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Sir,

I am sure we all enjoyed the excellent event organised by the VSCC at Silverstone on April 28th. However, I feel that the meeting closed with a question mark over what I consider to be one of the principal events, the 10-lap scratch race for the Napier and Itala trophies open to Edwardian and Vintage racing cars. There appeared to be some concern amongst various people who attended the meeting as to whether or not it was reasonable to allow entry No. 21, the 24,000 c.c. Bentley-Napier, to be elegible for the Itala trophy.

The Itala trophy is for vintage racing cars and I assume this means cars built during or before 1930, and not cars built to unusual new designs in the sixties or seventies, even though they are constructed from parts manufactured in 1930 or earlier. We all acknowledge and respect the good sense and astuteness of the VSCC, but I am sure a comment from them regarding the elegibility of this car for the event would be welcomed by enthusiasts interested in vintage racing.

I feel every credit should be given to the constructors of the 24,000 c.c. Bentley-Napier for having solved effectively the many difficulties which must have cropped up.

John A. Chatwin – Hagley.

[Let’s not take VSCC affairs too seriously. But under the regulations of the Itala Trophy Race Mr. Chatwin has a point the Club will have to answer. Perhaps the splendid Bentley-Napier shouldn’t have been let out of captivity for this particular run?—Ed.]

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