In your November, 1971 issue you expressed fears about the future of historic racing after the very successful first year of the JCB Historic Championship. As you may know, the Championship was devised by Nigel Moores and is owned by Speed Merchants, a firm which I run for him. Sponsorship is supplied by Anthony Bamford of JCB. Both Nigel and I race regularly in historic events and do it for fun and nothing else. You can rest assured that we won’t do anything to spoil our very pleasant hobby.
There is no question of any “special” drivers being paid to race and everyone does it because they enjoy it and the atmosphere we create is the nearest we can get to the pleasant times we used to have in the 50’s. We have great parties after the races (another good reason for limiting the series to six events!) and no one has to hurry off to the next event. We carefully guard against any conflict of dates with the VSCC and HSCC and liaise with their Competition Secretaries.
Administering the Championship and driving in it means we get a fair idea of both sides of the picture but if anyone can suggest any improvements or ways to make it more enjoyable we should be interested to hear from them.