March 1973

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Don't get depressed It is a time for being depressed, with violence rife throughout the World and financial gloom apparent in so many spheres of Industry. It all stems from the fact that the human...
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Another comfortable Lotus victory THERE ARE Grands Prix that are tense and closely fought with the lead see-sawing between several teams and the verdict in question until the closing few laps and...
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WITH the cancellation of the Long Distance Sports Car BOAC 1000 at Brands Hatch (not enough spectators providing not enough profit) and the Sebring 12-Hour race (no circuit, the old Airfield having...
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I CAN ALMOST guarantee that as I cross the paddock at Brands Hatch, during the Race of Champions, to look at the new UOP-Shadow I will meet someone who will say "Grand Prix cars are not what they...
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An American Club Race AS CAN be seen from the results appended below this year's opening round of World Manufacturers Championship turned out to be little more than an American club race. Daytona...
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Monte Carlo Rally "IF YOU DON'T play the game my way, I'll take my ball away," So is it occasionally with youngsters whose immature minds are incapable of -appreciating the significance of playing...
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CARS IMPROVE with time and over six years you can expect great advances from most manufacturers. Except in the case of the sporting models from Mazda, which spent this period going backwards. In 1968...
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—A sequel— LAST MONTH'S attempt to sort out the history of the 1924 Grand Prix Sunbeams resulted in the loan of a very interesting album compiled by J. V. Ridley, grandfather of the VSCC member who...
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Group 1 grumbles ENTERING ITS SECOND full year, Group 1 standard saloon-car racing starts the season on a note of discord and controversy. In the centre of all this is the RAC Minorsport Division who...
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Firenza made good Blydenstein exploits Vauxhall potential VAUXHALL have always retained a sedate image since the last 30/98 rolled sadly away from the craftsmen's hands. The Luton firm has scorned...
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DONINGTON PARK.—Work proceeds apace with the reconstruction of the Donington Park racing circuit and one or two alterations are being made in order to conform with present day racing standards, but...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Measham madness WE HEAR a lot these days about Motorway madness. Measham madness is different, inasmuch as it is an innocuous form of insanity, indulged in by the...
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Sir, Reading Mr. L. Seyd's letter brings back pleasant memories. I owned four Ulster Austin Sevens. Two of these cars were the short-bonnet type and two the long-bonnet Ulsters, one unblown....
Sir, I enclose a photograph of my wife's grandfather at the wheel of a Salmson, Reg. No. YO 5365. This photograph was taken in early 1928 when the vehicle belonged to Miss Victoria Worsley, who...
Sir, Please find enclosed photo, which may he suitable for showing in MOTOR SPORT, it shows my 5-year-old son driving his copy of a 1910 AX Renault car I made for him. The car is powered by two 12-...
Sir, We have now witnessed the humiliating spectacle which surpasses all seen before: a Peer of the Realm, cap in hand, pleading for those of us who prefer to drive older cars and praying that we be...
An Extension of History WE HAVE long felt that the best definitions of vintage and veteran, or if you like of historic vehicles, are those laid down by the VCC, VSCC and HCVC and generally accepted....
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Sir, Possibly it might be of interest to enlarge a little on the early car electrics mentioned in the first part of the letter from your Kenya correspondent, Mr. Solly. As he mentions, the early CAV...
Sir, My father brought a 1932 six-cylinder 37.2-h.p. Hispano-Suiza from an actor in the Midlands, who, it was said, imported one every year. This was a Mulliner-bodied saloon, with an attractive...
Sir, At the recent Veteran and Vintage drive into Europe I re-encountered the Horstman(n?) Super Sports which I found interesting enough to look up in my meagre reference library when I got home. I...
Sir, Please find enclosed photograph of the late Queen Mary, about to enter the first of two Royal Daimlers (no reg. numbers). I have no knowledge of the date of venue of this scene, but perhaps, if...
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How effective were they? OWEN WYN-OWEN, who dug the 27-litre Thomas Special "Babs" from her grave above the Pendine Sands where she crashed and killed her brilliant designer-driver J. G. Parry Thomas...
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SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO, the chance of a British car winning a World Championship Grand Prix was unlikely, the prospect of that state of affairs changing looked remarkably dim. With Mercedes-Benz and...
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Lotus win a classic race BUENOS AIRES January 28th. THE 1973 Grand Prix racing season opened, despite all the recent squabbling, with a classic contest at Buenos Aires Municipal Autodrome in late...
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OF THE twenty cars in the spacious garages of Buenos Aires Autodrome, five were brand new but none of them were to designs not previously seen in public. But there were some pretty significant...
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After penetrating the blockades (see Rally Review) fifty-one finishers were led into Monte Carlo by a trio of factory Alpines, winners being Jean-Claude Andruet and his young girl co-driver Michele...
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ENDURANCE RACES often provide surprising results, and at Daytona (Florida) on February 3rd/4th the 24-Hour event which opened the 1973 World Championship for Makes was won by a Porsche 911 Carrera...
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ARGENTINE GRAND PRIX SHOWING TREMENDOUS FORM in the Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires Autodrome was Clay Regazzoni, making his public debut for the Marlboro BRM team. He set fastest lap in...
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In the top photograph Francois Cevert is hounded by the two John Player Lotus 72s during the early stages of the race while Regazzoni is in the lead. His team-mate Jean-Pierre Beltoise, in the second...
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Emerson Fittipaldi led his home Grand Prix from start to finish. Above is the start with Fittipaldi going into an immediate lead ahead of Lotus team-mate Ronnie Peterson, while Jackie Stewart has...
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"Automobile Tyres" by L. J. K. Setright. 195 pp., 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/8 in. (Chapman & Hall Ltd., 11, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4P 4EE. £3.25.) There has previously never been a complete and erudite...
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I REMARKED last month that I could find very little of motoring interest in that splendidly written, socialist autobiography of Francis Williams, "Nothing So Strange" (Cassell, 1970). I have since...
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Sir, I feel I cannot let your report in the January 1973 MOTOR SPORT on your "four days blind" around Europe in a BMW CSL coupé pass without a few comments. Firstly, speed limits and a warning to all...
Sir, There is no shortage of arguments for the de-restriction of UK motorways, but your own examples ("Matters of Moment: Into Europe", MOTOR SPORT, vol. XLIX, no. 1, January 1973, page 15) are less...
Sir, I would like to point out that, unless I am mistaken, the capital of the Netherlands is the Hague, and not Amsterdam. I reckon, of course, that to someone who is prepared to race about Europe in...
Letters from Readers N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and MOTOR SPoxr does not necessarily associate itself with them,—En.
Sir, Thank you for another classic in motoring journalism—"Ten European Capitals in Four Days". Congratulations on endurance of all concerned, BMW 3.0 CSL included. I suppose it's a sign of the times...
Sir, The recent article by Mr. Donald Healey has, it seems, caused a bit of a stir. I am glad that to some extent the facts have at last come out into the open. For many years the patent action myth...
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Sir, I have today returned my membership card and cancelled my bankers order to the Automobile Association as a protest against its support of further repressive action against the motorist. Whatever...
Sir, Surely Mr. Graham F. Button (January issue) should have pity for the Daimler 2-litre V8 engine. Imagine starting one's life as the power unit for a fast and reliable sports car with a non-...
Sir, With increasing popularity of square or rectangular headlights amongst designers of popular cars it is becoming apparent that a much higher proportion of these shaped lights cause dazzle to...
Sir, The comment of Mr. Hind's BLMC dealer reported in January MOTOR SPORT may be true when considering horizontal ball joints at each end of a steering rock, but does not necessarily apply to...
Sir, I think the following will be of interest to all your readers who are trying to cut the cost of their motoring. I recently changed my vehicle, from a VW 1300 (1970) to a Citroen GS (1,015 c.c...
Sir, I was interested to read John F. L. Woods letter in your January edition of MOTOR SPORT regarding insurance prices. I recently had an enlightening experience, my circumstances being similar to...
Sir, My Porsche is quite rightly described as a rear-engined car. By the same token a front-engined car would be one in which the engine lies ahead of the front wheels. A mid-engined car is usually...
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Sir, As suggested in your excellent (as always) February issue on page 153 I am writing to you with a few suggestions as to my ideal pair both with limited or unlimited funds. I was very pleased to...
Sir, I have read with interest the recent road impressions of the MG Midget and Clan Crusader in your magazine. I am one of the "stick in the muds" driving about in a new MG. I am afraid I was not...
The Lancia Fulvia 1300 Coupe Sir, The following notes are based on about 50,000 miles with a 1300 Lancia Fu'via coupe purchased new in 1967 and used for "social and domestic" purposes, driven and...
Sir, My customary enjoyment of MOTOR SPORT was quite spoilt by the cover illustration on the February number. One would have thought that the British Prime Minister, flagging off a collection of...
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Sir, I agree with all you say in "Matters of Moment" February 1973, especially the "sneaky" radar traps which are placed on quiet roads so the police have a chance to stop vehicles, not on the "race-...
Sir, My own suggestions, from financial necessity, are rather less ambitious than the examples in your article. With a ceiling of £1,000, the discriminating buyer must shop around primarily for good...
Sir, The selection of cars under the above heading in MOTOR SPORT is most interesting and I commend the Editor's own choice. Incidentally, a 30/98 is offered for sale at £6,000 in the same issue. My...
Sir, Police are often more reasonable than the law. I hope I am not tempting fate by saying that I have so far not received more than a serious talking-to for infringements of the speed limits. I do...

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