March 1989

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Starting in Edinburgh on Friday May 12 and finishing there two days later, the Ecurie Ecosse Historic Motor Tour of Scotland includes four daytime rest-halts designated for public viewing and a race...
Too soft for soft tops? Those who purchase cars for the pleasure of driving them are presented with a splendid selection from which to make a difficult choice. But the more rewarding the enjoyment,...
"The testing of the (Alfa Romeo) Bimotore was carried out on the motorway between Florence and the sea at Altopascio ... and the 'Flying Mantuan' (Tazio Nuvolari) reached 364.183 kph ... Bazzi told...
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The Chamonix 24-Hour Ice Race (actually composed of 15 separate races) on February 4-5 gave last year's runner-up Francois Chauche his taste of victory after he and team-mate Jean-Pierre Malchet won...
Scuderia Italia launched its BMS Dallara J 189 in Varese on February 2. The new chassis, clearly influenced by last year's March and Tyrrell models, is fitted with Ford's Cosworth-built DFR V8 engine...
At Fiorano on February 1 Ferrari launched its pukka 1989 Formula One chassis, designated F640, in time for tyre-testing at Jerez. The new car is outwardly very similar to the interim F639 which has...
Nissan's newly confirmed assault on the World Sports-Prototype Championship will feature an all-British driving squad for its single British-built Group C chassis. Dubbed the Nissan R89C, the chassis...
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The number of entries for the World Championship series has, as anticipated last year, reached unprecedented levels in response to the new 31/2-litre Formula One. By the final deadline for...
Ari Vatanen won the eleventh Paris-Dakar rally raid for Peugeot on January 13, on the toss of a ten-franc coin! After rolling his 405 T16 during the Prologue in Barcelona on December 26 and falling...
Although not listed on the original schedule for 1989, Silverstone's round of the World Sports-Prototype Championship has been reinstated in the latest of FISA's now-traditional calendar reshuffles....
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A routine expedition A man's achievements have grown, and his machines become more advanced, many of what were once difficult, strenuous challenges are now considered no more than routine. Journeying...
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Great cars Dear Reader, To every decade there seems to be a "great car", one that stands out above the rest, stamps its identity on the motoring scene in some way or another and lives on regardless...
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Night and day! Derek Bell's particular blend of skill and good luck earned him his third victory at Daytona, and his eighth 24-hour race laurels in all, in the opening round of the 1989 IMSA GTP...
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Shambles! No self-respecting sport, other than motor racing it seems, would tolerate the shambles that its governing body "arranges" each year when publication of the calendar is due. FISA has...
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Appliance of science Science fiction films love to depict a future society dominated by machines serving a morose and unhappy populace, the moral being that material well-being does not necessarily...
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Saab and chips As in every aspect of technology, the microchip is playing an ever-increasing role in the development of the car. Engine technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in the last ten...
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The French connection Jimmy McRae has received a great deal of praise in the last couple of years following success in the British Open Rally Championship in both 1987 and 1988, as has Ford since he...
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Out of austerity In searching for the best value in motor racing, it must be logical to look for the smallest car with a single-cylinder engine — all costs being relative to size and the number of...
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Dragonfly The inaugural year of the Vauxhall-Lotus Challenge in Britain, and its Opel-labelled European counterpart, ostensibly filled every hope expressed for it, and the massive backing of the...
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You saw it here first! It makes a change for a German car to come on sale in the UK before it reaches showrooms in its native land, but in launching its new Coupe in Britain immediately after its...
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A smoother blend Now that turbochargers as a fashion have abated, a turbo is now more often employed where it is genuinely appropriate instead of as window dressing. At the same time, with the steady...
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Soldiering on • • After 17 years, everybody's favourite Fiat is being phased out. The last X1/9s have rolled off the Bertone lines, and about 300 are on their way to this country to satisfy a demand...
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Spanish invader The erudite article by David Hebb about V10 and W12 engines (Motor Sport, December 1988) reminded me of Nacional Pescara, because that company toyed with a 3.9-litre in-line power-...
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The Djelmo affair As I remarked in The Roads of the1920s in November, Parry Thomas and "Babs" were not the only casualties of record attempts at Pendine Sands in South Wales in 1927. Another car, the...
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The new owner of the 1934 Olympia Show model Lagonda Rapide Gurney Nutting saloon (registration US 9772) seeks the missing history of the car. which was shipped to the USA in the early Sixties. It...
RJ Odell who owns the side-valve Riley sand-racer and a 1923 sports model, has found a rare 1925 Riley Redwing two-seater sports-car (FG 1044), which has not been used for 30 years. To meet the needs...
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The Hill is alive! For or its February driving-tests the Vintage Sports-Car Club went to the Museum site at Brooklands, commencing proceedings with ascents of the 80-year-old Test Hill, which has...
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Vincitore di Mille Miglia As one of a handful of premier racing marques before the war, it behove Alfa Romeo's British distributor, Thomson & Taylor, to have a racing car to entice the public to...
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Some interesting history relating to Lord Montagu's 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost has surfaced in the Friends of the NMM Trust Newsletter. This car was bought by Colonel Ferguson of Dundee to replace...
Reading The Monocled Mutineer by William Allison and John Fairley (Quartet Books, 1978), one sees how far the BBC departed from the true story of the notorious army deserter and mutineer of the First...
Centenary celebrations for the city of Birmingham in January included a montage of the Calthorpe family, on whose land road cars, racing cars and motorcycles were made in that city. Standing before...
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Driven To Win: An Autobiography, by Nigel Mansell and Derick Allsop. 157pp. 91/2 x 61/4. (Stanley Paul Ltd Co Ltd, 62-65 Chandos Place, London WC2N 4NW. £10.95). The life story of Britain's most...
by Gino Rancati. 198pp. 81/2 x 51/2. (GT Foulis & Co Ltd, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 777. £9.95). Following the death of Enzo Ferrari it is inevitable that books about the great man will...
by Ari Vatanen and Vesa Vaisanen. 287pp. 85/8 x 57/8. (SAF Publishing, PO Box 150. Harrow, Middlesex HA3 ODH. £7.95). Biographers, like rally navigators, have a thankless job. Have you ever felt,...
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edited by Alan Henry. 272pp. 121/2 x 93/8, (Hazleton Publishing, 3 Richmond Hill, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6RE £19.95). Now in its 38th year of publication, this hardy annual goes from strength to...
Automobile Year 36 (1988-89) edited by Jean-Rodolphe Piccard. 280pp. 121/4" x 91/4. (Motor Racing Publications Ltd, Unit 6, The Pilton Estate, Croydon, Surrey CRO 3RY. £22.95). Twenty years ago...
Rallyworld edited by Peter Foubister. 160pp. 121/2 x 91/4. (Tudor Publications, 97-99 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JN. £11.95). Annuals quite often leave us cold. It's an effort to trundle through...
by Martin Holmes. 192pp. 103/4 x 8. (Van + Van Publiciteit, Postbus 4, 2380 AA Zoeterwouse, Netherlands. £12.95). Published by a Dutch company for the first 1st time, this is nevertheless the...
produced by Videovision Broadcast. 80 minutes. (Duke Marketing Ltd, PO Box 46, Douglas, Isle of Man. £19.95) Few enthusiasts are going to be impressed with cover blurb which misspells the names of...
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Unfair criticism Sir, In his article "Glamorous aberration" (Motor Sport, February 1988) GC has trotted out some well-worn history about blown 41/2-litre Bentleys. But he is less than fair in...

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