After 50 years or so of Autosport readership the new owners are repeatedly advising me to preserve my pension income and "engage with the digital platform". My argument is that whilst I am IT savvy the UK National/Club motor sport scene doesn't seem to have a locomotive that stops at this particular platform ...
I still rate Motor Sport quite highly but recently stepped back in time and read the April 1966 issue. My main aim was to read Bill Boddy's article as I research the early days of the Lancia Fulvia Coupe. Gratifying indeed that he suggested that it was "the best small car currently available " - even beating the new Triumph 1300 !
However what really transported me back were the wonderful adverts. Morgan were promoting the Morgan Plus 4 Plus, a car that "girls" can drive - although you would "only occasionally let her drive". As for the Mk2 Spitfire "Hairpins never trouble the Spitfire owner. - though he may have to sweep them out of the cockpit".
Accessories - Speedwell will sell you their SU sport kit, 27% more power for your Mini for £27. Les Leston steering wheel ashtray 27/6. The Viking Sport body shell to slip over your wrecked Mini £169. Yellow lens beam converters 27/6 from Lucas.
The cars - ex Lurani Healey Elliott (class winner in the Targa and MM) £60 - bodywork needs attention, XK140, C type head, immaculate £140. 1955 Lancia Aurelia GT £295, 1935 Bentley Park Ward Sports, immaculate £295, Ex Peter Whitehead Alta Holden F2 car - £675 including shipping from Australia - I guess this would be the ex Bill Craig car ? To balance things up someone announces that they have taken delivery of their new Ferrari and wish to offload their Maserati 330 Sebring at £3,750 - something in excess of 5 times the average working man's salary in 1966.
I could go on, evocative reading...
Edited by moffspeed, 31 October 2019 - 19:55.