Kudos on your recent article about the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours. Any article that celebrates an all-American triumph will resound in this household, especially when Messrs Gurney and Foyt are involved.
That said, I fear you missed an item that was crucial to their victory. As I understand it, when the KarKraft personnel unveiled the Ford Mk IV, the Carroll Shelby crew (which had marshalled the GT40 from failure to success) looked at the rear-opening engine cover and immediately questioned the design. It stayed that way, though, on a car good for 220mph on the Mulsanne Straight.
After the McLaren/Donohue car lost said cover at speed, I understand that Phil Remington and others of the Ford pit crew surrendered the belts from their pants and affixed them to the engine cover to ensure it stayed in the proper place — which it did. This mod might also have been performed on the McLaren/Donohue car after its incident. This would qualify the Mark IV as the last Le Mans winner with leather straps — or, in this case, belts — holding the bonnet closed. It also stands as a tribute to the late, great Phil Remington. Norman E Gaines Jr, New York, USA
Desmond Titterington, one of Britain's Post-war all-rounders, died recently at the age of 73. The Ulsterman was a school friend of Archie Scott-Brown and competed in most forms of the…
SIir, I read with interest WB's article regarding the Excelsior and the Argyll cars in your July issue. Here at the Motoring Heritage Centre in Scotland we display Scotland's motoring…
• This near-side view of the Illercedes engine shows dynamo,
distributor and pump, while below the latter is the massive petrol pump. •