Articles tagged Spen King

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 93 of January 2000 archive issue thumbnail Page 93, January 2000


The famous ex-Joyce/Aked racing AC, so well known in the 1920s, was due to appear at the AC works near the Track in December, as its owner, R Smith, after much toil, has got it running again, and it keeps his HE company. The previous owner was Robbie Hewitt, who found it long after Aked had ceased to use it for sand racing, and it put up historic speeds when driven by J A Joyce. The VSCC of...

Page 44 of November 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, November 1990

New Cars for 1991

The economy may be heading for a depression, there may be a positive downturn in trade and there may even be the threat of petrol rationing should the Gulf erupt in flames, but that did not stop the world's manufacturers from putting on a tremendous show in Birmingham in September. While many of the models displayed are already on the road, it was a chance to examine models that had not until...

Page 44 of August 1974 archive issue thumbnail Page 44, August 1974

A tale of two Triumphs

(With partial apologies to Charles Dickens) The Editor tries the new 2500 TC and comments further on the popular Dolomite Sprint. As Motor Sport announced in June, a new big Triumph, coming between the 2000 and the 2.5PI, has been introduced and when, having written that "Buy British" Editorial, I suggested to British Leyland that it was about time I drove some British cars, this 2500TC Mk. II...

Page 71 of July 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 71, July 1994

OBITUARIES John Griffiths

OBITUARIES John Griffiths John A Griffiths will be remembered as the enthusiastic producer of the JAG sports cars, at first at JAG Cars at Thames Ditton for two years and then from the works of RGS Automotive Components Ltd, at Winkfield near Windsor, from 1954 to 1956. During this time some racing successes were achieved and about 50 cars built, using originally Ford V8 engines, later Ford 10,...

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Rover Special If it looks right, it is right, the saying goes. But there are exceptions to every rule. Rover's only single-seater is hardly beautiful but, as Gordon Cruickshank discovers, it has raced to great effect for 50 years, upstaging many Italian exotics Frank Lockhart has a worry about the VSCC's new ruling that specifies only full-face helmets. He's concerned this will obscure his...

Page 78 of November 2003 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, November 2003

Bites as good as it barks

It was not an obvious choice, but the big 3500 put Rover on the tin-top map. British Leyland's then motorsport boss, John Davenport, retraces its steps To its designers, David Bache and Spen King, it was known as Specialist Division Number One: SD1 for short. It was known to the journalists who voted it Car of the Year in 1976 as the Rover 3500. Comedians called it the 'Bionic Dog'. But at the...


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