May 1978

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Computer confusion  The great computer Vehicle and Driving Licence Complex at Swansea what has it cost the tax-payer; £400-million, wasn't it? has now been with us for a long time, too long many...
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The Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS Vauxhall's elusive Chevette 2300 HS, already a highly successful rally car which has brought a welcome breath of non-Escort fresh air to pine-forests and tarmac stages,...
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Perhaps the most striking aspect of the first two European rounds of the World Championship for Makes was the degree of similarity between the two events. At both Mugello on March 19th and Dijon on...
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The GP Opel conclusion Last month we published pictorial proof that Opel I, described in Motor Sport for September 1977, and owned by Noel Mavrogordato, is the car which finished 10th in the 1914...
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[The report of the US Grand Prix West appears in the colour section on page 658.] What a good thing it is that the Formula One circus is hypocritical, if it wasn’t, life would be very dull. The “do-...
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The two Brabham team cars were BT46/3 (Watson) and BT46/4 (Lauda) and since the S. African GP they had undergone numerous modifications and had new nose arrange ments and larger radiators. The whole...
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The 1978 European Formula Two championship opened at the traditional Easter Monday Thruxton meeting, providing, not surprisingly, the proven March-BMW combination with a landslide victory. The...
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There was a time when Opel cars, for all the company's participation in Grand Prix racing and experiments with rocket-propelled vehicles, were pretty terrible, if serviceable, cardboard-and-glue...
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"The Lea-Francis Story" By Barrie Price. 144 pp 10 in. x 7 1/2 in. B.T. Batsford Ltd., 4. Fitzhardinge Street. London. W1H 0AH £5.50. There have now been so many one-make books that few gaps remain...
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Nothing outstanding for the present, although in "Dear Me" by Peter Ustinov (Heinemann, 1977) we find, as expected, a reference to the great actor and author being an Amilcar (on two legs) when he...
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If I had to cover Renault products in a very few words I would say that they make cars with comfortable seats, lots of loading area, and which are more than normally durable. The new 20TS is in this...
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After five days, fifty-five special stages and five hundred and fifty competitive miles, the current RAC National Rally Champion and 1977 Circuit of Ireland winner won again. The odds ran true to...
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April 8th/9th With entries down for the main VSCC fixtures since the Measham, it was gratifying to the Light Car Section, run by Liz and Hector Chappell, to receive the biggest entry ever for its...
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A section devoted to old car matters   The Amilcar Six After making a series of acceptable voiturettes and small four-cylindersports-cars, based originally on the Le Zebre light-car, the Ste Nouville...
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John Godfrey Parry Thomas, the great Welsh racing-driver and engineer, was killed attacking the LSR on Pendine sands; in South Wales, in the 27-litre Liberty-engined Thomas Special “Babs”, on March...
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Later this month the VSCC intends to pay a visit to Boulogne, to try to recapture the atmosphere of the Speed Weeks which were well-supported by the British in the vintage years, B. S. Marshall...
A Birmingham reader is anxious to learn more about the “missing history” of a 1934 Hooper-bodied 20/25 h.p. Rolls-Royce which his father purchased in 1960 from a Funeral Director. It seems that the...
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Sir, The photograph which accompanied a letter from Jim James shows a Horch of the 1935/313 era, and, I suspect, from the look of the radiator and wheel centres, the V8 model, a much inferior car in...
Sir, Your comments on page 36 of the January 1978 Motor Sport regarding the quality of the chassis of Edwardian Renaults rivalling the 40/50 Rolls-Royce of the same period might be changed somewhat...
Sir, The March issue of your always enjoyable magazine, which I have read without missing a single copy since 1927, brought an added bonus in the guise of four pages devoted to "the Brooklands Speed...
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Sir, Reference to your query as to whose was the Brooklands Kiley Nine at Shelsley Walsh Amateur Meeting in September 1931 (incidentally was not this the last amateur meeting held?). On referring to...
Sir, I rescued Victor Gillow's Brooklands Riley, VC 8303, from madmen about to fit IFS on it in the mid 1950s. He had lightened the short pushrods so much, that the tops were breaking up so a lot of...
Sir, That was a delightful article on the Brooklands Riley. I never realised how Parry Thomas could have been so closely involved, though I remember seeing a Brooklands nine in bits in his workshop a...
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John B. Perrett Recalls – Working at Brooklands with Reid A. Railton, on Tanks, at Trojan’s, AFN, BP, etc. Amongst a number of minor misfortunes, fate has passed me some very handsome slices of good...
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Rain, mud, torrent and flood Just as a delicious meal serves no purpose whatsoever if laid before empty chairs, so the best rally in the world can be quite insignificant without competitors of...
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Is this the future of sports-car racing? Just over a year ago, in April 1977 to be precise, the first round of a new British formula was staged at Brands Hatch. Called Sports 2000 and sponsored by...
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Scratcher's Paradise Long Beach, California, April 2nd Racing through the streets of Long Beach is now well established, but you can only do it once a year, not every day, but on that one occasion it...
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The Porsche route to perfection is by way of never-ending development, a refusal to lapse into a complacency when the ultimate goal seems to have been achieved. The men of Zuffenhausen have  no...
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Sir, In a footnote to a letter in a current issue you wonder whether W. Heynes took some of his ideas for the Jaguar XK tzo engine from the Sunbeam 3-litre. Apart from many other influences I think...
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Sir, My brother Ted Dexter's letter about his continental trip last spring in an R-type Bentley Continental has provoked correspondence in your columns describing similar feats of reliability and...
Sir, Having just purchased a 1974 Alfa-Romeo Montreal replacing a Porsche 911 S 2.4, I am surprised that this beautiful Italian car seems to lack recognition. A very flexible four-cam fuel-injected 2...
Sir, I note from your February and March publications of Motor Sport, that you have a Reliant Kitten on test. May I offer the following, experience of my wife's example. But despite any criticism,...
Sir, You often say that you only have to ask a question in Motor Sport for the answer to be forthcoming from the collective knowledge of  your readership. I have such a question - what is the...
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Sir, I refer to the extraordinary letter from Mr. Black concerning his experience of the Marina 1.8 Super Mk. 2. As the owner of a similar car for the last two years I would say his complaints are...
Sir, I have read with interest the recent (March) contradictory correspondence which you have published about the humble Morris Marina. I feel it is time a few words were said in support of what is...
Sir, The various items in your magazine about the 3-litre Armstrong Siddeley have been very interesting. I have already written to Mr. Boddy about his original contribution. Now I have just seen the...
Sir, I have read with interest in Motor Sport for April 1978 Dr. Elliott-Pyle's letter praising his pair of Reliant Kittens. It is refreshing these days to read that a motorist is truly satisfied...

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