I know that, by tradition, an author is on a hiding to nothing when it comes to correcting a Book Review, but your review of my “Motoring in the ‘30s” was generous, and lengthy, which certainly gives readers a good idea of “what it is all about”. Like Michael Sedgewick, I am a great lover of the quantity-production 1030s car in its own context, and I’m glad this gut feeling came across in the text. However, I am afraid I was right and you were wrong, about the side-valve Morris Minor. This car, announced in January 1931, was indeed the first baby Morris to have a side-valve engine.
I may occasionally go marginally adrift on motor racing [like confusing a Monza with a P3 Alfa Monoposto Romeo? –Ed.], but I tried like made to be exact on production cars. let me take you through the chronology of the Minor/Eight:
However, when have been in the business as long as you have I might be able to get even more ninny facts right!
Brampton, A. A. G. Robson
[I would have thought the longer one had been juggling words about history the more likely one would be to let the Error Creep In or to Drop the Brick, and I’m certainly not dodging that! On this .dreary subject of little Morris sequences, how many £100 2-seater Eights were sold before the more costly ones? Which was the point I was pushing around. — Ed.]
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