March 1990

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CONTENTS Around and About 234 Cotton On ... 236 Daytona 24 Hours 238 Rally Review 244 Grass Roots 250 Single-Seater Directory 252 Track Test: Formula Renault 256 Club News 260 AC Ace 263 Maserati V8...
Mini-Motoring That so many very up-to-date top performance cars are now on the market is good news for the wealthy, assuming that maximum speeds approaching 200 mph are valid in this age of low speed...
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For a while last month, there was great excitement surrounding the possible hosting of a non-championship Formula One race at Donington in April. With the blessing of Bernie Ecclestone and FOCA, the...
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The Camel Trophy For the past ten years, the Camel Trophy has been internationally renowned as being the toughest endurance motorsport event in the world. This year's event promises to be even...
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COTTON ON We owe to Jenks the homespun philosophy that motor racing's fun while the engines are running. "You can't hear the whingeing against a background of Ferrari V12s and Cosworth V8s," he used...
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NOT since 1968 have cars from one team finished first and second in the Daytona 24-Hours, and it's hardly necessary to mention that the team of yesteryear was Porsche. The opening round of the IMSA...
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The Golf GTi and its nearest rival. People say "Aren't you a little put out by all the other GTi's around these days?" Flattered, yes. Put out? No. After all, most of them take their lead from our...
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They're not just any old cars, so why use old oil? Everyone has a car they love. For some people, the 'exceedingly eye-worthy, fast and accelerative' Gull-wing, as Auto Car described it in 1955, gets...
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A Catalogue of Disasters IT CAME as no surprise that this year's Monte Carlo Rally was completely snow free and that the dry stages contained only occasional ice patches. After all, winter had been...
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Al of a Kind F• ollowing the recent media hype over the sale of unique and unusual number plates, MOTOR SPORT reader George Marshall sent us this interesting little tale about registration number Al...
Stage left Three years ago Nigel Barnett acquired a Hillman Imp Californian, a car which had been in his family since new. Although a little tatty, it was basically rust-free and good enough to be...
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SINGLE SEATER DIRECTORY Over the next few months MOTOR SPORT will be presenting a series of track tests of cars from all of the principle single seater formulas, from Formula First to Formula Three....
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In a Champion's Footsteps BEFORE I heard about the £100,000 prize and bonus fund, I was interested enough in the professional promotion behind the importation of single-seater Formula Renault to...
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V to C Out of the Past JACK Warne, at the age of 85, remembers how he met Leslie Bouts, the driver of Sunbeam and Leyland Eight cars at Brooklands, when Bouts was working up his transport business...
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THE story of the AC Ace really began in 1919 when John Weller produced his first AC "light six" engine. This was a wet linered six cylinder unit of 1991 cc. It had a chain driven overhead camshaft,...
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1960 Speedwell Sprite Mr A S Ross has recently sent us a picture of an interesting car he has acquired. Originally a Mk 1 Sprite it underwent a £300 conversion early in its life. Designed by Len...
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Maserati V8 RI Part Three At the end of part two of this story we had reached the point where the four Maserati V8 RI cars had reached the end of their useful life in open International racing,...
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As we saw in Part Two 4502 remained almost unchanged through to 1949, apart from the engine capacity being reduced to 3 litres for the Indianapolis rules. It then almost lost its identity when the...
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Acknowledgements Grateful thanks must go to a long list of enthusiasts who helped to unravel this story of the Maserati V8 RI cars, but especially to the following: Douglas Marr Paul Kyle Trevor...
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Forgotten Makes No. 90: The Calcott WHENEVER the Calcott is mentioned I think of the "Four Cs" — Calcott, Calthorpe, Cluley and Clyno. I have never owned a Calcott but do have a Calthorpe two-seater...
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An Aside READ1NG DSJ's timely reference last month to a Serendipity championship and his reference to Geoffrey Taylor's pre-war 4-litre Alta V8 racing car for which test-bed figures for power and...
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Fast Runs Against that, in 1906 Rolls on his fourcylinder (not six-cylinder as Hough has it in his TT book) open Rolls-Royce had a top speed of only about 60 mph and he cruised at a much lower pace,...
The Early London-Monte Carlo Record Runs They can be summarised as follows: 1906 Jarrott, Crossley, London-Monte Carlo 37h 30m 1906 Rolls, Rolls-Royce, Monte Carlo-London 37h 28 !iim 1906 Pope, Itala...
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Bitser Special pRE-WAR, in the years we did not then call the vintage period, many cars were built by amateur enthusiasts, from a mix of various components for road use or as a competition venture....
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Northern Comfort Saab's first production car, the 92, started coming off the assembly line in 1950. It was a 2-cylinder, 2-stroke 764cc engine developing 25 bhp. It was instantly distinguishable from...
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NEW CAR FILE: LANCIA DEDRA Lancia is making a concerted effort to capture a larger slice of the executive saloon market with the launch of the Dedra on March 1. This new car will be available with...
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Buying A Ferrari Dear Reader, The other day my friend said "Why don't we buy a Ferrari?" to which my instant reaction was "Well, urn, ah, er, yes, well why don't we?". My friend went on, waxing...
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VSCC at Brooklands THE VSCC's weather luck deserted it on February 3rd for the driving tests meeting at what remains of the historic motor course. Rain fell heavily before lunch, but stopped for the...
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4x4x4 If turbocharging was the gimmick of the Eighties, four-wheel-drive is destined to become that of the Nineties. This is not to deride the efforts of the manufacturers of utilitarian vehicles,...
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Citroen BX GTi 4 x 4 Citroen has extended its already successful BX range with two fourwheel-drive cars, the BX GTi 4x4, and the 4x4 estate. Apart from the major changes to the transmission the...
Peugeot 405 Mi16 x 4 While Citroen has come up with the BX GTi 4x4, the other arm of the French conglomerate, Peugeot, has produced a four-wheel-drive version of the versatile 405 Mi16. Unlike the...
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THEY may look like Jaguars, they may sound like Jaguars and they may set the adrenalin going like the Coventry cats, but in fact they are an altogether different breed of feline, for life after death...
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Automobile Record Breakers by David Tremayne (Apple Press. Blundell St, London. 126pp) Sub-titled From Rocket to Road Car, this well-illustrated book spreads itself from the Land Speed Record to...
Mercedes-Benz W196 Last of the Silver Arrows by Michael Riedner. 325 pp. 10N" x 9". Haynes Publishing Group, Spark ford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. £29.95. Not another Mercedes book! That was the...
The 1990 Michelin Red Guide to Great Britain and Ireland. 701pp. Michelin Tyre plc, Davy House, Lyon Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2DQ. £8.75. Just one of the extensive range of Michelin's 1990...
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Bugatti Magnum by Hugh Conway with Maurice Sauzay. 559 pp. 12%" x 9Y2". G T Foulls & Co Ltd, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 £150.00 When a book costs £150, has 559 pages, 873 illustrations and...
The Pirelli Classic Marathon 1989. Distributed by Duke Marketing Limited,P0 Box 46, Douglas, Isle of Man. Running time — 49 mins. The video of the Pirelli Classic Marathon is for anyone interested in...
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003 Lives Twice! JACKIE Stewart relived a few old memories last month when at Donington Park he drove his Tyrrell 003 for the first time since 1972. This was the car that took Jackie to his second...
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A Dog's Life Dear Uncle Jenks, My name is Sam and I am an Old English Sheepdog. I am a very keen car passenger, and am usually to be seen in the back of my owner's Spitfire, or if it is a special day...
Peter Piper Sir, Reading WB's fascinating account of Bill Little's motoring life (MOTOR SPORT, December 1989), I wondered if he had suffered a minor lapse of memory concerning Anthony Howard Piper....
Project J5 Sir, DSJ asks to what purpose is J5 being built (Letter to Readers, February 1989). J5 is being built just for the hell of it; the specification was laid down in early 1955 and what is...
Radio GaGa Sir, Regarding DSJ's recent article on the Honda and Ferrari teams curious misfires possibly due to radio wave effects on the management systems, I submit that the Phoenix scenario is...
Reader's Indigestion Sir, Having been an occasional reader of your worthy organ for several years, I feel it is about time I put pen to paper regarding some of the articles you publish. Too often...

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