November 1978

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Showtime Soliloquy About this time last year we remarked that you could have the Soliloquy but not the Motor Show, for after a very long run the Earls Court Exhibition in London had come to an end....
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* Only clubs whose secretaries furnished the necessary information prior to the 14th of the preceding month are included in this list * C = Closed Event. CI = Closed Invitation. R = Restricted Event...
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Villeneuve at home Montreal, October 8th One week after the United States Grand Prix took place at Watkins Glen, the Grand Prix circus arrived to "pitch tent" in the new surroundings of the Ile Notre...
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After bravely fighting a losing battle against cancer for nearly a year, Gunnar Nilsson finally succumbed on October 20th. The 29-year-old Swede had proved himself as a front runner in Formula One in...
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(NEC, October 18th) So, the Cavalcade concluded - incidentally, the Midland Motor Museum ran Wright's 1951 Frazer Nash in it as well as their Mercedes-Benz - my next task was to go to the NEC Motor...
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The 1978 season was proving to be a jolly good one until about midway when it all started to go wrong. It had opened with a most interesting collection of variables that were going to prove or...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC Welsh Week-End The Vintage SCC's Welsh Week-End, dating back to 1939 and based on Presteigne, was as popular as ever this year, but with a bias towards...
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Chitty III Sir, Mention of Count Zborowski in your September issue reminds me of probably the most desirable car I ever owned and undoubtedly the best of the Chitty Bang Bangs - Chitty III, my...
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"God Bless Freddie Laker!" As I write this the air-fares war which he started is spreading like a bush fire. So, with any luck, next year it will be possible to get to Mexico for not much more than a...
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Conservatives with a competition streak At last month's Motor Show in Birmingham Avon Tyres Ltd. had something new to show potential customers. Nothing startling, just a five-rib range of steel-...
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"John Cooper - Grand Prix Carpet-Bagger" by John Cooper with John Bentley. 230 pp. 9 1/2" x 7" (Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. £5.95.) We have had books about the...
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In that book by Herbert Sulzbach (the remarkable man who fought against us in the First World War and on the British side in World War Two), "With the German Guns" (Leo Cooper, 1973), there is little...
We have received from Revell their kit for making-up a model of a 1934 Dunlop-shod Rolls-Royce Continental Gurney-Nutting Phantom II, to a scale of 1/16, which gives the completed model an overall...
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The Ford Cortina 2.3-litre V6 Ghia Estate While the Editorial Rover 3500 was being equipped with a sun-roof I was able to try one of the best-selling Ford Cortinas. It was handed over in pristine...
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It has been a year of development, controversy and near-peak excitement, rather than a season of out-and-out classic motor racing on the national club scene. On the whole grids have been full - in...
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At the beginning of October an unusual happening took place on two British circuits, at Silverstone over the weekend of October 1st and at Brands Hatch on October 7th. A group of drivers and cars...
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Giacomelli's Crown Italy has crowned its first European Formula Two champion. At Hockenheim, in Germany, on September 24th Bruno Giacomelli won the final round of the series in his works March-BMW...
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The Gearbox The name of Mike Hewland and his engineering company are well known throughout the World for racing car gearboxes and final-drive units. They make racing gearboxes for everything from...
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A sporting three-wheeler Believing that there might be a market for a sporting three-wheeler, on the lines of the immortal but no-longer-produced Morgan, we are interested to hear that such a car is...
Fiat Invincible Since last month's Rally Review was written, two events in the World Rally Championship have taken place, and before this issue of Motor Sport is published yet another will have gone...
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Not a Lotus Day Watkins Glen, October 1st The United States Grand Prix, held at Watkins Glen, used to be one of the newer events on the calendar, starting in 1961 after trial events had been held on...
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Markku Alen took some time to get used to his Stratos but eventually won comfortably after Munari, Rohrl and Vudiafieri had all crashed. Descending through the rain clouds from the mountain township...
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Above, such is the state of development of cars conforming to the RAC's Group I regulations that lap times recorded by the fastest Capris have all but equalled those of the old Group 2 racers. Here...
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Top, Formula Ford produced all its usual antics in a season dominated by Irishmen Kenny Acheson, Michael Roe and Bernard Devaney. Only Britain's Peter Morgan, who won the Esso  series in a one-off...
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Gilles Villeneuve scored a fairy-tale first Grand Prix win in front of his hime crowd in the Canadian World Championship event on the new Ile Notre Dame Circuit in Montreal. For Ferrari - he was in...
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The Deputy Editor airs the Midlands Motor Museum's Works Team car When I announced to a couple of Aston Martin enthusiast friends that I was to drive an Aston Martin DB3S - an ex Team car at that -...
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More than 100,000 people packed the centre of Birmingham on October 8th to watch a mobile museum cum racing car show of magnificent machinery circumnavigate a closed street circuit. Organised by...
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A.J. Foyt (above) might well be smiling: he had just won 33,445 dollars for covering 38 laps of Silverstone to win the first of the british USAC rounds. The Sunday race was curtailed at 38 laps by...
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Rick Mears had a lucky win with the Penske-Cosworth Gold Charge (top left) in the second of the two British USAC rounds, this one held over 100 laps of the Brands Hatch Club Circuit in hot, October...
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N.B. — Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them. — Ed. In Retrospect Sir, I have read with great pleasure your report on the...

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