May 1963

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Peugeot wins Safari Rally of 77 retirements That splendid French family car, the Peugeot 404, has achieved enhanced prestige by its remarkably convincing victory in this year's Safari Rally in Kenya...
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THE Continental season got away to a bad start, with the Bruxelles Grand Prix having to be cancelled due to the severe winter damaging the road surface. However, Belgium's loss was France's gain, for...
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Mercedes-Benz 230SL Announced at the Geneva Show, the new Mercedes-Benz 230SL, which replaces the 190SL, is fitted with a 6-cylinder engine derived from that of the 220SE. The size has been increased...
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Pau, France, April 15th With Easter being rather early the traditional Pau Grand Prix, held on Easter Monday, suffered from many possible entries not being ready, neither Ferrari nor A.T.S. being...
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V.S.C.C Silverstone Meeting (April 20th) Conclusive proof of enthusiasm for vintage-car racing was seen by the very big crowd which braved appalling weather at this meeting, and the enormous entry of...
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Described to the Editor in a recent interview. "Archie" Frazer-Nash, M.I.Mech.E., well known in motoring circles as the "N" of G.N., subsequently achieved fame in other spheres of engineering and...
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"There could hardly be a bigger difference of philosophy between Ford of Dagenham and its greatest rival in this country, the British Motor Corporation, and as enthusiasts of exciting engineering, we...
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Double victory for Bloor's twin-cam Lotus-Ford In spite of a bitter wind the attendance at the first Goodwood Meeting of the season was notably large and enthusiastic—a good augury for motor racing...
Snetterton, March 30th The Snetterton Motor Racing Club opened the 1963 Formula One season with a 50-lap event on their airfield circuit, and attracted a small entry of factory cars and some private...
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B.P. have issued a Road Atlas of Great Britain prepared for them by George Philip and Son Ltd., which in 72 clear pages provides maps of the British Isles to a scale of 1 in. = 5 miles, with race...
"'Autocar' Road Tests, Spring 1963." 146 pp., 11 1/5 in. x 8 1/10 in., soft covers. (Iliffe Books Ltd., Dorset House, Stamford Street, London, S.E.1. 7s. 6d.) It is, I suppose, a sign of the times...
Readers who are keen motorcyclists and campers may care to note that the first purely motorcycle jamboree (open also to vintage motorcycles, and scooters and 3-wheelers of all ages) is being held on...
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"Motor racing is the same the World over," you might retort. To which the answers appears to be, "At Indianapolis it ain't!" Certainly the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race run every year on May 30th—...
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The last sports car in the vintage style All the other cars dealt with in this series of road tests of under £700 sports cars are in the 1,100-c.c. category but the Morgan 4/4 is available with the 1...
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To complete the series of tests on under-£700 sports cars we tried the Mk. II Austin Healey Sprite in 1,098-c.c. form, which is identical in nearly every respect with the M.G. Midget dealt with last...
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Sir, I wish to trace the owners of all model AF Ford motor vehicles (circa 1927-31) including models A, B and BB, with the idea of forming a register, to further the interest in these rather rare...
Those brave people who disregarded the alleged danger to their lungs from smoking and those cowardly persons who do nothing to stop their friends from smoking though afraid to inhale tobacco smoke...
Sir, I notice that there has been some correspondence about Kipling's cars. He must have been something of a Rolls addict, as two or three years ago I recall having seen an advertisement in the...
Sir, Recently a friend of mine discovered in a village in Lincolnshire a 1928 Mathis. We have had the engine running and moved the car under its own power, so you will appreciate the vehicle is in...
Jim Clark, driving a 1,594-c.c. Lotus 23, won the 100-mile race, held at Oulton Park on Saturday, April 6th, at an average speed of 92.17 m.p.h. After the retirement of Innes Ireland's British Racing...
Sir, The Cyclecar 4th June, 1913, p.36, shows Mr. Harry Long starting his Singer on a 10,000-mile business tour, from Cyclecar's Coventry offices. Mention is made of the fact that this Mr. Long had...
Nostalgia for Brooklands Track is as strong as ever and last month the motor-cycle riders had their annual reunion at the "Hand & Spear," Weybridge. It has long been an ambition, shared by the...
Sir, I was interested and amused to read of Mr. Crozier's encounter on the Watford Bypass with Mr. A. S. Heal's 30/98 Vauxhall. I now posses the 30/98 in Kenya, Mr. Morland having imported her in...
Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd., are to be congratulated on their latest venture to aid the tourist, in the form of guides covering the various countries. Nicely produced, these guides provide a well-written...
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The Editor enjoys the comfort of the new Humber Sceptre, the liveliness of the Ford Anglia Super and the versatility of the Renault Estafette. At the beginning of the year Rootes announced a new...
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The possession of a copy of a picture by a well-known artist holds greater merit to many people than the ownership of an original by a lesser-known painter. This fact has its analogy in motoring...
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Continuing our survey into the activities of some of Britain's smaller motor manufacturers. This month we deal with Deep Sanderson, Ginetta and Marcos. Ginetta Last year (September 1962 issue) we...
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Won by Innes Ireland (Lotus-B.R.M.) Supporting races won by Gardner (Brabham-Ford), Hill (Jaguar-E), Hill (Jaguar 3.8) and Salvadori (Cooper Monaco). Ford Cortina wins its class. Rolls-Royce Special...
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The B.R. & S.C.C.'s Easter Monday Closed Meeting provided Southern fans with an entertaining 13-race programme, covering sports cars, G.T., Formula Junior, and Historic Racing Cars. Undoubtedly...
Despite running a Brands Hatch Meeting on the same day, the B.R. & S.C.C.'s National British Mallory Park race meeting produced a good entry with the exception of the Formula Junior race, which...
The Tiatsa Model Car Museum in Stratford-on-Avon was opened by Lord Montagu on April 11th. This museum contains over 3,000 model cars collected by Tiber Reich and his young sons, and shows the...
The Nottingham Sports Car Club produced an entertaining day's sport with their first race event of the season, held at Silverstone on Easter Monday. The main event, for Formule Libre cars, was won by...
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I have in some quarters been accused of being unkind to the Cortina, latest small Ford from Dagenham. This model is selling in large numbers, as I predicted it would, for it is essentially a car for...
Welbeck Motors (Minicabs) Ltd., have adopted Ford Cortinas for their London Minicab service. The first of these Cortina Minicabs went into service last March and in twelve months from now Welbeck...
William Hickey, in his column in the Daily Express for March 25th, in an illustrated feature about 29-year-old Isobel Robinson who had finished 13th in a field of 14 at Brands Hatch the previous day...
A standing-start half-mile sprint was organised for all types of Touring Cars, Sports Cars and Racing Cars, of which F.T.D. went to Ken Baker (Jaguar E-type) with 20.94 sec. This very hot E-type,...
Opening the Wiscombe Park Hill-Climb on April 6/7th was a two-day event organised by the Aston Martin Owners' Club. The Saturday was devoted solely to Club members with pre-war Aston Martins opening...
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Sir, With reference to the recent report in the Birmingham Post, I am very suspicious regarding the eventual outcome of this campaign. May I suggest that statistics regarding accidents at night in...
Sir, With reference to Mr. A. G. Tillman's letter in the April issue regarding spares and service for Renault owners who were customers of Offord & Sons Ltd., Gloucester Road, London, S.W.7, we...
Sir, A question which has been in the back of my mind for some considerable time, has been kindled afresh by an advert in the April edition of Motor Sport. The Instruction Manual of my Volkswagen...
Sir, Four years ago I obtained brake linings for my (English) car from a well known firm in England. Actually I had similar quotes from two well known English makers. The set of linings cost £8,...
Sir, The arguments in your correspondence columns as to which is really the Best Car in the World are very interesting but everyone seems to have overlooked the most important criterion. The Best Car...
Sir, As a subscriber to your excellent magazine, having previously owned a TR3 and just completed a year's ownership of a TR4, I wonder if your readers would be interested in some of my observations...
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Sir, I think it is a great pity that Mr. J. D. Sinclair of Dunlop Rubber Company should attempt to blame the failure of the Dunlop "Universal" of about 1950 as being due to its use on four wheeled...
Sir, As a Canadian, an ardent skier and an ex-owner of an M.G.-A in Canada, I was amused by the well-meaning advertisement you carried on page 69 of your February issue (magazines arrive late in this...
Sir, I note in your March issue that our vociferous Mr. Ken Purdy has again seen fit to add his comments to the pages of another fine publication. Apparently he believes that Britons will accept his...
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Sir, I feel that I cannot let Mr. B. S. Kern's letter on corrosion pass without some comment. I have experienced similar corrosion on my Gazelle, affecting, not the headlamps, but the stainless steel...
Sir, Overdrive unit on my Vitesse "playing up." Business appointment in Norwich the following day. Evening S.O.S. phone call to Laycocks London Service engineer. Result! At 6.30 following morning,...
Sir, I was interested to read your "Matters of Moment" on the Croft Aerodrome episode. Not only is this a "distressed area" as regards unemployment, but also as regards the lack of motor-racing...
Sir, It seems that the literary consultants to today's vehicle manufacturers have not the originality and imagination of their colleagues in the styling departments. Apparently the new Hillman baby...
Sir, The speedometer in my Morris 1000 seized up and then proceeded to wreck its eccentric gear. I requested a replacement gear from Smiths and received a reply to the effect that no spare parts...
Sir, I had expected a "bromide" from the Dunlop Rubber Company, and this, I see, comes in the form of a letter from Mr. J. D. Sinclair, of that firm, his communication following your publication of...

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