May 1990

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A considerable proportion of the British electorate are vehicle owners, to whom Budget Day is a time for hope or despair. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Major, delivered his crucial Budget...
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Careful checking with all the manufacturers represented at Suzuka, and with Max Mosley to fill in some gaps, reveals just how competitive the new 3 1/2-litre formula is going to be. Mugen is expected...
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Confident enough to emphasise its return to one of the major leagues of motor racing, Alfa Romeo recently held a press conference in Milan to announce its activities. Whilst the Indycar project was...
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I came here in 1979 and 1980 and each time it was a French victory. "Jean-Marie Balestre was in the mood to crow at his Saturday morning press conference in Sao Paulo, when he recalled the successes...
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Now that we have had the first two races of the 1990 Formula One World Championship season we can take stock of reality and forget the rumours and surmise of the past winter. At the front nothing has...
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With a chilling precision, Mercedes took control of the Suzuka 480 Kms race in Japan and repeated last year's 1-2 result. Jean-Louis Schlesser and Mauro Baldi won the race, just as they did last year...
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Those who have followed the FISA saga through the winter may be aware that President Jean-Marie Balestre was given a ringing vote of confidence at the special meetings in March, the news coming just...
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Dear Reader, We live in changing times, I am glad to say, otherwise we would stagnate and then go backwards, and while there are some things I would like to go back to, there are an awful lot of...
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December 14 was an important date for Italy's last remaining independent supercar manufacturer. It marked the introduction of the new 160 mph Shamal, Maserati's first all-new model since the Biturbo...
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It is with the deepest regret that we learn of the death from cancer of T A (Bob) Roberts, OBE, a Vice-President of the Bugatti OC, owner of the Midlands Motor Museum and a great enthusiast for the...
We are sorry to learn of the death, at the age of 81, of Eric Gordon Tate, who was well-acquainted with the MOTOR SPORT staff, chaps like Lionel Hutchings, W S Braidwood, Grenville Manton and others...
With an entry of over 80 and only four non-starters this event, divided into two classes, required competitors to tackle eleven sections. A dozen drivers lost ten points before the start for bringing...
This enjoyable annual fixture took place this year on April 7/8 and was organised by Jane Arnold-Forster. The Welsh weather-gods behaved, and six driving tests on the Saturday were won by 17 year old...
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Ever since H F Locke King built his remarkable Brooklands Motor Course at Weybridge in Surrey in 1906/7, it has been recognised worldwide as the first ever motor race course. It was copied by the...
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VSCC Wessex Trial The VSCC held this annual event over the weekend of 10th/1 lth March. Out of an entry of 89, 80 started and Freddie Giles' 1928 Frazer Nash won the Wessex Trophy by one point from...
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Writers like Eoin Young, Doug Nye and Michael Riedner have been recalling that splendid Mercedes-Benz transporter built to carry racing cars like the W196 Mercedes quickly to and from the 1950s race...
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I harnessed the Ford Sierra 4x4 (a little more rattly now but 100% troublefree over 32,750 miles) recently and set off for the English Midlands and the pleasant town of Henley-in-Arden, to chat with...
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If you wish to have your club event publicised in this section, please contact SS at the usual MOTOR SPORT address. Do not be too disheartened if your entry does not appear; space is obviously...
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Aston Martin Virage by Chris Nixon. 160 pp. 10%" x 14". Osprey Publishing Limited, 59 Grosvenor Street, London, W1X 9DA. £80.00 There are two ways that Chris Nixon's Aston Martin Virage book can be...
Bentley — The Silent Sports Car 1931-1941 by Michael Ellman-Brown. 452 pp. 9"x8W: Dalton Watson, 3 Harbour Exchange Square, Limeharbour, London, E14 9GE. £39.95 I must confess to more than a passing...
The Austin Seven Source Book by Bryan Purves. 544 pp. 10," x G T Foulis & Co. Ltd., Spark ford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. .£75.00 The Austin 7 has been immensely popular since its introduction...
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This once regular feature refuses to go away. Three readers have kindly written to draw my attention to appropriate books. The first is A Mountain of Light by Austin Coates, the history of The Hong...
by Hans Etzold. 240 pp. E08" x 8". G T Foulis & Co. Ltd., Spark ford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JJ. £17.95. AII who love Beetles, whether black or otherwise, should add this book to their libraries...
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Mitsubishi Motors is one of those car manufacturers who have a low key profile in this country, no doubt handicapped by the voluntary import quota, but who, undaunted, keep coming up with interesting...
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To buy and run a roadgoing Porsche from taxed income is an unattainable dream for the majority of enthusiasts, yet the motorsport world is bulging with over-subscribed Porsche racing series —...
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Regulations, whatever their purpose, must have a pretty substantial degree of stability to be effective. It's no good making a rule one day if it stands a chance of being changed the next at the whim...
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It has been almost a decade and a half since the last really wet Safari Rally, and in that time the event has become steadily more Europeanised as the blanket rules of FISA have shortened the...
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First there was Ecurie Oppidans, then Morntane Engineering, and now Ecurie Bertelli, the latter being the name by which this long running concern dealing exclusively in pre-war Aston Martins is now...
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While I was busy thinking of an excuse to bring together and write about an interesting collection of Aston Martins, a certain date passed me by without my thinking it in the least significant. That...
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Sir, I was most interested in reading Bill Little's splendid account of his motoring adventures, to see references to the 19/90 Austro-Daimler that I bought off him in 1954. I well remember this good...
Sir, I have just attended the United States Grand Prix in Phoenix and was amazed by what I saw, didn't see and the comparison with European race meetings. The Americans are meant to be the inventors...
Sir, I have just read Paul T Hezzell-Moody's letter in your January issue, expressing the view that the World Championship should be based on number of wins rather than points. He is not the first...
Sir, Having belatedly read DSJ's March letter, I wonder whether he has thought of the dreadful possibility that Ferraris do not exist? Consider: the numbers advertised for sale do not match up with...
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The Donington Collection is the result of one mans love for a sport that has thrilled him since the mid 30's, when as a spectator at the Donington Grand Prix's he witnessed the giant German cars...

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