June 1983

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Goodbye to pit-stops?  All too often in the past the very things that have enlivened motor-racing have been abolished by Officialdom. Chicanes to spoil high speed on long straights, long races...
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Austin A30/A35 Owners Club  The A35 was a very familiar sight in the 'Fifties and 'Sixties, but not many people will remember seeing a pick-up version. Only 500 of these were built, as they were...
"The seemingly endless list of displays, shows and rallies threatens to get out of hand. Events which used to be the preserve of the clubs have been duplicated by any number of charities and village...
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Long gone are the times when this event was crammed into a weekend without respite, starting on a Friday evening and finishing on the Sunday after no official rest stops at all. Like other events...
Lancias dominate  The event now has three parts, the first up to Bastia, the second returning to Ajaccio, and the third forming a short loop to the South of Ajaccio. There were 32 special stages of...
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Gambler's luck  Monte Carlo, May 15th The planning of the 1983 Grand Prix season is not working out too well. It started off all right in Brazil, with everyone surprisingly fit and ready to race,...
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Very serious Imola, 1st May When the first Grand Prix of San Marino was mooted for 1981 a lot of people scoffed and said it was absurd for the tiny Principality near the Adriatic coast to have a...
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75 years ago  I have been reminded that it was 75 years ago this month that an important trial took place, which is usually regarded as having set the seal to the fame of the Laurence Pomeroy-...
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Liking the sound of "Brooklands Raceday" which the BARC was holding on Bank Holiday, we pointed the Alfa 6 in that direction. Having been reading the Earl of Cardigan's "The Wardens of Savernake...
Hastening to switch off the television the other night as it started a programme on Karl Marx or some such subject, I was surprised to see some shots of Edwardian Fiats under construction in Turin...
The next set of points towards the 1983 Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy Contest, in which Nick Mason (ERA and Bugatti) leads at present, will be awarded at the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophies...
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Valves in veterans  Sir, I was most interested to read Kent Karslake's letter in your February issue apropos the disposition of the valves in the 1902 Renault Paris-Vienna cars and the ensuing Model...
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[Before his death in 1977 this very-well-known and successful Brooklands driver and lap-record holder was prevailed upon by his wife Jane to set down some notes intended to pave the way for a book...
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It is two years since Motor Sport tested the TVR Tasmin convertible, two years in which these specialist hand-built cars from Blackpool have undergone detailed refinements and subtle modifications...
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May 22nd The new Spa-Francorchamps circuit in south-east Belgium, near the German frontier, may be only half the length of the old original one that dated back to 1922, but it has lost none of the...
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For a country which has a reputation for high technology, Japanese motor manufacturers are surprisingly conservative, particularly when it comes to producing competition cars. At the beginning of the...
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"Great Marques — MG" by Chris Harvey. 80 pp. 12½" x 9½". (Octopus Books Ltd., 59 Grosvenor Street, London, W 1X 9DA. £3.95.)  This is the MG history, in the Octopus "Great Marques" series edited by...
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The late Donald Campbell's "Bluebird" with which he broke the Land Speed Record in 1964 at 403.1 m.p.h. has been purchased for £85,000 by the Science Museum, the NMM Heritage Memorial Fund and the...
"Like old wine, their value increases the longer you have them. Down at Weybridge, overlooking the Brooklands track, is Veteran Cars Ltd. — the only company in the country devoting its entire time to...
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A Porsche benefit  For a while it looked as though Porsche had some real opposition at last. The two Lancia-Martini entries had practised well, their tyre problems were solved, and for the opening...
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At thirty-six-years old, Brian Henton can probably best be described as one of international motor racing's eternal optimists. Over the past 12 years he has won championships in Formula Vee, Super...
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Accent on driver convenience  Having been favourably impressed by the Escort-sized Mazda 323 saloon, it was interesting to be allowed to make an early appraisal of the new Mazda 626, especially as...
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We covered the delights of driving the front-engined Porsche 944 Lux in detail last July but I am delighted to have had a chance of making its acquaintance. When writing about it last year A.H. said...
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Although our friends in Europe have been able to buy Ford's XR4i Sierra since the end of April, right-hand-drive versions did not appear in the UK until last month. The feeling is that the additional...
With APC  Last year Motor Sport road-tested two Saabs, a 900 Turbo-A and a 900 GLS. We praised both of them and I was reminded of what well-made, individualistic cars these Saabs are, cars which...
"Without detracting in the least from Nuvolari's magnificent performance, it can safely be said that if Fagioli's pit-work had been as well organised as that of the Alfa Romeo drivers, he would have...
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Bogus Sports-cars, etc.  Sir, Surely Mr. Warburton has missed the point of our current unfortunate breed of "bogus sports cars" in his attempts at comparison with the pre-war SS (Vintage Post Bag,...

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