GREAT BRITAIN: M-l for Murder

Of some 40 British-made cars, all but half a dozen are technically capable of speeds over 75 m.p.h. But while British owners bandy maximum speeds, r.p.m.s and acceleration rates as expertly as if auto racing were the nation's favorite blood sport, they seldom, if ever, get to test these heady technicalities. On an antique road network, pocked by decades of neglect and choked by 8,500,000 cars and trucks passing relentlessly through one narrow village after another, most drivers consider themselves Barney Oldfields if they can occasionally push speedometers over 30 m.p.h., and...

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