March 1979

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• The pride of France It is too early to say whether the Ligier JS11s that have won convincingly the first two 1979 Grands Prix, with a runaway 1-2 victory in Brazil, will dominate Formula One this...
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Had I gone to Formula One races in South America instead of keeping my sense of proportion by staying in the mud, snow and ice of our winter, this article could have been entitled "Reflections in the...
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Drophead XJ 2-door produced Lynx Motor Co. of Station Road, Northiam, near Rye, in Sussex are offering to convert the increasingly sought-after XJ6 Jaguar coupe model into a convertible. At present...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A Distinguished Chummy Austin Last September we a note a reader who had to restore a Chummy Austin 7 and sought information about the one actually driven by...
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Howey's Accident Sir, I read as always with interest your comment on Dr. Brian Hamilton's letter reference Dick (R. B.) Howey's tragic death in 1926 in the Ballot. It is not often one is able to...
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Those who read the piece last month headed "100 m.p.h. From 750 c.c." may have realised that we made rather a bodge of it. Malcolm Campbell was given an Austin racing car by Austin's, not to "take...
Leo Villa One of the most famous of all the racing mechanics of the old school has died in hospital, Sir Malcolm Campbell's Leo Villa. Villa worked before the First World War for Guilio Foresti,...
Back in 1935, when private flying was a more carefree affair than it now is, two pilots from the Cotswold Flying Club were fined 10/- (50p) each and ordered to pay costs of 14/6 (72½p) for taking up...
The Historic Commercial Vehicle Club has announced the date of this year's London-Brighton Commercial Vehicle Run as May 6th. Its current magazine contains much 'bus material and an article on...
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Last November the Lancia Stratos was said to be making its final official appearance in rallying, and indeed when the Fiat Group announced its team for January's Monte-Carlo Rally there was no sign...
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"Automobile Year 1978/79" Edited by Douglas Armstrong. 249 pp. 12½" x 9½" (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £17.50). This famous annual, now in its 26th year, is produced by that...
There are some interesting references to cars in "The Unforgiving Minute" (W. H. Allen, 1978), the fascinating if at times almost unbelievable autobiography of Beverley Nicholls. When I first began...
The Jaguar Drivers' Club 20th Annual Historic Race Meeting will be run at Silverstone on March 10th. Races include rounds of the Aston Martin Owners Club Thoroughbred Sports Car Championship, the...
The Ziebart Vehicle Rustproofing concern has introduced new services for car users. One is their Envirogarde laminated windscreen-repair service. This uses the new Novus Method of repairing the...
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One of Louis Coatalen's great interests was motor racing and when he became Chief Engineer of the STD organisation he was able to indulge this whim to the full, perhaps at the expense of the share-...
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With their customary capability the VSCC use Brooklands for their post-Christmas driving tests, a convenient and historic venue, even if a bit bleak so early in the year - in the old days it was then...
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The 1979 Monte Carlo Rallye will certainly go down in history as a dramatic motoring event, but away from Darniche's last night surge through the field to win by just six seconds there was another...
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In which the Deputy Editor reviews his 1978 motoring activities Some loose reflections on my activities in 1978, preparatory to writing this by now annual review, recalled something of a grey year....
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A dependable electric torch is an essential part of the car-user's equipment, especially during the dark days of winter (you can say that again, in 1979) and on night-rallies, etc. For a long time I...
While these words are being read in the March issue of Motor Sport the South African GP will be in full swing on the fast Kyalami circuit north of Johannesburg. Over the years the Kyalami circuit...
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As from January 1 1980 BMW Concessionaires (GB) Ltd. will cease to be the controlling force on the sale and service of BMW cars and motor-cycles in this country. At that time BMW in Munich will take...
This took place at the "Coach & Horses", a Motel near Great Haywood in Staffs, on January 13th. The weather was unkind, with freezing fog added to the icy conditions, so perhaps not surprisingly...
Former BRM designer Mike Pilbeam is making a return to the international racing scene with a brand new Formula Two "wing car", constructed in his Bourne workshop. Of late, Pilbeam has been closely...
Jaguar Rover Triumph are currently working on the 50,000-mile durability and emissions runs that are necessary before the multiple award-winning Rover 3500 can be sold in America. It is good news...
Over £10,000 toward the Gunnar Nilsson fund was raised by the enterprise of Henley-on-Thames exotic car dealers Maltins. As the key to their fund-raising activities they chose to run a Porsche 924...
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Fabi's March wins the title in New Zealand New Zealand's annual International motor racing championship, for Formula Atlantic cars, was won this January by the little Italian Teodorico Fabi in his...
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Ligiers in formation Sao Paulo, February 4th Two weeks after the Grand Prix season opened at Buenos Aires, the Formula One teams moved north to the spectacular 4.946-mile Interlagos circuit at Sao...
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The Lotus Esprit S2 Fast, fun and frenzied Since Colin Chapman first put spanner to nut in Hackney there have been few road cars available at any particular period in time to rival the Lotus for...
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N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. - Ed. Unbeatable Jaguar Sir, Having read with much interest the...

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