September 1990

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MOTOR SPORT has always concerned itself with motoring history and has seen the vintage car movement grow and grow. It dates back further than is generally realised, to The Motor's initiative in...
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That most famous of Le Mans Speed Six Bentleys, 'Old No One', is very much in the news, a centre of media attention, on account of the court case which Ed Hubbard brought against Middlebridge...
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It is with greatest sadness and regret that we record the passing, at the age of 64, of the well known and respected Roesch Talbot enthusiast, Anthony Blight. His respect for London Talbot cars was...
In an announcement that will bring a smile to many a face, Sir Peter Masefield, Chairman of the Brooklands Trust, was able to outline plans to bring much of what was Brooklands back to life. In a...
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You can get used to anything, given time, and the Grand Prix world seems to have become used to the German Grand Prix being held for Formula One at the fast but dull Hockenheimring. At one time the...
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We have had our moments of criticism for Thierry Boutsen, but in Hungary last weekend the Belgian drove a beautifully judged race to withstand fearsome pressure for the entire 77 laps. The...
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The Tyrrell team reminds me of the plot from a Spaghetti western. The hero's on top, falls from grace, goes through a hard time, regains his self respect, and comes back into favour back on top. At...
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It would be rather appropriate if the sports-racing 'Coventry Cats', Jaguars in other words, were the first to compete in World Championship racing with catalytic converters in the exhaust systems,...
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It was predictable, really, that the Sauber Mercedes team would return to Dijon-Prenois in a determined mood. Last year's result was the one blot on the team's record sheet, and that was motive...
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Originally, Toyota Team Europe's programme for 1990 was one with which the team could cope without any frantic scrambling to prepare cars for event after event, but when Carlos Sainz won the...
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Germany is one of the most powerful countries in Europe. It has a thriving motor industry and a populace which seems to be enthusiastic about rallying. Yet it has no qualifier in the World Rally...
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1. Robert Droogmans (B) / Ronny Joosten (B) Lancia Delta Integrale, Gp A 3h 35m 09s. 2. Harald Demuth (D) / Manfred Hiemer (D) Mitsubishi Galant VR4, Gp A 3h 35m 31s. 3. Mats Jonsson (S) / Lars...
1. Massimo Biasion (I) / Tiziano Siviero (1) Lancia Delta Integrale, Gp A 6h 51m 27s. 2. Carlos Sainz (E) / Luis Maya (E) Toyota Celica GT4, Gp A 6h 59m 29s. 3. Didier Auriol (F) / Bernard Occelli (F...
The very words Targa Rusticana cannot fail to vibrate the nostalgia strings of anyone who was rallying a couple of decades ago. Neither a national race in Sicily nor a swift departure from university...
Drivers (After 7 of 12 rounds) Carlos Sainz (E) 95 pts. Didier Auriol (F) 67 pts. Massimo Biasion (I) 64 pts. Juha Kankkunen (SF) 42 pts. Mikael Ericsson (S) 26 pts. Dario Cerrato (1) 20 pts. Björn...
Lancia 114 pts. Toyota 91 pts. Renault 24 pts. Audi 22 pts. Subaru 19 pts. BMW 14 pts. Mazda 12 pts. Volkswagen 10 pts. Mitsubishi 10 pts. Citroën 8 pts. Fiat 6 pts. Ford 4 pts. Peugeot 2 pts....
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Most of us who are interested in fast cars have at least a passing interest in their two-wheeled counterparts. Even if that interest is confined to when we are stuck in a traffic snarl-up and one of...
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To follow the recent Pirelli Classic Marathon, JW opted for the quickest and biggest production four cylinder from BMW: the 154 mph Evolution M3. How many £34,500 four-cylinder cars can there be in...
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Dear Reader, Last month, in my short article on the 158/159 Alfa Romeo I made a wild guess that we had not heard one of those cars running in England since 1951. It was indeed a wild guess, and a...
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It is well known that in 1930 Rolls-Royce was alarmed at the performance and appeal of WO Bentley's fine 8-litre model, which was in direct competition with its Phantom II Rolls-Royce. This was...
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Sydney Herbert Allard was born in Streatham in 1910, the son of a builder and developer. There were five Allard offspring in all. The eldest, Jack, was followed by Sydney, then by twins Leslie and...
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Britain is regarded as the home of historic racing, and indeed there are a plethora of meetings held up and down the country throughout each season. What had been lacking, though, was a 'flagship'...
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Just two weeks after the historic festival at Silverstone, Germany played host to the ‘Oldtimer Grand Prix’ at the Nürburgring many of the cars present having been trailored there straight from...
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Fiat has announced its new front wheel drive Tempra Saloon which goes on sale in the UK on September 1st. It is seen by Fiat as a challenger in the most fiercely contested part of the market; that...
For all its glory attained on the race track, Honda has yet to transmute that into its road-going cars. With the exception of the Civic CRX, the average perception of a Honda is that of a well made,...
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For those of us who live largely in the past it is pleasing when interesting facets from years long ago turn up. Thus I drove to a well known town in Montgomeryshire to talk about the old days and...
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The late EKH Karslake expressed the opinion that the older racing cars were at their best when their engines had warmed up but before they had become too hot. That being the case, it was just as well...
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The Vintage SCC holds its last race meeting of the season at the challenging Cadwell Park circuit on August 26th with a full afternoon's racing on the programme. We can expect the usual exciting...
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The VSCC Edwardian race at the two-day Oulton Park Meeting last July aroused so much enthusiasm and favourable comment that I am encouraged to take another look at it. The entry was varied and...
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by Paul Chudecki, 208pp. 10 5/8" x 7 3/4". Osprey Publishing Limited, 59 Grosvenor Street, London W1X 9DA £24.95 Published in mid-May, just a few weeks after the announcement of the withdrawal of...
by Mike Lang 259 pp. 11" x 8". GT Foulis & Co., Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ £19.95 This is a kind of reply to PSL's Camel's Complete Grand Prix History Book. It contains two volumes...
by Bob Judd, 238pp. 9 1/2" x 6 1/4". Pan Books Ltd, Cavaye Place, London SW10 9PG £13.95 Novels about motor racing have been few and mostly undistinguished. Apart from the schoolboy sagas of oily-...
by Mike Lawrence, 256pp. 10 3/4" x 8". Aston Publications Limited, Bourne End House, Harvest Hill, Bourne End, Bucks. SL8 5JJ £17.95 This book has to be one of the best books on motor racing this...
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by John Thornley, 187pp. 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". Motor Racing Publications Ltd., Unit 6, The Pilton Estate, Pitlake, Croydon, CRO 3RY £16.95 It is fitting that this book should go into its fourth edition at...
by Matthew Freudenberg. 176 pp. 10" x 7 1/4". Aston Publishing Co Ltd, Bourne End House, Harvest Hill, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5JJ £16.95. The TT ranks very high indeed in the realms of motorcycling...
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Sir While watching the 1989 British Grand Prix from the inside of Copse Corner, a delighted roar from several thousands of Nigel Mansell's friends prompted me to look across to the huge 'Starvision'...
Sir To lovers of good English, modern newspapers and magazines provide innumerable toe-curling examples of all that is bad in the usage of our incomparable tongue. Misquotations by the uncultured are...
Sir, The team at Silverstone Circuits Limited finds itself, again, in the enormously pleasing position of writing a thank you letter to all its supporters at the above meeting. The first Christie's...
Sir Your excellent article in the July issue regarding 'Honda' racing engines prompted me to search out this snap taken during the first practice session for the 1967 British GP at Brands Hatch. John...
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Sir It was with particular interest that I read of Bill Little's motoring experiences (MOTOR SPORT, Dec 89 and Jan 90) since I am in the process of restoring the 1939 6C Alfa Romeo 2.5 pictured at...
Sir, My visit to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was indeed most enjoyable and I was able to meet many of my friends and acquaintances in motor sport organisations including a number of senior...
Sir, With reference to the Rosemeyer crash in the Auto-Union (August, 1990), there is a photograph taken shortly after showing the wrecked car lying on the steep grassy embankment alongside the...
Sir, Following the query of Mr Morgan-Giles about the Fox `kleinauto' (Jun 1990), I checked through my records but could only find two references to its participation in racing. On July 1st/2nd, 1922...
Sir I was absolutely fascinated by Mr Hamilton's account of his Le Mans exploits in C-type Jaguars (July 1990). I am, however, slightly puzzled by his remarks with regard to his days as a Spitfire...
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Sir In your June 1990 magazine you printed a letter from David Dewsnip entitled 'Alternative Solutions'. A colleague showed me the letter. Our theme last term was Transport, so I presented my class...
Sir I think the winner should be the first part of the car because if it was the first car over the line there might be a big car and a small one the small would be first. Or if it was the driver...
Sir I think that it should be the first part of the car to cross the line is the winner because if one car is longer than the other the big car would be almost across when the little car would be...
Sir I think that the winner of a car race should be the person who gets part of their car over the line first because it is easier to judge it. If it was the first driver over the line it wouldn't be...
Sir I think it should be the front of the car because if it passes the line first you have either a fast car, a long car or a good driver. Matthew.
Sir I think it should be the first part of the car to cross the line to win. I think this because in horse racing it has to get the nose of the horse to cross the line to win. I know this because at...
Sir, On the principal that 'if it appears in print it must be true' I felt I must correct a part your report on this year's Mille Miglia retrospective (August, 1990). Your correspondent claims that...
Sir, It cannot have escaped everyone's notice that motor sport in general has a large number of critics. They tend to concentrate on noise and more recently on the effects of burnt fuels on the earth...
Sir, It was in the May issue that you published my letter under the heading 'Phoenix Blues'. This letter is about the British Grand Prix. Each year, for the past ten, a group of friends have hoteled...

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