September 1987

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Fuel-Gauge Formulae For how much longer do we have to endure the uncertainty of Formula One cars completing races due to their fuel tanks running dry? Or the knowledge that top-rank Grand Prix...
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BMW Sportster gets go-ahead Just 154 inches of resilient plastic over a steel monocoque clothe the BMW Z1 sportscar, which is to be made from June 1988 onward at the rate of six per day. Neither UK...
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Ferrari is working on two alternative projects for the 1988 Formula One season. At Maranello development is continuing apace on a revised version of the current 90° V6 turbo, assessing its viability...
After a disappointing start to the season, when Alfa Romeo left him in the lurch without engines after it suddenly dawned on the Italian car maker what a lousy 1.5-litre turbo it had spent a year...
Nelson Piquet, World Champion driver in 1981 and 1983, is leaving the Canon Williams Honda team at the end of this season to join Team Lotus as number one. This quite remarkable decision was...
Ken Tyrrell's Formula One team now has an unassailable points lead in the Colin Chapman Cup for non-turbo cars, its Cosworth DFZ-engined machines having scored 102 points by the end of the Hungarian...
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Attrition My small pocket dictionary says attrition is the "act of rubbing away, to wear down", and no more suitable word could describe what the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring did to the...
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Almost in the bag Victory in the Shell Gemini Brands Hatch 1000kms race has taken the Silk Cut Jaguar team to within one step of securing the World Sportscar Championship teams' title. The two...
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A celebration The real proof of a new thoroughbred's pedigree has been amply demonstrated at Ferrari's test track, Fiorano. Handled by one of the company's test drivers, the F40 — manufactured to...
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Tickford's time trial Although robotic mass production, preferably measured in millions, is seen as the only profitable avenue for multi-national car makers, Great Britain plc has found alternative...
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Belgian bravado This year's Spa 24-Hour race proved to be one of the wettest seen for a very long time, run in a mixture of drizzle and torrential rain. More than 60 teams set off, but the end result...
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Non-Homologation Special Italy has always been fruitful ground both for dedicated manufacturers of sportscars and for inventive coachbuilders. A healthy interest in competition meant that there was...
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Seven heaven BMW's newest product heralds the end of an era for one of its greatest rivals. For many years now, Jaguar's 5.3-Litre engine has been the only mass-produced V12 available (the only other...
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Turning heads Alfa Romeo was absorbed into the Fiat Group on January 1, and it soon became clear that the marque would concentrate on high-performing family models, while Fiat concentrated on volume...
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A practical fun-car I have been bemoaning lately that modern cars are all the same. But the GTti model in Daihatsu's Charade range is different. Under the bonnet you have a transverse three-cylinder...
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Quiet Sunday Dear AH, People often say "Whatever happened to the Nurburgring?" And well they might, for as far as Grand Prix racing is concerned it seems to be dead and buried. After Jackie Stewart...
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Ambitious AX As part of the French Peugeot Talbot Grouping, one now enjoying a massive sales resurgence via the Peugeot 205/309 and Citroen's popular mid range BX saloons, Citroen is ambitious for...
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Privateer plunder When Bernard Beguin won the Tour of Corsica in a Rothmans BMW, the achievement was acclaimed as one of the rare victories by a private team against the might of the factories. All...
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Lancia fully in control So many of the World Rally Championship's formerly active teams have called a halt to their rallying in the past eighteen months, some as a result of unacceptable changes of...
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Trident tested Maserati— it is impossible even to say the name without relishing the promise of Latin excitement. After a lean time in this country, not because there were no customers, but because...
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Favours of fortune Within a period of two weeks Nelson Piquet led less than 30 miles of Grand Prix motoring — but bagged 18 points in the 1987 World Drivers Championship as a result. What made his...
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Third time lucky You would expect August 16 to be blazing hot almost anywhere in Europe, but Austria is not like that. On the Thursday before practice began the clouds were down on the deck and the...
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Speed orgy "The Vintage Sports Car Club again ran a two-day "speed orgy" at Oulton Park road-circuit this year, on the last weekend in July, over the extended (2.769-mile) course, with a chicane to...
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First to wear the green" Last month we heard the good news that, after persevering since 1979, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has been able to arrange for the return to this country of Britain's oldest...
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Last month's story about taking Richard Shaw's delectable 1937 41/2-litre Vanden Plas Bentley to the RREC Courteenhall Rally recalls memories of my first encounter with a Derby-built Bentley. This...
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Alan Hess, that knowledgeable allround motor-racing personality and Brooklands Society Vice-President, who has died at the age of 87. His first experience of...
A 3-litre Bentley, which was originally a tourer but which at some time had a "woodie" shooting-brake replacement body, has been found in a barn in Leicestershire, and is now in the Donington Racing...
The Brooklands Society souvenir book we recommended last month, which commemorates the eightieth anniversary of the Track, is available for £1.50 from the Society administrator at 48 Fortescue Road,...
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Britain's two oldest motoring clubs are the Motor Cycling Club and the Midland Automobile Club. The MCC, which was founded on November 10, 1901 and which caters as much for cars as motorcycles as it...
The Vintage Sports Car Club scored again at its Prescott hill-climb. In spite of running nearly 200 entries for the first time, with perhaps the biggest-ever spectator attendance, the meeting ran...
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Owen John went off alone on his summer tour of 1926 in his 16/65hp Rover saloon, complaining that without a companion he tended to drive too quickly, and that he would have liked some weight in the...
A Middlesex reader has acquired from UIster the 1929 1750 Alfa Romeo (Reg UU 9125) which was entered by the then Alfa concessionaire FW Stiles for such races as the Six-Hours and Double-Twelve-Hours...
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A7s at Attingham Park One-make rallies are legion these days, and not all are for large motorcars. The "Severn Sevens" Group of the A7CA had an entry of 43 A7s for its annual Attingham Park Rally...
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Directory Of Historic Racing Cars by Denis Jenkinson. 190 pp. 9"x53/4 (Aston Publications Ltd, Bourne End House, Harvest Hill, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 SJJ. £11.95) In this nicely-illustrated...
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The things they say Sir, I find it incredible that we are invited (Motor Sport, August 1987) to treat "with the contempt it deserves" Mr Paul Sheldon's comment that "In retrospect it may be concluded...

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