June 1991

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Motorsport Explosion! Britain's New Car Industry is in a decline, due to the recession, despite Rover, Ford, Vauxhall and Jaguar having spent between them £98.6million on advertising last year — with...
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Correction We regret that in the feature "The Things they say. . ." in last month's issue, we attributed a false reference to the ex-Mrs EM Thomas 328 BMW to Coys of Kensington, whereas the incorrect...
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A Hat Trick Imola, April 28: A vast crowd stayed in silence to watch Ayrton Senna as he reeled off the 61 laps of the splendid Autodromo 'Enzo and Dino Ferrari' at Imola to win the 11th Gran Premio...
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It is easy to forget that the San Marino Grand Prix is a relative newcomer to the World Champion Formula One season, and a lot of readers have probably forgotten how it came about. In the 1970s there...
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Senna All The Way Monte Carlo, May 12: Another pole position, in the lead for the entire 78 laps of the twisty circuit round the Principality, a lead of over 40 seconds on the second place man at...
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A Problem Dear Reader When you are involved with vintage and post-vintage cars, where they are built on a steel chassis frame with engines, gearbox, axles and bodywork forming separate components,...
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That Man Again! Last month's piece, "Writing Bugatti History", told of how, in 1929, Leon Duray took two FWD Miller 91s to Europe and did a deal on them with Ettore Bugatti. As I said, he is not to...
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Set for the Season? Jaguar's XJR-14 is by far the fastest car taking part in the Sportscar World Championship, and the Silk Cut team's 1-2 success at Monza on May 5 was well deserved because their...
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A Long Way to Go The first three Sportscar World Championship races have taken place since I prepared the column for the May edition, and the mood in the paddock is rather more optimistic than it has...
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24 Heures du Mans -- Le Mans 1991 The Automobile Club de L'Ouest has dragged the 24 Hours right into the 1990s this year, with a completely new complex that replaces the old pits, paddock and race...
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Sainz on Corse Almost since the need to drive fast began to be an essential part of rallying, those responsible for preparing cars have had two major objectives; speed and reliability. Most other...
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Cruising It took some convincing by Lawrence Millen of Bauer Millen to drive one of his machines for we were unsure as to its relevance in Motor Sport. We took on board the fact that it was a good...
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Evolutionary Strength May saw the RHD arrival of the evolutionary Audi 100 range. As for so many "new" cars the original theme is apparent, but the manufacturer has actually invested millions to make...
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Back to the Drawing Board If Ford of Britain have suffered a worse period for press comment and wounded sales, it has escaped our attention. There is no doubt that the success of the 1980 front-drive...
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Encore You are the corporate owners of a model range 17 years old, you are faced with a sales graph that is showing signs of weakness on this model, and, worst of all, you find that quality control...
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Heavyweight Cruiser Launched last summer in LHD, fan-fared to Britons as a £59,500 replacement for the 6-series coupés at the September 1990 Motor Show, the BMW 850i is a 19.5-foot, one and three...
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The Best Coupé The W124 (200E to 300E) Mercedes mid-range saloons, estates and coupés are the most popular products handled by Mercedes Benz UK, as well as the most versatile. Within the 16 model...
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A Place in the Sun One thing is certain after the first three rounds of the British Touring Car Championship this year – the BMW M3 reigns supreme despite the best efforts of Vauxhall in particular...
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F1 in the Park 1966, the year of the Stones' Paint it Black, the year of Clint Eastwood's third spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and the year that Graham Hill won the Indy 500. It...
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Vintage Sports-Car Club racing opened at a cold "new Silverstone" on April 20, using the 1.7-mile National circuit, the 10-race programme oversubscribed, with 286 entrants. After the customary 30...
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A Fangio Party The record book says he raced in 51 Grands Prix, won 24 of them, was second 10 times, achieved 28 pole positions, was accredited with 23 fastest laps and was World Champion five times...
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No Substitute for Litres I am sometimes asked which of the hundreds of cars which raced at Brooklands had the biggest engine. The 24-litre Napier Railton that holds the ultimate lap record is often...
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A long-standing reader who worked at Rolls-Royce testing such aero-engines as the R-type used in LSR cars, Merlin, Gryphon, gas turbines etc, tells us that the cars he has owned included a two-...
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We have been sent by a reader an article which appeared in the April issue of Taxi Magazine, which caters for London-licensed taxi drivers, about a most unusual race which apparently took place in...
VSCC Curborough On the cold but dry afternoon on May 5 the VSCC held its annual speedtrials at the Shenstone & DCC's Curborough course near Lichfield. More a continuous driving test than a...
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Automobiles Voisin — 1919-1958 by Pascal Courteault. 374 pp. 12-1/2" x 11-1/2. White Mouse Editions (New Cavendish Books) 3 Denbigh Road, London, W11 2SJ. £100. Until the publication of this...
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Opinions expressed are those of correspondents and not necessarily those of Motor Sport *** Barson Specials Sir, I was delighted to read your article on Challenor Barson's specials in the May...

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