May 1961

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MERCEDES-BENZ WINS CORONATION SAFARI By winning outright the tough, dust-infested East African Coronation Safari for the third year in succession Mercedes-Benz have proved convincingly the...
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Motoring Sport Events for May * Only clubs whose secretaries confirm the necessary information prior to the length of the preceding month are included in this list * R. = Restricted Event. C. =...
We would be pleased if readers and those who complain to us about the non-appearance of the R.A.C. Year Book for 1961, and keep asking for a publishing date, will kindly note that we have nothing to...
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IN spite of all the fuss and furore that the English raised over the past two years about the 1961-64 Formula for Grand Prix racing, it has now begun and is with us for the next four years. Various...
Judging by the letters which are already coming into MOTOR SPORT's offices, motorists, although well aware that they represent the most heavily-taxed members of a savagely-taxed community, are aghast...
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To help itself out of the recent recession the Motor Industry has wisely introduced a number of interesting new models, which should stimulate World sales. NEW MODELS Citroen has at last released...
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The Assistant Editor Spends a Day at Aintree with Abarth, Lotus and M.G THE name Longbacon has probably puzzled racegoers over the past couple of years, and those who know that the word is a...
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THE 1961 Mobil Economy Run which finished on April 19th was based very largely on last year's event and covered 1,000 miles of varied country from Worthing on the South Coast to Stanhope in Durham....
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A Section Devoted to Old-Car Matters V.S.C.C. POMEROY TROPHY CONTEST (March 26th) Pomeroy Trophy : A. Doggett (1956 Aston Martin). Silver Bowl : I. Smith (1960.T.V.R.). First-Class Awards : A....
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Sir, The Pemberton-Billing sports-car mentioned in your review of Kingsford's book on F. W. Lanchester was probably the Prince Henry Austro-Daimler with special 2-seater body belonging to him which I...
From Lt.-Col. Sir Stewart Gore Brawn, D.S.O. Sir, I have been sent your article in which you refer to an account of a motor trip in a 50-70 Itala, made by my Uncle and Aunt, Mr. and Dame Ethel (as...
Sir, In a recent issue Mr. Granville Bradshaw told us that his A.B.C. motorcycle design was sold by the Sopwith Aviation Company to the B.M.W. (Bayerische Motoren Werke) factory at Munich. The writer...
Sir, In response to the question in " Cars in Books," the late Duke of Portland had 40-h.p. Lanchesters in the 1920s, I believe. Whether he used the same make in the early days of the century, I don'...
Sir, I would like to refer to " A Bit of History," as with every respect to your good selves, it should be mentioned that this report is not quite correct. The first time that any motor car had been...
Sir, I have long been fascinated by the absence of knowledge concerning the nationality, history and background of W. Williams who drove Bugattis in the late 'twenties and early 'thirties, and it...
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Sir, I have noticed in your columns, what appears to me to be some unjustified and rather foolish criticisms of Mr. Granville Bradshaw's A.B.C. designs, by the "critics." It is the great period of "...
Sir, I was interested to read Mr. Scott's letter in February MOTOR SPORT re the Panthette motorcycle (I did not see the preceding letter which he mentions) as I owned and rode one of these...
Sir, I have been very interested in reading comments concerning the Panthette in your last two issues. I owned one of these machines some thirty years ago, and within six months of ownership I...
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Following their successful 21st Birthday meeting at Chateau Impney, near Droitwich, Worcs., last year the 750 M.C. are planning to hold a similar event this year, which will take place on May 14th at...
Sir, I have read a number of letters in your Readers' column about the Ten Year test, and cannot see why the writers allowed their cars to be driven by the testing mechanic, as far as I can see there...
Two 3.8-litre Mark 2 Jaguar saloons will soon be leaving Coventry bound for Russia and the British Trade Fair which opens in Moscow on May 19th. This is the first British Trade Fair ever to be held...
A reader is hoping to form a Club for owners of N.S.U. Prinz models. This has the approval of N.S.U. and if support justify it a preliminary meeting will be held to decide on future activities. Those...
Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori sent the new 13-type Jaguars off to a good racing start by taking the first and third places in the Oulton Park Trophy for G.T. cars on April 16th. Practice times for...
Stop Press: A reader reports that a Durham garage has a 1928 18-h.p. Morris saloon for sale—" one owner, mechanically sound, body indifferent "—and also a great many vintage accessories including...
Sir, It may be of interest to many of your readers if you were to draw to their attention a set of cards depicting Vintage cars, which I found to be of great interest. I enclose a card from such a...
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The Editor Unravels Some History Relating to the Oldest British Motor-Car Manufacturer Introduction TWO years or so ago I wrote a history of the Armstrong Siddeley car for MOTOR SPORT and was...
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MINI-SE7EN CLUBS It seems that several people have had a simultaneous idea to form a Club for owners of the ADO15 B.M.C. babies, but it appears that Mr. R. Miller, of 14, Lyman Crescent, Ilford,...
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"Porsche—The Man and His Cars," by Richard von Frankenberg (translated by Charles Meisl). 223 pp., 5 1/2 in. x 8 3/4 in. (G.T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 1-5, Portpool Lane, London, E.C.1.   30s.)...
" The Autocar ' Road-Tests—Spring 1965." 80 pp., 11 1/2 in. x 8 3/8 in., soft covers. (Iillfe and Son Itd., Dorset House, Stamford Street, London, S.E.1.   6s  6d.) In this always-welcome interim...
R. L. Walkerley is working on a history of the Junior Car Club (now the B.A.R.C.) to come out next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this go-ahead Club. A title is sought-- " From Belts to...
It is quite uncanny how I begin to read a book for relaxation, to get away from cars for a few hours, and almost as soon as I have opened it, there is a reference to motoring. It was so with that...
" Handy-bility " is the keynote of the Royal Automobile Club's 1961 Guide and Handbook which has made its appearance in a bright " new look " three-colour cover and new page format. For the first...
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From time to time various saleable objects arrive at the MOTOR SPORT office, sent in by manufacturers or agents in the hope that they will get a write-up in the Editorial columns, thus getting many...
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An Interesting V8-engined 2 1/2 litre Sports Car Possessing Extremely Good Acceleration, a Maximum Speed of 120 m.p.h., and an Extremely Quiet and Flexible Engine WHEN Edward Turner, famous for his...
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Engine: Eight cylinders (90 vee), 76.2 x 69.8 min. (2,548 c.c.). Push-rod-operated overhead valves. 8.2 to 1 compression-ratio. 140 b.h.p. at 5,800 r.p.m. Gear ratios : 1st, 10.5 to 1; 2nd, 6.24 to 1...
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A Ridiculous Event BRUXELLES, April 9th ONCE again the R.A.C. of Belgium and the newspaper Les Sports organised a Grand Prix on the Heysel circuit just to the north of the city near the Atomium. Last...
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"MOTOR SPORT" Uses Porsche Super 75 and Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cars to Drive Through Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy and Visit the Daimler-Benz Museum and Test Track at Stuttgart, the...
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II Bruxelles Grand Prix  Easter Monday Goodwood Lombank Trophy Meeting Snetterton MIND THE KERB !—John Surtees demonstrates the Coopers' suspension to a bewildered Jack Brabham who had just seen the...
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REPAIRED EMERYSON Willy Mairesse had a Climax engine fitted in his Equipe National Belge Emeryson after the Maserati unit had been damaged at Pau, which made him slower than his Maserati-engined team...
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Leslie Ballamy has been converting beam axle cars to i.f.s. since 1933, starting with the Austin Seven and progressing through many other cars, including the Ford Pilot, one of which he converted for...
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Surtees First in Glover Trophy F.2 Race in Yeoman Credit Cooper, Setting a New F1 Lap Record Moss (Cooper) Wins in Inter-Continental Lavant Cup Race and Sports-Car Race with a U.D.T. Lotus THE...
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THIS was the first meeting of the season which featured a race for the new 1 1/2-litre Formula 1, and a direct comparison with last year's 2 1/2-litre cars was possible as the Inter-Continental and...
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THE Sunbeam Alpine has proved to be a worthwhile addition to the Rootes Group range and has gained a strong foothold in the World's sports-car markets in spite of being more of a luxurious sports...
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An Easy Lotus Victory Pau, FRANCE, April 3rd. APART from being the twenty-first race to be held by the Automobile Club Basco-Bearnais and the first European Grand Prix of the season, the race at Pau...
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Sir, As a girl with a passion for TRs, I think I can give friend Pierre some pointers on how to go around "making out" with a sports car. First I suggest he buys a good 5 ft. x 7 ft. groundsheet....
Sir, Like your correspondent" Pierre," I, too, found that the female of the species is partial to sports cars. Unfortunately, I could not afford a Sprite, so I bought an M.G. TC, and I feel that I...
Sir, The best advice one can give " Pierre " is to buy a Rover 75 with a bench front seat. The shepherd's-crook gear-lever will tuck up out of the way when engaged in reverse, bottom or third, and...
Sir, I extend my sincere sympathies to Mr. H. W. I. Hanan. At the beginning of January this year I bought a Ford New Anglia; I believe the basic design of the car to be good, although the steering...
Sir, I note "Pierre's" complaints of a Sprite's shortcomings and sympathise with him. My pre-war Singer gave me much excellent sport of the kind which he favours, for the front seats folded back...
Sir, I was somewhat amused to read Pierre's letter and could not resist the opportunity of refuting what he thinks about a Sprite's shortcomings! Having been a Sprite passenger, I must admit that for...
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Sir, After twelve years' motoring in seven different motor cars, my first venture in owning a brand-new car has ended. For five months and 3,000 miles I have had more trouble and exasperation, had to...
Sir, To those peasants like myself who cannot (alas!) aspire to a VW, I would like to commend the Fiat 500, following a year's experience of 20,000 miles on the worst country roads that Shropshire...
Sir, I may be able to help Mr. Hanan and his leaking Riley 1.5, having had two Wolseley 1500s which leaked in the same way. The second is only three weeks old and still leaking, but I have now some...
Sir, About a month after taking delivery of a new £700 car produced by one of Britain's largest groups, the entire rear light assemblies on both sides disintegrated and fell off due to a combination...
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Sir, I have been a regular reader of your excellent journal for ten years and would appreciate very much your publication of the following in the readers' letters. The new Jaguar E-type is remarkable...
Sir, I have during the last seven years gone through twelve cars, ranging from a 1935 Singer Le Mans to a Super Snipe and a Consul. In all of these I have felt natural pride on taking delivery but...
Sir, As a fairly regular reader of your magazine I have been much interested in the remarks of correspondents concerning minor troubles on their new English cars. My own experiences may prove of...
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Sir, Encouraged by the letter of Mr. G. Morgan in which he expresses his pleasure in finally getting his car roadworthy, the following may be of interest. In July last year we purchased a new M.G....
Sir, I'm sick and tired of people who use their position to have a tilt at the motorist. Your quotation from the Deputy Mayor of Lowestoft is typical of the hypocrisy of such types. These people are...
Sir, Being the proud owner of a Volkswagen, I decided to have my 500-mile service done by the Service Station from whom I used to purchase petrol to the tune of over two pounds per week. Having heard...
Sir, Much has been said in readers' letters about the comparison of British and foreign cars, so may I add another small voice to the chorus. In the two and a half years between learning to drive and...
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Sir, I think this letter will interest you as I am an Englishman who has bought and run a VW in Germany, and thus I think I am able to give a much more balanced opinion about the Volkswagen than many...

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