The Judgment

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Sequel to R.A.C. Meeting of the Clubs

The R.A.C. has issued its findings arising out of matters discussed at the Meeting of the Clubs which was reported in our last issue. The provision of longer continuous periods for testing at Silverstone is under consideration, but the R.A.C. is doubtful whether “other co-tenants of the airfield would agree that the full testing circuit be closed for longer periods than at present”—so we are forcibly reminded that Silverstone is but a poor substitute for Brooklands and Donington in this respect. All the R.A.C. can offer is possible use of the 2,000-yard runway on specified days for six-hour periods—which won’t enable braking and cornering qualities of cars like the B.R.M. to be tested adequately. The R.A.C. promises “careful consideration” of the Silverstone hiring fees, but again passes-the-buck re the 1948 Silverstone accounts to “the appropriate committee of the Club.” Will this matter never see daylight?

The Competitions Committee cannot assist competitors taking racing cars abroad, but the R.A.C. will consider what it may do, while a system of granting advance approval to competitors wishing to compete abroad is under consideration, in conjunction with the B.R.D.C. and B.T.D.A. The Competitions Committee will support any airfield racing scheme in Scotland, the North and West of England, if it is “properly sponsored and financed by one or more recognised clubs for use over a period.” Casual airfield racing cannot be supported, unless said airfield has been restored to private ownership or tenancy. A new specification of tyres eligible for events on the public road should now be ready. The R.A.C. “does not feel justified” in altering the date of its Championship Trial. Before the next Meeting of the Clubs a list of items for discussion will be drawn up in advance of the discussion. That is about all of importance that has happened as a result of the last of these Meetings.