September 1983

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An opportunity lost? We have to admit it, our hearts leapt when we read a newspaper headline "Speed limits to rise". At last, the miserable 70 mph limit on Britain's motorway system was to be...
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Alvis 12/50 Register The Alvis Anniversary on October 2nd, at Brooklands, promises to be a thoroughly worthwhile occasion, with timed runs up the Test Hill, a display of ex-Brooklands' Alvises, some...
We were incorrect in saying last month that Rodney Felton's Maserati, which non-started at the second VSCC Silverstone Meeting, had beaten all the ERAs at Donington Park the previous weekend. In fact...
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Foretelling Ford's plans? Those who have survived 21 years in the business of making production cars a little quicker than their factory-fresh cousins are becoming British rarities, particularly if...
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A very nice race Knittelfeld, August 14th Once again the Austrian Grand Prix followed hot on the heels of the German Grand Prix and while part of the "circus" flew back to England on Sunday evening...
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The instability of some of the entrepreneurs behind the Formula One scene has caused the 1983 season to be sharply divided into two parts with a long mid-summer break. Had we known this was going to...
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The time has come to write of two fast Fords. First, the 150 bhp V6 2.8-litre fuel injection Uniroyal Rallye-shod Sierra XR4i, which, at the time of writing, I have used for more than 3,700 miles in...
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Unlike their racing counterparts, rallying's engine builders rarely receive recognition for their labours. It's hard to pin down the exact reason, but probably the situation isn't helped by the...
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Ash is no longer the popular car construction material which it was, but if anyone is looking for a supply of the wood for refurbishing or restoration we can pass on information of a source in...
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Cheat, or Criminal? Dealing cards from the bottom of the pack is breaking the rules, in most cases quite harmless but nevertheless disreputable and is called cheating. Stealing is also breaking the...
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Contests between teams and drivers for points in the World Rally Championship invariably have a direct effect on the entry lists of qualifying events, and rallies which would not otherwise have...
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Not very exciting Hockenheimring, August 7th I am sure that anyone who loves motor racing as much as I do will agree that the concrete stadium at Hockenheim has never done very much for them as a...
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There was much excitement among the media over Goodyear's announcement from Akron that they were producing racing tyres of radial-ply construction. Many people seem to have forgotten that Patrick...
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The most powerful production engine yet produced by BMW will be fitted in a 635 Coupe at the Frankfurt Show this month. The normally aspirated six-cylinder engine, similar to that fitted in the M1,...
Now a familiar sight in Europe, the Citroen BX model goes on sale in the UK this month in five versions, three with the 1,360 cc engine and two with a new, alloy 1,580 cc unit developing 92.5 bhp....
Twenty years after the Porsche 911 made its debut at the Frankfurt Show (then as the type 901), the fastest normally aspirated version yet made has been announced with the Carrera badge. Engine...
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FTD by Guy Smith (Frazer Nash Special) Whereas at Shelsley Walsh the paddock is comparatively small and seems subservient to the famous hill, at Prescott it is rather the reverse, with the orchard...
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In three short years the Audi division of Volkswagen has set the motoring design world on its head, seizing the leadership in four-wheel drive and turning it into a commercial success. Sceptics of...
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The Milanese Alfa Romeo company has an enviable reputation for making sporting family cars, suitable for everyday use but distinguished by having better than average performance and roadholding....
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Jaguar is back in motor racing with commitment, and the ultimate goal is success at Le Mans. This was the message that came through clearly when Motor Sport returned to Browns Lane last month to...
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Two recent stories give an accurate indication of Jacques Laffite's true character. Over the years, Williams team de-briefing sessions have gained a reputation for being notoriously serious affairs...
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The Lotus company is almost constantly in the news, its fortunes see-sawing alarmingly over the past couple of years. Towards the end of 1982 the collapse of de Lorean, with whom Lotus had a...
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The stuff of which dreams are made? The trouble with nostalgia is that it tends to blind people to the harsh realities of a given situation. Twenty years ago I was just on the verge of taking my...
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A small company with a big future "I know what people say about the Kallista . . it looks like a donkey, with those big ears", say Panther Cars' chief executive Young C Kim, in a reference to the...
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"Ferrari four-seaters" by David Owen. 134 pp, 81/2" x 7". "Saab turbo" by Graham Robson. 135pp, 81/2" x 7". "Mercedes Benz 300SL" by William Boddy, 135pp, 81/2" x 7". (Osprey Publishing  Ltd, 12-14...
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Cars In Books I WAS INTERESTED to find in one of the books by the Rt. Hon. J. E. B. Seely, to which I referred in July, an account of how when Seely joined the Air Ministry after the Armistice it was...
VSCC Colerne THE annual speed trial over a standing-start kilometre, with times for the quarter-mile and kilometre and speed over the finishing line, was held on the airfield near Bath on July 24th...
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A section devoted to old car matters The 25/50 hp Talbot The Talbot, as a make, has a complex ring to it, because it can be Lago, Roesch or London. The great 25/50 hp model comes in the last-named...
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Until the end of 1907 the Grands Prix held in France, Germany and Italy were each held under different regulations — which must have made life very difficult for those manufacturers who wished to...
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There is no doubt that on the quieter, less-congested roads that existed in this country in the 1920s many unusual cars were still in use, cars which would raise the eyebrows of today's vintage...
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The other day I drove in the Sierra XR4i to haunts I knew so well years ago when schoolboy visits were paid to the aerodromes at Waddon and Kenley, getting lost because of post-war road changes. I...
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Sir, I was most interested to read your comments in Random Reflections Motor Sport July 1983 concerning the Woolf Barnato 8-litre coupe. I can confirm the chassis certainly was 4-litre and of course...
Sir, I was very interested to read the article in the August issue about the 1914 and 1922 TT Vauxhalls because my father owned one of the 1914 TT cars which had been driven at Brooklands by Swain....
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Sir, Heavily influenced by Motor Sport (advertisers take note) I purchased a 911SC Targa Sport and a Golf GTi two years ago. More recently I added a 928S and enjoyed what I considerd the "three...
Sir, My son and I are restoring a Series 1 Lotus XI and seek your help in pinning down the car for The Historic Lotus Register. It was first registered in Bournemouth in August/September 1956 with...
Sir, Mr Nigel Stuart's letter to Motor Sport, July, referring to the facilities for the disabled at Beaulieu seems a little unfair in view of the special attention that we believe we have given to...
Sir, The news of the demise of Nurburgring fills one with sadness. It joins the other true road circuits in becoming obsolete. At this rate future races will be contested on sections of motorway with...
Sir, Further to your piece about test hills, you might be interested to know of the test hill that was used by Morris Motors for very many years; it was abandoned only when the power of the cars...

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