March 1983

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It happens on March 13th What does? Why, the opening of the 1983 F1 racing season, with the Brazilian Grand Prix, of course! We can expect a very interesting and competitive year, with the additional...
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Renault OC Open to owners of all the diverse Renault types, this is a Club of benefit to its members as well as providing them with competition and social events. It also has Registrars for the...
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As these words are being written the first Grand Prix of 1983 is still four weeks away and by the time they are being read on March 1st it will be exactly ten days to the start of official practice...
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The quality of a restaurant may often be judged by the number of its patrons, or the popularity of an airline by its occupied seats, but to use patronisation level alone as a yardstick for the...
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Frenchmen Bob Wollek and Claude Ballot-Lena won the Daytona 24 Hours, held on February 5th and 6th. However, they were assisted by the legendary A. J. Foyt and Preston Henn, the American businessman...
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The winner of the fastest World Championship Grand Prix ever run talks to Motor Sport It was during his spell as a McLaren works driver, first with the Church Farm Racing M10A in Formula 5000 and...
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"Automobile Year 1982 / '83" 243 pp. 12½" x 9½" (Edita SA, 10 rue du Valentin, 1000 Lausanne 9, Switzerland. Distributed by PSL Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £19.95) The current edition of Ami...
3 — Aston Martin: The Aston Martin 1½-litre had two distinguishing features among its contemporaries; the engine lubrication was by a dry-sump system with a separate oil tank at the front of the car...
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The 1983 Monte Carlo Rally is reported on elsewhere in this issue. While it remains a prestigious event, and according to one motoring weekly, "has an unequalled charisma", it has changed vastly in...
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Although a Ferrari engined Lancia is not a new phenomenon — there was the six-cylinder Dino powered Stratos rally car of the mid-70s — the unveiling in February of the new Group C Endurance car from...
". . . the winner will emerge in the early morning sunshine on the Monaco harbour front." — Autocar, writing about the finish of this year's Monte Carlo Rally and, it seems, turning its hand to...
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On January 30th, just before the snow came, some of the more active, and hardy, members of the VSCC assembled at Brooklands for driving-tests. It was rather early in the year to be at the old Track,...
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A reader seeks data on Galloway light cars, as his father had one in the 1920s, when he was about three years old. Letters can be forwarded. The second national Motor Museum Archive Special film...
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We have received the following from Mr. Lance Tees of Natal, S. Africa: I have been a South African reader of your unique motoring magazine for more years than I care to put to paper, but have not...
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Having quoted some contemporary acceleration figures last month for the rather-tame 1924 / '25 Austin 7 sports-model, it may be apposite to remark that whereas that little pointed-tail two-seater was...
"Admittedly we were running-in the car but our motorway average (in Britain) seldom dropped below 80 m.p.h." — From a weekly contemporary! No comment. — W.B.
For this year's Coventry Rally, over the weekend of June 25th / 26th, the Riley Register has decided on a "side-valve theme". It is hoped that with a great effort 18 s.v. Rileys may attend, but...
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We have received the following from Mr. A. F. Atterbury: I started working for Rolls-Royce at Derby as an errand boy at the age of 14 in February 1935 for Mr. E. W. Hives. My starting wage was 9s 6d...
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The Marshall Arter was one of these light cars that sprang up optimistically bethre the First World War, when the small-car movement was emerging, but regrettably did not survive afterwards....
David Rae, formerly Field Service Manager for Dunlop's, has joined Vintage Tyre Supples as their Sales Manager. The ex-John Smythe Type 23 Brescia Bugatti, which apparently hit a telegraph pole at...
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"The records established by Alfa Romeo under the scrutiny of the CSAI are set out separately and Alfa are wondering whether to apply to the Guinness Book of Records, because they believe that no...
News is to hand, possibly, of the ex-Hornsted 3-litre Cottin-et-Desgouttes mentioned in Motor Sport recently. This car, which ran ineffectually at Brooklands in 1925, its best lap at only 69.85 m.p.h...
The "Chain Gang" replies Sir, First I would like to say there is no way the Chain Drive Frazer Nash devotee is going to shun either you or Motor Sport — there is no other magazine which does so much...
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The BAC Drone Sir, The BAC Drone of recent mention is an interesting machine worthy of more comment. Most notable was the way the aircraft lived up to their name so well, for such was the closeness...
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In the past British Leyland has carved an unenviable reputation for hamstringing fine concepts with poor execution that has blighted its models' chances of gaining wide acceptance in highly...
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Although perhaps not endowed with the most dramatic range of cars available on the UK market, Lancia has been fighting back gamely over the past few years to surmount their unfortunate reputation for...
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For many potential customers, and some inside Ford, the October 1982 public appearance of the Ford Escort XR3i and RS1600i performance derivatives came as something of a puzzle. Previously, if you...
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The majority of people rate the Volkswagen Golf GTi, dating from 1976, as one of the best, if not the top small car. Some 10,000 RHD Golf GTi's have been sold in Britain since 1979, and over 330,000...
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Ferrari 308GTBi Quattrovalvole "Quattrovalvole" proclaims a discreet little legend on the rear of the latest Ferrari 308GTBi, one of the few outward visual signs that the smallest of Maranello's...
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Yorkshiremen would liken it to apple pie without the cheese, Welshmen to the Llanelli rugby posts without their sospan cappings, whilst Scots would probably mutter darkly about kilts without their...
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We look behind the scenes at Personal Plane Services  Specialisation, at one time very much the way forward, seems to have become the victim of expansion. Traders want to trade in anything with a ...
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Having been driving one of these unusual Alfa Romeos for some time, a few observations about it may not be amiss. It represents the top model, the flagship, of the present range of Alfa Romeo cars...
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"In the carefree days before 1914, when collars and incomes were high and taxation low, the acme of smartness was to be seen with a girl from a George Edwardes show at the Gaiety, driving a 90 h.p....
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Country lanes  Sir,  You will probably be interested to know that Essex County Council shares your concern for protecting Britain's country lanes (Motor Sport, January 1983, page 39). It has devised...
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From the paperback "Mary Pickford", a Star book, published by W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd. in 1975: In the spring of 1925 a plot to kidnap Mary Pickford was uncovered, thanks to one of the four...

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