March 1970

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Hands off the motor car The human race has not yet found a means of living peacefully together on one planet and in this country it certainly has not learned to live with the motor car, although self...
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THE Dunlop Rubber Company informs us that the requirements of Clubmen are of major importance to Dunlop Racing and that their services are being geared to the growing demands of competition drivers....
IT is becoming customary for racing drivers to notify us when they wish to sell their homes. The latest to do so is Alan Brown, who is "moving into something smaller", vide a BM handout. It is...
WE learn from the 750 Bulletin that better relationships are now expected between the 750 MC and the Eight Clubs' Association, and that Mike Eyre is now President of both these bodies. The former,...
It is with indescribable sadness that we record the passing of H. C. Spero, whom we all called "Nobby". When I was still a teenager he was successfully racing his Austin 7 "Mrs. Jo Jo" at Brooklands...
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THE FIRST Grand Prix race of 1970 takes place on March 7th in South Africa and it should be outstanding by reason of the number of new cars competing, for all the teams have made remarkable progress...
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A MONTE CARLO Rally without any controversy, without any disqualifications, without any snow-shovelling, but with all the ingredients of hard, clean competition may well endear itself to those for...
RALLIES which are held entirely over surfaces of ice and packed snow are generally easier on competing cars than events which use unmade tracks in the summer time. This is because all the bumps and...
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THE Rhodesian Commentary reports that after Love had won the 3-hour race at the new Bulawayo circuit in a Lola-Chevrolet he pointed to the passenger's seat before starting his lap of honour and Mr....
LIZ FIRMIN has won the John Yoxall Trophy as "Caravanner of the Year". Part of her contribution to caravanning was to drive from London to Athens in less than 48 hours, towing an 11 cwt. Knowsley...
IN BRITAIN'S RAC Rally there is usually a considerable margin between the performances of works drivers and those of regularly competing amateurs. In Scandinavia, Finland in particular, such is not...
FIAT (ENGLAND) LTD: announce price increases, putting the 500SR to £498, and the 125S to £1,347, the latter an increase of £98, with corresponding increases for the other models. The Fiat 600 has...
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FOLLOWING the failure of American racing groups to agree with the CSI's plans for a world-wide 4-litre formula, the United States Auto Club held its annual meeting and modified several of the engine...
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JW/Gulf Porsches Dominate DAYTONA BEACH, February 1st, 1970. AS USUAL the Manufacturers' Championship series of races opened with the 24-Hour Race at the Daytona Speedway over the 3.81 miles road/...
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Fiat (England). Limited moved to new headquarters on the Great West Road, Brentford last November. For over 30 years Fiat had been located in Wembley. Two years ago the Company purchased the site of...
THE December, 1969, issue of the FPA Journal carried an article on fire precautions in motor racing, illustrated with MOTOR SPORT photographs, including two of the spectacular fires which threatened...
WITH the announcement that the STP Corporation are financing the March racing team, with Amon and Siffert driving, the initials STP are likely to be very much in the news. President of the American...
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Sir, My TR3 is almost 14 years old and has been in my possession for the last 6 years after purchase for £230 from a Nottingham garage. Although the car has since cost several "little bags of gold"...
Sir, May I, as a TR racing owner-driver, add something about TRs which may give food for thought to other TR owners and which I hope they will find interesting. I have been racing a TR3A for the last...
As stated last month, we have received a surprisingly large number of letters enthusing over the Triumph TR, "the last real sports car". Some 18 years ago, having been unable to lure Peter Morgan...
Sir, I have resisted the temptation for two or three months to write to you on the subject of Triumph TRs, expecting enthusiasm for these cars to be sufficiently unimportant to continue to take up...
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Sir, I should like to add more to the TR "saga". I started university in 1965 with a 1957 TR3, which I kept for three years. During the first year I spent a month motoring throughout the Continent,...
Sir, I owned a TR3 for two years and then bought my present 1958 TR3A some four years ago, since when it has slowly been refurbished to its present excellent condition. I endorse comments re the road...
Sirs, My 1964 TR4 has done over 47,000 miles, which, according to Mr. Rogers, signifies its approaching death. However, I am happy to report that it is running as sweetly as ever with no sign of a...
Sir, Having been accused of madness for spending so much time and money on my 1954 TR2, I was overjoyed to find in the December issue of your unique magazine that there are others who share my...
Sir, I am the proud owner of a 1956 TR3 bought for £40 last summer. This car outstrips any MGB and most modern large-engined saloons and can cruise (dare I say it !) at around 90 m.p.h. quite happily...
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters VSCC DRIVING TESTS, CHARTERHOUSE (Feb. 1st) THE Vintage SCC season opened at Charterhouse School with driving tests under umbrella-and-heavy-coat conditions....
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DURING 1968 the Manchester Evening News carried a short article about Capt. Marendaz' cars, starting with the Marseel light car and his racing Marendaz "Blancmange". In this article two items were...
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No. 48: Horstman THE HORSTMAN light car was born just prior to the outbreak of the War to end all wars but it survived this disruption and reappeared after the Armistice, finally disappearing in 1929...
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Sir, I was most interested to see Mr. A. W. Dunn's photograph of his rebuilt BDV roller as these rollers were the brainchild of my father, Mr. Henry Granger. Unfortunately my father died many years...
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Sir, I was very interested to read, in your "Cars in Books" article, the reference to Lord Iveagh's 1902 De Dietrich Paris-Vienna racing car. Your theory that this was the car involved in the...
Sir, Mention of the 1924 Rolls-Royce armoured car awakened memories for me as it may well have been the same one attached to 535 Air Ministry Experimental Station for protection in the Western Desert...
Sir, I am searching for any information I can find on the Rockne car. All I have discovered so far is that the Rockne Motor Company existed between 1931 and 1933 in Detroit, USA and that the name was...
Sir, I read with interest the letter from Mr. Stevens concerning Minerva cars, with special reference to the Baker sports Minerva. With due respect, however, I think it should be emphasised that this...
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An assessment of the Simca 1100GLS front-drive five door saloon THE FIRST MOTOR SPORT road test of 1970 should have been a longterm trial of an irresistible Alfa Romeo but the fashionable and...
The new Hon. Sec. of the Rapier Register is J. A. Batt, 7, Grays Walk, Druids Green, Cowbridge, Glam., and in future this organisation will issue a litho magazine dealing with the twin-cam Lagonda...
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On the track with an Imp-powered Davrian THIS MONTH the content of MOTOR SPORT'S tuning pages is more than usually varied, mainly because we have been fortunate of late in obtaining some particularly...
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IF YOU were a motoring journalist faced with the task of assembling half a dozen immaculately finished and efficiently modified motor cars, to meet the standards of the most discerning motorists,...
FORD MOTOR CO's announcement of a revived Advanced Vehicle Operation (AVO) to produce a limited number of complete high performance cars, based on likely candidates within both British and European...
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Book review NOTHING much in the way of cars in books came my way at the beginning of the year but it was interesting that in "The Best We Can Do", by Sybille Bedford (Collins, 1958), which is an...
Book review "Cars of the 1930s", by Michael Sedgwick. 384 pp. 9 in. x 5 1/2 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 4 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1. 70s.) Batsford have to a large extent dropped out of the motor...
Book Review "Motor Racing Year-1970 Edition" 120 pp. 9 1/2 in. x 7 in. (Motor Racing Publications Ltd, 62, Doughty Street, London, WC1. 25s.) We have already reviewed such surveys of the 1969...
PORSCHE Cars Great Britain Ltd. had the first Porsche 914/S to arrive in the UK delivered to them in January and customer deliveries commenced last month. The prices of these mid-engined 914 coupés...
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with Dunlop, Goodyear, Firestone Racing Men Dunlop Heading Dunlop's International Racing and Rally Service is Dick Jeffrey, Sales Manager (Racing) for the Birmingham Company. Mr. Jeffrey is...
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Silverstone, England, February 6th. TRUE to its promises, March Engineering's first public appearance at Silverstone saw two Formula One cars lapping the Grand Prix circuit with a large variety of...
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Sampling a 40/50 RollsRoyce boat-bodied open tourer MOST Rolls-Royce motor cars are burdened with cumbersome closed coachwork. So when I heard that as an apprentice exercise the Triplex Safety Glass...
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WHEN the London School of Flying advertisements first appeared in this magazine last year, it jolted a few of us die-hard motorists at MOTOR SPORT into wondering aloud if a mere enthusiast for...
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PORSCHE VICTORY.—On the first lap of the Daytona 24-Hours, the two JW Automotive Porsche 917s sweep off the banking (left) with Andretti's Ferrari 512S only inches behind. Siffert's car (leading)...
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Sir, Reading your fascinating article on Keith Duckworth, with its statement that "The helicopter principle offends his engineering science", brings to mind the time that I was privileged to meet Mr...
Sir, I read your letter, page 141 February issue, from Police Officer Harding. Accordingly, I make some comments below. Mr. P. G. Williams really has not much to complain about since he was taken for...
N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and MOTOR SPORT does not necessarily associate itself with them—E.D.
Sir, Re Mr. P. G. Williams' letter. Last July I suffered the indignity of being "radar-trapped" in Gretna, admittedly while doing 44 m.p.h. in a restricted zone. In November I received notice of...
Sir, It would seem that I am now a dastardly criminal, having been made recently so by exceeding the speed limit between Luton and Dunstable. Your readers from this area should beware a white Hillman...
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Sir, Repeatedly in your Readers' Letters. I find myself reading the praises of foreign cars and I feel I must redress the balance. I bought a Hillman Husky II from my brother after it had done 52,000...
Sir, Having read two criticisms from your readers recently regarding Bentley service, I feel bound to relate my own experiences of excellent service. My Bentley is a 1950 Mark VI which I have used...
Sir, Your correspondent, J. Neville R. Hay, prompts me to reply to his critical comparison of the Triumph 2000 with his current Fiat 125. I am a great admirer of Fiat and their designs, but cannot...
Sir, With reference to Mr. Gandhi's letter, Laurence Pomeroy, senior, remained a Director of The Daimler Company until October 1936. Up to and including 1939 all large Daimlers retained semi-elliptic...
Sir, May I be allowed to commiserate with your correspondent Anthony Smith of Harlington in connection with his letter "Who's for Fresh Air ?" in the January issue? My family grew too big for an...
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Sir, Magazines may come, magazines may go, but MOTOR SPORT's sheer professional touch has always made me a regular subscriber, therefore it is with regret that I must complain about your anti-Jaguar...
Sir, You may be interested in the various references to cars in "Farouk of Egypt" by Barrie St. Clair McBride, published by Robert Hale in 1967: Page 55,—First cars given to Farouk from his 11th year...
Sir, While I wholeheartedly agree with your comments with reference to "Deceitful Datsun", I would point out to you that Jamil Din (Uganda) did in fact finish third in the 1969 East African Safari in...
Sir, If you, or any of your readers, know of anyone against whom you, or they, have a grudge I would suggest that you give them a ticket for a film now on general release called "Winning", and I can...
Sir, Even though I left England 11 years ago I still take pleasure in seeing British companies competing successfully in overseas markets. At the recent Montreal Motor Show, therefore, I made...
Sir, It has recently been suggested by Mr. F. W. Hutton-Stott, a founder member of the Lanchester Register and President of the Daimler and Lanchester Owners' Club, that the Daimler and Lanchester's...
Sir, I am, by the way, the owner of a 1960 TR3A and have been both entertained and interested by the recent correspondence on this marque. I would like to add a few words to this in answer to the...
A Royal Rolls-Royce Sir, I have been most interested to read your two articles on F. L. Rapson. In particular a paragraph in February's edition of Rapson working on shock-absorberless suspension...
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Sir, Seen in the classified advertisement section of February MOTOR SPORT: Austin 7, 1928. "A real beauty—£500." Austin 7, 1928. "Good order—£375." Austin 7, 1928. "Needs renovating—£275." Austin 7...
Sir, Your correspondent Mr. Peter Hepworth is obviously a distant, and hitherto unknown, relative of mine, in that his great uncle Joseph Hepworth was my maternal grandfather. I well remember the...
Sir, Your article of Lionel Rapson's Lanchester 40 greatly interested me. I happened to be present, in a breakers' yard near Eastbourne, when the same car was being "broken up", the sledge-hammer...

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