEN MOTOR SPORT talks about a road test car representing good value today we have to say it with tongue in cheek, for normally the description is only relative to the...
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Lauda all the wayMonte Carlo, May 11th Even as the dust was settling over the Montjuich Park in Barcelona there were worried mutterings about the race at Monte Carlo, for a more similar circuit would...
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THE McLAREN team had a new tweak on M23/9, which World Champion Fittipaldi used all during practice and in the race itself. This was a lever on the left of the cockpit coupled to the ends of the...
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The Circuit National of Francorchamps "TO RETURN to Francorchamps is always exciting. You find a unique ambiance that only a circuit running through natural surroundings can supply." Those are not my...
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"MMM, would you like to try it ?" Just seven words spoken by former sporting and GT racing specialist Mike Salmon, but they brightened what had already been an interesting morning into an...
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Equipe POW MOST MOTOR RACING has become so turgidly serious these days that it was good to meet a gang of amateur enthusiasts the other day who profess unashamedly to being in it for the fun and the...
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Barcelona, April 27th WE SHOULD have seen the writing on the wall when the transporters carrying the Formula One circus crossed the frontier into Spain with little or no trouble, unlike previous...
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ONE OF THE newest teams in Formula One racing is the private one of Lord Alexander Hesketh. After an initial foray in the land of Formula Three the Grand Prix team was formed with a March 731 as its...
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THE KEEPERS of Chessington Zoo in Surrey will tell you that a Cobra is a venomous hooded snake. Elsewhere in Chessington village Cobra has a different meaning, for there Brian Angliss tends to the...
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A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD-CAR MATTERS Names on Racing Cars WE SAW recently the present trend for carrying advertising on racing cars swing back on those who use motor racing as their publicity media,...
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Sir, Regarding the "TT' Renault" affair, I can shed a little more light on the matter . . . . Quoting from The Motor for 22nd July, 1930 (page 1175): "One of the most interesting entries is a team of...
Sir, The book review of the Boy Scout's journey on a 1922 Talbot-Darracq takes me back many years, as my father ran a similar model for about five years. This car had all the maladies anybody could...
Sir, It was with considerable interest that I came upon the photo in MOTOR SPORT (Oct. 1974) of the early Crossley chassis. I have owned for just on a year the remains of a 1912 Crossley 15 h.p. car...
Sir, I was interested to read of my old car, the Siddeley Special, AXC 1, in your April 1975 issue (page 362). She was on the way to the Torquay RAC rally, and I believe that the young ladies...
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Sir, I was most interested to read the letter from Mr. D. H. Freeman regarding British Salmsons in Liverpool in the early 1960s, as I was a close friend of the owner of the 20/90 for a number of...
Sir, I was interested in the photograph of two British Salmsons in your April issue. The 20/90 is owned by a member of the British Salmson Owners' Club who lives in the Channel Islands. The other car...
Sir, I was extremely interested to read the letter from Mr. D. H. Freeman concerning the British Salmson. Also, it was delightful to feast my eyes on the photograph of the 20/90, with the S4C in the...
Sir, I was intrigued by the ending to your article "Out of the Past" regarding the fitting of metal strips to the leading edges of wooden-bladed propellers. I have in my possession a two-bladed...
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"Australian Bugatti Register". Compiled by Bob King. 87 pp. 9 3/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. (Australian Bugatti Register, 38, Martin Street, Elwood, Australia. £6.40, postage included). This large-page, soft-...
"Ferrari—The Early Berlinettas & Competition Coupes" by Dean Batchelor. 96 pp. 8 1/4 in. x II in. (PSL, Barr Hill Cambridge, £4.25). Here is another specialised one-make softcover publication,...
"The Best of Brockbank". 96 pp. 10 in.x 6 1/2 in. (David & Charles Ltd., South Devon House, Newton Abbot, Devon. £2.95). Brockbank's admirers, of those inimitable motoring cartoons, so...
The Transport Trust has published an enlarged guide to Transport museums, steam trains, aeroplane and vehicle displays, etc., which really is a comprehensive work for those desirous of motoring with...
HAVING had good service in post-war times from a 1926 Clyno, I was interested to come upon references to such a car, in use in contemporary times, in "Pack and Follow" by Joy Packer (Eyre &...
RECENT new models from Meccano/Dinky include a VW-powered Beach Buggy (No. 227), a Leopard Recovery Tank (No. 699), and a Dinky Kit of 16 pieces for building a Panavia Multi-Role combat aircraft in...
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A Breakthrough in DIY Car Painting A PROBLEM facing those who are smartening-up or restoring the older cars has been that, if small areas of paintwork are retouched, it is sometimes all too easy to...
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AFTER THE relatively new, modern autodromes of Mugello and Dijon, the stage scenery for the fourth and fifth rounds of the World Championship for Makes was changed to two long-established, classic...
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Relaxation through high pressure is a useful key to unlocking the continuous success recorded by burly Roger Clark, both in business and competition. Weekends when he is not rallying are for filling...
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A Pair of LanciasThe Lancia Fulvia 1300 Coupe S3 WHEN THE Lancia Beta Coupe was announced the impression given was that it would replace the much-loved Fulvia Coupe series. In fact no such thing has...
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WHEN I introduced the Lancia Beta Coupe to MOTOR SPORT readers in April 1974 after trying it in the Alpes-Maritimes I forecast, with prompting from Lancia, that it would sell in Britain for £2,700 to...
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MOTOR SPORT visits the oldest and most unique sports-car factory in the World IN THE PAST I have paid several visits to the Morgan Motor Company at Malvern Link in Worcestershire. I went there after...
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MOTORINGJOHN LANGLEYHow to run a big car MANY people will tell you that the big car is finished in the new era of costly petrol. No one except a few wealthy businessmen will be able to afford to run...
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A whole epic can be written about East African aviation, and only a slightly, smaller one about the use of aircraft in the Safari Rally. Distances are so great in Africa that people use light...
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SPA 1000 Kms. THE WILLY KAUHSEN Alfa Romeo 33TT12S shared by Bell and Pescarolo had an easy victory. Pictured driving through the steam of a drying circuit. Walkinshaw, winner of the 500-km. event,...
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ESCORTS, OLD AND NEW, appeared in the International Welsh Rally last month. Outright winners were wily Ford team veterans Roger Clark/Jim Porter in an Escort II (above) with the same mechanical parts...
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WINNER OF THE prematurely terminated Spanish Grand Prix was Jochen Mass (opposite top), whose McLaren M23 had completed 29 of the prescribed 75 laps when the chequered flag came out. John Watson's...
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NIKI LAUDA broke a 20-year Ferrari jinx to win in the millionaires' paradise. Chasing his 312T out of the impressive skyline is Peterson's Lotus 72, both cars on wet tyres early in the race (centre...
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Imagine if you will a picturesque wooded hillside with a narrow tarmac road wending it's way from the valley to the summit. Not the place you might normally expect to find a six hundred brake horse...
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A nostalgic look at the Mille Miglia circuit Twenty years ago, on May 1st, 1955, Stirling Moss became the only British driver ever to win the Mille Miglia open-road race round Italy. This tremendous...
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VAUXHALL'S DECISION to produce the streamlined "droop snoot" version of the Firenza coupe was a courageous one at a time of fuel shortages and gloom. Today the economic shadows seem worse than ever,...
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Sir, I find it difficult to understand the present rage for cars using Regular 2 Star petrol as perpetuated in your April Editorial. Is it not realised that such cars are less efficient? If all cars...
Sir, Has anyone seen this vehicle in recent years? Yes, it is a Land-Rover—but a model which must now be very rare. It is not, as might be thought, a one-off job, but was actually in production from...
Sir, As a motorist with an active affection for the products at Dagenham I was interested to read Mr. Mead's letter in the April MOTOR SPORT. I have owned several Mk. I Cortinas and agree that they...
Sir, I feel that I must put pen to paper in praise of the VW agency for Kendal, Messrs. Parker & Parker. In December 1974 I purchased from them a 1969 411L saloon to which they had fitted a new...
Sir, With reference to your Road Impressions "although not possessed of any pronounced oriental enthusiasms" etc., perhaps you would be kind enough to enlarge on this. Surely it cannot be a long...
Sir, Having romped through "Maserati Miscellany" (April edition) I, like you, look forward to a full test report on the Maserati Khamsin. What a pity such an exciting motor car should be given this...
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Sir, On reading Mr. A. J. Whyte's letter in the current issue of MOTOR SPORT, may I, as a very proud owner of a Mark IX circa 1960, voice my opinion on a truly thoroughbred car. My own car, 3294 AD,...
Sir, As an avid reader of your excellent journal I am writing to you in the hope that you may be able to help me. I am currently rebuilding the Lotus No. 7 as mentioned in the History of Lotus. This...
Sir, I have read with interest your recent Editorial on speed restrictions—personally I think you are being entirely too gloomy - I believe it's still perfectly possible to maintain high average...
Sir, Anybody who is interested in motor cars will know that the secondhand value of big engined, specialist vehicles has hit rock-bottom. Consequently there are some very attractive-sounding buys on...
Sir, I am a sixteen-year-old schoolboy car fanatic who, like so many other people, have dreams of owning some sort of exotic machine. Some people would go for a Rolls or Mercedes, but my choice would...
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Sir, In reply to Mr. Ratcliffe's letter in the May issue, I cannot really answer his question—I think that finally depends on what he wants the car for—but at least I can help with some more data on...
Sir, I suppose it is an inbuilt weakness in human nature to start knocking the opposition when ones own affairs are in a right old mess. Thus British Leyland is at present belittling other makes by...
Sir, It is a moot point whether to laugh or cry at some of the prices asked for non-vintage cars in your private ads. and it would be of interest to know what proportion of these asking prices are...
Sir, The headline "Thanks a Million, Healey!" in this month's MOTOR SPORT must be the closest thing in years to the "It's Peace!" slogans which appeared after Munich in 1938. For some months now the...
Sir, In reply to A. F. Ratcliffe's letter regarding the purchase of a Lotus Elan +2S, my advice is, "Go ahead and buy, Mr. Ratcliffe. You will never regret owning such a superb breed of motor car"....

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