Articles tagged George Orwell

Page 73 of February 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 73, February 1984

Readers letters

Ten kilos of 4-star? Sir, You make a very valid point in January's editorial. Metrication makes calculation so much easier, but we must choose our arms of measure with care. The gallon, and litre, as a unit of measure of petroleum fuels it always been a bit of a nonsense, unless it is related to temperature. A wise man he who fills up first thing in the morning and orders the fuel oil delivered...

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Audits & Plaudits

In the final part of his Metro 6R4 story, John Davenport explains how he had to fight to keep the project's momentum going, how inter-company rivalries and red tape conspired against it, and how the team's efforts were rewarded by a euphoric World Championship debut Just as George Orwell gloomily predicted, 1984 started badly with Austin Rover Group endlessly embroiled in the pointless spat...

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Matters of Moment

• Happy New Year .... This issue of Motor Sport appears a little later than usual due to the present spate of public holidays but nevertheless marks the commencement of another motoring season. And although 1979 is uncomfortably close to George Orwell's 1984, we can all hope for a good motoring year, providing we are lucky enough to escape the web of VASCAR, roadside-radar, parking-meters,...

Page 39 of April 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 39, April 1984

Cars in Books

A reader, Mr Stead of Youlgreave has kindly sent a copy of the descriptive reference to driving a used 1953 Jaguar XK120 which had been stored after very little mileage, because it was no good for crossing fields, out of London to Guildford. The car did 90 mph at 3,500 rpm and the description of this run, which appears in "Dead Letter Drop" by Peter James (W. H. Allen, 1981), should please Jaguar...

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The Speed-Model Hillman

The period immediately following the end of the First World War was remarkable for the number of cars, especially small cars, which appeared on the market endowed with sporting bodywork, whereas before the war there were comparatively few such offerings available to ordinary customers. In the first half of the 1920s there was a flood of them and W.O. Bentley was working on his 3-litre Bentley,...

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Matters of moment

Mixing our metrics For the past two years at least petrol has been sold in litres at major garages, and nowadays a pump that registers in gallons maturity. Yet, having gone halfway to metrication we insular British still quote fuel consumption in Imperial miles-per-gallon, which seems anomalous to say the least. The Department of Transport sets the lead in this (despite it having been a...

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Another Ten Years

Another Ten Years IN THE ISSUE of MOTOR SPORT for May 1965 I wrote an article entitled "Ten Short Years", in which I expressed surprise that ten years had passed since May 1st 1955 the day on which Stirling Moss won the 1,000-mile open-road motor race, known as the Mille Miglia. I could hardly believe that ten years had gone by since I sat beside him as "navigator" in that event, for it all...

Page 37 of September 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, September 2012

Two versus four

"Four legs good, two legs bad," wrote the great George Orwell in Animal Farm. Some years ago, when the baffle lines between car drivers and motorcyclists were drawn than are now, zealots translated more clearly drawn than they are now, biking zealots translated this into their own mantra: "two wheels good, four wheels bad". Silly, of course, and symptomatic of the pointless discussion regarding...

Page 21 of November 1972 archive issue thumbnail Page 21, November 1972

Continental Notes

Porsche To the motor-racing enthusiast it is always very satisfying when a manufacturer brings out a new production model that has been directly derived from racing experience. To see a factory experimental car taking part in a motor race and then later to see the identical thing being offered for sale as a production machine, makes everything fit into place and makes sense of motor racing. This...

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