Articles tagged Michael Edwardes

Page 115 of June 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 115, June 1980

Buy British

Buy British Sir Michael Edwardes is absolutely right that in its hour of greatest need we should all be backing the British car industry and indeed British industry in general. How sad that his plea should be necessary at all The truth is that we have become a rather lazy, selfish people, living beyond our means and almost .completely lacking in national pride. The options open lout are, or...

Page 27 of August 1978 archive issue thumbnail Page 27, August 1978

Matters of moment

The state of play The motor car, whether purchased for pleasure, sporting or business employment, is now such a universal possession and topic of conversation that it is inevitable that it must have many fascinating facets and be the subject of divers discussions and endless controversy. This being the case, it seems opportune to look lightly at the state of automobile art and at the automobile...

Page 75 of January 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 75, January 1980

BL's Survival

Your leader writers seem to assume that all who love the motor car must be tweedy Tory backwoodsmen. Motor Sport's comment on British Leyland (December) starts with the spectre of "unrest, go-slows, strikes, kidnapping, riots . . . uncontrollable inflation, reduced hying standards and shortage of vital fuels." It goes on in support Margaret Thatcher. Just the stuff to raise a few right-wing blood...

Page 19 of April 1984 archive issue thumbnail Page 19, April 1984

Matters of Moment

BL bouncing back IT SEEMS a very short time ago since British Leyland was constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons. Strikes, tea break disputes, moles and poor workmanship all had their inordinate share of the news columns, and not many people believed that Sir Michael Edwardes and the team he assembled stood any real chance of sorting out the chaos. Yet out of this mess has come order. A...

Page 55 of September 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 55, September 1980

Customer-Help from VAG

We attended a Press Conference in July promoted by Volkswagen (GB) Ltd. to explain its new schemes for helping its customers and that from the first of next month it and its VW-Audi dealers will be known as VAGs. It is simply that they consider, in this age of abbreviations, that VAG (UK) Ltd. is less clumsy than the old VW-Audi name. They also are trying very hard to win back business from the "...

Page 116 of June 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 116, June 1981

V-E-V Odds and Ends

We regret to learn of the death of Mr. Denham Brown, who died last March. He worked on the racing Straker Squire now owned by Adrian Liddell and showed considerable interest in the car in recent years. The VSCC President, Tom Threlfall, has added the ex-John Rowley Edwardian Th. Schneider to his versatile stable of interesting motor cars. The AC OC is pleased that after a space of 42 years Ray...

Page 76 of February 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 76, February 1980

How Reliant Sees Things

While much criticism of Sir Michael Edwardes was appearing in The Times for handling of British Leyland, a small number of motoring writers made a visit to Britain’s second largest car-producing plant, Reliant at Tamworth, Staffs., to hear how the new Board of this Company sees the future. They came by train (apart from the writer, who drove from Wales in a Wankel-engined Mazda) all except Alfred...

Page 58 of November 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 58, November 2000


John Davenport was the man who convinced Austin Rover's top Brass their 'Old Man's' Metro could be developed into a world-class rally car. In the first of a two-part story, he recalls the early trials and tribulations - and getting a bloke called Patrick Head to design it. This is a story boasting several heroes, a few dragons and a dearth of fair maidens even the biggest fan of the MG Metro 6R4...

Page 35 of December 1981 archive issue thumbnail Page 35, December 1981

Matters of moment

End-of-the-year soliloquy If Motor Sport were a more trade Journal, concerned solely with the welfare of the Motor Industry and its ancillary businesses, we would have every reason to be deeply depressed as the second year of the 1980s draws to a stormy close. For 1981 saw the closure of the great Solihull Rover factory, built only a few years ago at vast expense (although it was as silent as a...

Page 33 of May 1980 archive issue thumbnail Page 33, May 1980


Aston Martin's Boxer eater  Designed to be the ultimate road-going supercar, Aston Martin's dramatic twin-turbocharged, gull-wing, mid-engined two-seater sports car, announced to the Press appropriately in Aston Clinton last month, may never go into production. If it does, depending upon demand after the prototype's world tour, only a handful will be individually hand-built at necessarily...



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