Like many others, I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Denis Jenkinson, and cheered only a little by the tributes paid to him throughout the motoring press, and the knowledge that he could hardly have done more in his very full life.
But it pained me equally to read of the untimely passing of Gerry Phillips your former Rallies Correspondent. His death, with that of Jenks, closes for me an era in the history of your title, no matter how long it had been since either wrote for these pages regularly.
I started to read MOTOR SPORT more than a quarter-century ago, and it was the writings above the signatures of DSJ and GP which fired my imagination and enthusiasm. Indeed, they sparked in me an ambition to follow in their footsteps and set me on a career path I follow to this day.
Please forward my condolences to Mr Phillips’ family and friends, and those of dear DSJ. I know that, in each case, my voice will be only one in a huge chorus.
J S Porter, Twickenham, Middlesex.
Letter to readers, May 1988
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