March 1969

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Spectators and Racing Spectators are now an essential part of motor racing. There was a time when they were just an unwanted nuisance, as in the Paris-Madrid of 1903, when their curiosity caused the...
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After battling against all the odds (in the form of U.S.A.C.'s constantly changing rules), Granatelli has temporarily given up on turbine-powered cars and has signed an agreement with Plymouth to use...
The real N.S.U. Ro80 still eludes us but a Dinky Toys miniature of this Wankel-engined German car is now available. Like the real car it is revolutionary, having not only Dinky's Prestomatic steering...
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There are people who say they do not want progress, but they are only fooling themselves, for without progress no-one would have invented the wheel, Otto would not have designed his 4-stroke engine...
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Sir, In your feature "My Year's Motoring", in the February edition of Motor Sport, you mentioned that you run your 1953 VW on Castrol GTX motor oil. I, too, ran my 1968 VW on this oil, until recently...
In saying last month that Fiat's 1968 vehicle production gave them the lead in Europe, we have incurred the wrath of several correspondents, who say that, in fact, Volkswagen, with 1,548,933 units,...
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The three major racing organisations in the United States, and most of the leading competitors, have now completed their plans for the coming season and it looks like being both a busy and an...
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A Visit to the Newport Paynell Factory The history of Aston Martin has been long and illustrious, and looks like being just as interesting in the future as it was in the past. I have been...
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Riverside, U.S.A. — 800 kilometres After winning the annual road-race for American stock cars for five consecutive years on the Riverside circuit in California, Dan Gurney's run of success was broken...
THE F.I.A. seem to be at it again, proposing to make further alterations to the rules and regulations for Group 6 Sports/Prototype cars running in Championship long-distance races. The sudden and...
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This year the Tasman series was held over four races in New Zealand and three in Australia, all except one being of about 100 miles in length, the odd one out being the 75-mile Levin race. The Tasman...
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The Ford Capri 1600GT XLR Coupe Candid Comment on the Latest Car from Ford of Britain Nearly everyone seems to be talking about the Ford Capri and Warley must have done its public relations well,...
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These days it is fashionable to follow America in actions, deeds and words. So it is not amiss to note that one of America's best motoring journals, Road & Track, agrees with Motor Sport over...
Although the clash between the authorities in Tanzania and the organisers of the East African Safari has resulted in the rally being routed within Kenya and Uganda only this year, the going will be...
In our recent road test of the rear-engined Imp-powered Ginetta G15 we criticised the arrangement of the sliding side windows. Subsequently the Witham, Essex, company have modified the windows by...
When I remarked last month, in the article "My Year's Motoring" that the rear number-plate casing of the Editorial Rover 2000TC is of stainless steel and enables rust-marks to be wiped off, I was...
Last month I wrote about some of our advertisers with a view to protecting our readers from unscrupulous traders and dealers, but I must say that it never occurred to me that I would need to protect...
The following trade hand-outs were received for simultaneous publication :— Ford Choose Dunlop SP Radial Tyres For Their New Capri Ford have chosen Dunlop SP68 radial tyres to complement the...
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Guy Griffiths has informed us that the Griffiths Formula, formed to encourage the preservation and racing of sports and sports/racing cars of the 1947 to 1960 period, has been wound up, because the...
Those who saw a small model aeroplane flying round and round its pylon at the Model Engineer Exhibition last January, and who watched it take off and land, probably dismissed this latest development...
"The facts are that only Jaguar fans are clamouring for Jaguars. If there were any evidence of mass demand for Jaguar-like cars you call be sure that other manufacturers would have started building...
I occasionally have readers asking why such-and-such race is not mentioned on the International scene in Motor Sport, or pointing out that a certain driver won a race in South Africa, Portugal or...
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters The First V.S.C.C. Fixture of 1969Driving Tests, in the snow, at Wolverhampton (Feb. 9th) The Vintage S.C.C. moved its traditional steak-and-kidney-pudding...
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Diagrams kindly supplied by Joseph Lucas Ltd. The conversion of single-dipping headlamp units to double-dipping is illustrated by the above two diagrams. On the left is shown the wiring of a 1933...
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Earlier this year some correspondence was published in "Vintage Postbag" about Hodgson cars. This led to the discovery that Mr. Harry Hodgson, their creator, is living at Hailsham. So one dreary day...
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Who will win the Pomeroy Trophy today? This V.S.C.C. contest, a memorial to the late Laurence Pomeroy, and the only one in which modern cars compete with vintage and p.v.t. vehicles, intended to show...
Although the recently-passed Law which forbids exaggerated or downright dishonest claims in advertisements will take away the fun out of deciding how much to believe and how much to discount in the...
There has come into our possession, thanks to a reader's generosity, a book which may be of some interest to oil industry technologists. Called the "Mex Fuel Book", it was published by the Anglo-...
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Survival of an Alfa Romeo Bimotore Sir, I noticed with some interest the "Tailpiece" depicting Austin Dobson and the Bimotore Alfa Romeo, and the letter from G. P. Harvey Noble. It may be of interest...
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Blydenstein's Viva SL With only 38 b.h.p. at the back wheels, a Vauxhall Viva SL is certainly not going to win very many traffic light grands prix. But this fairly large and good-handling chassis can...
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"Milestones in a Motoring Life", by Dudley Noble. 252 pp. 8 13/16 in. x 5 7/16 in. (The Queen Anne Press Ltd., Giles House, 49, Poland Street, London, W.1. 36s.) If 1969 continues like this, book-...
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From "Old Maids Remember", by Angela Du Maurier (Peter Davies, 1966), we are reminded of the time when it was possible to drive to Oxford Street in a pony cart, "through all the most hair-raising...
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Porsche Efficiency Fails Any race that starts a series is liable to be restricted in the variety of entry, as many competitors are not ready for the start of the season. This year's race was no...
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Just as the R.A.C. Rally did last November, the Monte Carlo Rally divided itself into two in January in order that highly modified and not yet homologated cars could take part. But this time the F.I....
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The Editor's Views on the New 411L The advent of an entirely new Volkswagen is an important event, and the 411L is certainly that. It has unitary construction, coil instead of torsion-bar springing,...
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The Triumph Vitesse Mk.II When I last tried a Triumph Vitesse, in 1963, I described it even then as rather old fashioned but as an essentially honest motor-car with a very nice engine. In those days...
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Pirelli makes damn good tyres. In 1964 Pirelli decided to make a damn good calendar. That year 35,000 Pirelli calendars were produced, at a cost of £17,000. As the fame of these beautifully produced...
An Aristocrat Among Small Cars Alec Issigonis' East-West engine location to provide compact yet roomy front-wheel-drive small cars was a significant automobile innovation in 1959, when the first Mini...
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N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them.— Ed. Which is the Best Oil? Sir, I read the letter from Mr. Heywood and think...

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