September 1977

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A Date to Remember Among the heat and fury of Grand Prix races counting towards the World Championship club racing tends to be overlooked. But it flourishes, nevertheless, and on October 15th, at...
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A Well-Earned Victory – Knittelfeld, August 14th In spite of the Osterreichring being in the middle of the country and difficult of access, from whichever direction you approach, few people miss the...
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(By means of which our European reporter occasionally keeps in touch with the Editor.) Dear W.B., For a change I am starting to write this one from the offshore island of Great Britain, instead of...
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Heavy rain on August 14th did its best to wash away the Prescott hill-climb course on the occasion of the annual VSCC meeting there. But this did not affect spectator attendance, nor the efficient...
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Racing with silencers The era of silenced racing cars returneth! As mentioned in the July issue (and see Letters from Readers last month and in this issue), an RAC— backed Working Group has been...
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Tourist Trophy, Silverstone September 18th is the chosen date for Britain’s only qualifying round in the European Touring Car Championship 1977. A series dominated by BMW’s big coupes since the...
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Described to the Editor in a recent interview Before the war Jack Bartlett was well known in the sporting motoring circles as the London used-car dealer who supplied the better-class, properly...
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"Aston Martin 1914-1940—A Pictorial Review" by Imnan Hunter. 192 pp. 8 1/2 in. x 6 in. (Transport Bookman Publications, Syon Park, Brentford, London, TW8 85F. £4.95). Here is another book to add to...
"Hudson—The Post-War Years" by Richard M. Langworth. 136 pp. 7 5/8 in. 10 in. (Motorbooks International, PO Box 2, 729, Prospect Avenue, Osceola, Wisconsin 54020, USA. 14.95 dollars). The one-make...
"The Fabulous Porsche 917" by Peter Hinsdale. 104 pp. 8 1/2in. x 11 in. (Patrick Stephens Ltd., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB3 8EL. £5.20). There seems to be a never-ending emission of books about Porsche...
"Victorian and Edwardian Cycling and Motoring from Old Photographs" by A. B. Demaus. 110 pp. 10 in. 7 1/2 in. (B. T. Batsford Ltd. 4, Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H OAH. £3.95). Brian Demaus is...
Although there is but slender material for this long-established column in the recently-published autobiography of Dennis Wheatley ("The Time Has Come The Young Man Said—The Memoirs of Dennis...
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The organising body of the German Grand Prix were split down the middle; the businessmen wanted to run the race at the compact Hockenheim Ring stadium, where everything was safe and clinical and...
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As a further Silver Jubilee tribute, Meccano of Liverpool have produced a Dinky miniature of the Austin London taxicab, finished in Jubilee livery, as driven by HRH Prince Charles in a TV appearance...
"...I would remind you that remembering Brooklands is a major task of the Brooklands Society . . .; I do hope that this is never forgotten and that all the future planning will not result in our...
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A section devoted to old-car matters VSCC Hawthorn Trophy Meeting (July 30) By the time this issue is published the Cadwell Park VSCC meeting will be over, so this is a review, not a report. The...
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Sir, Though I have read your excellent magazine for many years, I cannot recall any mention ever being made of the special "Customers' days" organised at Brooklands by Henlys Ltd. and possibly by...
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Sir, We were most interested to read the letter of Mr. De Lacroix concerning the Crossley owned by a relation in 1923, and examine the photograph published. Regarding his query as to the Model,...
Sir, Your article re the last Leyland Eight (July) was of interest. Since the illustrations shown are of a Leyland-Thomas car it bears (not surprisingly) but faint resemblance to the "Production"...
Sir, A copy of your May issue has reached me, with a reference to the Cowey car. I went to the Cowey Engineering Co., in 1921, after my two years at Acton Tech. At that time the firm occupied...
Sir, I was interested to read, in the V-E-V column of the July Motor Sport, that one of the cars listed by Mr. Maslin as owned by Count Zborowski between 1920 and 1924 was "an odd electric Austro-...
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“Der Kleiner Preis von Deutschland” The German round in the Formula One World Championship series for Drivers and Constructors was held on the fast and flat Hockenheim Ring on July 31st with all the...
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Sir, Electrical theory was never my long suit but I find it difficult to believe that it would ever be possible to start a car with conventional coil ignition by switching on and off. (Mr B. W. Riven...
In the prospect of obtaining very high speeds on the straight sections of the Hockenheim track Ferrari schemed up some streamlined spats which fitted behind the rear wheels of the 312T2 cars, but...
Sir, The letter of Mr. B. W. Rivett and your comment in the July Vintage Postbag on "Self-starting" arc of course absolutely correct. If anyone doubts the method was in use well before there were...
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Two Magnums not of champagne, but Vauxhalls. The long-established and famous name of Vauxhall has been back in the ascendant for some time, with the excellent Chevette, Cavalier, and the up-lifted VX...
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Turbocharging for (nearly) all Ranging over Germany and Belgium, the deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft is an 11-round series that caters for some superbly engineered cars of extraordinary value....
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An all out battle in the luxury car market has been launched by BMW, who have proclaimed that their new 7-series of large saloons replacements for the 2500 to 3.3Li series is in direct competition...
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A Threat to Road Rallies Before Britain’s Motor Clubs found themselves able to follow the example of the RAC by organising rallies which used special stages on forest and other private roads, there...
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M. N. Mavrogordato's significantly-original 1914 GP car There is perhaps nothing more exciting and satisfying in the old-car firmament than a racing car from the glorious, glamorous, and now far-...
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“Blow up James! No be sensible and settle for a good second place.” These were the alternating thoughts going through the mind of Shadow DN8 driver Alan Jones for much of the 54-lap Austrian Grand...
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German Grand Prix The German Grand Prix was held at Hockenheim on July 31st rather than its usual home at the 14-mile Nurburgring. This was the second time that the race has left its traditional home...
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The story so far . . . When the Group 5 circus of so-called "Special Production Cars" comes to Brands Hatch on the 24th and 25th of September for the seventh round of the World Championship for Makes...
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Sir, I am an English transplant, who has been taking your excellent magazine since the early fifties when I used to cycle to Silverstone and Goodwood, now living in Southern California. After reading...
Sir, I noticed a letter by Mr. Richard Bossons on page 861 of the July Motor Sport and I can tell him that there are lots of enthusiasts in the Baltic Republics. The old car movement started here in...
Sir, I sometimes wonder if the world's top class of motor racing is really worthy to carry the world championship. Not long ago, I managed to lay my hands on a copy of the l'IA yearbook. To say I was...
Sir, Did you enjoy the noise of the Grand Prix, the nostalgia brought back by the sight and sound of the historic car race? All soon to be a thing of the Past if the RAC and certain circuit owners...
Sir, I wonder if you could do anything to persuade the TV people to televise a Grand Prix for a change. In July we had a situation where two British drivers were leading the British Grand Prix, both...
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Sir, I lived in Leyland for twenty years and my father was Leyland Motors' Chief Computer Progammer. When there was a "Motors" open day, sometime in the mid sixties, I distinctly remember climbing...
Sir, Your correspondent in the June Issue, Mr. Thos. O. Adams of Glasgow, in criticising the so-called improved M.o.T. test, is doing a service, as few seem to have raised the points mentioned. The...
Sir, I think that my recent experience with Alfa Romeo (G.B.) Ltd. regarding my 1975 Alfasud S.E. may be of interest to your readers. I share your enthusiasm and that of other motoring journals for...
Sir, Firstly, following various readers' letters on the subject of the Ford Capri 3.0S, I purchased in March this year a nice new shiny black one and have been agreeably surprised by this performance...
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Sir, Much as I admire the spirit of Mr. Elliot-Pyles letter (Motor Sport for June "why do the beggars go out and buy foreign rubbish?"), the matter is more complicated than a direct Comparison of...
Sir, I replaced a much loved Lancia Zagato coupe in February 1975 with a Series III Rally coupe preferring it to the similarly priced Beta Coupe. It has given excellent service, having been...
Sir, Just having read Motor Sport for August, I was most interested to read your article on the Range-Rover, which I concur with. I would agree with you, the Range-Rover is certainly one of the...
Sir, The Government should be grateful to motorists who vote at elections, and who accept Crown evidence when they serve on a jury. South Croydon H. HILL

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