A Grey Race with a Remarkable Ending
Le Mans, France, June 14/15th
No matter what the situation in the annual Sports Car Manufacturers' Championship, everyone wants to win the Le Mans 24-hour race, not only because it was the one that started sports-car racing, but the very fast Le Mans circuit is a severe test of machinery, and 24 hours of such testing is very convincing to the outside world....
The 1963 Inter-Register Contests between the S.T.D., 12/50 Alvis, Fiat, Bullnose Morris, Humber and model-T Ford Registers are provisionally as follows:-
April 20th - V.S.C.C. Race
May 5th: Touring Assembly, Beaulieu
May 19th: Touring Assembly
June 9th: Wiltshire Rally
July 21st: Driving Tests, Melton Mowbray
August 11th: Touring Assembly, Beaulieu
October 19th: Night Navigation Rally
A technical appraisal of current Production Practice by Autolycis
A survey taken ten years ago would have shown that there were only 14 makes of cars in series production throughout the world with engines having camshafts located in the cylinder head. Of these, many were specialised, highly-priced vehicles often produced in relatively small quantities. Invariably they had twin overhead camshafts...
Team Gulf win another race
Monza, Italy, April 25th.
The Automobile Club of Milan received an impressive entry of 75 cars for the 1,000-kilometre race over 100 laps of the combined Monza road circuit and banked track, with speeds on the concrete bankings being kept down by chicanes at the start of each banking which brought the cars down to first gear. After the ravages of two afternoons of...
The R.A.C. Brighton Run
This year the November classic, held on November 2nd, attracted 206 entries, or 30 fewer than in 1957. These included some veterans appearing for the first time in the Run, such as the 1903 8.-h.p. L'Elegante from Kidderminster and a three-cylinder Turner-Miesse steam car of 1904. There was a good International element, the Belgian V.C.C. putting in three entries...
Victory for a 917 Porsche
Zeltweg, Austria, August 10th.
After less than two years' work the new racing circuit in the foothills overlooking Zeltweg was opened with a small sports-car race, before the 1,000-kilometre race, and this acted as a test-run for the circuit and the organisation. After struggling manfully for a number of years with a rather poor circuit on the Zeltweg airfield the local...
Alfa Romeo challenge strongly
Cerda, Sicily, May 5th
When the Alfa Romeo team withdrew from the Monza 1,000-kilometre race it was clear that they were putting all their efforts into the Targa Florio, with every intention of challenging the Porsche team, and taking on the role normally occupied by Ferrari. Even before practice this feeling was strong on the island of Sicily, and on the Friday...
A good race on a fine circuit
Spa, Belgium, May 11th.
The question that puzzled many people after reading about the cancellation of the Belgium G.P. at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, due to various not very convincing reasons connected with safety, was how the 1,000-kilometre sports-car race could take place after all the wild stories of high speed and danger. The answer was quite simple, for the...