March 1987

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Band Aid, ably promoted by Bob Geldof, raised millions for charity, with the help of today's media. A far more humble appeal was started 60 years ago this month, in memory of J G Parry Thomas, who...
The date of the second British round of the World Sportscar Championship is July 26, 1987, not as stated in MOTOR SPORT last month.
Technical advances have made cars safer than ever, yet the 70 mph speed-limit still applies to our motorway network. It is exceeded by 10 mph by many drivers, as is the antiquated 30 mph town...
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Derek Warwick has signed to lead the Arrows Formula One line-up for 1987, the 32-year-old Englishman returning full-time to the F1 fold after a mixed 1986. Twelve months ago, with no F1 seat...
Another award for Frank Williams! At the British Automobile Racing Club's annual prize-giving, the British F1 team boss was awarded one of the club's rare Gold Medals by BARC President Sir Clive...
It seems likely that the newly-instigated World Touring Car Championship will attract another leading manufacturer later this year. News from Italy suggests that Lancia is keen to field a racing...
Ayrton Senna and his new Japanese team-mate Satoru Nakajima not only face the 1987 season armed with powerful Honda V6 engines, but Team Lotus has also announced a totally new sponsor for 1987 and...
The small Italian Minardi F1 team has signed a new driver to partner Alessandro Nannini in 1987. He is Spaniard Adrian Campos, who competed in Formula 3000 last year and will be bringing along...
Figures recently released show that no fewer than 20,000 people struggled through the appalling early January weather to attend the Racing Car Show at Alexandra Pavilion. Both the BRSCC and Focus...
NASCAR ace Bill Elliott opened the season at Daytona's famous banked speedway in Florida earlier this month by averaging just under 198mph to win the 50-mile Busch Clash sprint race, a week prior to...
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Last year's World Rally Championship can only be described as a confused, tragic muddle. There were the dreadful deaths of both competitors and spectators, drastic new vehicle rules with new...
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The folklore of Le Mans insists that the 24-hour event in June is the supreme test of cars and drivers, the grand prix of speed and endurance. The French can go on believing that if they wish, but...
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The Silk Cut Jaguar team came close to winning the 1986 World Sportscar Championship despite taking the chequered flag only once, at Silverstone, and its effort will be even more effective this year...
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We are looking for a real jump in sales, not just a steady rise in line with last year." The words of Derek Barron, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ford, on the occasion of the announcement of the...
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Ford of Germany produced the last European Capri in December 1986, one of 1036 RHD Capri 280s now in our showrooms. We watched Cologne's production euthanasia of a coupe almost as old as Porsche's...
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Like meeting an old friend after a long absence, an encounter with the Ferrari 328 was a comfortable occasion. You find yourself regarding the car with a relaxed sense of familiarity. Basically,...
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Read that heading again. A quarter of a century, 25 years. . . that is the time span which separated the launch of the Jaguar Mk 10 from the second generation XJ6 range. Both prestige models from...
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If you threw a stone in the average motor racing paddock, the chances are fairly high that the resulting cry of "ouch!" would be in a New Zealand accent. The Kiwi contribution to our sport has been...
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Dear AH, It is around this time of the year that I begin to get the fidgets and feel it is time that I heard the sound of a racing engine again. It was brought home to me recently when a friend...
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Three-wheeled motor vehicles were known from before the turn of the century. But they are better remembered from the cyclecar era of 1912 to 1922, one reason being that, if you were not averse to...
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The article by Peter Hull in the current issue of the Bulletin of the VSCC, on the Ford-powered Montier Specials, in which he refers to their appearance in the 1927 Coupe de la Commission Sportive at...
In January we recalled how two racing drivers got unexpected opportunities to drive the very latest Grand Prix cars, when the regular drivers met trouble. The opposite extreme occurred during the...
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Griffith Borgeson has a high reputation as an enquiring historian happy to investigate the smallest details of high-speed internal combustion engine development in painstaking detail. He is fortunate...
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It is highly commendable when local government authorities take a positive interest in the transport history of their area, which is why we commend the new book by Stephen Myers on Cars from...
The RAC Norwich Union Classic Car Rally, which was so successful in 1986, is to happen again this year on May 24, and it should be noted that entries (at £35 each) close on March 31. Apply to RAC...
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In comparatively recent times a new phenomenon has been seen among the one-make clubs and registers, namely great enthusiasm for the creation of "sham" motor show stands, displayed and staffed at...
Having held driving-tests at Enstone in December, the Vintage Sports Car Club decided it would like some more in January. It held them at Barton Stacey Camp near Andover. Notwithstanding the weather...
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It is nearly three years since MOTORSPORT last tried a TVR for size; the impression left from the high-speed tour of the Peak District which that car, a 390SE, was put to was of outrageous...
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Wlith a history longer than that of Porsche, the small firm of TVR might have been expected to have diluted its product range by now, to have retreated to the safety of "ordinary" cars. But with the...
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If you stroll down one particular street in Fulham, there is an antique shop which you might walk past with only a casual glance. Unless, that is, you are a Grand Prix racing fanatic. If you are,...
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Automobile Year No34 (1986/1987) edited by Jean-Rodolphe Piccard. 255 pp. 12 1/2 9 1/4. (Motor Racing Publications Ltd, Unit 6, The Paton Estate, 46 Pitlake, Croydon, Surrey CRO 3RY. £19.95) In spite...
Rallycourse 1986-87 edited by Mike Greasley. 176 pp. (Hazleton Publishing, 3 Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey. £17.95) This fifth edition of the large-format rally annual is probably the best yet. 110...
The Fastest Man on Earth by David Tremayne (633 Club, 85 Kingshill Drive, Harrow. £8.95) It is more than three years since Richard Noble waved the Union Jack over his Land Speed Record-breaking...
Turbocharging and Supercharging by Alan Allard. (Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough. £7.99) This new smaller format paperback edition of Allard's comprehensive survey of the science of boosted...
Yesterday's Yesteryears — Lesney Matchbox Models by Robert Carter and Eddy Rubinstein. 157 pp. 9 1/4 6 1/2. (G T Foulis & Co Ltd, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. £19.95) It is noticeable...
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Equally comprehensive data about all that pertains to 750 MC racing and events, with results of the 1986 fixtures, is included in the enlarged January edition of that club's magazine, which thus...
It must be very good news for those who have not previously heard of it, or have been unable to obtain a copy, that Bugatti — 'Le Pur-Sang des Automobiles' by Hugh Conway CBE, has gone into a fourth...
Motormedia Ltd's new catalogue of motor books, listing 1,623 titles of old and out-of-print items, and including special articles on authors L T C Rolt, William Court, and Richard Hough, is...
Readers with leanings towards aviation must not miss They Gave Me a Seafire by Commander "Mike" Crosley (Airlife of Shrewsbury, £12.95), in which an enormous amount of information appears about...
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Sir, I was interested to read the comments of your correspondent in the November issue concerning the possible drawbacks of having large numbers of ABS-equipped vehicles at large on our roads. I feel...
Sir, I have been reading your excellent magazine for over 20 years now and have yet to see any articles which describe motoring in the Middle East. Driving here in Kuwait is altogether different...
Sir, I was naturally very interested to read the Connaught articles, especially the one in your January issue concerning the B Types. I purchased B5 just after the disposal sale at the works from...
Sir, I wonder how many readers of MOTORSPORT realise that they are witnessing the demise of the British motor industry. With the imminent replacement of the Metro, Maestro and Montego by Honda-...

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