November 1987

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In 1929 the Stutz company of Indianapolis built three special supercharged cars for its challenge to the Bentleys at Le Mans, and after the race one of them was tested in MOTOR SPORT. After years of...
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Captain Mark Phillips and lesser-known drivers have been in the news recently for exceeding 100 mph, the once-magic "ton", and being fined and/or disqualified accordingly. To those old enough to...
Philip Young is striving to organise a rally marathon next year which will rival the Daily Express London-Sydney Rally of 20 years ago. It is to be open solely or mainly for Classic cars built before...
After two years at the same price, we are reluctantly compelled to bow to increasing production costs and raise the cover price of MOTOR SPORT by 20p to £1.20. This increase will take effect from the...
The year must not pass without a memorial to the once-proud name of Austin, to which the Rover Group has given the chop. The Austin from Birmingham was, for so many years, such a dependable,...
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Soon after 1am on September 23, rallying lost two of its stalwarts when the Cessna 340 aircraft chartered by Toyota Team Europe for use as a radio relay station during the Ivory Coast Rally crashed...
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Barrie Williams has emerged the winner of the generously-sponsored Renault 5 Elf Turbo Cup. After taking the Philips Pole Premium award, Williams won in the rain at Oulton Park at 73.78 mph, from...
Lotus has launched a new body for its mid-engined Esprit Turbo (215 bhp) and Series 4 Esprit (172 bhp) at Motorfair 87. Although it has reminders of the previous Giugiaro design which appeared in...
Having been in existence for just one year, the World Touring Car Championship is to be discontinued in 1988, it was announced at FISA's Executive Meeting in Paris last month. Against the wishes of...
Stefano Modena, the 24-year-old Italian who stamped his authority so clearly on the Birmingham Superprix at the end of August, was confirmed as this year's International Formula 3000 Champion at the...
As expected, Frank Williams announced before the Spanish Grand Prix that the most experienced driver in Formula One has been signed to replace Nelson Piquet next season. Riccardo Patrese, who was...
We should like to apologise to a number of subscribers whose copies of MOTOR SPORT have been delayed recently. The problem has been overcome, and all our customers should now be receiving their...
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The European season of Formula One racing finished on a high note with two highly enjoyable races on the Iberian Peninsula. The Portuguese Grand Prix was held at the Estoril Autodromo on September 20...
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Dear AH, I see reader R J Dawson from Weymouth, (Letters, MOTOR SPORT, October 1987) fell into the trap of believing that the BBC Television Grand Prix coverage shows you everything. He referred to...
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The more trodden a path, the easier the walk, and since its exploratory, almost tentative venture across the border only a few years ago, the Hong Kong-Peking Rally seems to have established itself...
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In a nutshell, the Ivory Coast Rally was a pretty rotten event. As an attempt at copying the Safari it has never, in all its 19-year history, even looked like making the grade, and the small...
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Driving an Audi Coupe Quattro, David Llewellin and Phil Short were outright winners of the Rothmans Cyprus Rally at the end of September, just over eleven minutes ahead of local crew, and former...
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Porsche has been developing the PDK semi-automatic transmission in competitions for four years, and the programme ended when Hans-Joachim Stuck won this year's German Würth Supercup series in his...
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Jaguar finished the 1987 World Sports Prototype Championship with a splendid one-two victory at Fuji, following up the double success at Spa-Francorchamps two weeks previously. John Watson and Jan...
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The annual Bathurst saloon car race ended on somewhat of a low note this year amidst a mass of controversy. This legendary race, held in Australia, acted as the eighth round of the World Touring Car...
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Arese Arrival AIfa Romeo's new 164 is a significant newcomer and we make no apologies for returning to the subject. After a day at the wheels of three variants on public roads, we feel it worth...
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Ramar Engineering is a young (established mid-1985) and unfamiliar name, but ift the Panther Solo 2 is a commercial success it will owe a largely unacknowledged debt to Ramar's all-wheel-drive...
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Best of British The Rover Group's advertising policy has changed under Graham Day's direction, from corporate ("now we're motoring") to product (Montegos crashing through plate glass windows)....
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Building on an established model range is usually a case of steady development, and that is just what has happened to Mazda's middle-sized saloon. Sandwiched between two high-performance offerings,...
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Honda engines' domination of Formula One has generated great respect for the make, but the Integra used to be a car more for mum and dad than the enthusiast, unless the latter borrowed it to drive...
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Just before retiring as Mercedes-Benz (UK) Ltd's public relations manager, Erik Johnson suggested I should acquaint myself with Stuttgart's 560SEL saloon. It was a welcome experience for one who has...
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Audi is pulling no punches when it comes to comparing its new 90 range with its two main rivals in the compact luxury high-performance class. The customer seeking quality and prestige inevitably...
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It is a nice idea: Britain traditionally has just about the strongest demand for estate cars anywhere. Alfa Romeo's reputation was made and is being revived on sporting cars. Marry the two, and the...
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Naturally there is more interest in an historic car with some competition background than in one without, not to mention the sordid matter of enhanced value. So it is not surprising that when a...
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Steve Kempton earned himself a place in the motor racing history books when he became the first Briton to win the prestigious FIA European Formula Three Cup at Silverstone. Heading a massive entry,...
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Mud and Hills The VSCC held another highly successful Welsh Two-Day Trial, with the usual 100-mile run in, on October 10-11, although heavy rain beforehand made the seventeen hills difficult. In the...
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Of the many old-car gatherings in Europe, the Circuit des Remparts of Angouleme must be the most splendidly sited. Built on a rocky peak overlooking the Charente river in central France, the medieval...
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The forecast said rain, and rain there was! So during the Shuttleworth & Nuffield Trophies Meeting at Donington Park on September 19, finale of the 1987 VSCC racing season, spins and wild slides...
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It was nice to see Averil Scott-Moncrieff driving her Bugatti. She was overtaken following a duel with Rathbone's Talbot 105, but the latter almost hit a wall after a long skid at the chicane, losing...
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Some 160 guests turned up at Pentlepoir in Wales at the invitation of John Carter and his family, to see his 1904 CGV fired-up for the first time since its meticulous rebuild. This is a rare veteran...
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From Another World — 1897-1917 by Anthony Eden (Allen Lane, 1976) we learn that the Earl of Avon's father took to motoring with style. He had two Benz cars, a limousine for use in the country and a...
Jrery Larks of Panshanger is anxious to trace the missing 750cc JAP engine which the late Clive Lones used for record-breaking in a Morgan three-wheeler. This ex-Brooklands Morgan now has an ex-...
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We left Owen John enthusing over the 9/20 Rover, which resided with his own 16/50 Rover saloon, and which recalled summer Sunday runs from London to the seaside, to Brighton and Eastbourne chiefly,...
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In his day the late W J Brunell was a very skilled photographer, working mostly for the yellow-cover journal The Auto (not to be confused with The Autocar) but also specialising in fine photographs...
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There cannot be a true motoring enthusiast alive who is not aware of the ingenious Riley valve-gear of the pre-war years, wherein inclined overhead valves in hemispherical heads were operated by two...
A little bit of Sunbeam racing history came to light in an unexpected place, while we were reading an adventure story in the period style of Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie. This was a book by Mark...
Tony Chesters' 1912 Model T Ford Town Car illustrated last month is the oldest British-built (Trafford Park) Model T known. It left the assembly-line that January, and was supplied by Mann Egerton to...
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The Vintage Sports Car Club achieved another ambition on October 4, that of holding a seaside speed-trial. In the 1920s and earlier, a great many seaside resorts attracted visitors by having such...
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Every month MOTOR SPORT receives a series of enquiries from owners about the history of their particular car. Some are unexceptional vehicles, some are important; but on occasions something very...
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Hurricane Combat It is notable that war books are still being written more than 40 years after WW2 ended. It has been said that better history can be recorded if sufficient time elapses for...
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Much of what WB wrote in his lengthy footnote to my letter regarding the importance of Brooklands (MOTOR SPORT, September 1987), is a matter of a difference of opinion. I would, however like to pick...
I rather enjoyed DSJ's sideswipe at Concours (MOTOR SPORT, October 1987). On a scale of excitement, I would place these events just above putting wellington boots on, and slightly below feeding the...
I can well imagine that DSJ receives his fair share of hate mail from the Mansell contingent. Having just read your reports on the German and Austrian Grands Prix (MOTOR SPORT, September 1987, I will...
May I point out that the first car, with the possible exception of the 1900 Napier, to actually race with the colour green was the 40hp Panhard which Jarrott drove in the Paris-Berlin race on June 28...
In reply to "Whose Alfa Romeo?" (MOTOR SPORT, September 1987, page 926), the facts are as follows. The 6C 1750 Super Sport Alfa Romeo registered UU 9125 (engine and chassis numbers 0312905) was sold...
DSJ's Grand Prix reports still prove that there is some sanity left in contemporary race reporting. The jingoistic rubbish being written in the other "serious" magazines has become all rather boring...
Perhaps I may follow up your article on the Preston-built Moveo (MOTOR SPORT, October 1987), with a few items. The original Moveos (Latin: "I go"), were motorcycles built by Bert Houlding for the...
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In reference to the late David Scott-Moncrieff's letter (MOTOR SPORT, September 1987), is it possible that the RR Continental PII mentioned was owned by the late John Bond, founder and former...
Knowing your reputation for getting details right , I am sure you will have spotted an error on page 1033 of the October issue. Here you describe the Alvis driven by Gregor Fisken as the "Charnock...
MOTOR SPORT readers are by and large a pretty knowledgeable bunch, so I wonder if any of them could help me with information about a couple of amateur-built sprint specials, namely Robert Waddy's "...
It speaks volumes for your impartiality and broad mindedness that Mr Wheeler's load of rubbish was allowed two columns in Letters (MOTOR SPORT, September 1987). Whatever Messrs Sheridan and Wheeler...
Incredulous at first of your correspondent's claim of a correlation between baldness and driving Golf GTIs (Letters, MOTOR SPORT, October 1987), I soon had to admit he is right. This is a popular car...

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