Articles tagged John Thornley

Page 53 of December 1965 archive issue thumbnail Page 53, December 1965

Vintage Miscellany

A sad 1930 Singer Junior saloon and a mid-30s 6-cylinder open Singer await new Owners in Essex. A vintage flat-radiator Armstrong Siddeley Fourteen saloon has been languishing in a Hampshire barn for many years. A one lady-owner Singer Le Mans 4-seater exists in Huntingdon. Reports from Guernsey speak of vintage engines and spares, a circa 1930 Adler, a vintage Morris-Cowley and about eight more...

Page 11 of January 1958 archive issue thumbnail Page 11, January 1958

My Year's Motoring

The Editor Looks Back on the Cars He Drove in 1957 I tested fewer cars for Motor Sport last year than I did in 1956. This had nothing to do with old age, lack of opportunity or decreasing enthusiasm. The fact is that, as you may remember, petrol rationing returned during the early part of the year, which is a pretty disgraceful thing to have to put on record, for, although no one expects to enjoy...

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Book Reviews

"A Racing Motorist," by S. C. H. Davis. (lliffe and Sons Ltd. 216 pages. 10s. 6d.) This book is really Sammy Davis' famous "Motor Racing" of 1932, with many of the rather tantalising gaps in that great book filled-in and many new chapters added, the latter covering the 1934 Le Mans race with an Aston-Martin and the 1935 T.T. in a Singer, which ended disastrously for Davis. The remaining new...

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The New M.G. Record Car The M.G. in which Moss will attempt to beat Gardner's Class F f.s.mile and km. records at Utah during the middle of August is still to some extent "hush-hush" or off-the record but we are able to reveal the following facts about it. Brain-child of Syd Enever, the streamlining reduces wind-drag by 37 per cent over that of Gardner's EX135, so that 240 h.p. should produce 240...

Page 69 of September 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 69, September 1990

Maintaining the Breed

by John Thornley, 187pp. 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". Motor Racing Publications Ltd., Unit 6, The Pilton Estate, Pitlake, Croydon, CRO 3RY £16.95 It is fitting that this book should go into its fourth edition at a time when the MGCC is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and opened new headquarters in Abingdon, close to where MG cars were made, last July. The Club has, as the author reminds us, a paid-up UK...

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Books for Christmas

Bugatti -- An Illustrated History of the Cars from Molsheim by Hugh Conway and Jacques Greilsamer. 280 pp. 9-1/2" x 12-1/2".   Editions Modelisme, 94, Boulevard de Sebastopol, 75003, Paris, France.  260.00 French francs. This is the Christmas browsing-book par excellence and perusal of its lavish and magnificently-illustrated pages makes one wonder why anyone who can afford to purchase, maintain...

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Book reviews

Early MG by P L Jennings. 240pp. 93/4" x 7". (PL Jennings, Cwmbrain, Lanbister, Powys LD1 6UE. £37.50 including postage). Published privately and now in its second edition, this book is confined to pre-1930 MGs, aiming to provide an up-to-date register of the survivors among the 14/28, 14/40, 18/80 Mks I and II, and 18/100 Mk III cars. This is a very necessary task when fakes and hybrids abound,...

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Looking back with Dick Jacobs

Earlier this year another era ended in the history of MG when a compulsory purchase order forced the closure of W. Jacobs and Son Ltd., Mill Garage, the most famous of all MG dealerships, run by that famous MG racing driver and entrant Dick Jacobs in Chigwell Road, South Woodford, Essex. Jacobs and Mill Garage possibly gave the MG marque more publicity in the '50s than the entire Nuffield or BMC...

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OUT OF THE PAST ONE OF THE rewarding things about editing MOTOR SPORT is the arrival in the office from time to time of unusual snippets of motoring (and flying) items from the past. For instance, the other day Mr. Julian Brownridge of Chatham sent us some faded but fascinating photographs that had just come into his possession, relating to a coachbuilding concern that operated in Kingston-on-...

Page 28 of January 1965 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, January 1965

The cars of Betty Haig

Described to the Editor in a recent interview Late in November I drove out of Hampshire and across the rolling Berkshire downs, bleak under a blanket of grey cloud, to Shellingford, to talk to Betty Haig, grand niece of Field-Marshal the Earl Haig, K.G., G.C.B., O.M., about the cars she has owned, and driven in rallies, races and sprints. As I talked to this keen lady racing motorist in a study...



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