March 1965

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B.M.C. Achievements Congratulations to the British Motor Corporation for producing a Mini-Cooper (Castrol-lubricated, Dunlop-shod and retarded when necessary by Ferodo) capable of winning outright...
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The January races in New Zealand were once again run to a capacity limit of 2-1/2-litres and were a virtual Coventry-Climax benefit series, though one wonders whether next year a 1-1/2-litre Formula...
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It has always been my contention that the engine is the true heart of a racing car and that it is possible to judge the worth of a Grand Prix car by its power unit, as far as design and construction...
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Two new Corgis this time, of special interest. The first is a F.1 Lotus Climax, claimed to be the most perfect die-cast model racing car ever produced. The front and rear suspension details are...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Thoughts about P.V.T. THE V.S.C.C. has been under fire recently in another journal about the cars it accepts for membership. There are those logical critics, like...
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A 17-foot 2-1/2-ton 9-litre of the Billancourt species Automotive white elephant hunters have almost despaired of encountering a Bugatti Royale on English or European roads, and it is nearly as rare...
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In the summer of 1927 the famous bull-nose radiator of Morris Cars had become flat-fronted but otherwise the mechanical specification of the popular Cowley and Oxford models was virtually unchanged....
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No. 31—The Gordon According to "Doyle," the Gordon came into being in 1912. It may have gone into production in that year, but Mr. Gordon Armstrong, whose prodigy it was, assures me he made his first...
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Sir, I can add quite a bit of further information regarding the Crouch car. I suspect that the car in the photograph, in which Mr. Alfred Moss is seated, is the same one which was loaned by"the Works...
Sir, I have read, with interest, Mr. Ireland's letter and have referred back to your own article on the old Riley factory. Perhaps I can help clear up the question of power outputs on various Riley 9...
Sir, Your correspondent is quite right—fitted in a really heavy car these have a character all of their own. The most popular conversion has been that of the Perkins famous P6. Built in thousands and...
Sir, Referring to your write-up on the December Driving Tests at Silverstone, I would like to point out that the car driven by Mrs. Hogg, the Aston Martin International, having competed in at least...
Sir, I would be very grateful if you could identify the car in the photograph below, which I imagine was taken about 1916-17, in the grounds of the then 3rd L.G.H. at Wandsworth Common. P.A. Welland...
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Sir, I noticed with interest the comments on the type "815" Ferrari in Vintage Postbag. In my files I found the following references: The "815" cannot be technically called a Ferrari as Ferrari had...
Sir, I was most interested to see mention of the 1934 Austin 10/4 saloon in your "Years motoring" article (Motor Sport, February). My first motor car was a similar model bought for £10 in 1959,...
Sir, The B.M.C. are quite naturally celebrating the production of the millionth Mini in five years. It is therefore appropriate at this time to remember that 42 years ago, during the year 1923, Henry...
As the provisional results published last month were apparently incorrect, we are including the revised results, for the record: The Measham Challenge Trophy: J. E. Barraclough (Bentley). The Jeddere...
Results:First Class Awards: R. F. Griffin (Morris), J. G. Vessey (Lancia), C. A. Winder H.R.G), H. F. Moffat (Bugatti). Second Class: Awards K. M. Hill (A.J.S ), S.D. Lowe (Lancia), B. Sismey (Alvis...
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Outright win for B.M.C.'s Mini-Cooper S under very tough conditions Every year more is written about the Monte Carlo Rally than any other international rally, and as each year passes it becomes more...
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A novel competition was staged last week at the Racing Car Show organised by The Ford Times. Eight racing teams, each made up of three mechanics, were competing in a pit stop procedure at speed on an...
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A number of readers have expressed surprise that I do not spend the winter months chasing the motor racing to warmer climates, going to Watkins Glen as soon as the European season finishes, and then...
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The competition car manufacturers start showing their wares to racing drivers early in the year and it is fairly obvious from those which have been shown to the public that builders are concentrating...
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"Auto-Universum-1965"Edited by Arthur Logoz. 240 pp. 13 in. x 9 in. (Arthur Barker Ltd., 20, New Bond Street, London, W.1. 63s.) In its eighth year, this reference work of the world's 1965 cars, with...
"Automobile Year No. 12"Edited by Ami Guichard. 224 pp. 12-3/4 in. x 9-3/4 in. (English agent: G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 1-5, Portpool Lane, London, E.C.1. 55s.) The lavishly-produced "Automobile...
"Autocourse--1963/64."Edited by Bill Gavin. 236 pp. 12-5/8 in. x 9-3/8 in. (Autocourse Publications, Ltd., Room 14, 60, Great Russell Street, London,W.C.1. 50s.) This annual publication, taken over...
"Cars Illustrated Tuning Annual, 1965"160 pp. 8-3/4 in. x 5-3/4 in. (Speed & Sport Publications, Ltd., 2a, Bond Street, London, W.5. 12s. 6d.) This book should fill a long-felt need and is...
"The Book of Phantoms"by Kenneth Ullyett. 144 pp. 8-1/2 in. x 10-3/8 in. (Max Parrish Ltd., 6, Chandos Street, London, W.1. 35s.) A companion volume to "The Book of the Silver Ghost" by the same...
"The International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing"Edited by Michael Frewin. 303 pp. 9-1/4 in. x 5-5/8 in. (Leslie Frewin Ltd., 15, Hay's Mews, London, W.1. 35s.) This is a sort of bedside book of...
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I still continue to come upon references to cars in the most unlikely places, even in that book about the theatre "What I Have Had," by Harold Bridgehouse (Harrap, 1953). Writing of the jazz age of...
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[I found it as hard to resist the invitation to visit the Rolls-Royce Motor Car Division at Crewe when it came as Alice found it impossible not to go to Wonderland. The R.-R. door had been shut on us...
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At the recent first A.G.M. of The Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club in Coventry, George Lanchester was made the Club's Patron, Francis Hutton-Stott was elected President, Ronald S. Cobb Chairman,...
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Road impressions of the Volkswagen 1500S and Volkswagen 1200 A car is only as good as its after-sales service."— Dr. Ing.h.c. Heinrich Nordhoff, Managing Director, of Volkswagenwerk .A.G. Last year,...
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Sir, I am most interested (and not a little amused) at the comments made by Mr. Bird. Could I be allowed to make a few observations on some of the points he raises ? (1) The World's first 6-cylinder...
Sir, I bought a Rochdale Olympic as a result of your excellent articles extolling the virtues of the Phase I, and later the Phase II, through your small advertisements section. Previously I had owned...
I have been in favour of your road-test policy, as explained in February's edition, for many years and usually agree with your outspoken remarks concerning the antique specification and unreliability...
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Sir, The letter in the February edition of your magazine and photograph from Mr. T. J. M. Dobson, prompts me to send you the enclosed photograph of a VW taken some three years ago. You will see that...
Sir, In the Daily Telegraph of 10th February a report of a case heard at Wimbledon Magistrates Court is given. A boy of 15 had found a damaged motor scooter in an alley and decided to push it to the...
Sir, I have just read your road-test of the Lotus Elan and having owned and driven one for just under a year and 11,000 miles, I would like to say that it is the most accurate and complete road-test...
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Sir, I would like to bring to your attention a rather amusing incident concerning motor insurance. Some time ago my father altered his policy to cover any driver. This increased his premium (three...
Sir, While I can't claim to have a battery as old as Mr. Wade's, I still think my 12-volt Exide is pretty remarkable. I bought it in July 1954—ten years and six months ago and it is still in fine...
Sir, Having recently seen all these advertisements for "American Jet Igniter Plugs" I thought just as a matter of interest I would bring to your attention a recent case where I, being a motor...
Sir, I am afraid that I cannot possibly allow your remark in January's. Editorial—"All in all, . . ., it needs a pretty good excuse not to buy British," to pass by without comment. Last October I was...
Sir, May I draw your attention to a misprint in "Matters of Moment," in last month's issue. The statement should read—"The motor-car is man's most coveted possession." (Full-stop.) Anne F. Oliver (...
From Lord Howe Sir, Since I believe that I was one of the first to attack the use of the radar speed meter by the Buckinghamshire police and opposed its purchase in the early stages, I was interested...
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Sir, Since we have seen situations created by people of the same laissez-faire outlook as Mr. Farina, whereby lives have been seriously endangered through the inability of ambulances and fire-engines...
Sir, I was very interested in the comment regarding the tendency of Betty Haig's S.S.100 "to go straight-on on wet corners." My M.G. TA is also fitted with twin spare wheels, and I have had a couple...
Sir, I feel I must write to express my gratitude to you for your review of the Jaguar publication—"Case History"—in the January issue of Motor Sport, I took your advice and requested a copy, which I...
Sir, The middle lane of a three-lane road should not be used for overtaking "blind," nor when already occupied by an overtaker coming in the opposite direction. The I.A.M. and police rule goes much...
Sir, I recently had the misfortune to break down on the A 30. I was about 15 miles from home, it was raining hard, and my wife and four-year-old daughter were with me. There appeared to be no café...
Sir, Some time ago I seem to remember correspondence relating to the Dunlop tyre-eating capabilities of Jaguar cars. It is only fair therefore that someone should rush into print with praise for the...
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Sir, As it is agreed that car owners and certainly the owners of new cars should be able to obtain their reasonable spares requirements without delay I am only too pleased to provide the...
Sir, Wishing to fit a pair of spotlamps to my Triumph TR, I investigated the legal requirements as to where they should be positioned. It appears that they must be mounted between 2 ft. and 3 ft. 6...

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