June 1988

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In general, the outlook for the British motor industry and its specialised component parts is set fair for a prosperous future. We reported last month on the party at which the government displayed...
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Fresh Capital for March When a Gran Prix team’s sponsor is willing to invest more heavily, you know that not only is he satisfied with the return he is already getting but he also sees the long-term...
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Imola, May 1 San Marino Grand Prix The story of the San Marino Grand Prix itself is simply told. The two McLaren MP4/4-Honda V6 turbocharged cars simply annihilated every-one, finishing the 60-lap...
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Lotus-Honda V6 t/c Lotus used the same three cars that were used in Brazil, all 100T models running on normal steel coil-springs and Bilstein dampers, in place of the “active-ride” suspension...
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Dear Reader, I receive a lot of letters and phone calls from readers during the course of a month, and most of them are about old cars, either sports cars or racing cars. Many are in response to...
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Monte Carlo Grand Prix, May 15 If the Monaco Grand Prix was held anywhere other than through the streets of Monte Carlo, it would be rejected out of hand by everyone connected with the Formula One...
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World Sportscar Championship Silverstone 1000km The Mercedes-powered Sauber team again proved fast and extremely reliable at Silverstone, in the 1000km race, but again the Silk Cut Jaguar team was...
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Cotton on... The future of Group C Any motor racing formula needs good management and stability of regulations in order to flourish, and at the present time the World Sports-Prototype Championship...
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Spectators' guide The 1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship reaches its zenith at Le Mans on June 11-12 when, for the first time in twelve months, the Silk Cut Jaguar, AEG Sauber Mercedes and...
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Le Mans 24-Hour Race Tickets The two basic types of tickets available for public enclosures at the Le Mans 24-Hour classic are Enceintes des Virages (about £12) and Enceintes Generales (about £25),...
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Superficially, there is little in the outline specification of Nissan’s new front-engine, rear-drive, strut and trailing-arm suspension touring car contender to suggest it has explored new racing...
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Many people had many things to prove at Doington Park’s second round of the European Championship for touring cars. The Eggenberger Fords had dominated at Monza, but there they had been the only team...
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By the nature of motor racing, the Jaguar team gathers the major share of the publicity for exploits in the World Sports-Prototype Championship, but statistically Spice Engineering Ltd has achieved...
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In designing the Spice Pontiac during 1985, Graham Humphrys drew heavily on his Formula One experience with Hesketh and Theodore. He produced a straightforward and classical honeycomb aluminium...
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With the excitement of 1965 behind them, enthusiasts drew breath and looked forward to some more close, fat group 7 racing in 1966. It didn’t happen in the UK; the big build-up became an anti-climax...
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Road test Alfa Romeo has made cunning use of its existing mechanical platforms to modernise its range in the most cost-effective way - the 33 grew out of the 'Sud, the angular 90 saloon out of the...
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Morgan Plus 4 It is odds-on that when the first Motor Show of the twenty-first century opens, the Morgan stand will look little different from today. Flowing wings, projecting headlamps and cut-away...
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Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible It is a rare thing that a car should be raking in major press exposure after thirteen years of production, but with the announcement of the XJ-SV12 Convertible, Jaguar has...
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Rally review For the first time since the rail, began in 1956, a British car has won the Tour of Corsica. Frenchmen Didier Auriol and Bernard Occelli, who normally drive a British-prepared (RED) Ford...
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A regular competitor in ACTC and MCC events in his self-constructed and self-engineered VW “Shorty” special, David Alderson describes the delights of Classic Trials. It is perhaps difficult for the...
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In the years after the Second World War, as Fiat, like every other European manufacturer, struggled to plan a modern range of cars for the Fifties, the firt post-war Mille Miglia race, to be run in...
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Fine if cold weather, a large attendance and an entry of 232 cars on April 23 made the first Vintage Sports Car Club race meeting of 1988 a memorable one. Two intended attractions at Silverstone were...
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Owen John’s diary gave some good advice in 1927 about hotels. This is too dated to have any value today, of course, although names such as the “Beetle and Wedge” at Moulsford, the “Beauregard” at...
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Paying attention only because the piece was by a well-known motoring writer of long standing, I read recently that, although Rolls-Royce sales are up (even in the ISA, where the financial crash might...
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Having provided a new countershaft for the aged Benz gearbox in Owen Wyn Owen’s Thomas Special, VSCC President Roger Collings was allowed to enter “Babs” for Silverstone. After I had pulled Wyn Owen’...
Among the targets of the Brooklands Museum is the plan to resurrect a useable circuit in the historic grounds, using part of the Campbell Circuit, part of the banking, and some of the airfield roads...
I order to mark the 21st Anniversary of the first Singer National Weekend, Singer Owners Club is planning the biggest-ever celebration of all things Singer. A four-day event based in the Cotswolds...
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Early in the life of the 1000cc Formula Two, the British Motor Corporation decided to produce an eligible engine to extend its successful Formula Junior cooperation with Cooper. A budget (reputedly £...
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Renowned racer Alain de Cadenet was commissioned to take photographs of Donald Campbell during his fatal World Water Speed Record attempt at Coniston in 1966. By a curious twist of fate he was also...
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Fifty Famous Motor Racesby Alan Henry. 224 pp. 11" x 7½". (Thorsons Publishing Group Ltd, Denington Estate, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2RQ. £16.95.) A nice idea, this, to remember fifty...
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A visit to any good toy or model shop will provide ample evidence of the recent boom in the market for l/24-scale racing car kits. European offerings in this scale are virtually non-existent, with...
Another Tamiya 1/24-scale model which will be of interest to sports car enthusiasts is the Porsche 961 in its 1986 Le Mans trim. This is a representation of chassis number WPOZZZ93ZFSO10016, as...
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British is Best Sir, The start of the new season of Grand Prix racing prompts me to recount my experiences as a paying customer at the Spanish and Portuguese GP’s last year. Basic entrance price for...

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