While I’m flattered, not to say embarrassed, by Robin Herd’s reference to me in Simon Taylor’s excellent Lunch With, I’m provoked to write to you about a couple of other items in yet another compelling issue of Motor Sport.
I can confirm that Noel Edmonds’ account of his relationship with James Hunt on the Tour of Britain, recalled by Andrew Frankel, is the correct one. I had recently started work at Donington Park where the barely-outlined circuit hosted a stage of the event. I knew both of them well and they both sought sanctuary from each other in my house in the museum car park. James to my bedroom (tout seul for a change!), and Noel and Gill and PR team to my lounge where I got a first-hand account of the stroppy side of James which I knew well. They were not on speaking terms.
While writing I should say the ‘David Phillipps’ (one P, not two) referred to in Brian Shawe-Taylor’s fascinating memoirs was my father. Hawthorn coming through the bedroom window at 5am was more of a surprise to my mother, who still recounts the story to this day!
Ian Phillips, Piddington, Oxfordshire