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Nothing much, we are pleased to say, in Iast month’s issue, apart from the seemingly inevitable literals, except that it should have been explained, on page 1633, that Park’s Vauxhall did 64.28 m.p.h. at Southsea in 1922 over a flying-start kilo., not over a full flying kilo., when it would obviously have been much quicker.

The fact that an “and” got mixed up with the sentence describing the TT Vauxhall’s brake gear may have caused confusion. The relevant sentence should have read: “Another ingenious feature of the cable-and-rod braking is an adjustment, for use by the mechanic, being on the cockpit floor on his side, which, to take up the cable slack, moves backwards the pulleys on the outside of the side-members that reverse the direction of the brake-compensating linkage”. Also, in 1927 Purdy retired from the 100 mile an hour handicap which Cobb in the Vauxhall won, and it was afterwards that Purdy’s Vauxhall Special reversed this by finishing second, ahead of Cobb, in 50 mile race at the October meeting. On page 1659, for some unexplained reason, the information I included about the publisher of Rivers Fletcher’s Bentley book was omitted. The book is published by Gentry Books Ltd., 15 Pont Street, London SW1 9EH, price £12.95. As we are on the subject, the omission of a word may have caused some guessing by those who read my review of Rivers’ latest book — what I had intended to convey was that when the author was appointed a Bentley junior salesman he got in more miles in the cars he loved so dearly, and tells about, in this very personal account… Still in a “Bentley” vein, Mr. R. G. Sutherland’s letter on page 1635 mentioned a Jack Bentley. This should of course be Jack Barclay. — W.B.