Articles tagged Gordon Bennett

Page 132 of February 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 132, February 2014

Classic showtime

There is always something to investigate at the annual NEC old car gathering Can’t say I found a show-stopping item at the NEC Classic Car Show this time, barring a concept car that won’t be built, but it’s good to see clubs have fun with their stands. In its centenary year Morris made a splash, with the oldest Bullnose and a bus built to carry the works band around – including gramophone and one...

Page 110 of June 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 110, June 1995

What Can You Do With Your Ford V8

Nothing rude intended, I assure you. Simply that at my advanced age I take an interest in what other ancients do, or did, with their cars. Thus I am pleased to recall a rather nice piece of driving by an elderly Ford V8 owner. Granted not so many of these impressively inexpensive and notably accelerative 3.6-litre side-valve eight-cylinder motor-cars are about now as when this motoring feat took...

Page 20 of May 1942 archive issue thumbnail Page 20, May 1942

Letters from Readers

Sir, Indirectly through correspondence in Motor Sport I got a 1931 Straight Eight Lanchester sports saloon (chassis No. 8089) last autumn (in case I should never see again the Sedanca I lent to the Ministry of Aircraft Production for the duration 18 months ago). I licensed it for March and my wife and I used the month's basic on a couple of drives in one week. The car is kept at the garage of a ...

Page 41 of July 1964 archive issue thumbnail Page 41, July 1964

Book Reviews

"1964 World Car Catalogue." Compiled by the Automobile Club of Italy. 565 pp. 10-5/8 in. x 8-7/8 in. (Iliffe Books Ltd., Dorset House, Stamford Street, London, S.E.1. 90s.) The favourable remarks we published when reviewing the 1963 edition of this great work apply equally to the 1964 edition, which covers improved technical and typographical presentation and details of many new models, while...

Page 16 of October 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 16, October 1999

Our biggest blunders

Sir, With regards to the 'Greatest Grand Prix drivers of all time' series, the story has exceptional entertainment value because for years I kept a similar list. Unfortunately, your ranking is too opinionated. The story conveys the impression that you not only judge performances in Grandes Epreuves but also look at minor Grands Prix and voiturette events and that would be wrong: There is no clear...

Page 37 of January 1975 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, January 1975

A motoring art exhibition

Last November some of the James Barron collection of motoring objets d'art were tastefully displayed in part of Bethnal Green Museum. I remember, years ago, receiving from Barron some of the finest enlargements of motoring photographs I had then seen. I knew later that he was collecting posters and went in keen anticipation to see what this non-driving enthusiast has amassed. I was not...

Page 55 of January 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 55, January 1987

Mercedes Mysteries

We have become accustomed to the saying that every other Bugatti was owned at some time by Malcom Campbell and that any 250F Maserati is apt to have been driven by Fangio. This tendency to exaggeration isn't new. As far back as 1903 the Mercedes Sixty with which Jenatzy won the Gordon Bennett race over the Athy course in Ireland became a coveted car, because of the "Red Devil"s spirited driving...

Page 46 of October 1999 archive issue thumbnail Page 46, October 1999

First Sightings

Before the television age, the first chance British enthusiasts had to see the Grand Prix cars was at Brooklands, often long after their GP career was over. Bill Boddy recalls them In the days before TV coverage of motor racing, the first opportunity for enthusiasts to actually see Grand Prix cars in action was usually at Brooklands, except for the very few who went abroad. Anyway, GP racing...

Page 66 of September 1987 archive issue thumbnail Page 66, September 1987

Veteran to classic: The 1903 Gordon Bennett Napier

First to wear the green" Last month we heard the good news that, after persevering since 1979, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu has been able to arrange for the return to this country of Britain's oldest surviving racing car, which had been in the United States for 37 years. The National Heritage Memorial Fund has contributed £150,000 to the total cost (approaching £300,000), and it is hoped that the...

Page 32 of November 1952 archive issue thumbnail Page 32, November 1952

Sideslips

By "Balaydeur" According to a report in the daily press, those responsible for the 16-cylinder B.R.M. are now contemplating building a 4-cylinder car "to comply with the 1954 formula." I am glad that they know what the 1954 formula is going to be. I must confess that I do not. But then in 1950 I did not know that Grand Prix races in 1952 would be for 2-litre unsupercharged cars. Apart from this...

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