May 1971

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The Amalgamated Drawing Office 28 We expected the just-announced Morris Marina (or ADO 28) to be an enthralling car, for it is the first completely new model to emanate from the great British Leyland...
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The Tyrrell's first victory Barcelona, April 18th. For the second time in the current Formula One, the Spanish Grand Prix was held on the remarkable circuit in the Montjuich Park in the heart of...
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Le Castellet, April 18th, 1971. The opening round of the 1971 FIA European Championship for 2-litre sports cars, held at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France, provided the Austrian Dr....
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Spa-Francorchamps A remarkable official statement arrived from the FIA, which said "The CSI Bureau was informed by its Circuit and Safety Subcommittee of the circuit owners of Spa-Francorchamps'...
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Alfa Romeo at last Brands Hatch, April 4th, 1971. When Henri Pescarolo crossed the finishing line to win the BOAC 1000 and give victory to the Autodelta Alfa Romeo T33/3 he shared with Andrea de...
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Since its beginning in 1953, when expatriate enthusiasts in East Africa organised a 2,000-mile rally to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II, the East African Safari has steadily developed from...
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In a radical departure from past practice, the SCCA is abandoning the traditional method of qualifying for most of its professional series, and instead will use the one-car-at-a-time system that is...
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The first two rounds of the European Formula Two Trophy were the Jim Clark Memorial Trophy race at Hockenheim and the heavily sponsored Yellow Pages Trophy at Thruxton on Easter Monday. With the 1,...
Oulton Park, 9th April, 1971. The best way to win a motor race is to have a good, strong, reliable car, well prepared, properly screwed together, driven by a hard-charging courageous driver, and to...
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Sebring, Saturday, March 20th. The entry for the 12 hours of Sebring was an improvement over the previous Sports Car Championship round, the Daytona 24 hours, for Ferrari had entered their exciting 3...
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200-m.p.h. Sunbeam.—A rare occasion arose recently, for the Montagu Motor Museum is having the 1927 Sunbeam 200-mph. record breaker refurbished at George Gray (Emsworth) Ltd. near Portsmouth and the...
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I thought I had just about exhausted any books which refer to flying in the days of biplanes and grass aerodromes. But, because the publishers seem to have omitted to send a review copy, it was only...
When a staff car suddenly let us down last Summer and we urgently wanted a hire car to get a staff member to a Thruxton race meeting, we found the task rather more difficult than expected. Successive...
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Brands Hatch, March 21st I don't think anyone will argue when I say that Stewart is easily the best driver in Formula One racing today, and that the flat-12-cylinder Ferrari is by far the most...
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Once again Colin Chapman and Maurice Philippe have produced something really new for Grand Prix racing. Last year it was the Lotus 72, this year it is the Lotus turbine car. In the wet on Friday it...
We have equipped the photographic members of our staff, who seem to spend more time out in the cold than their editorial colleagues, with weather-proof clothing from Functional of Manchester....
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A snap appraisal of the first completely new car from British Leyland(To be read in conjunction with "Matters of Moment", page 419.) With the Mostest-from-Munich non-materialising, the Editor's...
Motor Sport often comments on "things they say", but a recent happening in one of the simpler forms of club racing forces us to comment on "things they do". The event concerned was a race on the...
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Sir, Under "V-E-V Miscellany" in your January issue I was interested to read about the Hispano-Suiza which it was said took part in the MCC High-Speed Trial at Brooklands in 1926. Although I have no...
Sir, Re the 4-litre Reinastella described in your March number (page 236). In June of 1938 I was looking for a big-engined car in view of trying my hand at charcoal operation. A fellow who was short...
A section devoted to old-car matters ***Historic Commercial Vehicle Club The HCVC has decided to admit to its membership commercial vehicles more than 20 years old, whereas previously it confined its...
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Sir, Although I did not see the earlier articles on the subject, I was fascinated with the David Scott-Moncrieff piece on the dePalma 1914 GP Mercedes holding, as it did, the however slight hope...
Sir, I am astonished that no knowledgeable expert has provided the correct story of the Frazer Nash "Patience" let alone Motor Sport itself, the highest Church of Vintage/Historic/Veteran religion....
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No. 48. The Sizaire-Naudin The death of Maurice Sizaire on January 28th, last year, at Champigny sur Yonne has decided us in honour of his memory to outline the history of the Sizaire Brothers before...
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The Wolseley Hornet Special Club, which has 85 members, is hoping that the VSCC will relent and admit Wolseley Hornets to its membership—as well it might, having decided that Austin Nippies and M-...
Northern Week-end Jug: W. S. May (1934 Fraser Nash).First Class Awards: P. L. Glover (1927 Alvis), P. B. Gledhill (1928 Austin), J.A. McEwen (1930 Riley), C. Nielson-Jones (1926 Bentley), and M....
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Sir, I do not feel your article gives credit to the performance of the Alvis 4.3-litre which you state took 15.3 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 m.p.h., and I give below figures in my possession:...
In your review of the above I see a query as to the age and model of Sir John Ellerman's Lanchester. I was testing for Rolls-Royce at Cricklewood, 1920-21, and it was brought in when collecting his...
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By William Plowden. 469 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (The Bodley Head, 9, Bow Street, London, WC2. £6.) These excellent books have appeared recently on what could have been dull subjects—Lord Montagu's...
By L. J. K. Setright. 224 pp. 9 1/2 in. x 6 in. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 40, Museum Street, London, WC1. £3.75.) I have been saying for some considerable time that, with the flood of books...
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The 18th edition of the quality motoring annual "Automobile Year", which has had so many imitators, and which is now edited by Douglas Armstrong, has appeared and is available from PSL, 9, Ely Place...
In connection with the "Cars In Books" feature last January and her letter in this issue of Motor Sport, Princess Chula Chakrabongse informs us that although the books by her late husband, Prince...
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The fast Ford Escort in ordinary usage As I write, there is trouble at opposite ends of the motoring spectrum. Rolls-Royce have run out of money. Ford has run out of workers. One cannot believe that...
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The well-known pre-war Austin works driver interviewed by the Editor L. P. Driscoll, "Pat" Driscoll of the Brooklands days, was 70 last year. A bit of a party was arranged for him by his Hayling...
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The Alvis OC's and Alvis 1250 Register's National Alvis Day takes place from 1.30 pm at the Crystal Palace, London, on May 2nd. The programme includes driving tests, Concours d'Elegance, and an Alvis...
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Let us get things straight from the start, in spite of what the Lotus publicity material said, the T56B Lotus is not a jet car. The exhaust from the Pratt & Whitney turbine is directed upwards at...
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F.1 v F.A is no-contest Ontario, California, March 28th Money talks in motor racing and particularly when the currency is American dollars. So when the Ontario Motor Speedway, constructed last year...
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At the Race of Champions two new Formula One designs appeared for the first time, apart from the revolutionary Lotus Turbine car described elsewhere, one winning the race and the other making fastest...
Avon's latest is the 155 SR12 "W" tubeless radial, which completes their range of 82% aspect-ratio radials, suitable for speeds up to 113 m.p.h. and for cars like BLMC 1100s and 1300s, Ford Escorts,...
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I remember once reading how a prototype Mini, using the 948-c.c. A40 engine, had put the wind up the old BMC management by virtue of its exceptional performance for those, and come to that, these...
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Motor Sport Formula 3 Championship The first three Shell Super Oil races, which qualify for the Motor Sport Formula Three Championship, have been held in recent weeks and have shown that, even if the...
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From Princess Chula Chakrabongse. Sir, Following the article on "Cars In Books", I must answer some of the queries about my late husband's cars, as I naturally love nice cars after so many years of...
Sir, May I be permitted to comment on the remarks made concerning the Specialist Division of British Leyland by Mr. Wardlow Rose, who is, of course, entitled to his opinions, as is Lord Stokes. I...
Sir, The sudden demise of "Vehicle and General" may make the following tale of insurance of particular interest to readers: In the early part of 1969, I sat waiting in a queue of stationary vehicles...
Sir, With reference to your recent Editorial comments on Lord Stokes' remarks about Triumph 2.5 Pls, what do you suggest one does when the lack of availability of parts prevents the car from being...
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Sir, I saw Mike Bradley's Mk. VI Bentley conversion at Silverstone—it must be five years ago—and was immensely impressed by its appearance, performance and obvious quiet good behaviour. Mr. Bradley...
Sir, Very much enjoyment from your article "When Motorcycling was Fun". There must be a large number of car owners who also keep a direct interest and/or link with motorcycling, whether a modern...
Sir, I see in "Letters from Readers", February, 1971, that one gentleman feels that he has been persecuted for removing the front bumpers and trim from his Mini. I would say that he was unlucky in...
Sir, Dear old outspoken Motor Sport, The finest mag. that can be bought, What happened to your centre pages? We haven't seen a car for ages. Instead therein we see portrayed, Admittedly so well...
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Sir, A reader of your splendid magazine for more years than I care to remember, I'd like to express my great appreciation of your write-up and pictures of the V12 "E"-type Jaguar in your April issue...
Sir, I have just been informed that Rolls-Royce have declared themselves bankrupt. None of the people I know or friends (and workmates) out here are motoring enthusiasts, and they do not claim to be...
Sir, I read with interest your impressions of the new Triumph 1500 as I have one here in South Africa. Not many of your readers are probably aware that the old 1300 was produced with the 1500 engine...

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