I refer to Andrew Bradshaw’s letter (November 2000 issue) and have identified the mechanic smoking on the grid at Goodwood’s Sussex Trophy in 1952. He is A J ‘Brit’ Pearce, who worked for Hawthom. He also appears in the photograph on the following page, standing behind Hawthorn at the Goodwood Easter Meeting.
A very full obituary of him appeared in the Daily Telegraph (29 March 1993) with a photograph featuring the ubiquitous cigarette. He was 80 when he died.
I am, Yours etc, Michael Pitts, Marshfield, Wilthshire