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7/12 er 4/1/0V

AIrrER any long race there is bound to be a considerable amount of discussion and argument about suggested alterations and improvements, and the J.C.C. Double-Twelve has given rise to a great deal as a result of the handicapping.When a race is run on handicap there is always bound to be certain disagreements as to the best method to employ, and this makes it seem that the present method of making the winner of the event more or less subject

to an empirical formula is not the best.

This does not mean that the winner of such an event as the Double-Twelve has put up any less meritorious performance. The actual results and speeds in themselves show that the winning M.G. Midgets are cars which any country would be proud to produce, but their performance, as a result of the handicap, makes it more difficult for the public to weigh up the performances of the various types of car.

It is a peculiar feature of all the handicap curves used in these big races, that they tend to favour the ends of the scale. To the majority of owners, however, the ideal sports car lies between the two extremes, that is to say in the 1 i-litre region.

While races of this type are run, people will always clamour to be given an absolute winner, but in races where many different classes are competing the actual winners of each class and the speed they have achieved, should be considered as of equal importance, and so looked at in true perspective. In expressing these views we are not alone, since opinions in the same strain, in racing circles were heard on all sides at the conclusion of the Double-Twelve. It to be hoped that by now have reached to right and that the

consideration and attention will be forthcoming the near future. -w E regret to announce the death of Arcangeli who was killed while practising at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. He was driving the new 12-cylinder AlfaRomeo of 3,500 c.c., of which great things are expected. Many keen followers of the sport in this country will remember his fine performances on Sunbeam motorcycles in the Isle of Man, and will join with us in mourning the passing of a fine driver, and a thorough sportsman in every sense of the word,

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