May 1974

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The right road When we realised that the new Chancellor of the Exchequer was named after a car, our hopes rose. They were far less optimistic after we had heard his Budget; we then felt like calling...
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Brooklands enthusiasts would do well to flock to the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, at 7.30 p.m. on Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th, when the feature film "Death Drives Through", made at Brooklands in 1934...
This time it is again the Editor's turn to comment under this heading. Apart from obvious spelling and other errors last month the printers, by dropping in an unwanted comma and changing one word,...
Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included In this list C = Closed Event. CI = Closed Invitation Event. R = Restricted...
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A popular win for Reutemann Kyalami, March 30th After a two-month break following the two South American Grand Prix races, during which the Brands Hatch Race of Champions conveniently took place, the...
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12 N. Lauda (Ferrari flat-12) 312B3/012 1 min. 16.58 sec 18 C. Pace (Surtees-Cosworth V8) TS16/02 1 min. 16.63 20 A. Merzario (Williams-Cosworth V8) IR/03 1 min. 16.79 sec. 7 C. Reutemann (Brabham-...
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Earlier this year another era ended in the history of MG when a compulsory purchase order forced the closure of W. Jacobs and Son Ltd., Mill Garage, the most famous of all MG dealerships, run by that...
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A few years ago the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, who organise the Le Mans 24 hour race, realized that preparation for the annual event was not something that happened a day or two before the race, but...
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Stuck the unbeatable The European Formula Two Championship which started at the splendid Montjuich Park circuit at Barcelona on March 24th looks like being dominated yet again by the Anglo-German...
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Alpine-Renault win at home At the Circuit Paul Ricard, on Sunday, April 7th, the opening round of the 1974 European 2-litre Sports-Car Championship saw the young Frenchman, Alain Cudini, score three...
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All things being equal, though in motor racing they seldom are, the 1974 Tyrrell Formula One should have made its first public appearance at the Spanish Grand Prix as these words are being read. When...
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A splendid motoring garden party Silverstone, April 6th/7th One good thing about British sponsors is that they expect their teams to appear at British meetings and because of this there were some...
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A section devoted to old-car matters Light cars at Llwyn-Barried (March 30th/31st) Over the last week-end in March the Light Car Section of the VSCC held its annual driving-tests and trial in...
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From Sir Clive Edwards, Bt. Sir, Mr. Gordon-Marshall's interesting picture of the Rolls-Royce used by Alcock and Brown on their drive from Euston Station is not quite correct. The R-R seen in the...
Sir, I have just noticed a statement in your V-E-V Miscellany regarding the Lancia armoured car being the only one in existence. I have no desire to dispute this only a desire to keep records...
Sir, Brian Finglass was enquiring last month about a sports/racing Delage which he sold to Pat Garland, an Englishman living in Paris. In May 1948 I was in the Montlhery Pits during a mixed car and...
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Sir, Your evocative article "Where Are They Now ?" in the February issue, deserves to dredge up an interesting answer or two. I wish I could offer one, but the best I can do is to ask another...
Sir, Looking recently through a copy of an aviation year-book for 1931, I noted that amongst the civil aircraft registered for that year, was a DH60 Moth, G-ABAG, owned by Bentley Motors. Now, was...
Sir, Reading of Cecil Roberts' autobiography in January's Motor Sport, I was interested in the mention of Bunny Hill. The old hill road has been partially overlaid by the A60 Nottingham to...
Sir, Regarding your enquiry into the "H-S" of Lord Donegall, Hall-Scott was never a contractor for Liberty V12s, although they built some parts for the prototypes. During the war they built only...
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Sir, Further to Messrs. Kippax and Davidson's letters regarding Austin 7 CA 6577 published in Motor Sport. I well remember purchasing this car from my friend Dennis Wallace. As it was rather non-...
Sir, The historic photograph that you printed in the March issue spurred me to send the enclosed picture. It is of a firm, just a few doors up the road from us, Allan Taylor (Motors) Ltd., in...
Sir, Knowing your interest in the rarities of the Motoring World, I venture to forward a photograph which, by an extremely lucky chance; came my way recently. It portrays an experimental motor car to...
Sir, It is fairly regular practice for your readers who write to you about something else to append also complimentary remarks about Motor Sport. But this letter is written for the sole purpose of...
Sir, I was most interested to read in V-E-V Miscellany that the Wolseley Register is to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year as the Daimler & Lanchester OC is also celebrating its 10th...
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The Editor Contemplates Three Very Different Cars, From Vauxhall, BMW and Fiat The imposition of an overall 50 m.p.h. speed-limit, which we have had to endure on all our roads until recently, put a...
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"Autocourse-1973-74." Edited by Mike Kettlewell. 199 pp. (Hayinarket Publishing Ltd., Craven House, 34, Fouberes Place, London, W1A 2HG. £4.25.) The Autocourse record of 1973 motor racing comes in...
The Meccano Magazine for the first quarter of this year, Vol. 59, No. 1, contained an informative article by B. N. Love on the old Meccano motor-car outfits. Mikansue of Windsor point out that the...
Th AC de Monaco is to hold a Rallye Monte Carlo des Voitures Anciennes from July 2nd to 7th to commemorate the past glories of the Monte Carlo Rally.
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Private BMWs Sweep ETCC Opener Th 1974 European Touring Car Championship started with a closely contested yet strangely disappointing race at Monza. Neither the Ford nor the BMW works teams entered...
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The Editor Contemplates the Free-wheel With fuel conservation uppermost in the minds of many car-owners, it seems opportune to look back on a mechanical contrivance which was aimed, among other...
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At the conclusion of my appreciation last month of the 75th anniversary of Castrol lubricating-oil I remarked that cynics might say that the record-breakers and racing men were less concerned with...
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London breeding for France's new prestige car A collection of railway arches in Hammersmith may be thought the most unlikely location for the development of France's first craftsman-built prestige...
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Rally review Fiat's sweeping success There was a time when Italian sporting people appeared on rallies in a variety of hotly-tuned Fiat 500s, the occasional Alfa Romeo or one or another of the Lancia...
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Jack Hill (Reading) Ltd. recently submitted two Fiat cars, a 126L and a 127, to an RAC-observed fuel-consumption test. The Report is detailed as RAC Trial No. 888. The 126L covered 149 miles at an...
Petrol Injection 38/250 Sir, Perhaps I may be allowed to correct a few minor errors appearing in your recently published letter from Mr. David Scott-Moncrieff. The "White Ninety Mercedes" was, as Mr...
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Road Impressions Mercedes Benz 450SL Most of the publicity which has been given to the 450 S-class range of cars which Mercedes-Benz announced last year to supplement the 350 S-class range has fallen...
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Porsche won the 4-hour race at Le Mans last year with the 911 Carrera 3-litre, but this year the debut of the version was less conspicuous, both cars retiring with mechanical failures. An Eberspacher...
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At the start of the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami, Lauda's Ferrari took an immediate lead from Reutemann s Brabham BT44 while Regazzoni's Ferrari (No. 11) actually interlocked wheels with the...
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Ronnie Peterson led the International Trophy from the start after James Hunt Hesketh got away slowly from pole position, its driver thinking that the clutch was about to fail. The new Lotus was...
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Alain Peltier and Jean-Louis Lafosse won the first round of this year's European Touring Car Championship at Monza in their 3.5-litre BMW CSL. In the absence of the works teams from Munich and...
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Sir, The tales of woe, recounted by fellow readers concerning their modern BLMC cars, are similar to my own experiences, which have caused me to seek out a more mundane form of transportation. My...
Sir, In your February issue there was an interesting eulogy from a reader concerning his 1275 c.c. Mini, a make and type of motor car which I had the misfortune to buy new in 1973. In under 6,000...
Sir, I am sure that many people must, like myself, be getting fed up with the woeful tales of unreliable British cars, so perhaps the saga of my Ford Mexico will be of interest. It was bought new in...
Sir, I once owned a Rover 60, which would return over 30 m.p.g. when in free-wheel. This can't be bad from a car weighing more than 3,000 lbs. I understand that Rover's dropped this device when they...
Sir, In your February issue, you invite readers to let you know of any ,experiences with the Startix device. Around 1935 I did a fair amount of driving in a Standard 12 which was so fitted. The owner...
Sir, I noticed your enquiry about the Lucas "Startix" device for automatically restarting a stalled engine. The car in which I learned to drive was fitted with one of these. It was a 1935 Humber 12...
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Sir, I remember the Startix device, as fitted to some Standard cars, when I was employed as a motor mechanic at Cyril Williams, Cleveland Street, Wolverhampton, in 1937 up to the outbreak of war,...
Sir, Further to the letter of David Mathers denigrating the Jaguar XK150 in your March issue, it is possible that a psychologist might interpret his choice of a Capri as a "sensible" car—with two non...
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Sir, In describing the manufacture of machined crankshafts, C.R. spoilt a very interesting article by making one or two ambiguous statements which may have confused very many readers. The traditional...
Sir, Every man's relationship with his classic car is a delicate balance. There are occasions when it seems that everything is conspiring to keep the vehicle inactive in the garage, but this time Mr...
Sir, Not everybody likes the same cars, which is undoubtedly a good thing, but Mr. David Mathers, while outlining his personal disenchantment of his XK150 in the March Motor Sport, makes at least one...
Sir, I was interested in the views expressed by your readers Coleman and Edbrook on the subject of car prices. However, even in the second-hand "quality car" market I find the actions of many...
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Sir, With reference to the letter of March's corespondent, Mr. W. O. Nottage, regarding the battery electric vehicles his Association are going to make so readily available to us. Mr. Nottage states...
Sir, In September last year our Company (not connected with the motor trade in any way) decided to purchase three new cars in the £2,000 plus category. The first car purchased was an Audi 100LS...
Sir, Being a member of the Spridget-owning elite the following obstructions are at the moment in the way of my motoring pleasure. ( 1 ) Other motorists. ( 2 ) Two-way streets. ( 3 ) Graham Hill's...
We've heard a lot about EEC and other restrictions on old cars. Let us hope, however, that roll-over bars will not become compulsory here, as in Australia.
Sir, The correspondence "knocking" British Leyland probably has some basis of truth. All the people making all those complaints cannot all be exaggerating or worse. Undoubtedly there are rogue cars...

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