March 1977

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Outlook tepid As the year advances the general and motoring outlook can he described as tepid, improving in some quarters but showing little or no uplift in others. The most momentous moment of the...
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Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft has had to postpone the opening of the racing track from March to May. Discussing the matter with a senior representative from Donington it seems that the feeling...
Fribourg and Treyer inform us that results their Challenge in the January issue of Motor Sport, expected to be published this month, will be delayed until next month while a tie-deciding competition...
To commemorate the successful Land Speed Record achievement of J. G. Parry Thomas on Pendine Sands, the 27-litre Thomas Special ("Bobs") in which he was killed 50 years ago this month, will be on...
The STD and Humber Registers' combined dinner and dance will be held at the Manor Hotel, Banbury, on Saturday, March 12th. Tickets, at £6 each, from M. C. Elder, Town House, Steeple Aston,...
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Spring sporting new car fever Better news from both Aston Martin and Lotus has been evident recently. Aston Martin seem solidly locked onto a programme that will produce that extraordinary Motor Show...
Some drivers like Phil Hill and Denny Hulme hardly seemed to realise they had become World Champion Racing Drivers, according to the FIA points-scoring system. Others like Jack Brabham and John...
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In which the Assistant Editor looks back on a varied, exciting and sometimes dramatic year All this excitement has to be put into perspective before readers gain the impression that such a way of...
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Following discussions between the Council of the Bugatti Owners Club and the Ferrari Affairs Committee regarding the future of the Ferrari Owners Club a ballot of Ferrari members decided that the two...
In honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee the RAC British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been given the title of Grand Prix of Europe by the FIA. Announcing this in a New Year goodwill message to all...
Torsten Lundberg of Stockholm informs us that Sweden has a thriving Triumph TR Club, which boasts 200 members from a total of 360 known TRs in his country. The club started in December 1975 and...
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The Assistant Editor reports from Japan on the first Japanese car designed specifically for the European Market The four main islands of Japan contain 110,000,000 people crammed into an area of 146,...
According to the Carmarthen journal the 27-litre Thomas Special "Babs" rnay be brought back to Pendine on the 50th Anniversary of the death of Parry Thomas, later this month. The Pendine Community...
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Superb engineering, styling and handling, reasonable performance, too expensive When Mercedes-Benz introduced their nine-model W123 series last year they made much of the continued production of the...
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Now that the Formula One season of racing is under way we are once more hearing explanations of why drivers do not win, as distinct from hearing why the winner did win. Sometimes it is a straight-...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A Royal Accident Some time ago I questioned whether the accident which befell HM Queen Mary's Daimler in 1939 occurred in the Borough of Wandsworth and not...
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Sir, My name is David and I am 14 years old, and all my friends all like motor racing, like myself. And we all used to have a great time at Llandow but now we have to watch our motor racing on the TV...
The Vintage Sports Car Club held driving tests, in today's parlance Autotests, at Brooklands, or what is left of it, on February 5th, thereby adding a little more history to this historic site,...
A Wolseley Hornet Special, JJ 87, with Corsica body, but with a Standard Flying 12 power-unit, has come to light. It is thought to have been raced at Brooklands by Hutchings, whose team of these cars...
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[Although we devoted considerable space to the MCC Exeter Trial in last month's Motor Sport, this was nothing to the coverage these popular sporting events received in vintage times. So we make no...
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It is quite fitting that the Silver Jubilee Motor Parade, which Her Majesty the Queen will graciously attend, at Windsor on May 7th, will consist of Rolls-Royce cars, including Silver Ghosts. Fitting...
Last January the RREC Bulletin attain its 100th issue and this was celebrated by giving it a fine colour cover, depicting Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts at the Englefield Rally in 1976, with the...
We regret to record the death of "Buddy" Featherstonehaugh, who raced before the war with to much enthusiasm notably in Alfa Romeos, and whose prowess at the wheel was maintained in post-war days....
Last month's Editorial was devoted to Renault's return to Grand Prix racing and their interest in other forms of competition motoring. In the course of it we referred back to a "Sideslips" article "...
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Sir, While we whole-heartedly approve that you have allowed the intrusion of airborne sporting machines into your automotive pages, we feel we most bring Mr. Richard Stonor to task in the interests...
Following the article in the December 1976 Motor Sport about the Monza Alfa Romeo of A. P. Hamilton, the present owner has sent a photograph of the completed chassis frame and bulkhead, now finished...
Sir, I read with interest your article "Out of the Past" in January's Motor Sport and noted that you are always interested to see old photographs. I have actually been a Motor Sport reader for over...
Sir, I was most interested in the article on the 1939 British Empire Trophy race at Donington and it is possible that I may be able to add a few scraps of information on a couple of the cars which...
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Since its first tentative dabblings into motoring sport a few years ago, Leyland's motor-sport organisation has cultivated too many little chiefs, most of them falling about one another in an effort...
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Reutemann wins through the carnage Sao Paulo, January 23rd After two weeks of feverish activity following the Argentine Grand Prix, the second round of the 1977 World Championship series took place...
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The Mini has become the first ever British car to pass the four-million production mark, and very nearly half of them have been exported. Currently the Mini is still selling well enough to feature...
TBH 355M is a number worth remembering: it could cost you your licence. A Midlands reader warns an that this is the registration of a police MG-B GT V8 being used on the M1, finished in orange...
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"Royal Daimlers" by Brian E. Smith. 455 pp. 9 1/2 in. X 7in. (Transport Bookman Publications Ltd., Syon Pork, Brentford, Middlesex. £10.00.) This is an important addition to one-make histories and a...
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There are some motoring items in "Jug Within the Law" by Henry Cecil (Hutchinson, 1975) but the author, although admitting that he used to write legal articles for The Autocar, The Motor, and The...
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The account I wrote last October about Mr. S. R. Southall's two-owner 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost tourer having been well received, I thought we would say a little more about these motor-cars....
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Have you ever returned, many years after, to a place which you once knew well, which you liked immensely and which holds many dear memories for you? More often than not the experience is not a happy...
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A superb 110 m.p.h. VW The art of civilising the high-performance engine reaches new heights of excellence as each year of increasingly regulation-bound motoring passes. Jaguar have taken such high-...
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Sir, D.S.J. has unleashed a spate of happy memories in his article on Donington Park and its history from birth (Motor Sport, Jan. 1977). The original racing events were for motor cycles and three-...
Sir, Having been weaned on the MCC classic trials I personally have as much sympathy as does your January editorial with the problems facing these events in the world today. On the other hand the RAC...
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Sir, For more years than I care to recall, I have purchased your magazine mainly on behalf of my son who is perhaps an even more fanatical car enthusiast than I am myself. When I tell you I was...
Sir, I write in reply to your editorial in the December '76 Motor Sport concerning "getting the most fun" from fuel. My definition of a for motor car is a car which is crisp to drive, it excels in...
Sir, With regard to the so-called "emotive" subject of personal number plates: surely such egocentric and expensive follies can be dispensed with at a time when motoring costs are rising and cuts in...
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Sir, With regard to the letter in February's Motor Sport from M. Gregory, I am surprised that Chrysler UK should deny knowledge of such a vehicle since two, at least, examples did exist. During 1967...
Sir, Regarding Mr. Tilsley's letter concerning the Ford Capri, published in the January edition of your magazine. May I add to the correspondence but with especial reference to the Capri RS3100 model...
Sir, As the accolades for the Alfa Romeo Alfetta have increased with experience (Motor Sport, January 1977) it has become more irritating that no mention has been made of two successful cars which...
Sir, There has been much talk, rumour and criticism recently in MG circles concerning the possibility of Leyland Cars discontinuing with the marque of MG. However, their advertisement on page 199 of...

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