May 1981

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Budget Blues Car-users always pay very dearly in taxation and the last "blue" Budget ran to form, with 20p a gallon on petrol-tax and the licence rate up from £60 to £70. This at a time of recession...
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* 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 =...
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Cooper Car Club Plans are afoot to form a Club or Register for owners and enthusiasts for Cooper cars and the many derivatives. Already support has come from Cooper drivers of old like Eric Brandon...
When a racing man dies in action, in a race or while testing, it is sad. When a racing man dies in old age, having led a long and full life, it is also sad. In neither instance is it a shock, it is...
The second Vintage SCC race meeting of 1981, counting towards the Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy Contest, will be held at Donington Park on May 10th, a Sunday, although Sunday racing would...
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The Vintage SCC had excellent weather and a fine entry of 150 cars for its first Silverstone race meeting (Club circuit) of the year. First, cars circulated for 40 minutes in the traditional High...
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Wiscombe Park The first of 16 rounds of the 1981 British Hill Climb Championship took place on Sunday, April 12th at the attractive Devonshire venue, Wiscombe Park. Early season, new car vagaries...
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Piquet makes up for his Brazilian mistake! Buenos Aires, April 12th From the start of practice for the Argentine Grand Prix, held at Buenos Aires' Municipal Autodrome within the spacious Parc...
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Dear D.S.J. When I arrived in Argentina I began thinking about the old saying which goes "the Good Lord smiles on the righteous". In South Africa (where you didn't come), it poured with rain; in...
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Third time was very lucky for Swedish Toleman-Hart driver Stefan Johansson at Hockenheim on April 5. Johansson, won his third ever Formula Two race driving for the works assisted DS Team Toleman. He...
News of a remarkable model aeroplane engine appeared last year in The Chartered Mechanical Engineer, whose Editor has given us permission to publish details. The model in question was made in 1919...
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Aerodynamics It seems that every time we reach the threshold of a new and fascinating development in Formula One somebody panics and brings in new rules to set development back a step or two. However...
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VW's 200 m.p.h. diesel 47 m.p.g. at a constant 155 m.p.h. The object at my damp feet looked more like a stranded missile than a car, though its cowled-in wheels and front aerodynamic tabs were...
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The Renault 18 Turbo A Splendid Family Car, with Racing Connotations The Renault Group, France's biggest car manufacturer, having decided to use turbo charging for winning at Le Mans and then for...
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Some personal landmarks I do not remember when I became obsessed with speed, but it must have been at a very early age, and I have no idea why. It was not due to family influence or environmental...
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Sports and Racing Cars Fifty years ago, in 1931, the Alta Car and Engineering Company Ltd. was formed by Geoffrey Taylor, then 27 years old and the owner of a small home-built sports car, the object...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC Light Car Weekend This year's Welsh Weekend run by the Light Car Section of the Vintage SCC on March 28th/29th was its customary success. After weeks of...
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No. 40: The Zephyr Your reference in a recent issue to car component manufacturers in Lowestoft mentions the Brooke car and also the Massa sparking plug, the latter being made in Fremantle Road....
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Firestone Vintage and Classic tyres and tubes are now available from Lambrook Tyres of Colyton, Devon, following an agreement with Eurotyres to take over their interest in vintage tyres from the...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it is an interesting speculation to consider which racing-car design has been the most plagiarised. I would put the Henry Peugeots of before the First...
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Arising out of the publication of a photograph of a 1920s propeller-driven cyclecar in the March issue (page 299), a reader has sent us details, as they appeared in The Aero in 1912, of another such...
"The McKenna Duties" Sir, Further to your article on "The McKenna Duties", I can confirm that vintage American cars' "mudguards, radiators and lamps" were usually black a la Henry Ford, because as a...
Despite a rather gloomy forecast, the 1981 Wessex Trial took place in dry, if cold, weather at the beginning of April. The sections were thus relatively easy and scores high. Barry Clarke once again...
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A reader, John Classey of Totteridge, writes in praise of the BBC-2 programme about the 1921 French Trans-Asian Expedition, using Citroen Kegresse vehicles, and expresses the hope that other such...
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An Occasional Section Devoted to Aeronautical Affairs After the War, an "Aerial Derby" In the beginning the aeroplane was an object of mystery and mistrust to most people, and those who flew them...
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Sir, I was most interested in the March Air article by "P.T.C." — presumably P. T. Capon and wonder if he's related to R.S. Capon the early 1930s Chief of the RAF. The Austin Whippet has a place in...
Rio in the rain! Rio-de-Janeiro, March 29th For most Formula One teams, the 1981 Brazilian Grand Prix represented the second event on a three race schedule which would mean them operating away from...
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The Vee Six Honda powered Halt established itself as the car to beat in Formula Two right from the start of the season. At Silverstone's opening round of the 1981 European Championship works driver...
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Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet won the Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires on April 12th driving his Brabharn-Cosworth BT49C (top left) fitted with the controversial hydro-pneumatic suspension...
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If one considers that any Grand Prix racing driver is, in terms of basic talent, comfortably within the top ten per cent of the exponents of the art of motor racing, then you can see that even the "...
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Graham Priaulx (top) managed to get into the top ten with his sports/racing Tiga SC80 with a very tidy and rapid climb. After the class runs front cover man, Thomson, was in the lead, but was beaten...
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Audi's superb Quattro —4-wd appeal—but so much else as well While some new cars are heralded by an enormous publicity build up which subsides into anti-climax when the cars themselves are actually...
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I had just switched off a TV programme called "Did Darwin Get It Wrong?" the other night when it occurred to me that my description of the Porsche 924 Turbo's rear suspension, in last month's road-...
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"Remember, it's not a sports car," were the words of advice from BMW's UK press representative as we discussed a recent mildly critical test of BMW's now 1,766 c.c. engined 316. Yet if a BMW small...
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A Wealth of Experience One of the many pleasant things about visiting California for the Grand Prix at Long Beach is the opportunity to meet once again Phil Hill and Dan Gurney. Friends for longer...
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Peking to Paris, 1982 When Prince Scipione Borghese undertook his amazing pioneer drive from Peking to Paris in the summer of 1907, bringing his famous Itala into Paris on August 10, he could never...
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Development of the chain driven Frazer Nash car was more or less continuous from 1924 to 1938 and members of the "chain gang" each have their own idea of when the peak was reached. The lightness,...
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"Automobile Archaeology" by David Burgess-Wise. 160 pp. 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £8.95) At first it was difficult to see the point of this book, which has...
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One-make histories are among the more fascinating of the floods of motoring titles pouring from the presses, and we have reviewed most of them as they have appeared. However, it may not be...
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A reader, N.G. Allingham, OBE, of Emmer Green, has kindly contributed the following passages from "Nellie— Letters from Africa" by Elspeth Huxley: "Motor cars were all the rage then, and Jos...
N.B. - Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. - Ed. Government Policy Sir, Many congratulations on winning the fight...

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