October 1976

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Leyland's museum at Donington For far too long the very large accumulation of historic vehicles amassed by the various manufacturers who were amalgamated under the BMC banner and which have...
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If anyone had asked where all the Morgans had gone on Sunday September 5th, I would have said to the Doming House Hotel above the show-village of Broadway, in the Cotswolds. At all events a great...
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Lauda's comeback Monza, Italy, September 12th It is never very clear who instigates the changes to circuits, but the reasons are usually "in the interests of safety" though more attention could be...
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The days of new designs appearing at Monza as a prelude to the next season are long since gone, with all-the-year-round racing, and development being done as and when it can be fitted into the racing...
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As was anticipated around the time of the Austrian GP there would appear to be some changes being made to the management and manipulation of the affairs of Formula One, especially behind the scenes....
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D-type win at Laguna Seca . . . Martin Morris added another notch to his D-type's historic belt (the first D-type to win a race, the 1954 Reims 12-hour) at the Historic Car race meeting at Laguna...
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A section devoted to old-car matters More on Rolls-Royce It is sometimes thought that in the days when the 40/50 h.p. Silver Ghost was the current Rolls-Royce model only the chassis was supplied by...
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The two main races at the VSCC Race Meeting held at that most attractive setting of Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire last August are reported in the colour-section of this issue. But this was the first...
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There is sometimes more inside or round the back of country garages than the eye normally sees. It was an observant reader who told me that if I was driving through Much Marcle and stopped at the...
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Sir, Further to my letter which appeared in the April issue, and to Mr. Rivers Fletcher's letter in the June issue. Mr. Rivers Fletcher can accept my assurance that Caracciola drove the same SSK at...
Sir, Your short piece on the Monotrace was of great interest to me, as I remember having a machine very similar to this at the beginning of the last war in Plymouth. This machine was in a motorcycle...
Sir, My reaction to Roger Pouluin's letter on Vintage Values in your August issue is that he understates the case. I agree entirely with the central drift of his argument, but I feel that a...
Sir, Was the Monotrace, as featured in the V-E-V section of your August issue, really of French origin? I think you will find that it was originated by the German gun-making firm of Mauser, and it...
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Sir, I could not agree more with the letter by W. L. Cullen in the August edition about vintage car prices, and am unfortunately a perfect example of what he means. In the early 1960s I was bought in...
Sir, With reference to your photograph on page 929 of August's Motor Sport, I think the "mystery car" is a Joswin which was a large German car of the early 1920s. The resemblance is in the radiators...
Sir, I am in complete agreement with your correspondent Don Yorke (Vintage Postbag, July). By all means keep those wonderful old cars on the road—they are a symbol of respect to their designers of...
Sir, It comes as something of a shock to sec Jenks ranged on the side of the stuffed-shirts and museum-minders, in opposing the reappearance of Romulus in active life. Perhaps he was just feeling a...
Sir, May I say that I am a little Surprised at the stand Motor Sport appears to be taking on the question of running Bira's famous ERA "Romulus" in VSCC races? I refer to D.S.J.'s comments in his...
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All round improvements to these good looking, sporting high performers Since the Beta Coupe was introduced, in 1600 form to the British market, during January 1975 it has attracted a strong following...
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"A Vintage Car Casebook" by Peter Hull and Nigel Arnold-Forster. 192 pp. 8 3/4 in. 5 1/2 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, WAH OAH. £4.50.) This is a completely unnecessary...
"Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907" by C. H. Barnes. 664 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (Putriam-.& Co. Ltd., 9, Bow Street, London, WC2E 7AL. £12.50) I am delighted that Putnams have published another...
"The Batsford Guide to Vintage Cars" by Cecil Clutton, Paul Bird and Anthony Harding. 224 pp. 7 1/2 in. 4 3/4 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H OAH £3.50.) This is the...
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Hunt wins through Zandvoort August 29th There seemed to be a happy atmosphere pervading the paddock on Friday morning as cars were prepared for practice. Everyone had enjoyed the previous Grand Prix...
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Two new designs made their public debut at the Dutch Grand Prix, one from McLaren Racing and the other from Don Nichols' AVS Shadow team. These were the McLaren M26 and the Shadow DN8 and they had...
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Ken Tyrrell guides us through the complications of today's international circus The famous Ken Tyrrell "Chopper" profile regarded our writer sternly from the desk within his light, modern, office. "...
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Different racing circuits must, I suppose, have character differences, but nowadays they seem all to be lost in ferro-concrete, advertising and protective barriers, a far cry from the days of not all...
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The French home of powerful illumination If readers were asked who produces more car lights than anybody else in Europe, ten to one they'd reply Lucas, or maybe Bosch. They'd be wrong. Number One in...
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It would appear that I stirred up a bit of a hornet's nest when I agreed with the letter from David L. Gandhi in the July issue of Motor Sport, in which he lamented the awakening of the E.R.A. "...
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While thinking about the E.R.A. "Romulus" and looking through the Motor Sport archives I came across some rare photographs and some rare occasions. I was trying to find evidence of someone other than...
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A.F.N. (Castle Combe) Ltd., a subsidiary of A.F.N. Ltd., the Porsche people, has been sold out to a group of West Country motor racing enthusiasts to enable motor racing to continue at Castle Combe....
M. E. Martin, of 5, Ernest Drive, Maidstone, Kent, informs us that with others he has formed The Lamborghini Club. Initially, canvassing for members is being aimed at the 300 or so Lamborghini owners...
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Chris Alford's TVR 1600 and Rod Gretton's 3000M exemplify the colour of Production Sports Car Racing. Some of the most colourful grids of varied machinery to be seen on British circuits this season...
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(August 29th) The Vintage SCC's decision to hold its final 1976 race meeting at the 2 1/4-mile Cadwell Park road circuit, the oldest established race course in this country, turned out very well....
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To mark the 70th anniversary of the 40/50 Rolls-Royce, the Editor makes the acquaintance of Mr. S. R. Southall's second-owner 1920 tourer. As we remind you in last month's Editorial, this year is...
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Performance Mr. S. R. Southall's 1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost. 0-30 m.p.h. —8.3 sec. 0-40 m.p.h. — 17.3 sec. 0-50 m.p.h. — 29.8 see. 20-40 m.p.h. in 3rd gear — 11.6 sec. 20-40 m.p.h. in top...
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Sir, It has always been our practice at Brands Hatch to take most seriously the criticisms and suggestions of our patrons and to effect remedial action where it is financially or otherwise...
Not much this time, although a reader has drawn my attention to "Present Indicative" in which the actor-author Noel Coward refers to meeting a Russian Prince in Cincinnati in 1920 who had a "racing...
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Sir, It is understandable that you should wax eulogistic about Daimler and Rolls-Royce, with anniversaries of one kind or another concerning them, coming thick and fast. It is at least forgivable to...
Sir, I was most interested to read your comments in the April issue of Motor Sport regarding models built in Meccano. Although I don't think it is quite what you had in mind, I have enclosed details...
Sir, I am sure that many of your readers will share my disgust at the Italian Grand Prix. Both the drivers who had won Grand-Prix during the period in which Ferrari had withdrawn from Formula One...
Sir, I recall reading your editorial in the May 1975 issue of Motor Sport, where you summarized the Rover Company's activities with gas turbine automobiles. Amongst others you paid tribute to Frank...
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Sir, Sleep-walking from the 8.10 a.m. commuter train to St. Pancras to the self-service cafeteria for a reviving cup of coffee, I collided with a fellow commuter around whom the coffee queue flowed...
Sir, Recently, whilst driving on the MS between the Wolverhampton and Dudley junctions, I saw a new white Rover 3500 with "Police" along the side, being driven by a policeman in uniform. Much as I...
Sir, If Ford's advertising Manager is disappointed that "GT" stands for "Getting Tame" he has only himself or his predecessor to blame. It was his Company that originated the farce of calling...
Sir, The enclosed print may be of interest to you. The subject is, I trust, evident, a T.51. The scale is 1 in. = 1 ft. in. Potters Bar W. R. FINCH
Sir, Relating to your mention about the possible closure of MG at Abingdon. As long as Leyland continue to produce the marque somewhere does the closure of an old out-dated lowproduction factory...
Sir, One of your readers last month recommended dissatisfied Triumph Stag owners to change to a Lancia Beta Coupe. Those who read earlier road test reports of the 1,600 c.c. version and buy one are,...

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