In your June issue on page 648 you erroneously inform your readers in regard to hydraulic brake operation.”and in Britain by 1925 Horstman and Triumph had followed suit…”
The truth of the matter is that Marendaz Special Cars were the first in Great Britain to operate their brakes hydraulically and they were introduced to the public at the Brooklands Race Meeting of Easter 1925 before a crowd of some 30,000 spectators, winning the 75 mph Short Handicap as a forerunner of its meritorious procession of successes to come and some still held.
It is co-incidental that the “History of Brookland” carries tor all time to come a terminological inexactude erroneous beyond belief, namely that the “…Marendaz Special four seater” (at that Meeting) “evolved from Marseal parts.
Asterley. CAPTAIN Lincolnshire D M K Marendaz
[I can only say in defence that the two cars normally quoted as pioneering hydraulic brakes in this country are those we named. but I accept that the car which won the 1925 Easter 75 mph Short Handicap at Brooklands was entered as a Marendaz Special. of 69 x 100 mm (1496 cc), which lapped at 78.55 mph. and that some International class records were taken by this make, though these have long since been beaten by other cars, according to the RAC’s records list — Ed ]