October 1970

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• BLMC quits competition motoring Last month Lord Stokes, boss of British Leyland, was in the hot-seat for chiding customers who buy foreign cars of anti-British motives and for turning aside...
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The Editor Belatedly Road-Tests British Leyland's New V8 3-litre Triumph Convertible Last month I felt obliged to explain in an editorial why Motor Sport had not published a report on the...
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Engine: Eight cylinders in a 90° vee, 86 x 64.5 mm. (,2,997 c.c.) Overhead valves operated by single overhead camshafts. 8.8 to 1 compression ratio. 145 b.h.p. (net) at 5,500 r.p.m. Gear ratios: 1st...
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Lexington After an interval of four weeks, the Can-Am circus returned to the United States for the fifth round of the series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. All the usual entrants were in...
With only a week between the fifth and sixth rounds (and less than that to overhaul the machinery), a number of cars appeared at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin in far from perfect mechanical...
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An exhibition of AC cars will be held by the ACOC at 137, Piccadilly. during the early part of October. The new Secretary of the Armstrong Siddeley Club is J. D. Hubbuck, 6, Chiltern Close,...
To celebrate the Jubilee of 50 years' production, Aston Martin cars delivered after July 11th have a golden radiator badge instead of the silver one they had before that date. This will commemorate...
As a result of financial difficulties experienced by the Bridgehampton circuit on Long Island, the seventh round of the Can-Am series was held at an entirely new circuit, Road Atlanta, about 50 miles...
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The most interesting event on the American scene in the past month has been the opening of Ontario Motor Speedway, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, and the running of its first race, the...
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There are so many occasions when I get sick and tired of the Drivers' World Championship, and a lot of other Championships as well, but at Monza I had to be very short with a lot of people. They were...
Imola, a little way south of Modena and Bologna, used to host non-Championship Formula One races, and recently a good deal of money has been spent on improving facilities at the pleasant park-land...
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Starting with the fifth round of the European F2 Trophy for non-graded drivers on August 23rd, Formula Two cars once again went through a period of extended exercise. The first race of August/...
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Rally of the Thousand LakesGeneral Classification1st:H. Mikkola/G. Palm (Escort TC) .......................... 16,612 2nd:T. Makinen/H. Liddon (Escort TC) ...................... 16,798 3rd:S....
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To the strains of the National Anthem and the fluttering of unused sales literature floating down from the first floor gallery, the 1969 Earls Court Motor Show came to an end, and it hardly seems...
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Regazzoni saves the day Monza, Italy, September 6th. After the sweeping victory in Austria the whole of Italy was behind Ferrari for the Italian Grand Prix, to be held over 68 laps of the Monza road...
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The reflections left by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza are a mixture of joy and sadness, for the Ferrari victory by Regazzoni and the Lotus loss in the death of Jochen Rindt. On Saturday afternoon,...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A wet VSCC Thruxton (September 12th) The final Vintage SCC Race Meeting of the year, at Thruxton, was wet for most of the time the wide variety of cars were...
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No. 14: Clyno The story of Clyno has been well told elsewhere—the start with motorcycles and a prototype small car before the 1914/18 war. The success of the 5/6-h.p. combination, which was widely...
Steam at Bishop's Castle (August 31st) I like to go to at least one traction-engine rally and one flying display a year, if the opportunity arises. This is good for one's sense of proportion, apart...
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Talbot ambulances J. Saner enquires whether there are any Talbot 25, MAB and Roesch Talbot ambulances surviving. So far as the STD Register is aware no 25s or MABs have made the grade, but the London...
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Sir, Having recently been transferred by my employers from Sydney to Adelaide I was particularly interested in your "Fragments on Forgotten Makes" dealing with the Chic in your August 1969 issue. I...
Sir, Surely you are mistaken in stating that Peugeot were the pioneers of cross-flow heads in 1955 (MS September p.964). What about the excellent head of the Aprilia designed in 1936, a diagram of...
Sir, I was very interested to read the paragraphs entitled "Full Circle" describing the positioning of sparking plug points in the Riley Nine and Chevrolet racing engines. It may interest readers to...
The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia celebrated its 25th Anniversary last month with an anniversary dinner, to which the Editor of Motor Sport, as an honorary member, was invited to attend, but...
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by Don L. Brown. 420 pp. 8-3/4 -in. x 5-1/2-in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd., 9, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2. 105s.) This is another of Putnam's prolific spate of first-class aviation history...
by Dorothy Levitt. A Hugh Evelyn reprint. 127 pp. 7-3/4-in. 5-in. (Hugh Evelyn Ltd., 9, Fitzroy Square, London, W1. 25s. We are not in favour of reprints. They repeat material already available, beg...
I was able to borrow recently, from a reader, Mr. G, K. Mirylees, of Cobham, a travel book I had heard of but had never read. It is "To Venice and Back in a Two-Seater", by E. Halford Ross (Cassell,...
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The BDC Museum.—We don't know what made us think about the private museum of the Bentley DC unless it was driving a Ford Escort RS, which, like a vintage Bentley, has a four-cylinder sixteen-valve...
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No, not for the meal. This was the time it took me to drive to and from Silverstone for the Automotive Products' party to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this flourishing industrial complex. An...
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As you will have gathered from this month's issue, the Hillman Avenger is currently very much on the minds of our editorial staff. My interest naturally lies in improving the basic product, by which...
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Highlander conversion for Avengers Rootes success with the conventional Hillman Avenger has encouraged some of the tuning companies to take an interest, and there are now three firms producing...
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We hear that Douglas and Peter Hull had some exciting adventures when they flew from BIackbushe to Rouen and back, to visit the Clere Museum, in an ancient Piper Cub with 65 h.p. Continental engine,...
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[By means of which the Continental Correspondent, while he is motoring abroad keeps in touch with the Editor.] Dear W. B., No matter where you motor in Europe you come across a road-racing circuit,...
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Nearly a quarter of the finishers in this year's Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat Race were Fairey Marine production diesel cruisers and the boat which finished second in the Production class of this...
A speed trial in the best tradition of seaside sprints will be held at Weston-super-Mare on October 3rd, this annual event of the Burnham-on-Sea MC being held over a half-kilometre of the Marine...
Oulton Park, England, August 22nd The annual Gold Cup race at Oulton Park is the only opportunity for enthusiasts in the North of England to see Grand Prix cars and Grand Prix drivers in action, so...
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Without doubt the most successful advertising is that done through personal recommendation, so that while rebuilding a vintage engine and wondering about paint for the cylinder block a friend who...
Reports on the Ford Escort RS 1600 and a Hillman Avenger GL. Ford Escort 1600RS I published an interim report on this formidable BDA 16-valve twin-cam Cosworth-engined Escort 1600RS in July, in which...
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Austrian Grand Prix, Oulton Park Gold Cup, Italian Grand Pix Austrian Grand Pix What next?—Both Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart looked unhappy with their Formula One Marches at Osterreichring....
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Eight left.—By half-distance there were eight cars remaining in the battle for the lead at Monza. The winning Ferrari of Clay Regazzoni is about to move up past Jack Oliver's BRM and the leading...
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The Marcos Mantis Every manufacturer, it seems, wants a share of the blossoming 2+2 segment of the sporting car market. After three years' work Jem Marsh of Marcos Cars has put the Adams-designed...
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Sir, I was very pleased to read last month's letters from readers on the pleasures of Alfa Romeo motoring, particularly in the earlier models. The Giulietta was introduced in 1954 and yet still makes...
Sir, From time to time in your magazine you have expressed the opinion that it should be possible to produce a car which would cruise at 60 m.p.h. and 60 m.p.g. I was interested in this possibility...
N.B.–Opinions expressed are those of our Correspondents and Motor Sport does not necessarily associate itself with them,—Ed.
Sir, I am at one with Oscar Wilde insofar as the temptation to get involved with your Alfa Romeo correspondence is concerned; to give in to the inclination is the only answer. The chief problem...
Sir, I am delighted to see Alfa Romeo affairs again being discussed in your, always interesting, columns. Some six years ago you very kindly published a letter I wrote in the first flush of Alfa-...
Sir, Those people who refused to sign your petition against the 70 m.p.h. speed limit are now boasting of maintaining 80 m.p.h. on the motorways. Needless to say I do not miss the opportunity to...
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Sir, Returning from holiday to the Midlands on the A38 some weeks ago, I was not surprised to perceive a traffic jam at Taunton; what did later surprise me was that this stretched through Bridgwater...
Sir, What a fuss Mr. Disley made about waiting four or five weeks for spare parts--kid's stuff! What he really needs to do is to buy a TR6 and let someone bash into his rear trafficator lens. Then...
Sir, Until I read the paragraph in the September Rumblings, about the Chevrolet V8 in the Can-Am car and its connection with the 1929/30 Rileys, it had never occurred to me that having the sparking...
Sir, We've had 'em all! Praise for the VW! Praise for the Sunbeam! Praise for this one ... for that one ... Then along comes a letter from Guy Isbell in February, and one from W.J. St. Bruen in July...
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Sir, Ever since reading your various letters pertaining to "Shopping for a Daimler" I have intended writing this letter. Finally spurred by bricks and bouquets thrown at numerous marques to overcome...
Sir, I had been driving for eight years with no previous convictions, although I had driven many thousands of miles. For five years I have owned an A35 saloon, and have had it regularly serviced....
Sir, Picture the scene: early one Thursday morning in July. The sound of Grand Prix racing cars being warmed ready for practice. D.S.J. arrives just as the public roads are being closed. A car,...
Sir, In your last issue R. Pickering puzzles over why London cars have greasy streaks running from their filler caps. I would have thought that if he was observant enough to notice this then he would...
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Sir, We noted with regret Mr. J. P. Leighton's complaint about the camping facilities at Brands Hatch for the British Grand Prix in your September issue correspondents' column. However, I am afraid I...
Sir, I would like to congratulate you on your outspoken September editorial. For some time I have read the letters of complaint regarding service and reliability of different makes of cars in your...
Sir, This afternoon I learnt of the death of Jochen Rindt, for two years my favourite F1 and F2 driver. I was very upset to learn of this tragedy which has left little interest for me in F1 save that...
Sir, Inspired by the story of a lady driver's London-Nice drive in a day, I decided to attempt something similar in my Marcos 3-litre. Because of business commitments at the 11th hour, I got only...
Sir, The correspondence in your September edition on the subject of Lord Stoke's "Buy British" speech prompted me to do a little research into the kind of computers used by British Leyland. This...
Sir, Surely if the recent trend of price increases continues in the British motor industry it will not be long before we have basic four-seater family saloons costing at a minimum one thousand pounds...

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