THE NEW LE MANS REGUL;ATIONS

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TMNEW LE MANS REGELA1 IONS

Sir,

The publication of the new regulations for I,e Mans will doubtless set many pondering not only on the future sluqw of sports-car racing. but nisi) on whether they will, in fact, achieve their object . . to make this race a Safer proposition for both drivers and spectators. Their aim is obvious’: to limit speed by limiting fuel eonsumption. streamlining and prototype eylinder eattacity. but is sheer speed the

main danger factor in not racing ? I’m no raving driver. but 1 shoulil think rot. It is significant that of the fatal driver easualties sustained during the last season, only one (mei:tared in Grand Prix raring. and I hat was not in a large International event. The two most trim”, aeoldents were in sports-car races where there is a great’ differenee in both

speeds and driving skills. Even a wealthy private owner of limited experience cannot buy a WI96 Mercedes or a. Super-Squalo Ferrari, but he can buy a 0-type Jaguar, a 01135 or a Cooper-Climax.

With due respect., the organisers have seemingly ignored this fact : that Grand Prix racing is time only truly professional field in motor raring. It may not be easy to match skills, but it is to-match speeds. Regulations on these lines would obviously have tti he radical and would stir up much controversy. They might lead to Le Mans becoming something like the Isle of Man T.T., with Senior and Junior events, amateur and professional. This would still leave room for the works giants and at the same time give the private enthusiast greater scope than he has enjoyed for some time of par

ticipating in this race. I MU, Yours, etc.,

London. %’.t. I. R. W. GIESLER.

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