May 1969

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• "Babs" In spite of the controversy caused, Owen Wyn Owen has disinterred the 27-litre Liberty-aero-engined racing car "Babs" from the Pendine grave in which it was buried over 42 years ago, after...
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Overcrowding on the International Calendar seems to go from bad to worse, for already in March we had the Le Mans test weekend clashing with the B.R.D.C. International Trophy meeting at Silverstone,...
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April 13th The original intention of the O.D.A.C.I.S.A., who organise the racing on the Jarama circuit near Madrid, was to hold a full-scale Grand Prix, standing on its own feet as the Madrid G.P....
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A Porsche Domination This year's B.O.A.C. 500 was the European opener in the 1969 World Sports-Car Championship and, though held in cold, windy, overcast conditions, the six-hour event proved...
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Three brand new designs appeared for the first round of the European Formula Two Championship, the Brabham BT30, the Lotus 59B and the Pygmée MDB12. In addition, there was a slightly altered Tecno....
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Since I have just completed my first visit to Britain in 10 years, the Editor suggested that readers may be interested in some of my impressions of British motoring in general and British racing in...
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Nothing this month, except the unexpected reference to old cars in "Atlanta My Seal" by H. G. Hurrell (William Kimber, 1963). This book, about keeping a young Atlantic seal, injured in a storm, as a...
Hockenheim, Germany, April 13th The first Formula Two race of 1968 resulted in the death of Jim Clark, and the name of the Circuit will always be remembered in this connection: one year after his...
That well-documented and copiously illustrated book on an obscure subject "The German Giants", by G. W. Haddow and Peter M. Grosz (310 pp., 11½ in. x 8¾ in.), has now been issued in a revised and...
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After a lot of discussion and some "passing the buck" the Belgian Grand Prix has been cancelled. The reasons are numerous and varied and involve the organisers, the Belgian Government, the major...
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The Morgan 3-Wheeler Club is to stage a mixed three/four-wheeler race at this year's V.S.C.C. Oulton Park Race Meeting. Their own two/three-wheeler sprint takes place at Gaydon, Warwickshire, on May...
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The A.G.M. was held, very conveniently, at the Headfort Place Hotel on April 15th, the Chair being taken by the senior Vice-President, Alan Hess. The report of the Committee and the audited accounts...
With 150 entries ranging from a Chummy Austin to the 10½-litre Delage the first Vintage S.C.C. race meeting of 1969 was a complete success, which good weather and prompt organisation endorsed. There...
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The NSU Ro80 A Very Advanced Wankel-Rotary-Engined Front-Drive Saloon from Neckarsulm Which Provides Superb Road-Holding, Comfort, Speed and Safety. There have not been many truly revolutionary cars...
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According to the Christchurch Star a girl walked into a New Zealand hospital late one night with the ring finger of her right hand immovably inserted into a hole in the spoke of a racing-type...
"Would it not be practical to fit light racing cars . . . with a couple of ailerons, one projecting each side of the car about the back of the driver’s seat . . . the adjustment could be partly by...
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Cynics, mainly those who have never been to Africa, tend to look upon the East African Safari Rally as a game of chance rather than one of skill; as a gigantic mud plug where everything depends on...
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Motoring at Easter may mean frustrations, anxiety and being held up in innumerable traffic tangles for the ordinary driver, but it often represents something a bit special to enthusiasts. It used to...
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For the second year in succession, a British round in the European Formula Two Championship for non-graded drivers opened the Formula Two season at the Hampshire circuit of Thruxton. Expected to take...
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Good Friday's Snetterton race meeting heralded the return of American V8 power to the flat wind-swept Norfolk circuit. Fortunately on race day, the weather was perfect but there was not a huge crowd...
The Mangoletsi "Hi-Torque" B.M.W. 2002 In concluding his Road Impressions of the B.M.W. 2002 last September the Editor wrote: "Anyway, a B.M.W. will be right at the summit of my next short list; and...
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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., Since my last letter many kilometres have passed under numerous wheels and...
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Towcester, March 30th. As ever in the meeting's 21-year history, Formula One machinery topped the bill and the B.R.D.C. succeeded in assembling a better grid than had been seen at the Brands Hatch...
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Nairobi, March 30th. Being one whose work has taken him along the rally routes of Europe, the Middle East and beyond, and sampled roads which vary from multi-track, ferro concrete ribbons to little...
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Although the Lotus Elan +2 has been in production for quite a time now, the opportunity to drive one had somehow been missed for too long, so a proposed visit to Turin and Modena was made the excuse...
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(March 22nd) Ferrari v Porsche–But Ford wins Sebring is a tiny township in the centre of Florida, U.S.A. Despite the image conjured up by Palm Beach and Miami, most of Florida is drab, flat and...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The B.R.D.C. International Trophy Historic Car Race (March 30th) The historic racing season opened at Silverstone with a 12-lap race for these cars round the full...
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Around this time last year articles appeared in Motor Sport about the pre-1914 racing Peugeot cars, trying to assess their fate. While this did not produce anything very conclusive, some interesting...
A £20 Austin 7 Ruby. . . . Sir, Following your request to hear from owners of serviceable pre-war cars bought for less than £650, I thought you might be interested to hear about my 1915 Austin Ruby....
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These days everything possible is done to make motor racing, one of the World's most dangerous undertakings, as safe as possible. The other day, for instance, a proposed new race circuit for Club-...
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An Appreciation My dictionary says "appraisal" is putting a price on or fixing the value of something, a valuation by authority. So I suppose I appraise the cars I road-test. But in the case of the...
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A creditable restoration.—Mr. G. M. Palmer at the wheel of the 1924 Targa Florio Mercedes which he has painstakingly built up over a period of more than five years, virtually from boxes of parts. It...
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A Description of the 1924 2-litre Racing Car Painstakingly Restored in Recent Times by G. M. Palmer Vintage racing cars, especially those in near-original condition, are not particularly numerous, so...
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The Le Mans 24-Hour Race has many shortcomings, as anyone will agree who has been there, but in spite of them all it still holds an attraction and lure that makes people go to it year after year,...
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"Donald Campbell, C.B.E.", by Arthur Knowles and Dorothy, Lady Campbell. 134 pp. 8¾ in. x 5¾ in. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House, Museum Street, London, W.C.1. 35s.) This is a very...
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N.B.—Opinions expressed are those of our correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them.—Ed. How Long Do Lotus Eland Last? Sir, In reply to Mr. J. Holmes' letter, I...
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The new Austin Maxi, announced last week, is not a car which we as enthusiasts are likely to rush out and buy, but there is little doubt that British Leyland have produced a car which will appeal to...

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