September 1988

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The 1988 Coventry Motor Panels Run on September 11 will include a section for historic cars and motorcycles made in the Midlands. The start is from Baginton Airport at 10am, and the route goes via...
"Knock, knock, Who's there?" — remember the old game? The answer today seems to be Fiat, in terms of knocking other manufacturers' products. We remember a time when even the advertising world...
The nine-day Police National Motorway Safety Campaign (sponsored by General Accident, which has a vested interest) ended on July 29. Any accident is tragic and deplorable, whether it involves road...
Motor sport programmes scheduled to appear on Sky Channel during September are as follows: Wednesday September 7, 9.20pm Brands Hatch 1000km Rally of Argentina Thursday September 8, 10.20pm Mid-Ohio...
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Ferrari's 31/2-litre Grand Prix challenger for 1989 had its first full test at Fiorano in August, driven by one of the company's road-car development drivers, but only six laps were completed before...
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Enzo Ferrari is dead. The man who bore the most famous name in motor racing passed away at his home in Modena in August. He was in his 91st year. Throughout the 41 years that cars have been built...
Presented by Lord Montagu, Derek Grossmark and Euro MP Brian Cassidy, the Historic Vehicle Clubs Committee held an Open General Meeting at the RAC Club on July 23 at which proposals were accepted for...
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Hockenheimring, July 24 If there is a better driver than Ayrton Senna in Formula One today I would like to see him. The Brazilian driver wins in the wet, he wins in the dry, he wins on fast circuits...
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If Alain Prost's brilliant manoeuvre had worked at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix's 49th lap, the Frenchman still would have been the leader of the World Championship chase after 76 gruelling...
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When we got to the halfway point of the 1988 season, even the most disinterested follower of Formula One must have realised that McLaren International had won all eight races with its Honda-powered...
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Although nobody liked to admit it, Jaguar's defeat at Brno in Czechoslovakia was taken very seriously at Kidlington and in Coventry. There, for the first time in 1988, the British cars had been...
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In the 1950s it was quite common for a Grand Prix car to be handed over to the team leader midway through a race so he could collect a higher quota of points, but the FIA sensibly put a stop to the...
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It seems inconceivable that a qualifying round of a World Championship should produce no significant change in the standings of that series, yet that is precisely what happened in New Zealand, where...
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As in New Zealand, the Argentina Rally made very little difference to positions in the World Rally Championship, Biasion merely increased his lead, whilst in the makes section Lancia's points were...
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Four times has the Morocco Rally been held since its revival in 1985 after an absence of nine years, and four times has it failed to match the stature it achieved in its halcyon days of the Sixties...
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When we wrote in the June issue of the Autoglass Tour planned for 1989, a revival and extension of the former Tour of Britain, we mentioned that the organisers' publicists were somewhat assumptive in...
The 1953 Coronation Safari, and the two East African Safaris which followed, were supported by the then East African Standard newspaper, and last Easter Clive Pulman, managing director of the present...
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When Audi Sport UK announced its sudden withdrawal from rallying in July this year, one of the questions which needed answering was whether that decision affected Volkswagen, the other arm of VAG....
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The racing circuit of Spa, just outside the town of Francorchamps, is a very special place, for spectators as well as for drivers. As the road dives and weaves through the beautiful Ardennes...
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If you haven't been to watch Formula Three this year, you have missed some of the best racing ever. Only two competitive chassis (Ralt and Reynard), three engines (Toyota, Alfa and Volkswagen),...
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Lola's T70 was never really an ugly duckling, but in its metamorphosis from Mk III coupe to Mk IIIB it certainly became a most beautiful swan. It was one of the best-looking coupés ever. They say...
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Unleaded petrol is still a dirty word to many in this country, its tarnished image imported from the States, from California in particular, where the Americans have been living with it for many years...
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To think that once we feared the day of the soft-top was past, that US legislation had killed open-air motoring! Now we are back to having convertible versions of everyday cars, of Cavaliers, Escorts...
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Since the foregoing road test was written, Reliant has announced a major change in its plans for the Scimitar SS1. It has signed an agreement with Universal Motors of New York giving Universal the...
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Dear Reader, A well-known firm of auctioneers withdrew all its advertising from Motor Sport because the Editor dared to question their business methods and ethics. Now this criticism was not made...
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We get many requests for information at Motor Sport, but a recent letter from Australia asking for details about certain Ferraris was accompanied by some striking photographs of vvhat at first glance...
There is a special relevance to Motor Sport in the first of a limited line of hand-built 1/43-scale miniatures from Models of Distinction, of Ledbury, Hertfordshire. It is the Whitney Straight...
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In the overall scheme of things, forty years is hardly a big deal, and the pedigree of the late-Eighties racing Jaguar, the XJR-9 which recently revived the marques Le Mans-winning traditions, can be...
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Down an Essex lane a red-and-white barrier marks the entrance to one of Ford's smallest British plants — Boreharn, home to Ford Motorsport. Inside one of the larger buildings, amongst the stripped...
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In 1904 the Hereford Small Car Trials were held, to demonstrate the practicality of the less-expensive cars. They occupied twelve days and 614 miles, and only four of the 33 drivers managed non-stop...
On our way to VSCC Shelsley Walsh, we called in at the 21st Bromyard Gala in Hereford and Worcester, which has one of the finest displays you could expect to see at such a pleasant summer function...
Although uncommon today, dead-heats were not unheard of at Brooklands: there had been one at the very first race meeting in 1907, between a Napier and a de Dietrich, and there were others...
A little more information has come in about the low-chassis 4.1/2-litre Invicta (JJ 332) now owned by Dr John Robson in South Carolina, USA (Motor Sport, May 1988). David Lewis tells us that he and...
Mr Keir Helberg is hoping to identify a Talbot 105 which was found in Pennsylvania, USA (in a house which contained a GP Bugatti and a couple of A7s) and which has since been brought to England and...
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We have seen that in 1927 Owen John's diary was enthusing over the Cecil Kimber MG Super Sports, if not its name. This led him to remark that cars had become so reliable that owners, especially the...
750 Motor Club's national A7 Rally at Beaulieu in July attracted an impressive entry of 208 of the little beggars, excluding late entries. These ranged from 1924 sports models to the racing specials...
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Having heard that Ralph Stokes accompanied Bill Bengry on the recent Pirelli Classic Marathon at the age of 81, in Bill's Ford Cortina which was second in the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon Rally, I...
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The Vintage Sports Car Club held its OuIton Park race meeting over the weekend of July 16-17 along with bicycle races, autojumbles, tugs-of-war, concours d'elegance and all the fun of a motor fair....
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Showers are bad for sprints, as they are for Wimbledon finals, and the VSCC Shelsley Walsh Hill-Climb suffered as much as the tennis on July 2. Some BBC Television filming took place beforehand,...
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Directory of Classic Prototypes and Grand Touring Cars by Anthony Pritchard. 212pp. 9" x 6". (Aston Publications Ltd, Bourne End House, Harvest Hill, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire £11.95) Aston's...
Lagonda — An Illustrated History 1900-1950 by Geoffrey Seaton. 318pp. 10.1/2" x 8.1/2". (The Crowood Press, Crowood House, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 211E. £25.00 The Lagonda "bible"...
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Jaguar by Philip Porter. 224pp. 9.1/4"x 13". (Sidgwick & Jackson, Tavistock Chambers, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SG. £19.95.) The word "lavish" barely describes this thick arid heavy volume,...
Radio Le Mans — The Video! 1988 98 minutes. (Sports Seen, Tattenhall Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NH. £20) On the face of it, this is an excellent idea: take the best bits of the Automobile Club de...
Silverstone — 40 Years edited by Ray Hutton. 144pp. 8.1/4" x 5.1/2". (Motor Racing Publications Ltd, Unit 6, The Pilton Estate, 46 Pitlake, Croydon CRO 3RY. £5.00). In a sense this little soft-...
The Illustrated History Of Albion Vehicles by Nick Baldwin. 152pp. 11" x 8". (Haynes Publishing Group, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somserset BA22 7JJ. £9.95). This book is devoted largely to commercial...
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Sir, I write to say how much I agree with your remarks on the appalling coverage of motor sport by the BBC. Leaving aside the non-coverage of Le Mans, I have been in correspondence with the BBC over...
Sir, Mr Crawford (Motor Sport, August 1988) is quite correct. The standard of driving in Britain is appallingly low. The problem seems to be the attitude Motor Sport is so often guilty of, that...
Sir, Perhaps you would allow me to comment with reference to bad or criminal behaviour at Le Mans (Letters, Motor Sport, August 1988). It is true that on the night of June 9 some people threw bottles...
Sir, I feel that I have to write to you in defence of the BBC's coverage of motor sport. The BBC didn't cover Le Mans because satellite TV got an exclusive deal. I can receive two of the satellite TV...
Sir, Laurence Meredith (Motor Sport, August 1988) must have been extremely unfortunate to witness the scenes of bad crowd behaviour he described at Le Mans. I watched the race from various parts of...
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Sir, I was interested to read your report on VSCC Colerne (Motor Sport, August 1988) but, as the owner and driver of La Jamais Contente II, I should like to correct one reference made to the car. In...
Sir, Over the past 18 months I have read of proposals for new technical regulations for Group C racing with a sense of increasing frustration and despair. It appears that FISA, or perhaps only its...
Sir, I read with interest your article about the Isle of Man races (Motor Sport, August 1988). There is rather a dramatic story behind Raymond Mays' (ERA R2) retirement in the 1935 Beg "with an oil...
Sir, What a very good letter from Jack Emmott (Motor Sport, July 1988) regarding the Multi-Union and Chris Staniland, whom I knew very well and often met during tuning sessions at the Track. I...
Sir, On my recent visit to England for the VSCC and AMOC Silverstone meetings, I had a good chance to observe a fair amount of driving from both an econobox (a 1.6 Orion which was amazingly good) and...

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