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When I went to the March Jaguar Drivers’ Club meeting at Silverstone, it was to arrive to the howl of a D-type practising alone on the circuit. To hear this tremendous sound has long been an ambition of mine and so it is with sadness that I read in the latest Motor Sport of the possibility of the RAC (surely they once supported motor racing?) imposing some sort of noise restriction on racing cars.

Noise is such an intrinsic part of the attraction of motor racing that its virtual exclusion by lunatic regulations will result in a loss of interest in the sport, including mine. If one day I hear, or rather fail to hear, a silenced Spitfire take off from Booker Airfield, where I fly from, then I shall just curl up and die.

Thame, Oxon. – Philip R. Whiteman