November 1971

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• Showtime Soliloquy With the last of the Earls Court visitors leaving the Motor Show to discover whether or not the cars in which they arrived have been towed away or merely scribbled on by darling...
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On the eve of Earls Court we received a hand-out over the name of Raymond Playfoot which told us that two lion cubs would be in the back of the new Touring estate car on the BMW stand at the Motor...
British Leyland, the only major motor manufactory this country now possesses, has many problems. We wonder whether at times they are let down by their engineers? The Morris Marina, billed as the car...
They don't love Jackie Stewart at Laguna SCCA, or the motoring writer of the San Francisco Chronicle doesn't. That paper pointed out last month that at the Mid-Ohio Raceway for a Can-Am event Stewart...
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Cevert's first Formula One victory Watkins Glen, October 3rd What a tremendous season Elf-Team Tyrrell have had in 1971. Their number one driver Jackie Stewart collected the World Championship crown...
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Some weeks before the Motor Show British Leyland invited us up to Silverstone where they had laid on a test day to drive as many of their models as possible, including a brand new one which we can't...
The 2-mile-long V-bomber runway at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire has proved so successful as a venue for attacking short-distance records that it is now used regularly in the autumn of each year for...
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By Tim Nicholson. 138 pp. 8 4/5 in. x 6 1/2 in. (Cassell and Co. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Square, London, WC1. £1.65.) The prolific Nicholson had an obvious one when he thought up a car-badge compendium...
By Lettice Curtis. 337 pp. 8 1/5 in. x 5 2/5 in. (G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., 50a, Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon. £4.95) This is not the first book to be written about Air Transport Auxiliary...
By George Oliver. 220 pp. 8 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Cassell and Co. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Square, London, WC1. £3.50.) The Rover is one of the famous makes, one which has had a lengthy history and has...
Interesting mainly for their colour plates, mostly of modern racing cars and motorcycles, are two Orbis Books volumes, "Racing Cars" and 'Motor Cycles", published by The Bodley Head, 9, Bow Street....
A slice of Talbot lore, I fancy, can be culled from an article by Jack Gilbey on "The Vanished Cab Horses" in that excellent institution "The Field Bedside Book" (Collins, 1967): "The hansom I...
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Brainerd, Minnesota, September 12th Peter Revson won his fourth Can-Am race of the season at Donnybrooke International Speedway, an ultra-quick 3-mile circuit 100 miles north of the city of...
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The European Formula Two season effectively came to an end at Vallelunga at the beginning of October when Ronnie Peterson secured the European Trophy with a convincing victory in the 22nd Rome Grand...
"It is a matter for sorrow that those who lead the Trades Unions whose members are mostly employed in our factories, have cast their lot against joining the wider, and rapidly expanding, community....
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TAP Rally When it was first held five years ago, some people thought that it had a connection with plumbing; others imagined that perhaps it was associated with the old RAF Tap Club, that Air Force...
It's easy to estimate the popularity of a rally; one need only count the number of people who want to take part in it. Just two weeks ago a group of people met one evening in the basement of 31...
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On the Can-Am trail While in North America last month for the Canadian and US Grands Prix I was lucky enough to have a week in between the two World Championship races to spend my time as profitably...
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Ferrari For the past couple of years the efforts by Ferrari in sports car racing have been a bit luke-warm with no serious onslaught big enough to worry the Porsche teams. It did not need much...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC Welsh Week-end (October 2nd/3rd) The traditional excursion over the Welsh border for those of the Vintage SCC who own vintage cars duly took place last...
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Features such as "Fragments On Forgotten Makes" and "Factory Methods Of The Vintage Era", etc., which appear in these pages from time to time, are dependent on talking to those who were closely...
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A. Horace Grimley of Bradford, died on Saturday, October 9th, aged 66. Horace Grimley was responsible for the Jowett Car Company's entry into the world of motor racing in 1928, when they entered a...
This season saw a new venture in the historic racing field when Anthony Bamford of JCB, helped by Bill Allan and Nigel Moores of Speed Merchants, sponsored a new kind of championship, one which...
Touring was a serious undertaking just after the 1914/18 war, as I am reminded by looking through Edward Burrow's "Motoring In Scotland", written by Charles G. Harper, which a reader kindly sent us....
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[D. Bradley-Watson, who learned to fly at Brooklands, recalls some history and recaptures the atmosphere of one of our most famous flying fields—which, incidentally, has outlived the track.—Ed.] It...
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Sir, I have pleasure in enclosing a photograph of my neighbour, Mr. Arthur Collins, who was chauffeur to the owner of Patcham Place when the house was in private occupation. I am sure many readers on...
Sir, Vintage cars, vintage motorcycles, vintage commercial vehicles—all have their devotees and rallies. But what happens to vintage military vehicles, when the Army has no further use for them? The...
Sir, Long dormant memories have been stirred by an item in the August (1971) Motor Sport—which, having been left with me recently by a visiting Canadian fellow-member of the VSCC, I have only just...
Sir, I was very interested to read in your review of "Cars in Books" the mention of George Henderson's Napier Rolls-Royce. I was told that this car, as a Napier, was a staff car in World War 1. It...
Sir, In "Cars in Books" in Motor Sport for September you ask why the Duke of Westminster should have been fined for driving a motor car at 19 m.p.h. When I started driving in the 1920s it was quite...
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Land Rovers dominate an International event which had poor foreign support Last May the Continental sport of hill-rallying, i.e., subjecting cross-country vehicles not only to a route applicable to...
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Fiat at Brentford.—it used to be Wembley. But these days the headquarters of the great Fiat organisation in this country are sited at Brentford, off the Great West Road. European manufacturers are...
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Once upon a time British journalists who wished to remain au fait with the latest Peugeot products without taking a trip across the Channel were wont to work with Mr. Graham of Peugeot Distributors...
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With many manufacturers withholding further road-tests from us until after the Show was over, it was pleasing to receive a letter from Patrick Lee of BL's Longbridge factory, in which he said that,...
A recent issue of the Sunday newspaper The Observer carried this quote in an article about Florida's new Disney World fairground, "World Champion Jackie Stewart has been racing Mario Andretti on the...
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Leo Mehl arrived in England just ever four years ago as the new overall chief of Goodyear's extensive European motor racing operation. Now with ten hectic years of motor racing behind him he has...
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A new firm called Lamborghini (Great Britain) Ltd. based on the Silvertune premises at 142 New King's Road, London SW6 4LZ, has been formed to take over as sole concessionaires for these cars in the...
The latest in one-upmanship appears to be the installation of a radio-telephone in your car so you can keep in constant touch with your office, or anyone else for that matter. A firm called Carphones...
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Stewart shows championship form in wet—Peterson strong challenger Mosport Park, September 19th. While there is no doubt that Jackie Stewart and the Elf Team Tyrrell have had a tremendous year the one...
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• Mark Donohue is very much a perfectionist and after his tremendous drive to third place in his first ever Grand Prix he was shrugging aside all congratulations. He felt it quite inexcusable to have...
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• A new special Associate Membership scheme has been announced by the very active Ford Sport Club which will enable non-Ford owners to join in the activities. The initial annual subscription for an...
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Champagne Trophy.—The latest sponsors of Historic car races are Charles Heidsieck Champagne, who put the Charles Heidsieck Challenge Trophy for a race at the AMOC Crystal Palace Meeting in September...
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It must have been during the summer of 1956 that I first saw the drawings of the V8 Maserati engine, and later that year that I saw the first cylinder-block casting come out of the Maserati foundry....
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Sir, With reference to your editorial on "Round the Houses" racing, I write to make a suggestion. The Northwest "200" motorcycle race uses a most interesting road-racing circuit. One races on real...
Sir, I have been an interested and well satisfied reader of your "Pull no Punches" magazine for very many years, but this is my first letter. Your feature "Cars in Books" prompts this letter, partly...
Sir, Having previously written to you about my experience in a Fiat 125, I have just, with regret, disposed of a 125S after 29,000 miles. Without question, this was a better car than the 125 and well...
Sir, As a postscript to your article on motor tricycles your readers might like to know that in a motor emporium called Chitty Bang Bang in Devizes (Wiltshire) there exists a motor tricycle the rear...
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Sir, I was interested to read your article on "Babs" gearbox. As you probably know, most aluminium alloys, except those containing copper, have a very good corrosion resistance against sea water and...
Sir, It was fairly early in 1969, I seem to remember, that you published my notes on early experience with my Ro 80, one of the first in this country with right-hand-drive. I have kept a log since...
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Sir, I was interested to see the photograph of a Maybach in Poole in your October issue. I doubt, however, if this is anything as elephantine as a "Zeppelin" V12 or even the DSH, which was the same...
Sir, That ERA conundrum—David J. S. Rowlands is nearly right; the date of the photograph was early July 1935, and Zu Leiningen did drive R1A and Cook R2A so his order R3A, R1A, R2A and R4A is correct...
Sir, After a difficult two-year rebuild. it was most satisfying to see that Motor Sport reported the debut of my 12-12 'M' Type at Thruxton. May I however please correct your statement that the body...
Sir, As the driver of the overturned Sunbeam referred to by "W. B." in your September issue, I am in a position to fill in a few details about its pedigree. It did indeed start life as a private car—...
Sir, Regarding Mr. D. J. Dee's letter on soft-tops, as the owner of a Triumph TR6 PI the main reason I was often seen with the hood erected in good weather, was the pathetic plastic press-studs...

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