March 1955

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British Sunbeam wins the Monte Carlo Rally There are "tougher" rallies than the Monte Carlo, the Liege-Rome-Liege and the Alpine for example, and luck plays it's part in all rallies, and, in the...
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The Publicity Boys and the Sensational Press let themselves go, as usual over Moss' accident while he was carrying out chassis tests of the 300SLR Mercedes-Benz in readiness for the Mille Miglia. Our...
The "Cats' Eyes" Night Navigation Rally, was held by the Thames Estuary A.C. on February 5th/6th. This event, granted National Permit for the first time, attracted a large number of entries. The...
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(Continued from the January Issue) Leo Villa In searching for a key-word that summarises best the essential character of our fourth subject, in this short series of articles, it is difficult to...
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Some years ago Motor Sport tested the Bond Minicar and reported on it enthusiastically, considering that in the course of this test the flywheel magneto shed a vital wire, a steering-pulley fell off...
A.J.Mould has discovered an early Star car, the body of which has been converted to a van. He seeks a suitable body and general information. Letters can be forwarded.
From Floyd Clymer's Los Angeles motor-book sausage machine have emerged a whole selection of new works, including his "Historical Motor Scrapbook No. 7," and "Ford Model-T Historical Scrapbook" (both...
The B.R.D.C. will hold the British Empire Trophy Race at Oulten Park on April 2nd, with practice all day on April 1st. The race will be for sports cars running on pump fuel and will consist of three...
128 pp. 8 1/2 in. by 11 in. (Fawcett Publications, Inc., Fawcett Building, Fawcett Place,. Greenwich, Conn. 75 cents.) This is quite one of the best of these Year Books from America which it has been...
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Bristol M.C. & L.C.C. The Jan./Feb. issue of the club's journal contains a brief account of activities from 1911, when the club was formed, to the commencement of racing at Castle Combe circuit....
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The Cost of Flying A New Percival. Vintage Reconstruction. How to "Date" an Aeroplane. An inexpensive Cabin Machine. AGM of the A.B.A.C. WE hear a perpetual and almost daily moan that flying is too...
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Sir, I feel I must join the " Topolino " controversy. I owned a 1939 four-seater model for three years, using it mainly in Devon and Cornwall and frequently carrying four adults and a child plus...
Sir, Surely, if the vintage cult is to mean anything, the cars should maintained as nearly as possible in their original form! Such major surgical operations as that on the Binns' 30/98 Vauxhall (P....
Sir, Thinking of replacing the four-year-old Lucas battery on my 1951 Riley, I removed it and replaced it, cleaning the posts and cable ends in doing so. The cure was immediate—no new battery is...
Sir, Mr. Lamebury seems to have had a bad time with car batteries and asks for advice. He wants a good battery and a guarantee that really works, so there is no doubt that what he needs is a Park...
Sir, I really do believe you when you tell us just once more, of the pleasure and contentment you derive from your Plus Four. Read up all your comments when you take a car on test, For you do not...
Sir, In reply to R. Bartle's letter in defence of a +(2) p.c. Ultra Lucia. may I, as another madman, extol the virtues of a vintage era transporter ? I have got a Lucia Miniplus, which, though a...
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On February 6th the Vintage S.C.C. reverted to its former venue for driving-tests, in the arctic wastes of Slough, flanked by gas-works, railways, and wire-mesh pens most tantalisingly full of choice...
In our January issue, reviewing a clever German working replica of the Jaguar XK120 fixed-head coupe, we asked when the British toy industry would turn its attention to realistic motor-car miniatures...
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Budget Day What will Budget Day bring to ease the motorists' heavy burden ? In a little more than a month we shall know the best, or the worst. We are due for kinder treatment for the motor car is no...
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"Grand Prix Murder," by Douglas Rutherford, 190 pp., 4 1/2 in. by 7 1/2 in. (Collins, 14, St. James's Place, London S.W.1. 10s. 6d.) This light-hearted crime story (if a crime story can be so called...
"The Grand Prix Car, Volume 11" by Laurence Pomeroy, F.R.S.A., M.S.A.E. 344 pp., 8in. by 11 in. (Motor Racing Publications, Ltd., Distributors, Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, E.C.1. 75s.)...
Philip H. Smith. A.M.I.Mech.E. 180 pp. 51/2 in. by 8 1/2 in. (G.T.Foulis and Co., Ltd., 7, Milford Lane, Strand, London, W.C.2. 15s.) This is a revised edition of Philip Smith's popular book. It is...
"A.B.C. of British Cars," by John Dudley. 72 pp. 4 in. by 6 in. (Ian Allen, Ltd., Craven House, Hampton Court. 2s.) This is a useful annual reference work to the cars of the British motor industry,...
"The Kings of the Road," by Ken W. Purdy. 216 pp. 5 1/2 in. by 8 1/2 in. (Hutchinson and Co., Ltd., Hutchinson House, Stratford Place, London, W.1. 15s.) This book, well known in the U.S.A., has now...
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"Motor Sport" Visits Specialist Car Manufacturers in the London Area (Further Illustrations will be found in the Centre Pages) With the Big Five of this country—B.M.C., Ford, Standard, Rootes and...
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This year the B.A.R.C. and V.S.C.C. again held their annual film shows, The former had some 2,000 members at four sittings of its Midnight Matinees at the Curzon Cinema. The films shown included a...
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When famous British motor manufacturers fail financially--which, in the past at least, they have usually done through continuing to make the sort of cars which people like making instead of the sort...
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Meccano, Ltd. have brought out one of their best Dinky Toy miniatures to date, in the form of an open-bodied Cunningham C-5R sports/racing two-seater. Rather larger than previous Dinkys, this...
Last July Motor Sport drew attention, in an Editorial under the heading "Ridiculous in Retrospect," to the adverse report issued during the war by British engineers on the design of the VW. A British...
America's motoring journals have flourished exceedingly since the war and some of them are now very good indeed and we are delighted to see them. Speed Age for February packed in an enormous amount...
This year's Monte Carlo Rally produced an excellent tale of good sportsmanship. When Ray Merrick's Standard Eight suffered a stone in its radiator near Carlisle another car of the same sort was seen...
The Editor has a scavenger complex and harbours in warm, dry places things like bits of Kaiser War aeroplane engines, mechanical oddments from extinct racing cars (he uses a valve from a 1914 G.P....
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Sir, Having driven in the official Ford works' competition team for nearly four pre-war years, and having owned a Ford of some description for the last twenty years I shall, unlike Mr. W. D. Kearns,...
Sir, Having read the letters of Mr. English, Mr. McGhee and Mr. Kearns, I can only conclude that they have been most unfortunate in the service they have received from their Ford motor cars, and...
Sir, Mr. English has allowed his enthusiasm for the Volkswagen to run away with his judgement. I own neither a VW nor a Ford, but I have driven the New Anglia, been a passenger in a Consul for some...
Sir, It is with great interest that I have read the recent controversial letters regarding the products of the Ford Motor Co. As the owner of a 1954 Ford Consul I must say that I am in entire...
Sir, I admire your journal very much, especially regarding your mentioning the names of cars which have not been a source of pleasure to their owners. Other national motor magazines being frightened...
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Sir, I have only just seen your issue of January and feel urged to add a word on the other side of the discussion which is proceeding regarding Ford cars in general and Consuls and Zephyrs in...
Sir, The misfortune which has fallen on B.Campbell Kemp since he purchased his Consul must be exceptional and one assumes that he has got one of those ears which occasionally emerge from every...
Sir, I am surprised at the adverse critics of the Ford Zephyr, as I have done 28,000 miles on one during the past year, and replacements have been confined to tyres at 22,000 miles, and a split...
Sir, I have just read the letter written by Mr. B. Campbell Kemp in which he refers to his 1954 Consul. This was of great interest to me as I am, among other things, responsible for the maintenance...
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Sir, I always enjoy reading through the Letters from Readers part of Motor Sport each month, and especially the unbiased remark, both for and against any particular car. I cannot help but feel rather...
Sir, We wish to reply to the vindictive criticism of the Ford Zephyr in your January issue. We have had experience of these cars and are very favourably impressed. One of these has recently completed...
Sir, I feel I must reply to the letter of your correspondent N. Bradpiece. He states that "there is no other vehicle in the same price bracket which offers the advantages of the Zephyr." Has Mr....
Sir, Perhaps Mr. Bradpiece has not heard of the Vauxhall, now sadly Americanised until one can only recognise it as a descendant of the 30/98 Velox by its big heart. The modern Velox costs, initially...
Sir, In the October edition of your highly respected paper there appeared a letter signed by a Mr. U.F. Coleman to the effect that conversion sets were not available "for the poor owners of Wyverns...
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Sir, Surely it should not be necessary to take a completely clean sheet of paper to give us the sports car indicated by recent correspondence ! The development work would, in the main, appear to have...
Sir, Mr. Bishop may not like this, but recent correspondance and articles lead me to suggest that if the Nuffield Organisation were to ring the changes a little more than they did for the last Motor...
Sir, I was, for five years, a regular reader of both national motoring weeklies, only to discover their complete lack of constructive criticism in their road-test reports. As a Frenchman, I am very...
Sir, I have decided to write to you partly out of duty and equally so as a sports-car enthusiast. I enclose a copy of our Air Force magazine Vorair for which I run a motor column. You will notice an...
Sir, While I have no particular sympathy for the Ford Motor Company in the sudden glare of unfavourable publicity, I rather wonder whether any of the other three big manufacturers, at the moment...
Sir, In reply to Mr. McKinley, might I say that I rode many miles in Germany in the back seat of a Volkswagen without feeling uncomfortable, although I am over six feet tall. While I am on the...
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Sir, My experience over many many years of car ownership is simply— buy a battery from a firm of repute—remember reputation can never escape responsibility, and judiciously use a trickle-charger. I...
Sir, I realise that most enthusiasts who are not VW owners must be getting heartily sick of reading about them. Each monthly issue that I read I think this must be the end of the VW correspondence...
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