March 1980

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Exploitation is a dirty word!  "Man's rich with little, were his judgement true; Nature is frugal, and her wants are few; These few wants answer'd, bring sincere delights; But fools create themselves...
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There are times when I get the feeling that "big business" is trying to manipulate the sport of Grand Prix racing to further its own ends, and the recent juggling of dates on the 1980 Calendar, the...
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I do not know who coined the word "Historic" and applied it to old racing cars, but it was an awful mistake, for it implies that the car has a history worth recording. In some cases this is justified...
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(from the Oh Dear! department)  Not too much this month! Due to misinformation supplied and a misunderstanding, with a lack of direct contact, we got into an awful muddle over what the McLaren team...
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In which the Deputy Editor reviews his 1979 motoring activities  It doesn't feel as if a year has passed since I last wrote this annual review, and looking back through my diary for this flash of...
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Lotus has joined the fashionable turbo brigade, not with its grand prix cars but with a new Esprit Turbo which was recently unveiled under the bright lights and expected extravagance of a party...
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The British Saloon Car Championship sponsored by Tricentrol will be enlivened this year by a pair of Audi 80 GLE saloons running in the 1,300-1,600 c.c. category. They will have the backing of the...
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As a preview to the new Formula Talbot, mentioned in last December's issue, MCD invited Motor Sport to Brands Hatch to try the prototype of these methanol-fuelled, Talbot Sunbeam Ti-engined, single-...
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Ted Lloyd-Jones  It is very sad to learn that Ted Lloyd-Jones has died, at the age of 71. He was one of the splendidly flamboyant characters of the Sport, and will be remembered especially for his 21...
The Reliant Scimitar has taken off its hat to gain a little sun and gone on a diet in the engine compartment. Well, not quite, but a Reliant Scimitar GTC Convertible was introduced to the UK market...
The 750 MC, "Leaders In Low-Cost Motoring Sport", continues to thrive. Its 1980 Year Book has just been issued, containing all the data anyone should require on 750F, F1300 and Formula Four racing,...
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It may be the imminence of the publication by Grenville of a revised edition of my "History of Brooklands Motor Course" that has caused me to feel more acute nostalgia than usual for the happy days I...
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We were sorry to learn that Sir Giles Guthrie, Bt., OBE, DSC, died at the age of 63 on the last day of last year. Sir Giles was Chairman of BOAC from 1946-1968 and his sporting achievements in the...
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(Continued from the February issue)  The summer of 1916 saw our aristocratic young Guards Officer, seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, whom I shall identify as X, as keen on motoring as ever. Having...
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Modern cars, even little ones, are so relatively fast that to their owners I suppose most vintage light cars must seem extraordinarily pedestrian. My own 1924 12/20 h.p. Calthorpe is not anxious to...
The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain will hold its AGM at the RAC on March 22nd, at 2.30 pm. Afterwards the presentation of awards will be made. The winners of these trophies in 1979 were: The Lord...
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Type 38A Bugattis  Sir,  In his letter in your January issue, Mr. V. L. Seyd asks if his Type 38A Bugatti still exists.  Happily it does, and some years ago it was as the hands of Mr. W. Greenwald of...
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About the only old cars still being used in any numbers for ordinary purposes, as distinct for rallies and specialised appearances, are the side-valve Fords, and they are about the only ...
Richard Twelvetrees, AMIMech.E., etc.  Capt. Richard Walter Rickard Twelvetrees, who died last year at the age of 96, was Editor of Motor Sport in the mid-vintage years from 1925 until October 1926,...
The Audi 200 5T could not be described as a trend-setter, but the overall package presented by this new top of the range model could be a firm indication of trends in the luxury car market of the...
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Pit equipment  As fast as the detail design work on Formula One cars progresses, so does the design of equipment for behind-the-scenes work and for pit and paddock work by the mechanics. The return...
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Black Magic!  Volkswagen's astonishing 110 b.h.p., 113 m.p.h. Golf GTi is already a cult car among Continental enthusiasts, to whom it has been generally available for something over three years. VW...
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The disastrous fire at the British Aerospace hangar at Brooklands last January having made it imperative to find another site for the February VSCC Driving Tests, these were transferred to the...
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A couple of years ago interest in the Monte-Carlo Rally was at a very low ebb, and if you took out the French there would have been few runners indeed. If you took out the Germans and the Italians as...
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"Grand Prix Racing — 1906-1914" by T.A.S.O. Mathieson. 300pp, 11¼" x 10" (F.F. Publishing Ltd., 64, West Smithfield, London, EC1 9EE. £25.00)  Here is some extremely good news for serious motoring...
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Those who have been reminded of the days when the far-flung British Empire was linked by Imperial Airways' flying-boats, from brief but nostalgic shots of these boats in the BBC documentary "Diamonds...
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The first round of the World Championship of Makes will be run at Brands Hatch on March 16th, with practice on the 15th. Entries already received include a works turbo charged Lancia Beta Monte-Carlo...
When the Bira/Chula "White Mouse Racing Stable" was reformed in 1946 Prince Birabongse raced again with his 1936 ERA "Romulus" and the ex-Whitney Straight Maserati 8CM, but once racing really got...
This year is the 75th anniversary of the first meeting to be held on the 1,000 yard hill at Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire and the Midland Automobile Club are planning suitable celebrations. At the...
I am informed that we made a bit of a muddle about the calendars issued by the two leading Morgan Clubs. It seems that the Morgan Sports Car Club first produced one in 1976 and that the current...
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A simple but most effective model of the "1,000 h.p." twin-engined 6SR Sunbeam in which Segrave set the record to over 200 m.p.h. in 1927 at Daytona is available from Western Models Ltd., Morris Road...
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Again this year, on Whit-Monday, May 5th, the British Automobile Racing Club will add something of a Brooklands flavour to its Race Meeting at Thruxton. Races for Historic, Thoroughbred and Classic...
A fine collection of seventeen chain-driven Frazer Nash cars assembled in London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames on February 2nd for the ceremonial unveiling of a circular plaque let into the wall above...
Lord Thomas of Remenham  Lord Thomas of Remenham, formerly Sir Miles Thomas, died last month, at the age of 82. With his passing goes one of the great formulators of the British Motor Industry in pre...
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Arnoux's first victory  Sao Paulo, January 27th Few of those who were critical of the decision to hold this year's Brazilian Grand Prix there would deny that Sao Paulo's superb 4.946 mile Interlagos...
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A new breed of super car Motor Sport has not been over-enthusiastic in its reaction to the front-engined, water-cooled Porsche 924. In our opinion it lacks a truly sporting character ("A VW trying...
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Richard Lloyd is a man of vision. He spotted the racing potential of the splendid little Volkswagen Golf GTi in 1977, went on to totally dominate the up to 1,600 cc. class with the model in the...
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Historic Grand Prix Cars  Sir, While concocting a letter in answer to the feature on Historic Racing in the December issue of Motor Sport, further articles, letters, telephone calls and "...

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