Getting it wrong

Having gone to the trouble of digging out from the mildewed archives that BARC certificate which proved that in 1911 a London-Edinburgh Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was timed over the Brooklands half-mile at 101.816 m.p.h. I was peeved that some casual proofreading caused the text of the accompanying article to quote a somewhat lower speed, apart from containing other more obvious printer’s errors.

Also, the previous month I described the Bentley driven at Ghent speed trials by John Goddard as a 3/8-litre but the printers, who sometimes presume to know more about cars than I do, altered this to 3.8-litre, a size of Bentley of which I have never heard.—W. B.