November 1991

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No beating about the Bush The defeat of Jean-Marie Balestre by Max Mosley in the FISA presidential election will materially change the face of world motorsport. Mosley himself has pledged as much,...
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The Month in Motor Sport Sep 14: John Gray sets a new course record at Brighton Speed Trials in his Pilbeam MP58. Despite losing a sidepod during a run, his time was 14.48sec over the half-mile -- a...
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Special Brews Dear Reader, One of the things I enjoy about Vintage Sports Car Club meetings is the variety of interesting vehicles and in particular the 'specials', cars created by the owners from a...
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Wheel of misfortune What more does Nigel Mansell have to do to win the World Championship? It was the question that sprang most readily to mind as one watched him, three-wheeled, impotently punching...
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The deal of the decade? Footwork and Porsche are now counting the cost (and the embarrassment) of rash promises and wishful thinking. The laughter, it has to be said, cannot have been lost on the...
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Prolonging the dream As a venue we feared the worst, worried that, literally, it might have nothing; as a race, it had it all. The 1991 Spanish GP was one of those épreuves for which all the portents...
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Worrying traits There is little point is writing much about the F1 World Drivers' Championship in this issue of Motor Sport, published on October 25, because even if you are reading it promptly the...
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Home fire burning The Sportscar World Championship has been a one-sided contest this year, and the result of the sixth round at Magny-Cours, in central France on September 15 put Silk Cut Jaguar well...
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Where next Mr President? MLC interviews new FISA president Max Mosley "I looked in my shaving minor this morning and thought, 'Gosh, at long last I can do something about the way motorsport is run...
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Double and quits It took a while for the Silk Cut Jaguar team to react to the success in Mexico. Derek Warwick was heading for second place in the Sportscar World Championship encounter and made a...
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Keeping it in the family When Emerson Fittipaldi clinched the 1974 World Championship at Watkins Glen, his McLaren was powered by an engine similar in performance to that which carried his nephew...
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What's in a name? Last month, we pointed out that Formula 3000's name meant very little to the world at large, and that it sounded more like a brand of furniture polish than the final proving ground...
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Hoy fever The British Touring Car Championship ran as a one-class two-litre formula for the first time in 1991. Gone were the GpA supercars with near-F1 outputs and gone was the multi-class system...
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Wet, wet, wet They might just as well have held the meeting in a jacuzzi, such were conditions for the HSCC's Silverstone meeting in September. Through rooster tails of spray that were doing...
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Delta Wave When Carlos Sainz crashed out of contention whilst leading the 1000 Lakes Rally it was an uncharacteristic lapse, for he is the most precise of drivers, always taking great pains to...
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Instant Heritage Despite the absence of a rear "+ 2" seat and the presence of a firmly mid-mounted engine, the Honda NSX makes everyday sense. For the first time in our post-war experience, Porsche...
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Alfa Romeo has been riding the British recession effectively. Unusually, it is the largest car in the line, the 164 saloon, which breathes life into Romeo. The British Alfa 164 price-span is now...
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The Douglas Light Car Douglas motorcycles were known and esteemed the world over in pre-war days. The famous belt-drive flat-twins were ridden by numerous Dispatch Riders during the First World War....
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We see that a weekly contemporary is organising a competition for its readers to see which of their cars can record the best time on a 0-100-0mph thrash. We note further that four warming-up and six...
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Protests over the results of races or rallies are nasty things! Necessary perhaps but nasty nevertheless. They can cause ill-feeling and friction, delay the publication of results, and cast doubts as...
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Moving to Kent on September 15th, the VSCC ran a rally divided into four classes, for newcomers (nine of them, of whom the best performer proved to be G Crabtree in a 1929 4-1/2-1itre Bentley), those...
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Having re-acquainted myself with a fast Morgan three-wheeler recently, I thought it would be fun to do the same with a GN. Who better to approach than Edward Riddle, who is a firm believer in the...
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Brighton Speed Trials A dull grey morning with a calm sea and a trace of dampness in the air gave splendid conditions for fast times on Madeira Drive for the 86th Brighton National Speed Trials on...
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Gopsall Park by A7 After investigating the Henry Laird Morgan "Yellow", owned by CE Allen, BEM, which we reported last month, we went on to photograph the entrance to the Gopsall Park speed-trial...
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Royal Rolls-Royce Motor Cars by Andrew Pastouna, 223 pp. 11in x 7-3/4in. Osprey Publishing, 59 Grosvenor Street, London, W1X 9DA. £25.00. For years, the British Royal Family favoured Daimlers. Then...
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Opinions expressed are those of correspondents and not necessarily those of Motot Sport *** Motorway diversions Sir, I was most interested to read the September "Matters of Moment" about...

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