March 1971

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Another lost cause?This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This fortress built by nature for herself, Against infection and the hand of war, This...
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In recent times the different drawings and paintings of cars and motor races, obtainable commercially, has become quite prolific and rather than refer to isolated examples, we have tended to take the...
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The Imperial Tobacco Co., through its Player's brand of cigarettes, is launching its second decade of support for Canadian motor racing with an expansion programme offering over a quarter of a...
The Daytona 500 is the most important race in the NASCAR stock calendar and was held on February 14th at the Florida high-speed tri-oval circuit. Reckoned to be one of the most exciting races in the...
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McLaren M16 We called on McLaren Racing in the depths of an industrial estate at Colnbrook, almost in line with one of the main runways of London's Heathrow airport, and were just in time to see the...
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Racing driver Hugh Dibley first came into contact with Len Wimhurst when he bought a single-seater Lola and then later when he purchased a sports-racing Brabham BT8, in which he had considerable...
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One of the wisest things that Ford of Britain ever did in recent times was to give £100,000 to Keith Duckworth and Mike Costin, the two men behind Cosworth Engineering, and ask them to produce a...
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Comment on the racing and club scene This winter a large number of our readers have probably put their feet up for a Saturday afternoon of television and tuned into Rallycross. They have seen a...
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Colombian F2 series The South American country of Colombia, unlike some of its neighbours, does not have a history of circuit racing. However, a local millionaire has changed all this and just built...
In the January Motor Sport, page 29, we dealt with the Sunday Times' remarkable faith in Mr. Dodd's claim of a sustained 138 m.p.h. from a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. The Sunday Times had involved...
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A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC Driving Tests, Oxford (January 31st) The Vintage SCC has alternated pleasant driving-test venues with some very dreary ones, like the Slough Trading Estate,...
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Our sister monthly Motorcycle Sport had an Editorial last month, in which the view was expressed that today's super-bikes have very little to commend them. The theory was propounded that the modern...
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Sir, I enclose a photograph of a precisely similar body (even to the hinged half-section of screen) to the Fiat char-a-banc in your December issue, mounted on a Vauxhall chassis which, reputedly, had...
Sir, Amongst the many interesting features in Motor Sport not least is that section devoted to "Cars in Books". In last December's issue you mention one book entitled "The Escape From Monotony". This...
Sir, As an ex-chain ganger I was delighted to read in your V-E-V section that "Patience" is alive and well, albeit a trifle wayward, in the hands of a Mr. Jones. However, as you have a reputation as...
What appears to be a circa-1913 LGOC-B-type/Daimler bus is serving as the basis of a caravan, later developed into a bungalow, in Yorkshire, but may eventually be scrapped. Apparently it was driven...
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The Reliant Motor Company tells us that it has transferred to Bob Joyner & Son the spare parts business and stock of the Bond Equipe GT, Bond 875 saloon and Ranger van, and Bond Minicar. This...
Before the European motor-racing season starts it is comforting to remember that there are several excellent annuals which adequately summarise, analyse and illustrate what occurred in 1970. Perhaps...
There was a most interesting "find" in the recently-published "Being Geniuses Together, 1920-1930" by Robert McAlmon, revised by Kay Boyle (Michael Joseph, 1970). The opening chapter refers to Robert...
Just before the Royal Mail ceased to be a British institution we received two Lesney miniatures. One of these, "MATCHBOX" No. 19, is an imaginary dragster, which can be ignored. The other, "MATCHBOX...
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Speed in style Lotus always seem in the news these days whether it be in the City columns, the introduction of a revolutionary new racing car or the comings and goings of various members of the staff...
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Some rallies are of a constant high standard year by year; others are constantly mediocre. But whatever their end of the quality scale, the majority of them differ so little from their immediate fore...
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Dull entry—tense finish Daytona Beach, January 31st, 1971. The Daytona 24-Hour race has, for many years, been the season's opener for the Manufacturers' Championship but this year it became the...
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A couple of months ago we explored the possibilities of installing eight-cylinder Vee engines into various unsuspecting vehicles, including the Europa, Escort, Capri and Cortina. With the exception...
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Renault—that outstanding French make. When the Editor came to write about the cars he drove last year he was somewhat perturbed to find that 1970 went by without a Renault being reported on—perturbed...
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When I heard that a straight-eight Renault was to be found in this country I thought that it might offer material for another White Elephant safari. Contact was made and one foggy January morning I...
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"On road-racing cars the biggest single cause of fire is the electrics. You only need to break a cable and there are sparks everywhere. We really ought to think about doing away with on-board...
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Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina, January 24th. After the unfortunate Ferrari/Matra accident in the 1,000-kilometre race at Buenos Aires the Italian team withdrew completely from the Formula One...
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To score an outright win in saloon-car racing days you need an American "Pony Car" like the one shown here and, most important, a great deal of money to support its sub-5-m.p.g. fuel consumption and...
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Sir, I have recently acquired a 1935 Ford or Jensen V8 four-seater tourer, with the intention of restoring it. Registration number EA 6868, chassis number C-18-UF-2142, body number 3164. I wrote to...
Sir, At the Parke-Bernet Auction of "Antique, Classic and Special Interest Vehicles" in New York recently a complete set of Road and Track (1947-69) went for $140, but Motor Sport, complete from 1951...
Sir, I have just read your comments on your recent meeting with Lord Stokes, and I am probably not alone in wondering why he has singled out the Triumph 2.5 PI from the other BLMC Specialist Division...
Sir, I must surely echo the words of Motor Sport readers everywhere in expressing appreciation of the superb reproductions at the end of the colour section. The 4 1/2-litre blower-Bentley (Birkin/...
Sir, Your question "has it survived?" about Prince Chula's Rolls-Royce 20-25 in "Cars in Books", led me to dig out this picture taken for R-R-EC records. [See below.—Ed.] It was taken at last April's...
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Sir, I read in the current issue of Motor Sport the attack made on W. O. Bentley in respect of his BR1 aero-engine and the Clerget rotary. All this, with some feelings of pity for Alec Ulmann, you...
Sir, During one of my regular monthly visits to Britain, I was interested to read the article by your correspondent, J.W., concerning the American sales scene. I found this an interesting and...
Sir, I was interested to see your Co. Durham reader's list of "old when they retired racing drivers", although Nuvolari's name is a surprising omission and one presumes this to be merely an oversight...
Sir, In February of last year, I decided to purchase a new car of under 1,000 c.c. I looked at most types but because of national pride, decided on either a Hillman Imp or BLMC Mini. However, on...
Sir, For some years now I have derived much pleasure from the "Six five in third around Beckets, Nigel" brigade at the end of the bar, and their quasi technical jargon. Unfortunately the last word...
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Since we road-tested the Range Rover last month, its price has risen to £2,229 11s.
Sir, From time to time valid criticism has appeared in your columns of those who acquire veteran and vintage cars not somuch to use and enjoy them as to realise a profit on their subsequent disposal...
Sir, At a time when we are hearing so much about poor service from garages, may I comment on two from whom, on numerous occasions, and without exception, I have had very good attention: Central...
Sir, Having just received the December and January editions of "Motor Sport", I feel I must put pen to paper and rally to the cause and defend the MG Octagon. In reply to Mr. Pegum suggesting that MG...

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