March 1982

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Pre-Budget comment We would not like to take sides in a debate as to which has been the more detrimental to the human race, the wheel, the i.c.-engine, or television. We would probably cast our vote...
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A natural, but no less formidable for that, is the new Tom Walkinshaw alliance of 1982 model BMW 5-series and the 3½-litre six as has been used in 535i, 735i and 635i. However TWR, just one of Mr...
A pair of familiar competition engine experts are behind The Engine Shop, an establishment recently initiated to "make and machine components, build and restore engines for classic and vintage cars (...
There is still (just) time to enter this Easter event, if you contact the event's secretary — John Aley, 7 Lime Tree Close, Hessett, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The event will include all the favourite...
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As I have explained in "Exeter Flashback." the bad winter meant transcribing some of the February editorial copy via long-distance Telecom, and the mysteries of shorthand caused a few things in the...
BARC Yorkshire Centre The future of the Harewood Hill Climb was very much in the balance at the end of last year when Arnold Burton, who, in the early fifties, secured the farm on which the hill lies...
Amidst much repetitive praise for dealers who succeed in selling every car they can lay their hands on, Eric Sulley, Honda UK's Sales Director, introduced the 1982 versions of the Accord to a mixed...
Although the Audi Quattros were overshadowed by the better handling Opel Ascona 400s on the dry roads of the Monte-Carlo Rally, in February's Swedish Rally the superior traction of the four-wheel-...
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One thing about the world of Formula One you do know where you stand. Nobody tells the truth, decisions that are made can be revoked and any statement of clarification is invariably made to fog the...
Although not as well publicised as the continual embitterment of Grand Prix racing, the rift between America's International Motor Sports Association and FISA is nevertheless significant. It hasn't...
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North of the Arctic Circle with Saab January 1982 gave the British Motorist one of his rare glimpses of Arctic conditions and, for the most part, he didn't like it. With night time temperatures going...
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They Did See Them A selection from readers' letters "... travelling to Silverstone in 1954 for the Grand Prix in my J2 MG Midget, hood down, with my new wife I couldn't believe my eyes, as use racing...
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A Renault Runaway Kyalami, Johannesburg, January 23rd After the drivers had been duped into giving up their strike (see elsewhere in this issue) the serious business of the South African Grand Prix...
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Two things really stood out in the pit lane in South Africa, one was the impressive row of Brabham-BMW cars and the other was the smooth and beautifully made monocoques of the new Ferraris. In sharp...
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When I left England the trains were not running because the drivers had gone on strike; when I went into the Kyalami circuit on the first day of practice the Formula tears were not running because...
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Blydenstein's A pack Cavalier SR This month we concentrate on two road cars that typify the performance industry's approach to the eighties. Inevitably one of them is turbocharged, but first a look...
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The Motorhome If you go into the paddock at any of the European Grand Prix races the dominant feature will be the vast articulated transporters used by the various teams and the depots for the tyre...
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As editor I wish to apologise to historical archivists and those with long memories who noticed some inaccurate and odd items in the piece published last month about former MCC London-Exeter trials....
Grand Prix Models of 173-175 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, have available the first metal kit for making a miniature of the Ferrari 250GT 2+2, with its Pininfanna body. This is a 1:43-scale from...
Antony Jarvis of Duddington Hall, near Lincoln, is looking for pedal cars — not because of the price of petrol, but to borrow for a major exhibition being mounted at the Hall during August 1982. This...
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The Microlight Conventional pilots sneered at them and called them toys, the public viewed them with suspicion and concern, ministry men saw them as a means of avoiding the due process of...
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Gliding Achievements Sir, That delightful book "Soaring Flight" by the late Terence Horsley has a good account of the early attempts at crossing the Channel in a glider. As long ago as June 1931...
In 1982 the Army Air Corps — which can trace its origins to the first world war — celebrates its Silver Jubilee in a three-day extravaganza during the last week of July. The event, which is to be...
This year marks the Centenary of the birth of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, who founded the great de Havilland Aeroplane Company. To celebrate this, the De Havilland Moth Club is staging a visit to many...
The Royal Air Force and the RAF Volunteer Reserve provided some good and exciting flying in the years before the war, when keen young men could graduate from the Sopwith Snipe to the Gloster Grebe...
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Endurance runs Runs, more or less non-stop, of long distance or duration, have always been an admirable means of proving the durability and reliability (not quite the same thing) of a particular...
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Collisions at Top Cross Accidents are morbid happenings not often discussed in motor journals, and less-often photographed. I suppose the Police and the Insurance companies may take pictures of road...
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The Junior Car Club used to open the Brooklands season with driving tests there early in the year and in recent times the Vintage Sports Car Club has followed suit at the famous venue — the...
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Story of a dedicated resurrection One of the memorable vintage events of last year was seeing the 1½-litre supercharged Halford Special racing car, evolved around Aston-Martin chassis components in...
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This year represents the Diamond Jubilee of the pre-war Austin Seven and apart from the John O'Groats Run which is being organised at Easter as part of the celebrations, and which we referred to last...
We regret to have to record the death, at the age of 75, of Lord de Clifford, OBE, the 26th Baron, last January, the funeral taking place at the end of the month. Lord de Clifford will be remembered...
This year's Pioneer Run to Brighton, for veteran motorcycles, will take place on March 21st, organised, as it has been since 1930, by the Sunbeam MCC. It is an event of considerable stature in the...
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Calthorpe Sir, Your November article on the Calthorpe “Ghost Car" evoked some memories for my father who, as a boy, spent most of 1920 working in the Calthorpe factory. He was employed in the P.N....
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The front cover of the Jowetteer, magazine of the Jowett CC, recently carried a picture of a sports-car made in S. Africa from flat-twin Bradford parts. complementing an article within about how...
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Before Scheckter there was Love and Chariton… Jody Shceckter will be remembered as one of the worthy Grand Prix drivers of the 1970s, bursting onto the Formula One scene like a shooting star in 1973...
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The sporting new Ford Fiesta XR-2 was described in the January issue. To say that it is a fine little fun-package should be obvious, with a 1.6-litre engine in the compact 12' 2"-long baby Fool. Fun...
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The 1951 Grand Prix season ended on a very high note, with terrific battles between the supercharged 1.6-litre Alfa Romeos and the unsupercharged 4½-litre Ferraris. Alfa Romeo had been monopolising...
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Monte Carlo Rally Much has been said of the technical achievement of Audi in producing a four-wheel-drive car which has not only the power to win rallies but handling properties to match it,...
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"Ferrari — Catalogue Raisonne. 1946-1981" Edited by Augusto Costantino, two volumes, 485 pp. 11¼” x 9½“ (Albion Scott Ltd., Bercourt House, York Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0QP. £69.50) If you...
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Not so much cars in books this time, as some reflections about cars in the fine TV production of Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited — The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder",...
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Maserati 8CTF Sir, May I add some further information to your article on Cameron Millar's 8CTF Maserati, chassis number 3031. These big Maseratis have always fascinated me and I have done some very...

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