May 1987

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May 30-31 sees the Railton Owners Club national meeting and annual dinner at the Woodlands Park Hotel in Stoke d'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey. The dinner itself costs £12.50 per head, and a weekend...
As advocates of speed and endurance records, we cannot ignore the magnificent achievement of American pilots Dick Rutan and Jeanna Yeager, who flew non-stop round the world in the improbable Teledyne...
All manner of events, for all kinds of vehicles from ancient cars to classics, will soon burst out all over the country — gymkhanas, autojumbles, runs, rallies, elegance contests, and many more. A...
Brooklands collection This year sees the 80th Anniversary of Brooklands Track, and the 50th birthday of the opening of its Campbell "road" circuit. The Brooklands Museum Trust is celebrating this...
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For the first time ever British spectators at this year's Le Mans 24 Hour Race will be able to follow the event on radio. Sponsored by Jaguar, Radio Le Mans will be on air for a total of 94 hours,...
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Following a legal row between two brewery sponsors which threatened to drag on into the summer, the FISA has announced that the Canadian Grand Prix, scheduled to take place at Montreal's Circuit...
The sport's governing body, FISA, and the top Grand Prix drivers crossed swords during the fortnight's run-up to the Brazilian Grand Prix, over the introduction of success-related fees for Fomula One...
After Alfa Romeo took a year's sabbatical from Formula One in order to develop a brand new four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Italian firm's partnership with the Ligier team ended even before the...
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A joy to behold One of Grand Prix racing's most endearing characteristics is its unpredictability. Just when one driver or team seems to have established a set pattern of dominance, somebody close...
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Jaguars reign in Spain A winter of intensive development on the Silk Cut Jaguar Group C cars paid off with two fine victories in the opening rounds of the World Sports Championship at Jarama and...
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Big Cat-trick! It may be too soon yet to claim that Jaguar has Porsche on the run in the World Sportscar Championship, but John Watson and Jan Lammers took a faultless victory in the Monza 1000km...
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Pre-selectors Dear AH, We take the telephone and the postal services very much for granted, though some people grumble about them, but life would be very dull without them. Most days there is...
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Group A shows its fragility The Monte Carlo and Swedish rallies, first two rounds of the 1987 World Rally Championship, gave a clear demonstration of at least one effect of the prohibition of Group B...
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For sporting sybarites Thank heavens I can now purge my conscience of a long-held secret, a secret made all the more easy to confess thanks to the profile of the new BMW 735. You see, I always...
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Deep breathing Super- or turbocharging? Or both, for ultimate pick up and top end performance? What do the forced induction engineers foresee as likely developments to defend their high performance...
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Six-pointed star Outwardly there is barely a clue to indicate any difference, but then that is never the Mercedes way of doing things. Just as your four-cylinder 200 saloon might easily be mistaken...
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The good, the bad and the ugly Three separate slots in the Vauxhall range have each been topped with new high profile performance variants. Most important of these is a 3-litre version of the newest...
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Rejo times One of the less well known cars appearing in HSCC racing is Roger Ealand's Rejo Mk4. It is one of a dozen cars designed and built by Rod Easterling in the early sixties, cars so well...
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Staines' first sports car Known as the 14/60hp, Lagonda's first 11\2-litre model marked a rather dramatic change in style by the Staines firm. Its immediate predecessors, such as the 12/24 hp, were...
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Glass construction at the new Gallaher Ltd offices at Weybridge, which have engulfed the best part of the old Members' Banking at Brooklands, were reported on recently in a Glass Age article called "...
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Road and track Fifty years ago, on May 1, 1937, the Campbell Road Circuit opened at Brooklands, allowing road-type racing events within the confines of the banked track. Sir Malcolm Campbell, the...
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Concluding Owen John's 1925 diary, there was his Christmas journey described in the last instalment, over wintry roads, in a new Lanchester 21. This reminded him of his very first ride on an "autocar...
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To celebrate AFN Limited's 60 years of motor trading and the retirement of its popular MD, John Aldington, a very enjoyable party was held at the Brooklands Museum in March. It bristled with well-...
Dr Alan Sutton's Malvernia-Santler, which is now on show at Cardiff's Industrial & Maritime Museum, is claimed to be the earliest surviving car used in Britain, which may well cause something of...
The small but keen Trojan OC holds the Northern Trojan Rally at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland, Lancashire on June 14. The cover of its current magazine reproduces the old...
The tenth Sandwell Historic Vehicle Parade, the largest in the Midlands, takes place at Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich on May 10. A parade of around 300 pre-1968 vehicles will start from the...
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The Leidart-8 The inter-war Ford V8 engine was such a smooth and inexpensive powerplant that it is no surprise that it was the basis of several sports cars made by small-output producers. The best-...
The Daimler & Lanchester OC, which incorporates the Lanchester LD 10 Register, is making an effort to recruit more members to its already active organisation (Secretary John Ridley, The Manor...
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The Lion in Ryton The car from Sochaux has come a long way in the affections of British buyers since the 1920s, when advertisers thought it desirable to include in their announcements the words: "You...
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My pleasure After visiting Peugeot at Ryton, I drove away in a jolly representative of the small cars from that factory, a 309 SR Injection. We have written a good deal about various Peugeot models...
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by Jeremy Walton. 311 pp. 91/4" x 63/4" (GT Foults & Co, Sparkford, Yeovil„ Somerset BA22 7JJ. £14.95). It was very perspicacious of the Haynes Publishing Group to bring out this new edition of...
by Denis Jenkinson. 113 pp. 81/2" x 10" Aries Press/Andrew Deutsch, 105-106 Great Russell Street, London WC 1. £19.95, This is the full life-history of just one racing car, the famous 3-litre...
by Elly Beinhorn Rosemeyer and Chris Nixon. (Transport Bookman Pubhcations Ltd, 8 South Street, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 7BG Price £29.95p.) A lot of books about pre-war motor racing, in my view,...
by A Gordon Wilson. 173 pp. 9" x 51/2". (Gerald Duckworth & Co, The Old Piano Factory, 43 Gloucester Crescent, London NW1 7DL. £9.95) Written by a son of the inventor, and edited by Rodney Dale...
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Video: Volumes I, II, and III . (Duke Marketing, PO Box 46, Douglas, Isle of Man. 70, 53, and 55 minutes. £24 .95 each.) What a delight to be able to enjoy such evocative film footage at home. The...
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Sir, Presumably Joe Bayley's "Laid Back" letter (Motor Sport, April 1987) was a stir? In the photos, Nuvolari's head is further forward than his shoulders, whilst Farina's head is angled backwards....
Sir, Does any erudite reader of Motor Sport know what happened to the Cooper-Zephyr which Rosemary Seers drove, and with which she made FTD at Stapleford in 1956?. The car dated from 1954, and had a...
Sir, Thank you for your article on the late Tom Pryce. You may be interested to know that the prototype Royale RP11 F3, Chassis No 1, pictured in the article still survives. In fact I have nearly...
Sir, Your photo feature on the Crystal Palace motor racing circuit (Motor Sport, April 1987) reminded me of my own rather more recent visit there, and prompted me to dig out my copy of the programme...
Sir, Mr Lyon and Mr Goodman have risen to the bait contained in our March editorial. I can see nothing therein which detracts from the well-known fact that speed, properly used, is not necessarily...
Sir, As a schoolboy I spent many holidays at Eastbourne, and I can recollect seeing a veteran car in use in the town, around 1928 to 1930. To the best of my memory the car had a lofty tonneau type...
Sir, I have just read Matters of Moment (Motor Sport, March 1987). Is it not yourself who is getting hysterical, by taking all John Lyon says too literally? I have been reading Mr Lyon's articles in...
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Sir, Being interested in high Performance cars, I endeavour to have all engine settings and mechanical adjustments as near as possible to the manufacturer's specifications and to use the recommended...
Sir, John Perrett's allegation (Motor Sport, March 1987) that the people who buy foreign goods are the cause of Britain's industrial decline is ludicrous! People do not buy foreign goods to spite...
Sir, Regarding DSJ's letter (Motor Sport, March 1987), I was saddened to read of the RAC ruling regarding the fitting of silencers on all cars at hill climbs, having been a keen follower of the sport...
Sir, I much enjoyed The Story of Diva (Motor Sport, April 1987) since Don Sim (and Yimkin) were responsible for the first Mini that I raced in 1961. I well remember arriving outside Yimkin's premises...

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