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Sir,

I was disappointed in your views on the Daily Express Rally. The majority of us have to be content with reading about sporting events and an occasional visit to one in person, but not one in a thousand ordinary motorists has the time, or money, to compete in these events, and one becomes rather tired of being a spectator; then out of the blue a Rally is announced in which ordinary cars can compete, and sections excluded that might damage their cars, in nearly every instance the very car on which their livelihood depends. Can you wonder that the entry list was complete in no time and I believe over 700 actually applied? I cover in my daily round abbot 20,000 miles a year, all within a three-mile radius; can you not see the allure of a 1,000 miles all-in-one swoop in good company, all with a spirit of enthusiastic adventure?

I run a 1935 3 1/2-litre Bentley and lavish much loving care on it, but drive it very hard. However, I wouldn’t take it at speed on a trials road. I have no doubt it would do it without harm, but I care for it too much to try to wreck it and would feel no satisfaction at bouncing it over boulders. Let us have more of this type of Rally for ordinary mortals, who can still admire the expert at Silverstone or some grim Welsh hill, but who knows he will never be in a position to compete himself.

Thank you for the pleasure Motor Sport gives to an ordinary motorist.

I, am Yours, etc.,

Ashby-de-la-Zottch. M. G. BAKER, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.