May 1979

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GOING SMALL With petrol prices already rising, towards the expected £1 or more per gallon, there is one infallible way for one section of the motoring community to cut the cost of the essential fluid...
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RALLIES are either won or lost; they can never be bought. No matter how massive an operation is mounted to back up a team of cars, competing skill and organisational efficiency are essential...
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Sunshine Day Brands Hatch, April 15th SNOWED OFF on March 18th the Race of Champions meeting was held in glorious sunshine on Easter Sunday before a fair-sized crowd, which should indicate to over-...
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STAR ATTRACTION in the British motor-racing calendar for May is the Silverstone round of the 1979 World Championship of Makes, this six-hour long British race sponsored by the Rivet Supply Company....
THE FORMULA ONE race planned as the star attraction at Donington Park's Gunnar Nilsson Memorial Meeting on June 3rd has been cancelled. In its place FOCA will run a series of single car demonstration...
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A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD-CAR MATTERS Ford Crankshafts A MINOR item of motoring history concerns the evolution of crankshafts for Ford motor cars. When reading J.W.'s article in the March issue about...
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FROM an old film, found in the attic of a house, a reader has sent us some photographic enlargements which are of aeroplanes and pilots except for one, which is of a 1914 GP Mercedes. These pose the...
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A SMALL but interesting item occurs in that very readable book "I Kept No Diary" by Air Commodore F. R. Banks, which is reviewed elsewhere in this issue. It may be remembered that when writing some...
The Rover Sports Register, which caters for Rovers of all ages and types, is holding another Rally organised by its East Midlands Section, at Belvoir Castle, between Nottingham and Grantham, on June...
Those who feel that minority movements deserve especial support will be glad to know that the Trojan OC had its AGM and dinner on April 7th and intends to stage its Gloucester Rally on July 7th. Its...
A CORRESPONDENT informs us that for the 14th Statesman Vintage Rally in New Delhi an entry of 67 was obtained, in spite of the spares difficulty, due to scarcity and foreign-exchange limiting the...
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Lanchester versus Rolls-Royce Sir Your articles on "They Believed in Ghosts" and the R. R. Chauffeur's School were most interesting. The stupendous list of R.R maintenance items in the latter...
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A. C. Bertelli AUGUSTUS CESARE BERTELLI, whose name will always be associated with the second generation of Aston Martin sports-cars, has died at an age of very nearly 90 years. Born in Genoa, he...
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NAMES are something of a headache for the men who market cars in Britain. We have just heard that Fiat have spent a lot of time and money researching British taste to discover that we prefer the name...
THE annual Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour saloon car race looks as though it will be the first event held on the new 6.922 km. version of the legendary road racing circuit. Now that Jacky Ickx has...
THE HEADING does not refer to Woburn (The Duke of Bedford), Blenheim (The Duke of Marlborough) or Chatsworth (The Duke of Devonshire) but to another practical product of Ford of Britain, one at the...
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With the arrival of better weather, the Editor recalls the days when people went to Weybridge not only to see the motor racing, but to watch the aeroplane races CONSIDERING that the first heavier-...
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"Triumph Cars The Complete 75-year History" by Richard Langworth and Graham Robson. 312 pp. 10 in. x 7 1/4 in. (Motor Racing Publications Ltd., 2.8 Devonshire Road, London, W4 2HD. £14.95). This book...
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THE BRISTOL Austin Seven Club will be holding its second annual static rally at Berkeley Castle, half way between Bristol and Gloucester, on June 24th. A separate area will be set aside for pre-War...
FROM "Gilbert Harding" by Wallace Reyburn (Angus & Robertson, 1978) one learns that the famous broadcaster and TV personality, who wielded so much power and viewer-esteem in his time, was no...
SOME information, perhaps more for younger readers, this month. Hornby Hobbies 20th "Scalextric Model Motor Racing Catalogue" has been issued. It not only describes this system of electric slot-race...
THE DOORS of the exclusive Ferrari Owners' Club are open only to those fortunates who own examples of the Maranello marque. Now the club has formed the Prancing Horse Register to cater for the...
THE JAGUAR Drivers Club has formed an XJ Register for the benefit of members with XJ6s, XJ12s and XJSs. The new Register will follow the lines of the existing JDC Registers, helping members with...
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Whitney Willard Straight IT IS with deep regret and some surprise that we learn of the death of Whitney Straight CBE, MC, DFC, Legion of Merit USA, Norwegian War Cross, at the early age of 67....
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MOTOR SPORT interviews the managing director of Lotus Cars. Michael Kimberley will celebrate ten years with Lotus in August of this year, ten years that have seen him climb from development engineer...
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And driving behind five cylinders BACK IN 1950 David Scott-Moncrieff wrote a test report for us about a car he had tried in Germany, using the title that appears above. That was fitting, because the...
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An uninspiring start IF YOU thought last year's World Championship for Makes was more than a shade uninspiring, you should have seen the first European round in this year's endurance racing series....
After selling something like two dozen Aston Martin V8 cars from a sales base in Hampshire, ex-Grand Prix driver Innes Ireland has now moved across to Oxfordshire, where he has joined Maltin Cars of...
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A Pair of Sports Fiats FIAT SERVED up quite a dose of fun recently with extrovert sporting versions of their popular 131 Mirafiori and the little 127. The Mirafiori Sport Last in order of testing but...
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B. H. Davenport Basil Davenport died, aged 75, after fighting a long illness with his characteristic determination. His name and meritorious racing career will for ever be associated with Shelsley...
(March 31st/April 1st) THE HARSH winter weather gave over just in time for this popular event run by the Club's Light Car and Edwardian Section, and the relentless Welsh rain didn't fall until...
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The Year of Ground Effect IT IS seldom that the lesser racing categories get a complete reshuffle. New cars tend to evolve from the previous year's designs and, unlike Formula One, there never seems...
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Measuring the power of an engine in horsepower has always seemed something of an anomaly, considering that the internal combustion engine put paid to the horse as a worker. Having nothing to start...
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The Alfa 6 Alfa Romeo introduce a new six-cylinder saloon THE ALFA 6 Alfa Romeo may recall a tradition of Milanese sporting six-cylinders, but it breaks new ground in the Italy of today. Officially...
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N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. -ED. Aston Martin DB3S/8 Sir, The Christmas Holidays over, I have had time...
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THE start of the BRDC's 31st International Trophy race at Silverstone saw eventual winner Eddie Cheever heading the field away in his orange Osella. Alongside him was Englishman Brian Henton in the...
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Five famous cars shared fifty-six cylinders between them when the Deputy Editor went testing at Silverstone. WHEN Vic Norman organised a private test day on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit for a...
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No mistakes this time Long Beach, California, April 8th EACH YEAR the running of the United States Grand Prix (West) through the streets of the town of Long Beach in California seems to go more...
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ANY READER who travels in France must be familiar with the swift and audacious Renault 5 Alpine, the model which finished second and third on the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally and won Group 2 this year. Now...
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Lotus: Team Lotus had problems with their new Type 8o so the idea of taking it to the Californian race was abandoned and they relied on their three trusty Type 79 cars, numbers 2, 4 and 5, the first...
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ON THE other side of the Long Beach bay from where the circuit is lies that famous old luxury liner, the Queen Mary. After some years in service on the Atlantic crossing before the war, it was turned...

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