June 1976

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The half-way situation We are now almost halfway through a significant year for Britain. The daily media make the outlook sound so grim that fortunate are those who are too busily occupied working on...
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"When the day dawns again and the clean air is filled once more with the healthy crackle of the exhaust notes of racing cars, you can be certain that, if possible, the blue and yellow car with the...
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Zolder, Belgium, May 16th It is interesting how time heals and you can get used to anything, for the Belgian Grand Prix was making its third visit to the little Zolder circuit in the Province of...
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There were numerous detail changes in the paddock scene at Zolder compared to Jarama two weeks before, notably among airbox designs for the engines, though many teams were still not convinced of the...
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[Production schedules dictate that this look-back at the controversial Spanish Grand Prix, which had to await the CSI decision on Hunt's disputed victory, appears further forward in the issue than...
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The appearance for the first time of a completely new car is always something of an occasion, for everyone welcomes the arrival of new blood or new machinery and wonders what their results will be....
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Living in a Grandstand There's something rather special about taking afternoon tea in the comfort and shelter of your own home as a posse of Formula One cars blares past just yards from your window....
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The Bean CC held a run in May starting from the old Bean factory at Tipton and meandering through Salop, to the delights of the Ironbridge Museum. It attracted that 1925 Meadows-engined 2.6-litre...
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Jarama, Madrid, May 2nd Official practice at a permanent Autodrome like Jarama is fast becoming a simple formality, or at least it should be, for most Of the teams were out testing during the week...
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On May 1st, the second day of practice for the Spanish GP, some supplementary rules for Formula One cars came into force, notably the elimination of tall air-collector boxes for the engines and a...
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I availed myself of a pleasant run, one sunny Sunday, in the "Shelsley country", in Lewin Spittle's MG Midget. This little MG is different from the normal run of M-types, being, in fact, the car...
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Motor Sport visits the Largest Privately-Owned British Car Manufacturer, at whose Staffordshire Factories the Revised Scimitar GTE is now in Production. With the many take-over bids that culminated...
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"Captain Shakespeare" by H.V.F. Winstone. 236 pp. 8 3/4 in. 5 1/2 in. (Jonathan Cape Ltd., 30, Bedford Square, London, WC1. £4.95) This one really belongs to "Cars In Books" but as it is newly...
"Early Days On The Road" by Lord Montagu and G. N. Georgano. 220 pp. 10 3/4 in. 8 1/4 in. (Michael Joseph Ltd., 52, Bedford Square, London, WC 1B 3.E.F. £7.50.) Usually the arrival for review of yet...
"The Maintenance and Driving of Vintage Cars" by Richard C. Wheatley and Brian Morgan. 168 pp. 8 3/8 in. 5 1/2 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 4. Fitzhardinge Street, London. W1H0AH £4.95 "The Restoration...
"The Porsche 911 Story" by Paul Frere. 187 pp. 9 1/4 in 6 3/4 in., Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £4.95.) Porsche history has by now been very well documented and that talented...
"Your Book of Racing& Sports Cars" by John Coleman. 88 pp. 6 1/4 in. 8 1/4 in. (Faber & Faber, 3, Queen Square, London, WC1N 5.AU. 2.35) This is a quick introduction to the history of motor...
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"BMW—The Bavarian Motor Works" by Michael Frostick. 207 pp. 9 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (Dalton Watson Ltd., 78, Wardour Street, London, W1V 4AN. £7.50) This is another welcome addition to the well-...
Having referred recently to a country side book in which the author admitted to using an early Austin 7 for her travels, I was amused when, after reading only as far as the first page of James Lees-...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Backlooks at BSA The other day I had the opportunity of chatting to Mr. E. A. Brisbane at his country cottage with the big wheel of his water-mill revolving at 15...
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Sir, I was most interested in the further details on Mercedes in the letter from Mr. Walsh. Mr. Walsh is, of course, quite correct in pointing out my error—Earl Howe had already bought the ex-...
Sir, As a Vauxhall owner, I am writing to you in the hope that you may be able to shed some light on what is a mystery to me at present. I am at present restoring a 1928 R-type 20/60, and whilst I...
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Sir, My copy of Motor Sport comes by sea mail—hence late. Re: your article on John Rowley's 1913 Th. Schneider, it would be interesting to Compare the latter with the rather complete description and...
Sir, I was most interested to read Mr. Carson's letter referring to the demise of the vintage motoring years as he knew them but rather saddened by his interpretation of the changing scene. I couldn...
Sir, I have read with interest your remarks ont Vinot commercial vehicles. I distinctly remember seeing, on Armistice Day 1918, in my home town, two large Vinot lorries, of about 3-tons capacity on...
Sir,. I was more than a little interested to read your article "Fragments on Forgotten Makes" in the January issue of Motor Sport as I am the owner of the 1914 Vinot et Deguingand that took part in...
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The Saab 99GL Combi Coupe The previous Saab tested disappointed but the new Combi coupe made considerable amends. Indeed, once I had become used to a number of Saab practical peculiarities, I enjoyed...
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The only British round of the Group 5 World Championship for Makes, commonly known as silhouette racing, covered fractionally under 637 miles of Silverstone's GP circuit as far as the winning...
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"Soon, the Healey will be a collector's piece. But no one who has sat behind the wheel of a Big Healey will forget the enduring excitement of it all—the huge surge of power, the tumultuous exhaust...
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Even if this event is more a gigantic driving-test (even to penalties for touching markers) than the sort of speed trial we used to know, it is fun to drive in, and the heat wave last month brought a...
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March and BMW challenge the French Following the humiliation of 1975, when the one-off Schnitzer-BMW-engineer Martini ran away with the European formula Two Championship, there has been a fighting...
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Fifteen months ago we described the Triumph TR7 on its introduction to the US market. Last month we published colour photographs of the works Abingdon-built rally TR7, two of which competed in—and...
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The first VSCC race meeting of the season attracted the expected full grandstands and was run in cold but dry weather until the final race. It will be remembered as "Romulus Day", for the excellent...
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The world's biggest business corporation, General Motors, is continuing production of its Chevrolet Corvette coupe's and convertibles for the 23rd consecutive year, and the two-seater is currently...
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When overseas competitors returned from practising along the route of the 1976 Safari Rally some of them made general comments that the "toughest rally in the world" had become soft, that the rough...
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One of the good things about the Vintage SCC is that it does not make changes merely for the sake of change. Thus its next race meeting, following the Silverstone fixture reported on page 680, will...
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Sir, In the April issue you suggested that the Daimler Majestic Major V8 should make an admirable competitor to the "chopped" Mk. 6 Bentley Specials. This idea has been a topic for discussion in the...
Sir, I wonder what has become of one of the great loves of my life, a magnificent Mk. V Jaguar 3 1/2-litre, EDP 100? Apart from the distinctive number, the lovely flowing lines and the cleverly...
Sir, You concluded a road-test report on the BMW 320 (Jan. '76) by saying that "BMW Concessionaires. GB, in the past -so heavily criticised for overpricing their range, could almost be accused of...
Sir, At the conclusion of the interesting article on The Silver Bullet you say that Louis Coatalen was a mental wreck a few years later. I knew this great man well during the period 1935 to 1938...
Sir, Further to the adverse correspondence over the last few months regarding TR6 and more recently "Dolomite Sprint", I feel I must mention my "Pride and Joy". I acquired my MG-B GT V8 in September...
Sir, I was most interested to read Denis Jenkinson's report in your May issue of the Graham Hill International Trophy. I feel however that I must take him to task for some of his comments on the...
Sir, I am writing to you in the hope that you, through your excellent magazine, may appeal to every reader who cares about motor racing and in particular racing on television to write to the BBC...
Sir, May I make a plea concerning motor-racing on television, or do I mean lack of? I agree entirely with Mr. V. A. Winwright and Mrs. J. Colston (May letters), but please don't waste your money...
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Sir, How refreshing it was to see your acknowledgment of the Rover as a potential classic at last in your "Motoring Easter-Eggs" editorial in the April issue,. which I read on April 2nd and thus...
Sir, I have just received the March issue of Motor Sport, and am all in favour of your message in your Editorial. As a British enthusiast now in the US I have long advocated in many letters the need...
Sir, I would like to endorse the letters of many would-be Morgan owners and enthusiasts who have written to Motor Sport of late and exposed the "shortage of Morgans" myth. I feel very strongly about...
Sir, As a serving member of "The Constabulary" and a fellow sports-car owner, I should like to reply in response to the letter front "Aggrieved and Persecuted"—our friend the MG-B owner (May, 1976)....
Sir, Having been a regular reader of your magazine for the past ten years, I have become accustomed to believing the reports made therein without question. A recent report makes me realise that, your...
Sir, On the 20th May 1974, I ordered a Morgan Plus 8 and was advised that there was approximately a two-year waiting list. I now find that I will have to wait another year and the only two...
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Sir, Your correspondence on the pains and pleasures of running large cars appears to have gone into something of a decline lately —perhaps because too many of your readers have decided, erroneously,...
Sir, With reference to "Aggrieved and persecuted MG-B owner" in your May issue who thinks an open car attractive to the Police. I have driven in the course of my life a substantial mileage in cars on...
Sir, For the first time in years I was late buying Motor Sport, otherwise this would have arrived earlier. I write to applaud the letter from Brian Carson on "The Downward Vintage Trend". Thank God a...

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