May 1977

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That vicious budget We have been used to anti-motoring Budgets in the past, when a Government has required some ready finance. But the Denis Healey Budget in a time of liberal Socialism, was...
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This coveted award was awarded for 1976 to Roy Lane, and not as stated last month. Roy Lane also won the John Virr Trophy and Newton Trophy. Apologies.
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The name of 71-year-old Fritz Schlumpf has been known in the world of old cars for many years, though his 74-year-old brother Hans is not so well known. The Schlumpf family had a thriving textile...
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Talking museums, the Shuttleworth Collection, at Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade, Beds., will be holding three major functions in June. Firstly, the national Flying Scale Model contests will be...
Our story in the March issue relating to an unmarked police MGB V8 provoked the following reaction from the Thames Valley Police: Sir, I think it is unfortunate that your responsible publication...
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A revelation It was hard to criticise in such a strong fashion the Porsche 924, progeny of a marque I adore, in the road test on page 553. Thank goodness then for the opportunity to redress the...
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New home for the VCC The Veteran Car Club has moved into splendid, period headquarters in Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Jessamine House, 15 High Street, Ashwell (Ashwell 2818), is an imposing red-brick...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A 30/98 with a difference A feature of recent VSCC competition events has been the surprisingly large number of 30/98 Vauxhalls taking part, which is a pleasing...
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Some time ago a reader noticed old signs for Talbot and Napier cars on a building in Tonbridge and this resulted in a letter from Mr. H. E. Hall, whose father had founded the motor business at these...
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This year the traditional annual devolution of the vintage lightcarists into Wales took on a stern assignment—that of tackling the Northern route used in 1924 for the RAC Six Days' Small Car Trial....
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We find that the reference to a Roll-Royce being involved in a fatal accident at Markyate in 1906, quoted not long ago by a St. Albans newspaper, is incorrect.As usual, a Moor Sport reader puts this...
The article in the March issue that AX 201, the 1906 Rolls-Royce "Silver Ghost", has aroused much interest and appreciation but, as seems inevitable where history is concerned, amendments and...
In conjunction with the Jubilee celebrations there is to be a vintage and veteran car run from Stratford to Birmingham on June 26th. Civic dignitaries will flag-off the entrants from the Stratford...
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The advent of the new Ford Fiesta has caused a great stir. Already rivals whose sales it threatens are arming against it. Peugeot and Volkswagen have issued full-page newspaper advertisements...
Much excitement has been caused by the news that the enormous collection of old cars amassed and kept secret by Mon. Schlumpf at Mulhouse may soon come on the market, following the failure of the...
The fanaticism of Rolls-Royce followers knows no bounds. For instance, a play by William Douglas-Home, called "Rolls Hyphen-Royce" starring Wilfred Hyde White, opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on May...
A member of the Industrial Railway Society confirms that the locomotive called "Brooklands" which was used in the construction of Brooklands Track, was a class-L, 0-6-0 Manning Wardle saddle-tank...
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Sir, I was interested in the mention of the Rolls-Royce given to Lord Baden Powell in 1929. At this time B. P. was living at Pax Hill, Bentley, nr. Farnham and two local firms were concerned in the...
Sir, In confirmation of my conversation with your secretary last week I would like to correct a statement which was in your issue of Motor Sport of July last year. Whoever wrote the criticism of my...
Sir, I was interested to see Jeffrey Lee's letter regarding the Cowey car that belonged to his father. Not living far from Kew, I did take the trouble once to find can where the vehicles were made....
Sir, Mr. Goldstene's letter seems to have prompted some head scratching in A7 circles, and the replies in the February issue from Dr. Burns and Ken Cooke go some way to clearing up the confusion....
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The sport of synod hill-climbing, which remains largely an amateur undertaking, continues to flourish, encouraged by the RAC National Championship. Among the courses used is Loton Park, on the...
The Opel Ascona 19SR Opel has come it long way since the make was associated here with an ugly little saloon the chief merits of which were low price, roominess, and independent front suspension....
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The motor, motor components and engineering industries in Coventry are detailed in the Register of Business Records of Coventry and Related Areas, published recently by the Lanchester Polytechnic,...
In 1969 there was a lot of grumbling about the Nurburgring not being safe or suitable for modern Grand Prix cars and modem Grand Prix drivers, and Jackie Stewart Rd the crusade to get something done...
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"Its First Gear: The French Automobile Industry to 1914" by James M. Laux. (Liverpool University Press. £10.) On the jacket of his book, and again on the flyleaf, Mr. Laux displays a "selection of...
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Sir, The Le Mans Chenards were briefly mentioned in your February "Vintage Postbag". A rather unlikely former owner of one of these was, apparently, the gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. In the...
Nick Georgano has turned his painstaking talent to "A Source Book of Classic Cars", which in a 4 3/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. landscape reference book published by Ward Lock at £2.50, describes briefly, and...
A quite detailed and fascinating history of "Aviation in Manchester" by Brian R. Robinson, has been published to commemorate the 50th year of the Manchester Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society,...
The fun of finding motoring mentions in non-motoring books continues. From "Beautiful and Beloved" by Roderic Owen with Tristan de Voss Cole (Hutchinsons, 1974), one reads not only of the magnificent...
Meccano Dinky have brought out a 1/42nd-scale miniature of an ERF fire-tender, measuring 223 mm. in length, a six-wheeled vehicle, well detailed, and with back-to-back seats, removable wheeled escape...
Sir, I am writing to ask if you could find space to mention my search for the present whereabouts of a motor car once owned by myself. The car in question is a 1930 Standard Swallow Saloon,...
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As our reports of the MCC Exeter Trial seem to have been enjoyed, it was logical to cover the same Club's Land's End Trial at Easter. What better way than to compete in it, for which purpose a...
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The Racer's Racer Wins at Home Long Beach, California, April 3rd Despite financial and organisational difficulties, the Californian city of Long Beach once again held its street race at the start of...
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MOG-77, the annual Morgan Owners' Gathering organised by the Morgans Sports Car Club, and incorporating the Annual Concours d'Elegance and Spares Fair, will be held at Bagley Hall, near Alcester,...
While some manufacturers launch into the now cliche special series of existing models - even a revival series of the Mini Marcos is being offered on the crest of this latest fad - there have been...
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Katie Ball points out that She is not the person to write to for details of the IoM Silver Jubilee Austin 7 Rally, starting on August 20th, as was stated, in last month's VEV Odds and Ends. All...
The vintage SCC racing season commenced in cold, fine weather over the Silverstone Club circuit on April 16th. With big crowds, an increased entry, and "new" cars, success was assured. Arriving in...
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After three rounds in what looks like being a tough year of Formula Two, there have been three different winners, in three different makes of car and using three different types of engine. The...
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Porsche's radical departure front established air-cooled, rear engine design principles into the field of-water-cooled front engine sports cars with the 924 has done remarkable things to the...
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A look at Monoposto racing from behind the wheel of Peter Gillett's Genie Mk 13-Ford In nearly 20 years' existence the Monoposto Racing Club has attracted some of the most distinctive individuals to...
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Just as in racing, you have to go a long way to find a Rally that is different these days. Characters vary from country to country, but styles are largely very similar, especially in Europe where it...
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Last year we recorded the debut of the racing Jaguar XJ5.3C for the September Silverstone Tourist Trophy. Now, slightly over 15 months development time since the project began, we can report how two...
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Sir, I recently drove my Peugeot 504 estate ear, at no less than the legal limit, down the M3 motorway when a military vehicle, not unlike the old forward-control Land Rover (and with a Land Rover...
Sir, I recently received your issue of February, 1977 from a friend in England. Although Motor Sport is good reading I was particularly distressed at your use of the word, executive, when applied to...
Sir, Thank you for your always good magazine, which I have the pleasure to read (and collect) since June 1967. In the issue of March 1977 you deal with the new Golf GTI, a quite good car by all...
Sir, I should like to draw your attention to the service provided by Thos Richfield & Son Ltd, 8 Broadstone Place, London. I recently wanted a new tachometer cable for a proprietary brand of...
Sir, I just want to comment on your current GP coverage. I had the occasion the other day to look back into my copies from the 50s, in attempting to prove Rob Walker wrong when he wrote (in Road...
Sir, Mr Allan Fogg has asked questions about the "LVT Special", and I think my old friend the late Mr Lionel Thomas would have liked me to answer some of the points for him. Lionel was a great...
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Sir, I thought you should be informed that a UK Branch of the Parkard Club has been formed. This "Chapter" will by called "Packards England" and anyone who owns or is interested in the Packard...
Sir, I write to point out the hopeless position many prospective Morgan owners find themselves in following the latest price increases announced on February 28th 1977. Since I was 14 the only car I...
Sir, I shall be grateful if you will allow me to reply, through the columns of Motor Sport, to the comments made in the letter of James Humphery and A. O'Sullivan which was published in the March...
Sir, I list below some of the faults and general observations since taking delivery of my new Rover 3500 in August 1976. The car was supplied by Messrs. Caffyns, Dover to the specification as...
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Sir, British Salmson owners gathered at the 'Royal Victoria' in Waterloo Road, London, recently with the intention of giving their club a boost. The British Salmson Owner's Club is thus off to a new...
Sir, Car ordered 20.2.1976. On 26.2.1976 the dealers telephoned to inform the the car was ready for collection. Collected car Friday 27.2.1976. On arrival home, inspected underside, discovered oil...
Sir, Aircraft Depot Middle East at Abu Quir in Egypt (or as it was known during the last war, No. 103 Maintenance Unit) had two aerodromes, the landward and the seaward. Between them ran the road and...
Sir, I have recently acquired a 1968 Jaguar 420 (S-type) and wonder if any other four/ five-seater four-door saloon of similar vintage can compare with this superb machine for sheer performance, ride...

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