October 1950

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Whither the B.R.M.? Since the unhappy racing debut of the B.R.M. at Silverstone on August 26th, our postbag has bulged with letters putting forth readers' views on the subject. These range from the...
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The Shelsley Walsh Hill-Climb on September 23rd was full of interest, yet attracted the smallest crowd we have ever seen there—which suggests that circuit-racing is stealing the sprint thunder....
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STAND NUMBERS AT EARLS COURT 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 Healey Delage Bristol Kaiser-Frazer Lincoln Simca Oldsmobile Morgan A.G. 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 Humber Hudson Chevrolet Aston...
A.C. Stand 135 There is no change here except that prices have risen, the saloon now costing £1,059 and the Sports Tourer, with Buckland body, £1,098. The drophead coupe model is discontinued. The...
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Details follow of the exhibits of those exhibitors who have submitted details to Motor Sport:— A.C. SPHINX Stand 312 Sparking plugs, plug-cleaning machinery, air-cleaners, air-silencers, fuel pumps,...
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This Rally is being organised by the M.C.C. for the Daily Express. At last we have a real "man's rally" again, for the 1,000 miles have to be covered at a 26 2/3 m.p.h. average, with the exception of...
"ENDURANCE," featuring Jean Lodge, Michael Medwin and Guy Middleton. A Cecil Mask Production. Endurance is sub-titled a Fantasy of Le Mans and was filmed for the Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd. All followers...
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J2 Cadillac-Allard Smashes Sports-Car Record. The Brighton Speed Trials were held in beautiful weather on September 2nd and a breeze blowing up the kilometre provided gentle assistance. There is...
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Those seeking to learn about French towns or to brush up their knowledge of them will find the new guides, in English, one per town, by Michelin, just the job. The first three cover Chartres,...
Caravans are in great demand by the motor-racing fraternity, who benefit by escaping the need for hotel-bookings and by having a mobile headquarters always to hand. So interest attaches to the new...
Bucklers list some special parts of great appeal to enthusiasts anxious to improve their Fords. The Buckler multi-tubular chassis frame is available to take either a Ford Eight transmission (7 ft. 6...
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Poore makes fastest time and wins Staniland Trophy Willis and Collins break class records Prescott was blessed with fine weather on the occasion of its National Meeting on September 10th. Some of...
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The M.C.C. at Silverstone BEFOR1.?, the war t lie Motor Cycling Club's Members' Meeting at Brooklands was one of the high-lights of the clubman's season. The day was devoted to One-Hour High Speed...
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• , • i.40Aiipolw. • 11 .• • The September Hatch Meeting Voss Unlucky. Bottoms on Form Wins Championship Race FORTY-THREE 500-e.e. exponents entered for the 500 Clult race meeting at Brands [latch on...
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JAGUARS' SWEEPING VICTORY IN THE DUNDROD T.T. Stirling Moss Wins on Distance and Formula, Whitehead Second, Gerard (Frazer-Nash) Third on Formula. Appalling Weather Conditions. THE first post-war...
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THE CARS ELIGIBLE. The Regulations for the race contained the following stipulations : Chess-is : Chassis must be of a normal four-wheel type, the engine of which is not supercharged. Body : The body...
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SHENSTONE & D.C.C. FIRST EVENING TRIAL (August 26th) SPORTS CARS: J. H. Leigh (Frazer-Nash). TRIALS CARS: L. Tracey (Dellow). ORDINARY CARS: J. Tregenza (Bradford). LAGONDA C.C. THAME RALLY (...
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* BRITISH AMATEUR. MOTOR RACING CLUB Sir, Our aim is to enable members to take an active part in motor racing without the heavy individual expense which would otherwise be unavoidable. We have at our...
LANCIA AS A DRIVER Sir, I have read with great interest in your current issue the letter " Lancia as a driver," by Mr. Peter Heck. I have known this fine American artist, as a friend, for some time...
M.G. SUCCESSES IN AUSTRALIA A cable received by the Nutlield Organisation from Australia reported big M.G. successes in the Queensland Road Racing Championship. The Championship took place in August...
ONE-MAKE CLUBS We inadvertent ly ontit It'd the Southern Jowett C.C. front our list of one-make clubs in the last issue. Founded in 1923, this club eaters for all Joicett owners, Javelins included,...
READERS' OPINIONS OF THE B.B.M. Sir, In 1933 Mr. H. N. Charles produced two ears made mostly of standard production parts ; these cars cost about 12,000 complete, were completely reliable and one in...
V.S.C.C. WELSH RALLY Regulations and entry forties are now available for this event. It is open to members of the Club, driving Vintage or Edwardian ears. The rallying point is the Radnor Arms,...
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HISPANO-SUIZA REVISITED by KENT KARSLAKE WHEN some time ago 1 was seeking to arrange insurance cover for an Ilis-panoSitiza car, I was informed that the underwriters, specialists in motor insurance,...
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THE *LITRE M.G. THE 13.11.D.C. Silverstone Meeting necessitated a Stop-Press report and entailed a strenuous time. But I knew I should survive it as soon as threaded a brisk exit from London in a I...
THE 11th S.B.A.C. DISPLAY With the arrival of September and the first autumnal hint of winter we associate. the world's greatest flying display, the S.B.A.C. show at Farnborough's historic airfield....
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CHAIN CHATTER by "CARROZZINO" Tr/71111 the last round of the 1950 Champioriship completed we now know many things about which arguments have raged throughout, the season. With the meeting at Monza...
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RUMBLINGS That " Real " Motor Car Ian Niekols tutu an interesting article in the last issue of the B.A./?.C. Gazelle, in which he defined the " real " motor car. " " Nickols confessed that his idea...
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SIDESLIPS b) " BALADEUR " THE importance of the Paris Exposition of 1900 may be judged from the fact that certain people who won gold medals at it, and who in this context shall be nameless, have not...
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" .R.M.-AhIBASSADOR FOR BRITAI N " (Daily Express, 2s. 6d.). This booklet could have been a splendid bit of propaganda for motor-racing in general and the B.R.M. in particular, and the Daily Express...
"BRITISH CARS-1950." (P-C Publications, 7, Newhall Street, Birmingham, 3, Os.) This is rather like a catalogue, but will be useful as a quick reference to specifications and prices of modern British...
" PETROLRUM," by George Sell, F.Inst.Pet. (Purchasing Officers Association, Wardrope Chambers, 146, Queen Victoria Street, E.C.4, Is. 6d.) Here, in 71 pages, are many facts of value to those who have...
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PICTORIAL REVIEW THE R.A.C. TOURIST TROPHY RACE — BUGATTI O.C. PRESCOTT HILL-CLIMB-500 CLUB BRANDS HATCH MEETING and a SELECTION OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE CARS AT EARLS COURT
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High-Performance Cars at Earls Court
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An Alpine Tour with a Difference by J. M. B. DOVE A record number of English motorists took their cars abroad this season. This article will remind them of those carefree summer days, besides opening...
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CONTINENTAL NEWS THE MONZA GRAND PRIX Twenty-seven ears contested the Monza Grand Prix, the 189-kilometre 1,100 c.c. race. Wharton had his Cooper 1,000 but lost time investigating the straw bales,...
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A Spate of Record Breaking Before the IYar record-breaking was a recognised undertaking when you Nveren'l rtwing. Recently renewed interest has been shown in it. largely thanks to the ttiI.tIclil ii...
-"I'RE GREEN HAT.by Ability-1 Arlen (l'olli(is). F.very Ill0111II, MARC nine-hundred books are published in Great Ilrihtin. Nlost tlicin are deadly earnest and a Very large proportion are just plain...
l'IONEEll GADY 11.‘CINf; Sir, I read Mn, Sel/tt Mliiii.rieff"s letter regarding the earliest litily racing driver 5th It great interest. 1 sn mild like lit advance the Or NI:0111.11le 11,311111tille...
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VINTAGE VEER INGS TIE vintage e% en! of Angus,. was the parade ot. Ilistoric It :wit ig Cars berm, 15(),000 peiq de at SilVerstone I he o,easion or I he IThily ExpressIlt.14.1).(•. Ateet ittg....
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Sir, Nir. C. . It. Smith's 1(•I ter it) your May issue prompts IRV tic :-W11(1 y(III a 1)11340 taken last week [not reproduced, -End of taty " 1.1 " 1). 1.8.8. Delage 925 with hotly hy 11 ippon Bros...
Sir, in January of this veal. I became the proud owner of my first car, a 1934 Singer 9-11.p. sports, and now that the " neW I Oy " atmosphere leis worn off, to the aceompanitillla 1■I' not incon...
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Club News WE HEAR Another I 5.9-h.p. is in use in the Itirmitighant-Coventry area as a greengrocer's light. -truck. Can any one run it to earth forii s? David S. Boston has acquired the t,X** White...
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CASTROL SALES EXECUTIVE RETIRES A pioneer of the motor industry. Mr. Rowland G. Boodwin, Manager .5 Castrol Motor Sales Departtic retire after 12 years 'nerviee with the Wakefield Company. Ile h...
Obitua A fortnight after his brilliant driving of a Cooper 500 and 1)13 II Aston-W.0.in had pleased 150,000 English enthusiasts at Silverstone Raymond Sommer was killed when Ins Cooper 1,100 crashed...
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A 1VOLSELEY HORNET REGISTER? Sir, Having read with interest the "One Make Club" portion of Club News in this month's MOTOR SPORT, I feel that it is time a Register or Club facilities were available...
• * * AN ALVIS MATTER. Sir, I have read with interest the letter regarding the supposed performance of the Alvis I used to own, AXX 385, the one you described in "Busman's Holiday." For the record...
* * * LENIN'S CHOICE Sir, It might be of interest for you to know that I have recently come across two extremely fine examples of vintage RollsRoyce in Russia. I saw them in the garage attached to...
* * * FACT IS STRANGER . . . . . . Sir, I enclose herewith a cutting from the Ipswich Evening Star advertisement columns. Being myself a Singer owner, I have had remarks passed from time to time...
LETTERS from READERS NB.—Opinions expressed are those of our correspondents and MOTOR SPORT does not necessarily associate itself with them.—Ed.
THAT GRAEF AND SIFT Sir, It is a pity that Mr. MeGildowny has noticed the umlaut on the Gr5f of Griif und Stift, and has therefore decided that the word cannot mean "Count," because whereas dos Stiff...
THE SINGER JUNIOR Sir, I really must take up the cudgels in defence of the Singer "Junior," which you damn with faint praise. Having run my 1931 saloon for five years I feel I can speak with some...
THOSE WHITE ELEPHANTS ! Sir, I read with interest and appreciation your sympathetic report on the second V.S.C.C. Silverstone meeting, but would like to extend your remarks about the Seaman Trophy...
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• • • MESSENGER SPECIALS Sir, As the possessor of a not very usual name, a life-long follower Of an ',equally unusual sport, and quite a number of years ago a builder of several Messenger Special...
• * • THE GOOD OLD DAYS I Sir, I have just finished reading Mr. Karslake's article on the 1909 Napier and would like to thank you for this, to me, extremely interesting reading. As a boy I worked in...
THE GARDNJER M.G. • Sir, Reference your report on my recent Class J record's, I think you might be interested to know that the design and preparation of the 2-cylinder engine I used was carried out...
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A 1 5S'f IN SEVEN MATTERS Sir, Replying to Mr. Woodbine re the conversion head for Austin Sevens, the conVerSi011 Was known is the L.A.P. head. WI LiCil was reputed to be of French design. These were...
B.R.M. TRANS:MISSION Sir, I ant dropping you a personal note to tell ynli that Mr. Walter llill of the British. Motor Having Ileseareli Trust has agreed to issue a statement to the effect that no...
FEMININE PIONEERING Sir, On the subject of the first. lady .cornpet itor in motor-racing, Mr. ScottMonerieff asks if there is any further advance on Madame Walter (1(102). 1 do not. think she was by...
ABOUT THE PALLAnit'M Sir, was interested to note the references in your September issue to the Palladium although your correspondent's revolleetions do not quite tally with inv own. Carsbuilt before...
SOME MORE FROM THE VINTAGE POSTBAG Sir, Your remarks in " Vintage Veerings " this month on the subject of insurance are all too true. I had considerable difficulty in getting my 1923 Talbot ". 8/18...
Sir, I feel it may be of interest to readers of your excellent journal to hear about a very good specimen of a 1922 " Bullnose " Morris Cowley tourer which my brot her and I were fortunate to obtain...
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" Roans--TuE NEW WAY " by Harold Nockolds (Bri(ish Road Federitlion, 55 pages, 2s.). This book eltliVe?e'S the 11.11.F. plea for proper motor ntads in -this country. it is delightfully produced and...
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1937 4i-Litre LAGONDA Rapide This is one of the finest examples of this model in existence to-day, and it is with regret that I must offer the car for sale, purely for medical reasons, The car has an...

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