November 1963

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Motor Show speeches An important item of the London Motor Show session is the speech by Mr. G. W. Harriman, C.B.E., Chairman Of the British Motor Corporation, to the Press. This year Mr. Harriman,...
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This year's Motor Show has been one of the best ever as far as new models are concerned and the record crowds pouring into Earls Court has been an obvious reflection of the great activity in the...
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Each year motoring journalists have their annual outing at Goodwood, organised by the Guild of Motoring Writers, when they can drive the products of most British manufacturers to their heart's...
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"Monza 1963." The Official Year Book of the Autodrome Nazionale di Monza. 143 pp., 11 1/5 in. x 8 1/2 in. (Monza Autodrome Italy.) This beautifully-produced annual, with its fine photographs and...
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A reader sends this extract from "The Laird and the Lady," by Joan Grant:— "'Part of my present to you is so small that it could go in a matchbox ... and I ran out of coloured paper so I left the...
Adrian Dence (Morgan Plus Four) wins Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy and £75 prize by half-a-point. Close racing characterised the last 1963 Members' Meeting of the B.A.R.C. The first race, a...
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After a dismally short production run of only 27 months in both 1,340-c.c. and 5,498-c.c. form the Classic has been quietly dropped by Ford and replaced by the Corsair. This financial disaster is...
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A few weeks ago a demonstration took place in a sound studio of various horns. Some were new, some were old, but the main point was to give a visible proof that the present-day British small car had...
Some years ago the coat most worn by the motorist was the duffle coat. This was warm, hard-wearing and looked reasonably presentable. Since these days there has crept into being the motoring coat. In...
Motor Sport has had quite a lot to say in recent years about the well-finished, willing little twin-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engined N.S,U. Prinz cars. The Bertone-styled Sport Prinz coupé was...
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B.R.M. first and second with the old cars. Watkins Glen, Sunday, October 6th. The 1963 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was freed this year from all World Championships considerations in so...
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In recent months we have been using two shampoo polishes. These were 1001 and Johnson's, obtainable in a 10-wash tin or in individual sachets. To choose between them would be almost impossible, but...
Rist's Wires & Cables Ltd., have recently issued No. 3 in their series of small folding road maps which show main through routes and new motorways. As most larger maps are outdated as soon as...
Currently on test on the editorial Mini Minor is the new Sprint silencer manufactured by Rally Equipment Ltd., of Edgware Road. The silencer is made from heavy-gauge metal (being considerably...
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A beautifully-appointed, smooth-running, extremely handsome Italian saloon with impeccable handling and controls. The Alfa Romeo catalogue names the 2600 as the car long-awaited by discerning buyers...
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A runaway victory for Clark Oulton Park, September 21st On Britain's best road circuit, at Oulton Park, a field of 22 Grand Prix cars including most of the major teams, contested a 73-lap race for...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The V.S.C.C. Presteigne Rally (October 5/6th) The annual Vintage S.C.C. Presteigne Rally has a tradition dating back to pre-war days and this year the pilgrimage...
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Sir, After making a fairly sustained effort over the last five to six ears to win some sort of recognition for that much neglected and, indeed, much maligned mechanical species, the classic and...
Sir, I hope I may comment on the letter from my friend Charles Mortimer in your September issue, because you were a little hard on him in your article on GO 52. All the early spadework in collecting...
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Sir, I took this picture in Australia about a year ago. It is of a 1929 Kissel. It has a V8 side-valve Cadillac engine and almost 400,000 miles on the speedo. One gentleman has had it since it was...
Sir, Your article on Hudson-Essex brings back memories. My first job on leaving school was in their Production Stores Office, which dealt with "knock-down" Essex parts and complete Hudson cars coming...
Sir, Your comment on Page 776 prompts me to enclose a photograph showing a hand-operated petrol pump (approximate date 1930) delivering petrol to my vintage Trojan (1928). The photograph was taken...
Sir, The model Rolls-Royce with a loud-speaker on the roof may be a model of the car owned by Mrs. Violet Van der Elst in the 1930s. Her book "On the Gallows," published by the Dodge Press, London,...
Sir, I have news for your correspondent Mr. Jack Marshall. The only "magic device" fitted to that Stage Austin 7 was the great George Clarke himself. His son, Jack, was once a business partner of...
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Voice and Vision Ltd., Public Relations Consultants, in a hand-out dated October 8th inviting the Press to meet Craig Breedlove, claimed that this American holds the World Land Speed record and...
The most impressive miniature received recently—really too large for the term—is the Corgi "Major Toys," No. 27 Gift Set, consisting of a Bedford Tractor Unit and Priestman "Cub" shovel. Lesney have...
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Normally no information reaches the historian about experimental Rolls-Royce engines, so it was with great interest that I read the excellent address, "The History of a Dimension," by S. H. Grylls, M...
Coming back from Goodwood after seeing Adrian Dence win this year's Motor Sport Brooklands Memorial Trophy, I took my usual route home down S. Harting Hill, scene in the 'twenties of J.C.C. speed...
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Having made a Grand Prix car handle properly and hold the road well, the next thing is to pass the control to the driver. In the design and layout of steering wheels the use of a circular wheel with...
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Another year has evaporated since Earls Court closed its doors on the 1962 Motor Show. It has been twelve months of astonishing rather than stirring times, with the Prime Minister in a more...
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The Triumph 2000 was introduced to us during a well-staged Press day, during which I was able to travel in one of these handsome Michelotti-styled saloons from London to Faversham; taking it flat-out...
Sir, I noticed in your report on Crookham Court School's vintage gathering, you state Chalcroft's 1923 M.A.G.-engined Morgan as the oldest known 4-seater 3-wheleer. So as to correct your records I...
Sir, I have read with interest the letter from Mr. J. S. Bacon regarding the 5,000 Ford Tractors ordered in 1917, but surely be is mistaken in saying these had a single ignition coil. Having driven...
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Activity on the Continent has now finished, as far as racing is concerned, but there is still plenty of news from the Continent and outstanding last month was the revelation of the new G.T. Ferrari....
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The Rover Company have a reputation for building beautifully made but rather uninspiring motor cars. This reputation began to crumble with their successful entry into International rallying with the...
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Sir, My Anglia Super was on order when W.B. published his road test report. I was naturally at once sceptical about the wisdom of my choice and more then ever anxious to start my acquaintanceship...
Sir, I read with interest the letter from Mrs. Carey in the September issue. Also page 647 of the August issue. On August 18th last I was unfortunate enough to have a rear torsion bar break on my VW...
Sir, Perhaps I may be permitted to protest against this massive advertising drive by oil firms for which the motorist indirectly pays. We are now told that if we use a certain brand we get double...
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Sir, I was most interested to read your comments in a recent issue of your journal, on the Fiat 1500 model. A year ago I returned from overseas and we were faced with buying a new small car; at...
Sir, We have read numerous correspondence and editorials criticising the present Formula One regulations as contributing to unspectacular and boring competition. It is our contention that this lack...
Sir, How is it that with the petrol companies spending millions to provide the touring motorist in Scotland with fuel, some of this money cannot be put aside to ensure him a constant and free supply...
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Sir, You asked about readers experiences with the new-type sparking plugs. After a recent decoke and valve-grind, the plugs were fitted at the same time as new points and condenser. After a thousand...
Sir, You must be Firestone shod! Mr. H. S. Winter of the Firestone Tyre & Rubber Co., is allowed two letters in your July issue, publicising Firestone Tyres—one stating how proud that all were at...
Sir, I have just finished reading your account of the first 10,000 miles driving in your Morris 1000—and I am aghast! During that period you seem to have had little but trouble. Stops and starts all...
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Sir, I was grieved to hear on Radio Newsreel this evening that the membership of the League was now a mere three thousand. Does this figure prove the apathy of present-day society and the cult of "I'...
Sir, I am indeed sorry to see in your September issue that you consider the Saab 95B ugly, old-fashioned in many respects, and lacking in superiority over our native products. I presume that you...

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