June 1987

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Three months ago (Motor Sport, March 1987) we recalled the "Babs" cot which was set up in perpetuity at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in 1927, as a memorial to Parry Thomas (who...
The Morgan Sports Car Club's "MOO 87" meeting is being held at Beamish Open Air Museum in Durham over the weekend of June 26-28. The organiser is the MSCC Durham and North-East centre, whose...
All the same? This is a great time for finding excuses for celebrating motoring anniversaries — such happenings indicate a preference for the past, by those who perhaps despair of the future! Jaguar...
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Cash for Continental historics The prestigious German Steigenberger Hotels chain has committed £100,000 to sponsorship of a number of European championships for Historic cars, together with Blaupunkt...
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At 47 years old, Mario Andretti certainly has not lost the touch which won him the Grand Prix World Championship nine years ago for Lotus! At the wheel of his Newman-Haas Lola, powered by an Ilmor-...
Mauro Forghieri, the chief engineer who presided over Ferrari's Formula One fortunes from 1963-83, has left the company to join Lamborghini, the rival Italian supercar manufacturer now owned by...
Paul Stewart, elder son of three-times World Champion Jackie Stewart, has started motor racing at the wheel of a Formula Ford 1600 Van Diemen RF87. Sponsored by the Carphone Group, he will take in a...
Tom Walkinshaw Racing is to expand its Jaguar racing involvement next season when it takes over the entire IMSA programme in the USA at the start of 1988. TWR is to start testing an IMSA version of...
Weslake Developments, whose name was a feature of Formula One in the Sixties, has formed a new research group, to design and develop both race and rally engines. To be known as WRACE (Weslake...
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Home win With three consecutive victories to its credit, the Silk Cut Jaguar team went to Silverstone determined to repeat last year's maiden success, but a little afraid too that its luck might run...
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Japanese domination The European part of the Formula One  season opened at Imola on May 3, and the well-appointed and interesting Autodromo Dino Ferrari saw Nigel Mansell win almost unchallenged in...
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Near disaster After the race at Imola, in Italy, the "circus" moved north to Belgium for the next round in the Formula One Championship series. Unlike a true travelling circus the teams did not move...
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Brief encounters Dear AH, There is something about Italy. On the way to Imola I was creeping round the Bologna ring road in solid traffic, and not enjoying myself, so I turned off to use the old Via...
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Accidental success Britain's motor racing business has a lot more elements to its success than the Cosworth V8, front running chassis and the Hewland gearbox. Thriving cottage industries can also...
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Tide-turners? Alfa Romeo has not had a happy time in Britain throughout the past five years, with sales declining remorselessly. But with new management both in Italy and in the UK, and improving...
Alfa Romeo's long-awaited and much delayed Tipo 164 saloon is heading for a debut at the Frankfurt Show in September. The big saloon, which derives from the common Lancia/Saab/Fiat/Alfa development...
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Twilight days Following the take-over of Alfa Romeo GB by the TKM Group, rumours that the venerable Alfa Spider was to be added officially to the dealer range and sold across the country have been...
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One make or many? Having been almost all my life a motoring journalist or, as I prefer to consider myself, a motoring enthusiast who writes (a word arranger, in less pedantic terms), I have been...
Having some time ago commemorated the first running of his Angus-Sanderson with a memorable party, Mike Worthington Williams did it again for the sixtieth birthday of his everyday transport, a 1927...
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Brands glamour A prestigious new sponsor, Cartier the jewellers, brought glamour to Brands Hatch when the Aston Martin OC's May meeting featured the second round of the FIA European Championship for...
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Dynamic flair When your host tells you to bring shorts and wellingtons, it is a fair bet that it will be the latter which are needed most, and inevitably the rain was persistent throughout my first...
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Model: Mazda RX-7. Importer: Mazda Cars (UK) Limited. 77 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells. Kent. Type: 24-2 sports coup0. Engine: Twin-rotor Wankel, 1308cc, cr 9.4:1, 148 bhp at 6500 rpm. 134 lb fi...
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The A7 Clubs' Association announces several anniversaries this year, including the Golden Jubilee of the Big Seven at Betws-y-Coed on July 18-19, the Dutch Club's birthday tour of the former...
A 1906 Charron CGV has been found in Argentina, with a chain-drive chassis and Rothschild ten-seater touring body in its original paint and upholstery. Its 75hp engine, which is missing, was a four-...
Out of the past One of the earliest garages in the country was opened in an ugly corrugated-iron church behind the present St Hilda's Church in Whitby, by Arnold Herbert Walker. Aged about 18, he had...
Enthusiasm for the VSCC Derbyshire Trial in May was high, with 82 entries and starters, of whom 13 trailed their cars to the start and were duly penalised under the latest ruling.  One A7 was found...
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The roads of the 1920s We left Owen John early in 1926, trying the advantages of four-wheel brakes on what would now be vintage cars—in this case a Bean 14. He did so again when lent a Vatahall...
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From Somerset and All the Maughams by Robin Maugham (Heineman, 1965), we learn that Somerset and his wife Beldy acquired a Gardner-Serpollet steam car, which they both drove. There is a rather...
It is with deep regret that we report the death of Frank Wall, who will be remembered as the Bugatti OC member who drove the ex-Stubberfield single-seater Type 35B Bugatti with great enthusiasm,...
Emil Lepage is researching Rosengart history, particularly the LR539 to IP39 models, for the Club Rosengart. He has had responses from Portugal, Sweden and Spain, and would like to hear from English...
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Vanishing act It is fortunate that these notes purport to be but fragments of information, for this month's subject remains swathed in mystery. The Reynard was revealed to the motoring public, more...
John Andrews has issued a supplement to Keep Moving, the history of his family and firm of Solomon Andrews, which we have referred to previously. Among its many old photographs is a remarkable one of...
Brooklands will have something of a pre-war atmosphere again this year, with club meetings being held on the 30-acre site. Fixtures include the Riley, Bean and Trojan Day on July 12, Alvis Day on...
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Steam cars can be said to be a law unto themselves, and those who advocate them may be interested to know that the spring issue of the magazine of the National Traction Engine Trust, Steaming,...
Over the weekend ol April 11-12, the Light Car and Edwardian Section of the Vintage Sports Car Club held its annual dinner, which punctuated the annual driving tests in the grounds of the Abernant...
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On May 17, Alain Prost's victory in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa brought the Frenchman's career victory total up to equal the 27 races won by Jackie Stewart. It was perhaps appropriate that Prost...
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World class This year dawned as the start of a bright new world for touring car racing. A world series was organised, massive television coverage promised, and major manufacturer interest was rife...
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Fighting off officialdom Fifteen years have passed since Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm, driving a Ford Escort, became the first non-resident pair to prise the East African Safari Rally from the firm...
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Factories defeated Outside France, the Tour of Corsica has never achieved the popularity enjoyed by other rallies in the World Championship. Its all-tarmac route, and the way it used to mix and even...
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Sixty of the best I have always loved sporting cars and still do today, though after more than 60 years of motoring I am nearing my seventy-eighth birthday. But up to my early twenties, motorcycles...
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With Flying Colours by LJK Setright, Derek Forsyth and Robert Newman. (Stanley Paul. £25.00) Pirelli really pushed the boat out to launch this lavish large-format publication, even flying their most...
Flywheel — Memories Of The Open Road by Tom Swallow and Arthur H Pill, and the members of the Muhlberg Motor club, Stalag 4B, Germany 1944-45. (Michael Joseph. £10.95) Thi, facsimile reproduction of...
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Disappointment forgotten The big attraction at the VSCC race meeting at Silverstone on April 25 was to have been Nick Mason's MkII V16 BRM, racing for the first fime since Ron Flockhart competed in...
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The High Speed Trial gives beginners a chance to try their hand at lapping the club circuit at any speed they like, competing against the VSCC by trying to qualify, as it is not a race. Of the 30...
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Sir, I cannot remember whether the Yimkin shown on page 347 (Motor Sport, April 1987) was the prototype, but certainly this particular car (reg XYN 160) did not have the rear axle located by an A-...
Sir, Your story about the D'Yrsan three-wheeler (Motor Sport, March 1987) included a side view of the chassis complete with the Ruby engine, said to be a side-valve design. To my mind, it is of the...
Sir, On April 20 my husband, myself, our 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son went to Castle Combe. It is a good way for the family to enjoy a day out together. Only one thing, for me, spoils...
Sir, The latest FISA fiasco over superlicences makes me wonder why a sport such as motor racing is governed by a bunch of bureaucrats whose qualifications could not make them further removed from...
Sir, For the pedants amongst us, neither Mr Graham's nor Mr Garfitt's "replica" and "kit-car" respectively (Motor Sport, April 1987) will suffice; replica is simply incorrect, whilst kit-car avoids,...

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