November 1990

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The sad situation in the Middle East is affecting car owners and, if it flares up, will go down in history as the Oil War. Already, without a shot having been fired, except at ships which appear...
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A!though only in its second year, the MOTOR SPORT Concours d'Elegance attracted cars of an extremely high calibre causing an extraordinarily difficult task for judges Nathan Beehl, Andrew Bell,...
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The European part of the Formula One season ended with two races on the Iberian peninsular on consecutive weekends. The Portuguese Grand Prix took place on the pleasant little circuit at Estoril on...
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The most unhappy, damaging and unnecessary episode in the history of sports car racing came to an end in Paris on September 18 when FISA President Jean-Marie Balestre and ACO President Raymond...
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History has a nasty habit of repeating itself, as the World Championship sports car teams were reminded when they went to Canada. The first and last time Group C was run in Canada, 50 races ago in...
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In the days when first Peugeot, then Lancia, dominated World Championship rallies, events late in the year were hard pressed to attract a good spread of worldwide entries. The championship had...
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Much of what we said about entries in Australia's Commonwealth Bank Rally also applies to the Rothmans Cyprus Rally. This late September round of the European Rally Championship, even at the highest...
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The fuel consumption era was ushered out in the rarified atmosphere of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 7, but gave one last dying kick as the winning Mercedes driven by World Champions...
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"A Poor Man in Search of Motor Sport" and "A Poor Man Goes Motor Racing" (MOTOR SPORT, October 1959 and March 1961 respectively) were the two articles which leapt to mind when an invitation came into...
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Dear Reader, I have been interested to read letters from readers deploring the wrong use of the English language, with particular reference to the word unique, in the September and October issues of...
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Jointly organised by the Jaguar Car Club and the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, the Jaguar Spares Day will be held at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on Sunday, October 28th....
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As the organisers do with the Pirelli Marathon in recreating Alpine rallying of another era, so the Ulster Automobile Club seeks to recreate the Circuit of Ireland which reached a peak of popularity...
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In October 14th the BBC "Top Gear" programme sent Willie Rushton to cover the Hispano Suiza Hotel Ritz Spanish Rally, which brought out a record number of these rare cars, some from Britain, of...
The Welsh event, which dates back to 1939 as a main VSCC fixture, had 80 entries this year, fewer than in 1989, and consisted of a 200-mile run-in to Presteigne on the Saturday, by any route the...
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We are saddened to learn of the death of Aubery Ashton Rigby, of Burgess Hill, Sussex, who raced MG cars at Brooklands and elsewhere before the war. He drove his MG Magna in the 1934 Ulster TT, but...
It is with sadness that we have to report the death of David Hampshire, the amateur driver of Bugatti cars and a 6CM Maserati before the war. After the war he raced the Maserati again before joining...
A lifelong motoring enthusiast, John ("Joby") Bowles, has died, aged 83. He had associations ranging from friendships with WO Bentley to Colin Chapman. It began when as a boy he joined Bentley &...
Those who like engines are advised that AE Tagg has produced a short history of Green and ENV aero-engines, called Power for the Pioneers which is is packed with many illustrations to back up the...
The Austin 7 world and the motoring scene in general is the poorer for the death, aged 86, of Stanley Edge, who will forever be associated with the birth of the A7. Young Edge joined Austin's...
After "Driving the Veterans" (pages 12 151218) had gone to press we received Shire Album No 251 The Brighton Run by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, which goes over the same ground in more detail, covering...
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A contemporary monthly has been running a series called "Went The Day Badly", about disasters or near disasters remembered by the road testers. I do not have many such memories but there was one such...
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"Now is the time for a car that is exciting, responsive and fun. Now is the time for a car that rekindles the great tradition of British open top motoring. Now is the time for the Scimitar SST from...
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The economy may be heading for a depression, there may be a positive downturn in trade and there may even be the threat of petrol rationing should the Gulf erupt in flames, but that did not stop the...
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A visit to Douglas, on the Isle of Man, is like a time warp to a bygone age. A still-grand town, that has seen better days and is sitting uncomfortably with the 1990s — all seedy colonnaded Victorian...
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How it Began The annual London-Brighton Run for veteran (pre-1905) cars has become one of motoring's biggest and most popular fixtures, attracting a big entry and an enormous concourse of spectators...
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When the plea goes out to drivers of more modern cars to give the veterans plenty of road space on Brighton Run Sunday this does not imply that they have ineffective brakes or are in any way...
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Weather-wise, as in other ways, the VSCC is truly wonderful! On October 6th, the day before its speed-trials along the front at Weston-Super-Mare, rain lashed down and a gale blew trucks over on the...
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Not a forgotten make, a forgotten model. A bit of a sad Rover story, in fact. There is no doubt that the Rover is, and was, one of Britain's great cars, although orientated to the 'Rovonda' theme in...
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I should have been cured of any obsession with combustion chamber shapes and valve angles at the age of 14, when, having spent a considerable sum of pocket money on a copy of The Automobile Engineer...
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by Dominique Pascal. 146 pp. 11 1/4" x 8" GT Foulis & Co, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. £14.95 The French motoring journalist Pascal had produced two earlier books about the Le Mans 24-...
by Walter Hayes. 285pp. 9 3/4" x 6". Weidenfield and Nicholson, 91 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7TA £18.95. The late Henry Ford II, taking over the mighty Ford Car Company established by his...
by William Court. 319pp. 11 1/4" x 9 3/4" Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 2RQ. £55.00 The long awaited second volume of William Court's Power And Glory, his in-depth History of...
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by Alan Bramson. 288pp. 9 3/4" x 6" PSL/Thorsons Group, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2RQ. £15.99. For many years the great Sir Thomas Sopwith resisted the desire of authors to tell his...
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Sir I wonder if through your columns your readers can help me with information on a 1911 Marion Speedster, serial number 30839, I have recently acquired. The car is in a very original condition...
Sir In the summer I visited the National Technical Museum in Prague, Czechoslovakia where one of the cars on display was a 1939 Mercedes-Benz W163 Grand Prix car. An elderly man in overalls, who...
Sir Having been an ardent reader of MOTOR SPORT for more years than I can actually remember, and finding enjoyment in reading even the advertisements and the "Monopoly" prices often quoted, there are...
Sir If anyone thinks Jenks is going over the top with his 'fake/replica' comments and Serendipity Championship, a look at the diecast model collecting scene reveals to what extent this sort of...
Sir I was interested in DSJ's article on sound and/or noise in the August issue of MOTOR SPORT. I have an idea that this could have emanated from a conversation we had at Silverstone in April when I...
Sir I would be extremely grateful if you would publish the following notice which in modified form has also been circulated to dealers, Scotland Yard and local stations. The notice concerns the theft...
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Sir I doubt whether you now recall it, but I was one of those young lads fortunate enough to possess a CIJ P2 Alfa. It was shortly before Christmas 1932 that as a 10 year old I was taken to the West...
Sir In reply to Dr Christopher Pearson on the subject of roll-over bars and strapping in drivers. One could argue either way and state instances to prove either case, but must we have legislation for...
Sir After reading Bernie McDonald's letter in MOTOR SPORT (September, 1990), and noting his kind reference, I should point out one small detail. The likely source of the coachwork was given as Fritz...
Sir If Bob Burrell's Connaught A6 is fitted with a Lea Francis engine, it is only the second "A" series Connaught to be so equipped, although it began life with a 2-litre Connaught engine. The first...

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