March 1988

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Auction anxieties Car auctions have flourished impressively since Lord Montagu held the first such Christie's sale at Beaulieu, many years ago. Their glossy catalogues provide an enticing description...
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Another of the great racing drivers, Piero Taruffi, has died at the age of 82. Like Nuvolari, the handsome Italian initially became well-known as a successful racing motorcyclist. His first car race...
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Lamborghini's V12 for Formula One Lamborghini's entry into the impending naturally-aspirated Formula One engine war has been confirmed through the signing in February of long-term engine deals with...
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Tom cats lick American cream As important to Jaguar as victory itself in the Daytona SunBank 24-Hour race was the psychological boost that it now has the machinery to go the full distance with...
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Power game At last, in the first week in February, we heard officially where the Formula One "circus" will be going this year. Any other branch of our sport which took so long to make up its official...
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Mediocrity Although we have used the example before, January's Monte Carlo Rally now makes it even more appropriate to compare a poorly supported world-class rally to a rugby match between mediocre...
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Markku in the murk When all Europe seemed to be enduring wind and rain in place of the customary winter cold, and predominantly dry conditions had characterised the Monte Carlo Rally, it was hardly...
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Audacity and Adventure When the marathon trail was blazed twenty years ago from London across Europe, through Iran, Afghanistan and India, across the Indian Ocean aboard the SS Chusan to Perth, and...
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Snow wonder While most circuit activity comes to halt for the closed season, the sport of ice-racing thrives in winter, and the most glamorous of these Continental events is the Chamonix weekend....
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Tomorrow the World? January 1988 set new British records for rainfall, and for new car introductions. In a month normally given over to introspective reflection of "that was the year that was" tone,...
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4 x 4 x 7 What's the best type of going to show off four-wheel drive? Snow, of course. Where is there always snow? In the Alps, surely. And which manufacturer has just announced the first full-time...
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Another ace? BMW's "series two" 5-series range was beginning to show its age, but that did not stop the German company from selling 700,000 of them since the mild face-lift in 1981. However a...
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Those too lazy to use their headlamps are putting the most vulnerable road-users to excessive risk, and as a cyclist myself I strongly resent that. The forthcoming "dim-dip" legislation is an...
Jack of all trades Somehow the 480 ES sits a little uncomfortably in Volvo's range. If there is one manufacturer which has pressed the safety message home, making it the strongest selling point of...
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No limits Sitting in the driver's seat, this could be either of the previous Cosworths: ahead is the well-known Sierra dash, small leather-clad wheel and gear-knob, and 170mph speedometer. But there...
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J-Series MGs (cont'd) I believe the fastest TT-bodied two-seater J4 performance was that of Hamilton's car, which was second in the 1933 Ulster TT at around 73 mph and later exceeded 110 mph in that...
Performance uprating In the last years of the David Brown era, Aston Martin's Engineering Director Dudley Gershon fought against financial pressure to abandon development of the Aston Martin V8...
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Strange case of mistaken identity? In response to WB's theory that the 1922 Bentley in the Donington Collection is not the car used by JF Duff for the 1922 "Double-Twelve" record and for Le Mans in...
Thus we have a logical and consistent case for 141. There is just one fly in the ointment — the listing of engine 190 in the service records. I feel this has to be dismissed as an error for several...
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Doyen of the dozen? When Eberhard von Kuenheim, Chairman of the Board of BMW AG, described the new 750i as "an aspirant for the leading position in the international automobile hierarchy", he was...
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Key construction features The short and rigid aluminium crankcase houses a forged steel crankshaft that spins in seven bearings, with balance inherent in the 120° cranks. Cylinder liners provide a...
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Luxury cruiser It always happens the same way. The sudden lurch of anxiety as you realise that something is wrong, tense moments while a suitable stopping place is sought, the frustrating sight of an...
Lesson one is that there is only one way to extract the hoops from their nest and until you find it the mechanism will not budge. Having got it all sticking into the air, there is also a crucial...
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Tribute to Romulus Readers of this magazine should not need much introduction to the racing career of the late Prince Birabongse, who died in 1986. He raced under the pseudonym of "B Bira", and...
board the Bank of Bangkok's former Royal Barge which glided up and down the river while the drivers polished off a substantial feast. The air force transported the cars the 100km or so to Pattaya,...
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Home again Ten years after the last Measham Trophy Rally was run, the event has once again been established on the VSCC calendar. The intervening years saw a series of night rallies in the south-west...
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Casualty of War When I think back on the cars for which I have considerable affection, the final pre-war design-fling of WO Bentley comes readily to mind — the V12 Lagonda. Unfortunately it was...
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Almost ideal! The Vintage Sports Car Club's luck with the weather broke for this year's driving tests at Barton Stacey near Andover. Although snow had avoided the bleak, deserted army camp which is...
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Delage did it better! Some time back l analysed the luxury cars which manufacturers, expectant of postwar sales to the wealthy, put on the market just after the 1918 Armistice in an attempt to...
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Carrera Pan-Americana "Mexico" by Adriano Cimarosti. 381pp. 111/2" x 91/2" (Automobilia International Publishing Group, 4 Viale Monte Santo, Milano, Italy. Available from Chater & Scott and...
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Sir, Almost every account written of the origin of the name Aston Martin (originally with a hyphen) links Lionel Martin with the "Aston Clinton Hill-Climb", where he is attributed with many successes...
Sir, As the son of the late Mr Raymond Way, I was very interested to read your article on BMW 328, chassis 85.297 (Motor Sport, February 1988). I remember the car very well, and indeed the many...
Sir, It seems a little hard to single out the Bugatti Owners Club for criticism, for giving a prize to a replica 35B in its annual concours. Why pick on the BOC? When the VSCC did the same thing at...
Sir, Mr Wright's letter (Motor Sport, February 1988) seems to call for a reply. As one of the leading brokers dealing with Agreed Value insurance for collectors' vehicles, perhaps a reply from us...
Sir, At last it has reappeared— the Chevell Alvis Special. My interest is very simple. Basil Chevell was my father and he built the car. In 1969 I started trying to track it down. I wrote first to...
Sir, I have read the article In Resurgam by DSJ in the February issue of Motor Sport with interest. A few extra details on the history of the car will not come amiss. The car did not disappear during...
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Sir, One of Tom Norton's modifications to the MG chassis of the ATN (Letters, Motor Sport, January 1988) was having the spare set of Porsche IFS from R4D fitted by Horace Richards. It is possible...
Sir, I arn researching into the history of Crystal Palace circuit, and all the forms of motor sport which took place there from 1927 until the circuit's demise in 1972. I hope to get this published...
Sir, Recently in your correspondence pages Dr Pinkerton was commenting on the Alvin Special of Basil Chevell and, later, Tony Charnock, which prompted me to search through my photographs taken in the...
Sir, There has been much comment recently about historical accuracy as it pertains to restored or even "replicated" cars. How about a "restored" driver? I refer to M Mestivier of Amilcar fame. TR...

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