October 1971

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You, the customer... The motoring year ends for some people with racing at Brands Hatch on Boxing Day, for others with the Brighton Run for veterans in November. Generally, however, the advent of yet...
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During the summer the staff of this magazine, and the weekly newspaper Motoring News, have produced a general motor sporting book. It is called the "Castrol Guide to Motoring Sport", contains 128...
Mosport Park, Sept. 19th. Jackie Stewart confirmed his status as 1971 World Champion with a fine drive in the Canadian Grand Prix, held in appalling conditions and ended prematurely after only 64 of...
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The dice of the debutants Monza, Italy, September 5th. Before the meeting began there was not too much enthusiasm among the Italian populace for the 42nd Italian Grand Prix, even though it was the...
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The Elf-Team Tyrrell had sent their original car to Canada for tyre-testing in readiness for the North American races and the fourth car was not completed in time for Monza, so Stewart and Cevert had...
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The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza takes up only a very small part of the royal park of Monza and apart from motor racing the park provides relaxation and amusement centres for all sorts of activities...
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After an absence of exactly four years, Formula Two cars reappeared at Brands Hatch on August Bank Holiday Monday when a fully representative European field arrived at the Kent circuit for a non-...
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Tecno Grand Prix Engine One of the interesting happenings last month was the news that Tecno had got their 3-litre Grand Prix engine running, in fact it had been hoped to have the car at Monza, and...
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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, There are many ways into and out of Italy, most of them involving crossing...
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Lexington, Ohio. August 22. Virtually identical half-shaft breakages eliminated Team Gulf McLaren from the fifth Can-Am round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 70 miles south of Cleveland and paved...
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Following the multi-vehicle accident in fog on the M6 last month, ITN screened an item dealing with various mechanical and electronic means of preventing such disasters. Some relied on the radar...
Whoever it was first had the idea that car manufacturers could make some useful publicity for themselves if they advertised the quality of their products when one of them happened to he successful in...
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As mentioned in last month's Motor Sport, mid-season favourite for the Shell/RAC Hill-Climb Championship was David Hepworth and so it came as a surprise to no one when Hepworth, driving his 4WD...
The principal event on the F3 calendar last month was the European Nations F3 Trophy held at Thruxton on September 20th. In fact the main event was slightly more than a European Cup, for teams from...
We have not reviewed many commercial miniatures recently, because these seem to have departed for the time being from covetable replicas of desirable private cars or commercial vehicles. When Lesney...
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There are few cars that make one stop and stare, yet whenever I see a Porsche 911, I stop and think there goes a man of means who has a superb choice in motoring. Such a man, in fact, is also a...
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"See my agent" is fast becoming the catch-phrase in the motoring world as driver after driver is taking a long, hard look at exploiting his goods and services in the best Madison Avenue tradition....
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Formulae progress At the start of the year this column told readers of two new single-seater Formulae being introduced to the British calendar. One was the Motor Circuit Developments-backed Formula...
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A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC Thruxton Race Meeting This was an important occasion for the Vintage SCC, marking as it did the retirement of Tim Carson as Secretary of the Club and the...
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Sir, According to my records, the only time the four drivers, shown in the photograph on page 810 of the August issue, appeared in the same race driving E.R.A.'s, was in the 1935 British Empire...
Sir, On the subject of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost restored by Mr. Kenneth Neve, I found Mr. de Montfalcon's letter a welcome change from all the eulogising about this car. It was, I understand,...
Jeremy Bacon is back in this country, with an interest in a vintage Rolls-Royce and still in possession of his Palladium light car. We hear that a replica of the Felix Scriven racing Austin 20 "...
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From time to time we publish progress reports on "Babs", the disinterred Liberty-engined Thomas Special which Owen Wyn-Owen is restoring, from which it is apparent that very good progress is being...
A reader, Mr. P. A. Durley, of Poole, has kindly taken the trouble to photograph a 1939 Maybach saloon which he encountered in Bournemouth during the summer. He says language difficulties made it...
One of the pleasant aspects of editing Motor Sport is the unending flow of interesting letters and material which enthusiastic readers very kindly go to the trouble of sending me. Although it isn't...
We hear of some Model-T Ford axles and wheels and a scrapped BSA Scout for sale in Norfolk, where a 1931 Singer Six is rotting in a village garage. For the record, the winners in this year's Riley...
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I came by chance the other day on a letter from the Hon. Mrs. Joan Chetwynd, (who still, by the way, takes an interest in motor racing and who lives in N. Wales) written in 1932, apologising for...
We have referred previously to the Sunbeam and Alvis racing cars used in vintage times by the Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. for testing their tyres. Now Mr. Ian Norris, of Fort Dunlop, has sent us two old...
One of the better recent old-car Concours d'Elegance was that which formed part of the Goodyear Air Races and Air Display at Halfpenny Green aerodrome on the Late Summer Bank Holiday, organised by...
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"The only signs of real affluence are the two cars (a Mercedes-Benz and a Roll-Royce) and he has them, not for their value as status symbols, but because he believes simply that they are the best...
The Concours d'Elegance has departed forever from its original role of a contest in the Mediterranean sunshine to decide which near-millionaire had contrived the most elegant individual example of...
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The latest and fastest from Munich The growth of the German firm of BMW over the past decade has been a major success story of the European motor industry and with its increased range BMW continues...
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Since 1963 a young man from Shakespeare's west country region has nearly exclusively devoted his talents to Mini derivatives and how the best can be wrung from the ubiquitous box in British club...
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Although our performance pages are mainly devoted to cars that travel faster than the manufacturer originally intended, a tuned or converted car these days is liable to consist of a lot more than...
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An unusual Anglo-French car which exudes the indefinable quality of dependability to a marked degree. There are so many new models and fresh permutations of older ones being announced that I...
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The Assistant Editor tries his hand in an Escort Mexico The flag dropped, the revs screamed and there I was fighting to get to the first corner ahead of the other chaps. After ten years of weekly...
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Moving on its own wheels an unlicensed car or uninsured vehicle is now illegal, unless for the short journey to the nearest MoT-testing place for test purposes, yet enthusiasts frequently need to...
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By Heinz Pruller. 207 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (William Kimber & Co. Ltd., 22a, Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1. £2.25.) Racing driver biographies form a staple part of almost any motor sporting...
By L. T. C. Rolt. 230 pp, 8 4/5 in. x 5 1/5 in. (Longman Group Ltd., 74, Grosvenor Street. London, W1. £3.25.) Tom Rolt is well known in the world of vintage motoring as an Honorary Member of the...
By Jerzy B. Cynk. 760 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (Putnam & Co. Ltd., 9, Bow Street, London, WC2. £7.50.) Anyone who owns every aeronautical book published by Putnam's can count on an incredibly...
By Maurice A. Kelly. 147 pp. 11 3/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (Goose & Son, 23, Davey Place, Norwich. £3.98.) The steam waggon was part of the road transport scene in Edwardian and vintage times, so those...
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A third edition of Leslie Hunt's "Veteran and Vintage Aircraft", listing over 5,000 such machines with their locations, and picturing many of them, was published last November by Garnstone Press, 59...
Batsford have published "Veteran and Vintage Cars in Colour", with introduction and notes by Michael Sedgwick. It deals with 64 of the cars in the Danish Raben Motor Museum and costs £1.50.  
D. R. Denne, the Joint Managing Director of Davenport Vernon Ltd. of High Wycombe, the Buckinghamshire town now by-passed by the M4, sent us a copy of an elaborate illustrated history of his Company...
Having last month posed the mystery of a Sunbeam lorry which figures in a book by Ronald Duncan, I came upon it again in his "All Men Are Islands" (Hart-Davis, 1964). This time the author refers to "...
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"No sensible person will remain content with motoring round Cader: he will insist on climbing to its summit."—W. Watkin Davies, M.A., F.R.Hist.S., Barrister-at-Law, Minister of Edgbaston...
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Sir, I couldn't help smiling when I read D. J. Dee's letter about the drivers of soft-topped cars who persist in driving in blistering heatwaves with hoods up and, sometimes, windows firmly shut. For...
Sir, Every day I travel to the old established and quite large Insurance Brokerage which I now own in my Triumph TR3A. I believe this might qualify me to comment about Insurance with a reasonable...
Sir, Having just read your article on "Buying (a 2 1/2-litre Riley) Casually", I feel moved to put pen to paper and relate my experience of buying in such a way. I first saw my present car, a Daimler...
Sir, Disregarding the advice of friends who said it would put me off motoring for ever, I sat down the other evening to work out the running costs over the last three years of my 1964 Gilbern GT 1800...
Sir, I recently required a starter motor for a 1967 Fiat 600D and was flabbergasted when the dealer's invoice showed one starter motor priced at £14.85. I took this up with Fiat (England) Ltd. and...
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Sir, In your article, "The Motor Tricycle" you refer to the banked track at New Brighton, and query whether it survives. Not only does it survive, it flourishes fortnightly to the unsilenced music of...
Sir, With reference to the article in this month's issue on the Birmingham road race circuit, I would like to draw your attention to what I think is the last road racing circuit that goes on in these...
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Sir, The 1971 Woolmark British Grand Prix has come and gone, providing Jackie Stewart with yet another runaway win. He left the rest of the field behind and romped home, giving a superb display of...
Sir, I have read with interest the comments by Bill Boddy on the Fiat 124 Sport in your September issue. I have owned the 1,483-c.c. version of this well-engineered model for some time, and concur...

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