THE NEW E.R.A.
Sir, I would like to congratulate E.R.A.’s on their latest motor. I have never been an out and out enthusiast for these cars, in spite of their record, for I think that the Alta is technically, at least a better
car. This year’s, E.R.A. however, certainly looks ” The Goods.” I was interested in your article ” Just
Suggestions.” You mention the ” M ” type M.G., and its response to tuning, yet I always understood that it was itself merely hotted up o.h.c. Morris Minor, and it gave 20 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. What might be called the racing ” M ” type with improvements as you suggest gave 27 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. One of the most interesting motors here is a 1922 30 h.p. Armstrong-Siddeley. This started life as a tourer, but in 1927 it was fitted with a hearse body, and is in active use as such. In your correspondence columns a Mr. Ballard mentions a 2-litre Naito, claimed capable of 85 m.p.h. I should imagine this possible as the
models of that time were rated at 16/50 and 16 /60.
I wonder if any readers could give me information about the Diana car ? It Was of 29 h.p. with a straight-eight engine. I am, Yours etc.,
A. J. V WARY.