March 1976

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Emerson Fittipaldi made his debut at the wheel of the new Copersucar-Fittipaldi in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, this being his first drive for the team managed by his elder brother Wilson.
Competition Shop-Window It is excellent to know, as another intense competition season is about to commence, that in the field of saloon car racing and rallying, Ford, Leyland and Vauxhall will meet...
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Last month we inadvertently credited Stuart Turner with a statement made in the Press by Alex Park. Mr. Park, Chief Executive for Leyland Cars, was the person who said he so enjoyed driving Jaguar's...
Further to our remarks last month concerning the future of the Escort RS1800, Ford have told us that this model is being made alongside the other RS Escorts at Saarlouis in West Germany. Originally...
". . . editors and artists don't get paid very much money . . the median income of the staff is very close indeed to the median income of the readers . . ."—The American Road & Track, taking a...
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Brazilian Reflections A report of the Brazilian Grand Prix appears on page 248 The first Grand Prix of a new season is usually interesting in that it answers a lot of questions that crop up during...
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The trials and tribulations suffered by a staff man in 28,000 miles with Triumph's small, sporting saloon The Triumph Dolomite Sprint has been hailed by us and others as one of the best 2-litre...
The members of the Formula One Constructors Association, the Grand Prix Drivers Assocation and the Commission Sportive Internationale spend too much time sitting around in plush hotels or travelling...
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While the four Type 59 Bugatties were being raced by their English owners in 1935, as described in the centre-spread story in this issue, the Molsheim factory were still doing development work and...
It is many years now since the Vintage Sports Car Club started racing vintage and historic racing cars and sports cars, and over the last few years the interest has spread beyond the shores of Great...
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Ferrari Cars Thanks to the generosity of Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. Great Britain, the firm who keep all those exciting Ferrari cars on display in the showrooms on the Egham-by-Pass to the west...
Sadly we must report, too, the death of Dudley Coram, Executive President of the Aston Martin Owners Club, who ran a motor business with Gordon England in the 1930s and raced with him at Brooklands....
We learn with deep regret of the death of Gordon England, who was living at the BEN home at Lynwood. Eric Gordon England was a pioneer aeroplane and glider pilot, later known for his Brooklands...
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While the British-based Grand Prix teams wait anxiously to see if this is the year when the Italian and French 12-cylinder engines finally trounce the incredibly successful eight-cylinder Ford...
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"Jaguar Sports Cars" by Paul Skilleter. 360 pp. 9 1/2in. x 8 1/2 in. (G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, 1M22 791. £9.95.) The depression does nothing to stem the flood of new...
After having to rely on readers' recommendations for the survival of this longrunning feature, we are off again, with material provided by my own reading sessions of non-motoring literature. First...
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Reference to the Beverley-Barnes in last year's article on the cars of General Ironside brought some interesting notes about this unusual make from a reader who was in the Motor Industry at the time...
"Ford did the thing in style. Every agent and distributor helped, pilot cars waited outside every city to guide Ford competitors, a full and wonderful service was available throughout—and that kind...
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A 2000-mile European week with Italy's stylish reply to the German coupes A neglected and seemingly unpopular choice, even in its native Italy, the Fiat 130 Coupe is an interesting motor Car. It...
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Lauda confirms Ferrari's mastery San Paulo, January 25th The 1976 Grand Prix season started on a difficult note in January in the same way as the 1975 season ended last October. Having agreed that...
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A section devoted to old car matters The Future of Brooklands The Brooklands Society is acting with urgent vigour and responsibility in the matter of preserving as a National Monument the site of...
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A reader, Mr. A. Wilcox of Auckland, New Zealand, who has used Model-A Fords as his regular transport for the last ten years, tells us that, with two friends, he intends to set off on an ambitious...
It is good news that, apart from continuing its excellent work of restoring, exhibiting and demonstrating in the air historic aeroplanes, the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome,...
The Only Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Sir, I have seen the recent correspondence in Motor Sport about early R-R cars bearing an AX Index Number and also the query as to which was the first "Silver Ghost...
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Sir, I agree with your correspondent P. E. Gordon-Marshall regarding original ownership of the distinctive Rolls, the name De Havilland being frequently mentioned. The body style certainly was unique...
Sir, I have followed with great interest the article on sand racing at Southport, and also the most interesting letters that have arisen out of it in subsequent issues. Regrettably, I am not able to...
Sir, I was very interested by your article on Austin Twenties in the December issue, and the passing references to the Sixteen. My own Sixteen was a 104 model, not unlike the Ranelagh 20 shown at the...
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Alvis enthusiasts should note that this year's International Alvis Day takes place at Knebworth House on May 16th. It is possible that a Tour of Britain for the benefit of overseas Alvis owners who...
Sir, With great interest I saw T.A.S.O. Mathieson's letter about the Miller Lea-Francis in the January issue. I remember two more, but original, Miller racing cars. I saw these around 1933-1934 in...
Sir, I am concerned about the diminishing number of vintage and post-vintage vehicles to be found in regular daily use. This situation is an open invitation to politicians to ban old vehicles...
The Freedom of the City of Le Mans and the Le Mans Gold Medal were presented to S.C.H. Davis, who was well known to the French for his many appearances in the 24-hour race, and especially for his...
A correspondent, W. S. Wright, refers to the 38/250 SSK coupé owned by Major Coats as later being in the possession of a friend of his who used to lease a shooting estate in Otterburn and in which he...
Sir, I was delighted to read Mr. Arthur Knowles' letter about the 1928 "Leaf" which won the Ulster TT. This car came into my father's possession round about 1954. At the tender age of twelve I taught...
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A dry Monte; a snowy Arctic Left to mere mortals, tradition dies hard, but when Mother Nature takes a hand it can so easily be killed off without as much as a bowed head. In the beginning, and for...
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In order to continue this feature, as requested by many readers, I found myself driving the BMW to Malvern, that straggling hill-top town where it is virtually impossible to park, let alone turn...
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It would be easy enough to write off the go-faster business as one of those outlets for British ingenuity that died with the fuel crisis. After all cars are much more expensive than they were, speed...
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In 1926, fifty years ago, the Honourable Victor Bruce became the first British driver to win the Monte Carlo Rally, using a British AC car to do so. So it seems appropriate to publish an interview...
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I have long held the opinion that I was getting remarkably good petrol consumption figures from the Editorial BMW 520i. A recent more-than-usually-careful check revealed that on journeys involving...
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If you were to say of the Finns that they were a nation of Jekylls and Hydes they wouldn't become annoyed, even if they didn't quite understand what you meant. On the other hand, if you explained...
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For many people the Type 59 is the best-looking of all the racing cars built by Ettore Bugatti, the whole car exuding a slender elegance, set off by the finely spoked wire wheels. Like so many racing...
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In the driest Monte-Carlo Rally on record, with but a mile or two of ice or snow in the whole distance, a trio of Lancia Stratos led by that of Sandro Munari (top) had no trouble staying at the head...
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In the white wilderness of Lapland just a week after the Monte, Tapio Rainio (top) emerged winner despite having a valve spring changed at the roadside by willing Saab Finland mechanics. Hannu...
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Jacques Laffite drove the dumpy, new Gitanes-sponsored Ligier JS5 at Interlagos. Its debut marked the full-time return of Matra V12 power to the world of Grand Prix racing after an absence of three...
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The Mercedes-Benz 450SE One of the world's better cars, though not entirely free from shortcomings. Superb road behaviour. When I thrashed unmercifully, with no regard for exotic price, the then new...
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When you are, say, 13 years old and able to drive; it is a cruel frustration to have to wait for that 17th birthday and your car driving licence. I know because (although it wasn't exactly yesterday...
Sir, I have recently returned to this country after several years abroad, during which I have seen a decline in the sales—and the reputation—of the British Motor Industry. Poor representation,...
Last year in Motor Sport, under "V-E-V Miscellany", you mention the Constantinesco Torque Converter, of the 1920s. My Christmas present for 1928 was a book entitled ''The Book of Remarkable Machinery...
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Sir, I was somewhat disturbed to read your editorial comments, to the effect that the police are engaged in a war against the motorist (Jan. 1976, page 15). I am tempted to reply simply and...
Sir, In thy past several months I have become increasingly dismayed on buying your excellent magazine, that there has been no Road Test, driving impressions, let alone a mere mention amongst the...
Sir, With reference to your article "The War Against the Car-Owner" ( January 1976 issue) I feel that your correspondent ought to get his priorities right. He quotes two examples of "more trivial,...
Sir, I write in response to Mr. Barrett's suggestion of a Graham Hill memorial. I am afraid I assumed that such a fund would have been already set up; however it appears to be up to Motor Sport...
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Sir, I was distressed to read in Motor Sport about the reduction of long distance racing in time to four hours. Thanks to Motor Sport for supplying excellent coverage of long distance (sports car)...
Sir, The RAC has evidently decided to beat Her Majesty's Government in the infringement of liberty: A regulation has now been passed that all open motor cars built after 1965 shall have FIA roll-over...
Sir, Through the pages of your excellent publication I should like to bring to the notice of all enthusiasts the latest anti-sport regulation thrust upon them by the RAC. I refer of course to the...
Sir, I would like to disagree with a couple of points raised in your January editorial. You said the eight cylinder engine has only survived in "V" formation—do not Rolls Royce still produce the B80...

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