November 1988

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On September 22 the BBC's Top Gear team played a new version of the old game "which are the dozen best cars?" by recalling those which in its opinion were the best remembered over the past eight...
A new association formed by enthusiasts to replace Steve Sydenham's Racing For Britain, which folded in August, has been named Motor Racing GB (to avoid any confusion with the commercial organisation...
Tyre safety Years ago when cruising speeds were low and roads comparatively deserted, worn or faulty tyres did not much matter. This writer often drove his Austin Sevens on bald covers, and a Gwynne...
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One of America's foremost racing drivers, Al Holbert, was killed early in October at the age of 41, when his light aircraft crashed on take-off from an airport in Ohio. Holbert will be remembered as...
Prompted by the death of Enzo Ferrari, last month's Matters of Moment discussed the benefit cars derive from being produced by individuals instead of vast corporations. With the death of Sir Alec...
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Ford's initial reservations having been overcome, British Formula 3000 ace Johnny Herbert, still recovering from leg injuries received at Brands Hatch in August, has been signed up by Benetton for...
A 3.5-litre class is to be introduced to the World Sports-Prototype Championship for 1989, in preparation for 1991 when the series will become the exclusive preserve of these two-seater Formula One...
With the acquisition of one of its major rivals on the world stage, Ralt, the March Group has moved a step closer to becoming the largest manufacturer of international formulae racing cars, with high...
Former Grand Prix star and winner of the 1981 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, John Watson, has lent his name to a new organisation at the Northamptonshire circuit which has taken over and expanded...
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End of entente? Alain Prost will always have good reason to remember the Portuguese Grand Prix. He started it from pole position and he turned it into his 33rd career victory, but there was more. He...
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Spellbinding! "Alain was brilliant. I gave it all I had, but today he proved that he is the best in the world." There might have been a hint of post-race tiredness in Nigel Mansell's voice, but there...
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Second is good enough Second place is never as good as winning, but it gave good cause for celebration at Spa-Francorchamps in September, providing the Tom Walkinshaw-directed Jaguar team its second...
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Brundle's day Martin Brundle took a sabbatical from Formula One racing in order to win the World Sports-Prototype Championship for Drivers, and the ambition was realised at Fuji on October 9 when he...
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Whither Mercedes? If anyone is wondering how serious is Mercedes' involvement in motor racing today, they should note the reaction of the firm's public relations manager, Bernd Harling, when I...
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Indian summer Dear reader, When people talk about an "Indian Summer" I am not quite sure what they mean, as I have never been to India and only really know about European summers. They used to happen...
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End of the road? There can be no doubt that when the Bandama Rally of the Ivory Coast was first held in 1969 its organisers were stimulated by the success of the East African Safari Rally. The fame...
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Rough stuff Whilst a World Championship qualifier was struggling to generate interest in the Ivory Coast, an European Championship round in the Eastern Mediterranean was enjoying a healthy start-list...
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Battles Won, Wars Lost Despite the FISA axe hanging menacingly over its international future, Group A touring car racing has put on a good show this year both at home and abroad. Though the...
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The mighty are fallen There was no doubting the satisfaction in Ruedi Eggenberger's smile as Klaus Niedzwiedz hurtled the Allan Moffat/ANZ Bank Ford Sierra RS500 round Mount Panorama to clinch the $...
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A special kind of motoring Time was when to receive a Derby or Crewe Bentley or Rolls-Royce for test was a rare event. These days Rolls-Royce Motors has seen the light, and allows many more motoring...
Peugeot prestige is high, since the 205GTi set new standards of fun and performance among the smaller hot-hatches and British production got into its stride at Ryton. This was apparent from driving...
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The Changeling Why is it that cars sometimes deteriorate, in respect of minor design details, the longer they are in production? I have now driven three of the very excellent Ford Sierra XR4x4s and...
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Vintage Theory A new car from the Morgan Motor Company is bound to stir the interest of the avid magazine reader sated with friction-free multi-valve all-electronic machines of depressing...
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A sports-car? Volkswagen's smarter modern image can be traced back to 1974, and the replacement of the dowdy Beetle with the Golf and its 1976 derivative the GTi. Now the company is going one step...
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The big If . . Claiming a pedigree back to the Horch inline and vee-eight cylinders of the Twenties and Thirties, Audi's 1988 launch of an aluminium 90° V8 might seem a trifle protracted. In fact...
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Head of the family First reported in Motor Sport in August and November 1987, the Alfa Romeo 164 has just been launched in Britain. Models available from launch are the 3.0 V6 and the 3.0 V6 Lusso,...
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Silver dream machine Current rumours that Mercedes-Benz may be considering a return to Grand Prix racing in the next few years after the success of the Sauber-Mercedes team in sports-car racing have...
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Bob Chamberlain's request for information about the 1912 Prince Henry Austro-Daimlers has been answered, Porsche of Germany coming up with the required information. The engine had been quoted as...
Kimber's Singers Cecil Kimber, as we all know, was the creator of the MG. But from where did he get the inspiration for his world-famous sports-cars? His first car (after a motorcycle accident...
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VCC "Six Days" The Midland Section of the Veteran Car Club was rewarded with more than 80 entries for its commendable week-long reenactment of the 1904 Hereford Small Car Trials. Commencing on the...
The customary Concours d'Elegance and driving tests of the VSCC Midland Section took place at the delightful Madresfield Court venue on September 4. Only seven cars considered themselves beautiful...
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The Brooklands Society's 21st birthday party on September 11 was a pleasantly informal occasion. Dudley Gahagan opened the Test Hill ascents with me in Peter Agg's impressive 38/250hp Mercedes-Benz,...
To have a look at another of the smaller motor museums we drove to the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, close to Stow-on-the-Wold, on the A429 in Gloucestershire. Mike Cavanagh, who has...
Bound for the August Bank Holiday Bishops Castle Rally, the Sentinel DC took five of its members' wagons for a 13-mile jaunt over some steep hills to Knighton on the Saturday evening, endorsing the...
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"Les Girls" at Le Mans Although motor racing back in 1935 was L-Ihardly linked with sponsorship in the way it is today, opportunities for publicity were scarcely ignored. So it was that for that year...
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High-Speed Trials, in which competitors attempt to match average speeds set by the organisers (as distinct from racing), are an excellent way of learning the speed-game, as the VSCC recognises by...
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Mayman rules! Donington Park saw the Vintage SportsCar Club's 1988 racing finale on September 17, its vast paddock (ready for Formula One hospitality units and workshops) well able to accommodate the...
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by John Isaacs. 240pp. 10" x 7" (Air Research Publications Ltd, 34 Elm Road, New Malden, Surrey K73 3HD. £16.50). Small-aeroplane enthusiasts have been able to enjoy a number of books written by...
Conte Maggi's Mille Miglia by Peter Miller. 164pp.91/4" x 91/2" .(Alan Sutton Publishmg, Shepherd Road, Gloucester GL2 6EL. £14.95). Over thirty years since the Mille Miglia was last run, it is easy...
Video: 52 minutes. Virgin Vision, Portobello Dock, 328 Kensal Road, London, W10 5XJ I approached this video with circumspection as I cannot believe that a good job can be done of narrating the...
Video: by Random Film Productions Ltd, 30 minutes. (Sports Seen, Tauenhall Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NH, £17.25 plus £1.50 p&p). One of the most welcome consequences of the advent of video...
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Sir, Whilst I appreciated DSJ's otherwise excellent tribute to Enzo Ferrari (Motor Sport, October 1988), I must take issue over his references to the great man's dotage. I was privileged to...
Sir, With many more Formula One cars being built for next year than there are places on the grid, I gather that eliminating trials might be held. As a spectator I find that Formula One races are far...
Sir, As a regular spectator at Silverstone for many years (from 1954 as a matter of fact, when, as a schoolboy, I watched Froilan Gonzales win the International Trophy in the Ferrari Squalo), I have...
Sir, In reply to Mr Wessells' letter (Motor Sport, September 1988) Perhaps I might be allowed to quote from Status Report, published in the USA by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This...
Sir, May I, through your columns, appeal for a concerted effort by all motorsport enthusiasts, to persuade the BBC to replace its current Grand Prix commentators, Murray Walker and James Hunt? The...
Sir, I have been waiting to see if there would be a special television programme acknowledging Enzo Ferrari's contribution to motor racing. Unexpectedly it came in the form of the Italian Grand Prix...
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Sir, I applaud DSJ's highlighting of the vandalism being perpetrated on Multi-Union II and Tarf II (Motor Sport, October 1988), and suggest that it might form the basis of a campaign to ensure that...
Sir, English is a living language, but it is living it up a shade too fast for some old codgers! In the same issue as another splendid piece by Jenks on "Honesty" (Motor Sport, September 1988), an...
Sir, Having been the owner of several "classic" Lotuses and other cars, I feel I ought to add a little to Jenks' "Honesty" article (Motor Sport, September 1988). It seems very unfair to me that motor...
Sir, How interesting to read of Ralph Stokes' fifteen Monte Carlo Rallies (Motor Sport, September 1988), and in particular the halcyon days of the 1950s when the British challenge was led by the big...
Sir, In your issue of May 1970, on page 446, you recorded the somewhat inauspicious debut of the unique racing P6 Rover which BL had launched for Group 2 racing. Peter Browning of BL Comps enlisted...

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