May 1967

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PEUGEOT'S SAFARI Thanks to the publicity boys, the Monte Carlo Rally is still the biggest "plum" a rally-conscious manufacturer can win. All praise to B.M.C. for producing little cars that put down...
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Some notes on the now defunct P4 models I have wanted for a long time to be like Sherlock Holmes and write a monograph. So I decided to do one about those now-defunct Rover P4s which roam our roads...
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Production: Mr. W. J. Robinson  Body Assembly: Mr. R. Dribble Paint job: Mr. J. Alford. Trim: Mr. P. W. Hall. Electrics: Mr. S. Smith. Chassis Assembly: The late Mr. J. McCutchton, Finishing Line...
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Rover 60: "…a surprisingly brisk car. although it is only when one comes to check its abilities against a stop watch that its true liveliness is appreciated; on first acquaintance, its sweetness and...
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Developments at Brentford and some comments on the 250SE from Stuttgart Everyone should drive a Mercedes-Benz at least once a year, in order to appreciate just how mediocre by comparison many other...
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The Ford Cortina-Lotus, developed for the public by the Competitions Department When the 1967 Cortina-Lotus was introduced, perhaps rather quietly by Ford's standards, there was a general feeling...
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Engine: Four cylinders, 82.5 x 72.75 nn. (1,558 c.c.). Inclined overhead valves operated by twin overhead camshafts, 9.5 to I.c.r 108(net) b.h.p. at 6,000 r.p.m. Gear ratios: First, 11.2 to 1; second...
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[By means of which the Continental Correspondent, while he is motoring abroad, keeps in touch with the Editor.] Dear W. B., It was good to get back to France, where officialdom seems to understand...
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by David Hodges. 253 pp. 7 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (Temple Press Books, Bowling Green Lane, London, E.C.1. 35s.) This is the fourth book in this series covering classic motor races, the previous titles...
by Peter Hull and Norman Johnson. 400 pp. 9 in. x 6 in. (Macdonald & Co. Ltd., Gulf House, 2, Portman Street, London, W.1. 126s.) This long-awaited one-make, almost one-model, history by Peter...
It really is quite remarkable! Having referred last month to Fred Coleman's book about driving in the R.A.C. Corps in the 1914-18 war and mentioned therein a Baker Carr who, I was informed by the...
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The Open Day held at Old Warden grass aerodrome by the Shuttleworth Collection on April 1st to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the formation of the R.A.F. and the near-anniversary of the first...
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In the March Motor Sport I looked at the new Formula 2 from a mechanical standpoint and it all seemed most interesting and clear cut, but now I am not so sure. I rather rashly suggested that if you...
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Oulton Park, April 15th. As an addition to the International calendar the Mid-Cheshire Motor Racing Club organised a special meeting at Oulton Park on behalf of various medical organisations that...
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The name of Alfa Romeo has always been held in great respect in the sporting world and it is reckoned that when Alfa Romeo go racing they make a proper job of it. One of the classic racing cars of...
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Le Mans, France, April 10th Over the weekend of April 8th/9th the Automobile Club de l'Ouest closed the Le Mans circuit to traffic and set in motion the vast organisation that operates during the...
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A section devoted to old-car matters "POMEROY" POSTSCRIPT As printing deadlines make it impossible to report the V.S.C.C. Silverstone Meeting which took place on April 22nd in this issue, the...
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Sir, Reference to the G.W.K. cars reminds me that as a D.R. I carried a dispatch from Eight Brigade to Cavalry Corps headquarters near Ypres in 1914 and saw a G.W.K. in the ditch. Upon enquiry at H.Q...
Sir, I hope that my following information may be of some help to clear up a few doubts about the Zephyr Light Car. It was in 1911 that Messrs. E. G. Davisom, J. M. James and E. Talbot set up the...
Sir, I was interested to read "Training to be a Rolls-Royce Chauffeur." Readers may be interested in the enclosed photograph showing "pupils" of the School, taken circa 1925. I am pleased to say that...
Sir, I am enclosing a photograph of my grandfather's car (around 1910-12) in the hope that it can be identified as to make. My grandfather (the late Magnus Volk, inventor and founder of the Brighton...
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Mr. Buxton's letter in Vintage Postbag recalls a gadget which had a certain vogue in the early days when I was getting my first taste of Edwardian motoring. The device was usually known as the "spark...
  The Irish V. & V.C.C., under the auspices of the F.I.V.A., is holding this rally, which was ruined last year by the shipping strike, from May 6th-10th. There will be a sprint on the...
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, on behalf of the Veteran and Vintage Magazine, instituted a very useful conference of appropriate Club and Register secretaries, following a very good lunch in the excellent...
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In 1867 the engineering business of Peter Brotherhood was established in London. They became well known as manufacturers of compressors, steam-turbines and as precision machinists. The Company was...
The Editor of Motor Sport has resigned from the Presidency of the Armstrong Siddeley Owners' Club.
Following the H.C.V.C. Brighton Run on May 7th, the V.S.C.C. Beaulieu/Fawley Driving Tests, the Alvis O.C. National Alvis Day at the Crystal Palace and the Rallye Renault at Woburn Abbey all take...
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Some notes on the biggest of the Simcas There was a time when British family cars lagged far behind the Continental equivalents. This is no longer the case, as simultaneous testing of a Hillman...
An excellent car The development of the V4 and V6 Fords is interesting. When Motor Sport tried them last year in various forms they were disappointing, the 60 deg. engines being rough when idling and...
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Stewart and Ardern transform the Mini bodyshell When the Mini was introduced most people thought a family saloon car could not be made any smaller if it was to seat four people in reasonable comfort...
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Easter in Kenya means Safari-time. The East African Safari Rally; the name itself chills spines as you imagine man and machine pitting skills against the ragged car-eating terrains of Tanzania and...
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Ford Mark IV wins on first outing After the clash of heavy machinery at Daytona, Sebring was an anti-climax. The six Mk. II Fords; two 330 P4 Ferraris, two 330 P3/4 Ferraris and two Chaparrals had...
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The circus that constitutes International racing in England put on two big shows over the Easter holiday, the B.R.S.C.C. organising a meeting at Snetterton on Good Friday, March 24th, and the B.A.R.C...
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The Cosworth-powered circus that performed so well at Pau on April 2nd moved across the Pyrenees to Barcelona for the following weekend and were joined by a few more runners, notably the Protos of...
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5: Single-seater club racing No matter how popular saloon car racing becomes, the added excitement of single-seaters will always ensure the survival of one or more formulae at club level. In fact,...
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Pau, France, April 2nd. The race at Pau is one of those that can always stand on its own merits no matter whether it is for Formula One cars or go-karts, for the circuit is pure street racing and...
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Sir, Over the years I have read in Motor Sport your strictures on the rear-vision mirrors as fitted to Rover cars, varying from "I dislike the diminishing type rear-view mirror" in the October, 1961...
Sir, With reference to T. S. Millen's letter, how right he is! I normally spend my holiday touring in Europe and like Mr. Millen I carry camping equipment and four-up. In 1965 I bought a Ford Corsair...
Sir, Here in the United States we do not pretend to understand your honours system. In fact, we hadn't heard of it until you knighted the Beatles! However, as a member of the large United States...
Sir, "Setting the record straight" is how Mr. Mackenzie-Wintle, of the Renault Club, describes his letter on the autocross Gordini, which, Motor Sport reported, "narrowly beat" the Manifold VW in...
Sir, How right you are in your March editorial. The British family car which is already an uninteresting vehicle is likely to become positively useless in foreign parts if the legal limit remains at...
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Sir, Having read with interest comments regarding the virtues or otherwise of various sports cars I feel it is time somebody put a word in for the Sunbeam Alpine 1,725 c.c. version. When selecting my...
Sir, A TR4A owner recently gave his impressions of a year's motoring and expressed his general satisfaction with the car. I should like to comment on the M.G. B which I consider to be rather nicer...
Sir, It is a credit, I am sure, to your publication that you attract readers of all sorts, and also to the appeal of road sport that it can be enjoyed by all wheeled-users, not just those with two,...
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Sir, I have learned a lot from the correspondence on this topic, but I must confess I have not found any cause to modify my views that twin o.h.c. were commercially unacceptable in 1930, or that...
Sir, With reference to recent correspondence on the subject of twin overhead camshaft engines I would suggest that the 1,100 c.c. Lagonda "Rapier" deserves a mention – and so might the supercharged 1...
Sir, I shall be obliged if you will inform me if the cannon in "Tailpiece" in April edition of Motor Sport is the cannon which stands on the forecourt of that old English bastion Barbara Castle. I...
Sir, I have long been an enthusiastic reader of D.S.J.'s excellent articles in Motor Sport, but I was brought up short last month by a strangely-biased statement towards the end of his account of the...
Sir, Having recently taken delivery of a Hunter, I was most interested in your article on this model in your April edition. Comments made are most accurate, including the baulking in 1st gear, but...
Sir, Your correspondent, Mr. Blight, has made a sweeping statement which I must challenge. Without any reservation he says that Sunbeam made the only serious attempt before Jaguar to design a twin ...
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Sir, I would like to comment upon Mr. C. W. G. Russell's portion of letter concerning "Cowboys." I am 19 and therefore cannot afford anything grander than a not-quite-worn-out 1956 Ford Popular, not...
Sir, Having had occasion to carry out some objective testing of Lucas and Cibié Q.I. light units fitted to Rover 2000s for the benefit of a number of high ranking policemen, I would recommend Mr....
Sir, May I comment on Mr. W. M. Chalmers' letter on page 307? We have supplied Cibié iodine lighting to many hundreds of Rover owners and, indeed, the Rover Company recommends our units to those...
Sir, Should your correspondent fit the continental beam Q.I. lamps he proposes, I think he would be well advised to wait till he gets back to hairy Zambia. In my experience, excellent though the flat...
Sir, I am surprised at Mr. Rogers: I am not very flexible but had no trouble in locating the jack on my Triumph Herald for a rear wheel change. No need to lie on one's belly. And what jack is he...
Sir, A lot of enthusiasm has surrounded the recent attempt to provide a poor man's formula, in the shape of Formula Ford. May I, as one of the infinite number of impoverished racing aspirants,...
Sir, At the risk of boring you and your readers with another Volkswagen eulogy, may my wife and I present the last 12 months' motoring statistics of our sunroofed, export-equipped VW1300. From new,...

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