September 1971

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•Racing round the houses Specially featured in this issue are the prospects for Birmingham's race through its streets next year or in 1973, written about by a staff reporter. If he does nothing else...
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Walter Owen Bentley died last month, aged 83, after a series of illnesses fought with characteristic fortitude and determination. Famous both to expert and layman for his vintage Bentleys which,...
The Secretary of this Club is now G. A. F. Coward, 153, Russell Road, Birmingham, B13 8RR, who has taken over from Mr. H. E. Rohll. The Club Chairman is John Barley, the Librarian is P. G. Garrish...
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A fine victory For BRM Zeltweg, Austria, August 15th Last year the Austrian Grand Prix was memorable for a number of things, it was the first Grand Prix to be held on the new Osterreichring, it was...
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The BRM team cured their electrical coil trouble by mounting the unit on the left side of the engine instead of on the crash-bar stay as previously. They had four P160 models at the race, Gethin in...
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Tobacco race in South Africa South African motor racing centres around the annual Formula One Championship which comprises about eight keenly-contested races held mainly in South Africa itself but...
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In our last article in this series the misconception was created that Ensign were the only West Midlands company presently engaged in producing racing cars. All too late the mistake was realised but...
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[By means of which the Continental Correspondent, while he is motoring abroad, keeps in touch with the Editor.] Dear W.B., Last month I mentioned how European high speed motoring can suddenly come...
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The last two months have provided March Engineering with a pretty successful spell in Formula Two, for as well as their works driver Ronnie Peterson winning the European Trophy qualifiers at both...
With only four rounds remaining in the Shell Super Oil F3 series for the Motor Sport Trophy, Gold Leaf Team-Lotus driver Dave Walker has all but clinched the championship. At the most recent round at...
OULTON PARK, August 21st. John Surtees scored his second successive win in the annual non-championship Formula One Rothmans International Gold Cup race held a week after the Austrian Grand Prix....
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Road Atlanta, July 11th. The third Can-Am round at Road Atlanta, 50 miles north-east of Georgia's state capital, was intended as the rubber match between Team McLaren and the works L & M Lola...
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Alfa Romeo makes it three Watkins Glen, NY, July 24th. The might of Stuttgart bowed to the dogged persistence of Alfa Romeo in the final round of the 1971 International Championship for Makes at the...
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Britain's David Hobbs clinched the L & M Continental 5000 Championship on August 1st at Edmonton, Canada, with his fourth victory of the series out of six starts. The former JW and Team Surtees...
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Tyrrell double again Nurburgring, Germany, August 1st. There was no doubt in my mind that the return of the German Grand Prix to the Nurburgring after its brief removal to the Hockenheim Motodrom was...
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The Nurburgring is still the Nurburgring and though one or two bits have been altered it is still a great driver challenge and with a lap speed of nearly 115 m.p.h. for the 22.8 kilometres (14.1...
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The months of high summer have always been regarded as the close season for rallying; not for the same reasons as cricket isn't played in the winter nor grouse shot in March, but because of a desire...
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A section devoted to old-car matters The VSCC Silverstone Race Meeting (July 24th) The second Vintage SCC Silverstone Meeting of 1971 was a rather special occasion because it was the last at which...
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Colour albums of veteran and vintage cars are pretty prolific and now there is one devoted to such vehicles which reside in New Zealand. A Caltex book by Mollie Anderson, it runs from 1895 Benz to...
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Fine weather, a good entry, big crowds and three new class records made this year's Vintage SCC hill-climb at Prescott a happy occasion. The course was opened by Tim Carson in Barker's 1908 Napier. A...
At this year's Royal Welsh Show the exhibition of pre-war motor vehicles, organised by the Rhayader & Dist. MC & LCC, had the merit of sensible protection of the vehicles, which were...
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To most people the motor tricycle, as distinct from the 3-wheeler car, is an unknown quantity, or something completely forgotten, a form of transport obscured in the mists of antiquity. Yet at the...
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By John Blunsden and David Phipps. 224 pp 8 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (Motor Racing Publications Ltd., 277-279, Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1. £2.50) This is the story of the Cosworth-Ford Grand Prix...
By Michael Radford. 200 pp. 11 in. x 8 7/8 in. (J. B. Associates, 52a, Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames. Oxon. £3.90, plus 35p postage) There have been plenty of books about the Alvis, culminating in...
Very welcome is republication of one of the more comprehensive of the great range of one-make books, "Maintaining The Breed" by John Thornley, which deals with every MG model from the first Kimber...
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Obtaining a copy of "How To Make Enemies", by Ronald Duncan (Hart-Davis, 1968), after having read a favourable review of it in a back issue of The Field, I wasn't altogether astonished that it...
The fire hazard in modern motor racing has directed attention to the effective fireproofing of driver's overalls. FPT claim to have reached a new stage of effectiveness in this direction with FPT...
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Over the last few weeks there has been a flood of publicity for the proposed road race on a section of the new Birmingham inner ring road, including the section around the new Bull Ring. This is...
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This is one of those articles that was easy to write but for which it was difficult to find a suitable title. I had thought of hackneyed things like "Variety is the spice of life", or "From the...
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We hear that a f.w.d. Alvis lies in a Gloucestershire breaker's yard and that a vintage Humber lives in a shed in this county, but is not for sale. Two other vintage Humbers, a 9/20 two-seater and a...
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Currently some of the busiest premises in the go-faster business belong to Britain's largest car manufacturer, British Leyland. I went down to visit their Special Tuning Department, based on the MG...
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It goes like it looks Ever since I experienced the 904 Porsche, with its mid-engine layout, I was convinced that this was the right formula for a sports car. Since then I have experienced so many mid...
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It is almost as if contestants try a little harder during a Jubilee year (remember McIntyre's 100 m.p.h. TT lap?) for in the seven events so far held towards the Shell/RAC Hill-Climb Championship,...
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There have been books about the technique of motor racing by Denis Jenkinson, Piero Tarufli and Paul Frere, etc. The latest in this line is "The Theory and Practice of High Speed Driving", by Walter...
Fiat make a most intriguing range of cars, as the have almost throughout their history (a history I hope Michael Sedgwick will soon provide for us, for the full story of this most prolific of Italian...
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Sir, Your most interesting article on Lindsay Eccles brought back many happy memories of both Brooklands and Donington for, over a period of several years, the late Hubert Papworth prepared my...
Two great engineers.—Let us pay tribute to two great automobile engineers. At the end of July, Peter Wilks retired due to ill health from the position of Technical Director of the Rover Company. He...
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Sir, Regarding Mr. Barry Moon's letter on the "Senior Service Hillrally", the £10 entry fee included dinner, bed and breakfast for two people, a champagne reception at the end of the rally, a very...
Sir, As an avid "soft-top" enthusiast I would like to reply to Mr. D. J. Dee's letter. The answer is surely not the cold, or the girl friend's hair-do (most people with convertible cars go out with...
Sir, I was interested to see that you have purchased a PWT (Post-War Thoroughbred). I have hankered after several PWTs but I have only owned an MG YB. This I bought for £55 in mid-1970 and ran for...
Sir, I have a vehicle which has a top speed of approximately 95 m.p.h. and a 0-60 time of 12 sec. or so and at 21 I pay £45 p.a. for fully comprehensive insurance. My friend's vehicle has a maximum...
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Sir, With reference to your articles on "Cars in Books", I might draw your attention to an interesting passage in the book "Delius, As I Knew Him", written by Eric Fenby (Icon Books). The year is...
Sir, "D. S. J." has his wires a little crossed on the Fiat Balilla sports family. Officially, I don't think the car he photographed is a "Coppa d'Oro". The o.h.v. 995-c.c. sports model introduced at...

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