November 1974

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The motoring outlook With another Election over, and the Socialists in by that slender majority, our newspapers and TV screens may return to normal, allowing us to look more calmly at the motoring...
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Reutemann the Winner, but Fittipaldi the Champion Watkins Glen, New York, October 6th Watkins Glen, the 3.7-mile road circuit in the north of New York state, has been the scene of the World...
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From the point of view of the Watkins Glen organisers it was a good thing that the World Championship struggle went all the way to the final round although it is unhappy to report that a large...
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A personal Matra battle Brands Hatch Any thoughts of the 1,000-kilometre race affecting the outcome of the Manufacturers' Sports Car Championship were long gone, for the Matra team swept the board...
The chances of motor races being held in Birmingham City Centre seem to be one step nearer according to a cutting from the Birmingham Post sent to us by Martin Hone, the former racing driver and...
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I am indebted to two readers for this month's contribution. Mr. Wallace Mason of Cumberland, R.I., who has recently been touring in England and Wales and who visited the National Motor Museum before...
After insisting that the 1974 British Grand Prix be called the John Player Grand Prix, the RAC, or to be more precise certain nameless, and presumably faceless, duals made a right nonsense in the pit...
The Editor Drives the 2200TC and Re-appraises the 3500S A Rover 2000TC proved to be an admirable Editorial car until it was pensioned off in favour of a BMW 2500, and subsequently a BMW 520i. It is...
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Silverstone In an attempt to bring some semblance of reality to the Tourist Trophy race, this year's event was for production saloon cars with hmited modifications, to what might be termed Group 1½....
A proper motor-race One thing about a long race is that it gives you time to take stock of the scene and the 3 ¼ hours of this year's RAC Tourist Trophy at Silverstone, held in sunny weather,...
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The Sanremo Rally If you drive eastwards through the mountains from the Alpine stamping ground of the Monte-Carlo Rally, keeping as near parallel to the northern Mediterranean coastline as possible,...
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In the face of looming austerity at least some manufacturers announced new cars in the months before Earls Court Since new car announcements are no longer saved up as eve-of-Motor Show surprises a...
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The exploits and achievements of Connaught Engineering in the early and mid-1950s are well chronicled and rightly so, for this ambitious privately financed effort at putting Britain on the Formula...
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The golden age of American motor racing has been written up by Griffith Borgeson but Albert R. Bochroch has now extended the whole American racing scene to a big illustrated history called "American...
"Bristol Cars And Engines" by L. J. K. Setright. 159 pp. 8¾ in. x 6 in. (Motor Racing Publications Ltd., 56, Fitzjames Avenue, Croydon, Surrey. £4.50). Far from the subject matter for one-make...
A well-illustrated little book about the "Development of the London Bus, 19291933" has been written by Gavin Martin, MA, MIMechE, and is available from Transport Surveys and Research, 1, Old Rectory...
"Silverstone—The Story of Britain's Fastest Circuit" by Peter Carrick. 174 pp. 8¾ in. 5½ in. (Pelham Books Ltd., 52 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EF. £3.90). There have been previous books about race...
G. T. Foulis & Co. Ltd., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset have re-issued Annand and Roe's erudite book ". Gas Flow in the Internal Combustion Engine". The new edition costs £5.50. Those who for some...
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An Excellent British Car It may be remembered that having requested another spell of driving in a Triumph Dolomite Sprint; to enable nte to recap. on this excellent and popular high-performance...
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Fittipaldi a worthy first Mosport Park, Toronto In the two weeks between the final European Grand Prix at Monza and the penultimate round of the World Championship series, at Toronto's scenic Mosport...
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In many ways the Canadian Grand Prix was the most interesting race of the 1974 Formula One season. Not necessarily due to any particular intensity of racing, although Ronnie Peterson's never-say-die...
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A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC Welsh Rally and Trial This traditional autumn event, dating back to 1939, attracted 98 entries in spite of the prevailing hard times, 33 doing the beauty...
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Cold, wet weather marked this two-day event for pre-1914 cars. After making their own way to Bridgnorth for the distance contest, competitors had a two-day rally route, mainly over easy roads that...
V-E-Vodds & Ends.—To set the record straight, let us correct, unprompted, the results of the big racing-car class at the last VSCC Prescott hill-climb. These should have read: 1st A. Cottam (...
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Sir, Your mention (August, 1974) of the Openshaw Fiat puzzles me frankly, and 1 very much wonder if it was a "real" racing car (Fiat themselves looked upon the S61 as a sports model). I don't think...
Sir, 2 Field Squadron, RAF Regiment, formerly No. 2 armoured car company RAF, possessed a 1 ft. 5-6 inch silver model of a Silver Ghost armoured car. The silver was dented and stained and it was in...
Sir, I was interested in Mr. Bird's letter (Vintage Postbag, August) re: thermo-syphonic Jowetts and your comment re the 12/50 Alvis. I have had examples of both and presently awn yet another very...
V-E-V Miscellany.—The invasion of Bugattis to Lyon is covered elsewhere in this issue but naturally it attracted ia its wake (wake is right, for not many could keep up with the better Bugatois and...
Sir, Regarding the discussion about Britain's First Car in your columns, I feel that Mr. Anthony Bird should not be allowed the last Weed. Whilst not attempting to sort out the respective claims made...
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Sir, By implication at least, you incorrectly state that "Cordon Rouge" had a plain bearing engine which gives me the opportunity to reply to your gentle chiding in the September issue. A summary of...
Sir, In reply to Mr. Neve's letter, the ex-Cyril Paul Beardmore was owned for a short time by my grandfather, George Hepworth. He bought the car from Cyril Paul around 1926 and raced it at Southport...
Sir, I must take issue with David Scott-Moncrieff on the subject of his derogatory remarks regarding the Isotta-Fraschini. I owned a Tipo-Spinto from 1947 to 1957 which I used quite extensively in...
Sir, Having recently read the reference to Gray and Sawyer crossing Africa, I feel it may be of interest to Jowett enthusiasts and W. B. to see the enclosed photograph. At the time this was taken I...
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Sir, The item headed "Rover Recollections" brought back memories of a 1929 2-litre Sportsman's coupe that I acquired in 1934 for £25. Indicative of the then hard times is the fact that this Rover car...
Sir, I was interested to read in "Vintage Postbag" in the Sept. issue of Motor Sport the letter from Mr. R. H. Stracey regarding the Arrol-Johnston Dogcart car in the Sudan, it certainly looks...
Sir, The photograph of an early Arrol-Johnston, said to be the first car in the Sudan, accompanying R. H. Seracey's letter in the September number, stirs a memory, and the clue is provided by the...
Motor Sport has solved several motoring mysteries at one time or another and here is one which the readers may care to ponder over. The other day I was idly looking through a back number of Homes and...
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(September 12th-15th) (See colour pictures in centre spread) To commemorate the debut of the Type 35 Bugatti which appeared for the first time in the French GP at Lyon in 1924, an International...
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Two new Grand Prix cars made their debut at Mosport Park, The Roger Penske PC1 (No. 66) driven by Mark Donohue into 12th place, and the Maurice Phillippedesigned Parnelli (No. 55) which former...
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Heading a Brabham 1-2 in the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was Argentinian Carlos Reutemann who led from start to finish. He is seen below left sharing the winner's rostrum with Pace and...
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Car versus light plane Having been impressed with the way in which Motor Sport contrived to visit ten European capitals in four days in the winter of 1972 (MOTOR SPORT, January 19th) in a BMW 3.0 CSL...
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Sir, I wonder if you or any of your readers would be interested to hear of some of my recent exploits in my 1962 MG-A, especially noting some of your recent correspondence on fuel economy. A friend...
Sir, The article in the October issue about the 450S Maserati sports car brought back some happy memories. A. H. mentions the acceleration of these cars, and I still recall vividly the last test-run...
Sir Some time ago in April 1972 you were kind enough to publish my enthusiastic ravings bout the Austin Maxi. May I now rave on a bit more? At that time it had completed 20,000 Witt in 10 months and...
Sir, While agreeing with your comments regarding compulsion on safety belts, please be more positive in asking your readers to develop the safety belt habit. If you do then we might be successful in...
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Sir, With regard to the reviews of Riley—Production & Competition History, I am getting just a little bit tired of people referring to pre-1939 Rileys as being "Real Rileys". The post-war R.M....
Sir, There are two small points in the September issue of your magazine which caught my eye and on which I should like to comment. The first concerns the special sparking plug developed by Champion...
Sir, I own a Citroën GS1220 Club. As for being a thirsty little beast, I beg to differ. I travel approx. 200 miles per week on a total of six gallons of petrol, 75% motorway driving at approx. 60-70...
Sir, Since the publication in last month's Motor Sport of my letter commenting on the Castrol Extravaganza it has been drawn to my attention that the Morgan on show was in fact the ex-Ronnie Horton R...
Sir, In these days of depressing conformity and anonymity in the area of sports racing car design, I no longer open motoring magazines with the anticipation of finding the kind of article which...
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Sir, The article on Vanden Plas in the October number of Motor Sport was of very great interest to me specially as I once owned a 1949 Austin A 135 Vanden Plas Convertible, some rather indifferent...
Sir, I would query the suggestion in your fascinating interview with Capt. Eyston that "Thunderbolt" might have gone better if Merlin-powered. The R engine, of which it had a pair, was, of course,...
Sir, You mention in the Salmson Fragments article one of the Directors as Frank Huff: I think this should be Hough. You also mention the French typist Mdlle. Kirkhover, this should be Kirkhoven....
Sir, With regard to the recent F5000 race at Brands and again the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton, do we have a definite ruling on racing during showery weather? If the race Is stopped due to rain, what...
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Sir, In reply to Mr. Wilkins' letter in September Motor Sport, it should perhaps be pointed out that the MG Car Club exists for the support, assistance and enjoyment of MG owners, with several...
Sir, Having tried unsuccessfully, the length and breadth of Britain, to purchase a liquid-detergent dispenser for my "Flexy" car wash brush, I wrote to the manufacturers, Lloyds Industries Ltd.,...
Sir, I have been reading the letters in Motor Sport over the past few months about the MG-C and I tend to agree with them that this is a very much underrated car. I was most surprised though to read...
Sir, Manufacturers have always introduced "gimmicks" to help promote sales of their vehicles—it used to be heaters, cigar lighters, reversing lights, etc., all of which are accepted in today's cars...
Results: Limonest Hill Climb: 1st : I. Preston (Type 35B Bugatti), 2 min 15.3 sec. 2nd: G. Si. John (Type 51 Bugatti), 2 mm. 17.3 sec. 3rd : S. Phillips (328 BMW), 2 min. 20.4 sec. 4th : S. Saunders...

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