November 1983

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Matters of Moment Higher motorway speeds? There is hope! Powerful support is being given to our Petition for an upward revision of speed limits on British motorways, and the petition forms are now...
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To strike a new note among the present prolificacy of motoring books I have often thought that one on "Cars In Court" might be interesting, dealing as it could with all the many cases from the Red...
C. J. P. Dodson Recently we had regrettably to report the death of Pat Driscoll and now comes the sad news of the demise of another great pre-war exponent of Sir Herbert Austin's racing team, C. J. P...
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Mille Miglia 1984 The quaintly named Musical Watch Veteran Car Club, together with l'Automobile Club di Brescia, is organising a re-run of the Mille Miglia in 1984, from May 24th to May 27th. The...
The October edition of the Motoring News and Motor Sport Video is still available, the main feature being an interview with Britain's most promising young driver, Martin Brundle. Recorded exclusively...
The VSCC’s now traditional Welsh weekend took place in mostly heavy weather, on October 15th/ 16th. It is a habit that dates back to 1939, when adventurous vintagents sought a trip over the border;...
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"It’s the first time for a dozen years that we've had an exclusive Jaguar stand" commented an enthusiastic Jaguar executive at the Earls Court Motorfair, and his pride in the new success of the...
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A return to Formula 1 for Porsche's Hans Mezger In the 15 years that the Ford Cosworth DFV V8 reigned, almost supreme, in Grand Prix racing only Ferrari provided unbroken opposition. Renault broke...
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An entirely new six-cylinder engine, in the XJ-S Coupe or a new Cabriolet, was Jaguar's autumn announcement unveiled in time for the Motorfair. The in-line six has a capacity of 3.6 litres and...
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What a useful and jolly little car is the latest version of the Lancia Prisma — and not so little either, because this four-door booted saloon comfortably takes four and their luggage. It follows the...
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Refreshingly honest: "Yet again two imitation Ulsters had their inaugural runs to this Rally, Andrew Fleetwood's fully road-equipped example and my own LWB model." Paul Bonewell writing in the...
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In 10 weeks the managing editor has covered 5,300 miles in his Audi Coupe Injection at a surprisingly good average of 30.2 mpg, the five-cylinder engine having used two litres of oil in this time. At...
The Golf GTi, due to reach the market in Golf 2 form next spring, has become the cult car of the 1980s in much the same way as the Mini-Coopers were so fashionable 20 years ago. In fact the GTi...
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Austin Sevens must be going faster this year. The final handicaps issued at the start of the 1983 Birkett Relay Race at Silverstone on the second weekend in October showed that Team 7, Austin 7s of...
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Autumn Fayre Brands Hatch, September 25th One thing we now know is that the South of England is still a rich and plentiful part of Great Britain. Back in the spring Brands Hatch held the Race of...
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René Arnoux's miserable day was completed by having to make a second pit stop as he didn't like the Goodyear tyres fitted at his first stop. It made little difference, apart from dropping him a lap...
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Nine years of endeavour, frustration, patience and heartbreak finally ended for Richard Noble on Tuesday, October 4th — when he piloted the 34,000 hp jetcar Thrust 2 to a. new mile land speed record...
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Signs that Group C racing will get stronger, and that the challenge will come from the Orient, were seen in Japan when the Fuji 1,000 Kilometre World Endurance Championship race was run early in...
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For those who like to know what kind of cars individual people used, and I suppose most of us do, there is interest from this and other aspects in "Ross" by Norris McWhirter (Churchill Press, 1976)....
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Twenty Years of Change It’s only when one spends a day with two cars from the same manufacturer, built a couple of decades apart, that one fully realises just how that manufacturer has to adapt suits...
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A Clean Sweep by Brabham Kyalami, Johannesburg, October 15th Under normal conditions the South African GP takes place at the beginning of the season and when the 1983 season was originally planned it...
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Team Lotus have their ups and downs. This time they were on a down. Mansell made a nonsense of his start and then had a stop to cure gear linkage trouble. After his routine pit stop he stopped again...
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All too often we hear that the best cars in the world are made in Germany, and we wonder what right has any commentator to disguise his opinion as a fact. The latter is sacred, but the former is...
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"On The Road" by Jackie Stewart. 120 pp. 10" x 7" (Collins Willow, 8 Grafton Street, London, W1X 3LA £7.95). The reason this book gets into the full-review section of this book reviews' page is on...
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The Ford V8 as a Racing Car A Remarkable Facet of Between-Wars Indianapolis History The Ford Motor Company has won so many races and other competition events that it is permissible to look back on an...
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The 12/50 Alvis Register, in conjunction with the Alvis OC, held a very enjoyable Anniversary Day at Brooklands on October 2nd, to which they flatteringly invited me as Guest of Honour (perhaps...
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The other day I had the good fortune to meet Mr Andrew Oliver, a fit-looking ex-chauffeur of nearly 90, who went as a boy direct from school to work with the horses on the estate of Col. Bourne at...
These days, when every manufacturer worth his salt lists one, the diesel-engined private car is taken very much for granted. But there had to be a beginning. The examples of vintage cars like...
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A Brighton Run Topic Sir, "Oh that we could persuade the RAC to reject those who are not members of the VCC and who presumably do not support what the Brighton run stands for." This remarkable...
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Motorway speeds From The Earl Howe, CBE, DL, JP Sir, I should like to give support to your editorial in September Motor Sport under your heading Matters of Moment "An Opportunity Lost?" I was asked...

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