Regarding your discourse on the relative merits of the V8, V12 and V16 engine configurations (Motor Sport, June 1988), I feel that two of your statements require clarification.
Firstly, it was probably the Packard Twin Six of 1916 rather than the Cadillac V12 of 1930 to which you refer when you state that “it was announced on the American ticker-tape news service”.
Secondly, although one might logically assume that Cadillac progressed fro a V8 through its V12 to the V16, the V16 was in fact announced in December 1929, followed by the V12 in July 1930.
Donald E Weber, San Antonio, Texas, USA
May I use the columns of Motor Sport to express my thanks to all those concerned in arranging the Mercedes-Benz demonstration runs at the VSCC Silvestone meeting on June 25? The sight and sound of those three cars on the track together was something that those there will remember for many a day.
G Grassi, Broadstone, Dorset