I had the honour of knowing Chris Staniland well for many years. As a person he was the embodiment of a gentleman, quiet and dignified, always precise in speech and devoid of malice and jealousy. As a racing driver he was of the highest calibre and certainly one of the top people in the hazardous profession (aircraft test-pilot) in which he lost his life.
The Multi-Union I or II should be preserved in his memory, and also for its merit as an individually-constructed racing car of a high standard whose performance was significant. Its proper place is in the Brooklands Museum.
It may be all too late, but is there any way in which the present owners can be stopped from destroying the car? Or at least persuaded to realise the insult they are executing to Staniland’s memory? I am not able to provide the money they apparently anticipate making by their actions, but possibly some compensation could be sought.
AF Needell, Weybridge, Surrey