September 1965

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The prices of historic cars We have not reported on recent auction sales of old motor cars because we are of the opinion that, delightful as they may be for speculators and the used car vendors who...
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I find I did Joseph Lucas Ltd. an injustice when last reviewing the Editorial Morris 1100. The hesitant starting was due to electrical troubles on the part of the car, not the battery, which still...
I was able to put in many more miles the other week in the V8 Pontiac Parisienne Sports Sedan I commented on in the July issue. This time the electric window-lifts functioned without failure and,...
The Midland School of Flying has moved from its base at Derby Airport, Burnaston, Derby, to the new East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington, Leicestershire. The move from Burnaston, which is being...
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SOME readers may have noticed that Continental Notes were missing from last month's issue, and also that the Dutch Grand Prix report was written by M. L. T., and there were no Reflections on the...
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WITH the retirement of the P99 four-wheel-drive Ferguson-Climax and Peter Westbury's attentions being distracted by his own four-wheel-drive project, the 1965 R.A.C. Hill-Climb Championship has been...
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The Grand Prix world has accepted the fact that this year has seen the introduction of what would appear to be a phenomenon in its midst. I refer to the advent of 26-year-old Jackie Stewart in the B....
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"Aston Martin Manual-1921-1958." 404 pp. 8 3/4 in. x 5 1/8 in. (Pertly & Routleff Ltd., 4, Kirchen Road, Landon, W.13. 65s. 6d. post free.) This is a quite remarkable publication for a one-make...
"Private Entrant," by Michael Cooper-Evans, 194 pp). 8 1/2 in. 5 1/8 in. (Cassell & Co. Ltd., 35, Red Lion Spare, London, W.C.1. 30s. This book, by an author who was for two years with the Rob...
"The Chain-Drive Frazer Nash," by David Thirlby. 237 pp. 9 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in. (Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., Gulf House, 2, Portman Street, London, W.1.45s) There are one-make histories...
"The Picture Story of World Sports Cars," by Stuart Seager. 157 pp. 11 in. 8 1/4 in. (World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd., P.O. Box 111, Manchester, 1, 15s) This is yet another large pictorial...
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UNLIKE last year's European Hill-Climb Championship when the late Edgar Barth and his works Porsche 8-cylinder Prototype was unbeatable, this year's Championship has been a no-holds-barred dogfight...
THE Automobile Club of Enna, the small town in the centre of Sicily, in the heart of the mountains, held their annual Speed Week in August. On the first week-end they held a Formula Two race, run in...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The V.S.C.C. Silverstone meeting (July 31st) THE second 1965 race meeting at Silverstone of the Vintage S.C.C. enjoyed fine weather in a week of depressing rain...
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Sir, For some reason one or two people seem to have misconstrued your footnote last month regarding the possibility of the V.S.C.C. introducing a long-distance scratch race for sports/racing as...
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Sir, The report of the Brooklands Re-Union in your August issue stated that I designed the racing "GN" engines, but, much I would like to have done this, the credit must be given to H. R. Godfrey and...
Sir, I was interested in the letter of Mr. M. C. Jones about the Talbot braking and other idiosyncrasies. I had a Talbot 95 (Reg. No. AGU 70) from 1934 to 1938 which I bought after reading the test...
Sir, I have every sympathy for your correspondent Mr. Jones. Like him, I have never yet driven a strange Talbot with properly adjusted brakes. This, however, is hardly the fault of the car, and while...
Sir, It was a most happy thought on your part that prompted you to visit Captain William Leefe Robinson's memorial. I was ten years old when that historic duel between Zeppelin and aeroplane took...
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Sir, As you appear to be, like me, a stickler for facts, perhaps you will permit me to offer a few corrections to your article "Out of the Past" in the August issue. At the time of his exploit in the...
Sir, With reference to your very interesting article "Out of the Past," may I add that Captain Leefe Robinson is buried in a corner of the annex to the church yard of Harrow Weald Church. The stone...
Sir, I was very interested in the article on Phoenix cars. As my father had one of these cars, the 8/10-h.p. model, for a few years from 1912 I thought some details from a past user might be of some...
Sir, The inscription on the memorial stone at Cuffley is, as you suggest, inaccurate. However, there is no doubt of the actual identity of the airship destroyed by Lt. Leefe Robinson. It was not a...
Sir, I have found your article on the Phoenix and the work of Mr. Bowyer-Lowe most interesting. The very early days of the Motor Industry have a fascination all their own, largely because, I think,...
Sir, I feel I must write to you again, this time about the article on page 574 in your July issue about Renaults. It seems that little has been said about the 2-litre 75 x 120 engine which was used...
The Vintage Austin Register has its rally at the Austin works in Longbridge on September 26th, with driving tests and Pride of Ownership contest to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Austin...
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And deservedly so, because Chatton and Williamson have consistently supported the thinning ranks of Edwardian racers with this 1908 12-litre G.P. Itala.
—The Secretary of the H.C.V.C. has acquired a 1915 Y-type Daimler solid-tyred lorry found in good condition on a farm at Upminster. In conjunction with the Finals of the Lorry Driver of the Year...
THERE is no more pleasant venue than Prescott hill on a fine day, and the V.S.C.C. had ideal conditions for its meeting of August 15th. An entry of 100 cars, ranging from 1908 to 1956, had two runs...
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When Eric Broadley produced his Lola coupé at the Racing Car Show at the beginning of 1963 there was no inkling then of what it was going to lead to. It is now a matter of history that the Ford Motor...
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The Annual Festival of Drag Racing, inaugurated by the British Drag Racing Association last year, takes place on September 25/26th at Blackbushe Airport, near Camberley. It will be a combined...
When anyone talks of "Steering Wheel Gloves" most of us think of those dreadful leopard-skin or woolly pale purple affairs that you see on Ford Consuls, together with Dolly Danglers, rear window...
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THIS is an affair which belongs to the era of London omnibuses running on "solids ' and sliding on the woodblocks at Hyde Park Corner, of quaint taxis and (they tell us) scorching-hot summers—of...
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Gulf London rally Results: 1st: R. Clark/J. Porter (Cortina GT). 2nd: J. Larsson/Bertil Petersson (Saab Sport). 3rd: B. Melia/G. Davies (Cortina GT). 4th: J. Damberg/F. Sager (Cortina GT). 5th: Pat...
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Results:Category A—Touring: 1st: R. Trautmann/C. Bouchet (Lancia Flavia).2nd: T. Makinen/. P. Easter (Cooper S).3rd: H. Taylor/B. Melia (Cortina-Lotus).4th: P. Hopkirk/H. Liddon (Copper).5th: J. F....
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Mr. Frater, of Poole, writes:— The following is an excerpt from "Sailing Days," a volume of reminiscences of pre-war yachting by the well-known yachtsman Adlard Coles. In this excerpt he describes a...
One of Corgi's latest models is a Lotus Elan, 3 1/2 in. long, and complete with folding seats, brown facia to contrast with the authentic black interior trim, gear-lever, steering wheel, and openable...
Following years of intensive research, development and testing the Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation has announced a completely new in-line 3,769 c.c. (230 cubic inch) displacement...
"I often drive a Mini-Cooper S. This is quite a quick little car."—A delightful understatement by Pat Surtees in the Sunday Mirror. "Used-car prices have fallen faster in the last ten days than at...
Those who have occasion to tow racing cars or other valuable objects in trailers, or trail anything behind a racing-car transporter, should he interested in anything which enhances the safety of such...
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IN June a Peugeot 404 with special off-set coupé body, powered by an Indenor XD88 1,948-c.c. diesel engine, broke 22 Class E records at Montlhéry and established three new records in the same class....
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A section devoted when deemed necessary to cars the engine capacity of which does not exceed 1,000 c.c. THE N.S.U. 1000L N.S.U. of Neckarsulm are in a strengthening position in the German Motor...
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Clark and Lotus all the way THE Automobil Club von Deutschland organised the German Grand Prix on the hilly and tortuous 22.81-kilometre Nürburgring in the Eifel mountains and at the last moment they...
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IN the July MOTOR SPORT I said that there were only two achievements of note that Jim Clark had not yet accomplished, and one of these was a resounding win at the Nürburgring. He has now rectified...
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The editor's account of driving a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Ill PLEASURE that had been denied me for a long time materialised last July, when I was able to road rest the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III....
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The Rolls-Royce has three independent foot brake systems, so that if one fails the driver still has both front and back brakes. Trailing shoes at the front and equal wearing shoes at the back operate...
Engine: Eight cylinders in 90º vee-formation, 104.14 x 91.44 mm. (6,230 c.c.). Push-rod-operated overhead valves. 9.0-to-1 compression ratio. Horsepower not disclosed. Gear ratios: (Automatic...
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Sir, I am very interested in the present correspondence in your excellent journal regarding Alfa Romeo experiences, as I own two Alfas of 1963 vintage. 1. Giulia Spyder (owned from new). Mileage: 25,...
Sir, I was most interested to see the correspondence referring to Alfa Romeo cars. I recently purchased a new 1600 Spyder and less than one month later sold it! Whilst the steering, road-holding and...
Sir, From someone who is now thoroughly fed up with Alfa Romeos, having had a Giulia TI, here are a few more facts and figures First, ordinary servicing has cost me the best part of £200 in one year...
Sir. It was with great interest that I read your tale of two Alfas. I was a potential admirer of this famous and, as far as I knew, erstwhile reliable marque. However, during the course of one year I...
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Sir, Together, no doubt, with many more of your readers, I rise to the bait thrown out at the end of your article on the "Taxation Anomaly." The anomaly arose as a result of a concession made by the...
Sir, We read a lot about Mercedes Benz in MOTOR SPORT but I have never seen very much about their diesel models. I have a 1961 190Db which has now covered 32,000 miles. As you know, it weighs over 2,...
Sir, With so much correspondence these days about lack of attention by manufacturers, perhaps the following will hearten some of your readers. Lacking an urgent spare—the local sub-agent was...
Sir, As a regular reader of MOTOR SPORT I have followed with interest the series to and from members of the Police Force concerning the activities of Police Officers on the road, and I would like to...
Sir, I note the reference to the CD Bradford vehicles which Jowett Cars Ltd. were running in prototype form when car production ceased at Idle in 1954. I visited the Jowett works on many occasions...
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Sir, I was particularly interested in your comments regarding the appearance of two ex-Australian Maseratis on English circuits in your report of the Silverstone meeting on April 24th, June issue. It...
Sir, Having read with interest your excellent magazine for many years, I would hazard a guess that I am not the only reader who has formed rather strong views on the subject of Alfa Romeo and Rolls-...
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An obituary by Don Williams, Trojan O.C. Historian. Readers will be sorry to learn of the death at the end of July of Group Captain A. F. Scroggs, whose successes with the vintage two-stroke, chain-...

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