September 1984

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It can hardly have escaped anyone's attention that August 26th was the Silver Jubilee of the launch of the Mini and it is right that the anniversary is marked, for the Mini is a great car. In the...
Our June Editorial was devoted to an attack on Gallaher Limited for their destruction of the Brooklands Track banking where Club driving-tests have been held in recent years, and for fencing-off the...
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Pipercross, the Northampton company which produces air filters for competition cars, have launched a range of their polyurethane reticulated foam filters for road cars. They claim that the filters...
The Motor Cycling Club will hold its 62nd Edinburgh Trial, for cars and motorcycles of course, the 80th anniversary of this event, on October 6th, starting from Darley, Derbyshire at 7 am and taking...
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It is not often that Motor Sport has reason to mention Skoda cars, but we couldn't let a 90th anniversary pass without comment. The firm was founded in 1894 by Laurin Klement, initially making...
Bentley Motors have revived the name Bentley Eight on a new model designed, so their press release says, to appeal to "young entrepreneurs who want top quality comfort, classic styling and the...
A much-improved Astra goes on sale in Vauxhall-Opel dealers on October 17th. A great deal of work has gone into the aerodynamics producing both a distinctive shape and what is claimed to be the...
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— The Lauda touch  Osterreichring, Knittelfeld, August 19th If you have the opportunity of driving round the Osterreichring in any sort of car you can easily see why any self-respecting racing driver...
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Some rallies are associated with snow, some with mud, others with rough rock and others with smooth tarmac, each link forged by natural means, both meteorological and geographical. A rally enthusiast...
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Strange how some rally teams tackle huge travelling distances in their strides and tend to fight shy of others. The New Zealand Rally, for instance, attracted respectable numbers from Europe, yet...
The Rothmans Cyprus Rally, a fine event in every respect, breaks with custom this year by having its halfway stop at Nicosia, where HQ will be at the Ledra Hotel, not the AA's offices and clubhouse...
Royle Cars Ltd have brought out a half-full-size Chummy Austin 7, propelled by an electric motor. One supposes that the kids won't know that the original A7 did not have a fibre-glass body or a bulb...
Advance news of the 1985 Monte Carlo Rally reveals that this year's break with tradition by delaying the first arrival at Monaco until the Wednesday will be continued. The converging point after the...
International motorsport has its own brand of internal politics and business which can be pretty grubby at times, but it is nonetheless shameful and sad that the even grubbier affairs of governmental...
This year's Lombard RAC Rally will be based at Chester and its first day, Sunday, November 25th, will be a tour of parks and estates in the Midlands and North-West. After a night stop at Chester, the...
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Racer and road-car compared When the Jaguar XJS was announced in 1975, there was some disappointment amongst aficionados of the make about the character of the car. It was seen as too much of a Grand...
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If you were told that a car designer had built his own house, had used carefully stressed wood extensively in its construction, and had designed it to be aerodynamically sound, you would probably not...
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Fine Canon team win The 1984 World Endurance Championship events are, generally, spaced out a month apart as the teams wished, but with a fine sense of timing F1SA allowed the BRSCC organised,...
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The term "kit car" has some unfortunate connotations. It brings to mind ads like "Build a Bugatti for £500!!" which entail the purchaser in converting a rusty Triumph Herald into a Type 59 with...
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We have already had a good deal to say of two outstanding small GTI saloons, the revised Volkswagen Golf Mk 2 and the more recently introduced Peugeot 205 GTI. But how do they rate on the road? The...
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Fifty Years Fifty years ago Motor sport published an article in the June issue (1934), entitled "First ERA Racing Car Completed.' which detailed the formation of the concern with the name English...
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The season so far: seven wins to Jaguar, two to BMW, Toyota, Rover and Volvo getting competitive. . . Ever since the creation of Group A racing, the once-moribund ETC series (formerly Group 2,...
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Hockenheimring, August 5th With the opening of the new Motodrome in the Eifel Mountains, to replace the legendary Nurburgring, there was a feeling at the Hockenheimring that 1984 might see the last...
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With travel and work schedules back to normal after the long trips away to the USA and Canada the teams arrived at Hockenheim in good order. Brabham: After the B-specification cars showed no...
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The Formula One pit lane during testing or practice can be a very cynical place, and not without reason. You can see a wrecked car brought in on a break-down truck, a rear wheel and suspension...
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It was five years ago, in the summer of 1979, that BMW first offered the Baur cabriolet conversion on the 3-series bodyshell. It was an instant success, arguably the most practical of the "affordable...
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The accompanying photograph is of a racing car with a Sage engine, but I do not know much about the car. In fact, I do not know much about Sage engines either, except that Frederick Sage & Co of...
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— A meeting with Ian MacDonald. The other day I drove to Bath in the Peugeot 205GTi to lunch with 92 year-old Ian MacDonald, who used to drive Calthorpe and Alvis cars in the competition events of...
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In last month's coverage of the VSCC Jubilee it may not have been clear that the ear Miss Pat Stocken was driving was a Trojan. I described it as a "Chummy" model, because it has a rather shorter...
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A Look Back to the Roads of the 1920s Looking again at the travels of amateur motoring writer Owen John as a may of reflecting the changed conditions of motoring and how the roads and cars were, back...
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Leaving the office one blazing July afternoon with an appointment in Burford, I was distressed to find the traffic out of Oxford on the A40 road towards Cheltenham stationary, for what looked like...
At the VSCC Silverstone Race Meeting in July the last event was called the Four Lap Lightning Handicap. The term "Lightning" has nostalgic connotations with Brooklands, although in this instance it...
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Prescott was in true garden-party mood for the VSCC speed hill-climb on August 5th. Continuing his outstanding season, David Black broke the outright VSCC course-record in 41.85 sec (short course),...
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In last month's report of the VSCC Silverstone races my explanation of why Neil Corner started in the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy Race from the back of the grid in the Hon Patrick Lindsay's interesting...
This year's originality prize at the motor Concours d'Elegance at the Fleet, Hampshire, Carnival (which my wife and I used to organise, years ago) was was by a 1931 Citroen C4F saloon which had been...
A neglected proof-correction made me say last month that at Wolverhampton there was a 1924 Sunbeam Dawn — in fact, there is no such animal; the year should have been 1934. The Rhayader MC ran its...
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Sir, You are correct about the 122" Packard team at Indy in 1923. But there was no connection between the Packard Cable Specials and the Packard Motor Car Co. The Packard Electric Company was founded...
Sir, Last year a nephew of mine imported from Australia a Pontiac 1927, with a homemade pick-up body, and a T-Ford truck of 1923. The T-Ford is in an excellent condition and is needing only little...
Sir, Your "Ford at Brooklands" article, and especially the reference to V8 coupés being used for trials and rallies, reminded me of the car which my brother and I bought on January 3rd, 1939 from...
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"Lunardi", by Leslie Gardner. 191 pp. 8 3/4 in by 5 1/2 in. (Airlife Publishing Ltd, 7 St. John's Hill, Shrewsbury, Salop. £9.95) This is the story of the pioneer balloonist, Vincent Lunardi, whose...
In "Pantaraxia — The Autobiography of Nubar Gulbenkian" (Hutchinson, 1963) we learn a lot about the oil millionaire, not least that in his younger days he drove as fast as he could, for example in...
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Sir, I see there is a current fashion for attaching strips to the backs of cars, presumably to act as a sort of lightning conductor, in this case to earth static electricity so as to prevent travel...
Sir, I was recently invited to take my car to a race meeting abroad, an invitation that I could not refuse. The meeting being in France, a friendly member of the Common Market, I assumed that this...
Sir, I spent an enjoyable day at the British Grand Prix meeting, but it was somewhat marred by two matters. First, there seemed to be a surprising shortage of programmes, even at 6.45 am (or is that...
Sir, Am I the only person to feel intensely irritated by the antics of amateur photographers at race meetings? You see an interesting car in the paddock so naturally you want to look at it, to...
Sir, "The Other Cars of Brian Lister" (August issue) greatly brought back memories to me, a racegoer for over 30 years. However magnificent a driver Archie Scott-Brown was, it is not correct to say...

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