September 1996

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AIthough not exactly unexpected, because he had been away from the office for some time due to illness, the death on August 1 of Mr W J Tee, proprietor of MOTOR SPORT since 1936 and of Motoring News...
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An independent report recently highlighted the British motorsport industry as a paragon of enterprise and innovation. Taking a global view of the business, the nation's influence is indeed remarkable...
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The popular MOTOR SPORT wall calendar will soon be available once again. In keeping with tradition, LAT Photographic has selected an evocative collection of monochrome images from its unrivalled...
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One of the old guard who should move over for youth, or the finest unfulfilled talent of his generation? Mark Skewis takes a look at Johnny Herbert's F1 career. Of the ridiculously small percentage...
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Benetton enjoyed a revival at Hockenheim But was all as it seemed? Mark Skewis finds out Hailed only months ago as the team which had set new standards in Formula One, Benetton has had trouble...
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From Iron Curtain, to curtain call. Mark Skewis takes a look at the Hungarian Grand Prix When teams arrived behind the Iron Curtain in 1986 for the inaugural Hungarian Grand Prix, many could hardly...
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Gordon Cruickshank recalls the impact the skills of this gifted designer have had on motoring and racing The passing of Walter Hassan in July ended a chapter in British motoring which stretches back...
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David Phillips examines the prosperity of Trois-Rivieres, a classic street circuit which is unlikely to be foremost in European minds Trois-Rivieres, Quebec may lack the glamour of Monaco, the...
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Cooper vs Abarth: unlikely duelists in the 1990s. Mark Hughes analyses how much cars have progressed in three decades. And, perhaps, how much they haven't... Usually it is sad to witness a once great...
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Despite the UK's plethora of one-make championships, David Finlay finds that the Ginetta G27 series has strong arguments to justify its launch One-make race series can be a bit hit-or-miss. Having...
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Citroen is no longer the habitual innovator of yore. There are snatches of flair to be found within the present range, but practicality is, generally, the smotherer of invention. Take the new Saxo,...
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I t looks like the front end of a Honda Civic mated to the rear of a Ford Mondeo. Chrysler describes it as 'innovative cab-forward styling'. I'd describe it as odd, but pleasingly distinctive....
I t had to happen one day. The original Range Rover (b 1970) lives on, just about, in Classic guise but the marques destiny lies elsewhere. The ever-increasing quality/ ability of luxury off-roaders...
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Sir, Pleased to see Clement-Bayard as the subject of WB's Forgotten Makes. Nice to see too he makes mention of the greatly promising turn-of-the-century teenage Grand Prix driver, Albert Clement....
Sir, Having completed what is intended to be the definitive biography of Dixon, which I hope to see published in the near future, I was delighted to see Bill Boddy's article about him in the August...
Sir, I have been an avid spectator of motor racing for some 16 years and never, until now, could I accuse the sport of being processional, verging on boring! We heard on the television that cars...
Sir, Re WB's comments on Cameron Earl, Autosport reported at that time that he died testing, not R14B, but a G-type ERA, for which he was the technical advisor. He was also described as responsible...
Sir, An unusual experience I had in about 1960 might be worth relating. On a wet winter's night I dined the girlfriend of the day in a South Kensington restaurant. Over the road, outside a pub, I...
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Beetle, by David and Andrea Sparrow. Veloce, £12.99. Another new Veloce publication is this hardback in their Colour Family Album series. So much has been rolled out about Hitler's wonder-car — I...
Caterham Sevens, by Chris Rees. MRP, £29.95. This is by no means the first documenting of the history of the Caterham Seven, that purely sporting car for enthusiasts to enjoy. But Chris Rees grew up...
Jaguar XK Series The Complete Story, by Jeremy Boyce. Crowood, £19.95. Technical diagrams and photography of restoration in progress add a bit of 'under the skin' knowledge here for those who like...
The Aston Martin DB3S Sportscar, by Chris Nixon. Palawan Press, £375. Perhaps Palawan is pioneering the "homologation special" of car books. Its fabulously expensive limited editions seem to be...
The Giulia coupe GT & GTA, by John Tipler.Veloce, £14.99. This is a cheaper re-issue in soft covers of one of Veloce's comprehensive all-in-one offerings, with production and racing history...
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...and the finest product of the marque, says Laurence Meredith Impressing potential customers with sophisticated, stylish and powerful Grand Tourers was not easy during the 1930s, as one...
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A new circuit for the Coys Festival was the seal of a great weekend, says Alan Cox. This year's Coys International Historic Festival at Silverstone, in association with Chrysler to begin a five-year...
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Thirty thousand horsepower came into sight over the brow of the hill between the trees, pouring down towards Turn One. Formula one? CART? No; Historic racing, in the shape of the Can-Am Reunion, had...
A truly international entry from Britain, Spain. France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, USA, Argentina and Switzerland brought the echo of 47 historic rally cars to the Pyrenees in June during the...
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The heading is not a parody on The Rover's Return in what is said to be TV's most popular "soap" but which to me seems pretty puerile: it refers to a scrap of motor-racing's past which I hope may be...
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I shall always think that one of the finest achievements by an Austin 7 in the vintage years was the victory by an outwardly standard but no doubt carefully assembled s/c Ulster in the 1930 BRDC 500-...
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Restoration work has commenced on a 1927 Family Morgan three-wheeler that has been laid up in a country barn for some 30 years or more. It is entirely original even to the dashboard flower-vase, but...
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Some time ago a MOTOR SPORT reader discovered the remains of a Hudlass Special and enquired what we remembered about it. We filled in as much as we could. Fortunately our remarks were seen by John...
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Practically all the makes which matter, those that went into production anyway, can be found in the well-known Georgano Encyclopaedia, so it is interesting to discover one which cannot. Consequently...
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It is always nice to be at Shelsley Walsh. Britain's oldest surviving hill-climb venue still in very regular use, even if for the VSCC Meeting on July 6 we arrived late, due to stop-go traffic on the...
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On July 28 that looked-forward-to VSCC hill climb meeting took place, sponsored by Brooks, using the 880-yard short course. Prescott is a 'slower" hill than that at Shelsley Walsh but it has many...
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A suggestion which I have made more than once in MOTOR SPORT, that someone should write a book about Court cases in which cars or motoring matters were involved, seems about to reach fruition from a...
Awards in the STD National Rally, reported last month. were : Rootes Age/Distance Award: T Grundy (9131 Sunbeam), 490 miles, runner-up, P Lester (1905 Sunbeam), 200 miles. Grammer Trophy (Pride of...
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After the above, I had better hasten back to cars! There is just space to say that the Riley Coventry Rally at Coombe Abbey went off well. The three Riley organisations, The Riley Register with which...
I venture to divert from motoring matters into very heavy metal, to the pastime of rebuilding, not veteran or even vintage cars, but of doing the same with, and operating, steam road vehicles. I have...
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A complex man, few were ever allowed much more than a glimpse into the inner persona of the enigmatic Enzo Ferrari. But to understand his character properly, it is rarely necessary to look further...
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PART ONE AC Ace, Ace Bristol 1954-1963 Bespoke British sports cars with fine looks, excellent performance and, if you like crossplies, handling to match. Two engines — 1991cc AC unit and more...

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