October 1977

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Showtime Soliloquy This year you can have a Soliloquy but you cannot have a Motor Show, apart from the Daily Express Motorfair, described in our advertising pages, to be held at Earls Court from...
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An Anglo-Italian victory Monza, September 11th Despite annual rumours that the race must be moved eventually owing to various local objections, legal sanctions or whatever, the Italian Grand Prix at...
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Lying horizontal, sick of the palsy, was not the best position from which to reflect on the happenings in the recent Italian GP. It certainly was no position from which to try and write a coherent...
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Having publicised the 750 MC's 6-hour Relay Race as an excellent fixture to compete in and watch, we are disturbed to learn that instead of happening at Silverstone on Oct. 15th, it is now going to...
It is with regret that we have to report that Mr. Reid A. Railton has died in Canada at the age of 82. Railton was closely associated with motor racing and record-breaking, in the capacity of an...
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It has often been said, by ourselves as much as by anyone, that experienced, professional rally crews who have had the opportunity to practise and to make notes will be more than a match for those...
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Michael Parkes made an unusually full contribution to this World. He was a talented engineer, aviator and competition car driver. "Mike", as he was almost invariably called, died at the end of August...
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If the Department of Transport kept me waiting a long time in reply to my query about the tax concession still applying to pre-1947 cars not exceeding 7 h.p. under the former RAC rating (see Motor...
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If head-turning appeal is the seal of approval for the recently released Ford X-series parts, then Ford are sitting on a new success. What the company have done is to latch onto the Continental...
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By Cyril Posthumus. 160 pp. 11 3/4 in. 8 1/2in. (The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., Astronaut House, Feltham, Middlesex. £4.95.) This is another coffee-table tome (these days you need a whole battery...
By Eoin Young. 176 pp. 9 3/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. (Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd., Astronaut House, Feltham, Middlesex. £3.95.) So another racing-driver biography is off the presses! I find it hard to...
By L. T. C. Rolt. 188 pp. 8 3/4 in. 5 1/2 in. (Allen Lane, Penguin Books Ltd., 17, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W OBD. £5.50.) This book represents a fascinating but sad obituary to that well-known...
Edited and compiled by Peter Garnier. 80 pp. 11 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. (IPC Transport Press Ltd., Dorset House, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LU. £1.50.) The amount published of late about Morgan, Aston...
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By Chris Harvey. 236 pp. 10 1/4 in. 8 1/4 in. (The Oxford Illustrated Press Ltd., Shelley Close, Headington, Oxford. £12.00.) Chris Harvey is a former Editor Of Penthouse who now works or the Sun;...
Auto Replicas of Parkstone list a large range of 1/43rd-scale metal kits and have introduced a 1/24th-scale range, the first of which was of a Type 43 Bugatti. Their pre-war models include a DKW...
"How about some of you 750 drivers with your own businesses sponsoring three girls a piece? Ten of you at £25 a head would do. Where else can you have three ladies for a whole day for £25!"—Christine...
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I have just enjoyed a week in a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II. It was indeed a very pleasant experience. Nevertheless, I do not intend to be drawn into discussing whether or not, in my opinion, this...
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A section devoted to old-car matters A Straker Squire Relic Earlier this year, when they were clearing out an attic at their former premises in Angel Road, Edmonton, Control Dataset Limited found...
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Sir, Mr. Gaskin's article in the June issue (p. 676), recalling the short-lived attempt to establish a motor industry in Burton-upon-Trent, did not tell the whole story of the two Ryknield Companies...
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Sir, Your photograph of the 1924 Aster in your coverage of the Silver Jubilee Tribute at Ascot struck a chord. My enclosed photograph, some hours and several cobwebbed-albums later, is the result -...
Sir, I was most interested to read the letter from Mr. Webb concerning an Austin Ulster he once owned. I have recently acquired the rather sad remains of a 1931 Ulster and I wonder if any of your...
Sir, Thank you for your comment on my letter in the August issue, but I still maintain that I am right and that your logic is fallacious. This is not it question of lap records, for Howe's 1936...
Sir, All the pre-war Datsuns built between 1932 and 1945 were shod with 4.00-16 tyres, which is a very peculiar size and could be even unique in the tyre history. As far as I casually checked the...
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Sir, I would like to thank Mr. Lee, secretary of the Crossley Register, for the information he was able to provide about the Crossley, a photograph of which you published in the July issue of Motor...
Sir, I have just purchased a 1920 Angus-Sanderson, which has been used as a work's hack in a Kent timberyard since about 1930. Despite its 47 years in the open, however, and 5 years of disuse under...
Sir, On page 828 of the July issue you imply that Hudson was part of General Motors. Is this Correct? The Hudson was one of the first new cars to become available in South Africa in 1946 after W.W....
Sir, I very much enjoyed and am most interested in your paragraph "Could it be?" on the hot-rod/ 1914 Grand Prix Mercedes in the current issue of Motor Sport. I think that I may qualify as a "reader...
Sir, It is relatively unimportant, but for the record, Patrick Lindsay did not drive our ERA R9B in the "Pre-War Allcomers" at the July VSCC Silverstone meeting. I was the driver on that occasion! My...
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Zandvoort, August 28th The Motor Racing scene in Holland is simple and straight-forward compared with some countries, there is but one circuit, the Grand Prix always takes place there and it doesn't...
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"Those were the days. Drive to the event, pump up the tyres and off you go." How many club meeting rooms and saloon bars have echoed with those sentiments as nostalgia drifts across normal chatter?...
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Vauxhall inform us we were incorrect in our story that the Cavalier, when assembled in Britain, will adopt the Vauxhall s.o.h.c. engine in place of the Opel high-camshaft unit. This is a story that...
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The Editor visits British Leyland's £31-million factory at Solihull I was glad to avail myself of the GMW's expedition to the new Rover factory at Solihull last month, because this is a very...
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A reader who knows our views on the rising price of the older motor-cars has drawn our attention to a certain 3-litre Bentley once welcome in VSCC circles, which was sold at an auction-sale on June...
Most of the car-models we see these days are very small. But there is much in favour of larger scales and the Alfa Romeos that are a product of the Italian man-and-boy concern of TOGI, whose Signor...
Having mentioned elsewhere that Mr. Minchin was seriously ill, we are deeply sorry to learn, as we close for press, that he has died, in S. Africa, where he went to live after his retirement some...
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At the start of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort on August 28th, James Hunt made a superb start from the second row of the grid to lead into the first corner from pole position winner Mario Andretti...
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Gerry Brown's MG TC just pipped Pete Smith's TD to the MG Car Club T-Register Championship award last year. We examined these alternative ways to go MG marque racing Last Year's MG Car Club T-...
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The almost unknown Kyösti Hämäläinen beat all the established stars to become the surprise winner of Finland's Rally of the Thousand Lakes. Partnered by Martti Tiukkanen in a works Group 4 Ford...
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Although a first corner crash eliminated Frenchman Rene Arnoux at Rouen, he retained his year-long championship lead. Arnoux's Martini-Renault collided with the Chevron-Hart of Patrick Tambay (above...
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Arnoux's title? With just two races to go in last year's Formula Two Championship, the plucky little Frenchman Rene Arnoux looked so to win the European title. His Martini-Renault was ahead on points...
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Prescott hill-climb and the Brighton Speed Trials are as much a part of British motorsporting tradition as Badminton and Wembley are to the world of horses. Memories of Bugattis and ERAs howling...
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Bernard Kain (Bugatti) wins the Williams Monaco, John Holland and Motor Sport Trophies As last year, The Vintage SCC went to the delightful Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire for its finale of its...
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Readers can see how three years of effort has resulted in a big blue single-seater of almost submarine length and profile. I had no inkling of what awaited me at our Surrey test track. Our editor had...
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Sir, I am replying as requested to your comments and those of Mr. Chapman of Huntingdon, whose letter you published in your September issue, regarding paintwork complaints on Alfasuds. In common with...
Sir, I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your race report on 'Der Grosse Preis von Deutschland' at the Nurburgring in the September issue. It was a brilliant piece of imaginative...
Sir, If your Grosser Preis von Deutschland correspondent, D.S.J., had really followed his nostalgic bent for the greatest circuit in Europe, he should have returned to the Nurburgring on August 13/14...
Sir, I have just beat reading the article "Germany's Championship" in Motor Sport of September, page 1120, in which surprise is expressed about the saving in weight from which the Porsche 935/2.0 (...
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Sir, I was most interested in C.R.'s account of the Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce in the July Motor Sport, also in Mr. Bloods letter re: his Duetto and Mr. Ward's reference to his "fabulous 2000...
Sir I was most interested to read Mr. Chapman's letter in your September 1977 issue and his comments on the contrast between the Alfasud's driving qualities and its bodywork, which parallel our own...
Sir, I refer to Clive Richardson's article on the DTV Chevette and Cavalier cars tested by him recently. He gives the impression that we tried to by-pass him with the possible test of the 1500...
Sir, Gordon Vogtherr's interesting letter (Motor Sport, August) about the D.H.88 Comets of 1934 well recalls a great era in pioneer long-distance flying and what was, without doubt, one of the finest...
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Sir, I wonder how many other enthusiasts like ourselves were staggered at the admission fee of £1.40 per head charged for the Beaulieu Autojumble? My wife and I were at Beaulieu specifically for the...
Sir, We appreciate that the detailed reports for which D.S.J. is so rightly famous require the maximum amount of column inches in order to provide all the information which your readers require. We...
Your mention of the New York-to-Los Angeles-and-back-in-reverse car moves me to point out that it is very easy to put the innards into the rear axle of the Ford A the wrong way round, so that one...
Sir, Recent correspondents extolling the virtue of noise and complaining about moves to silence exhaust systems seem to have missed the point. No one particularly wishes to spoil their fun but they...
Sir, Your Editorial last month about the 750 MC Six-Hour Relay race was a timely reminder of this unique event, and quite properly related it to the LCC Relay races run before the war at Brooklands...
Sir, I refer to Motor Sport of September 1977, page 1143, the letter from a Mr. Sherrard. I must agree with him over the lack of Grand Prix coverage on British TV. I must confess I am not aware if...

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