October 1987

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The City of Birmingham staged its second street-racing Superprix on August Bank Holiday Monday and this year the rain held off, helping to make the meeting a roaring success. Here, eventual winner...
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Innovations Last year saw the first road race on the British mainland in over eighty years of motor racing but it was interrupted by heavy rain. This year no such calamity befell Birmingham City's...
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Ford Motor Company has reached an agreement to buy Aston Martin Lagonda, acquiring 75% of the company's shares. Though Ford now has a majority control, Aston Martin will maintain its own "separate...
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Intelligent French ace lived a fast-paced life tinged with tragedy Didier Pironi, the French former Ferrari Formula One driver, was tragically killed in a powerboating accident off the Isle of Wight...
Rene Dreyfus the former Bugatti star who had lived in New York since the War, returned to the Montlhery circuit recently to relive the hardest race of his career. One million francs of Government...
New British Formula Three Champion Johnny Herbert was given a test-drive at the wheel of a Benetton-Ford B187 at Brands Hatch during the week after the Italian Grand Prix, and impressed all present...
Mrs Morag Barton MA AMA, the Brooklands Museum co-ordinator, has been appointed its first Director, having been closely associated with this project for the past ten years. The announcement was made...
With F1 engine regulations further handicapping 1.5-litre turbocharged engines in 1988 (their last year before naturally-aspirated engines become mandatory in 1989), an increasing number of leading...
One new model revealed at the Frankfurt Show was the CART/Indy contender from Porsche. Now that the company's Group C sportscar programme has been put into abeyance, the Indy project has been given...
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"Monza" — you only have to say the word out loud to get the adrenalin flowing. It exudes motor racing and speed and the Italian Grand Prix, the very home of Italian motor racing since 1922. A look...
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Before we go into the whys and wherefores of the recent upheaval in Formula One circles caused by the Honda Motor Company's decision to supply engines to McLaren instead of Williams in 1988, I think...
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If ever there was a racing driver who ought to be in F1 on the strength of his name, it is Stefano Modena. The 23-year old Italian even comes from the city with which he shares the name, not so far...
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Dear AH, With reference to your comments in your Hungarian GP report (MOTOR SPORT, September 1987) on how we disagree on certain aspects of Grand Prix racing, all I can say is, thank goodness we...
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Five years of Porsche domination in Group C ended at the Nürburgring, when the Silk Cut Jaguar team recorded its sixth victory of the season and secured the 1987 Teams championship. Eddie Cheever and...
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Tom Walkinshaw was true to his word when he said the full weight of the Silk Cut Jaguar team would be behind Raul Boesel in his quest to win the World Sports-Prototype Championship for Drivers,...
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Britain's oldest motor race, the Tourist Trophy, produced drama right to the end of its 105-lap distance and, as has often been the case since the event moved to Silverstone, threw up a surprise...
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The established and gigantic Frankfurt International Motor show was bursting with sports motoring interest this year. Rather unfairly, in view of the fact that Porsche displayed its Indianapolis...
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Battling against the advance of an aerodynamically-styled opposition on its home market, GM is searching every technical avenue for a more profitable future. One of the weapons in that fight to...
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Special Edition Mazda's recent advertising campaign for the 323 Turbo 4x4 may not have met with unanimous approval, but it had a point: you do not have to pay upwards of £14,600 for an Audi quattro...
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Ford is naturally very chuffed over the infinitely-variable transmission it has applied to the Fiesta (although it modestly refrains from badging the car as anything out of the ordinary) and is...
From being one of the first to virtually remove the front grille on its cars, starting with the Chevette, GM's Vauxhall-Opel arm has returned to an eye-catching, almost Ferrari-like, egg-crate grille...
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Tail-Wagging Despite offering a couple of rather unusual cars, such as the CRX and the Civic Shuttle, Honda's market appeal, in Britain at least, has traditionally been to the more conventional...
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While the title may make British brows furrow in distaste, the annual "Oldtimer Grand Prix" at the new Nurburgring is on a much larger scale than any vintage or classic meeting in this country. To...
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On October 2 fifty years ago, race-goers at Donington Park saw the fabulous 750kg formula German Grand Prix cars do battle for the first time in Britain: four 5.6-litre straight-eight Mercedes-Benz...
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Long before the World Rally Championship began, a group of international events in several countries enjoyed the reputation of being tough, honest-to-goodness competitions which gave immense pleasure...
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With one, you just flex the big toe of your right foot and the rev-counter needle leaps a few hundred rpm. With the other, you stab the throttle and it pulls away with the relentlessness of an...
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For some while the Astra GTE appeared to become the forgotten sports-hatch; although there was a good deal of noise when the original GTE arrived, the newer shape somehow became left behind as new...
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Interview Derek Bell MBE, the reigning World Sportscar Champion, won Le Mans 24-Hour race in June for the fifth time. This is an achievement exceeded by only one man (his former driving partner Jacky...
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Although it was not the last VSCC race this year, the August meeting at Cadwell Park retained its delightful atmosphere, rare sunshine filtering through the trees of the scenic and hilly circuit...
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"They (Napier) were the predecessors of important firms such as ERA, BRM, Vanwall, Lotus and so on," building British cars especially for racing, says the National Motor Museum's The First To Wear...
Last month we published a full account of the 1903 Gordon Bennett Napier which has returned to Britain from the USA through the good offices of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. The car has aroused much...
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Current comparisons between Brooklands and road-racing give rise to the question of how the popularity of the track compared with that of artificial road courses elsewhere in England. Obviously, more...
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'The great Edwardian, or pre-World War One, racing cars have a class to themselves at VSCC meetings, and they certainly have "class." Their cultivation, long after the races for which most of them...
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For those who wanted to live in the past for a couple of days over August Bank Holiday weekend, the annual Bishop's Castle Rally had almost everything — the dignity of steam engines from an 1881...
Last month's Roads of the 1920s mentioned a 1927 Morgan three-wheeler which when new was used for Sunday runs between Croydon and the south coast, with two small children in the back. This was, of...
DSJ called this year's German Grand Prix a race of attrition, as there were only eight finishers out of 26 starters. I was reminded of the pre-war BRDC 500-Mile Races at Brooklands which, especially...
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Mr J N Scanlon of Reigate has kindly sent us some evocative photographs and related the driving experiences of his maternal grandmother, who is still alert and healthy at the age of 91. Her father...
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Following a period of change in its administration, the Model T Ford Register held a well-supported rally in mid-Wales early in September. Entries of 26 Ts and two twin-cylinder C-type Fords were set...
Heavy rain tried to wash out these annual Vintage Sports Car Club driving tests, but thankfully it failed. Hamish Morton's Bentley did battle against three 30/98s, one of which crawled past in the...
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(On August Bank Holiday Saturday the Bentley Drivers Club held its annual Silverstone meeting, notable for plenty of variety, slick organisation and some exciting racing. It also featured one of the...
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Further to our Fragments on Forgotten Makes (MOTOR SPORT, July 1987) dealing with Grahame-White light-cars and cyclecars, it is interesting to note that parts of one of the latter have recently been...
While the old and imposing Argyll factory at Alexandria just outside Glasgow continues to decay, Crammond Ltd , the property development company which recently bought its famous 20-acre site, has...
A car of much promise which came to naught was the Moveo, announced early in 1932. The designers responsible were a Mr Haythornthwaite and a Mr Houlding, who had obviously aimed their 3-litre chassis...
To find out how the distant parts see vintage affairs, or how Celtic historic car shows work out, what better than to take a look at that which formed part of the celebrated Royal Welsh Agricultural...
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In this detailed review which covers the 1950s up to the mid-1960s, Pritchard concentrates on the achievements of Team Lotus and the effect of that seemingly unending steam of race victories when...
Bald statistics have always fascinated many a motor racing connoisseur, and no doubt always will. If the sport has long been awaiting the Guinness Book of Records treatment, this heavy, soft-cover...
Together with Smith's other work in this series, Engineer to Win, these two large paperback reference books make up an invaluable source of information on all aspects of getting a racing car first...
There are fewer gaps in one-make historiography as time goes on, and a significant one has now been filled by this grandly produced story of forty years of the popular and individualistic Swedish...
Every once in a while a motoring book comes along which quite plainly has to be added to the collection, no matter what the cost. Simon Moore's weighty work on the Alfa Romeo 2.9, the fastest of all...
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Formula Ford — A 20-Year World Success Story Whether in 1600cc, 2000cc or Sports 2000 guise, Formula Ford has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1967. This slim softback...
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Over the years I have disagreed with DSJ's comments on a number of occasions — nearly as often, in fact, as I have agreed with them— but I now feel I must take issue with him on a matter of fact. It...
Sir, I am pleased to read of your interest in vehicle index marks in Britain. Their use dates from 1903 and the original allocation was made, with a few exceptions, on the following basis. The...
Many European countries use two or three-letter abbreviations of the local licensing authority, but of course the simplest and most logical system belongs to the French. Every number plate contains...
For several years I've enjoyed driving first a MkI and now a Mark II Golf GTi and I can endorse your enthusiastic impressions (MOTOR SPORT, February 1987, p138). However one aspect of GTi ownership...
The feature on Alan Brown (MOTOR SPORT, July 1987) and the letter from DJS Rowlands have together prompted a personal reminiscence of the advent of Mike Hawthorn and the Cooper-Bristol at Goodwood at...
I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Marriott's article on the Indianapolis 500 (MOTOR SPORT, August 1987), as well as AH's From the Archives on the various past locations of the US Grand Prix. In the Detroit...

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