Letters from readers on any subject are always welcome but they should be as brief as possible.
Having made my first acquaintance with “MOTOR SPORT” at your stand at the Motor Cycle Show, I was very pleased to find at last a paper dealing essentially with racing and other kinds of motor sport.
I have wished for such a paper for some time and your paper seems to fill the want admirably.
I expect the majority of your readers are interested chiefly in the bigger types of sports cars, but as an enthusiastic three-wheeler owner I am writing to suggest that occasional articles dealing with this class of vehicle and cyclecars in general would be very welcome to many of us. I have owned a varied assortment of motors during the past six years, ranging from two-stroke motor cycles to a 38-90 h.p. car.
My latest purchase is a very fruity three-wheeler of a famous make and I must say that I get more ” kick” out of driving it than I have ever done with any of my other vehicles.
What is the matter with our motor cycle manufacturers ? I visited the Motor Cycle Show in order to select a machine which I might use both as a means of transport, for business purposes and for pleasure and I failed utterly to find a single machine to my liking. Of course, there were plenty of fast-looking models, with an abundance of plating and sparkling finish— very handsome indeed—and I have no doubt that their general performances are excellent. But what dismayed and disgusted me was the fact that, practically without exception, no serious attempt appears to have been made to protect the rider from mud and wet. On many types the front mudguard design was perfectly ridiculous, and in use must be far less effective than some designs of 1919 (when, as a matter of fact, I last rode a motor cycle). Surely it is possible to have a sports machine which is at the same time reasonably clean to ride ?
It seems to me manufacturers have not made the slightest attempt to improve the mudguarding of machines. They simply concentrate on appearance and M.P.H.
I feel that I would like to express my pleasure in knowing that “MOTOR SPORT” is now to be published again. I am sure that we shall now have a motor paper wherein all views will be freely expressed, and no feeling of antagonism will be entertained towards readers of “MOTOR SPORT” who may favour foreign cars, as such is the case with some other publications now being issued.
I am sure that all English car owners will be with me in welcoming “MOTOR SPORT,” as I am sure that a great number are equally interested in cars of foreign manufacture as well as British, even though they may have patriotic feelings towards buying British, which is as it should be with all of us.
Trusting that you will allow me in the future to express myself again in your columns, and wishing you every success.
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