November 1984

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Matters of Moment The Birmingham Grand Prix THE organisers of the Chequer Bitter Classic, the parade of racing cars and drivers around the streets of Birmingham, have called the event "The Greatest...
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Club News THE London Car Club have arranged a film show on behalf of Rivers Fletcher, at the Vickers Cinema on Friday November 9th. The show is entitled "Fifty Years of Motor Racing as seen by Rivers...
OBITUARIES Cyril Paul THE WELL-KNOWN pre-war racing driver Cyril Paul has died at the age of 81. He was educated at Highgate School and after serving an apprenticeship in automobile engineering took...
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The European Grand Prix Prost perfection New Niirburgring, October 7th THE Narburgring GmbH completed their new Motordrom on a man-made plateau in the Eifel mountains of Germany, alongside the famed...
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Reflections in the Eifel WHEN the Formula One drivers boycotted the Niirburgring with its challenging 14 miles of winding, twisting, diving, climbing road, because it was too dangerous or too...
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LOOKING BACK ON Piers Courage IN the latter half of the sixties, a handful of up-and-coming young British drivers were making their marks in the junior single-scater categories. Some were destined to...
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N.E.C. SHOW A Sporting Occasion THE overwhelming impression received from this year's NEC Motor Show is that we are firmly back to a time when almost every manufacturer is leading his range with cars...
The Editor's Showtime Soliloquy THE Birmingham Motor Show has excelled itself again, more central than Earls Court, easier to park at, and full of the most exciting new models in a comprehensive...
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The Lotus Position — Facing Forwards THE FABULOUS Giugiaro-styled Lotus "Concept Car", the Ema, will almost certainly be on public sale in a developed, but substantially similar form, in 1988. The...
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Reliant Scimitar SS1 ONE of the most important new cars at the NEC is the Reliant SS1. Since the demise of the Triumph TR7 and the MG sports car range, customers have not had the choice of being able...
Toyota MR2 THE TOYOTA MR2, which made its British &but at the NEC, is a stylish two-seater sports car using the Corolla engine / transaxle mounted amidships. Performance details are presentlY...
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Audi Extend Quattro Range MARCHING forward with the logo "Vorsprung durch Technik" (a leap Ahead through technology) Audi has now extended its quattro four-wheel drive range with new versions of the...
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Blown Golf TURBO TECHNICS of Northampton has introduced a turbo conversion for the Golf GTi. The company claims 150 bhp, a top speed of 125 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.9 seconds.
Improved Sierra Range FORD has added a new 1.8-litre engine to its range of Sierra options. Producing 90 bhp, the 1,796 cc, four-cylinder engine slots in between the 1.6 E-Max (75 bhp) and the 2-...
Sparkling New MG Maestro 2.0 EFi, Montag() Estate, Revised Metro Range THE potential buyer of a '' hot hatchback" is becoming spoiled for choice. To make matters worse (better?) all of the available...
Ultimate Taxi THE LATE Nubar Gulbenkin had a London cab converted for his personal use. "I understand it can turn on a sixpence," be said, "whatever that may be," It proved to be an extremely...
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Cyprus Rally AS the world's leading la,. tory teams were finalising their preparations for the Sanremo Rally, so another group of competitors about 1,500 miles away in the Eastern Mediterranean, just...
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Fuji 1,000 Kms Watson joins a winning team IT WAS third time lucky for John Watson as a member of the Rothmans-Porsche endurance team. At Spa in early September the Ulsterman was struggling to match...
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BOOK REVIEWS "Smoke Trails in the Sky" by Squadron Leader Anthony Bartley, DFC. 208 pp, 91/2 in x 51/4 in (William Kimber, 100 lermyn Street, London SWIY 6EE £10.50). During and immediately after the...
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AMEDEE GORDINI — His life and his cars ANYONE who has followed Grand Prix racing or studied its history will know the name Gordini, not in the same context as Ferrari or Maserati, but as a mune that...
Lister Postscript DUNCAN RABAGLIATI of the Formula One Register has reminded us thus, contrary to the impression we gave in "The Other Cars of Brian Lister" (MOTOR SPORT, August 1984), the 1957 F2...
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Archie Butterworth IT IS extraordinary, but whenever I mentioned to friends or colleagues that I'd been to see Archie Butterworth, their faces would break into a pleasurable smile and they'd demand...
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Postscript When one attempts to do original research into the more obscure corners of motor racing history, one comes across two main problems. The first is that magazine reports and articles of 25...
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Motor Racing And All That Jazz DURING a recent conversation with Brian Lister, we began to speculate why so many racing drivers have been musical. We reached no conclusions hut the subject seemed so...
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VETERAN EDWARDIAN VINTAGE A SECTION DEVOTED TO OLD CAR MATTERS The Type 43 Bugatti IN the vintage years there was nothing quite like the Type 43 Bugatti for making the blood in an enthusiast's veins...
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MOTORING AS IT WAS A Look Back to the Roads of the 1920s Continued from the September issue WE LEFT Owen John, that amateur motoring writer and philosopher whose way we are following so as to get a...
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One Day in September THE Tunbridge Wells Section of the 750 MC had the commendable ideal of re-running that Club's first competitive event, the Committee Cup Trial of 1939, on September 9th, the...
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THAT the only two contenders for a World Championship title can meet in a contest and be decisively beaten by someone who isn't in the running at all is nothing short of amazing. Were this to happen...
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NEC MOTOR SHOW ThHeVhEoRonilth-E3S9T0AbVp)7PoAMY:tV!:.e9-'11tare7rVg'Pn,°irt'ce7cse:rdiP170 ntiapritid. ViinainZ7ien°a7;rlikling ducts air to the mid-mounted water radiators. Porsche has plans to...
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Another McLaren double Estoril Autodrome, October 210 TO round off the 1984 Formula One season, the Grand Prix of Portugal was revived and held on the little "mickey-mouse" Autodrome in the hills...
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BIRMINGHAM "ROUND THE STREETS was ari enormous variety of cars assembled for the event and any selection photographs can only hint at the full flavour of the day. At the top of the page John Horton...
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Road Impressions: Marcos Mantula 3.5 IT IS on occasions like this that I ant glad that MOTOR SPORT does not always publish road tests. We are careful to call some of our assessments, "Road...
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VSCC FINAL VINTAGE MEETING of 1984 Brooklands Rileys (above, at the Barn) scrapping for second in the opening Trophy Race, A. N. Farquhar just holding off R. F. de L. Wills by 0.2 sec. Amongst an...
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_ Y-E-V Miscellany. — We hear that Neil Corner has acquired Ronnie Symondson's ex-Embiricos Type 578 Bugatti, Neil has had two of these cars in the past but sold them, one going to California. We may...
V-EN Odds & Ends.—. A reader, now in Hong Kong, wonders whether three cars he owned as a young Air Force Officer still exist. They were a 1934 Aston Martin, Reg. No. probably BLU 417, the ex-...
VSCC Colerne Speed Trials THE VSCC speed trials at Colerne are of especial interest because they consist of straight sprints on the MoD's aerodrome, so that one car can be directly compared with...
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A Fourth ERA Race I was most interested in D.S. J.'s article about the ERAs in last month's MOTOR SPORT, and in particular the paragraph concerning the races which have been held exclusively for ERAs...
ERA I refer to Denis Jenkinson's article on 50 years of ERAs in your September issue which was a nice touch and will remind your readers of the great service Raymond Mays and Humphrey Cook did for...
Sage History It was with great interest that I read the article re the Sage engined cars. In late 1925! saw a racing car in a field at Nazeing near my home, and having made inquiries as to the owner...
The Baird Special Sir, When I was ten or eleven years old, and lived at No. 10 Addison Street in Nottingham, the Baird Special — interestingly described by W.B. in the August issue — was frequently...
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"Encounter" Regarding your "Encounter" in your Sept 84 edition, it was a Type 40 Bugatti and ADS stands for Australia. We brought the ear over for the VSCC Golden Jubilee events and have enjoyed...
A Reconciliation? IS reconciliation in sight between the Brooklands Society and Gallaher, over the future of Brooklands? We ask because, although Brian Dinsley, Chairman of the BS, continues to...
Cars In Books FROM "Streatham — Pictures from the Past", published by the Streatham Society, 50 Staplefield Close, London, SW2 4AF in 1983, there are a wealth of old photograPhs to fascinate those...
Segrave's Trains In the recent review of "The Basset-Lowke Story" Sir Henry Segrave is mentioned as a customer of that famous model making firm. It is not perhaps well known to younger readers of...
Steam THE petrol shortage scare has receded and there in less need to think in terms of steam or electric cars. However, interest attaches to a brochure sent toss by a reader, relating to the Planet...
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Bike Ban? Sir, Ann keen motorist and cyclist I must take W.B. to task over his comments in "Motoring As It Was" (September issue), where he appears to advocate a ban on cyclists in London. Cycling as...
Delta Devotee You reviewed the Lancia Delta HF Turbo in your July issue. Shortly thereafter I was able to road test one, and bought it. As promised I got performance but also a surprise, this is a "...
Garage Charges I wish to register a strong protest against the outrageous prices that BMW distributors are charging for certain small service items. I own a 1983 5281 and recently had cause for an...
Kit Cars Defended I was delighted to read your recent articles on the TMC Costin and the Midas but saddened that such a negative attitude to the kit car genre as a whole should appear to be an...
Lightning Riposte While agreeing with Anthony Evans (Readers Letters, September 1984), I must say that I don't mind looking a pratt, by fitting a lightning conductor to my car if it means that my...
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A New Motoring Archive KARL LUDVIGSEN'S vast personal photograph and book library is now open to the public under the charge of a full-time archivist, the motoring writer Giles Chapman. The library...
Cave Camel! Following Mr J. Howell's letter in the September issue of MOTOR SPORT, I can tell that one certainly also needs a ca'rnet when one wants to take one's English ear to England to race — or...
Model Answer I have just discovered an aspect of Formula One motor racing which your magazine has never explained to its readership. I think we should be told! It all happened at the John Player...
Rare Service In May 1983, I purchased a 1977 Porsche 911 and with a regard to the possible cost of repairs, decided to take out a Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Policy with Automotive Insurance...
Road Tyres Win Cyprus Rally THE BF Goodrich Tire Group of Akron, Ohio, not to be confused with Goodyear, is very chuffed, according to a hand-out, that the Audi Quattro with which John Buffum won the...
Shock Horror With regards to the recent correspondence in your letters column about car sickness and static discharge. I think your readers should be made aware of what happened to me whilst driving...
Tyre Troubles Sir, My -A" registered Audi 80 Sport is fitted with 185/60 HR14 Dunlop SP Sport D3 tyres. Those at the front will not last 20,000 miles and, more particularly, display nts predictable...

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