Articles tagged Blair

Page 22 of February 1958 archive issue thumbnail Page 22, February 1958

Vintage Postbag

Sir, On page 724 of your December issue, you begin paragraph three, " Another recent discovery...", to which I would like to add a similar discovery near a remote English village a couple of years ago. In this instance it involved a just-post-vintage Austin Seven saloon, which was also found in a barn but, funnily enough, a two-storey barn and, funnier still, on the first floor. There were no...

Page 23 of September 1959 archive issue thumbnail Page 23, September 1959

Morgan Team Wins Relay Race

That altogether excellent institution, the National Six-Hour Relay Race, for which the greatest praise is due to Holland Birkett and the 750 M.C., took place at Silverstone on August 15th, the only difference from the eight previous races being that it was run over the shorter club circuit. This found disfavour in some quarters but an entirely successful race resulted, of sustained interest to...

Page 95 of February 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 95, February 2003

BBC clueless in Treasure Hunt

I cannot afford the Radio Times,so I buy a Daily Mail once a week, not only to relish embarrassment to Mr Blair but for its TV and radio guides in the supplementary Saturday magazine. Thus, I was recently enthused by seeing that Treasure Hunt, in which Anneka Rice had once chased clues in a helicopter, was to be revived. I read that a toy helicopter would be seen this time (also a real one) and...

Page 98 of March 2007 archive issue thumbnail Page 98, March 2007

A plane choice

During the 1930s keen drivers began to think of private aircraft as aerial sports cars. WB considers what might have tempted him If I had been amongst the lucky people who owned a Bentley, 30/98 Vauxhall, Alvis, Lagonda or other lively sports car in the 1930s and also possessed a pilot’s licence, what aeroplane would I buy? Before WW2 there was a desire among some affluent owners of pedigree fast...

Page 70 of February 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 70, February 2010

The precedent for the president

We’ve yet to discover what sort of FIA president Jean Todt will make, though he’d do well to consider his predecessor’s legacy…By Tony Dodgins "Those two have more front than Butch and Sundance…” It was a reference to Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, made with a mix of exasperation and grudging admiration a number of years ago by a former Formula 1 team principal – and no, it wasn’t Mr Dennis....

Page 111 of November 2011 archive issue thumbnail Page 111, November 2011

Road Cars

Don’t ask why because I’ve never been able to figure it out for myself, but every motor show I have been to has had a flavour, a pervading theme so strong you’d almost think the manufacturers had all sat down together and planned it that way. When in the May issue I reported back from the annual Geneva bash, I’d just been to a show where more brand new supercars had been unveiled than in any...

Page 28 of December 1953 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, December 1953

The "Daily Express" / M.C.C. National Rally

The popularity of rallies was nicely portrayed by the entry of 452 cars which the M.C.C. received for the national event it organises annually - this year from November 11th to 14th - for the Daily Express. From seven starting points about the British Isles competitors converged on Harrogate and then followed a common  route to the finish at hospitable Hastings. The total mileage was about 1,200...

Page 22 of June 2002 archive issue thumbnail Page 22, June 2002

Legends - Rob Walker

The scene: the Glen Motor Inn, Watkins Glen. The date: September 1979. I am sitting at a table with a couple of colleagues, and studying the menu, unable to make up my mind. From across the room, another diner offers advice: "Nigel, don't have the fish, I beg of you!" In the days after Rob Walker's death, all who knew him spent hours on the phone, simply reminiscing. It was impossible not to be...

Page 75 of October 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, October 1987

Slick Show

(On August Bank Holiday Saturday the Bentley Drivers Club held its annual Silverstone meeting, notable for plenty of variety, slick organisation and some exciting racing. It also featured one of the biggest, if not the biggest ever, parades of Bentleys in which everything from early 3-litre to Mulsanne circulated enthusiastically, including a 30/98 Vauxhall gatecrasher (we refrain from saying...

Page 42 of April 1956 archive issue thumbnail Page 42, April 1956

New Cars

A new economy sports car is announced from Jersey, to be built by Manor View Motors. To be called the M.V.M., the prototype has an air-cooled 325-c.c. two-cylinder-in-line Anzani two-stroke engine and gearbox unit at the back, driving the rear wheels. All wheels are independently-sprung, there are hydraulic four-wheel brakes and the body is of plastic, providing three-abreast seating. Rack-and-...

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