October 1990

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The crisis in the Middle East has begun with the equivalent of the 'phoney war' period of 1939, when German bombers droned over London but no bombs fell and we shed leaflets over Berlin. But...
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The cover of MOTOR SPORT's September issue promised: 'Old Number One': The fact of the matter. But this was not delivered. Indeed, how could it have been? Since the author of the piece 'Saga of a...
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Francorchamps, August 26th After the Mickey Mouse Formula One affair called the Hungarian Grand Prix, it was refreshing to be at Le Grand Prix de Belgique on the Circuit Nationale de Francorchamps in...
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Monza, September 9th With the 1990 season moving into its closing stages, it is becoming more and more clear that the only team seriously to challenge the McLaren-Honda domination is the Ferrari team...
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The Monza paddock, during the Italian Grand Prix, was a sea of people telling lies, or at best being sparing with the truth; team managers, driver agents, lawyers, team owners, sponsors, trade...
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Dear Reader Racing circuits come and go, some I am sad at the passing, others I am joyful, but they all leave behind memories, both good and bad. Either way they leave behind them a fascinating aura...
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It was during the 1984 season that my friend and colleague Alan Henry introduced me to a newcomer to Formula 1. He was from Brazil and had won a Formula 3 championship and was now in Formula One with...
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Continuing what now looks like a repeat whitewash of the World Sports Prototype Championship, the Sauber Mercedes team notched up another 1 —2 success at the Nürburgring in August. The Silk Cut...
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I drove my heart out for 300 miles. I took no prisoners on the track, and then I got disqualified on a detail like that. I am totally overwhelmed". Martin Brundle was dejected and angry the day after...
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Smoke pours from the vast, fat power station towers on the horizon between Nottingham and Derby, and although the gathering gloom concealed the fact at Donington Park, a smoke cloud of equal...
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When the 1990 racing season comes to an end, most people will have something to reflect on. A championship win, a dreadful year or maybe the hope of better things. Whether he wins the German Touring...
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When the Safari Rally achieved world recognition and began to attract drivers from all over the globe, the visitors, even the most experienced and battle-hardened professionals found it very...
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Track impressions: Mercedes 190E 2.5 Evolution II My experience of the most recent Mercedes weapon in the evolution homologation warfare against BMW, a 2463cc shorter stroke version of the Cosworth...
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Just as we closed for press, the 1990 Motor Show was opening its doors to the general public. There was an opportunity, though, to go to Birmingham on press day to see what was new. Most of the...
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One of the most pleasurable aspects of working for MOTOR SPORT is the opportunity of meeting top people in top places, part of the attraction of which is the continual hope that some of the stardust...
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Keith Duckworth, the supreme British racing-engine designer, is known to have had an aversion to supercharging and turbocharging. Graham Robson has made this clear in his fascinating book Cosworth,...
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Members of the Historic Rally Car Register are fortunate to have a most entertaining summary of the Pirelli Marathon, illustrated with Martin Holmes' photographs, and containing often amusing...
In that very enjoyable book Cosworth, by Graham Robson, reviewed last June, the author makes the important point that the great racing-engine designer and tuner Keith Duckworth, whom his book is...
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Until about 25 years ago, powertrain design had advanced little since the time of Nicholas Otto or Rudolf Diesel. Engines were designed and built on the basis of imitation, trial and error,...
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Having mentioned, in last month's MOTOR SPORT, a few of the competitive machines at the TT races, it seemed appropriate to road test one or two of the road-going versions of those motorcycles. Some...
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If one needs an excuse at all to drive supercars, then it was the arrival of the GTA 'Le Mans' in August which triggered our desire to drive the GTA V6 Turbo, the model from which Renault's latest...
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It seemed like it was going to be the hottest day in August when I went to see last month's strange Anglo-American V8 cocktail, the Allard J1, but it would have been Murray Walkerish of me to assume...
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At the end of the piece about the ABC light-car July issue, I mentioned that when the Company responsible for this vintage light-car ran out of steam its Sales Manager, HH Vaughan Knight, moved on to...
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With more use being made of the banked track at Millbrook for record bids, old targets established at Brooklands before the war are falling like ninepins. Some of these figures which have been long...
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Vintage fun and games in perfect weather at Madresfield Court near Malvern could not have been more pleasant, on September 2nd. This enjoyable annual Concours d'Elegance and Driving Tests assembly is...
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The final VSCC meeting of the year at Cadwell Park on August 26th was blessed with perfect weather. The peculiarly appetising smell of disgustoburgers, the undeniably pleasant smell of Castrol R, the...
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It has been said that truth is stranger than fiction. Here is a racing mechanical disaster which endorses this. We have heard of drivers coasting to the finish of a race because their car has...
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Even now, undiscovered old cars continue to turn up from time to time. For instance, Chris Gordon, who has a 1915 Hudson tourer and enlivens VSCC meetings with his Tamplin cyclecar, not long ago came...
David Burrows of Norwich sends the accompanying photograph of a 1905 40 hp Mercedes which belonged to WG Christie, his father's closest friend, who died last year. The car was then painted red and...
For some seasons now the VSCC has been able to award the Ford Trophy to cars which have been licensed and driven to their race meeting, this year's winner, decided on a points system, being Ian...
The VSCC of Australia's Newsletter for June had some recollections of the famous Rob Roy speed hillclimb, by Earl Davey-Milne who was taken there when he was 14 by his late brother. That was during...
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by Alain Prost with Jean-Louis Moncet. 189pp. Stanley Paul and Co Ltd, Random Century House, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2SA.16.99. It was perhaps unfortunate that I had taken this book as...
France's Classic Grand Tourers by William Stobbs. 183pp. GT Foulis and Co, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ.£24.95. This is a coffee table sort of book that contains some fine colour studies of...
by David Hardcastle. 208pp. 11"x 8". GT Foulis and Co, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ. 117.95. There have been several books about Rover cars powered by the General Motors alloy vee-eight...
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Sir I write with reference to the editorial references on the amount of emissions pouring forth from the private car. You should note that although road transport accounts for 18% of the total...
Sir Having just read the August 1990 edition of MOTOR SPORT I have the following comments. Firstly, in Petrol Problems in 'Matters of Moment' you mentioned the increase in car fires which jogged my...
Sir Your August Editorial headed 'Petrol Problems' referring to the particular problems faced by vintage car owners, is both commendable and timely. However, I do not believe that the blame for this...
Sir Following your article in MOTOR SPORT September, pages 1000/1001 relating to The Edwardian Race at OuIton Park, I note your attempt to put the record straight as they say, but perhaps your...
Sir As a longtime VSCC competitor and spectator, I treated myself this year to a seat at Copse for the British Grand Prix on 15th July. I wanted to hear, smell, and see Grand Prix racing machines of...
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Sir I have recently spent a couple of very enjoyable days as Medical Officer at the International Historic Festival and the Bentley Drivers Club meetings at Silverstone. The great appeal of these...
Sir Your editorial 'Petrol Problems', in the August issue, implies that the volatility of petrol may have changed. Certainly, the incidence of car fires, following accidents or otherwise, would seem...
Sir Being a former apprentice of the Igranic Electric Company, the article Adams Car (August, 1990) bought back memories. In about 1964 the company, then known as Brookhurst Igranic, purchased a...
Sir L Wickham deplores the damage being done to the English language by some advertisers. I wonder if he noticed a Willment Ghia Cobra, in the September issue, described as 'very unique?' The car may...
Sir The letter headed Bright Spark in the September issue appears to me to be contradictory. Most sincerely I endorse Mr Wickham's first paragraph. His second paragraph is an argument in favour of...
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Sir The 'Fox-Kleinauto' referred to in Robin Morgan-Giles' letter (June p.641) is, undoubtedly the Austrian Fuchs (which literally translates as 'Fox'). It was produced 1922-25 by lnzerdorfer...
Sir I can answer Mr McDonald's queries on the above (Letters, Sept 1990). This car was abandoned at London Airport by a navigator of Air India Airways nearly 40 years ago. It was commandeered by HM...
Sir I read with interest Jan Mackay's letter entitled 'Honda Problems' in the September 1990 issue. Indeed I agree with his comments but, as something of a Grand Prix historian, I must query his...
Sir With regard to the views apropos motor racing and the environment expressed by Mike Cotton in his regular column in the September issue, I could not agree more that the sport must be seen by...

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